neoliberalism and disavowal
I’m pleased to announce that a short piece of mine responding to Wendy Brown’s Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution has been published by Theory & Event as part of a symposium that also features excellent contributions by Antonio Vázquez-Arroyo and Annie McClanahan. Since I have occasionally been known to present serious work under punny rubrics, I must on this occasion solemnly declare, with a mixture of relief and regret, that I had absolutely nothing to do with the title of the symposium.
at long last
Some papers take longer to bake than others. Six years ago, I wrote the first version of an essay on Hannah Arendt and Bertolt Brecht. I then went back to the drawing board, and back to the archives, more than once. You can now find the final result, which I hope tells a good story while also saying something theoretically interesting, at Modern Intellectual History.
for your reading pleasure
I’m pleased to announce that Security Dialogue has just published a symposium on Patricia Owens’s terrific book Economy of Force: Counterinsurgency and the Historical Rise of the Social, including comments from me and three other readers, as well as a response from Owens. If your library subscribes, you can find the whole symposium in the June 2016 issue, here.
agamben’s political thought
The draft syllabus for Political Science 42015, “Agamben’s Political Thought,” is now available in the classroom. This will be my last course until the Spring of 2017.
new and forthcoming publications
I’m pleased to announce that Theory & Event has published my essay “Unexpected Paths: On Political Theory and History,” a short piece that reflects on the blind spots produced by our habitual bisection of the field of political theory into “history of political thought” and “normative political philosophy,” and also pays tribute to Sheldon Wolin. It’s part of a symposium on history and political theory that includes contributions by Keally McBride, Jeanne Morefield, Sam Moyn, and Chip Turner.
Forthcoming: a critical exchange with Patricia Owens on her outstanding book Economy of Force in the journal Security Dialogue, and, further down the pipeline, comments on Rainer Forst’s Normativität und Macht and Wendy Brown’s Undoing the Demos.
On Revolution, Continued
The preliminary syllabus for Political Science 34625, “On Revolution, Continued” is now available in the classroom. Though, given that tomorrow is the first day of the quarter, the “preliminary” syllabus seems pretty likely also to be the final syllabus….
of wolverines, walruses, and Joel Selvin
When my family first moved to the Bay Area in 1978, my father got to know Joel Selvin, the music critic at the SF Chronicle, who generously gave him a big stack of old 45’s for me. Somewhere in that stack was the 45 of the Beatles’ “Hello Goodbye,” b/w “I Am The Walrus.” I remember being fascinated by the visual effect of the orange-and-yellow swirls spinning on my little child’s phonograph, with its pebbled plastic carrying case. Going on four decades later, on the day I brought home my new Soma Wolverine, I realized that this must be why I had known from the beginning that the panniers had to be yellow. Goo goo ga joob, and thanks, Joel.