Giovanni Arrighi comes to town

Keough Naughton Institute of Irish Studies has put together an interesting schedule of events, including three public seminars. The schedule can be found here. I know that Fergal will be particularly interested in Tuesday the 24th of June as Giovanni Arrighi will be speaking on "Hegemony Unravelling: American Imperial Decline and the Ascent of China". Below is the blurb from the seminar organisers:

To mark its first decade, the Irish Seminar has invited three very distinguished international intellectuals to offer free public lectures at the National Gallery of Ireland, (entry Merrion Street West entrance), over three successive Tuesdays at 8pm.

On Tuesday 17 June, Professor Jacqueline Rose, will deliver a lecture on Partition, Proust and Palestine.” An internationally distinguished feminist and literary critic, Rose has in recent years also become one of Britain's most outspoken critics of Zionism and has written widely on that topic. Her many publications include The Haunting of Sylvia Plath (1992), Why War?—Psychoanalysis, Politics, and the Return to Melanie Klein(1993), States of Fantasy (1996), Sexuality in the Field of Vision (1996, reissued 2006), The Question of Zion (2005); and The Last Resistance (2007).

On 24 June, the renowned economic historian Giovanni Arrighi, author of The Long Twentieth Century and Adam Smith in Beijing, will discuss the economic decline of American empire and the Rise of Asia. Arrighi is Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University and, with Fernand Braudel and Immanuel Wallerstein, one of the leading international theorists in the field of world systems analysis. The Long Twentieth Century: Money, Power, and the Origins of Our Times (1994) and Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the Twenty-First Century (2007) are widely recognised as classic studies of the history and economics of European and American imperialism.

On 1 July, Perry Anderson, whose family comes from the south of Ireland, will discuss the current collapse of American global hegemony and the situation of the contemporary left in a now rapidly-changing international arena. A founder-editor of the New Left Review and a polymath intellectual historian of enormous range and ambition, Anderson has been one of the most influential figures on the intellectual left for decades. He teaches at UCLA (where he has a joint appointment in History and Sociology) and is the author of numerous works including Passages from Antiquity to Feudalism (1974); Lineages of the Absolutist State (1974); Considerations on Western Marxism (1979); In the Tracks of Historical Materialism (1983); English Questions (1992); A Zone of Engagement (1992); The Question of Europe (1997); The Origins of Postmodernity (1998); and Spectrum (2005).

This yearÂ’s Seminar also features a number of lecture series: Clair Wills will discuss women's writing and culture in twentieth-century Ireland; Seamus Deane will survey the intellectual history of Irish republicanism from Toland and Hutcheson through Tone and Mitchel to Davitt and Connolly; Luke Gibbons will consider issues of race, spectrality and Irishness; Chris Morash will track the development of modern Irish theatre 1900-1950; and Joe Cleary will review the careers of some influential twentieth-century Irish cultural critics. Other highlights include a forum on The Novel in the New Ireland led by Patrick McCabe and Barry McCrea, a Symposium on the works of Thomas Moore to mark the bi-centenary of his Irish Melodies, and lectures on a range of leading contemporary Irishwriters and artists from Edna O'Brien to Sinead O'Connor. For full details of the programme, see http://irishsem.googlepages.com