Thanks to the HM team for a great conference – the biggest and most enthusiastic yet. Verso’s highlights were:
- Kees Van Der Pijl giving the Deutscher prize lecture for his book Nomads, Empires, States.
- The Apocalypse Marxism panel featuring Mark Fisher giving a taste of his Capitalist Realism, Ben Noys giving a flavour of his new book with EUP next year, The Persistence of the Negative, and Evan Calder Williams on salvagepunk and the apocalypse. Mark’s paper is available here.
- In his first visit to the UK in about 20 years, Fredric Jameson’s interpretation of Capital (part of a project forthcoming from Verso 2010/2011), in a packed, standing room only, lecture hall with responses from Peter Osborne, Maria Elisa Cevasco and Peter Thomas.
- Discovering a new book by Kevin Doogan, New Capitalism? The Transformation of Work.
- Blair Ogden on Walter Benjamin.
- An ‘after hours’ meeting in a packed Strand pub with John Holloway, Moishe Postone and Hillel Ticktin.
- An increasingly desperate hunt with some other delegates for a gentleman’s toilet… Woman’s toilet after woman’s toilet in the labyrinth of SOAS… Still, makes a change, I’m sure!
- Very nice people stopping to chat, say nice things about the list and buy books – thanks for making the weekend a pleasure.
- And a special mention to some very lovely people who helped us lug out the vast boxes to the cab in the pouring rain on Sunday evening.