Theodor Adorno

The abundance of real suffering tolerates no forgetting. This suffering demands the continued existence of art even as it prohibits it. It is now virtually in art alone that suffering can still find its own voice

Theodor Adorno

Disposable Life Latest Video

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 globally partnered initiative directly address these types of questions by interrogating the paradigm of “disposable life” to rethink the meaning of mass violence in the 21st Century. The first phase of the project consists of a series of monthly filmed reflections, the latest is provided by Jean Franco who reflects upon the disposability of populations in Latin America. Previous contributions have been provided by Cynthia Enloe, Simon Critchley, Zygmunt Bauman, Griselda Pollock, Henry A. Giroux, Gustavo Esteva, Saskia Sassen; Max Silverman & Slavoj Zizek.

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Join The Debate Disposable Futures 

As part of the Disposable Life project, the Histories of Violence project has partnered with Truthout to create a forum for broader discussion on the theme of “disposable futures.” Asking whether we can even begin to imagine a world beyond the catastrophic imaginary of the times, we are inviting contributions from public intellectuals, students, artists, poets, writers, social activists and scholars from whatever discipline, utilizing a broad array of media. Our aim is to reclaim the idea that our collective futures are not fated and that it is possible to transform the world for the better. Join the debate here

The Bauman Lectures 

Zygmunt Bauman is one of the principle sources of inspiration behind the histories of violence project. His work continues to bring intellectual force to bear on different forms of violence, regardless of political emblem, and the continued ability to render life arbitrary and meaningless for the sake of throughly modern objectives. We are proud to have had Zygmunt’s personal blessing to run this series of periodic lectures in honour of his contribution to our areas of concern. Lectures in the series thus far include Bauman’s Inaugural lecture “A Natural History of evil”, followed by Henry A. Giroux’s “War on Youth”. Click Here

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On Violence

Edition No. 1

Now Published

On Violence is a periodic 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.

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New Press:

Richard J. Bernstein

Violence: Thinking Without Banisters

We live in a time when we are overwhelmed with talk and images of violence. Whether on television, the internet, films or the video screen, we can’t escape representations of actual or fictional violence – another murder, another killing spree in a high school or movie theatre, another action movie filled with images of violence. Our age could well be called “The Age of Violence” because representations of real or imagined violence, sometimes fused together, are pervasive. But what do we mean by violence? What can violence achieve? Are there limits to violence and, if so, what are they?
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Previous Projects 10 Years of Terror

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.

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