Thesis Eleven Journal turns 40 this year! To celebrate, we warmly invite you to attend a series of virtual conversations with a stellar line up of scholars across five continents, who will share their perspectives as friends of the journal and as intellectuals who have closely engaged with Thesis Eleven over the years.
Panel 1: Europe, Asia, and Australia – November 18, 7.00-8.30pm AEDT
Moderator: Howard Prosser (Monash University)
Panelists: Charlie Veric (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines), Jiayang Qin (Sichuan University, China), Mark Davis (University of Leeds, England), Matheus Romanetto (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil), Sinisa Malesevic (University College Dublin, Ireland)
Panel 2: Oceania and America – November 19, 9.00-10.30am AEDT
Moderator: James Dorahy (Macquarie University)
Panelists: Eleanor Townsley (Mount Holyoke College, United States), Katie Terezakis (Rochester Institute of Technology, United States), María Pía Lara (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico), Rodrigo Cordero (Universidad Diego Portales, Chile).
We have prompted our panelists to have a look at our ‘Top 40’ selection of open-access articles made available online that symbolise the breadth and diversity of ideas embedded in the pages of our journal. The panels have been arranged in such a way that we can converse with people in different regions of the world simultaneously. They will feature scholars living and working in the Philippines, China, Ireland, England, Mexico, United States, Chile, New Zealand and Australia. After an initial discussion among the participants, there will be an opportunity for attendants to ask questions and make comments. So, please have a look at the details of each session. We look forward to having you there!
These virtual conversations are a part of a series of events celebrating 40 years of Thesis Eleven which will conclude with the Thesis Eleven annual lecture, this year to be delivered by founding editor Professor Peter Beilharz on Friday Nov 19, 6pm (you can register for this lecture here).
Rodrigo Cordero is Associate Professor of Sociology at Universidad Diego Portales, Chile. His work is located in the intersections of critical theory, political sociology and conceptual history, and his most recent research explores the relations between law, democracy, and neoliberalism. He is author of Crisis and Critique: On the Fragile Foundations of Social Life (Routledge, 2017) and La Fuerza de los Conceptos: Ensayos en Teoría Crítica e Imaginación Política (Metales Pesados, 2021).
Mark Davis is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds, where he founded and directed the Bauman Institute (2010-2020). His work applies insights from social theory and economic sociology to the field of alternative finance to find solutions to economic and environmental crises. He is the author of Freedom and Consumerism (Routledge, 2008), editor of Bauman’s Challenge (Palgrave, 2010 with Keith Tester) and Liquid Sociology (Routledge, 2013). His new book, Crowdfunding and the Democratization of Finance, is published on 1 November by Bristol University Press.
María Pía Lara is Full-Time Professor and Researcher at the Department of Philosophy at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico City) since 1983. She received her PHD in Philosophy from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) in 1990. She has written many articles and book chapters about feminism, secularism, populism, critical theory, conceptual history, and other subjects. She is the author of a number of books, most recently: Beyond the Public Sphere. Film and the Feminist Imaginary (2021).
Jiayang Qin is Post Doctoral Fellow in the College of Foreign Languages and Cultures of Sichuan University in China. Her academic works have been published in various Chinese edited volumes and journals. She has just completed a six-month research fellowship as a visiting scholar at Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena in Germany.
Matheus Romanetto is a Master in Sociology, graduated at the University of São Paulo. His work centers on the intersections between social theory, psychoanalysis, and philosophy. He is presently based in Tübingen, Germany, conducting archival research on religious and political developments in the 1960s, at the Erich Fromm Institute.
Katie Terezakis is Professor of Philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on eighteenth and nineteenth century German philosophy, and on critical social theory from the nineteenth century to the current moment. She is the author of many articles in these fields; the editor of Engaging Agnes Heller: A Critical Companion (Lexington 2009); the co-editor of Lukács’ Soul and Form (Columbia University Press, 2010); and the author of The Immanent Word: The Turn to Language in German Philosophy 1759-1801 (Routledge 2007). She is currently completing a book on The Reinvention of Idealism in American Philosophy and is serving as the Director of the John William Miller Society at Williams College.
Eleanor Townsley is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Sociology at Mount Holyoke College. She pursues questions about knowledge, expertise, and social change with a recent project about the instability of media expertise in digital public spheres. She is co-author of Making Capitalism without Capitalists (Verso, 2001 with Ivan Szelenyi and Gil Eyal), The Space of Opinion (Oxford, 2011 with Ron Jacobs) and Living Sociologically (Oxford, 2019, 2021 with Ron Jacobs).
Charlie Samuya Veric holds a PhD in American Studies from Yale. A former fellow of the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study and the bestselling author of Histories, Boyhood, and The Love of a Certain Age, he is an Associate Professor of English at the Ateneo de Manila University. His most recent book, Children of the Postcolony: Filipino Intellectuals and Decolonization, explores the rise of Filipino knowledge production after 1946. His fourth book of poetry, No Country, is forthcoming from the University of the Philippines Press.
Image: Emily Floyd, Owl of Minerva, 2019 © Emily Floyd. Courtesy of the artist & Anna Schwartz Gallery. Photography by Zan Wimberley