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Hegel Summer School Next Week

Just a reminder to local readers interested in the Hegel Summer School, that the event is next week (urk!!). Registration forms are available here, and general information about the event is here.

The format of the event has been tweaked somewhat (the website doesn’t yet reflect the most recent changes). I will now be speaking on Friday afternoon, instead of Saturday morning, and we are adding a panel discussion on Saturday afternoon to allow for more discussion of challenges relating to political organisation and mobilisation. The informal Thursday evening drinks and discussion session will provide a brief introduction to the speakers and the event, and give some time for participants to meet one another in a less structured setting. Lots of time and space for discussion is built into the event itself, with papers running around an hour, then a break for coffee and informal discussion, and then around 90 minutes of discussion for each paper.

If I weren’t so tired, I’d likely be getting very nervous around now. 🙂 I’m looking forward to this, though. My talk will synthesise (and, inevitably, abridge) some of the materials I’ve been posting recently here on Hegel and Marx. I’m planning on discussing the motives and then the methodological implications of Hegel’s concept of a “scientific” philosophical system, exploring why this methodology appeals to Marx – and how he considers himself to have “inverted” it in Capital, and then talking a bit about how all this plays out in a theory of misrecognition that suggests certain specific challenges for transformative social movements. In an hour. Hmmm…. Hopefully those of you who attend will be gentle on me. 🙂 I’m very much looking forward to the extended opportunities for discussion, though – it’s very rare to be able to spend so much time on individual papers, and I enjoy spontaneous exchange far far more than talking at people for an hour… 🙂

Hope to see some of you there.

[Update that the talk has now been posted online here, and the audio of the talk is available here.]


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