Below are some of our current projects
General Organology Conference
Conference on General Organology: The Co-individuation of Minds, Bodies, Social Organizations and Technè
Marking the 20th anniversary of the publication of Bernard Stiegler’s book, La Technique et le temps 1, this conference intends to offer a critical appraisal of the project of a general organology. Six themes: neurosciences, technics, desire, pharmacology, social networks and transindividuation will offer a prism on philosophical issues concerning the place and role of technics in our time.
Keynotes: Maryanne Wolf – Carl Elliott – Maurizio Lazzarato – Bernard Stiegler
Dates: 20th-22nd November 2014
Post Liberalism Workshop Series
The 2008 financial crash and recent riots in various European cities (London, Paris, Malmo) have put the spotlight on the two dominant forms of liberalism – a more leftwing social-cultural liberalism since the 1960s and a more rightwing economic-political liberalism since the 1980s. In the 1990s and 2000s, these have merged to form a new meta-ideology masquerading as some form of pragmatic centrism.
Political thought at Kent has always combined a critique of liberalism with alternative conceptions of ‘the political’. The research programme on post-liberalism analyses the emerging ‘post-liberal’ shape of politics. It examines various critiques of social and economic liberalism and explores different alternatives.
CCT will convene two seminars on post-liberalism at Kent Canterbury and one at Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies. A number of publications are also in preparation, including a monograph and a special issue in a leading international journal. The plan is to submit a major research grant application in 2014. By developing both new concepts and fresh policy ideas (in close association with senior people in politics, influential think-tanks and leading media), the aim is to have a significant impact on academic research, political debate and public policy-making.