Modernism After Postmodernism: Is there a future beyond capitalist realism?


Anyone in London lucky enough to have a free afternoon on Wednesday 11th of November should seriously consider heading to the Docklands for this event, which promises to be highly stimulating, and whose four speakers are responsible for some of the best writing on the blogosphere. Details after the jump…

Modernism After Postmodernism: Is there a future beyond capitalist realism?

November 11th 2009

2:00pm – 5:00pm
UEL Docklands Campus

Room EB.3.19

(third floor, main building, turn left upon entering the main square after leaving Cyprus DLR. Cyprus DLR is literally situated at the campus)

Free, All welcome

Has the idea of ‘postmodernism’ left any legacy but that of a generalised capitulation to the demands of liberal capitalism? What can contemporary urbanism learn from the era of unabashed ‘militant modernism’? Is the most controversial living philosopher, Alain Badiou, with his radical re-conceptualisation of Truth, Event and Subject, to be understood as advocating a neo-modernist programme, or something quite different? Can there be any progressive radicalism that does not ultimately embrace the revolutionising logic of modernism?


Mark Fisher
Capitalist Realism, or the Political-Economic Logic Of Postmodernism
Mark Fisher teaches at UEL, the City Lit and Goldsmiths and is the author of Capitalist Realism (Zer0, 2009)

Nina Power
Is Badiou a Modernist?
Nina Power is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Roehampton University and the author of One-Dimensional Woman (Zer0), 2009)

Owen Hatherley
They Are Rebuilding The City, Always: Regeneration now and its post-war predecessors
Owen Hatherley is a freelance writer, a researcher at Birkbeck and author of Militant Modernism (Zer0 2009)

Jeremy Gilbert
New Times Again: Legacies of Left Postmodernism
Jeremy Gilbert teaches at UEL and is the author of Anticapitalism and Culture (Berg 2008)

One Comment

  1. Posted November 2, 2009 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    …they should discuss digimodernism.

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