Have you been involved in radical politics at Goldsmiths in the past? We’d like to hear from you. Radical Goldsmiths, in conjunction with Rosa Sansone, a student in the Department of Anthropology conducting research on the ethnographic history of Goldsmiths radicalism, seeks to document the experiences, memories, stories and artifacts of Goldsmiths activists and organisers. Please contact us to get involved:
Goldsmiths UCU are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a talk from
Gavan Titley, co-author of *The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a
Neoliberal Age* (http://bit.ly/HNgVdD).
1pm Wednesday 2 May, Goldsmiths College, (room TBA)
Gavan’s widely praised book challenges the familiar narrative of the ‘rise
and fall’ of multiculturalism by questioning the existence of a coherent
era of multiculturalism in the first place. Controversies and organised
racist activity in recent years are argued to be a projection of neoliberal
anxieties onto the social realities of lived multiculture.
The talk, which will be around half an hour long and is titled *What
happens if you throw a war, and somebody comes?: ‘Multicultural Crisis’
after Breivik*, is open to all.
Please share the event on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/HNhTq3.
Capitalism and Cultural Studies – Prof John Hutnyk:
tuesday evenings from january 10, 2012 – 5pm-7pm Goldsmiths RHB 309 Free – all welcome.
No fee (unless, sorry, you are doing this for award – and that, friends, is Willetts’ fault – though the Labour Party have a share of the blame too).
This course involves a close reading of Karl Marx’s Capital (Volume One).
The connections between cultural studies and critiques of capitalism are considered in an interdisciplinary context (cinema studies, anthropology, musicology, international relations, and philosophy) which reaches from Marx through to Film Studies, from ethnographic approaches to Heidegger, from anarchism and surrealism to German critical theory and poststructuralism/post-colonialism/post-early-for-christmas. Topics covered include: alienation, commodification, production, technology, education, subsumption, anti-imperialism, anti-war movement and complicity. Using a series of illustrative films (documentary and fiction) and key theoretical texts (read alongside the text of Capital), we examine contemporary capitalism as it shifts, changes, lurches through its very late 20th and early 21st century manifestations – we will look at how cultural studies copes with (or does not cope with) class struggle, anti-colonialism, new subjectivities, cultural politics, media, virtual and corporate worlds.
The lectures/seminars begin on Tuesday 10th January 2011 between 5 and 7pm and will run for 10 weeks (with a week off in the middle) in the Richard Hoggart Building (RHB 309), Goldsmiths College. Students are required to bring their own copy of the Penguin, International Publishers or Progress Press editions of Karl Marx Capital Vol I. Reading about 100 pages a week. (Please don’t get tricked into buying the abridged English edition/nonsense!)
Note: The Centre for Cultual Studies at Goldsmiths took a decision to make as many as possible of its lecture series open to the public without fee. Seminars, essays, library access etc remain for sale. Still, here is a chance to explore cultural studies without getting into debt. The classes are MA level, mostly in the day – though in spring the Capital course is early tuesday evening. We usually run 10 week courses. Reading required will be announced in class, but preliminary reading suggestions can also be found by following the links. RHB means main building of Goldsmiths – Richard Hoggart Building. More info on other free events from CCS here: http://hutnyk.wordpress.com/what-is-to-be-done/
PICKET LINES FROM 8AM
JOIN UCU AND UNISON MEMBERS ON STRIKE IN DEFENCE OF PENSIONS
TEACH-OUT FROM 9AM WITH SESSIONS ON:
EUROZONE IN CRISIS
ASSAULT ON UNIVERSITIES
PENSIONS AND WELFARE
THE FUTURE OF THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT
THE CRITIQUE OF POLITICAL ECONOMY IN A TIME OF CRISIS
The Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London invites
you to two talks exploring the contemporary legacy of Marx's work.
8 November 2011
Massimiliano Tomba - Revisiting the Grundrisse and the 'Fragment on
RHB Room 137
Massimiliano Tomba is the author of books on Bruno Bauer and critique,
Walter Benjamin's critique of violence, politics in Kant and Benjamin,
and, most recently, Marx's concept of time. He teaches at the faculty
of historical and political sciences at the University of Padua.
14 November 2011
Anselm Jappe - Abstract Labour as the Origin of Commodity Fetishism
RHB Room 137
Anselm Jappe is the author of Guy Debord, Les aventures de la
marchandise and, most recently, Credit à mort.
All welcome. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A discussion to launch publication of a new book, ‘The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance’ with speakers John McDonnell MP, Andrew McGettigan (Research Fortnight) and contributors to the book.
6.30pm Thursday 13 October, LG01, New Academic Building, Goldsmiths
‘The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance’ is a new collection of essays on the challenges that face higher education today in the light of funding cuts and the ideological re-orientation of the idea of modern university. The book features several contributions by members of staff at Goldsmiths and contains a manifesto that has been signed by nearly 1000 academics and researchers.
Speakers on the night will include John McDonnell MP, Andrew McGettigan (Research Fortnight), Feyzi Ismail, Nick Couldry, Aeron Davis, Des Freedman, Natalie Fenton, Kirsten Forkert, Michael Bailey and Alberto Toscano.
We face unprecedented cuts, tuition fee increases, privatisation and marketisation in our universities. This is a meeting organised by Goldsmiths Students Union to celebrate the importance of trade unions in challenging the deterioration of conditions that will be imposed on us if we don’t stand up to the government’s proposals.
Speakers: Mark Bergfeld (NUS executive), Eleanor Saunders (Goldsmiths Unison), Des Freedman (Goldsmiths UCU)
4pm, Monday 3 October, RHB 342, Goldsmiths.