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"Architecture in the Anthropocene" book launch

A book launch for Architecture in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Design, Deep Time, Science and Philosophy, edited by Etienne Turpin (Ann Arbor: MPublishing/Open Humanities Press, November 2013).

14:00—17:00, Friday 6 December 2013
Centre for Research Architecture
Room 312RHB
Goldsmiths University of London

Organized by Nabil Ahmed and the Center for Research Architecture

Michel Feher Lecture Series - The Age of Appreciation: Six Lectures on the Neoliberal Condition

1. The Neoliberal Condition and its predecessors: Redemption, Fulfillment, Appreciation
2. Improve Your Credit: What Human Capital Wants
3. The Journey to Self-Esteem: How Human Capital Blossoms
4. Thank You for Sharing: The Social Life of Human Capital
5. When Human Capital Rebels: The Case for Embracing Our Neoliberal Condition
6. Investee Activism: Another Speculation is Possible

RT 1 FALL 2013: MICHEL FEHER

i) Wednesday November 20 Inaugural Lecture by Michel Feher
NAB LG01, 6-8pm

The Neoliberal Condition and its predecessors: Redemption, Fulfillment, Appreciation. This is the first in a series of six lectures to be presented by Michel Feher at Goldsmiths for the years 2013-2015. This new Visual Cultures initiative is organized around the concept of Operative Thought and how the Political Practice of Ideas takes shape.

RT 6 - Earthly poison

1972. Bangladesh is a new state emerging out of a national liberation war and a cyclone. Inspired by the Green Revolution, UNICEF undertook a major public health engineering project, drilling millions of hand pumps aimed at providing safe drinking water, and over subsequent years sinking private tube wells became normative practice. Although considered a major humanitarian success, it exposed a significant part of the population to ground water aquifers rich in arsenic.

TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE: SHORT STUDIES ON BORDER PRACTICES OF SURINAME (REMCO DE BLAAIJ)

v Introduction

21 We Arrived and Saw A Flag Out of the Window

Interruption: Note of the Princess

31 Time to Negotiate: A Shape of a CommonWorld

Interruption: Letter of the Ministry

47 Tolerance Now: A Hiccup in Contemporary Dutch Politics

Interruption: Interview with Joris Ivens

59 Conclusion

67 References

70 Colophon

Laura Kurgan - Close Up at a Distance

The past two decades have seen revolutionary shifts in our ability to navigate, inhabit, and define the spatial realm. The data flows that condition much of our lives now regularly include Global Positioning System (GPS) readings and satellite images of a quality once reserved for a few militaries and intelligence agencies, and powerful geographic information system (GIS) software is now commonplace. These new technologies have raised fundamental questions about the intersection between physical space and its representation, virtual space and its realization.

Michel Feher: The Goverened in Politics

Neither apolitical nor governmental, to be involved in politics without aspiring to govern… such are the constraint that delineate the condition common to all practitioners of nongovernmental politics [...] Nongovernmental politics can be envisioned as encompassing the political involvements of the governed, or better still, as the politics in which the governed as such are involved [...] what all these activists all have in common is that they are driven by a shared determination not to be governed thusly.

Mike Davis - Who will build the ark?

"In the first section, ‘Pessimism of the Intellect’, I adduce arguments for believing that we have already lost the first, epochal stage of the battle against global warming. The Kyoto Protocol, in the smug but sadly accurate words of one of its chief opponents, has done ‘nothing measurable’ about climate change. Global carbon dioxide emissions rose by the same amount they were supposed to fall because of it. [2] It is highly unlikely that greenhouse gas accumulation can be stabilized this side of the famous ‘red line’ of 450 ppm by 2020.

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