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Daily Archives: December 7th, 2009



Kirsten Forkert has a well-crafted and disturbing article on how the current crisis of capital is unfolding in higher education.

It can be found at ‘Metamute’:

Glenn Rikowski

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Crisis Sublime


Historical Materialism Conference
York University, Toronto
May 14-16, 2010

Call for Papers
Following on the considerable success of the First North American Historical Materialism Conference in April 2007, attended by 400 people, we are pleased to issue a call for papers for our follow-up conference at York University, May 14-16, 2010.

The conference will take place against the backdrop of a profound destabilization of global capitalism alongside significant challenges for labour and social movements. Imperialist wars abound and culture has been drawn into the service of empire. Robust theorizations and critical innovations are needed.

In this context it is vital to develop the resources of historical materialism in addressing the pressing problems of the day and informing all forms of activism, including the intellectual. The conference seeks to combine rich development of historical materialist analysis with critical innovations in areas where such analysis has lagged. The organizers welcome presentations from scholars and activists that reflect the current state of theoretical work and activist mobilization. Themes include:

•       Marxism and Philosophy

•       Political Economy of Capitalism and the Global Crisis

•       Gender, Sexuality and Social Reproduction

•       Race, Empire and Resistance

•       Ecology and the Environment

•       Working Class and Social Movements

•       Labour Processes and Class Relations

•       Art, Marxism, and Everyday Life

•       Revolutionary Experiences since 1848

•       Fascism, Militarism, Fundamentalism

•       State, Culture and Ideology

•       Land, Food and Accumulation by Dispossession

•       Marxism and the Urban Experience

•       Theorizing Crises in Historical and Comparative Perspective

We welcome individual submissions as well as panel proposals. For individual papers, please send an abstract of no more than 250 words; for panel proposals send a 100 word panel abstract along with paper abstracts of up to 250 words. We appreciate your suggestions about which of the above themes your paper might suits, and also welcome papers beyond these themes. Proposals can be submitted by email until January 8, 2010 to
P.S: Some of you will have received invitations to a Historical Materialism conference in New York in January. We are pleased to see this initiative. But that is a distinct event from the Toronto conference in May.

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Tate Britain. Auditorium
Tuesday, 8 December 2009, 18.30–20.00

Kojin Karatani: ‘The End of Capitalism? Revolution and Repetition’
Capitalism may be on the verge of extinction, but it will not end by itself, because states do everything possible to prolong its life. Setting out from Marx’s discussion of repetition the The 18th Brumaire, this talk will outline a series of historical forms of repetition – repetition in the state, in capital and in revolution – and a new periodization of stages of capitalist development based on modes of exchange, in order to propose a new definition of the historical present.
Kojin Karatani is the author of Architecture as Metaphor (1995) and Transcritique: On Kant and Marx (2003) and a founder of the New Associationist Movement in Japan.

Peter Osborne, Professor of Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University and an editor of the journal Radical Philosophy will act as Chair and Respondent.

The Auditorium, Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1
£8 each talk (£6 concessions) or £25 for all 4 (£20 concessions) or tel. 020-7887-8888

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State of Crisis


Great Lakes Graduate Conference in Political Economy

State of Crisis / Crisis State: Domination and Resistance in the Wake of Neoliberalism(s)
May 7-8, 2010
Carleton University, Ottawa

The neoliberal era has been characterized by the privatization of public assets, the growth of a global division of labour, and the development of flexible and highly mobile forms of capital accumulation. Yet the intensification of this capitalist model since the early 1970s has come to a head in the last year, and the world has played witness to multiple global crises, including the worst economic catastrophe since the great depression, the highest recorded atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, and the continuation of seemingly unending conflicts in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

As such, we posit that a critical interrogation of the neoliberal paradigm is in order. Do contemporary crises mark a break or rupture with neoliberalism or are they an expression of its continuity and retrenchment? Do the present crises of finance, ecology and justice represent the culmination of the neoliberal era, or are they endemic components of a renewable cycle of laissez-faire capitalism? Have we seen the emergence of a new form of social organization continually riddled with instability (the crisis state), or are we merely in a temporary state of crisis?

The Great Lakes Graduate Conference in Political Economy is an interdisciplinary, international meeting of graduate students currently inviting submissions that broadly reflect and interrogate these and other (dis)continuities. We welcome submissions that fit within the broader tradition of political economy, though perhaps the following themes may serve to orient contributions:

* The origins and early history of neoliberalism
* Periodization and theories of capitalist crisis
* The spatialization of crisis: urban neoliberalization and the politics of scale
* The financialization of capital: subprime loans and the mortgage crisis
* The green economy and the ecological limits of capital
* Security, migration and citizenship
* Accumulation by dispossession and colonialism in neoliberal times
* Gender, privatization, and reproductive economies
* Labour unions, precarious employment and permanent exceptionalism
* Post-neoliberalism? Socialism in the twenty-first century

We welcome individual submissions as well as panel proposals. For individual papers, please send an abstract of no more than 250 words; for panel proposals send a 100 word panel abstract along with paper abstracts of up to 250 words. Proposals can be submitted by email until January 31, 2010 to

Please refer to for more information.

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