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This public seminar, marking the launch of Jeremy Gilbert’s book Common Ground (Pluto Press), will discuss the relationship between collectivity, individuality, affect and agency today, asking whether personal freedom is the great achievement of our era — or if individualism is actually forced on us by capitalist culture, fatally limiting our capacity to solve the problems that we can only solve together. What forms of politics, culture and philosophy might take us beyond the limits of traditional conservatism or banal individualism?
The seminar is being hosted by UEL’s Centre for Cultural Studies Research and will take place at the Brilliant Corners, 470 Kingsland Road, Dalston, London, E8 4AE. For further information visit www.culturalstudiesresearch.org/
Jeremy Gilbert is Professor of Cultural and Political Theory, UEL. He has written widely on politics, music, culture and theory and is the current editor of New Formations. His other publications include Discographies: Dance Music, Culture and the Politics of Sound (With Ewan Pearson, Routledge 1999) and Anticapitalism and Culture (Berg 2008).