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“Not Yet Real”: Videogames, Theory, Criticism



We are pleased to announce the full program for “Not Yet Real”: Videogames, Theory, Criticism! In close coordination with the Goethe-Insitut New York, this will be a three part program, including our currently running course “Better Than Real Life”: Towards a Critical Theory of Videogames, an interactive gaming installation, and two talks.  For more information and the full program please see the Goethe-Institut’s program page here. All of these events are free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

January 18-February 2
Opening: January 18, 6:00pm

Not Yet Real features an interactive installation open from January 18 through February 2 at the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building in the East Village. The four games in the installation will be accompanied by a series of long-form essays by invited participants. These participants, from a variety of disciplines, were given a simple prompt: to reflect upon a single game and how they understand and interpret it. Adrienne Shaw (Media Studies, Temple University),Sarah Wanenchak (Sociology, University of Maryland), McKenzie Wark (Cultural Studies, The New School), and Dave Riley(journalist and video game critic) contributed four very different inquiries into four very different games. These texts will be available in a special booklet edition for the duration of the installation.

January 23 & 30

The first talk, entitled A Ludic Century?, is a talk by and conversation with McKenzie Wark on January 23, addressing both the recently published Manifesto for a Ludic Centuryby Eric Zimmerman as well as broader questions about the medium of videogames itself. The second event, entitled Games, Representation, and Experience, is a roundtable discussion on January 30 featuring Adrienne ShawSarah Wanenchak, andDave Riley, who will hold a wide-ranging conversation about games, game criticism, and their specific contributions to Not Yet Real.

Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building
5 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10003


The Podcast for Social Research: Episode 11, “The Gambler”

This is the eleventh episode of the Podcast for Social Research. (We have a new numbering system!) In this episode, Heather, Raphaele, and I (Ajay), along with special guest Charles Pratt of the NYU Game Center, get together and have a conversation about “gambling” as a concept, its practice and experience, and in its role in social and economic structures. We’re using a slightly different format for our “notations” section this time around since both Heather and Raphaele sent me such fantastic after-show notes that I wanted to include them.

(You can download here by right-clicking and “save as” or look us up on iTunes)

If you received TWO COPIES of this episode on your iTunes please listen to the second! The first has a file error about halfway through. Thank you!


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The Rosa Luxemburg / Political Economy Workshop



In conjunction with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research will be presenting a 7 week workshop, “The Accumulation of Capital: Rosa Luxemburg, Political Economy, and Imperialism.” This intensive workshop will begin on November 5, 2013, run for seven weeks, and be led by Raphaele Chappe. Participation will be by invitation and application only. All students receive full scholarships for the course. To apply, please send a letter describing your interest in the workshop to For further questions and information, please use the form below.


The Accumulation of Capital: Rosa Luxemburg, Political Economy and Imperialism

We have entered an age where the “world is flat,” to quote an international best seller. A world of global competition, markets and consumers, and the ever-growing integrations of world economies through the free movement of goods, capital, technology, and labor. Foreign policy in the U.S. (and in OECD-member countries, more generally) has favored political regimes and leaders that have implemented a complete privatization and deregulation of their economies, allowing American corporate multinationals to be present in those foreign markets. Financial markets have also become fully globalized. Textbooks of International Business tell us that this is good for economic growth and productivity, helping to create better and cheaper products. But is the expansion of capital and the conquest of foreign markets driven by growth or growth difficulties? Is the process indispensable to the very survival of our capitalistic economies? What is the link between capitalism, economic growth and the modern face of imperialism? What is the role played by the process of capital accumulation in the recent global financial crisis?

In this course we will consider these questions by reading Rosa Luxemburg’s The Accumulation of Capital. We will spend the first two weeks of the course preparing to critically engage with the text — familiarizing ourselves with classical economic thinkers (like Smith, Ricardo and Malthus) with a focus on capital accumulation (in connection with the close commentary provided by Luxemburg in the early sections of the book), as well as with key concepts and terminology of Marx’s economic theory. We will dedicate the remainder of the class to a close reading of Luxemburg’s original contribution to Marx’s theory of capital reproduction and accumulation in Section 3 of the book. We will discuss Luxemburg’s insights on the role played by external non-capitalist markets, relating her work to modern forms of imperialism and contemporary economic issues such as the global crisis of finance capitalism. In doing so, we will draw upon more recent research from economists as well as political and social scientists (Marxist and others).


Workshop Instructor: Raphaele Chappe
Location: 275 Madison Avenue, Suite 2114 in Manhattan
Time: Tuesdays, starting Nov. 5, 7-9pm


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Call for New Faculty Applications


At present we are no longer accepting applications for new faculty members. Thank you for your interest in the Brooklyn Institute!


The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research seeks scholars who are interested in becoming part of an interdisciplinary research and teaching institution to design and teach rigorous seminar-style courses to adult students in various locations throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan. We are currently seeking applicants with expertise in the following areas:

heterodox economics

French literature (we are particularly interested in applications from scholars interested in teaching a multi-course series on Proust’s In Search of Lost Time)

social theory (we are particularly interested in applications from scholars interested in teaching a course on Marx, with a background in philosophy and economics)

European, African, and Asian history and literature

postcolonial literature and theory


feminist theory

the Frankfurt School


theoretical physics


political science

film/media studies

Anglo-American philosophy

Jewish studies

music and musicology

art history 

Classes at the Brooklyn Institute are typically six weeks long and meet once a week for two hours, from 7-9pm. They are primarily discussion-based seminars, unless the material demands otherwise. We teach in a variety of locations, from spaces in bars and bookstores to cultural centers, including the Center for Jewish History, the Goethe-Institut, the Barnard Center for Research on Women, and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. The Brooklyn Institute does not offer credit of any kind for its courses.

Applicants should have considerable experience teaching at the college/university level, a commitment to thoughtful pedagogy in small seminar-style classroom settings, and possess or be in the process of pursuing a terminal degree in their field. We are particularly interested in applicants who also wish to take an active part in other Institute programming beyond the classroom, including a digital archive project, an ongoing podcast series, forthcoming publications, and other projects.

To apply, please contact and include a c.v. and a course proposal. For more information about the Brooklyn Institute and to get a sense of our previous course offerings, please visit us at

There is no deadline for applications, but we will be holding interviews in Brooklyn in early November. Applicants can expect to hear back from us by the end of October. Thank you!

The Return of the Bulletin of the Brooklyn Institute

Hello all,

We’re pleased to bring back a slightly abridged version of the Bulletin of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. In this edition, we provide a more comprehensive look at two of our current classes and a preview of our next class, “American Transcendentalism: Emerson and Thoreau“! The next Bulletin will feature the return of our Listings section. In any case, please check it out:

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