“Stretching the Limits of Productive Imagination” and “Productive Imagination”

Social Imaginaries are excited to announce the forthcoming launch of two books on the Productive Imagination, edited by Saulius Geniusas and Dmtri Nikulin!!!

“Stretching the Limits of Productive Imagination” and “Productive Imagination” are the second and third volumes in our three-part book series on the Imagination published by Rowman & Littlefield International.

These two books accompany the first book in the series “Ricoeur and Castoriadis in Discussion” edited by Suzi Adams.




Announcing the new Social Imaginaries book series!

The time has arrived for us to announce the launch of the Social Imaginaries book series, which we are publishing with Rowman and Littlefield International.

We certainly are launching the Social Imaginaries series with a bang—with the publication of Ricoeur and Castoriadis in Discussion: On Human Creation, Historical Novelty, and the Social Imaginary (edited by Suzi Adams), as the first work in the series. This book comprises the significant English-language publication of the radio dialogue between Paul Ricoeur and Cornelius Castoriadis (which took place in 1985). Alongside the dialogue are critical essays by specialist scholars in Castoriadis and Ricoeur studies, including Johann P. Arnason, George H. Taylor, François Dosse, Johann Michel, Jean-Luc Amalric, and Suzi Adams.

Find out more information about Ricoeur and Castoriadis in Discussion here: www.rowmaninternational.com/buy-books/product-details/?productId=3-156-fd5e1016-0462-473e-a654-fedd1d78bbf2

And you can find more information about the book series here: www.rowmaninternational.com/our-publishing/series/social-imaginaries/

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Let us know what you think about the new project on our social media pages!
Twitter: @Soc_Imaginariiess         #socialimaginaries       #RicoeurCastoriadisDiscussion
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#Socialimaginaries Vol. 3 No. 1 is now live!

With a lush green cover and essays by Johann Arnason, Chiara Bottici, George Taylor and Marcel Gauchet, our latest issue is full of important contributions to the social imaginaries field. Here is our table of contents:

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Have a look at the abstracts at our publisher’s page: http://www.zetabooks.com/journals/social-imaginaries/social-imaginaries-volume-3-issue-1-spring-2017.html.


The Crisis of Democratic Politics – A Discussion with Marcel Gauchet

Social Imaginaries would like to send out an invitation to attend ‘The Crisis of Democratic Politics: A Discussion with Marcel Gauchet’

This event is part of the French Festival of Ideas (La Nuit des Idées), organised by the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy and in conjunction with Social Imaginaries, an international journal of social theory and political philosophy. The event is hosted by RMIT with support from the Centre for Communication, Politics and Culture, and has been conceived by Dr Natalie J. Doyle, Monash University (a member of our editorial collective at Social Imaginaries).

Marcel Gauchet (1946 – ) is a leading French philosopher, historian and sociologist, who has written widely on politics, the relation between democracy, religion and globalisation. In 2016 his debate with Alain Badiou on the future of democracy was published in English by Polity under the title, What Is to Be Done? A Dialogue on Communism, Capitalism, and the Future of Democracy.

Gauchet is chief editor of the journal Le Débat. Until 2016, he held a senior research position in political philosophy in the Centre de recherches politiques et sociologiques Raymond Aron (CESPR) at the École des Haute Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). In recent years, he has become increasingly prominent in France as a public intellectual, commenting in the media on a range of issues from education to European politics and Islamic fundamentalism. He has most recently contributed to debates on the future of French society through a book of interviews, Comprendre le malheur français (2016).

His first major work Le Désenchantement du monde: une histoire politique de la religion (1985) was translated into English in 1997, as The Disenchantment of the World: A Political History of Religion (Oscar Burge trans.). It was followed in 1999 by Madness and Democracy (La pratique de l’esprit humain. L’institution asilaire et la révolution démocratique, co-authored in 1980 with his now deceased partner Gladys Swain, Catherine Porter trans.).

Since 2007, he has been working on a theoretically informed history of modern European democracy, L’Avènement de la démocratie. Its fourth and last volume, Le Nouveau Monde, offers an analysis of the contemporary crisis of democratic politics and of the genesis of the neo-liberal ideology, in both its right wing and left wing manifestations.

In his first Australian appearance, Gauchet will discuss – via a live teleconference from Paris – the nature, dynamics and consequences of the recent upheavals in democratic politics, such as the election of Donald Trump and the rise of populism. Gauchet’s provocative perspective will challenge the dominant interpretations of these events. Other participants in the discussion will be Dr Natalie J. Doyle, Professor John Rundell and Professor Peter Murphy.

Natalie J. Doyle is Senior Lecturer in French Studies at Monash University and Deputy Director of the Monash European and EU Centre. She co-edits Social Imaginaries and has recently completed a book for Lexington on the contemporary crisis of European democracy, titled A Loss of Common Purpose: European Democracy, Depoliticization and Imaginary Constructs of Islam. She is one of the editors of Domains and Divisions of European History, New Europe, New Worlds?, Regional Integration and Modernity. Cross Atlantic Perspectives.

Peter Murphy is Adjunct Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University and Research Fellow in the Cairns Institute at James Cook University. A liberal-conservative theorist, he is the author of Auto-Industrialism: DIY Capitalism and the Rise of the Auto-Industrial Society (2017), Universities and Innovation Economies: The Creative Wasteland of Post-Industrial Societies (2015) and The Collective Imagination: The Creative Spirit of Free Societies (2012).

John Rundell is Principal Honorary (Social Theory) in The School of Social and Political Science at The University of Melbourne and was director of the Ashworth Program for Social Theory at The University of Melbourne from 1998 until 2014. His books include Origins of Modernity: The Origins of Modern Social Theory from Kant to Hegel to Marx, and Aesthetics and Modernity: Essays by Agnes Heller. His latest book, Imaginaries of Modernity: Politics, Cultures, Tensions, has just been published by Routledge.

Date: 27th January 2017
Time: 6.30 pm.
Venue: RMIT, Melbourne (venue TBA)

Please see our Facebook event for further information and to register your attendance!

Vale Zygmunt Bauman

Vale Zygmunt Bauman.

Highly significant in the field of social and sociological theory and a prolific thinker, his major works include ‘Modernity and the Holocaust’, and ‘Liquid Modernity’. Members of our collective were very lucky to see him present in the opening plenary for the European Sociological Association in Prague in 2015. Bauman’s contributions stand out in this field.


Volume 2, Issue 2: ‘Trajectories of Modernity: Towards a New Historical-Comparative Sociology’

Like a fine wine, Social Imaginaries journal gets better with age! Fittingly, our fourth issue–with its pinot noir coloured cover–is arguably one of our best. And it is now available for view and purchase!

Guest edited by Jacob Dlamini, Aurea Mota, and Peter Wagner, the issue is titled ‘Trajectories of Modernity: Towards a New Historical-Comparative Sociology’. Johann Arnason’s thought serves as a point of reference for each contribution to the issue, in varying ways; from his intersection of sociological and philosophical sources, to his culturological and civilizational writings within the multiple modernities field, broadly construed.

So, cheers, to our most recent, bumper issue!
#philosophy #modernity #culture #sociology#socialimaginaries



Congratulations to Charles Taylor!

Social Imaginaries would like to extend warm congratulations to our editor-at-large Charles Taylor for winning the 2016 Berggruen Prize.

Taylor’s work has been of seminal importance for advancing an understanding of humanity across civilizations in modernity, which he developed across his long and stellar career. Very well deserved!