Thursday, 15 October 2015

Come to our first talk this year on Marxism / Critical Theory / Ecology with Drew Milne!


with Drew Milne

Room 4, Mill Lane Lecture Theatre, Cambridge
Tuesday, 20 October, 2015 @ 5-7PM

Contemporary politics throws up ecological crises with gathering intensity: from Fukushima and fracking and new nuclear power stations to genetic modification plant technology. The Volkswagen emissions scandal is a symptom of the deep ecological corruption of capitalism, offering clear demonstration of the limits of green capitalism. The necessity for developing political alliances across red and green political perspectives has never been clearer. Problems at the level of political practice nevertheless reflect widespread suspicions that Marx and Marxism lack a relevant understanding of ecology, while the priorities of climate change activism often come into conflict with traditional labour movement politics. This talk seeks to glean some of the fragmented theoretical resources suggested by Marx and by neo-Marxist traditions of critical theory, so as to develop a contemporary politics of ecology.

Dr Drew Milne is a lecturer in the English Faculty, University of Cambridge, specialising in modern drama, poetry and critical theory. He edited the anthology 'Marxist Literary Theory: A Reader' (1996) with Terry Eagleton; and the anthology 'Modern Critical Thought: An Anthology of Theorists writing on Theorists' (2003). He has published a number of essays on critical theory, including essays on Adorno, Habermas, Marcuse and Derrida.
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Welcome to the first of this year's Critical Theory and Practice seminars! Organised by Cambridge Defend Education (CDE) and Cambridgeshire Left, the aim of these talks is to integrate contemporary radical theory with political practice and activism. Each talk will consist of a presentation followed by an open-ended Q&A session (and a trip to the pub).

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