The Bauman Lectures
Henry A. Giroux War On Youth
In the second of our Bauman lectures, the critically acclaimed public intellectual Henry A. Giroux discusses the state sponsored assault being waged against young people across the globe, especially in the United States. For Giroux, what is no longer a hidden order of politics is that American society is at war with its children, and that the use of such violence against young people is a disturbing index of a society in the midst of a deep moral and political crisis. Only a fundamental rethinking of our political priorities can rescue us from this tragic foreclosure of hope. A close friend of the late Paolo Friere, Henry has made groundbreaking contributions to numerous fields, including education, critical theory, youth studies, media studies and public pedagogy. He currently occupies the Global TV network Chair in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.
Forthcoming Disposable Life
To what extent is it possible to write of entire populations as disposable? How might we think about mass violence is such terms? And how might we forge a truly trans-disciplinary pedagogy that connects the arts, humanities and social sciences such that we may re-imagine peaceful co-habitation amongst the world of people? Bringing together some of the most celebrated critical scholars, public intellectuals and artists, this three year collaborative project will directly address these types of questions by interrogating the concept of “disposable life”. In doing so, the project aims to rethink the very meaning of mass violence in the 21st Century. More soon….
In Focus Robert Longo on Violence
In this interview conducted in the studio of New York based artist Robert Longo, the relationship between violence and art in the contemporary period is questioned. Longo discusses how his work draws upon a personal fascination with the “violence of the real”, in particular how living in New York City (including during the events of September 11th 2011) had a profound influence in shaping the content and direction of his works. The artist also discusses his historical influences and his earlier provocations on the purpose of artistic productions. Section also features a retrospective of his works. Click Here
Edition No. 1
On Violence is an annual publication which provides a dedicated intellectual and creative space for cutting-edge mediations and critical reflections. It is not aiming to be a conventional academic journal in any stylistic sense; instead it prefers trans-disciplinary interventions that openly challenge orthodox modes of thinking, presentation and form. Our inaugural edition includes contributions from Todd May, Cynthia Enloe, Brian Massumi, Saul Newman, Nancy Scheper-Hughes, John Steppling, Lewis Gordon, Henry Giroux, Michael Dillon, and Julian Reid.
Pollock & Silverman
Griselda Pollock and Max Silverman discuss their collaborative ‘Concentrationary Memories and the Politics of Representation’ project that includes a series of four publications on art, cinema, memory & the imaginary. With originality, rigour and ethical purpose, this series re-engages with the relations between aesthetics and politics in the aftermath of World War Two. In doing so, Pollock and Silverman offer a new conceptual paradigm for rethinking mass violence both historically and in the contemporary period.
The Ten Years of Terror Project
How were we to commemorate the 10th anniversary of violence of September 11th 2001? What challenges did the decade which followed pose for critical scholars and thinkers who share a commitment to non-violence as a political strategy? To what extent did our response to the violence of that day represent a failure of the political imagination? And how might we have better reflected upon that historical moment such that we might rethink the meaning of war/peace, violence and global citizenship in the 21st Century? Organised in partnership with the Solomon K. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom, the Ten Years of Terror project provided a timely intervention on the state of global affairs that remains as prescient as ever.