University of Leicester Centre for Philosophy and Political Economy 2008 Symposium
September 25th - 26th
Ken Edwards Building Lecture Theater 2
The Centre for Philosophy and Political Economy (CPPE) cordially invites you to attend our
symposium where we will discuss and debate a multitude of topics including Thomas Hobbes,
resistance, international aid, comedy, contracts, stock markets, arbitrage, consulting, class
composition, the fate of the business school, and much more.
The CPPE provides a forum in which to engage with, contest and open up the narrow and
excessively „positive‟ academic disciplines – which include, amongst others, politics, economics,
management, marketing and organization studies. The collective ambition is therefore to permit
these disciplines to exceed themselves and enter an expanded territory, which we designate here with
the words „philosophy and political economy.‟
Fore more information and schedule see www.le.ac.uk/ulsm/research/cppe or e-mail Robert Cluley
Thursday September 25th
9:30 – Doors open
1. 10:00-10:45 - Stephen Dunne and Sam Mansell „Hobbes, Resistance and the Right to Life‟
2. 10:45-11:30 - Ishani Chandrasekara The Other Victims of International Donors in Sri Lanka
3. 11:30-12:15 – Eleni Karamali 'A note to yourself'
4. 12:15-1:00 – Steve Vallance 'Paper: thinking about contracts and contractualism'
Friday September 26th
5. 9:30-10:15 – Simon Lilley and Geoff Lightfoot 'Simmelating Entrepreneurship: Austrians,
Alertness and Arbitrage on the Trading Floor'
6. 10:15-11:00 – Robert Cluley „Comedy‟
7. 11:00-11:45 – Jeroen Veldman 'Incorporating the liberal dream'
8. 11:45-12:30 – Nick Butler „The Paradoxes of Management Consultancy‟
9. 1:30-2:15 Class, Composition, and the Continuing Ambivalence of Philosophy and Political in
the Business School – Armin Beverungen, Stevphen Shukaitis, and Sverre Spoelstra
10. 2:15-3:30 – Screening and discussion of Precarious Lives with Joanne Richardson
11. 3:30-4:15 – Concluding general discussion
Precarious Lives (43 min, 2008) mixes archival footage depicting women‟s labour over the past
century with 10 portraits of Romanian women working today. The video challenges the dominant
discourse about precarity and its disregard of differences based on gender and of economic
disparities between the first and third worlds of Europe.
“Precarity, noun: the tendency toward flexible, intermittent, short-term and part-time work under
post-Fordist capitalism . . . As a noun, precarity does not exist. It is an adjective, modifying subjects,
changing by circumstance. To understand what it means to be precarious, we must invert the theory,
taking our lives as a point of departure. To walk the streets that bring us together, and the routes
that sometimes divide us. And while waking, to ask questions …”
Joanne Richardson is living and working in Cluj (Romania) as a theorist, artist and program director
of D Media (www.dmedia.ro). She is the editor of Subsol (subsol.c3.hu), a webzine on activist art
and media theory, and of two books on digital culture. She has written essays on the radical left, the
Situationists, experimental film, video activism, tactical media, the myth of authorship and copyleft.
Her videos reflect an ongoing interest in globalization, nationalism and postcommunism, and
manifest a critical perspective toward the status of documents, history and memory.