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ART IN THE AGE OF REAL ABSTRACTION

Call for Papers | ‘Art in the Age of Real Abstraction’ | Deadline: 12 December 2013

Historic iterations of abstraction in the visual arts have traditionally been associated with terms such as the non-representational, the non-figurative, and the immaterial, in opposition to a loosely defined concept of realism. In the post-war period, however, both realism and abstraction became unstable concepts, deployed to refer to a range of diverse practices, from Nouveau Réalisme to Art Informel to Abstract Expressionism. This conference invites papers that rethink the relation between realism and abstraction in the period between 1970 and the contemporary moment. Of particular concern are the impacts of two intersecting events: the advent of Neoliberalism and the dismantling of Modernism in art history.

‘Art in the Age of Real Abstraction’ seeks to investigate contemporary forms of abstraction through the analysis of different modes of representation, affectivity and performativity, drawing lines of continuity and addressing points of ambiguity between post-war abstraction and contemporary iterations. In recent critical discourse reification has been described as both a process of abstraction and as a figural process. On this view ‘Real Abstraction’ might be understood as the becoming-concrete of the abstract. As such ‘Real Abstraction’ calls for a rethinking of what the terms realism, figuration and abstraction might mean today.

We welcome papers that address the critical stakes of abstraction in the visual arts as a representational economy and as an aesthetic strategy, a way of inhabiting the contradictions produced by capital, and as a means of generating meaning, memory and historical experience.

We encourage academics, researchers and artists to submit papers on the following issues and debates (amongst others):

* post-70s reconfigurations of abstraction

* the artwork and the commodity form

* feminist interventions in the history of abstraction

* abstraction and historic experience

* the intersection of realism and abstraction

* artwork as theory, artwork as historiography

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Speakers should be prepared to present papers for 20 min followed by a discussion.

Please send 300 word abstracts by December 12th to:

Rye Dag Holmboe: rye.holmboe.09@ucl. ac.uk

Andrew Witt: andrew.witt.09@ucl.ac.uk

The conference will be held on April 12th, 2014

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/art- history/staff-research/call_ for_papers

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Karl Marx

Karl Marx

IN MARX’S LABORATORY

Critical Interpretations of the Grundrisse

http://www.brill.com/marxs-laboratory

Edited by Riccardo Bellofiore, University of Bergamo, Italy, Guido Starosta, National University of Quilmes, Argentina, and Peter D. Thomas, Brunel University, London

In Marx’s Laboratory: Critical Interpretations of the Grundrisse provides a critical analysis of the Grundrisse as a crucial stage in the development of Marx’s critique of political economy. Stressing both the achievements and limitations of this much-debated text, and drawing upon recent philological advances, this volume attempts to re-read Marx’s 1857-58 manuscripts against the background of Capital, as a ‘laboratory’ in which Marx first began to clarify central elements of his mature problematic. With chapters by an international range of authors from different traditions of interpretation, including the International Symposium on Marxian Theory, this volume provides an in-depth analysis of key themes and concepts in the Grundrisse, such as method, dialectics and abstraction; abstract labour, value, money and capital; technology, the ‘general intellect’ and revolutionary subjectivity, surplus-value, competition, crisis; and society, gender, ecology and pre-capitalist forms.

Contributors include: Chris Arthur, Luca Basso, Riccardo Bellofiore, George Caffentzis, Martha Campbell, Juan Iñigo Carrera, Howard Engelskirchen, Roberto Fineschi, Michael Heinrich, Fred Moseley, Patrick Murray, Geert Reuten, Tony Smith, Guido Starosta, Massimiliano Tomba, Jan Toporowski, Peter D. Thomas, Joel Wainwright, and Amy Wendling.

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Abstraction

THE USES AND ABUSES OF ABSTRACTION

A Talk by Alberto Toscano

Details: http://complit.as.nyu.edu/object/complit.ne.022712

 

Monday, February 27th, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

NYU, New York

 

Public Lecture

 

Alberto Toscano

The Uses and Abuses of Abstraction

A talk from the Comparative Literature Graduate/Faculty Seminar Series

Location: 13-19 University Place, Great Room

 

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THE SPIRIT OF CAPITAL: A GRADUATE CONFERENCE ON MARX AND HEGEL  

UPDATE 3rd APRIL 2011

April 28 – 29 2011

At the New School for Social Research

New York City

6 E 16th Street, Room 1103

The Spirit of Capital – with Moishe Postone: http://spiritofcapital.com/

Conference Flyer: http://spiritofcapital.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/flyer1.pdf

PROGRAMME

 

Thursday, April 28th:

10.00am – 11.15am: Capital or Spirit

Brad Tabas (American University of Paris)

Respondent: Aaron Jaffe (New School)

Moderator: Todd May

11.30am-12.45am: Measure, Mediation & Method

Frank Enster (Freie University, Berlin)

Respondent: Matt Congdon (New School)

Moderator: Dimitri Nikulin

2.00pm-3.15pm: Class Interests, Ethics & Law of the Heart

Jen Hammond (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Respondent: Mariane Lenabat (New School)

Moderator: Alice Crary

3.30pm-4.45pm: Hegel, Marx & the Question of Theft

Kieran Aarons (DePaul)

Respondent: Jacob Blumenfeld (New School)

Moderator: Chiara Bottici

KEYNOTE 6.00-8.00pm

The Power of Negative Thinking

Paul Mattick (Adelphi)

Moderator: Jacob Blumenfeld

Friday April 29th:

10.00am-11.15am: Real Abstractions of Capitalism

Demet Evrenosoglu (Bogazici University, Turkey)

Respondent: Emilie Connoly (John Hopkins)

Moderator: Ross Poole

11.30am-1.00pm: The Time of Capital & The Messianicity of Time

Sami Khatib (Freie University, Berlin)

Respondent: Massimiliano Tomba (University De Padova)

Moderator : Cinzia Arruzza

2.00pm-3.15pm : Western Marxism (Panel)

1) Empiricism & Idealism in Karl Korsch’s Reading of Hegelian Dialectic

Giorgio Cesarale (Sapienza, Italy)

2) From “Commodity Fetishism” to “Teleological Positing”

Pu Wang (NYU)

Moderator: Richard Bernstein

3.30pm-5.00pm: Aesthetics & Politics (Panel)

1) The Comedy of Religion

Rachel Aumiller (Villanova)

2) On Contradiction & Political Optimism

Ryan Culpepper (University of Toronto)

KEYNOTE 6.00-8.00pm

Capital: Marx’s Mature Critique of Hegel

Moishe Postone (University of Chicago)

Moderator: Jay Bernstein

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MARX AND PHILOSOPHY SOCIETY

SEVENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Abstraction, Universality and Money

Saturday 5th June 2010, 9.30am – 6.00pm
Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London

Richard Seaford (Exeter)
Money, Abstraction, and the Genesis of the Psyche

Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths)
The Dead Pledge of Society: Methodological Problems and Political Consequences of ‘Real Abstraction’

Christopher Arthur
Abstraction, Universality and Money

Graduate panels:

Jan Sailer (Freiburg) Securities: The Purest Form of Abstract Wealth
Nick Gray (Sussex) Abstraction, Universality, Money and Capital

Marina Vishmidt (Queen Mary, University of London) Art in and as Abstract Labour

Brian Fuller (York, Toronto) Materialism and Dialectic: Reading Marx after Adorno

Tim Carter (Sussex) Alienation and Domination in Marx and Wittgenstein

Chris Allsobrook (Sussex) The Ideological Normative Grounds of Immanent Critique

£15 waged, £10 unwaged (provides annual membership of the society)

To reserve a place in advance please email David Marjoribanks at dm275@kent.ac.uk

Travel directions: <http://www.ioe.ac.uk/sitehelp/1072.htm>
Further details: <http://www.marxandphilosophy.org.uk>

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MARX AND PHILOSOPHY SOCIETY SEVENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE – CALL FOR GRADUATE PANEL PAPERS

Call for Graduate Panel Papers

Marx and Philosophy Society Seventh Annual Conference Saturday 5 June 2010, Institute of Education, University of London

‘Abstraction, Universality and Money’

Main speakers:
Chris Arthur
Richard Seaford (Exeter)
Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths)

The Marx and Philosophy Society aims to encourage scholarly engagement with, and creative development of, the philosophical and foundational aspects of Marx’s work. The society welcomes contributions from any philosophical or political position.

Papers on any topic consonant with the general aims of the Society (not necessarily on the specific conference theme) are invited from postgraduate students for a panel at the conference. Papers should be planned to last for approximately 20 minutes. Please submit abstracts of up to 300 words by 5th March 2010 to David Marjoribanks at: dm275@kent.ac.uk

http://www.marxandphilosophy.org.uk/society

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Labor and the Logic of Abstraction: An Interview with Moishe Postone

 

In this interview with Timothy Brennan, Moishe Postone, author of Time, Labor, and Social Domination, discusses the Marxian critical theory of capitalism against the background of the author’s intellectual biography and central historical developments of recent decades. The interview focuses on his reinterpretation of Karl Marx’s critical theory, especially on the notion of the historical specificity of the categories that purportedly grasp capitalism and its historical dynamic. It also engages the author’s understandings of Georg Lukács, the Frankfurt School, and poststructuralism, while addressing issues of capitalism’s historical transformations, its possible abolition, and the reconstitution of progressive politics. 

From South Atlantic Quarterly, Vol.108 No.2, pp.305-330 (2009), at:

http://platypus1917.home.comcast.net/~platypus1917/postone_brennan_saq2009.pdf

 

 

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