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    Nadya Tolokonnikova

    Nadya Tolokonnikova is a Russian conceptual artist, activist, and one of the founding members of...
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    Rohini Mohan

    Rohini Mohan is a political journalist based in Bangalore, India. She has won prestigious...
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    Danny Dorling

    Danny Dorling is the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, Oxford. He appears regularly on TV...
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    James Meek

    James Meek is a Contributing Editor of the London Review of Books. He is the author of six novels...
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    Aditya Adhikari

    Aditya Adhikari is a young journalist who has written widely on Nepali politics. Living in...
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    Shlomo Sand

    “Extravagantly denounced and praised.” – New York Times



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    October 29, 2014

    London, United Kingdom

    Tate Modern, Starr Auditorium

    Future of the City

    Justin McGuirk and Andreas Long discuss key dilemmas facing cities and architecture today alongside London-based artist/architecture practitioners.
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    October 30, 2014

    London, United Kingdom

    Frontline Club London

    Insight with Gabriella Coleman: Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy

    Gabriella Coleman will be talking about the motivations of Anonymous, the meaning of digital activism and the many facets of culture in the Internet age
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    November 05, 2014

    United Kingdom

    Tate Modern, Starr Auditorium

    Radio Benjamin: Live Now

    Esther Leslie, Gareth Evans and Mark Aerial Waller discuss Radio Benjamin at the Tate Modern


  • Racecraft reviewed in Dissent. PLUS: Verso joins Dissent for re-launch party tonight in NYC

    What we don’t talk about when we talk about race: racecraft, or the dark magic of racism itself creating and maintaining the illusion of race. Sociologist Karen E. Fields and historian Barbara J. Fields investigate this pervasive yet nearly-invisible practice in Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life, published earlier this year. In his review of the book for Dissent Magazine, Walter Johnson praises the Fieldses roving-eye portrait of racecraft, from the American Revolution to the eve of the Occupy movement in 2011, and how this practice has informed the broader quilt of inequality and capitalism in American society:

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  • Post-crash economics: a reading list

    Neoliberal economics isn't working and students are demanding more from their course reading than the 8th edition of Macroeconomics can provide. Following the news that Economics students in Manchester have formed the Post-Crash Economics Society and Aditya Chakrabortty's excoriating and controversial commentary on the state of contemporary economics, published in the Guardian this week, Verso presents a reading list of economics titles which challenge the mainstream neoliberal consensus and offer powerful alternative models in contemporary economics.

    First up, Wolfgang Streeck's analysis of the 2008 financial crisis, Buying Time: The Delayed Crisis of Democratic Capitalism.
    Placing the crisis in the context of the neoliberal transformation of society that began in the 1970s, Streeck's focus is on the tensions that this has produced between states, voters and capitalist enterprises. Buying Time asks fundamental questions about the compatibility between democracy and contemporary forms of capitalism. 
    Read Streeck's excellent article on the end of capitalism at the New Left Review website.

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  • Stop the Owl of Minerva! - Zizek's favourite books on Hegel

    Both Less Than Nothing and Absolute Recoil are major investigations of Hegel's thought. We asked Zizek which books on Hegel inspired his writing. Here's the list (in no order):

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  • 12 Years a Slave: Verso’s essential reading list on slavery and race relations

    This month sees the UK cinema release of Steve McQueen’s brilliant and brutal new film, 12 Years a Slave. McQueen has been vocal in condemning cinema’s wariness in confronting the subjects of slavery and race, and his film has galvanized a new interest in the unspeakably ugly period in American history. 

    Based on Solomon Northup’s 1853 documentary, 12 Years a Slave takes an unflinching look at the story of a free black man from New York who is abducted and sold into slavery.

    Verso has long held a commitment to telling similar stories, and we now present a selection of books as the essential starting point for those looking to learn more about the roots, events and legacies of slavery and racial tensions in America and the world.

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