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Occupy London


Left Forum Conference: 

Pace University, March 16-18 2012

Occupy the System: Confronting Global Capitalism

Beginning with the celebrated Arab Spring and the explosive revolts in Greece and beyond uprisings against dictators, crony capitalism, corporate greed and neo-liberal state austerity regimes have spread across the globe.  Tactical innovation in the new movements from Tahrir Square to Madison, Wisconsin are breaking down old barriers in the fight for a better future for the world’s people and the planet.

Although it has been a long time coming, the Occupy Wall Street movement’s message is clear: one percent of people living in the wealthiest nation in the world have grabbed most of the country’s wealth and used it to corrupt politics, while unemployment, mortgage foreclosures, strangling student debt and rising poverty grip the rest of the population. The world is changing, the people are rising, and new possibilities for the Left are emerging. 

Against this inspiring background, the Left Forum will host its annual conference at Pace University on the weekend of March 16-18, 2012.  As it has done for many years, the conference will gather civil libertarians, environmentalists, anarchists, socialists, communists, trade unionists, black and Latino freedom fighters, feminists, anti-war activists, students and people struggling against unemployment, foreclosure, inadequate housing and deteriorating schools from among those active in the U.S. and many other countries, as well. We will again share our activities and perspectives with special attention to all that has changed in 2011 and what it means for the prospects of progressive change in 2012 and beyond.

Once a year, the Left Forum creates a space to analyze the great political questions of our times. Activists, intellectuals, trade unionists, movement-builders and others come together to identify new strategies for broadening the anti-corporate capitalist movement.  In the wake of a persistent crisis of the international economic and political system, a new left politics in the United States and around the world is taking shape. Will the mass movements in Egypt, Greece, Latin America, the United States and elsewhere further extend their participatory democratic, community-building, non-capitalist, and caring forms of struggle into the institutions of everyday life?  Will the movements confront and disrupt the complicity of neo-liberal state elites with corporate capital?  Are there alternatives to the increasingly brutal capitalist system on the horizon?  Join us in exploring such questions and moving forward left agendas for social change. | 

Early registration discounts are available for a limited time (e.g., students: $10)

For information on panel submissions go to ““, click “submit panels button.” 

To see panels from last year’s conference go to ““, click “past events” and choose a particular conference year

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March 16-18

Pace University


Left Forum is now calling for panel proposals for the 2012 conference. This year’s theme is “Occupy the System: Confronting Global Capitalism.”

Panel Submission Deadline: January 6, 2012; 

For inquiries, contact

Helpful links:

– To see instructions on how to submit a panel go to ““, click “submit panels button.” 

– To see panels from last year’s conference go to ““, click “past events” and choose a particular conference year

About Left Forum: Continuing a tradition begun in the 1960’s, Left Forum convenes the largest annual conference in theUnited States of a broad spectrum of Left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, organizations and the interested public. Conference participants come together to share ideas and offer critical perspectives on the world; to network and strengthen organizational ties; to better understand commonalities, differences, and alternatives to current predicaments; and to develop dialogues about social transformation and Left, progressive, radical, and social movement building. Featured speakers have included Noam Chomsky, Cornel West, Arundhati Roy and Slavoj Zizek. Left Forum 2011 had 1,000, speakers, and involved 3,500 participants for more than 300 panels.


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G.W.F. Hegel


Hegel and Capitalism

The 22nd Biennial Meeting of the Hegel Society of America

To be held at DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Friday afternoon, October 26, to Sunday Mid-day, October 28, 2012
[This meeting date represents a change from an earlier announcement.]

Deadline for submission of papers
January 31, 2012

The conference will cover all aspects of the theme “Hegel and Capitalism,” broadly understood.  We invite papers that address this theme historically, systematically, or with reference to current questions and issues. Papers that interpret, engage, or apply Hegel are welcome. Papers that investigate the conference topic in new ways are encouraged.

Submitted papers are limited to 6,000 words, and should be formatted for blind review and accompanied by an abstract of no more than 300 words. Papers must be submitted at this length and later adjustments must remain within this limit.  Papers submitted must be complete essays; proposals are not acceptable.  All papers should be in English. Although papers presented at meetings of the Hegel Society of America are usually published as a collection of essays, publication cannot be guaranteed.  By submitting a paper, however, an author of a paper accepted for the program agrees to reserve publication for the HSA proceedings.  Final decision as to publication remains dependent on the results of peer and publisher review.

Please send papers to:
Andrew Buchwalter, Program Chair


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A one-day symposium at the University of Brighton
Friday 20th January 2012

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It is now well established that Adam Smith’s purloining by the Neo-liberal Thatcherites in the 1980s represented a partial and superficial interpretation of his work, based on a particular reading of An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. This initiative, forming the intellectual basis for a concerted political and intellectual attack on social democracy and welfare politics, used Smith as the foundation for a return to free-market economic thinking and the construction of a neo-liberal hegemony over the terms of economic growth and development that privileged low labour costs and high investment opportunities for capital.

Despite a recognition of the inherent dangers of this economic policy – short term speculative gain against longer term economic stability; vulnerability to the ebbs and flows of finance capital and global economic trends; the impoverishment of working people and conflictual approach to their representation in parties, unions and protest movements; the construction of a market instrumentalist culture that sees moral and social worth primarily in economic utility – it remains a dominant discourse. From Margaret Thatcher’s free-market/strong state approach to political economy to Gordon Brown’s ‘Smithian sympathy’ in economic policy, Smith is part of an intellectual parlance that sustains a consensus within mainstream politics that binds mainstream debate into a notion of the market economy that is minimally and residually social; and in particular, that is conditional on the performance of the market rather than on moral principles and democratic political goals for state, economy and society.

Adam Smith’s work is so much richer, however, than this partial articulation suggests, and Smith remains a potent source for discussion and debate, particularly on the Left. This symposium seeks to explore what the Left might learn and take from Smith in articulating new forms of critical political economy and of moral and political criticism and resistance.

The day will comprise of four sessions led by academics developing recent and current work on Adam Smith and what the Left can learn from him:
David Cassasas Marques (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain)
Mark Thomas (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
Anita Rupprecht (University of Brighton, UK)
Paul Reynolds (Edge Hill University, UK)

This symposium is organised on behalf of CAPPE
( by Paul Reynolds, Reader in Sociology and Social Philosophy, Edge Hill University with Professor Bob Brecher, Director of CAPPE.

The cost of the symposium is £25 (and £10 Unwaged/students) which includes lunch. Cheques should be made out to Paul Reynolds (Adam Smith Symposium) and posted to17 Lea Crescent, Ormskirk,Lancashire L39 1PG.

All correspondence should be directed to Paul Reynolds at

Paul Reynolds
Reader in Sociology and Social Philosophy
Programme Leader in Sociology
Social Sciences
Edge Hill University
St Helens Road
Lancs L39 4QP
Tel: 01695 584370


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