International HErbert Marcuse Society
international webinar on the significance of the ecofeminist Marxist legacy of Maria Mies
Grassroot activists will join university faculty, including Professors Marilia Mello Pisani (BRASIL), Farida Akhter (BANGLADESH), Chhaya Dattar (INDIA), Vibhuti Patel (INDIA), Savita Singh (INDIA), and Sunita Dhail (INDIA), to reflect on the foundational work of Maria Mies.
a landmark work in feminist theory and development studies
"It is my thesis that this general production of life, or subsistence production - mainly performed through the non-wage labour of women and other non-wage labourers as slaves, contract workers and peasants in the colonies - constitutes the perennial basis upon which 'capitalist productive labour' can be built up and exploited." [Maria Mies, 1986]
Andrew Feenberg: Philosophy of Technology
Bonn University 2023
Professor Andrew Feenberg introduces the field of philosophy of technology as a necessary and valuable discourse for current times. The lecture centers around critical theory of technology and will be inspired by Prof. Dr. Feenberg’s latest book The Ruthless Critique of Everything Existing: Nature and Revolution in Marcuse’s Philosophy of Praxis (Verso, 2023).
Dr. Feenberg is a prominent figure of what is called the empirical turn in philosophy of technology. His approach, Critical Constructivism, provides a theoretical toolkit for assessing technology design in light of political choice. His approach combines critical theory as championed by Karl Marx and the Frankfurt School with a sociological constructivist lens on technology associated with Science and Technology Studies.
No registration required and open to all! / Associated workshop with Prof. Feenberg on June 16, 2023.
Funded by Bonner Graduiertenzentrum. Event website link.
"Digital Publics: Images, Discourse & Screens" SUMMER SCHOOL 2023
The inaugural Theory, Culture & Society Summer School 2023 will take place from 11-16 September 2023, at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria.
The Summer School seeks to provide a dynamic and inclusive forum for research, aimed at established and early career researchers, and also providing opportunities for postgraduate students.
The University of Klagenfurt, situated in the Austrian Alps, provides an inspiring location, where participants will have the opportunity to explore contemporary critical debates, enhance skills and literacies for research and publishing, and share in a cultural program. A key theme for this year's gathering is "Digital Publics: Images, Discourse & Screens", building on the recent Special Issue of Theory, Culture & Society, ‘A New Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere?’ (edited by Martin Seeliger Sebastian Sevignani; and including a new contemporary reflection by Jürgen Habermas).
Places are limited. Participants can apply via an online platform by providing a CV. As part of a "work-in-progress" strand, participants also can apply to discuss their research projects with the wider group (more details are available online).
The course fee is 400 Euro if you apply by 1 June 2023, after which the fee is 500 Euro. The fee covers all seminars, workshops, and cultural programs, as well as lunch and refreshments over 5 days. 4 travel bursaries (500 Euro) will be provided based on the quality of individual applications and with attention given to supporting diversity. To be eligible for consideration for the travel bursary, applications must be submitted by 19 June 2023.
—Mike Featherstone, Sunil Manghani, Tomoko Tamari, and Rainer Winter
Just Published 2023
Andrew Feenberg, who holds the holds the Canada Research Chair in the Philosophy of Technology in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, is the author of Lukács, Marx and the Sources of Critical Theory (1981), Critical Theory of Technology (1991), Alternative Modernity (1995), Questioning Technology (1999), When Poetry Ruled the Streets: The May Events of 1968 (2001), Transforming Technology (2002), Heidegger and Marcuse: The Catastrophe and Redemption of History (2005), and Between Reason and Experience: Essays in Technology and Modernity (2010), The Philosophy of Praxis (2014), Technosystem: The Social Life of Reason (2017), and Nishida, Kawabata, and the Japanese Response to Modernity (2019).
“A student and friend of Herbert Marcuse in the late 1960s, Andrew Fenberg gives in this new book an outstanding contribution not only to the knowledge of his philosophy, but also to the ‘ruthless criticism’ of advanced capitalism. Feenberg shows, with great insight, how Marcuse’s Marxism, rooted in Phenomenology, Hegelian dialectics, and Freudian Eros, was able to combine rationality and imagination, producing a radical version of Critical Theory which won the hearts and souls of the rebellious youth of the 1960’s. And which is still very much relevant in our times, because, as Feenberg concludes, climate change validates his revolutionary call for a new society, based on life-affirmative values.”
Vincent W. Lloyd is associate professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University. His previous books include Black Natural Law and the coedited Race and Secularism in America. He coedits the journal Political Theology.
Yale University Press Podcast
In this episode (November 22, 2022) of the Yale University Press podcast, we talk to author Vincent W. Lloyd about his new book, Black Dignity: The Struggle against Domination. In what might be called a work of observational philosophy—an effort to describe the philosophy underlying the Black Lives Matter movement—Lloyd defines dignity as something performative, not an essential quality but an action: struggle against domination.
"Herbert Marcuse's ideas animated young people's protests in 1968, but today he's rarely discussed. Simon Blin argues that it's time to return to Marcuse's radical ideas in order to think anew about the struggles we face today."
This article was originally published by Libération on July 20, 2022.
Robert T. Tally Jr. 2022
Another timely and very provocative new book from Robert T. Tally Jr. has just been published and is now available.
From the Los Angeles Review of Books:
Robert Scott probes the “conditions of imagination under late capitalism” in his review of Robert T. Tally Jr.’s For a Ruthless Critique of All That Exists: Literature in an Age of Capitalist Realism.
"An exuberant and erudite take-down of those who think things are pretty much OK, so critique is superfluous. Tally calls out the logic and timing of the dog-whistle school of anti-critique, who have done their part to encourage the recent frenzy over Critical Race Theory and other bits of populist anti-intellectualism. But rather than calling its opponents names, this books lays before them a formidably nuanced and eloquent example of critique. We nattering nabobs of negativism have found ourselves a joyous and principled defender."
—Bruce Robbins, Columbia University
Robert T. Tally Jr. teaches American and world literature at Texas State University. His research and teaching focuses on the relations among space, narrative, and representation, particularly in U.S. and comparative literature, and he is active in the emerging fields of geocriticism, literary geography, and the spatial humanities. Tally is the editor of "Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies," a Palgrave Macmillan book series, and he has published several books, as well as dozens of essays and reviews, on literature, theory, and criticism. Much of his work draws upon and interprets Critical Theory, including the work of Herbert Marcuse.
Charles Reitz 2022
Charles Reitz's important new book—the latest work from his Ecosocialist EarthCommonwealth Project—has just been published and is now available.
"Charles Reitz is a major scholar of the work of Herbert Marcuse and an important commentator on the global crises faced by contemporary society."
—Arnold L. Farr, University of Kentucky
"To the rising fascist threat...Reitz counterposes the themes of ecology and humanism analyzed in a global, multicultural light, from European socialist humanism to African Ubuntu."
—Kevin B. Anderson, University of California, Santa Barbara
Charles Reitz is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Social Science, Kansas City Kansas Community College. His previous books include Art, Alienation, and the Humanities: A Critical Engagement with Herbert Marcuse (2000); Crisis and Commonwealth: Marcuse, Marx, McLaren (2013); Philosophy & Critical Pedagogy: Insurrection & Commonwealth (2016); and, Ecology and Revolution: Herbert Marcuse and the Challenge of a New World System Today (2019).
Previously Unpublished Lectures by Herbert Marcuse
The Marcuse Society is pleased to announce that the following book of five previously unpublished lectures by Herbert Marcuse is now available.
Herbert Marcuse, Transvaluation of Values and Radical Social Change: Five New Lectures, 1966-1976, edited by Peter-Erwin Jansen, Sarah Surak. and Charles Reitz; introduction by Terry Maley; commentary by Andrew Feenberg.