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HISTORICAL MATERIALISM 2nd NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE

 

January 14th to 16th 2010, New York City

The world is changing, there is no going back, and the future from here is difficult to imagine. The daily crisis of life in capitalism has made itself felt in the highest places, and is accelerating everywhere. Our conversations have become more urgent. Some attempt to piece back together the neo-liberal or Keynesian paradigms of the past, while others are hesitantly re-discovering Marx – Marx the theorist of crisis, Marx the prophet of social change, even Marx the materialist philosopher of nature, anticipating the ecological perils of modern capitalism. Yet a thorough grasp of Marx’s work and the tradition he inspired remains largely absent from these discussions. In organizing the first US Historical Materialism conference we hope to remedy this lack, to open a space for critical, rigorous and boundary-pushing theory, to explore and provoke our understanding of capital and communism with a critical eye to the traditions of the past, whilst confronting the crises and struggles unfolding around us.

Historical Materialism (HM) is one the foremost journals of Marxian theory, known both for the breadth of the articles it publishes as well as for their intellectual rigor. Every year HM holds its major conference in London, drawing hundreds of scholars from around the world. Beginning last year, a group in Toronto held the first ever HM conference in North America. Based on the success of that event and the growing demand for critical Marxist understanding of this moment, another Historical Materialism conference, the first in the US, will be held in New York in January, 2010.

The conference will be held from January 14th to 16th at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. It will be free and open to registered attendees, although donations towards the running of the conference will be solicited. All conference participants are encouraged to stay for the whole duration of the conference. The organizers will attempt to arrange panels according to broad threads running through the conference – e.g. crisis, land/labor, communism – allowing for an extended exploration of particular themes. The deadline for abstracts is November 1st 2009.

Further details, see:

http://www.hm2010nyc.org/

hm2010.nyc@gmail.com
Historical Materialism, New York 2010 Organizing Group
Center for the Study of Culture, Technology and Work
Graduate Center
City University of New York
365 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

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