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Fall 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012
Jodi Dean (Political Science, Hobart and William Smith Colleges)
The Communist Horizon book cover
The Communist Horizon
3:30 pm Curtin 175

For this talk, Jodi Dean argues for the continued force of communism today. It should be our Pole star, the focus of our journey. With communism as our horizon, the field of possibilities for revolutionary theory and practice starts to change shape, and barriers to action fall away. Our combined strength replaces our separate weaknesses, our collective desire replaces individual drive, and mobilized wills replace passive indecision. When the illusion that capitalism is the only reality dissolves, anything is possible. She shows that the global anti-capitalist movement associated with Occupy Wall Street gets its bearings from the communist horizon as it expresses the intensity of collective desires to organize against the corporate and financial elite. She presents nothing less than a manifesto for a new politics and a new collectivity.

Jodi Dean studies political theory, with a special emphasis on contemporary space and the politics of possibility. Her work considers capitalism, neoliberalism, technology, media, and the politics of the left. Her most recent book is The Communist Horizon (Verso, 2012). Other books include Blog Theory: Feedback and Capture in the Circuits of Drive (Polity, 2010) and Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies: Communicative Capitalism and Left Poltics (Duke, 2009).

Brown bag seminar
Friday, October 26
12 noon, Curtin 939
Background reading: Jodi Dean, Chapter 6, The Communist Horizon

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