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Karl Marx


Dear All

The Final deadline for the CFP for the London Conference in Critical Thought is February 19th. Please consider submitting an abstract to the stream I am coordinating on Marx and Marxism Today

Marx and Marxism Today
Stream Coordinators: Chris O’Kane and Phil Homburg

The current crisis has lead to a renewed interest in Marx’s critique of capitalism. This proposed stream hopes to contribute to this renewed interest in Marx by inviting papers that address contemporary topics and recent developments in Marx and Marxian theory broadly construed. We invite scholars working in a wide variety of disciplines to propose papers. Possible topics might include, but are not limited, to the following:

* New perspectives on Marx.

* New perspectives on ‘schools’ of Marxism including Diamat, Western Marxism, Hegelian Marxism, Critical Theory, Structuralist Marxism, Neue Marx-Lektüre, Lacanian Marxism, etc.

* New perspectives on Marxian thinkers such as, but not limited to: György Lukács, Karl Korsch, Yevgeny Pashukanis, I.I. Rubin, Walter Benjamin, Antonio Gramsci, Theodor W. Adorno, Henri Lefebvre, Guy Debord.

* New currents of Marxist theory such as systematic dialectic, communization or and the idea of communism.

* New perspectives on Marxian categories and concepts, which may include materialism, value, fetishism, reification, alienation, class, money, capital, and communism.

* The importance of Marxism to theories of capital, crisis, society, culture, politics, economics, law, domination, and liberation.

Details about submitting abstracts and descriptions of the many other interesting streams can be found at or any of the other interesting streams:



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University of Sussex Social and Political Thought

Volume 17 Spring/Summer 2010

Contact if you would like a paper copy for £5 or a PDF for free. Also contact us to get involved in editing or writing for the journal. 

Sussex Conference on Theodor W. Adorno: 40 Years Conference Report – (Simon Mussell)

Gaps: An Inquiry into Deformation and Determination in Adorno (Nicholas Joll)

A Forcefield between Nature, Society, and Reason: Approaching Adorno’s Philosophy of Language
Philip Hogh

Aesthetic Praxis
Josh Robinson

Theses Against Occultism Today: Towards Capitalism as Occultism?
Chris O’Kane


Meadian Reflections on the Existential Ambivalence of Human Selfhood
Simon Susen

Reconsidering the Marxist Theory of the Capitalist State: An Alternative Approach
Fatma Ülkü Selçuk

Leo Strauss, Political Philosophy, and Modern Judaism
J. Christopher Paskewich

Butler and Buddhism: Identity, Performativity and Anatta
Paddy McQueen


‘Derrida, An Egyptian’ by Peter Sloterdijk
Arthur Willemse

‘Living on Borrowed Time’ by Zygmunt Bauman
Matt Dawson

‘Decolonizing Development: Colonial Power and the Maya’ by Joel
Stratis-Andreas Efthymiou

‘Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht:The Story of a Friendship’ by Erdmut
R. Phillip Homburg

‘One Dimensional Woman’ by Nina Power
Zoe Sutherland


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Conference on Adorno

The Centre for Social and Political Thought (University of Sussex) is hosting a one-day conference on the 6th August 2009 to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the death of Theodor W. Adorno.

Anyone interested in presenting at this event is invited to submit either a paper proposal or abstract (no more than 500 words) to

Please include with proposals/abstracts your full name, email address, institutional affiliation, and position within institution.

We welcome papers on any issue directly related to (or influenced by) Adorno’s work – areas of interest may include aesthetics, memory, technology, ethics, politics, ideology, literature, theory/praxis, fetishism, culture and critique, as well as Adorno’s legacies, influence and contemporary relevance.

The deadline for receiving abstracts or paper proposals has been extended until the 30th June 2009. Time allocations for presentations will be 45 minutes (25-30mins for the paper, with an additional 15-20mins for questions).

We have three key speakers confirmed for the conference. They are:

Professor Max Paddison (University of Durham)

Drew Milne (University of Cambridge), and

Nicholas Joll (Open University).

Please send abstracts/proposals via email to either Simon Mussell at: or Chris O’Kane

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