Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Thesis Eleven on Castoriadis, Culture and Complexity

The current issue of Thesis Eleven features several interesting articles from scholars associated with this blog and the study circle. Guest editors are Anders Michelsen and Peter Murphy.
Congratulations! Free trial copy can be ordered from Sage, and abstracts and articles viewed here

Monday, January 22, 2007

Cahiers Castoriadis

Two volumes published by the Brussels university group that works on Castoriadis (Philippe Caumières, Sophie Klimis et Laurent Van Eynde), to be viewed here
These are products of the first two annual conferences on Castoriadis in Brussels, I think.

Ingerid S.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Climate Change and Revolution

Over the past few months, climate changes have become a much-debated topic in the media and in general, in many Western countries. We have known about it for a very long time, but recently it has become a word on everyone's lips, something that we feel strongly about. Surely, of late there has been extreme weather in more varieties than we could imagine, as well. Odd weather has become the norm.

As history shows us, social change can happen very fast, once there is a critical energy in the population; once the time is ripe. For many years now, social change has seemed illusory - an illusion in itself. I think the time for another major social change is coming close. The capitalist economic system will be put to task, and concern about the ongoing climate changes will be the fuel. In this process, intellectuals and activists may play a positive part, providing insights and analysis.

Ingerid S.

Monday, January 15, 2007

The Nordic Castoriadis Study Circle - some data

The Nordic Circle for Castoriadis Studies - "Creation, Rationality and Autonomy" - will soon have its first gathering at Södertörn University College, Stockholm, Sweden. This is a week end with paper sessions and discussions. The aim of the study circle is to strengthen the research and general awareness of Castoriadis oeuvre. The Nordic Summer University is based on non-hierarchical communalism, voluntary work and friendly exploration of ideas, much in the spirit of Castoriadis.

The following sessions are planned - albeit not fixed concerning place and themes:
Winter Symposium 2007: "Bureaucracy and Autonomous Society" - Stockholm

Summer Session 2007: "What is the Social-Historical?" - Wik, near Uppsala/Stockholm

Winter Symposium 2008 - Akureyri, Iceland

Summer Session 2008 - somewhere in Finland

Winter Symposium 2009 - Delfi, Greece

Summer Session 2009 - somewhere in Denmark

The Nordic Summer University is mainly funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers, with the objective of furthering Nordic academic work that has no institutional 'home' elsewhere. Therefore, Nordic participants will be prioritized, and travel subvention is only avaliable for these groups. However, international participants are more than welcome to fill up the sessions!