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 Dear All

We kindly invite you to a discussion on Art & the New Spirit of Capitalism on the coming Saturday, 30th October, in de Scheijnhelig, Amsterdam.

 The discussion will depart from the freshly released book Postfordism and its discontents (edited by Gal Kirn, Jan van Eyck Academie Maastricht, Peace Institute Ljubljana and B-books Berlin, 2010; designed by Žiga Testen and Nina Støttrup Larsen /former researchers of the JvE Academy/), and puts under the spotlight the complex connections between art, culture and economy in the Postfordist horizon.

The event is organized by Gal Kirn and Ivana Hilj and hosted by the 4-tuned cities festival in Amsterdam ( Below the program with soe further details.

Art & the New Spirit of Capitalism

How are art and creativity being embedded in – or better absorbed by – the latest stage of capital accumulation?

Location: De Scheijnheilig, Passeerdersgracht 23, Amsterdam, Netherlands


18.00 – 18.05

Opening foreword by Ivana Hilj

Ivana Hilj obtained her MA in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, and works at the V2_Institute for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam, NL).

18.05 – 18.20

Introduction and book presentation by Gal Kirn.

Gal Kirn is the editor of Postfordism and its discontents. A former researcher of the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht (NL), currently a fellow at the ICI in Berlin (DE)

18.20 – 18.35: ‘Class struggle and Post-Fordism’, Peter Thomas

Peter Thomas is a researcher at the Jan Van Eyck Academy (Maastricht, NL) and Lecturer at Brunel University, London

18.35 – 18.50: ‘To die and leave silk for the capital: further reflections on art, labour and value’, Marina Vishmidt

Marina Vishmidt is a writer and PhD researcher at Queen Mary, University of London

18.50 – 19.00: Q&A with audience

19.00 – 19.10: Break

19.10 – 19.25: ‘From Being an Artist in Post-Fordist Times to Community Art & Beyond ‘, Paul De Bruyne,

Paul De Bruyne is co-editor of Being an artist in Postfordist times and researcher at the Fontys College for the Arts, NL

19.25 – 19.40: ‘The precarious conditions of squatting’, Ernst Van den Hemel

Ernst van den Hemel is part of the artistic collective that runs De Schijnheilig, a squatted, independent cultural center in the heart of Amsterdam

19.40 – 20.10: Wrap-up discussion with speakers and audience


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Exploring Marx’s Capital

Thursday, 26th March, 6.30 p.m. (Lombokstraat, 40 – Amsterdam)

“Constant and variable Capital and surplus value”


Guglielmo Carchedi, University of Amsterdam



This is the fourth lecture of the project “Exploring Marx’s Capital”, which is an integral part of the series Returns of Marxism in Amsterdam 2008/2009 (for more info:

Each lecture of the month from December onwards focuses upon a topic in Marx’s Capital. More precisely, it follows chronologically the main topics of Marx’s Capital Volume I, from the “commodity form” to “primitive accumulation” – for the reading group in English; – for the group held in Dutch.


The mini-series “Exploring Marx’s Capital” is related to the Capital Reading Group of Capital vol. I (both in English and in Dutch) that we started in November at the IIRE and at the University of Amsterdam.

The meetings of the Capital reading group take place twice a month, and are followed by the public lecture at the end of the month. If you are interested in participating, please do not hesitate to contact the following emails:


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Returns of Marxism – Seminar Series


Seminar Series – Returns of Marxism 2008/09 in Amsterdam


After a successful inaugural seminar series in 2007/2008, Returns of Marxism will continue beginning in October 2008. Topics in this year’s lecture series include: contemporary Latin American politics, the politics of gentrification, reading Capital, radical feminism, Marxism and philosophy and more.

In recent years we have seen a renewed interest in Marxism worldwide. A new generation is discovering the fertility of the many traditions of Marxism for understanding and attempting to change the world. This seminar series aims to bring together scholars, writers and activists from different fields in order to discuss the relevance of Marxist ideas for contemporary debates. 


The Left in Latin America – Lecture Series held by Jeff Webber, University of Toronto

Tuesday 7th, 7.30 pm: Competing Theories of the New Latin American Left

Tuesday 14th, 7.30 pm: Left-Indigenous Liberation Struggles in Bolivia

Tuesday 21st, 7.30 pm: Argentina: From Rebellion to the Return of Normal Capitalism, 2000-2008

Tuesday 28th, 7.30 pm: Chávez and the Contradictions and Possibilities of Twenty-First Socialism in Venezuela, 1998-2008

Thursday, October 30th, 7.30 p.m.

Toward a Marxist Analysis of the Urban – Martin Cobian, University of Amsterdam


Wednesday, November 5th, 7.30 p.m.

Storming Heaven: Autonomist Marxism, Workerism and the left today – Panel with:

Steve Wright, Monash University Australia (author of ‘Storming Heaven. Class composition and struggle in Italian Autonomist Marxism’)

Katja Diefenbach, Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht

Guglielmo Carchedi, University of Amsterdam

Peter Thomas, Historical Materialism and University of Amsterdam

Tuesday, November 25th, 7.30 p.m.

Book presentation: Workers of the World: Essays toward a Global Labor History – by Marcel van der Linden

Marcel van der Linden, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam

Jurriaan Bendien, Archivist and Translator


Tuesday, December 9th, 7.30 p.m.

Workers of the world, who washes your socks? Feminist critiques of Marxism in the late 1970s – Chiara Bonfiglioli, University of Utrecht

Thursday, December 18th , 6.30 p.m.

Exploring Marx’s Capital: “The commodity and the form of value” – Peter Thomas, Historical Materialism and University of Amsterdam


Friday, January 9th, 7.30 p.m.

The Cuban process: 1959-2009 – Antonio Carmona Baez, Executive Co-Director IIRE

Tuesday, January 20th, 7.30 p.m.

Does Marx have a principle of distributive justice? – Wei Xiaoping, Philosophy Institute of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Friday, January 30th, 6.30 p.m.

Exploring Marx’s Capital: “The fetishism of commodities” – Geert Reuten, University of Amsterdam


Tuesday, February 3rd, 7.30 p.m.

Is Marx a Fichtean? – Tom Rockmore, Philosophy Institute of Duquesne University of USA

Friday, February 27th, 6.30 p.m.

Exploring Marx’s Capital: “Money, the general formula of Capital and labour process” – Riccardo Bellofiore, University of Bergamo


Tuesday, March 10th , 7.30 p.m.

The national question in post Cold War Europe – Murray Smith, Former Co-Director IIRE

Thursday, March 26th, 6.30 p.m.

Exploring Marx’s Capital: “Constant and variable Capital and surplus value” – Guglielmo Carchedi, University of Amsterdam


Tuesday, April 14th, 7.30 p.m.

Althusser and Marxist political analysis (the case of Yugoslavia) – Gal Kirm, Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht

Friday, April 24th, 6.30 p.m.

Exploring Marx’s Capital: “Relative surplus value, machinery and large-scale Industry” – Michael Kraetke, University of Amsterdam


Tuesday, March 5th, 7.30 p.m.

Immigration in Europe Today: Apartheid or Civil Cohabitation? – Darko Suvin, Professor Emeritus, McGill University

Friday, May 22nd, 6.30 p.m.

Exploring Marx’s Capital: “Absolute and relative surplus value and the accumulation of Capital” – Michael Heinrich, PROKLA – Zeitschrift für kritische Sozialwissenschaft, Berlin


Tuesday, June 9th, 7.30 p.m.

Contradictions and Limits of Neoliberal European Governance – Laura Horn, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Friday, June 19th, 6.30 p.m.

Exploring Marx’s Capital::“Primitive accumulation” – Frieder Otto Wolf, Freie Universitaet Berlin.


All lectures of the Returns of Marxism seminar series are held at the IIRE, Lombokstraat 40, Amsterdam (see info on how to get there:,en/)


Returns of Marxism is presented by the International Institute of Research and Education:


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