Month: March 2011

Two Keynes Posts, One Tragic, One Comic

First, there’s Brad Delong’s wonderful post asking if economics can even consider itself a discipline, let alone a science:

Moreover, it is not even a discipline. There were a lot of things that economists like Frederic Bastiat, Jean-Baptiste Say, and John Stuart Mill knew in 1830 about the origins of aggregate demand shortfalls and the usefulness of expansionary fiscal policy in a downturn that modern Chicago never bothered to read, never bothered to learn, or have long forgotten.

Since my knowledge of economics is largely historical (readings of the above, plus various early 20th century figures) rather than mathematical and model-based, it’s particularly interesting to read all the quotes Delong produces from Chicago-school economists denying not just Keynes, but also economic principles dating to Adam Smith. (Also, note the “trust” is the excuse offered by this ideology, which then, of course, refuses anything to be done regarding making markets more trustworthy.)

But, you might be thinking, what can I, private citizen and non-economist do to bring about a Keynesian-style economic stimulus? Alex as An und für sich believes it’s up to Richard Dawkins. I’ll let him explain.


Call for Papers

Special Radical Philosophy Review issue on Herbert Marcuse

The International Herbert Marcuse Society holds its 4th Biennial Conference on “Critical Refusals” at the University of Pennsylvania, October 27-29th, 2011.

A special issue of the Radical Philosophy Review (to be published in fall 2012) will feature papers and other contributions from this conference. The peer review process will be led by an editorial collective (John Abromeit, Arnold Farr, Douglas Kellner, Charles Reitz, and other critical scholars worldwide).

While obviously it would behoove you to go to the conference, any one can submit additional submissions for the special issue until December 1, 2011, which should be sent to Harry van der Linden (, adhering to the standard RPR submission guidelines.

Job Opening here at USD

We announced this last week:

UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO COPLEY LIBRARY, SAN DIEGO, CA. Theology, Religious Studies, and Philosophy Librarian. Asst. Prof. Serves as liaison to Department of Theology and Religious Studies, the Department of Philosophy, the Center for Catholic Thought and Culture, and Mission and Ministry. Must cultivate strong relationship with liaison areas through collection development, instruction, and reference work for undergraduate programs. Teaching responsibilities: library research methods classes, course-integrated instruction sessions, workshops. ALA accredited MLS required. EO/AAE. Send letter of application, resume, names, addresses and telephone numbers of five professional references. Deadline April 11, open until filled. For full job description, see Human Resources website. (189W), posted: 3/16/2011.


Here’s the schedule:

(PIC) Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture 21st Annual Conference
Friday, March 25th, 2011 to Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Registration/Breakfast 8:00-9:00 AM

Other Time: 9:00-10:20

“Toward PostModernity, or, the logic of silence in the absence of citation between Schmitt, Adorno, and Derrida”
– Lewis Levenberg, George Mason University
“Time in Common – Towards a Poetics of Ethical Time”
– Andy Amato, University of TexasDallas
“(Dis)Abling Time: The Refusal of Work in Antonio Negri”
– Brad Kaye, Broome Community College

Time out of Time: 10:30-12:00

“Resisting Time as Capital: Latin American and Rural Environments”
– Remington Robertson, Independent Researcher
“Bogan Time and the Race that Stops the Nation”
– Natalie Churn, University of Freiburg
“In Defense of What is Possible: Heidegger and Derrida for Necropolitical Times”
– Paul Nadal, University of CaliforniaBerkeley
“Dawning of Time”
– Joanna Grim, The New School

Lunch: 12:00-1:00

Keynote 1:00-2:20 -Dr. Peter Gratton, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
University of San Diego, CA

Embodied Time: 2:30-3:50

“Revolutionary Time: Revolt as Temporal Return”
– Fanny Söderbäck, Siena College
“ReEnacting Dignity: Susan Brison’s Aftermath”
– Grace Hunt, The New School
“A Year in My Life of Sick Queer Time”
– Brianna Hersey, University of Toronto
“Holding Your Memory: The Politics of Recollecting Together in Derrida and Kristeva”
– Carolyn Culbertson, Elon University

Moving Time and Still Time: 4:00-5:20

“Truth at the End: The Event, Narrative Closure and the Work of Henry Darger”
– Craig MacKie, Concordia University
“Exploring Identity, Stasis and Change Through Artistic Praxis”
– Ross Birdwise, Emily Carr University
“A Cinema of Slowness: Diluted Temporality and its Political Affects”
– Rosa Barotsi, University of Cambridge
“The Deep Time of Ecological Politics”
– Ben Woodward, European Graduate School

Art of Time film screening with Fergus Daly and Katherine Waugh 5:30 – 7:10

Dinner on your own: 7:10

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Registration/Breakfast 8:00-9:00

K)No(w) Time: 9:00-10:20

“Kairoticism: the Transcendentals of Revolution”
– Rowan Tepper, Binghamton University
“Angelic Moment: The Missing Temporality of Action in Walter Benjamin and Beyond”
– Sylwia Chrostowska, Duke University
“Perceiving the Contours of the Future: Revolutionary and CounterRevolutionary Time in Benjamin’s Historical Writings”
– Miles Hentrup, Independent Scholar
“What to do with the Future? Particularity, Universality and Absent Fullness in ErnestoLaclau”
– Javier Burdman, University at Buffalo (S.U.N.Y.)

Creation Time: 10:30-11:50

“A Secret Heliotropism of May ‘68: Historical Postponement, Mimesis, and Nostalgia”
– Christian Garland, Independent Scholar
“Going Nowhere Fast: networked activism in the empire of speed”
– Kamilla Pietrzyk, York University
“Democracy and Kairos: Thinking about Political Participation and Temporality in Derrida’s Rogues”
– Chelsea Harry, Duquesne University

Lunch: 12:00-1:00

To-Come Time: 1:00-2:30

“Nostalgia and the Illumination of the Future”
– Rochelle Green, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
“Brake, Kiss, Dog, Dance: Four Untimely Agambenian Meditations”
– David Kishik, City University of New York
“Of Other Times”
– Netta Yerushalmy, New York City based choreographer

Time of Protest: 2:40-4:00

“Situating the Manifesto After Marx: Time, Protest, and Insurrection”
– Matt Applegate, Binghamton University
“The Language of protest, the spatiality of the street: Bataille contra Agamben”
– Tommaso Tuppini, University of Verona
“A Time for Revolution: Walter Benjamin’s Theses on History”
– Antoine Chollet, University of Lausanne

Political Theological Time: 4:10-5:30

“Spinoza versus Schmitt: The Politics of Theology and the Theology of Politics”
– Devin Shaw, University of Ottawa
“Time and Religion: Negri’s Job and Agamben’s Messianic as Figures of Revolution”
– Daniel Barber, Marymount Manhattan College
“Repeating the Beginning at the End: Apocalyptic Politics in the Later Kierkegaard”
– Graham Baker, McMaster University
“A Revolution of History in a Time of Revolutions: Foucault and the Iranian Revolution”
– Cameron Vaziri, University of North Texas

Untimely Time: 5:40-7:00

“Towards a Future Pregnant with Becoming: Deleuze on ‘Becoming’ as Opposed to ‘History’”
– Allison Merrick, Goucher College
“New Earth, New People: Deleuze, becomingdemocratic and the politics of the future”
– Bryan Nelson, York University
“History and Life: Nietzsche’s Untimely Method”
– Jordan Batson, University of North Texas
“The Time of BecomingWoman”
– Anupa Batra, Independent Scholar

Reception: 7:00-8:30
In Honor of Professor Stephen David Ross, founder of the Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture Graduate program at Binghamton University

Nina Power on “Angry Women”


In the buildup to what looks likely to be the biggest trade union demonstration in recent history, on 26 March, the role of women in organising and participating in protest will continue to be central. Nevertheless, for the usual suspects the participation of so many young women – in the education protests in particular – has given rise to a certain moral panic. See, for example, the hilarious Daily Mail cover:“Rage of the Girl Rioters”.

The attempted pillorying of these young women – accused of “lacking respect” – by the Mail is the latest in a long line of attacks on women who campaign directly against the state: the suffragettes; women involved in the 1926 general strike; the miners’ protests in the mid-80s; those who fought for reproductive rights and against domestic violence. Just as with the attack on “ladettes” in the 1990s, what looks to be a moral criticism frequently masks a deeper political and economic fear – what shall we do when young women are academically successful, economically independent, socially confident and not afraid to enjoy themselves? Could there be anything more terrifying?