Professor Maggie Humm reported that the ‘Women, Work, Equality: From Dagenham to the Coalition Cuts’ event was a key finale to our successful seminar series, ‘women are being hit disproportionately by the Budget cuts. Studies show they will carry three-quarters of the burden because they rely more on benefits, and two-thirds of public sector workers are women (77% of the NHS). Women are also over-represented in part-time and hourly paid jobs. Already more than 30,000 women a year lose their jobs due to pregnancy’.
The Centre for Cultural Studies Research, University of East London, presents: The Art of Protest, a seminar to mark the launch of Fight Back! A reader on the winter protests
The Critical Lede has announced a brand new interview with member of the CCSR Advisory Board Lawrence Grossberg about his new book Cultural Studies in the Future Tense. In the interview Dr. Grossberg discusses the problem of reductionism in much of current cultural studies work, how to remedy it with radical contextuality, culture as both transcendent and particularizing and much more. The interview can be heard by going to http://bit.ly/gHpYG4 and clicking the podcast tab on the top of the page. It can also be accessed for free by searching The Critical Lede on iTunes. The Critical Lede is a weekly podcast focused on critical/cultural communication scholarship.
As part of the Visual Cultures Guest Lecture Series, Anat Pick will speak on cinema and animality.
3 March 2011, 17:00 – 19:00, Goldsmith, University of London
Despite the dominance of narrative cinema, film is essentially a zoomorphic medium that does not privilege either the human form or human stories. A consideration of a number of visual theories, from John Berger’s “Why Look at Animals?” to the cinematic realism of André Bazin, traces what is best described as a creaturely approach to cinema.
‘Total Belief – Delirium in the West’
What is the nature of our political investments? In what, psychically, do they consist? In this lecture, Jacqueline Rose will return to Hannah Arendt’s analysis of totalitarianism as mental control and ask: what form of belief and passion does such subjection entail? What happens when a political belief becomes sacred? What categories of truth and falsehood, belief and disbelief, were engaged in the ideological order of the Third Reich? This lecture will suggest that there is a productive link to be forged between Arendt’s analysis and Freud’s engagement with the question of faith. Above all, by focusing on one of the darkest moments of European history, it will suggest that those who too quickly ascribe the category of the religious `fanatic’ or `extremist’ to distant cultures and worlds have much to learn from some of the most intense deliriums – lethal and transformative – of the West.