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ANIMAL SPIRITS

Call For Papers: Animal Spirits

International Conference organised by Micheline Louis-Courvoisier (UNIGE) and Sylvie Kleiman-Lafon (Université Paris 8)

4-5-6 February 2016, the Hardt Foundation, Geneva.

In the opening chapter of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne presents the animal spirits as a biological inheritance passed on from father to son. Because of their movements and activity, they are responsible for all the events — successes or failures — of human existence. Almost two centuries later, John Maynard Keynes used the same concept in his General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (1936), and attributed the irrational behaviour of economic operations to the animal spirits: they are the driving force behind the actions of homo economicus, inciting action despite the uncertainties and risks inherent to the profession.

Before becoming a metaphor, animal spirits were conceived of as minute and subtle bodies by philosophers, theologists and physicians. Invisible but real, they were thought to be a pneumatic link between body and soul, matter and spirit. They replaced the pneuma of the Ancients and became an indefinable and vaporous substance: air or fire for Francis Bacon, a bright, mobile and pure flame for Descartes, an oily fluid for John Quincy and comparable to air or wind for Willis, who defined them as infinitesimal particles circulating through the nervous system, while for Mandeville they evolved in our blood vessels and digestive system. Responsible for our movements and sensations, they were also thought to influence our imagination and understanding. Their behaviour and their texture were directly determined by their environment (sleep, physical exercise, food, intellectual activity and even breathing) and they, in turn, influenced the good health of the body and mind (in Ficino, Montaigne, Bacon, Du Laurens, Purcell or Kinneir). In epistolary consultations, English-speaking patients often referred to the animal spirits to describe their conditions to their physicians, while this was rarely the case in the medical correspondence of French-speaking patients.

Much discussed through the end of the eighteenth century, they quickly disappeared from the general economy of the body as they failed to fit into an increasingly rational scientific discourse. Largely ignored by twentieth-century historians, they have recently attracted the attention of researchers and are now considered as transversal objects of study in a renewed scientific approach to the history of the body, of passions, and of the organic link between physiology and psychology (see, for example, the work of Elena Carrera, Heather Beatty, Clark Lawlor or Richard Sugg). We invite proposals for 20mn papers, in English or French, on a wide range of topics related to the animal spirits, without any chronological constraint.

Topics might include:

  • Animal spirits and the passions
  • Animal spirits, experience, and the writing of the self
  • Animal spirits and literature
  • Animal spirits and philosophy
  • Animal spirits and rhetoric
  • Animal spirits as metaphor
  • Animal spirits and bodily economy (digestion, the nervous system, sexuality, diseases)
  • Animal spirits and economic theory
  • Animal spirits and music

Proposals should be sent, with a short resume and a list of recent publications, to Micheline Louis-Courvoisier (Micheline.Louis-Courvoisier@unige.ch) and Sylvie Kleiman-Lafon (skleiman-lafon@univ-paris8.fr) before May 22, 2015.

 

Appel à communication : Les Esprits animaux

Colloque international organisé par Micheline Louis-Courvoisier (UNIGE) et Sylvie Kleiman-Lafon (Université Paris 8)

4-5-6 Février 2016, Fondation Hardt, Genève.

Dès la première page de The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne fait des esprits animaux une sorte de patrimoine biologique transmissible de père en fils et rend leur mouvement et leur activité responsables de tous les événements, succès ou insuccès de l’existence humaine. Presque deux siècles plus tard, John Maynard Keynes récupère ce concept pour attribuer aux esprits animaux, dans sa General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (1936), les comportements irrationnels liés aux processus économiques ; ce serait eux qui pousseraient l’homo economicus à agir malgré l’incertitude et le risque inhérents à sa profession.

Avant de devenir métaphore, les esprits animaux ont été considérés, aussi bien dans les théories philosophiques, théologiques que médicales, comme de minuscules corps, subtils, invisibles mais bien réels. Pour tous ils forment le lien pneumatique entre le corps et l’âme, entre l’esprit et la matière. Ils prennent la place du pneuma antique pour former une substance vaporeuse indéfinissable : air ou flamme pour Francis Bacon, flamme pure, mobile et vive pour Descartes, fluide huileux pour John Quincy, ils sont semblables à l’air et au vent pour Willis, qui en fait des particules infinitésimales circulant dans les nerfs (dans les vaisseaux sanguin et le système digestif pour Mandeville). Ils sont responsables de nos mouvements et de nos sensations ; ils influencent notre imagination et notre jugement. Leur comportement comme leur texture dépendent directement de leur environnement (respiration, sommeil, exercice, alimentation, activité intellectuelle) et influent en retour sur la bonne santé du corps et de l’esprit (voir Ficin, Montaigne, Bacon, Du Laurens, Purcell, Kinneir). Dans les consultations épistolaires, les malades anglophones s’y réfèrent souvent pour exprimer à leur médecin l’expérience de leur mal-être, contrairement aux malades francophones qui ne les mentionnent que très rarement.

Omniprésents jusqu’à la fin du dix-huitième siècle, ils disparaissent rapidement de l’économie corporelle n’ayant plus leur place dans l’essor d’une science de plus en plus rationalisante. Objets d’études délaissés par les historiens durant le 20e siècle, depuis quelques années, plusieurs chercheurs en ont fait des objets de recherches transversaux qui renouvellent une histoire du corps, des passions, du lien organique entre physiologie et psychologie (voir par exemple Elena Carrera, Heather Beatty, Clark Lawlor, Richard Sugg).

Nous vous invitons donc à proposer des communications d’une durée de 20mn, en anglais ou en français, sur les sujets suivants (liste non exhaustive), sans limitation chronologique :

  • Esprits animaux et passions
  • Esprits animaux, expérience et écriture de l’intime
  • Esprits animaux et littérature
  • Esprits animaux et philosophie
  • Esprits animaux et rhétorique
  • Esprits animaux et métaphore
  • Esprits animaux et économie corporelle (digestion, système nerveux, sexualité, maladies)
  • Esprits animaux et économie
  • Esprits animaux et musique

Les propositions, accompagnées d’un bref C.V. et d’une courte liste de publications récentes, sont à envoyer conjointement à Micheline Louis-Courvoisier (Micheline.Louis-Courvoisier@unige.ch) et Sylvie Kleiman-Lafon (skleiman-lafon@univ-paris8.fr) avant le 22 mai 2015.

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Adam Smith

Adam Smith

ADAM SMITH FELLOWSHIPS

MERCATUS CENTER

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

The Adam Smith Fellowship is a co-sponsored program of the Mercatus Center and Liberty Fund, Inc. Adam Smith Fellowships are awarded to graduate students attending PhD programs in a variety of fields including economics, philosophy, political science, and sociology.

The aim of these fellowships is to introduce students to and encourage them to critically engage key thinkers in political economy that they might not otherwise encounter during their graduate studies. As such, Smith Fellows spend three weekends during the academic year and one week during the summer in residence at George Mason University participating in workshops and seminars on the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy.

The total award of up to $10,000 includes a quarterly stipend and travel and lodging to attend colloquia hosted by the Mercatus Center. Fellowship winners are eligible to re-apply each year of their studies. Smith Fellows are also eligible to apply for conference and research support.

In order to apply to the Smith Fellowship, please click the “Apply Now” button on the website (see below) and complete the online application.

The application includes:

A 1-2 page cover letter explaining:

Your graduate school career to date,

Your research and your research interests,

Your familiarity with the thinkers associated with the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy, and

What you hope to get out of the program.

A current resume/CV

If you have any questions, please email SmithFellowship@mercatus.gmu.edu.

Graduate Student Programs is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 academic year. The deadline to apply to the Smith Fellowship is March 15, 2015.

Website and more information: http://grad.mercatus.org/content/adam-smith-fellowships

 

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Christmas 2GLOBALIsATION AND THE CRITIQUE OF POLITICAL ECONOMY

A new book by Lucia Pradella

Dear all,

I am happy to announce that Globalisation and the Critique of Political Economy: New Insights from Marx’s Writings is out! The book investigates the international foundations of political economy and discusses the current relevance of Marx’s critique in the light of his still partially unpublished notebooks on the world market and precapitalist societies.
You can find a description of the book here: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415744102/
For more details, or to request a copy for review, please contact Renata Novak | Renata.Novak@tandf.co.uk
To get a 20% discount please use discount codes LRK69 (in 2014) and FDC20 (in 2015)

All the best,

Lucia Pradella

This book offers a new appreciation of the contemporary relevance of Marx’s critique of political economy in the light of the new historical critical edition of his writings (MEGA²), his partially unpublished notebooks in particular. This new material shows the centrality of the international sphere and non-European societies in Marx’s research. After exploring the international foundations of political economy, from mercantilism to Smith, Ricardo and Hegel, the book traces the developments of Marx’s critique from the early 1840s to Capital Volume 1. It shows that his elaboration of the laws of capitalist uneven and combined development allowed him to recognise the growth of a world working class. Marx’s work thus offers the necessary categories to develop an alternative to methodological nationalism and Eurocentrism grounded in a critique of political economy.

This book is part of the Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy series.

“A fresh and rich reading of capitalist modernity’s most important thinker. This book shows why those who dismiss Marx as ‘just another Eurocentric thinker’ are fundamentally mistaken.” – William K. Carroll, Professor of Sociology, University of Victoria, Canada.

“Contemporary globalization is an intensely contested process both intellectually and politically. In this important book Lucia Pradella traces the contradictory development of a non-Eurocentric understanding of the emerging capitalist world economy from the 16th century onwards. Her use of Marx’s unpublished notebooks, currently appearing in the new Marx-Engels Completed Works (MEGA2), helps to make this a study of exceptional value that throws new light of the construction of Capital.” – Alex Callinicos, King’s College London, UK

“This is a timely and original book. It draws on classical political economy using Marx’s recently published manuscripts to shed new light on his evolving approach to globalisation and internationalisation of capital, historical and contemporary debates on globalisation, and Eurocentrism and the role of the state.” – Dimitris Milonakis, University of Crete, Greece

 

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Labour

Labour

FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE LABOR THEORY OF VALUE AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

Call for Papers

1st INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE ‘LABOR THEORY OF VALUE AND SOCIAL SCIENCES’

Thursday 18 – Friday 19 October 2012

Universidade de Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil

We invite submissions that raise (or answer) questions on Marxian Labor Theory of Value and its role in Social Sciences.

Papers are invited on the following topics:

– Labor Theory of Value and Crisis;

– Labor Theory of Value: actuality, problems, limits and outcomes.

Submission deadline of proposals: July 31, 2012.

Applicants will be informed about acceptance by August 30, 2012.

 

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS

Please email paper in English, Portuguese or Spanish, MS Word format, of no more than 3.000 words, to unb.gept@gmail.com. Speakers will be asked to make short 10-15 minute presentations addressing the main topics of their papers.

Papers should include the following elements: i) Paper’s title; ii) Author(s)’ name and affiliation; iii) Three key-words; iv) 150-word abstract; v) Contact information: mail address, country of residence, telephones and email.

Registration for accepted communications: US$ 50 to be paid at the registration desk.

For general questions and further information, please contact

Daniel Bin (Danielbin@unb.br)

http://unbgept.blogspot.com.br/

Please submit proposals via email to unb.gept@gmail.com

1st International Conference on the ‘Labor Theory of Value and Social Sciences’ is a two-day conference collectively organized by the Group for Study and Research on Labour (Grupo de Estudos e Pesquisa sobre o Trabalho – GEPT/UnB)

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Marketisation of Higher EDucation

Marketisation of Higher Education

DEMOCRACY AND THE MARKET: SHIFTING BALANCES, SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES

October 4-6, 2012, Institute of Philosophy, University of Leuven, Belgium

 

Confirmed speakers include:

Gareth Dale (Brunel University, UK)

Andrew Levine (University of Maryland, USA)

Katharina Pistor (Columbia University, USA)

Frank Vandenbroucke (University of Leuven, Belgium)

What has happened to the wealth of nations – and to their sovereignty? In Europe and theUS, the symbiosis of democratic political systems and a mixed capitalist economy has long been regarded as the best way to increase stability and prosperity. However, the nature of this symbiosis seems to be undergoing a radical change. What seems to be truly new is the extent to which processes of decision-making are dominated by markets, technocrats and non-democratic financial institutions.

This development raises a number of questions. If democratic policies are increasingly geared toward the demands of the markets, is this accidental or due to inherent features of democracy and/or markets? Will states and groups of states that deliberately released the force of the market be able to preserve their democratic nature and the values bound up with the very idea of democracy, or are we entering the era of so-called post-democracy? Has the market, in its turn, become a locus of political power in its own right or does it put pressure on the political sphere without modifying its nature? What kind of thing is a market at any rate? Does it make sense to attribute political power to something that operates completely anonymously and cannot be held accountable?

We now invite abstracts for papers that address one or more of these questions from a contemporary perspective and/or by reconsidering the legacy of thinkers such as Smith, Hegel and Marx.

Papers should be suitable for 30 minutes presentations (+ 15 minutes discussion). Please send an abstract of about 500 words to: democracymarket2012@gmail.com no later than May 15. Those who submit abstracts will be notified by June 15. Unfortunately, we cannot provide for travel and lodging costs. For any questions, please contact  democracymarket2012@gmail.com

The conference is hosted by the ‘Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies’ and ‘Research in Political Philosophy Leuven’ (RIPPLE) of theUniversityofLeuven.

For information about the host institutions see http://hiw.kuleuven.be/eng/ and http://www3.kuleuven.be/ripple/ and http://ghum.kuleuven.be/ggs/

 

Organizing Committee

Prof. dr. Karin de Boer (UniversityofLeuven)

Prof. dr. Antoon Braeckman (UniversityofLeuven)

Dr. Lisa Herzog (University St. Gallen)

Dr. Matthias Lievens (UniversityofLeuven)

Dr. Nicholas Vrousalis (UniversityofLeuven)

 

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The Metaphysics of Capital

MODERATION AND REVOLUTION – BY ANDREA MICOCCI

Andrea Micocci
Moderation and Revolution
Lexington Books
1-800-462-6420
http://www.LexingtonBooks.com
978-0-7391-6718-2
324 pages

Endorsements:
Alex Callinicos:
“In this remorseless critique of modern ideologies Andrea Micocci targets what he calls the metaphysics of capitalism informing them. Up-ending our normal assumptions, he argues that it is the true revolutionaries who champion individuality and toleration against the homogeneizing tendencies of capitalism. This is a powerful challenge to the common sense of both the status quo and its conventional critics”.

Mino Vianello:
“This is a daring book that one may like or not like, but represents in the clearest way capitalism’s convoluted nature while explaining with extreme clarity the perverse mechanisms of its resilience. The author brilliantly holds the reader’s attention through a journey in the history of ideas to come to the conclusion that moderation is the bond that keeps us socially and culturally tied, whereas revolution means individual emancipation. “Revolution” is the non-violent quest for individual freedom in a materialistic sense and in Micocci’s view has nothing to do with the bureaucratic and totalitarian organization propaganized at the time of the Soviet Union. This book dispels many misconceptions and popularly held beliefs and is recommended to unprejudiced readers”.

ABOUT THE BOOK
Moderation and Revolution asks how we can resolve conflict from the capitalist worldview. It exposes the intellectual basis of contemporary capitalism as a logically flawed dialectic that prevents both revolutionary options in theory and also, in practice, the evolution of capitalism itself towards the revolutionary outcomes outlined by Smith and Marx. As a consequence, it practices intolerance – disguised as tolerance – towards radical thinking, which explains its propensity to war and the fascistic features of its economics and politics. True revolution, on the other hand, is radically tolerant of the presence of the other and therefore non-violent at the core.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andrea Micocci teaches at the Jean Monnet Faculty of Seconda Università di Napoli (SUN), San Leucio (CE), and Link Campus University of Malta,Rome.

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

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ADAM SMITH: LESSONS FOR THE LEFT

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

Correspondence to: reynoldp@edgehill.ac.uk

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
(http://artsresearch.brighton.ac.uk/research/centre/CAPPE-centre-for-applied-philosophy-politics-and-ethics/) 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 reynoldp@edgehill.ac.uk

Paul Reynolds
Reader in Sociology and Social Philosophy
Programme Leader in Sociology
Social Sciences
Edge Hill University
St Helens Road
Ormskirk
Lancs L39 4QP
Tel: 01695 584370
email: reynoldp@edgehill.ac.uk

 

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BROWN-HARVARD CONFERENCE ON SLAVERY AND CAPITALISM

Brown-Harvard Conference on Slavery and Capitalism, April 7-9, 2011

This conference is intended to explore the centrality of slavery to national economic development in the decades between the American Revolution and the Civil War. Presentations will explore New England investment in the plantation economies of the Caribbean; the technological and managerial innovations in plantation management that coincided with northern industrialization; and the origins of modern finance and credit in the buying and selling of enslaved men and women and the crops they produced.

This new research suggests that the hotbeds of American entrepreneurship, speculation, and innovation might as readily be found in Mississippi or Virginia as in New York or Massachusetts. The issue is not whether slavery was or was not capitalist (an older debate), but rather the impossibility of understanding the nation’s spectacular pattern of economic development without situating slavery front and center.

The conference begins on Thursday, April 7th, with a keynote address by President Ruth Simmons of Brown University. Paper presentations will follow on Friday the 8th at Brown University. The conference then moves to Harvard for additional papers on Saturday, April 9th. This event is free and open to the public.

All the information (including the program and registration form) is here: http://brown.edu/web/slaveryconf/

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Kevin Anderson

KEVIN ANDERSON IN GLASGOW

Joint Seminar: Centre for the Study if Socialist Theory and Movements together with Sociology, University of Glasgow

Kevin Anderson (University of California) who will speak about Marx on the Margins. He will give his talk in 915 (former T315) Adam Smith Building, Bute Gardens, University of Glasgow, on Tuesday Nov 9th, at 5 – 6.30pm.

Prof Anderson writes that he will discuss Marx as a theorist of ethnicity, “race” and migration.

“Marx expended considerable time and energy on the analysis of non-Western societies, as well as race, ethnicity, and nationalism in Europe and N. America. While some of these writings show a problematically unilinear perspective and  traces of ethnocentrism, Marx’s overall trajectory was toward a critique of national, ethnic, and colonial oppression and toward an appreciation of resistance movements in these spheres.”

(Kevin B. Anderson is a Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. He has worked in social and political theory, especially Marx, Hegel, the Frankfurt School, Foucault, and the Orientalism debate. His most recent books are Foucault and the Iranian Revolution (with Janet Afary, 2005) and Marx at the Margins (2010), and earlier, the Rosa Luxemburg Reader (2004) and Lenin, Hegel, and Western Marxism (1995). His current projects include a book on Theoretical Wars over the Middle East and co-editing a volume of the Marx-Engels Gesamtausgabe (MEGA).

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Economic Crisis

ECONOMISTS OF TOMORROW

13th Conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics

Call for Papers

6-9 July 2011
University of Trent Nottingham, UK

The Thirteenth Annual Conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics (AHE) will be held at Nottingham Trent University, UK from 6-9 July 2011.

In more than ten years the AHE has established a reputation as a major national and international forum for the discussion of alternatives to mainstream economics, and for the interdisciplinary and pluralistic nature of its discussions. It is also plays an ongoing role in strengthening the community of heterodox economists, and to the development of heterodox economic theories on various themes through the dissemination of ideas and arguments.

The esteem of the economics profession has reached an all-time low, in the wake of the global financial crisis that most economists failed to predict. In this context we have a particularly important role to play as heterodox economists, many of whom were well aware that the crisis was imminent and who also have a range of proposals for new stable and sustainable economic and social structures.

For 2011 the AHE Conference theme is Economists of Tomorrow. This reflects the fact that, the world over, we are focused on challenging the hegemonic domination of our profession by just one approach embedded in mainstream economics, the neoclassical approach. The clear failure of neoclassical economics to predict, explain or find solutions to the global financial and economic crises makes it vulnerable. It is our intention is to use this opportunity to further expand and strengthen the case for pluralism within the economics profession.

Particular topics of interest under this over-arching theme include: addressing the power structures of the profession such as the Research Excellence Framework, the Royal Economic Society and the ABS ranking of economics journals; pluralism in research and teaching; research evaluation; openness to innovation and creativity; and the relationships between economists and decision-makers. The 2011 Conference will have both refereed and non-refereed papers. All paper proposals should indicate whether the paper is intended to be refereed or not.

A feature of the AHE is as a pluralist forum for dialogue. 
Consequently, the conference will also provide a broad pluralistic and interdisciplinary forum to discuss issues that members of the AHE and others feel are important. To gain an idea of the sorts of topics and issues that may be of interest to participants please see the details of the AHE conference 2010 at http://eitherwww.hetecon.org or http://www.open.ac.uk/socialsciences/hetecon/conference/2010/

The international character of the conference has been a vital factor in its growing success. Scholars requiring documentation in support of visa or funding applications should indicate this at the time of submitting an abstract or panel proposal. Conference registration fees, all transportation and accommodation costs are at the expense of participants. Nevertheless, the AHE Conference Steering Committee is able to allocate some limited funding to assist participants from outside the US and European Union whose proposal is accepted. If you wish to apply for help with your conference costs please contact the organising committee (AHEConference@ntu.ac.uk).

The conference language is English.

Details regarding submission and registration

The conference invites submissions for single papers, panels and sessions of relevance to the over-arching conference theme or address topics or issues of importance to heterodox economics from standpoints which differ from, or critically examine, mainstream economics.

To facilitate dialogue and timetabling, participants whose papers are accepted must register by Sunday 12 June 2011. All participants will be expected to take part in at least two full days of the conference, in order to be included in the final programme. Participants should also be prepared to serve as discussants and/or session chairs. 

Further registration details will be announced later.

Single papers
All participants including those proposed for sessions and themes must submit an abstract to the conference website at http://www.hetecon.org. The abstract, which must be no longer than one page, should include a brief informative title, a clear statement of the issue the proposed paper will address, its main points, and its argument. Your abstract must state if you wish your paper to be considered for a theme and if you require it to be refereed. You must provide contact and affiliation details for all authors. If your paper is submitted in the name of more than one author, please indicate who will receive correspondence. The authors of successful abstracts will be notified and must provide a complete paper, unless the proposal is to be taken in a poster session, by the deadline for papers (see below). Both papers and abstracts must either be in Word or PDF format.

Complete sessions
The AHE welcomes proposals for complete single sessions and encourages those which address a single topic or issue from a variety of viewpoints or disciplines. Session proposals should be sent to AHEconference@ntu.net and should include:
* A short title (no more than 5 words),
* A description of the session which should be no more than one page
* The names of the proposed participants in the session
* An abstract for each paper to be included in the session
* The name and email address of the session organiser.

Themes
We encourage proposals for themes which address a single topic or issue from a variety of viewpoints or disciplines. The conference committee will work with theme organisers, when constructing the conference programme, to construct a coherent list of sessions for the theme, and schedule these so that participants can follow the theme. 

Theme proposals should be sent to AHEConference@ntu.net and should include:
* A short title (no more than 5 words),
* A short description of the type of paper that would be suitable for inclusion in the theme, and
* The name and email address(es) of the theme organiser(s).

Themes, once agreed by the conference committee, will be posted on the website along with contact details for theme organisers up until the closing date for papers. When submitting paper proposals, authors will be invited to indicate for which theme, if any, they consider it suitable. Theme organisers will be asked to consider all such submissions for inclusion.

Poster sessions
Poster sessions are intended to encourage new work by postgraduate or postdoctoral students, will depend on the number of submissions, and will be announced nearer the date of conference. If you wish your paper to be presented in a poster session, you need not provide a complete paper.

Deadlines

Proposal for panels are to be submitted by Sunday 14 November 2011.
Proposals for sessions are to be submitted by Sunday 30 January 2011.
Abstracts for all papers—to be included in a panel, theme or general conference session, and poster sessions—are to be submitted by Sunday 30 January 2011.

The AHE Committee will consider all proposals and abstracts and will notify you of the acceptance or rejection of your proposal.

Panel proposals will be notified by Monday 29 November 2011.
Session proposals will be notified by Monday 14 February 2011.
Paper proposals will be notified by Monday 14 February 2011.

Refereed papers are to be submitted by Sunday 15 May 2011.
Non-refereed papers are to be submitted by Sunday 29 May 2011.

Those submitting refereed and non-refereed papers must register, for a minimum of two days of the conference, by Sunday 12th June 2011. 
Registration details will be announced later.

All proposals, abstracts and papers are to be submitted via the AHE website: http://www.hetecon.org

All queries relating to the conference, but not concerning the submission of proposals or papers, should be addressed to: Bruce Philp (AHEConference@ntu.ac.uk).

To keep up to date with the 2011 conference and other AHE activities, subscribe to the AHE-ANNOUNCE mailing list (http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A0=AHE-ANNOUNCE) and visit http://www.open.ac.uk/socialsciences/hetecon/conference/2010/ or http://www.hetecon.org. Earlier conferences can also be found at http://www.hetecon.com
 
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THE MAGIC OF CONCEPTS: WANG YAN’AN AND THE ‘ECONOMIC’ IN THE 1930s AND 1940s

Tuesday 16th November at 4.00 p.m. in RHB 309 Professor Rebecca E Karl will give a talk entitled The Magic of Concepts: Wang Yan’an and the ‘Economic’ in 1930s/40s.

This talk focuses on how ‘the economic’ was construed philosophically as a historically-specific conceptual problem as against the Austrian School of Economics in the context of 1930s/40s China. Karl’s main protagonist is Wang Yan’an, best known as the translator of Marx, Smith, and Ricardo, who was also a major Marxist (albeit not a Communist Party) social theorist at that time.

Please publicise widely to colleagues and students

Many thanks
Elaine Webb

Elaine Webb
Administrator, Department of Politics
Goldsmiths, University of London
Warmington Tower
New Cross, London
SE14 6NW
Tel: 020 7919 7740
Fax: 020 7919 7743

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NEW YORK STUDY GROUPS ON MARXISM AND REVOLUTIONS

From Loren Goldner

I am considering various topics for study groups for the coming year, based on what people are most interested in. The groups will start in mid-October and run to the end of June 2011. They will meet every other week in Manhattan, most probably on Thursday evenings (the time that seems most convenient for most people), and involve about 100 pages of reading per session. Participants should be committed to doing the reading and attending regularly.

The Capital group of fall 2009-June 2010 and the summer Grundrisse group have been (IMHO) quite successful, with high levels of participation and discussion by all involved. Participants in the 2010-2011 groups will be asked to make presentations on parts of the reading or (with option No. 3) reporting back to the group on independent reading. I have found this to be a very workable way to encourage maximum participation.

The main topics I’m considering are:
Marx’s Capital, 3 volumes.

Marx’s Theories of Surplus Value, plus readings from Smith, Ricardo and Hegel.

The history of revolutions from the English Revolution to the present (English, French, 1848, Paris Commune, Russian Revolutions (1905 and 1917), German, Spanish) and various working-class upsurges and insurrections since 1945. Given the near-infinite character of the topic and of the possible readings, the focus will depend in part on the interests of the group.

I will choose two of the above, based on the response.

For those of you not familiar with where I’m coming from, check out my web site

http://home.earthlink.net/~lrgoldner

…and the new on-line journal of which I am a co-editor

http://insurgentnotes.com

If any of the proposed topics grab you, and you have the time and energy to participate, contact me asap at

lrgoldner@yahoo.com

Loren

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