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Department of Political Science University of Illinois Springfield

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Dr. Richard Gilman-Opalsky

Richard Gilman-Opalsky earned his Ph.D. in Political Science at The New School for Social Research in 2006. His M.A. (The New School for Social Research) and B.A. (Hofstra University) are in Philosophy.

Dr. Gilman-Opalsky’s teaching and research focuses on the history of political philosophy, Continental and contemporary social theory, Marxism, capitalism, autonomist politics, postmodern philosophy, critical theory, social movements and the public sphere.

Dr. Gilman-Opalsky is author of three books: Unbounded Publics: Transgressive Public Spheres, Zapatismo, and Political Theory (Lexington Books, 2008), Spectacular Capitalism: Guy Debord and the Practice of Radical Philosophy(Autonomedia, 2011), and Precarious Communism: Manifest Mutations, Manifesto Detourned (Autonomedia, 2014). Spectacular Capitalism was selected as the Book of the Month for October 2011 by The International Herbert Marcuse Society.  He has published numerous articles on social theory and political philosophy, especially on theories of revolution, contentious politics, philosophy of praxis, and capitalism and its culture. Dr. Gilman-Opalsky has lectured on his research throughout the U.S. and Europe.

 

Books by Dr. Gilman-Opalsky:

Precarious Communism: Manifest Mutations, Manifesto Detourned (Autonomedia, 2014).

Spectacular Capitalism: Guy Debord and the Practice of Radical Philosophy (Autonomedia, 2011).

Unbounded Publics: Transgressive Public Spheres, Zapatismo, and Political Theory (Lexington Books, 2008).

 

Articles by Dr. Gilman-Opalsky:

Marxism Not Statism: Autonomist Trajectories in the 21st Century (Left Curve: Journal of Art, Critical Culture, Theory and Politics, Number 38, June 2014).

The Reasonable “Madness” of Revolt (Fifth Estate, Volume 48, Number 2, Issue 390, Fall/Winter 2013).

Becoming-Ghost, Specters of Revolt: The Ghosts of Geist and Capital (Solidarité: Journal of Radical Theory, Volume 1, Number 2, August 2013).

Unjamming the Insurrectionary Imagination: Rescuing Détournement from the Liberal Complacencies of Culture Jamming (Theory in Action, Volume 6, Number 3, July 2013).

Beyond the Old Virtue of Struggle: Autonomy, Talent, and Revolutionary Theory (Rhizomes Journal, Issue Number 24, 2012).

The Eternal Recurrence of Insurrection (Left Curve: Journal of Art, Critical Culture, Theory and Politics, Number 36, April 2012).

Why New Socialist Theory Needs Guy Debord: On the Practice of Radical Philosophy (Crisis, Politics, and Critical Sociology, Edited by Graham Cassano and Richard A. Dello Buono, paperback edition of Studies in Critical Social Sciences, Volume 17, Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2012).

Upheaval as Philosophy: Eleven Theses on Guy Debord (Left Curve: Journal of Art, Critical Culture, Theory and Politics, Number 35, April 2011).

Instabilities and Critical Opportunities: Guy Debord’s Contributions to Crisis Theory (TELOSscope, February 4, 2011).

Selectively Forgetting Baudrillard: Rescuing Praxis from the Wreckage (Theory in Action, Volume 3, Number 2, April 2010).

Why New Socialist Theory Needs Guy Debord: On the Practice of Radical Philosophy (Studies in Critical Social Sciences, Volume 17, 2010).

Freejazz and Other Insurrections: Reflections on Radical Listening (Fifth Estate, Volume 44, Number 2, Summer/Fall 2009).

Guy Debord and Ideology Materialized: Reconsidering Situationist Praxis (Theory in Action, Volume 1, Number 4, October 2008).

 

Selected Press and Videos Featuring Dr. Gilman-Opalsky:

Dr. Gilman-Opalsky Releases New Book Exploring The Communist Manifesto

Dr. Gilman-Opalsky’s Engaged Citizenship Common Experience Lecture:  Engagement in a World Without Bodies

Dr. Gilman-Opalsky’s Radio Interview on Spectacular Capitalism

Video on Why Dr. Gilman-Opalsky Chose to Study Political Philosophy

Video on Dr. Gilman-Oplasky’s Research