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IIPE FINANCIALISATION WORKING GROUP

Call for Papers for AHE/FAPE/IIPPE Conference, Paris July 5-8th, 2012

Following two highly successful previous IIPPE conferences in Political Economy, the Association for Heterodox Economics (AHE), the French Association of Political Economy (FAPE), and the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE) are jointly coordinating the Third International Conference of Political Economy in Paris, July 5-8, 2012. We therefore would like to encourage contributions to that fall under the broad theme of the conference, “Political Economy and the Outlook of Capitalism”.

Given the significance taken by the role of financialisation in the current crisis, the IIPPE Financialisation Working Group encourages contributions which examine the causes and consequences of the crisis in the context of financialisation, as well as those which critically engage with the concept of financialisation itself. Also welcome are submissions which propose alternatives, policies and solutions both in relation to the crisis and to the broader crisis in theoretical economics.

In accordance with the general call for papers, contributions covering the following areas are particularly encouraged:

  • “The Role of Financialisation in the Capitalist World”. This area aims to highlight the importance of financialisation and the role that it has played in the last 30 years in the transformation of capitalist relations of production and specifically the subsumption of real accumulation to finance.
  • The profound inability of mainstream economics to provide either a satisfactory account of the ongoing crisis or to provide any significant alternatives to the current status quo and the resulting opportunities for heterodox economics and Marxist political economy to provide such sound and progressive alternatives.
  • The role and uses of alternative methodologies in the studies of (international) financial markets and critique of mainstream economics
  • How to locate the world economy and the neoliberal nation state in the study of finance
  • Manifestations and consequences of financialisation in developing and emerging countries
  • The financialisation of commodities and natural resources
  • The European crisis and future role of the Euro
  • A critical engagement with the term “financialisation” itself, i.e. its contribution to the literature, differentiation from other concepts such as globalisation, neoliberalism etc.

In addition to submission of individual papers, we would particularly encourage the submission of panel proposals of 2-4 presentation each. Panels which collectively present the work of institutions or other academic groups provide an excellent opportunity to showcase work in a greater depth that is possible in single presentations. It is further hoped that the conference will provide an opportunity to deepen links between groups working on finance from a critical perspective.

Abstracts of individual papers (max. 250 words) or panel proposals (max. 250 words plus abstracts of the individual papers) should be sent to Maria Dafnomili (mdafnomili@econ.soc.uoc.gr) by the end of January 2012.

 

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Morelia Cathedral

SECOND MARXISM AND PSYCHOLOGY CONFERENCE

*Morelia, Mexico, 9-12 August 2012*
*Conference website*: http://marxpsyconference.teocripsi.com/index.php
*Abstract submission deadline: 15 March, 2012*
*Key-speakers and special participants include: Guillermo Delahanty, Anup Dhar, Fernando González-Rey, Raquel Guzzo, Grahame Hayes**, **Lois Holzman**, **Gordana Jovanovic, Lynne Layton, Athanasios Marvakis, Raúl Páramo-Ortega, Hans Skott Myhre, Ian Parker, and Lawrence Wilde.***

Invitation to the Second Marxism and Psychology Conference

On behalf of the organising committee, it is our pleasure to invite you to the *Second Marxism & Psychology Conference*, which will be held from 9 to 12 August 2012, at the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, located in Morelia, Michoacán, Western Mexico. Like the first conference in Prince Edward Island, Canada, this second conference aims at bringing activists, students and scholars together to discuss exciting issues at the intersection of Marxism and Psychology.

As contemporary psychology goes through these times of crisis, revolts and protests around the world, we need to reflect again on the significance of Marxism for psychological scholarship and practice. We know that different fields of psychology have already been permeated, questioned, challenged and concerned by Marxist theory and practice during the last century. Currently several scholars and activists recognize the potential for Marxism to transform psychology. A number of them acknowledge the increasing role of Marxist theory and practice in their scientific pursuits and political activities. And many scholars make research on the historical and current positions in the intersection of Marxism with psychology. At present, however, there still are relatively few opportunities for all
these people to exchange their findings and their views on this essential topic.

We believe that this *Second Marxism & Psychology Conference* will be a unique intellectual forum to encounter different and often competing views on Marxism from the different fields of psychology and other disciplines, as well as an excellent opportunity for scholars and activists to meet again and introduce a new generation of psychologists to the Marxist perspective

Conference topic areas include: Marxist Psychology, Marxism and Educational Psychology, Marxism and Clinical Psychology, Marxism and Social Psychology, Marxism and Critical Psychology, Marxism and Psychoanalysis; Marxism, Humanism and Humanistic Psychology; Marxism, Feminism and Psychology; Marxism, Liberation Psychology and Community Psychology; Activity Theory and Cultural Historical Psychology.

The site of the conference, the city of *Morelia*, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well preserved colonial buildings and layout of the historic center. The Mexican Federal Government lists 1,113 old buildings having historical value, including the impressive cathedral, 4 important monasteries, 3 convents, 4 old colleges, many large churches and palaces, and some buildings of the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, the oldest institution of higher education in the New World, founded in 1540 by Vasco de Quiroga. Also in Morelia is the first music conservatory in the Americas, the Conservatorio de las Rosas, established in 1734.

For further information, visit the website of the conference: http://marxpsyconference.teocripsi.com/index.php

If you have any question, don’t hesitate to contact us to: marxpsyconference@gmail.com

Sincerely,
David Pavón Cuéllar and Jorge Mario Flores Osorio

 

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‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Situationism

SITUATIONIST ETHICS

CONFERENCE ON THE SI NOW

Universityof Sussex, Brighton, UK– Friday 8th June 2012

Keynote: McKenzie Wark (The New School, NY), author of The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International (2011), Gamer Theory (2007) and Hacker Manifesto (2004).

“Since the beginning of the movement there has been a problem as to what to call artistic works by members of the SI. It was understood that none of them was a situationist production, but what to call them? I propose a very simple rule: to call them ‘antisituationist.’ We are against the dominant conditions of artistic inauthenticity. I don’t mean that anyone should stop painting, writing, etc. I don’t mean that that has no value. I don’t mean that we could continue to exist without doing that. But at the same time we know that such works will be coopted by society and used against us. Our impact lies in the elaboration of certain truths which have an explosive power whenever people are ready to struggle for them. At the present stage the movement is only in its infancy regarding the elaboration of these essential points.” — Attila Kotányi at the Fifth Conference of the SI, 1961

Is it oxymoronic, heretical or just plain wrong to talk about Situationist aesthetics? The Situationist International (SI) condemned attempts to discuss its work in terms of aesthetics, but perhaps it is now time to brush the SI against the grain.

When it first announced its programme, the SI insisted that ‘There is no such thing as Situationism’. A few years later, before expelling its members deemed to be too invested in artistic production, the SI declared that in an age of spectacle any work of art produced by a Situationist must necessarily be ‘antisituationist’. The SI’s tactical intransigence regarding the political value of the aesthetic, and its refusal of the possibility of a specifically Situationist aesthetic, threw up problems that remained unresolved by the time of the SI’s dissolution. Since 1972, particularly in Anglophone contexts, Situationist practices have penetrated an array of cultural spheres, and much cultural production which the SI would have dismissed as spectacular has claimed some Situationist influence.

The SI located itself within but against culture. This symposium asks whether such a position is tenable, and what possibility might there be for Situationist aesthetics after all. Do cultural phenomena such as punk, or the current psychogeography industry, for example, work as or against Situationist aesthetics? Is it possible to identify art works and/or practices indebted to the SI that do not recuperate its politics but fortify and develop them? 

Possible themes include, but are not limited to:
·           The work of Guy Debord and other members of the Situationist International
·           The work of artists, writers, thinkers or film-makers proximate to or influenced by the SI
·           critiques of the SI
·           (Post-)Situationist theory now
·           Détournement, plagiarism, and recuperation
·           Spectacular and anti-spectacular aesthetics
·           The uses and abuses of psychogeography
·           Punk and art writing

Please submit proposals of no more than 250 words for papers or presentations of 20 minutes to Sam Cooper at situ.aesthetics@gmail.com by 16th March 2012.

 

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski