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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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2001

2001

RADICAL ANTHROPOLOGY: AN INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY

Autumn 2014

Symbolic culture emerged in Africa over 100,000 years ago, in a revolution whose echoes can still be heard in myths and rituals around the world. These talks are a general introduction to anthropology, including the latest findings from genetics, biology, primatology, cave painting research and archaeology. There is plenty of time for questions, discussion and socialising.

PROGRAMME:

Sep 23: What does it mean to be human? An introduction to anthropologyChris Knight

Sep 30: Claude Lévi-Strauss: The science of myths and fairy tales – Chris Knight

Oct 7: Africa, hunger and big business: How ‘development’ aids the corporate takeover of food – Chris Walker

Oct 14: Did women once rule the world? A new look at the myth of matriarchyChris Knight

Oct 21: The stars and the stones: An introduction to archaeoastronomy – Fabio Silva

Oct 28: Out of Africa or Multiregional Evolution for modern humans – why is there still a debate? – Chris Stringer

Nov 4: The problem of economics. Homo economicus and human science – William Dixon

Nov 11: The Golden Bough: Yesterday and today Robert Fraser

Nov 18: British Pakistani women and the menopause – Mwenza Blell

Nov 25: ‘Woman’s Biggest Husband Is the Moon’: How hunter-gatherers maintain social equalityJerome Lewis

Dec 2: How language evolved from singingJerome Lewis

Dec 9: Spirits of the Forest: a workshop on African polyphonic singing – Ingrid Lewis

Dec 16: A Christmas fairy tale: ‘The shoes that were danced to pieces’ – Chris Knight

 

All events held at the Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Rd., NW1 1HB (Euston).

Talks are free but small donations welcome.

More Info: http://radicalanthropologygroup.org For updates on meetings and anthropology news, follow us on @radicalanthro and Facebook

 

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/radical-anthropology-talks-london-autumn-2014

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Andrew Kliman

Andrew Kliman

THE POLITICS OF INEQUALITY DISCOURSE

DISCUSSION

23rd June 2014

19.00 in EDT

500 8th Avenue Room 403, New York, NY 10018

 

The economy remains very sluggish, five years after the official end of the Great Recession. Leading economists warn about the prospect of long-term stagnation. Mass unemployment has led to stagnant wages and income and to rising poverty, and more than 5 million homes have been lost to foreclosure. Yet in much liberal and left discourse, these problems are increasingly ignored, crowded out by concern over inequality. Why is this happening?

This meeting will explore the politics behind the inequality rage. In his opening talk, Andrew Kliman will suggest that this phenomenon is rooted in acceptance of the permanence of capitalism, and in a failure to listen to the renewed aspirations for a different future that opinion polls and grassroots struggles have brought to light. He will also ask why so many liberals and leftists resist accepting facts that challenge their preconceptions about the extent and causes of increasing inequality, and suggest that lack of concern for truth is a main factor.

Donation requested, but no one will be turned away for inequality of funds.

Andrew Kliman is the author of The Failure of Capitalist Production: Underlying Causes of the Great Recession (Pluto Books, 2012) and Reclaiming Marx’s “Capital”: A Refutation of the Myth of Inconsistency (Lexington Books, 2007).

 

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/238510589690288/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular&source=1

Marxist-Humanist Initiative: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marxist-Humanist-Initiative/128331074623

 

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The Old Economics

The Old Economics

POST-CRASH ECONOMICS SOCIETY

University of Manchester, UK

 

The Post-Crash Economics Society is determined to try and expand the range of economic theories taught to undergraduates. Following the 2008 recession we, like many people around the globe, feel that the economics taught cannot explain the world we live in, and so believe it is necessary to start looking at the alternatives. In February 2012, The Bank of England ran a conference subtitled ‘Are Graduate Economists Fit for Purpose?’ This society is about making sure economics graduates from the University of Manchester are fit for purpose and that we are able to explain how economics relates to the real world. If we can do this then we will be more employable, more competent and more confident that we can use what we learn in economics in our lives.

Our group does everything from organising events with dissenting economists, to trying to convince the University of Manchester’s economics department that they should change the syllabus. We want more critical theory and reflection to be included, because at the moment economics students are just told to accept a long list of supposedly self-evident truths, instead of being encouraged to truly understand the discipline.If you are also getting frustrated by the same old economics lectures, or just want to learn more about heterodox economics, then come along to one of our events and get involved!

Note – this society is not just for students studying purely economics. Those who are doing a joint honours including economics, or even those who do a totally different degree but still have a passion to understand these issues, are encouraged to get involved. For instance, if you wish to learn more about economic theory, why not come along to one of our self-education groups, where we meet and discuss some of the big questions within the discipline.

Statement of Aims

We are The Post-Crash Economics Society and we are a group of economics students at The University of Manchester who believe that the content of the economics syllabus and the way it is taught could and should be seriously rethought.

We were inspired to start this society when we heard about a Bank of England Conference called ‘Are Economics Graduates Fit for Purpose?’ At this event leading economists from the public and private sphere came together to discuss whether economics undergraduates were being taught the right things in the light of the 2008 Financial Crisis. This chimed with some of our frustrations about the economics we were learning and so we decided to set up a society that would through doing research, organising events and running workshops seek to bring this discussion to Manchester. That was at the start of the 2012/13 academic year.

As of today we have a fully-fledged society, a book club, an incredibly successful launch event lead by world class economists, many student and academic supporters, a petition that is constantly gaining signatures, links with a national network of economic societies and organisation and even more passion and determination to change the current state of economic education!

However, this is just the start. We will ensure that this society will become a permanent fixture on the Manchester economics landscape in the years to come, forever seeking to provoke discussion between students and staff about what economics is, what it should be and how it should be taught.

Society Constitution

1) The Post-Crash Economics Society has been set up to try and broaden the range of perspectives and the teaching methods used by the Manchester Economics Department.

2) We will run a campaign to build student support and engage in dialogue with the economics department.

3) We will run events, workshops and other activities.

4) We aim to be a society that is accessible to all students and staff with an interest in economics whatever their economic and political beliefs.

 

Contact – post.crasheconomics@gmail.com

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/groups/220428964756799/?fref=ts

Post-Crash Economics Society: http://manchesterstudentsunion.com/groups/post-crash-economics

Report in ‘The Guardian’: http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/oct/24/students-post-crash-economics

Post-Crash Economics website: http://www.post-crasheconomics.com/

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

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Crisis Theory

Crisis Theory

CONFERENCE OF SOCIALIST ECONOMISTS (CSE) SOUTH GROUP LAUNCH EVENT

CSE South Group Launch Event

Friday 25th October 13.30 – 16.30

Middlesex University, London

Hendon campus http://www.mdx.ac.uk/aboutus/Location/hendon/index.aspx

To attend please email me Phoebe Moore p.moore@mdx.ac.uk

 

The Conference of Socialist Economists (CSE) http://www.cseweb.org.uk/ is an international, democratic membership organisation committed to developing a materialist critique of capitalism, unconstrained by conventional academic divisions between subjects. CSE has organised and supported conferences and seminars and publishes the Sage journal Capital & Class http://cnc.sagepub.com/ three times a year.

The CSE South Group is a new network of researchers and activists mirroring the CSE Transpennine Group which runs across the north of Britain initiated by Capital and Class Editorial Board members Stuart Shields and Greig Charnock. We will be organising workshops where people present work and hold discussions on topics that concern the CSE and our journal.

The CSE South Group will hold a launch event on Friday the 25th October at MiddlesexUniversity. Our speakers will be Professor Martin Upchurch, who will present ‘Towards the New Workplace Dystopia’; Dr Owen Worth, Managing Editor for Capital & Class, who will speak about ‘The Crisis of Capital’ and Dr Phoebe Moore, Editorial Board member for Capital & Class and convenor for the CSE South Group who will speak about ‘Cognitive Capitalism and the Quantified Worker’.

We will also hold a Roundtable called ‘Contemporary Conditions of Capital’ where we will discuss and debate issues in contemporary conditions of capital including mental health and work, global production networks, commodification of education, safety at work, migration and much more. Speakers on the roundtable will include Peter Hough, author of ‘Valuing Culture by Ignoring it: Relativism and Human Rights’ and ‘Who’s Securing Whom? The need for International Relations to Embrace Human Security’; Elizabeth Cotton who has written Global Unions Global Business (with Richard Croucher) and initiator of: http://survivingwork.org/ ; and Clive Boddy, author of Corporate Psychopaths: Organisational Destroyers.

If you come along you will have the chance to meet individuals on the Capital & Class Editorial Board and a wide range of other researchers and activists.

This will be the first of many workshops run by the CSE South Group. These events will encourage networking across activists, trade unionists, newer researchers and the established cadre who can learn from one another, think together and act in solidarity toward a transformed world.

Education Crisis

Education Crisis

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Economics

Economics

IIPE TRAINING WORKSHOP 3

http://iippe.org/wp/?p=827

Following successful Training Workshops in Marxist Political Economy in London in June 2012 and March 2013, IIPPE announces its 3rd Training Workshop. This will be held over 1 day on Monday 8 July at the ISS in The Hague, the day before the start of the IIPPE Annual Conference, to take place also at the ISS in The Hague. This is therefore an excellent opportunity to combine the Training Workshop with attendance at the IIPPE Annual Conference.

While we cannot fund travel costs, we have space for 90 participants, and for 40 of these we have secured funding for 4 nights accommodation (7 July to 10 July). If you wish to attend the Training Workshop, please send a short paragraph giving your reasons to Elisa van Waeyenberge (ew23@soas.ac.uk).

Please also make it clear whether you are applying for one of the 40 funded places. We expect oversubscription for these funded places; if so we will give priority to students and others who cannot obtain institutional funding to attend the Conference.

Please apply AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. We hope to allocate the funded places by the end of April at the latest.

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Economics

SECOND GLOBAL CONFERENCE FOR ACADEMIC RESEARCH ON ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT

 

Call For Papers
7-9 December 2012

2nd Global Conference for Academic Research on Economics and Management

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Paper Submission DEADLINE is fast approaching:  28 October 2012


Conference website : GCARME is supported by many universities and organizations and it has already formed a large, multi-national and friendly community of colleagues who would love to share ideas. GCARME invites you to submit proposals for papers, panels, best practices, roundtables, tutorials, posters/demonstrations and workshops.

All the accepted papers will be published in one of the following JOURNALS:

– American Journal of Economics
– International Journal of Finance and Accounting

– Bioinfo Journals (Abstract Indexed in ISI Thomson Web of Knowledge)

Publishing your papers will give your name, your research and your university unparalleled presence on the internet for the global scientific community to view your paper!

Papers are invited on any aspect of science, engineering, and management to be presented at GCARME. The event provides authors with an outstanding opportunity for science and engineering and presenting their work at a top quality published international conference.

 

RESEARCH ON BUSINESS MANAGEMENT:

  • – Human Resources Management
  • – Investment and Financial Management
  • – Marketing
  • – Islamic Management
  • – Management Information Systems
  • – Innovation & Technology Management
  • – Science and Technology Policy
  • – Organizational Theory
  • – Operations Management
  • – Supply Chain Management
  • – Tourism Management
  • – Education Management
  • – Knowledge Management
  • – Business Intelligence and Strategy
  • – E-commerce and E-Governance
  • – Project Management
  • – Risk Management
  • – Services Management
  • – Brand Management
  • – Public Administration and Management
  • – Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
  • – Indigenous Management
  • Banking studies

RESEARCH ON ECONOMICS:

  • – Welfare Economics
  • – Public Sector Economics
  • – Regulatory Economics
  • – Business Cycles
  • – International Economics
  • – Economic Planning, Policy Development
  • – Industrial Economics
  • – Comparative Economic Systems
  • – Rational Expectations Theory
  • – Central Bank Independence
  • – Commercial Policy, Protection, Trade Negotiations
  • – Economic Integration
  • – Econometrics
  • – Trade and Labor Market Interactions
  • – International Factor Movements
  • – Innovation Economics
  • – Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents
  • – National Budget, Deficit, and Debt
  • – Intergovernmental Relations
  • – Regulatory Economics
  • – Islamic Economics
  • – Constitutional Economics
  • – Institutional Economics

You are invited to submit:
– full paper of up to 6 pages (Letter) for oral presentation, see template on website

Submissions must be unpublished work containing new and interesting results that demonstrate current research in all areas of economics and management.

The conference is jointly organised by Global Touch Resources/Asia

Paper Submission: GCARME is using the SUBMIT PAPER

Kindly promote GCARME to all your contacts in your university, country and worldwide. Kuala Lumpur is great place to explore. GCARME is promising to be a top quality international conference and we don’t want anyone to miss a golden opportunity to mix and network with world specialists and forge new friendships and cooperation with colleagues from worldwide.

Best regards and hope to see you at GCARME in December 2012
On behalf of
GCAR2012 conference chairs.

 

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Costas Lapavitsas

Costas Lapavitsas

FINANCIALISATION IN CRISIS

http://www.brill.nl/financialisation-crisis

Financialisation in Crisis
Edited by Costas Lapavitsas

The turmoil of 2007-2009 is a crisis of financialised capitalism, and for this reason it is systemic and unusual. The crisis commenced in the sphere of finance, spread to production, and then became a world recession. Its unusual character is apparent since never before has a global economic crisis been triggered by banks lending to workers to buy houses. Moreover, state intervention to forestall the crisis becoming a major depression has been unprecedented. This book brings together several well-known political economists to analyse the domestic and international aspects of financialisation, thus putting the crisis in its appropriate context. It draws on Marxist and other heterodox economics to cast light on the broader implications of financialisation and crisis for society.

Biographical note
Costas Lapavitsas is Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He has published extensively on the political economy of money and finance. His publications include Social Foundations of Markets, Money and Credit (Routledge, 2003).

Readership
Academic libraries, institutes, university courses, policy centres and political/social activists. Those interested in radical explanations of the rise of finance, the transformation of the economy and the recurrence of crisis.

Table of contents
List of Tables and Figures
Introduction: A Crisis of Financialisation, Costas Lapavitsas

PART I: DOMESTIC FINANCIALISATION AND THE ROOTS OF THE CRISIS

1. Financialised Capitalism: Crisis and Financial Expropriation, Costas Lapavitsas

2. The Political Economy of the Subprime Meltdown, Gary Dymski

3. On the Content of Banking in Contemporary Capitalism, Paulo L. Dos Santos

4. Central Banking in Contemporary Capitalism: The Limits of Monetary Policy, Demophanos Papadatos

PART II: INTERNATIONAL FINANCIALISATION AND THE GLOBAL IMPACT OF THE CRISIS

5. On the Historical Significance and Social Costs of the Subprime Financial Crisis: A Comparison with Japan, Makoto Itoh

6. Oil and Finance in the Global Markets, Carlos Morera Camacho and José Antonio Rojas Nieto

7. Developing Countries in the Era of Financialisation: From Deficit Accumulation to Reserve Accumulation, Juan Pablo Painceira

8. Global Integration of Middle-Income Developing Countries in the Era of Financialisation: The Case of Turkey, Nuray Ergüneş

References
Notes on Contributors
Index

 

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No Future

FULL EMPLOYMENT

Call for Papers, Special Issue of the Review of Radical Political Economics on Full Employment

As we currently face the worst economic collapse since the great depression that has resulted in the loss of million of jobs and the highest levels of long-term unemployment since data have been collected, we invite contributors to submit proposals that address the problems of long-term structural unemployment in the United States and world wide.

We invite submissions that address, but do not need to be limited to, the following topics:

1)      What can we learn from employment outcomes across different countries and political economic regimes?
2)      To what extent can public sector action generate sustainable and high-quality employment?
3)      What kind of policies should the public sector pursue? For example should these be employment of last resort (ELR) or jobs created through some other type of “job guarantee policy,” or “permanent jobs programs” for the generation of a certain number of median wage and not last resort jobs, and how should these be financed and administered?
4)      How does this relate to broader macroeconomic policies, including taxation and industrial policy?
5)      Can “full employment” policies succeed in capitalist countries or are partial, temporary, and inadequate programs the best that can be achieved?
6)      What are the historical lessons of the New Deal employment programs in the United States and similar historic or contemporary programs and policies in other countries?
7)      What has been the role of neoclassical economic theory in undermining ideological support for full employment programs, for example vis-à-vis the “natural rate of unemployment” or “NAIRU” doctrines, and what is a proper theoretical/ideological response to these prevalent macroeconomic views?
8)      More generally, is full employment consistent with low-inflation in the United States or elsewhere?
9)      Practical proposals for increasing employment in the United States now and critiques/discussions of the current Summers/Geithner effort to achieve sustained economic growth in the United States with a massive financial sector bail-out and a temporary and limited fiscal stimulus for the broader economy.

Submissions are due by September 30, 2012, and must follow the Instructions to Contributors listed in each issue of the Review, on the RRPE section of the URPE Website, or available from the Managing Editor.  All submissions are subject to the usual review procedures and they should not be under review with any other publication.  We strongly encourage authors to send a brief title and abstract as soon as possible, so we can coordinate timely publication of the issue.

Send 4 hard copies and an electronic version in Word doc. to Hazel Dayton Gunn, Managing Editor, Review of Radical Political Economics, Dept. of City & Regional Planning, 106 W. Sibley Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA; hg18@cornell.edu.

 

**END**

 

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It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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Global Economy

THE ELGAR COMPANION TO MARXIST ECONOMICS

http://www.e-elgar.com/bookentry_main.lasso?id=13550

The Elgar Companion To Marxist Economics
Edited by Ben Fine, Professor of Economics and Alfredo Saad-Filho, Professor of Political Economy, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK with Marco Boffo, PhD candidate,  School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK

January 2012
432 pp
Hardback 978 1 84844 537 6
Hardback £135.00 on-line price £121.50

Series: Elgar original reference

Description

This Companion takes stock of the trajectory, achievements, shortcomings and prospects of Marxist political economy. It reflects the contributors’ shared commitment to bringing the methods, theories and concepts of Marx himself to bear across a wide range of topics and perspectives, and it provides a testimony to the continuing purpose and vitality of Marxist political economy.

Contents

Contributors include: G. Albo, R. Albritton, D. Ankarloo, S.J. Ashman, A.J. Ayers, R. Balakrishnan, J. Banaji, S. Bisnath, M. Boffo, T.J. Byres, A. Campbell, P. Cerni, P. Chattopadhyay, S. Clarke, A. Colás, G.C. Comninel, M. Di Meglio, P.L. dos Santos, G. Duménil, B. Fine, J. Ghosh, G. Hoe-Gimm, H. Goodacre, B. Gruffydd-Jones, B. Harriss-White, K. Hart, M. Itoh, H. Jeon, B. Jessop, D. Johnston, R. Kiely, S. Knafo, D. Laibman, D. Lévy, D. Lo, T. Marois, P. Masina, S.D. Mavroudeas, D. Milonakis, S. Mohun, S. Newman, P. Patnaik, U. Patnaik, L. Pradella, H. Radice, A. Saad-Filho, S. Savran, G. Slater, T. Smith, E. Swyngedouw, B. Tinel, A. Toscano, J. Weeks, E. Wood, A. Zack-Williams, P. Zarembka, Y. Zhang

Further information

This Companion takes stock of the trajectory, achievements, shortcomings and prospects of Marxist political economy. It reflects the contributors’ shared commitment to bringing the methods, theories and concepts of Marx himself to bear across a wide range of topics and perspectives, and it provides a testimony to the continuing purpose and vitality of Marxist political economy.

As a whole, this volume analyzes Marxist political economy in three areas: the critique of mainstream economics in all of its versions; the critical presence of Marxist political economy within, and its influence upon, each of the social science disciplines; and, cutting across these, the analysis of specific topics that straddle disciplinary boundaries. Some of the contributions offer an exposition  of basic concepts, accessible to the general reader, laying out Marx’s own contribution, its significance, and subsequent positions and debates with and within Marxist political economy. The authors offer assessments of historical developments to and within capitalism, and of its current character and prospects. Other chapters adopt a mirror-image approach of pinpointing the conditions of contemporary capitalism as a way of interrogating the continuing salience of Marxist analysis.

This volume will inform and inspire a new generation of students and scholars to become familiar with Marxist political economy from an enlightened and unprejudiced position, and to use their knowledge as both a resource and gateway to future study.

Full table of contents
Contents:

Introduction
Ben Fine and Alfredo Saad-Filho

1. Accumulation of Capital
Paul Zarembka

2. The Agrarian Question and the Peasantry
Terence J. Byres

3. Analytical Marxism
Marco Boffo

4. Anthropology
Keith Hart

5. Capital
Jayati Ghosh

6. Capitalism
Ellen Wood

7. Centrally Planned Economy
Dic Lo and Yu Zhang

8. Class and Class Struggle
Utsa Patnaik

9. Classical Political Economy
Hugh Goodacre

10. Combined and Uneven Development
Samantha J. Ashman

11. Commodification and Commodity Fetishism
Robert Albritton

12. Competition
Paresh Chattopadhyay

13. Consumerism
Paula Cerni

14. Contemporary Capitalism
Greg Albo

15. Crisis Theory
Simon Clarke

16. Dependency Theory
John Weeks

17. Ecology and the Environment
Barbara Harriss-White

18. Economic Reproduction and the Circuits of Capital
Ben Fine

19. Exploitation and Surplus Value
Ben Fine

20. Feminist Economics
Radhika Balakrishnan and Savitri Bisnath

21. Feudalism
George C. Comninel

22. Finance, Finance Capital, and Financialisation
Thomas Marois

23. Friedrich Engels
Paresh Chattopadhyay

24. Geography
Erik Swyngedouw

25. Global Commodity Chains and Global Value Chains
Susan Newman

26. Globalisation and Imperialism
Ray Kiely

27. International Political Economy
Alejandro Colás

28. Karl Marx
Lucia Pradella

29. Knowledge Economy
Heesang Jeon

30. Labour, Labour Power, and the Division of Labour
Bruno Tinel

31. Labour Theory of Value
Ben Fine

32. Market Socialism
Makoto Itoh

33. Marx and Underdevelopment
Mauro di Meglio and Pietro Masina

34. Marxism and History
George C. Comninel

35. Method of Political Economy
Branwen Gruffydd-Jones

36. Mode of Production
Jairus Banaji

37. Money
Paulo L. dos Santos

38. Neoliberalism
Gérard Duménil and Dominique Lévy

39. Neoclassical Economics
Dimitris Milonakis

40. Neo-Ricardianism
Sungur Savran

41. New Technology and the ‘New Economy’
Tony Smith

42. Political Science
Alison J. Ayers

43. Population and Migration
Deborah Johnston

44. Productive and Unproductive Labour
Simon Mohun

45. Race
Alfred Zack-Williams

46. Radical Political Economy in the United States
Al Campbell

47. The Rate of Profit
Simon Mohun

48. The Regulation Approach
Stavros D. Mavroudeas

49. Rent and Landed Property
Erik Swyngedouw

50. The Social Structures of Accumulation Approach
Stavros D. Mavroudeas

51. Socialism, Communism and Revolution
Al Campbell

52. Sociology
Alberto Toscano

53. The State
Bob Jessop

54. ‘Transformation Problem’
Alfredo Saad-Filho

55. The Transition from Feudalism to Capitalism
David Laibman

56. Transnational Corporations
Hugo Radice

57. Unemployment
Gary Slater

58. Value Form Approach
Samuel Knafo

59. Vladimir I Lenin
Prabhat Patnaik

60. The Welfare State
Daniel Ankarloo

61. World Economy
Gong Hoe-Gimm

References

Index

 

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Crisis

9th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DEVELOPMENTS IN ECONOMIC THEORY AND POLICY

The Department of Applied Economics V of the University of the Basque Country and the Cambridge Centre for Economic and Public Policy, Department of Land Economy, of the University of Cambridge, are organizing the 9th International Conference on Developments in Economic Theory and Policy. The Conference will be held in Bilbao (Spain), the days 28th and 29th of June 2012. 
 
Although papers are invited on all areas of economics, there will be three Plenary Sessions with Invited Speakers about the following topics:
– Economic Policies, Governance and the New Economics
– The Economics of the Financial Transactions Tax
– The Governance of Natural Resources
 
Suggestions for Organized Sessions are encouraged. An Organized Session is one session constructed in its entirety by a Session Organizer and submitted to the conference organizers as a complete package. A proposal of an Organized Session must include the following information:
– Title of the session, name and affiliation of the session organizer, name and affiliation of the person who will chair the session(if different than the organizer)
– Titles of the papers (3-4 papers), name, affiliation and contact information of the authors
 
Besides Plenary, Organized and Normal Parallel sessions, there will also be Graduate Student Sessions. In these sessions, students making a MSc or a PhD programme can present their researches and discuss that of other students. Participants in the Graduate Student Sessions will pay a lower conference fee. 
 
The deadline to submit papers and ‘Organized Sessions’ is 25th May 2012. 
 
The Journal Panoeconomicus (http://www.panoeconomicus.rs will publish a special issue with papers presented at the conference. Papers of high quality will be considered for this special issue. All submitted papers will be considered for this special issue. The selection of the paper will be made by the Scientific Committee of the Conference. The final decision about the papers to be published will be subject to a process of anonymous evaluation.
 
For more information, you can contact with Jesus Ferreiro (jesus.ferreiro@ehu.es) or Maribel Garcia-del-Valle (teresa.gvalleirala@ehu.es ) or visit the conference website: www.conferencedevelopments.com

Best regards

Jesus Ferreiro
Associate Professor
Departament Applied Economics V
University of the Basque Country
Bilbao, Spain 

 

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ECONOMICS: UNFIT FOR PURPOSE

Call for Papers can be seen at: http://www.hetecon.com/ or http://www.iippe.org/wiki/Third_International_Conference_in_Political_Economy

Panel/Stream Proposal for AHE/FAPE/IIPPE Conference, Paris July 5-8th, 2012

Economics: Unfit for Purpose

The current crisis and recession have cruelly exposed the inadequacies of mainstream economics in all of its versions to a wide and, at times, incredulous audience. Yet, there is very little sign that significant changes are underway within the mainstream to acknowledge let alone to take account of its continuing inadequacies. Indeed, it is such a lack of critical introspection and capacity to confront external realities that have marked the discipline over the period of neoliberalism and beyond.

Whilst such inadequacies have long been recognised, criticised and, to a large extent, addressed by heterodox economists, the latter continue to be marginalised within the discipline. Nonetheless, the current circumstances offer a timely occasion on which to revisit the nature of the mainstream and to argue for alternatives, not least for the new generations of students and scholars who will be informed by the huge gap between the concerns of the discipline and the nature of its object of enquiry, the economy.

In this vein, we call for submissions under the general theme of “Unfit for Purpose”, especially seeking contributions that deal with the main fields or methods of economics but without wishing to exclude more specialised topics. Ideally, contributions should explain how and why the discipline became the way it is, what is wrong with it, and what are the alternatives.

Abstracts should be submitted to Ben Fine (bf@soas.ac.uk) and Dimitris Milonakis (milonakis@econ.soc.uoc.gr) by end of January, 2012, but preferably earlier.

For conference details visit: http://www.assoeconomiepolitique.org/political-economy-outlook-for-capitalism/data/uploads/call_for_papers-political_economy_and_the_outlook_for_capitalism.pdf

 

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