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Radical Philosophy Conference 2011

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Columbia University, New York

Friday 21st October 2011, 9am – 7.30pm.


Postcolonial Worlds ∙ Representing Capitalism ∙
Biocapital and Security ∙ Temporalities of Crisis ∙ Politics of Information



Claudia Aradau – RP/International Relations, King’s College London
Souleymane Bachir Daigne – Philosophy, Columbia University
Tim Bewes – English, Brown University
Antonia Birnbaum – Philosophy, University of Paris 8
Finn Brunton – Information, University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Marilena Chaui – Philosophy, University of São Paulo
David Cunningham – RP/English, University of Westminster
Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui – Workshop on Andean Oral History, Bolivia
David Golumbia – Media, University of Virginia
Harry Harootunian – Literature, Duke University
Esther Leslie – RP/English, Birkbeck, University of London
Rosalind C. Morris – Anthropology, Columbia University
Mark Neocleous – RP/Politics, Brunel University, London
Peter Osborne – RP/Philosophy, Kingston University London
Kristin Ross – Comparative Literature, New York University
Kaushik Sunder Rajan – Anthropology, University of Chicago
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak – Comparative Literature, Columbia University


Full conference programme ∙ Conference abstracts (Word doc)

The event is free but advance registration isessentialradicalphilosophyrsvp@gmail.com



Radical Philosophy Conference 2011 Programme

Friday 21 October 2011
Columbia University, New York

(Note: Click on session titles for abstracts)


9.00–9.45 – Registration


9.45–10.00 – Introductions: Gayatri Spivak, Peter OsborneEtienne Balibar


10.00–11.30 – Opening Plenary: Postcolonial Worlds 1

ChairGayatri Spivak


‘Bilingual Thoughts on Knowledge and Action’
Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui (Workshop on Andean Oral History, Bolivia)

‘On the Question of “Political Violence” Today’
Rosalind C. Morris (Anthropology, Columbia University)


11.40–13.10 – Parallel Sessions 1

A. Representing Capitalism

Chair: Matthew Charles (RP)


‘Is Representation Possible Without Reification?’
Tim Bewes (English, Brown University)

‘The Historical Novel of Contemporary Capitalism’
David Cunningham (RP/English, University of Westminster)

‘Marx’s Realist Intention’
Kristin Ross (Comparative Literature, New York University)

B. Biocapital and Security

Chair: Esther Leslie (RP)

‘Capitalist Resilience’
Mark Neocleous (RP/Politics, Brunel University, London)


‘Socialism, Biopolitics, Futurity’
Claudia Aradau (RP/International Relations, King’s College London)

‘Pharmaceutical Crises, Questions of Value, and Biopolitics Elsewhere’
Kaushik Sunder Rajan (Anthropology, University of Chicago)

13.10–14.30 – Lunch & Book Sales


14.30–16.00 – Parallel Sessions 2


A. Temporalities of Crisis

Chair: David Cunningham (RP)

‘On Not Knowing Greek’
Antonia Birnbaum (Philosophy, University of Paris 8 )

Crisis and Contemporaneity
Peter Osborne (RP/Philosophy, Kingston University London)

‘Presents Past: History and “Time’s Turmoil”’
Harry Harootunian (Literature, Duke University)

B. Politics of Information

Chair: Claudia Aradau (RP)

‘Speculative Realism As Symptom: Computationalist Ideologies’
David Golumbia (Media Studies, University of Virginia)

‘Liquid Crystal Aesthetics’
Esther Leslie (RP/English, Birkbeck, University of London)

‘Civilizations Without Boats: Security, Property, Piracy and the Walled City’
Finn Brunton (School of Information, University of Michigan Ann Arbor)

16.00–16.30 – Coffee break



16.30–18.00 – Closing Plenary: Postcolonial Worlds 2

Chair: Peter Osborne (RP)

‘Caring about the Universal?’
Souleymane Bachir Daigne (Philosophy, Columbia University)

‘Freedom in Spinoza’
Marilena Chaui (Philosophy, University of Sao Paulo)

18.00–19.30 – Reception




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