Dr. Richard Gilman-Opalsky
Professor of Political Science
Phone: (217) 206-8328
Office: PAC 362
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 five books: Riotous Epistemology: Imaginary Power, Art, and Insurrection (2019), Specters of Revolt: On the Intellect of Insurrection and Philosophy from Below (2016), Precarious Communism: Manifest Mutations, Manifesto Detourned (2014), Spectacular Capitalism: Guy Debord and the Practice of Radical Philosophy (2011), and Unbounded Publics: Transgressive Public Spheres, Zapatismo, and Political Theory (2008). He is co-editor of Against Capital in the Twenty-First Century: A Reader of Radical Undercurrents (2018). 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:
Riotous Epistemology: Imaginary Power, Art, and Insurrection (Autonomedia / Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, 2019).
Against Capital in the Twenty-First Century: A Reader of Radical Undercurrents (Temple University Press, 2018).
Specters of Revolt: On the Intellect of Insurrection and Philosophy from Below (Repeater Books / Random House, 2016).
Precarious Communism: Manifest Mutations, Manifesto Detourned (Autonomedia, 2014).
Spectacular Capitalism: Guy Debord and the Practice of Radical Philosophy (Autonomedia, 2011). Also available in Greek translation.
Unbounded Publics: Transgressive Public Spheres, Zapatismo, and Political Theory (Lexington Books, 2008).
Articles by Dr. Gilman-Opalsky:
“Spectral Compositions in a Time of Revolt” [Co-authored with Stevphen Shukaitis] (Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present/ASAP Journal, Johns Hopkins University Press, May 2018.
“Revolt as Reason, Reason as Revolt: On the Praxis of Philosophy from Below” (In Spontaneous Combustion: The Eros Effect and Global Revolution, Edited by Jason Del Gandio and AK Thompson, SUNY Press, 2017).
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).
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