Marking the release of a new set of titles in the acclaimed Radical Thinkers series, as well as publication of their own key texts, three of Verso’s most respected and influential writers met on Friday 23 October in New York to discuss the future of radical thought and the importance of critical theory to social movements today.
JUDITH BUTLER is Maxine Elliot Professor of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. Her many books include Precarious Life: The Power of Mourning and Violence and, most recently Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable?
SIMON CRITCHLEY is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research and at the University of Essex, UK. Among his numerous books are Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance and his contribution to the new set 4 of Radical Thinkers, Ethics-Politics-Subjectivity: Derrida, Levinas and Contemporary French Thought
JACQUES RANCIÈRE is a professor of philosophy at the University of Paris-VIII. His many books include On the Shores of Politics (part of Verso’s Radical Thinkers 2),The Future of the Image and Hatred of Democracy. The Emancipated Spectator is new from Verso.
‘Don’t Look Back: Radical Thinkers and the Arts Since 1909′ is at the Tate Britain on Thursday 26 November 2009, 18.30–20.00
On the 100th anniversary of the Futurism Manifesto, join critical thinkers Terry Eagleton, Simon Critchley, Kate Soper, Eyal Weizman, and chair Alberto Toscano in exploring a century of radical thinking and the arts – and debating what lies ahead. The recent Futurism exhibition at Tate Modern reminds us of an age when politics and aesthetics were densely interwoven in an explosive rejection of the past. This distinguished panel will assess the legacy of modernism to ask how today’s radical thinkers might understand the role of the arts at the dawn of the twenty first century and beyond.
Tate Britain Auditorium £8 (£6 concessions), booking recommended
For tickets book online here or call 020 7887 8888.