It is quite lovely and kind review:
Gratton provides a comprehensive review of thinkers associated with speculative realism (including Meillassoux, Harman, Brassier, and Grant), as well as thinkers of realism and materialism outside this group (Bennett, Grosz, Johnston, and Malabou among others). In addition to these critical summaries, Gratton also charts what he sees as the failure of continental realism to provide a substantive account of time, a failure that endangers the very project of realism, as it risks a static and idealized account of “the real.” He concludes with a brief but provocative account of his own concept of “real time” modeled on Derrida’s notion of writing as both difference and deferral. Thus Speculative Realism is a profoundly timely text, powerfully connecting realism, phenomenology, deconstruction, and hermeneutics…
via Peter Gratton, Speculative Realism » CSCP / SCPC.
On some important recent work:
Christopher Taylor (University of Chicago) on Martha Schoolman’s Abolitionist Geographies;
Ian Shaw (University of Glasgow) on Grégoire Chamayou’s Drone Theory and Adam Rothstein’s Drone;
Karen McCallum (University of London) on Gita Sen and Marina Durano’s The Remaking of Social Contracts: Feminists in a Fierce New World;
via Book Reviews, etc. | AntipodeFoundation.org.
At the LSE Review of Books
This collection of conversations between South-African-born critical race theorist Professor David Theo Goldberg and Professor of English and Cultural Studies Susan Searls Giroux draws together the key elements of Goldberg’s theorising on race and focuses on three key contributions: Racist Culture (1993), The Racial State (2001), and The Threat of Race: Reflections on Racial Neoliberalism (2007). Reflecting on key concepts such as ‘the racial state’ and ‘racial militarization’, this collection urgently states, with reference to contemporary examples, the need for the ‘persistence’ of antiracism in the face of the postracial, neoliberal agenda.
via Book Review: Sites of Race by David Theo Goldberg | LSE Review of Books.
Claire Colebrook borrows from Latour’s phrase “We have never been modern” to discuss the anthropocene at academia.edu.