The Red Flag and the Tricolore by Alain Badiou

By Mike Watson / 03 February 2015 Alain Badiou analyses the events of the Charlie Hebdo attack in their global and national contexts, making the case for the incompatibility of the red flag of communism with the Tricolore of French national identity. 1. Background: the world situation Today the figure of global capitalism has taken over the entire world. The world is subject to the ruling international oligarchy and […]

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Intellectuals and power: A conversation between Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze

This is a transcript of a 1972 conversation between the post-structuralist philosophers Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze, which discusses the links between the struggles of women, homosexuals, prisoners etc to class struggle, and also the relationship between theory, practice and power  This transcript first appeared in English in the book ‘Language, Counter-Memory, Practice: selected essays and interviews by Michel Foucault’ […]

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In Conversation: Speaking to Spivak

BULAN LAHIRI February 5, 2011, The Hindu Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, considered by many to be the one of the world’s leading ‘Marxist-feminist-deconstructionists’, talks about notions of identity, her evolution as an intellectual and her present-day concerns. Excerpts from an exclusive interview… As I wait for Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak in her brand new office at New York’s ivy-league Columbia University where […]

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Liu Xiaobo Is Locked Up in China, and Locked Out of the Translation of a Paul Auster Novel

  The New York Times By Chris Buckley May 20, 2015 The works of the New York writer Paul Auster often hinge on ominous disappearances, and his novel “Sunset Park” has passages about the secretive detention of the Chinese dissident-writer Liu Xiaobo in 2008 and the efforts of the PEN American Center, a writers’ advocacy group, to secure his release. Lately, Mr. […]

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Hear Michel Foucault Deliver His Lecture on “Truth and Subjectivity” at UC Berkeley, In English (1980)

Michel Foucault first arrived at the University of California, Berkeley in 1975. By this time, he was already a celebrity in France. He had just published his enormously influential history and critique of the penal system, Discipline and Punish, and he occupied a position at the prestigious Collège de France as chair in the “history of systems of thought,” a position he created for […]

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The Arab Uprising: Researching the Revolutions

22-23 September 2014   Conference held at the CBRL British Institute in Amman.  1 The Political Subject in the ‘Arab Spring’ | Keynote | Philip Marfleet | 22 Sept 2014    2 Gender and Revolution: Historical Patterns and Challenges … | Ahmed Kadry    3 As if in Manama: Real-time Exile, New Diaspora Politics, and Living Bahrain Abroad | Omar Sirri    4 Developing […]

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Researching Collaborative Translation: An International Symposium

Centre for Translation, Hong Kong Baptist University 7-8 April 2016 CALL FOR PAPERS Collaborative translation, in a broad sense, refers to translation as a collective work. The concept draws attention to the interaction among agents involved in the process of translation – how translators work in teams under specific circumstances and within certain institutional structures, and how they work with […]

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Translation and the Production of Knowledge(s)

Call for Articles—Alif 38, 2018 Guest-edited by Mona Baker                   Abstract deadline: October 1, 2016                                        Article submission deadline: May 1, 2017   The point of departure for this special issue of Alif is that knowledge is ‘produced’ rather than ‘discovered’, […]

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Michel Foucault: Free Lectures on Truth, Discourse & The Self (UC Berkeley, 1980-1983)

Michel Foucault (1926-1984) was an enormously influential French philosopher who wrote, among other things, historical analyses of psychiatry, medicine, the prison system, and the function of sexuality in social organizations. He spent some time during the last years of his life at UC Berkeley, delivering several lectures in English. And happily they were recorded for posterity: Four Lectures on Truth and Subjectivity (1980) […]

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