Issue 161, December 2020 Castoriadis Ex Nihilo

With this issue, Thesis Eleven is 40 years old. Who would have thunk? The day John Lennon was murdered, we picked up the boxes in Julian Triado’s Renault 12, news on the radio, axles groaning, us, I suppose, otherwise elated, but also in shock. What were these new times? This issue, guest edited by Vrasidis Karalis, takes us back by our line in the labyrinth to Cornelius Castoriadis, who was always among our keenest supporters.

Special Edition of Australian Socialist – Alastair Davidson

Alastair Davidson was a founding editor of Thesis Eleven, and coedited the journal from 1980 to 1984. Widely recognised for his global work on Gramsci, his essays are collected in Gramsci in Australia, forthcoming with Brill. Here he offers his memoirs of communism and intellectuals in Australia, written for the Centenary of the CPA.

Forty Years Ago Today – Thesis Eleven, A Bookmark

by Peter Beilharz

8 December, 1980. Today, Thesis Eleven is forty years old. Who would have thunk? The day John Lennon was murdered, we picked up the boxes in Julian Triado’s Renault 12, news on the radio, axles groaning, us, I suppose, otherwise elated, but also in shock. What were these new times?

COVID-19: CODA

by Peter Beilharz and Sian Supski (Melbourne)

Covid-19 has taken over the world, taken over everything including our waking everyday lives, our dreamlives, our scholarship and future institutional funding logistics. Our friend and collaborator from Jozi, Peter Vale, provoked this special project in insisting that we must respond, call out members of our global network and others to respond to – think and write – this crisis.

Music Video: Help me

by Ian Collard (Melbourne)

We invited Ian to close this project for us, using a song with a message – ‘Help Me’. This is the last post on this series, to be followed by a coda next week . Thanks, meantime, to Ian for playing us out, and thanks to all our contributors, to all those who have helped us and each other in these terrible times.