“The Coordinated City’s Mutation Machine” — dissertation now available

For anyone who has patiently kept an eye on this site as I’ve moved through the dissertation process, the full document seems to now be available through UW’s site here (abstract is there too). I’ve submitted a version of some of the empirical work and the final chapter to be published as a chapter in a forthcoming Deleuze and Architecture/Urbanism book, and am currently working some of the early material into an article on Deleuze and Guattari’s political philosophy as ontology for critical urban inquiry, that I plan to submit to City, since they published the assemblage urbanism vs critical urban theory debate that frames my work.

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The academic project I desire: finishing translations of “The Genealogy of Capital” volumes of Recherches

As I comb back through my rough translation of “La Ville-Métaphore” from volume 13 of Guattari’s journal Recherches, adding in all the quotations to the German Ideology, Grundrisse, & The Communist Manifesto that deal with the city/countryside binary, I realize that this is the exact project I want to do now:

I want to move to France and finish translating the two Genealogy of Capital volumes. I’ve made it through the Introduction to volume 13, La ville-ordinateur, Anne Querrien’s comments thereupon that did not make their way into the conversations between Deleuze, Guattari, Fourquet, and Foucault are in Semiotext(e)’s Foucault Live book, and now La ville-métaphore. Brett Mommersteeg has translated the Green Spaces essay and is working on the chapters on Medical Equipments and Educational Equipments. We’re planning on putting a proposal together toward the end of the summer, but this is what I want to keep doing…


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French movies with French subtitles?

Anyone know of any besides The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, or know how to find them without looking at the back of the box of every DVD in existence? Or maybe there’s some closed-captioning trick I don’t know about on a Mac?

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Small victories

Ph.D. in hand, a handful of courses to teach as a hired gun next year but no permanent job prospects…I don’t sweat it though because I run on these small victories:

“Seriously, this is the best class I’ve ever taken and I know what I’m talking about, this is the third college I’ve been to at this point and I take my education very seriously. Keith Harris has got to be one of the most brilliant and passionate instructors on this campus and he deserves recognition. I don’t know if anyone reading this has real administrative power but someone needs to put his ass on a tenure track pronto.”

Now back to loitering and reading PKD.

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stay home

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minor intrusions

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The Origins of Neoliberalism: Modeling the Economy from Jesus to Foucault (2016)

Foucault News

leshemDotan Leshem, The Origins of Neoliberalism: Modeling the Economy from Jesus to Foucault, Columbia University Press, 2016

Dotan Leshem recasts the history of the West from an economic perspective, bringing politics, philosophy, and economics closer together and revealing the significant role of Christian theology in shaping economic and political thought. He begins with early Christianity’s engagement with economic knowledge and the influence of this interaction on politics and philosophy. He then follows the secularization of economics in liberal and neoliberal theory, showing it to be a perversion of earlier communitarian tradition. Only by radically relocating the origins of modernity in late antiquity, Leshem argues, can we confront neoliberalism.

Introduction: Economy Before Christ
1. From Oikos to Ecclesia
2. Modeling the Economy
3. Economy and Philosophy
4. Economy and Politics
5. Economy and the Legal Framework
6. From Ecclesiastical to Market Economy

Dotan Leshem is senior lecturer…

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