Research Centre for the Study of the State, Power and Globalisation (SPG)
The Research Centre for the Study of the State, Power and Globalisation seeks to promote the study of the most predominant political questions of our time. The cluster seeks to organise and form links between researchers across Richmond University engaged in the analysis of the historical and ongoing transformation of political agents and structures at the level of the state and of international politics and seeks to understand the complex intersections and interplay between local and state power and the forces of globalisation. The cluster functions as a platform to connect and form links between research across disciplines in such diverse areas as contemporary political theory, ideology, social movements; global conflict and governance; and global political economy and development. The research cluster reflects the scholarly and pedagogical aims of Richmond University’s taught degree programmes in Political Science, International Relations, International and Development Economics, Communications, and History. In particular, the cluster’s research area reflects the aims of the MA International Relations and MA International Development.
9.45-10am Welcome (Coffee)
10.00-10.45 Mattias Fyhr (Stockholm): “A definition of the Gothic: So you don’t have to feel anxious about it any more”
10.45-11.15 Philippa Semper (University of Birmingham): “The past is a fantastical country”
11.15-11.45 Jon Mackley (University of Northampton): “The Legend of Spring-Heeled Jack”
11.45-12.15 Dom Alessio (Richmond): “Re-Imagining Empire and Proto-Fascism through Science Fiction”
1.30-2.30pm Student Presentations (1)
Damien Ashton-Wellman (10+5) “Building Better Worlds?: Re-Thinking Empire and the Role of Corporations through the SF films of James Cameron” (Richmond)
Zoe Pape (10+5) “Identity: A Tale of Two Alices” (Northampton)
Darcy Sandvik (10+5): “Title TBC” (Richmond)
Chris Harris (10+5) “How Tolkien Offers a Marxist Critique using Medieval Texts in The Hobbit” (Northampton)
Bobby Marinov (10+5) “A Postcolonial analysis of Battlestar Galactica” (Richmond)
Courtney Claunch (10+5) ‘The Uncanny in Du Maurier’s “The Doll”’ (Northampton)
3.45-4pm Closing remarks
Friday October 23, 2015
2.00 – 6.00 pm
Upper Dining Hall, Atlantic House
1 St. Alban’s Grove
London, W8 5PN
Advances in our ability to make circulate, to intervene and to enhance biological functions have meant that the realm of culture now involves the transformation and commodification of ‘nature’ at its most elemental and molecular levels. This workshop interrogates changing understandings of ‘life’, the human, and the natural in the context of these and related developments in biotechnology, biopolitics and bio-capital.
Benoît Dillet (Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies) ‘Automation, Desire and Capital’
Alexander Wilson (Aarhus University) ‘Chronopolitics, Biotechnology, and the Post-Human Narrative’
Danielle Sands (Royal Holloway) ‘Gaia, Gender, and the Anthropocene’
Paul Rekret (Richmond) ‘Cogito Ergo Habo’
All welcome. Please register at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/biotechnology-biopolitics-biocapital-tickets-18625940690
For enquiries contact Paul Rekret email@example.com
Part of the ‘Living in the Anthropocene: Rethinking the Nature/Culture Divide’ Workshop Series
12 November, 2014
(Re)Visioning the Urban Imagination: The Art and Politics of Redevelopment
Over the last ten to fifteen years, London like most other global cities has experienced unprecedented levels of urban redevelopment. Urban transformations have found powerful representational form in contradictory images of gritty television and film thrillers centred on crumbling tower blocks and run-down shopping precincts, on the one hand, and those of air-brushed brochures and advertisements of regeneration projects put out by private developers, on the other. Underlying these images of the city is the politics of revisioning urban development, where the everyday life of inhabitants intersects the aspirations of politicians, planners, artists and activists.
Supported by the International Visual Arts and Culture (IVAC) and State, Power, and Globalization (SPG) research clusters at Richmond University.
“THE ARMATURE OF SUMUD: GAZA’S NETWORKS OF RESILIENCE”, Prof Bruce Stanley, (RAIUL), March 2, 2017. Asa Briggs Hall rm. 216
“US-UK Special Relations” with Mr Lew Lukens, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, U.S. Embassy in London, 18 February 2017
Ms Charu Hogg (UCLA) and H.R.H. Princess Tessy of Luxembourg will be talking about Sexual Violence in Situations of Conflict and Displacement. November 9.
Basic Income In our Time: Political Prospects, Political Challenges Guest Lecture by Dr. Jurgen De Wispelaere (Research Fellow at Bath University; Visiting Research Fellow at Tampere University) 3rd of November at 5 pm, Richmond University Lecture Hall, 17 Young Street.
Dominic Alessio and Patricia Olle Tejero, ‘Rethinking Pacific Imperialism’, October 5, 2016.
Barry Cannon, NUI Maynoot, “The Right in Latin America: Elite Power, Hegemony and the Struggle for the State, March 3, 2016
Christoper Wylde, “Developmentalism in the Twenty-First Century: States and Regimes in the Global Political Economy.
Launch of Eunice Goes’s ‘The Labour Party Under Ed Miliband: Trying But Failing to Renew Social Democracy’ (Manchester University Press, 2016) with Jon Cruddas MP, Simon Griffiths (Goldsmiths, University of London; Dionyssis Dimitrakopoulos (Birkbeck, University of London).
Launch of Mike Keating’s ‘The Global Energy Challenge’ (Palgrave MacMillan 2015) with Caroline Kuzemko Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter and Andreas Goldthau School of Public Policy Central European University.
Journalist speaks on Ashna Sarkar on ‘Decolonization’, April 2016.
Dr Roberta Guerrina (University of Surrey) “Globalizing Gender Politics”, March 2016.
Professor Matthew Feldman, “The Far Right in the UK Today”, March 2016.
Nick Ryan (Journalist), “the european Extreme right”, March 2016
U.S. Embassy’s Press Officer and Spokesperson Kathryn Crockart on Public Diplomacy, April 2016.
Dr. Barry Cannon (NUI Maynmooth) discussing his latest book, ‘The Right in Latin America: Elite Power, Hegemony and State Struggle’ (Routledge), February 2016.
Dr Maxine David (University of Leiden) “Globalizing Forces: Increasing Actorness and Diminishing Statehood in the EU”, February 2016.
Maria Margaronis (London correspondent of Nation), ‘Greek Elections: What Next For Greece? What Next for Syriza?’, March 2016
Ambassador Federico Alberto Cuello Camilo, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on an Ambassador’s role, February 2016.
Dr Muriel Blaive Advisor to the Director for Research and Methodology, Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (ÚSTR), Prague, Czech Republic on Western appropriation of Cold War memory, February 2016.
Friday 1 April 2016, 216 ASA Briggs Hall, Dr Roberta Guerrina (University of Surrey) “Globalizing Gender Politics”
Tuesday March 15, 2016, 210 ASA Briggs Hall, U.S. Embassy’s Press Officer and Spokesperson Kathryn Crockart on Public Diplomacy
March 3rd, 2016 – 3pm, Thack 1, 16 Young Street. Dr. Barry Cannon (NUI Maynmooth) will be discussing his latest book, ‘The Right in Latin America: Elite Power, Hegemony and State Struggle’ (Routledge)
Friday 19 February, 216 ASA Briggs Hall – Dr Maxine David (University of Leiden) “Globalizing Forces: Increasing Actorness and Diminishing Statehood in the EU”
Thursday February 16, 2016, 210 ASA Briggs Hall, Ambassador Federico Alberto Cuello Camilo, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on an Ambassador’s role
Monday 15 February, 2016, Lecture Hall, Taylor Bldg, Dr Muriel Blaive Advisor to the Director for Research and Methodology, Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (ÚSTR), Prague, Czech Republic on Western appropriation of Cold War memory
Thursday 11 February 2016, Upper Dining Hall, Atlantic House, Dr Muriel Blaive Advisor to the Director for Research and Methodology, Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (ÚSTR), Prague, Czech Republic on Czechoslovakia border disputes with Austria and nationalism
Friday 5 February, 216 ASA Briggs Hall- Prof. John Eade (University of Rohehampton and University of Toronto) “Global Migration and Global Cities: London”
Good Karma, Bad Credit: After Lives and Anti-colonial Futurity Tara Atluri (OCAD/Birkbeck)
6PM, Monday February 29th
Upper Dining Hall, Atlantic House, Richmond University
1 St Alban’s Grove, London, W8 5PN
Tara Atluri is a lecturer at the Ontario College of Art and Design University and is a Visiting Fellow at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and GEDS, Birkbeck, University of London. Her current research interests include sexualities and urban space in India and she has recently published Āzādī: Sexual Politics and Postcolonial Worlds (Demeter Press, 2016).
Part of the Research Seminar Series organised by the State, Power, & Globalisation Research Center
Upcoming SPG book launch
Caroline Kuzemko Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter Michael F. Keating Richmond, the American International University in London Andreas Goldthau School of Public Policy Central European University
Published by Palgrave Macmillan London and New York: 2015
Wednesday, December 9th at 6:00pm Richmond the American International University in London Kensington Campus, Asa Briggs Hall, Room 216 7-17 Ansdell St., Kensington London (W8 5BN) Nearest tube stop is High St. Kensington
Greek Elections: What Next for Greece? What Next for Syriza?
On Tuesday 22 September 2015, at 6pm, Maria Margaronis, Europe correspondent for The Nation, will be giving a talk on the Greek elections that will take place on Sunday.
The talk will take place in the Upper Dining Hall, in Atlantic House Kensington Campus and there will be wine for the after talk.
Richmond’s “Mapping for Justice” Public Showcase: videos now available
From drone strikes to racist attacks, from precarious labour to gentrification, how do maps help us understand injustice and illuminate struggle? This public showcase and discussion explored how mapmakers engage our geographical imaginations and use the power of maps for social change. From oral history to twitter data-mining, our featured mapmakers use a variety of techniques to make injustice visible. Whether made with paper and pen or on open source platforms, maps can give way to new tactics and strategies for intervention.
A video of the full event is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KarE5pfBo-8
Featured maps were presented by:
Anna Feigenbaum / Civic Media Hub (Bournemouth University): Mapping Tear Gas http://teargasresearch.com/
Jack Serle / Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Covert Drone War http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/category/projects/drones/
Jaya Klara Brekke / The City at a Time of Crisis (ESRC project, now at Durham University): Mapping racist violence in Athens http://map.crisis-scape.net/
Nate Eisenstadt / Know Your Bristol (AHRC project, Bristol University): Map Your Bristol http://www.mapyourbristol.org.uk/
Steve McFarland / CUNY Adjunct Project (now at University of Tampa): Adjunct Map https://adjunctmap.wordpress.com/
Albane Duvillier / Architectural Association: London’s Housing Struggles https://mappinglondonshousingstruggles.wordpress.com/
Mara Ferreri / Southwarknotes (now at Durham University): Heygate Displacement
B.A.G.A.G.E. / Reclaim Brixton
This event is organised by Bournemouth University’s Civic Media Hub and The Tear Gas Research Connection, with Sue Pell & Paul Rekret at Richmond, The American International University in London
The State, Power and Globalization Research Cluster is hosting a public lecture this Wednesday (April 1st) in Asa Briggs 216 at 6pm:
“Workers against capital: sweatshops, resistance and the changing composition of Asia’s garment sector“ by Ashok Kumar (Oxford University)
How are garment workers changing the composition of capital? How will changes in China, India and Southeast Asia represent a new epoch in industrial capitalism? Ashok Kumar has conducted research on workers’ struggles in Honduras, India, China, Cambodia and Sri Lanka and will attempt to address these and other questions.
Fall 2014 Seminar Series
17th September 2014
Luke Cooper (RAIUL) Easier to Imagine the End of the World than the End of Capitalism?
21st Otober 2014
Mr Eiki Nestor (President of the Estonian Parliament) ‘Estonia as a small Nordic country in Europe’
22nd October 2014
Simon Choat (Kingston University) Markets, Money, and Morality: Assessing What Money Can’t Buy
12th November 2014
Rodrigo Nuñes (PUC-Rio) Organisation of the Organisation-less: Understanding Networked Social Movements
Spring 2014 Seminar Series
19th February, 2014
Anthony Barnett (OpenDemocracy) The Meta-Data State: Does it Matter if Everything we Do is Recorded and Stored?
26th March, 2014
Daniel Ozarow (Middlesex University) Workplace Democracy and the Recovered Companies and Workers Cooperatives in Argentina
9th April, 2014
Tim Bale (Queen Mary) The Conservatives in Europe: A Disaster Waiting to Happen?
Spring 2015 Seminar Series
All public lectures are free and open to all faculty, students and the wider public. They will be held in the UDH in Atlantic House at 6pm.
28th January 2015
Paul Rekret (Richmond) The Loss of Innocence, the Growth of Despair: the Politics and the Music of Childhood.
25th February 2015
Anna Feigenbaum (Bournemouth University) and Marijn Nieuwenhuis (Warwick University) Contested Atmospheres: The Air as a Site of Struggle.
25th March 2015
James Boys (Richmond) Book Launch for Clinton’s Grand Strategy: US Foreign Policy in a Post-Cold War Era. In AB Cafeteria at 6:30pm
1st April 2015
Ashok Kumar (Oxford University) Workers against capital: sweatshops, resistance and the changing composition of Asia’s garment sector
Rekret, P, “Working Holiday: On Labour and Leisure in Trap”, Cesura//Acceso: Journal for Music Politics and Poetics, March 2017.
Paul Rekret,’Affect and Politics: A Critical Assessment’ in Reilly et al (eds), Politics, Protest, Emotion: Interndisciplinary Perspectives, Press Books, January 2017.
Dominic Alessio, “The Voldemort of Empires: Rethinking the Relationship between Empire and United States History” (with Wesley Renfro), International Studies Perspectives 17, no. 3 (2016): 250-66.
Dominic Alessio, Filibustering from Africa to the Americas: Re-thinking Empire and the Origins of Fascism”, Small Wars & Insurgencies (27, 6, 2016)
Dominic Alessio, Patricia Olle, Katherine Arnold, “Re-thinking the Pacific’s ‘Bermuda Triangle’: Spanish, German and United States Imperialism in Micronesia” Journal of New Zealand & Pacific Studies [forthcoming].
Rafal Soborski ‘Ideological Imbalance Post the Credit Crunch: Neoliberalism Versus the Politics of Resistance’ in Social Movements and World-System, London: Routledge, 2016.
Rekret, P., ‘The Aporia and the Problem’ in Cisney et al (eds), Between Foucault and Derrida, Edinburgh University Press, 2016.
Paul Rekret (2016) ‘A Critique of New Materialism: Ethics & Ontology’, Subjectivity, 9(3): 225-245.
Paul Rekret & Simon Choat (2016), ‘ ‘From Political Topographies to Political Logics: Laclau, Sohn-Rethel and Real Abstraction’. Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory, 23(2): 281-291.
Alessio, D. (2016) “Easter Island and the Lost Continent of Mu”, Easter Island: Cultural and Historical Perspectives, edited by Ian Conrich (Berlin: Frank & Timme, 2016)
Goes, E (2016) The Labour Party Under Ed Miliband: Trying But Failing to Renew Social Democracy, Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Goes, E (2016) ‘The Labour Party Under Ed Miliband: Trying But Failing to Renew Social Democracy”, Renewal, Vol 24, No. 1, 2016, 29-40.
Rekret, P. (2016), ‘The Sovereignty of Sovereignty and Critical IR’, Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Critical Thought.
Wylde, C. (2016) Post-Neoliberal Developmental Regimes in Latin America: Argentina under Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, New Political Economy, 21(3), 322-341.
Wylde, C. (2016) Democracy Against Neoliberalism in Argentina and Brazil, Ferrero, J.P., London: PalgraveMacmillan, Journal of Latin American Studies.
Alessio, D. (2015), “The Dragon Is Not Always Red: The Welsh Defence League and Extreme Nationalism in Wales”, National Identities.
Alessio, D. (2015),.“The Voldemort of Empires: Rethinking the Relationship between Empire and United States History” (with Wesley Renfro),International Studies Perspectives.
Wylde, C., Levey, C. & Ozarow, D. (2015) De la Crisis del 2001 al Kirchnerismo: Cambios y Continuidades (Buenos Aires: Prometeo).
Wylde, C. (2015) Continuidad y cambio en la interpretación de los cambios rotundos: reexaminando la crisis argentina de 2001-2002, in Wylde, C., Levey, C., & Ozarow, D. (eds.) ‘De la Crisis del 2001 al Kirchnerismo: Camnbios y Continuidades (Buenos Aires: Prometeo).
Wylde, C., Levey, C., & Ozarow, D. (2015) ‘Un repaso a la crisis argentina de 2001: cambios y continuidades’, in Wylde, C., Levey, C., & Ozarow, D. (eds.) ‘De la Crisis del 2001 al Kirchnerismo: Camnbios y Continuidades (Buenos Aires: Prometeo).
Wylde, C. (2015) Rethinking Latin America: Development, Hegemony, and Social Transformation, Munck, R., London: PalgraveMacmillan, Journal of Latin American Studies, 47(3).
Pell, S. (2015). “Radicalizing the Politics of the Archive: Reading an Activist Archive.” Archivaria, 80 (Fall): 33-57.
Rekret, P. (2015), ‘From Political Topographies to Political Logics: Post-Marxism and Historicity’, Constellations: An International Journal of Critical & Democratic Theory. (with Simon Choat).
Soborski, R. (2015) ‘Crisis of Ideology or Ideologies of Crisis? Ideological Continuity in a Destabilized Age’, The Global Studies Journal, Volume 8, Issue 3, 33-43.
Alessio, D. (2015), “The Dragon Is Not Always Red: The Welsh Defence League and Extreme Nationalism in Wales”, National Identities.
Alessio, D. (2015),.“The Voldemort of Empires: Rethinking the Relationship between Empire and United States History” (with Wesley Renfro), International Studies Perspectives.
Keating, M. (2015) The Global Energy Challenge: Environment, Development and Security, Palgrave. (with C. Kuzemko and A. Goldthau).
Goes, E (2015) The Liberal Democrats and the Coalition: Driven to the Edge of Europe’, The Political Quarterly, Vol. 86 Issue 3, 93-100.
Goes, E (2015) ‘Power and the Public Sphere: Lessons from Tahrir Square’, Portuguese Journal of Social Sciences, Vol 14. No.1, 57-70.
Pell, S. (2014), “A Puzzle Constantly Changing Itself: Cultural Studies in the 21st Century.” Topia, 30-31: 310-318.
Pell, S. (2014), “Mobilizing Urban Publics, Imagining Democratic Possibilities: Reading the Politics of Urban Redevelopment in Discourses of Gentrification and Revitalization.” Cultural Studies 28 (1): 29-48.
Goes, E. (2014). “The Coalition and Europe: A Tale of Reckless Drivers, Steady Navigators and Imperfect Maps”, Parliamentary Affairs, Volume 67, Number 1.
Wylde, C. (2014) ‘The developmental state is dead, long live the developmental regime! Interpreting Nestór Kirchner’s Argentina 2003-2007, Journal of International Relations and Development, 17(2), 191-219.
Wylde, C., Levey, C., & Ozarow, D. (2014) ‘Argentina Since the 2001 Crisis: Recovering the Past, Reclaiming the Future’ (London: PalgraveMacmillan).
Alessio, D. (2014), “… territorial acquisitions are among the landmarks of our history”: the buying and leasing of imperial territory”, The Crisis of the Twenty-First Century: Empire in the Age of Austerity, eds. Russell Foster et al. (London: Routledge).
Alessio, D. (2014), “Indian Science Fiction Film”, Liverpool Companion to World Science Fiction Film, ed. Sonja Fritzsche (with Jessica Langer), Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.
Rekret, P. (2014), ‘Generalised Antagonism and Political Ontology in the Debate Between Laclau and Negri’ in A Kioupkolis & G. Katsambekis (Eds.) The Biopolitics of the Multitude Versus the Hegemony of the People: A Debate On Radical Democracy and Collective Movements Today. London: Ashgte.
Keating, M. (2014), ‘Asia Catches Cold, Russia Sneezes: The Political Economy of Emerging Market Crises in 1997/1998’, in Fouskas, V. (ed.) The Politics of International Political Economy, London: Routledge.
Wylde, C. (2014) ‘Revisiting the Argentine Crisis a Decade on: Changes and Continuities?’, in Wylde, C., Levey, C., & Ozarow, D. ‘Argentina Since the 2001 Crisis: Recovering the Past, Reclaiming the Future’ (London: Palgrave Macmillan).
Wylde, C. (2014) ‘Causes of the Argentine Financial Crisis: Economic Imbalance and Social Upheaval’, in Wylde, C., Levey, C., & Ozarow, D. ‘Argentina Since the 2001 Crisis: Recovering the Past, Reclaiming the Future’ (London: Palgrave Macmillan).
Brown, M. (2014), ‘Stanowisko Foreign Office wobec rzadów i komitetów na uchodzstwie w Wielkiej Brytanii podczas drugiej wojny swiatowej’[ The Foreign Office’s attitude towards the Governments and Committees in Exile in Great Britain during the Second World War], in Radek Zurawski vel Grajewski (ed.), Rzady bez ziemi. Struktury wladzy na uchodzstwie [Governments without Territory. Structures of Power in Exile], Wydawnictwo DiG, Warszawa, pp. 329-48.
Goes, E. (2013), “The Left and the Financial Crisis: The Labour Party in Search of a New Economic Narrative”, in João Rosas and Ana Rita Ferreira (Editors) Left and Right: The Great Dichotomy Revisited, (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars, 2013).
Brown, M (2013) ‘Je „Transfer” pouhým eufemismem pro „ethickou cistku”?: Koreny pojmu a vývoj anglicky psané debaty o odsunu sudetských Nemcu z Ceskoslovenska’, in Václav Houžvicka (ed.), Odsun Nemcu z Ceskoslovenska 65 let poté , EKR, Brno, pp. 28-45.
Soborski, R. (2013) Ideology in a Global Age: Continuity and Change. Palgrave Macmillan.
Alessio, D. (2013), “Blackshirts for the Twenty-First Century? Fascism and the English Defence League” (with Kristen Meredith), Social Identities. Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture.
Alessio, D. (2013) “Arctic ‘Concessions’ and Icebreaker Diplomacy? Chinese Tourism Development in Iceland” (with Edward H. Huijbens), Current Issues in Tourism (Fall 2013) (Routledge).
Alessio, D. (2013) ‘…territorial acquisitions are among the landmarks of our history’: the buying and leasing of imperial territory”, Global Discourse, 3, I (Summer 2013).