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Cultural Marxism

MARXISM IN CULTURE

PROGRAMME FOR SPRING TERM 2011

Friday 21 January
Is Another World Possible? The Politics of Utopia & the Surpassing of Capitalism in Recent Exhibition Practice
TJ Demos (University College London)

Friday 04 March
Reading Group – text yet to be decided

Friday 25 March
Spaghetti Communism? The Politics of the Italian Western
Ben Noys (University of Chichester)

All seminars start at 5.30pm, and are held in the Wolfson Room (unless otherwise indicated) at the Institute of Historical Research in Senate House, Malet St, London. The seminar closes at 7.30pm and retires to the bar.

Organisers: Matthew Beaumont, Alan Bradshaw, Warren Carter, Gail Day, Steve Edwards, Larne Abse Gogarty, Owen Hatherley, Esther Leslie, David Mabb, Antigoni Memou, Nina Power, Dominic Rhatz, Pete Smith & Alberto Toscano.

For further information, contact Warren Carter, at: w.carter@ucl.ac.uk or Esther Leslie at: e.leslie@bbk.ac.uk

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Karl Marx

NEW YORK CITY HISTORICAL MATERIALISM CONFERENCE 2011

We are pleased to announce New York City’s second Historical Materialism Conference, which will take place at the New School for Social Research, New York City, May 6-8th 2011

Three years, three trillion dollars in stimulus, and several bull markets later, the crisis of world capitalism is still in full swing. The global turbulence manifests as surging unemployment, unforgiving
austerity measures and socio-natural disasters of unprecedented magnitude. Though pockets of social unrest continually emerge, they have yet to present a formidable anti-capitalist response.

This is a time for profound reflection. Global leaders search for immediate solutions to the economic crisis, but many of these simply perpetuate the manifold crises of everyday life: Inequality, unemployment and insecurity; racial and gender oppression; fragmentation, alienation, and incarceration; toxicity, infertility and ecological disintegration.

While our interpretations, prognoses and visions of a better world may differ, we are united in our shared commitment to break with the tyranny of capital. Inspired by the success of the previous New York conference, we intend to make HMNY 2011 a space for broad debate and collaboration, in which to explore the logic and trajectory of capitalism, as well as the strategic visions necessary for its
dissolution.

Historical Materialism (HM) is one the foremost journals of Marxian theory. HM’s London-based conferences have long drawn hundreds of scholars from around the world. Since 2006, North American HM conferences have been organized in Toronto and New York City (which will now alternate with bi-annual Spring conferences). HMNY 2011 will begin with a reception on the evening of Friday May 6th, and will take place on May 7-8th at the New School for Social Research in downtown Manhattan. All participants are encouraged to stay for the whole duration of the conference.

Information will be posted at www.hmny.org

Inquiries can be directed to organizers@hmny.org

UPDATE 26th April 2011

The 2011 New York Historical Materialism Conference is only two weeks away!
Please join us at the New School for Social Research, 6 East 16th St.
Manhattan, May 6-8.

Friday night, May 6th, at 7:30pm
The conference begins, with a collective book launch, featuring a number of spectacular texts that have been 
published this year. Drinks and snacks provided!

May 7, Panel Sessions, Nighttime Plenaries, and Verso Party!
The conference then continues saturday morning (May 7) at 10am with a full day of concurrent panel sessions, culminating in a set of three nighttime plenaries (from 7pm to 9pm) and then followed by a party at the Verso Loft in Brooklyn. 

May 8, Panel Sessions, Major Closing Plenary
Sunday there will be another full day of panels, beginning at 10am, culminating in a closing plenary from 6-8pm.

We have over a 100 speakers coming to us from all over the world, representing diverse theoretical and political tendencies of historical materialism, and we are excited to see the conversations, collaborations and debates that this event will surely foster.

We have structured the conference to allow a significant amount of time for audience participation and we hope that the presentations that we have scheduled will catalyze lively discussion.

Information about the conference, including a simple registration form, is available on our webpage:  www.hmny.org.  Last year, we reached capacity, so do consider registering in advance, if at all possible.

Correspondence can be directed to: organizers@hmny.org

We look forward to seeing you!

HMNY Organizing Collective

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Turbulence

SOCIAL RELATIONS IN TURBULENT TIMES

CALL FOR PAPERS – SESSIONS ORGANISED BY THE CRITICAL POLITICAL ECONOMY RESEARCH NETWORK OF THE EUROPEAN SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION AT THE 10TH ESA CONFERENCE, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, 7-10 SEPTEMBER 2011 – http://criticalpoliticaleconomy.net/http://www.esa10thconference.com/index.php  

Conference theme: ‘Social relations in turbulent times’. Critical Political Economy sessions theme: ‘Varieties of capitalism in crisis?’

The continued fall-out from the economic crisis has led to continuous debate about the impact of this systemic shock to the world economy. For instance, evidence could be amassed to support or refute the argument that it has had a significant impact on the future of capitalist diversity. On the one hand, it has generated common systemic pressures everywhere – the most salient being the recurrent fiscal crises of different national states – but on the other, there have been important differences in the national responses to the crisis – compare for example Germany and the United States.

In the field of political economy, a much-discussed approach has been the varieties of capitalism literature. Conceived here as wider than just the paradigmatic Varieties of Capitalism framework and inclusive of a general institutionalist orientation when studying national political economies, a weakness in this work has been the low priority placed on the wider social relations which institutions are inevitably part of. Therefore, although much progress has been made in the past 15 years, the ability of the varieties of capitalism literature to account for the developments of the past few years – and thus its more general explanatory capacity – is open to question.

As such, the phrase ‘Varieties of capitalism in crisis?’ has two distinct but connected meanings. For this reason, the CPE RN is interested in receiving abstracts which consider the evolution of empirical capitalisms – we expect our sessions to focus on but not be exclusively concerned with Europe, be it at the national, regional or supranational level – and/or conceptual issues related to the study of capitalist diversity. We seek contributions from scholars with an interest in political economy research, whatever their disciplinary affiliation (sociology, political science, economics, geography, anthropology, ethnology, development studies, area studies, history, etc.). Hence we aim to attract a diverse range of junior and senior researchers, from postgraduate students to professors.

NETWORK OVERVIEW: The network was established in 2005 as a platform to promote and facilitate research aimed at understanding recent transformations of capitalism and capitalist societies in the European Union and Europe. Its purpose is to reassert political economy perspectives in European social science, and to promote critical and emancipatory scholarship. We are avowedly interdisciplinary in our outlook, and seek to bring together researchers employing a range of critical political economy perspectives.

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