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Adorno – 40 Years On

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The Centre for Social and Political Thought (University of Sussex) is hosting a one-day conference, 40 Years On, on the 6th August 2009 to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the death of Theodor W. Adorno.

The conference will take place in the IDS Building on the campus of the University of Sussex, Brighton. Keynote speakers confirmed so far include Dr. Drew Milne, Prof. Alexander Duettmann and Prof. Alexander Duettmann.

In the meantime, anyone wishing to attend the free conference should register via email to Simon Mussell: s.p.mussell@sussex.ac.uk.

Verso 9781844673445 In Search of Wagner

Adorno’s potent character study, In Search of Wagner, is out now as part of Radical Thinkers Set 4.

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Adorno’s In Search of Wagner, written in exile from Germany, is a potent study of Europe’s most controversial composer and explodes the frontiers of musical and cultural analysis. Measuring key elements of Wagner’s oeuvre with patent musical dexterity, Adorno sheds light on a nineteenth-century bourgeois figure whose operas betray the social gestures and high-culture fantasies that helped plant the seeds of the modern Culture Industry.

A foreword by Slavoj Žižek situates Adorno’s reflections within present debates over Wagner’s anti-Semitism and the moral status of his work, proving why this book remains one of the most important character studies of the twentieth century.

The first question in our Radical Thinkers giveaway competition is:

Who is quoted on the back of Verso’s new edition of In Search of Wagner as saying that ‘A volume of Adorno is equivalent to a whole shelf of books on literature’?


Entry to the competition for Radical Thinkers question 1 is now closed! The answer is:

Susan Sontag

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FOI_PB:Layout 1The leading theorist of the art world today – the adjective Rancièrian is already in use – returns with his bestselling manifesto on the relationship between art and politics, newly available in paperback.  Ranciere’s political engagement with artistic production has made him the theorist that art critics and artists turn to; according to an article in Tate Etc, “we’re now in the middle of a phase dominated by Jacques Rancière’s political reflections on aesthetics”.

In The Future of the Image Rancière covers a range of art movements and thinkers, ranging from Godard and Bresson to Foucault, Barthes, Adorno, Lyotard and Deleuze, as he develops a fascinating new concept of the image in contemporary art and film.

The book has been described as “A series of gratifyingly knotty and close discussions of nineteenth and twentieth century literature, film and painting” (Guardian) and as ‘vertiginously precise’ (Les Cahiers du Cinéma).  According to Slavoj Zizek, “Rancière’s writings offer one of the few conceptualizations of how we are to continue to resist”.

Buy The Future of the Image from Verso, Amazon or the Book Depository.

ranciere_the-emancipated-spectatorOther books by Rancière are Hatred of Democracy and On the Shores of Politics.  Verso will be publishing his highly anticipated follow-up to The Future of the Image, The Emancipated Spectator, this September, along with the paperback Hatred of Democracy.Layout 1

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