Interesting event tonight at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 7:30pm (tickets are £12)

Our leading thinkers discuss the history and future of radical thought at this centrepiece event in the Southbank series All Power to the Imagination. After the events of 1968 there was a dramatic rise in the popularity of radical theory, but in the 21st century it seems to be on the wane – is it still useful? Has its utopianism been found lacking after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of neo-liberalism? Where is the next generation of radical thinkers? A distinguished panel of authors from Verso’s acclaimed Radical Thinkers series discuss the context in which radical thought evolved in the 1960s and debate its future.

Panellists are: Peter Dews author of Logics of Disintegration: Poststructuralist Thought and the Claims of Critical Theory; Mark Kurlansky author of 1968: The Year that Rocked the World; Ernesto Laclau author of On Populist Reason; Jacqueline Rose author of Sexuality in the Field of Vision; and Göran Therborn author of What Does the Ruling Class Do When it Rules?. The event is chaired by Patrick Wright author of Iron Curtain: From Stage to Cold War.

Readers Comments

  1. 'Radical' thought is a rather odd idea in the first place. I think we should be content to be interested in thought and its intrinsic value or absence, rather than confusing the issue with concern with thought's being radical or not. I'm not sure what possible meaning it's supposed to have in terms of the intrinsic significance or absence of a piece of thinking.
    You could describe millions of people paying money every week to choose a selection of random numbers, and then in a technologically delivered communal act, watching the ritual act in which 6 or more balls are drawn from a drum, and a massive amount of the symbolic substance called money awarded to one or more of the celebrants of the ritual... as an instance of extremely radical thought in action. Or an endless array of alternative examples. Radical thought here in the sense of thought creating a radically insane and infantile version of reality.

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