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2nd Call for Papers
Examining the Relevance of Marx and Marxism to Contemporary Global Society
Newcastle University, 29th and 30th of January 2011

Rationale, Outline and Aims
The 21st century has so far seen US-led military interventions, global financial crises, identity conflicts, terrorism on a grand scale, environmental disasters and fraught industrial/labour relations. These dramatic events have challenged the notion of an ‘end to history’ and the widespread belief that the collapse of the Soviet Union has made Marx and Marxism irrelevant. With growing instability in the social, political and economic functioning of human societies, we wish to examine the relevance of Marx to contemporary global society.

In order to do this, Global Discourse ( is organising a two-day conference at Newcastle University on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th of January 2011.

The aims of the event are:
* To examine the relevance and application of Marxian, Marxist, Neo-Marxist and Post-Marxist thought to contemporary issues.
* To reassess scriptural and doctrinal commitments within various ‘Marxisms’.
* To facilitate interdisciplinary, inter-paradigmatic discourse on a range of contemporary issues.

Papers from this event will form the basis of a special issue of Global Discourse to be released in February 2011.

Keynote Papers
The keynote talks will be given by Professor Norman Geras, author of Marx and Human Nature, whose paper will relate to the general theme, ‘What does it mean to be Marxist?’, and Professor Stuart Sim, author of Post-Marxism: An Intellectual History, who will be examining the achievements of Post-Marxism.

Topics, Deadlines and Publishing Process
We are currently soliciting papers addressing the two topics covered by the keynote speakers, namely: ‘What does it mean to be Marxist?’ and ‘Post-Marxism and its discontents’.

We invite the submission of abstracts on these topics by November 15th.
Authors whose abstracts are accepted will then be invited to submit full papers by December 17th. This will enable refereeing priori to publication of the special issue of Global Discourse in February 2011.

We aim, subsequently, to publish a collected edition in print based on these papers.

Please submit all abstracts, papers and panel proposals to the editors at

There will be no conference fee.

A lunch buffet and refreshments will be provided free of charge.

An optional evening conference meal on Saturday 29th of January will be held at a nearby restaurant. We will seek to organise a special rate for the meal and will circulate details in due course. Participants shall bear the cost of their meal.

There will be space for 40 paper-givers and 20 non-paper-giving participants.

Please address all queries and submit all papers to Matthew Johnson and Mark Edward at

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Matthew Johnson


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A Call for Papers for the First Annual Conference of the Journal of Twentieth Century Communism
Venue: University of Glamorgan (South Wales, UK)
Date: Friday 1 and Saturday 2 July 2011

Conference Remit
The study of communist parties globally has, perhaps inevitably, always involved finding a balance between overarching relationships with Moscow and the specific influences of a diversity of local environments in which the individual parties functioned. While recognising the importance of the former, this conference aims to address the extent to which national and sub-nation political, social and cultural traditions and developments, crises and continuities shaped the character of ‘world communism’.

Among the themes the conference aims to explore are:

·      The political cultures national parties operated within
·      Relations with other political movements: from social democracy to fascism, from trade unions to paramilitary movements
·      Communist narratives and approaches toward the ‘crisis of  capitalism’
·      The emergence of ‘little Stalins’ at local level
·      The emergence of ‘Little Moscow’s’ locally
·      Movement and regime phases of national parties
·      Location within or break from national traditions
·      Seminal generational experiences
·      Psychological approaches to communist motivation
·      Patterns of gender relations
·      Local propaganda and representations of the party and its ‘enemies’, from Social Democracy to Fascism
·      Relations between ‘local’ communist leaders and Moscow

Comparative approaches to these areas – and others – are especially welcome.

Proposals for Papers:
The conference welcomes papers with an interdisciplinary approach. Please send proposals of no more than 500 words outlining a twenty minute paper to Dr Norry LaPorte:

Deadline: Friday 21 January 2011

Programme and Fees
The conference programme will be published in January 2011. The conference fee, payable by all speakers and attendees, will be in the region of £50.00 for both days and £30.00 for one day.

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