Month: April 2012

New Society and Space is out


New issue of the journal out, including an open access set of responses to the 22 July 2011 events in Norway; papers by Jeff Malpas, Mustafa Dikeç, Adrian Evans & Mara Miele and others; and a theme section on Mathematics edited by Christian Abrahamsson with papers by Quentin Meillassoux and Michel Serres.

Bloodlands: critical geographical responses to the 22 July 2011 events in Norway191 – 206 Veit Bachmann, Luiza Bialasiewicz, James D Sidaway, Matthew Feldman, Ståle Holgersen, Andreas Malm, Robina Mohammad, Arun Saldanha, Kirsten Simonsen

The lawn; or on becoming a killer207 – 225 David Lulka

Putting space in place: philosophical topography and relational geography226 – 242 Jeff Malpas

Not exactly like the phoenix—but rising all the same: reconstructing displaced livelihoods in post-cleanup Harare243 – 261 Amin Y Kamete

Politics is sublime262 – 279 Mustafa Dikeç

Economies of empathy: Obama, neoliberalism, and social justice280 – 297 Carolyn Pedwell

Between food and flesh: how animals are made to matter (and not matter) within food consumption practices298 – 314 Adrian B Evans, Mara Miele

Theme issue: MathematicsGuest editor: Christian Abrahamsson

Guest editorial 315 – 321
Christian Abrahamsson

The contingency of the laws of nature322 – 334 Quentin Meillassoux

More parts than elements: how databases multiply335 – 350 Adrian Mackenzie

Experimenting with ontologies: sets, spaces, and topoi with Badiou and Grothendieck351 – 368 Arkady Plotnitsky

Differences: chaos in the history of the sciences 369 – 380 Michel Serres, Taylor Adkins

Three Weeks until Australia

I’ll be leaving for Canberra, Australia, as part of the ANU Humanities Centre Fellowship, where the theme of my work will be Ecological Enlightenment (at least, that’s the nominal theory of fellowship). In addition to usual work that springs up, my focus will be on neo-Spinozistic accounts of nature, in particular as they relate to concepts of time. Along the way, I have to finish an MS on speculative realism, and I’ll focus my work at ANU on a chapter on relating SR to the immanentist accounts of nature. My surmise is that the latter rises and falls on dubious modalities of time–but no matter, an exciting trip to have a few months just to plug away at important (to me, at least) work…

“Jockey” Discussion on Jim Bradley’s “Beyond Hermeneutics”

Each Friday, MUN holds a philosophy discussion group on an important paper, with discussion ensuing (before breaking for drinks and/or dinner) among faculty and other community members. This past Friday, I informally introduced Jim Bradley’s “Beyond Hermeneutics: Pierce’s Semiology as a Trinitarian Metaphysics of Communication.

Here is the audio. Here is a pic of Jim below (despite illness he did quite a job), and below that is a pic of my son finding the whole discussion enthralling.