Music, Politics and Agency Seminar 3: Sonic Radicalism

23 May 2012
13:00to17:00

Room EB.1.03, Docklands Campus, University of East London

Can sound subvert? Thinkers since Plato have assumed that it can, that social form and musical form are intrinsically linked, resonant, or pre-figurative of each other. In this seminar, leading and innovative thinkers will interrogate and explore these claims and their implications.

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Critical Beats 4: Dancing, Sound Systems and Party Environments

14 June 2012
19:30to21:30

Circus 2 at Stratford Circus, £3/£1

Why do different scenes generates different forms of dancing? How do differently configured sound systems create different party environments? Does the quality of sound matter anymore? Do we need DJs and party scenes now we’ve got the internet? Is London party culture suffering a death by property price inflation?

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How Do you Like Your Diversity? Unravelling Multiculturalism, Interculturalism and Cosmopolitanism

22 May 2012
18:30to20:30

Location: Rivington Place, London EC2A 3BA

Admission: £5 (£3 concs) + booking fee.

Handel Wright will analyse developments and limitations in the theories and politics of multiculturalism and diversity. He will be joined by Mica Nava, Roshini Kempadoo and Ashwani Sharma who will engage with Wright’s analysis from the perspectives of their own research and practice. The discussion will include a review of the usefulness of terms such as multiculturalism, diversity, interculturalism and cosmopolitanism in the contemporary political context. Accelerating global trends in online social environments, the arts and popular culture confound the debate and everyday experiences of difference and social justice. The panel asks if our established theoretical and creative practices are adequate to the challenges posed by neo-liberalism, transnational urban cultures and emergent forms of bio-political racism.

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CCSR Annual Lecture 2012 – Richard Sennett

29 May 2012
17:30to19:30

THE CRAFT OF COOPERATION

Richard Sennett is Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and at New York University. In his long and distinguished career he has written fifteen exceptionally influential books, among them The Fall of Public Man (1977), The Conscience of the Eye (1991), The Corrosion of Character: The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism (1998),Respect, In an Age of Inequality (2003), The Culture of the New Capitalism (2005), The Craftsman (2008) and, most recently, Together: The Rituals, Pleasures, and Politics of Cooperation (2012)

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