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CRITIQUE CONFERENCE 2012

Saturday 25 Feb 2012
10.00 am- 5.00 pm
London School of Economics

GLOBAL CAPITALISM AND THE ECONOMIC CRISIS: PASTS, PRESENT AND FUTURES

The last year has witnessed a deepening of the crisis, in the Eurozone in particular. There are, however, no countries outside the global crisis. Governments have moved on all fronts against the welfare of the majority of the population. The public sector, pensioners, women, those on welfare benefits and the unemployed youth are the worst affected and have begun to react.

The Conference will discuss current and future forms of reaction to the crisis.

Speakers:
Hillel Ticktin: Marxism and the Crisis
Michael Cox: The Death of the West? World Power after the Crisis
Ben Backwell: Hugo Chavez, Oil and “Petro-Socialism – Prospects
Yassamine Mather: The Arab Spring
Savas: Greece and the Decline of Europe

Venue: New Academic Building 1.09, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London School of Economics

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Capitalist Crisis

CAPITALIST CRISIS – LONDON CONFERENCE

Fundamentals of Political Economy – Weekend School, January 21-22

11am-5pm. Room 2b, University of London Union, Malet Street, London.  
£10 waged, £5 concessions.

Lots of time for questions and debate! All welcome!

MEETINGS INCLUDE:

Labour theory of value – Moshe Machover

Political economy and the state – Werner Bonefeld

Money and finance – Hillel Ticktin

Against Keynesianism – Mike Macnair

In 2008 the banks crashed. States round the world bailed them out by borrowing money. Inevitably, this did not get rid of the crisis but rather gradually transmuted it into a crisis of the creditworthiness of individual states: today the crisis of Eurozone state creditworthiness threatens a new bank melt-down (which may already have happened by the time of this weekend school).

The ‘solution’ demanded by governments and the media is austerity. Creditors – ‘savers’ – must not be made to accept the losses: the working class, both in and out of paid work, must do so. Predictably, the result is an economic downward spiral – as seen in Greece, but coming now to the rest of Europe.

The ‘Occupy’ movement has represented a cry of rage but not put forward a clear alternative. The broad left, including the far left, has committed itself to Keynesian ideas – that states should borrow more and spend more and hope by doing so to grow ‘their way out’ of the crisis.

Understanding the unfolding crisis and proposing real alternatives requires us to grasp Karl Marx’s critique of political economy. But while education in the basics of Marx’s ideas was commonplace on the far left in the 1970s, today it has withered away: there are academics and theorists who ‘do’ political economy, while left activists and groups ‘do’ only campaigns.

The Weekend School aims in a small way to contribute to beginning to overcome this gap in the education of the left. We are therefore seeking to address fundamentals rather than to tackle the analysis of the crisis directly.

This conference has been organized by the CPGB/‘Weekly Worker’ but it’s wide range of speakers makes it very interesting to anyone who wants to understand capitalism’s present crisis.

Go here for the full timetable: http://www.cpgb.org.uk/

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Crisis

THE CRITIQUE OF POLITICAL ECONOMY IN A TIME OF CRISIS

The Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London invites you to two talks exploring the contemporary legacy of Marx’s work.

8 November 2011
Massimiliano Tomba – Revisiting the Grundrisse and the ‘Fragment on Machines’
6.30-8.00
RHB Room 137

Massimiliano Tomba is the author of books on Bruno Bauer and critique, Walter Benjamin’s critique of violence, politics in Kant and Benjamin, and, most recently, Marx’s concept of time. He teaches at the faculty of historical and political sciences at the University of Padua.

14 November 2011
Anselm Jappe – Abstract Labour as the Origin of Commodity Fetishism
6.30-8.00
RHB Room 137

Anselm Jappe is the author of Guy Debord, Les aventures de la marchandise and, most recently, Credit à mort.

All welcome. For further information, contact a.toscano@gold.ac.uk

Both speakers will also be presenting different papers at the annual Historical Materialism conference: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/8annual/register

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A Crisis of Capital

CAPITALISM IN CRISIS

MARXISM 21

Discussion Forum

Capitalism in Crisis: Causes, Consequences and Cure?

 

Speaker: Gerry Gold

Author of: A House of Cards: From fantasy finance to global crash

 

SATURDAY 30 JULY 1PM
INCA (General Confederation of Labour), Italian Advice Centre, 124 Canonbury Road, London, N1 2UT

Nearest Station: Highbury and Islington

 

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Karl Marx

MARXISM 2011 TIMETABLE

Central London 30 June – 4 July

Final timetable out now: www.marxismfestival.org.uk/2011/timetable.html

Book online: www.marxismfestival.org.uk/2011/bookonline.html

 

New speakers and sessions now confirmed:

* Kamal Abu Aita of the Egyptian tax collectors’ union will join the general secretary of the PCS civil service workers’ union Mark Serwotka and striking workers at the opening rally, which takes place on the evening of a day of coordinated strike action by up to a million workers

* Panos Garganas of the Greek Socialist Workers Party will speak on “Greece & the Eurozone Crisis”

* Laurie Penny (Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism) will join Nina Power (One Dimensional Woman) and Judith Orr (Sexism and the System) to discuss “Women, Class & Capitalism”

*Mireia Rosello of the Spanish “indignados” movement will join Sean Vernell of the lecturers’ UCU union to speak on “Youth, Anger and Revolution in Egypt, Spain, Britain…”

* Omar Bargouti, Mohammed Tonsi & Wassim Wagdy will participate on the panel “Eyewitnesses to the Arab Spring”

* Gilbert Achcar (The Arabs and the Holocaust and The Clash of Barbarisms) will debate Simon Assaf on the Libyan intervention

 

Other highlights:

* Owen Jones launches his acclaimed book Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class

* Terry Eagleton (Why Marx was Right) speaks on the Communist Manifesto

* John Bellamy Foster (The Ecological Rift) on “Marxism and Ecology”

* Tariq Ali speaks on “The Arab Intifada and American Power”

* Iain Sinclair (Hackney: That Rose-Red Empire) on “London and the Olympics”

* Graham Turner (No Way to Run an Economy) asks “Where is the Global Economy Going?”

* Peter Thomas (The Gramscian Moment) on “Gramsci and us: Building Socialist Hegemony Today”

* Danny Dorling launches Bankrupt Britain

* Alberto Toscano (Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea) on “University Struggles then and Now”

* Ben Fine (From Political Economy to Economics) on “Reading Marx’s Capital”

* Peter Hallward (Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide and the Politics of Containment) on “Marx against Fatalism”

* Owen Hatherley speaks on his book A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain

* Stuart Christie and Andy Durgan debate the Spanish Revolution

* Authors China Mieville and Max Schaefer discuss “Committed Fictions: Politics and Writing”

* Ronnie Kasrils launches The Unlikely Secret Agent

* Guglielmo Carchedi (Behind the Crisis) on “Marxism and Crisis Theory”

* Alex Callinicos (Bonfire of Illusions) on “Crisis and Revolution after the Arab Revolts”

* Istvan Meszaros (Beyond Capital) on “The Structural Crisis of Capitalism”

Join thousands of others at Europe’s biggest festival of radical ideas—featuring over 200 meetings, debates, film screenings, and musical performances.

For more go to: http://www.marxismfestival.org.uk

 

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‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

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Crisis Sublime

CRISIS

SPECIAL ISSUE OF THE JOURNAL OF CRITICAL GLOBALISATION STUDIES ON ‘CRISIS’

JCGS: http://www.criticalglobalisation.com/current.html

ISSUE 4 ‘CRISIS’ (2011)

The Idea of Crisis, Editorial by Amin Samman (pp. 4-9)

ARTICLES: CRISES OF ECONOMIC IDEOLOGY

International Political Economy and the Crises of the 1970s: The Real ‘Transatlantic Divide’, by Julian Germann (pp. 10-22)

Everyday Neoliberalism and the Subjectvity of Crisis: Post-Political Control in the Era of Financial Turmoil, by Nicholas Kiersey (pp. 23-44)

‘Grey in Grey’: Crisis, Critique, Change, by Benjamin Noys (pp. 45-60)

DIALOGUE: IDEOLOGIES OF ECONOMIC CRISIS

Value and Crisis: Bichler and Nitzan versus Marx, by Andrew Kliman (pp. 61-92)

Kliman on Systemic Fear: A Rejoinder, by Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan (pp. 93-118)

Marx, Systemic Fear and Capitalists’ Convictions: A Reply to Bichler and Nitzan, by Andrew Kliman (pp. 119-126)

COMMENTARY

Egyptand the Failure of Realism, by Joe Hoover (pp. 127-137)

Political Semantics of the Arab Revolts/Uprisings/Riots/Insurrections/Revolutions, by Nathan Coombs (pp. 138-146)

REVIEWS

Pathologies of Capital: David Harvey’s ‘The Enigma of Capital’, by Matthew Morgan (pp. 147-150)

Analogies of Crisis: Harold James’ ‘The Creation and Destruction of Value’, by Liam Stanley (pp. 150-151)

Timing the Event: Antonio Calcagno’s ‘Badiou and Derrida: Politics, Events and their Time’, by Hannah Proctor (pp. 152-154)

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Nathan Coombs

Co-editor of the Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies 

http://www.criticalglobalisation.com

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Capitalism

Capital’ Against Capitalism – New Website

Saturday June 25 -Central Sydney

It seems significant, and hardly coincidental, that the impasse that politics fell into after the 1960s and 1970s coincided with the eclipse of Marx and the research project of historical materialism. Social democracy, various left-wing melancholies and/ or the embrace of dead political forms has stood-in for these absent names. Returning to Marx, to Capital and to the various traditions tied-up with these names may present a way to cut across this three-fold deadlock.

The papers at Capital Against Capitalism will respond to contemporary politics from a range of historical materialist perspectives. We want to bring together the theoretical discussions and debates occurring in Capital reading groups, PhD study circles, and Marxist political organisations and networks. Our conjuncture – its manifold crisis – urges new analyses, new strategic orientations and the engagement of activists and academics alike on these questions.

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Provisional Timetable

SATURDAY JUNE 25 – CENTRAL SYDNEY

9.00 – 9.15
Welcome

9.15 – 10.45
Plenary 1 – AUSTRALIAN LABORISM
Speaker: Rick Kuhn, on his book, with Tom Bramble, Labor’s Conflict: Big business, workers and the politics of class (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
Respondents: Geoffrey Robinson and Tad Tietze

10.45 – 11.00
Short morning tea

11 – 12.30
Workshop 1A – MARXISM AND THEOLOGY
Roland Boer: ‘The Religion of Everyday Life’: Capital as Fetish
Tamara Prosic: Orthodox Christian Theology and Social Change
Remy Low: Religion and Revolutionary Praxis: Theologies of liberation in retrospect and prospect

Workshop 1B – READING CAPITAL IN OUR OWN TIME
Tom Barnes: From ‘surplus populations’ to informal labour: Is Capital relevant to class formation in the Global South?
Paul Rubner: Deciphering the Dialectic in Marx’s Capital
Mike Beggs: Zombie Marx and modern economics

12.30 – 1.15
Lunch

1.15 – 2.15
Workshop 2A – SOCIAL CHANGE
Jess Gerrard: Hegemony, Class and Culture
John Pardy: Patterns of schooling in Australia: Toward a historically materialist explanation.

Workshop 2B – TALKING REVOLUTION
Mark Steven: The Silliest Insurrection: On Marxism and the Marx Brothers
David Lockwood: Marxism and the Bourgeois Revolution

2.15 – 3.45
Workshop 3A – MARXISM AND LAW
Jess Whyte: Leaving the ‘Eden of the innate rights of man’: Marx’s Critique of Rights
Richard Bailey: Strategy, rupture, rights: law and resistance in Australian immigration detention
David McInerney: To read and speak the law: Althusser on Montesquieu

Workshop 3B – ACCUMULATION OF VALUE
Marcus Banks: How does workfare produce value?
Humphrey McQueen: Labour time
Ben Reid: Is there Australian Exceptionalism? Scenarios for capital accumulation and crises after the second great contraction

3.45 – 4.15
Afternoon tea

4.15 – 5.15
Plenary 2 – MARX’S CAPITAL
Speaker: Nicole Pepperell on the key ides of her PhD thesis and forthcoming book on Marx’s Capital (Brill/Historical Materialism Book Series 2011)
Respondent: Dave Eden

5.15 – 5.30
Wrap Up

More information

For more information contact:

Elizabeth Humphrys: lizhumphrys@gmail.com  

Jonathon Collerson: jonathoncollerson@gmail.com

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Capitalist Crisis

CAPITALISM IN CRISIS AND POLITICAL ALTERNATIVES

The Critical Studies Graduate Research Group at the Universityof Brighton is pleased to invite you to a day of workshops on ‘Capitalism in Crisis and Political Alternatives’ on Friday 20th of May with Mary Mellor, Alberto Toscano, Mark Fisher and Mark Devenney.

You can find a link with more information on our webpage: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/csrg.

The event is free, but registration is essential. There are only a few places remaining which will distributed on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis. If you would like to attend, please send an email to B.A.Hofstaetter@brighton.ac.uk

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World Crisis

UNDERSTANDING THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS

The Richmond University Colloquium in Public & International Affairs (RUCIPA)
This year’s theme is on: “Understanding the Global Financial Crisis”
Friday, 25 March 2011, 17 Young Street, London W8 5EH (Underground: High Street Kensington)

Programme

10.30am Registration

11.00 Welcome Address by Professor Alex Seago, Richmond University

11.15 Professor Bülent Gökay, Keele University, “Global fault-lines three years after: An analysis of the 2008 global economic crisis” (Chair: Dr. Preslava Stoeva, RU)

11.45 – 12.15 Discussion

12.15 – 13.45 Lunch

13.45 Professor Engelbert Stockhammer, Kingston University, “Neo-liberalism, income distribution and the causes of the crisis” (Chair: Professor Wolfgang Deckers, RU)

14.30 Professor Costas Lapavitsas, SOAS, “World crisis, world money: the Euro-crisis and Marxist monetary theory” (Chair: Dr. Sabine Spangenberg, RU)

15.15 – 16.00 Discussion

16.00 – 16.15 Coffee/Tea

16.15 Professor Robert Wade, LSE, “The future of global financial governance” (Chair: Dr. Mike Keating, RU)

17.00 – 17.15 Discussion

17.15 – 18.15 Round Table Discussion with Lapavitsas, Wade, Stockhammer and Gökay chaired by Prof Stephen Haseler, London Metropolitan University and Global Policy Institute

Further info from: Jelena.Pivovarova@Richmond.ac.uk, Tel: 0207-3688437

Supported by http://www.globalfaultlines.com and the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies (quarterly, Routledge)

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Dr Linus

14th INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE CONFERENCE IN PHILOSOPHY

University of Essex
28 May 2011
‘PHILOSOPHY IN CRISIS’

Call for Papers

In a world that is encapsulated by talk of socio-economic crises, all institutions and practices are sensitive to the demands of instrumental reasoning.  As a result, philosophy is increasingly compelled to measure its worth against external criteria—the utility of its products. This situation provides the impetus for the consideration of philosophy’s role in society; but also occasions the revaluation of philosophy’s tasks as such. A closer discussion of crisis aims to shed light on the role and purpose of philosophy.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

§  Does the study of philosophy need to be justified?

§  What are the implications of crisis in the history of philosophy?

§  Possible effects of a productivity model in the academy.

§  Should philosophy primarily function as a guide for society or provide Critique?

§  What epistemological effects has crisis produced?

§  Pragmatism and crisis: is crisis the main vehicle of change and progression?

§  Should philosophy care about the demands of bureaucracy, or tailor research to the market?

§  What is the future of philosophy, and will philosophy be recognizable?

§  Is philosophy a tool for diagnosis and solution of crisis, or, does philosophy initiate crisis?

§  Evolution of crisis through the history of philosophy.

§  Does philosophy have to re-think its motivations, and more broadly, its view of itself?

§  What is philosophy?

We are happy to consider abstracts from postgraduates, but are also willing to accept submissions from junior research fellows and lecturers.

Keynote Speakers:
Peter Hallward (Kingston)
Fabian Freyenhagen (Essex)

Final papers should be suitable for a 20-minute presentation (2000-2500 words in length), which will be followed by a discussion. The Department of Philosophy will be able to offer invited speakers limited financial assistance toward the cost of travel. For enquiries, please e-mail someone at some email address to be determined, or see the website: http://www.essex.ac.uk/philosophy/gradconference

Abstracts of 500 words in length should be sent by 28 January 2011 to pygradc@essex.ac.uk or in duplicate by post to:
Graduate Conference 2010
Department of Philosophy
University of Essex
Colchester, CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom

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Civilization

CIVILIZATION CRISIS OR CRISIS OF CAPITAL?

IV Seminar Cemarx – UNEB

Civilization Crisis or Crisis of Capital?
Date – 09 to 12 November 2010

Venue – Auditorium Aduneb
Campus of the University of Bahia-UNEB, Brazil: http://www.uneb.br

Day 09:11:10
Opening conference – 14:30
The Marxist Reflection About the Current Impasses
Prof. Virginia Fontes (UFF / Fiocruz)

Day 10:11:10
Table 01 – 14:00
State, Power and Social Conflicts

Milton Pinheiro (UNEB / PUC-SP)
Marcelo BUZETTO (MST / ENFF)
Jairo Pinheiro (UNESP)

Day 11:11:10
Table 02 – 14:00
Imperialism, Globalisation and Crisis

Sofia Manzano (USJT / UNICAMP)
Marcelo Fernandes (UFRRJ)
Muniz Ferreira (UFBA)

Day 12:11:10
Table 03 – 14:00
Civilization or Barbarism

Mauro Iasi (UFRJ / ICP)
Lúcio Flávio R. de Almeida (PUC-SP)
Osmar Moreira (UNEB)

Promotion: Cemarx / Uneb

Sponsor: Institute Caio Prado Jr. (ICP) and CMMG

Coordination:

Milton Pinheiro (Uneb)
Muniz Ferreira (UFBA)
Ricardo Moreno (Uneb)

Release of books and magazines:

Brasil e o capital-imperialismo
Virginia Fontes
Ed EPSJV / UFRJ Editora Fiocruz and

Outubro e as experiências socialistas do século XX
Milton Pinheiro (Org.)
Ed Quarteto

Revista Novos Temas (ICP)
Number 02

Revista Lutas Sociais (NEILS)
Number 24

For more details: sofiamanzano@hotmail.com

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