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6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust Annual Lecture 2022


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Venue: Birkbeck Main Building, Malet Street

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The end of the twentieth century heralded a new information age of networked participatory democracy. A quarter century later, we complain about being addicted or tethered to our phones, dependent on “big tech” overlords who extract from us our information, money, and time. What happened? This lecture answers the question by setting out the neofeudalizing tendencies of communicative capitalism.

Jodi Dean is a Visiting Fellow at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities. She is a Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and has held the position of Erasmus Chair of the Humanities at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. She is the author of nine books, including ‘Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies’ (2009), ‘Blog Theory’ (2010), and ‘Comrade’ (2019).

The event is a lecture followed by a free wine reception.

Doors open: 5.30 pm
Talk starts: 6.00 pm

The annual lecture is organised by the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and supported by Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust.

This event is free and open to all but registration is required. Please click on the ‘book your place’ link at the top of the page to secure your place.

Due to popular non-London-based demand, the lecture will also be livestreamed. You can attend and participate virtually by clicking on this link tomorrow, at 6pm

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The 2018 Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust Annual Lecture was organized in collaboration with the Birkbeck Institute for Humanities.
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The life and legacy of Antonio Gramsci
Grassmarket Centre, Edinburgh

Edinburgh people’s festival presents, on the 80th anniversary of his death…

The life and legacy of Antonio Gramsci

with Gianluigi Deiana and Gabriella Cuccu Gramsci Museum, Sardinia

Tickets: edinburghpeoplesfestival.org

Sponsored by the city’s trade union movement and The Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust

Gramsci poster


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