Budapest Keynote 13 June 2008

If you just happen to be in Budapest next week…

John Hutnyk – Keynote for the Conference “Framing Struggles”

“Framing Struggles or Containing Fears?

– Performative Paranoia and the Manufacture of Demons”.

Theatricality can sometimes out-perform theory. This presentation considers how insights from performance studies might provide a critical line on the range of theory-driven post-September 11 commentary that seeks to deal with the meaning of the war of terror and issues of public security. In particular the writings of Slavoj Zizek, Alain Badiou and Susan Buck-Morss will be examined, alongside the critical positions from media commentators and cultural artists. It seems that from the world of performance arts there might be a more nuanced understanding of the way the stories unfold, with implications for how we imagine scholarship and explanatory frameworks. The culture of fear creates demons, but a culture of struggle perhaps questions such framings.

Friday 13 June 17.30 PM (followed by a reception).


2ND CEU Sociology & Social Anthropology Graduate Conference

Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology

Central European University

Nador utca 9.

Budapest H-1051, Hungary


About john hutnyk

Writer on culture, cities, diaspora, history, film, prisons, colonialism, education, Marxism. Studied and taught in Australia at Deakin and Melbourne Universities; and in the UK in Manchester University’s Institute for Creative and Cultural Research; before moving to Goldsmiths in 1998, and becoming Academic Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies in 2004-2014. Has held visiting researcher posts in Germany at the South Asia Institute and Institute fur Ethnologie at Heidelberg University, and Visiting Professor posts in InterCultural Studies at Nagoya City University Japan, Zeppelin University and Hamburg University, Germany, Sociology at Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, Turkey and at the Graduate institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. Immediate past adjunct Professor of RMIT University, Melbourne and GIAN Visiting Professor Jadavpur Uni Kolkata.
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6 Responses to Budapest Keynote 13 June 2008

  1. Clarissa Lee says:

    Hey John
    this posting is actually in response to one of your posts below but I thought putting it here will better get your attention 🙂

    Any reading groups from Goldsmith holding sessions between the 6th and 9th August? If so, I would love to participate! 🙂

  2. john says:

    hiya – august is pretty quiet. there used to be an MA conference around that time, but this year its in September. Check out our events page closer to the day, but not sure. Maybe you, me and Emile will have to have a session on Capital. – J

  3. Clarissa Lee says:

    Training a communist from the cradle 😛

  4. john hutnyk says:

    well, that really does seem to be the plan. And its an internationalist one from the start, see this from Melbourne. xj

  5. Clarissa Lee says:

    I am envious. I can’t knit or do anything beyond crude embroidery and darning… so i’ll just write experimental stories for emile

    too bad he’ll be too tiny for me to feed him spoonfuls of hot curry

    well i look forward to the class. R u guys reading him Das Kapitalis and the Communist Manifesto regularly?

  6. Clarissa Lee says:

    Oops I mean Das Kapital

    Anyway, I look forward to sharing a classroom with Emile. LOL!

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