Given the posts at Splintering Bone Ashes (1, 2, 3) K-Punk’s responses (1. 2) as well as No Useless Leniency’s Comments (1, 2), Planomenology’s Comments (1) and connections here and here – It seems sensible to dedicate a space to these debates which center on capital, nihilism, utopia, hauntology and the neologisms of xenoeconomics and accelerationism.
To throw in my own two cents: it would seem that, on the most fundamental level, that the issue is the relation of structure and novelty – of Badiou’s early push of destruction and his later championing of subtraction – of nihil as clearing the field or as radical refusal or as…?
The plasticity of capitalist structures, humanism and the status of remainders and exceptions (haunts, agency) have also been called into question – the doom saying surrounding the Hadron Collider luckily slid right into the economic chaos. This is also a prime avenue for discussing Reza Negarestani’s Cyclonopedia – in particular petropolitics and sun economies – capitalism as a “planetary inevitability” and that it is an entity existing prior to the human merely waiting for a host (p. 27).
Planomenology – Notes for the Debate: Alien vs. Specter
Eliminative Culinarism – Hauntology, or a Shady Vitalism
K-Punk – Spectres of Accelerationism
Schoolboy Errors – Theory and Accelerationism/Xenoeconomics
Poetix – Capital Rules Everything Around Me
Poetix – Unlived Life
Schoolboy Errors – Theory and Accelerationism/Xenoeconomics II
No Useless Leniency – Capital and Agency (Encore)
Splintering Bone Ashes – Some Aims Regarding Speculative Realism and Politics
Splintering Bone Ashes – We are the Dead: Disconnected Thoughts on Spectrospheric Agency
While it is impossible to know the shelf life of any particular brand of academic excitement – I think that there is too much in the ongoing debates to let slide. I think a virtual CFP for a virtual (or material?) conference might be warranted. The broad theme would be Capitalism without Humans asking for works engaging:
Agency and Capitalism
Hauntology and Capitalism
Xenoeconomics as a Politics
Nihilism and Capital
Crisis and the Structure of Capitalism
Speculative Realist Politics
Papers would be sought which investigate the varying degrees to which the thinking against or without the human (humanism/agency etc) is a viable political project in the age of Late Capitalism. How can a hyper-negative or darkly vitalist politics work within a capitalist frame without merely sinking into the common apathy of broadly marketable attitudes? Can capitalist life be truly haunted in a way which is politically generative?
Suggestions of a timetable would be appreciated.