Issue 154, October 2019 – The Sociology of Randall Collins

Randall Collins is arguably one of the world’s leading social theorists and one of the most prominent American sociologists. This special issue aims to go further in order to explore different aspects of Collins’s work, including his theories of violence, interaction ritual chains, credential society, conflict sociology, nationalism, geo-political change and his sociology of emotions among others.

Agnes Heller Memorial Lecture, 2019

The Sociology Program at La Trobe University together with Thesis Eleven Forum for Social and Political Theory invite you to the Agnes Heller Annual Sociology Lecture. This year’s Agnes Heller Annual Sociology Lecture will take the form of a memorial, with several eminent Sociologists paying tribute to the life, work and legacy of Agnes Heller
21 November
Time 5 – 7pm
Venue La Trobe City Campus,
360 Collins Street, Melbourne (Level 2, Room 2.11)

Normal scheduling will resume shortly, Manila 2019

An joint exhibition of Poklong Anading (Manila) and Neil Fettling (Melbourne) curated by Vincent Alessi PRESENTED BY Cultural Center of the Philippines DATE/TIME/VENUE 31 August, Saturday Exhibit Walk-through: 2 PM Opening Reception: 3 PM 31 August to 3 November 2019 Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery), Pasilyo Victorio Edades (4F Hallway Gallery), and 4th Floor Atrium,…

Issue 153, August 2019 Utopia Inverted: Günther Anders, Technology and the Social

This small glimpse of the formative contexts and personal and intellectual networks that shaped the trajectory of Anders’s work as a thinker, poet, and literary author gives a sense of how Anders’s writings can be mapped back onto the intellectual landscape of the 20th century in multiple and often unexpected ways.1 Over the last 25 years, this has given rise to a now vast body of scholarly work in German, French, and Italian (there are over 50 book-length engagements with Anders), and this special journal issue marks the growing interest in Anders’s work in Anglophone research

Agnes Heller (1929-2019): A Personal-Philosophical Memoir

I remember it clearly, as if it was yesterday, the day I first met Ágnes Heller. It was early in 1980 on the ground floor of La Trobe University’s Social Sciences building. I had an appointment with her. I had come to ask her if she would supervise my PhD. I had read an article she had published in Telos journal on ethics, and I felt a strong affinity with it. I brought with me my Honours thesis on Hegel’s Philosophy of Right. As I got to her office she appeared—both of us characteristically on time. My first impression: a short woman with penetrating deeply intelligent eyes. My lasting impression: she appeared with slightly damp hair and a towel around her shoulders. She’d been swimming in the university pool, one of her life-long favourite activities.