History seminars at the IHR

Marxism in Culture

Convenors:  Matthew Beaumont, Dave Beech, Alan Bradshaw, Warren Carter, Gail Day, Steve Edwards, Larne Abse Gogarty, Esther Leslie, David Mabb, Antigoni Memou, Chrysi Papaioannou, Nina Power, Dominic Rahtz, Pete Smith, Peter Thomas & Alberto Toscano.

Contacts: For further information, please contact Larne Abse Gogarty at larne.gogarty.09@ucl.ac.uk or Chrysi Papaioannou at chrysi_p@yahoo.co.ukThe link to the web-site is http://www.marxisminculture.org.

Venue: Wolfson Room I, unless otherwise stated in the programme below.

Time: Friday, 5.30pm

Some podcasts from this Seminar are available online

Spring Term 2015
DateSeminar details
23 January Nanotechnology: Imagining the Invisible

Norah Campbell (Trinity College)

Abstract: Advertisements for high-technology products and services visualize processes and phenomena which are unvisualizable, such as globalization, networks and information. We turn our attention specifically to the case of nanotechnology advertisements, using an approach that combines visual and sonic culture. Just as phenomena such as complexity and networks have become established in everyday discourse, nanotechnology seizes the social imaginary by establishing its own aesthetic conventions. Elaborating Raymond Williams’ concept of structures of feeling, we show that in visualizing nanotechnology, its stakeholders employ spaces, verbs, and objects of feeling. These favorable nanotechnology structures of feeling are woven into the social imaginary, recursively producing the reality they describe.
Norah Campbell teaches in Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin. Her research is interdisciplinary and currently focuses on psychoanalysis and climate change, the philosophy of technology and speculative realism.

6 March A special session organised by the journal Cesura Acceso on music and radical politics


20 March Title and abstract to be confirmed

Nick Beech (Oxford Brookes)

Please note:  this session takes place in the Torrington Room, 104, in the South Block, on the first floor