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Call for Papers
7th International Marx & Engels Colloquium
Marxist Studies Center- Cemarx at University of Campinas-Unicamp
Campinas (SP)
July 24 – 27, 2012

The Marxist Studies Center (Cemarx) has started the call for papers for the 7th INTERNATIONAL MARX & ENGELS COLLOQUIUM, which will be held at the Institute of Philosophy and Human Sciences (IFCH) at the University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. Papers should be submitted by February 1st, 2012.



General Information

The 7th International Marx & Engels Colloquium welcomes, essentially, two types of papers: those that take the Marxist theory as their subject of research in order to analyze this theory, criticize it or develop it; and papers   that utilize the Marxist theoretical framework in empirical or theoretical researches which fit into the event’s Thematic Groups.

Researchers interested in submitting their papers should indicate which Thematic Group they fit in. Occasionally, the 7th International Marx & Engels Colloquium Organizing Committee might reallocate the papers from one group to another.

The  7th Colloquium’s Thematic Groups are the following:

TG 1 – Theoretical work of Marx and Marxism
Critical examination of Marx and Engels’ work and classical Marxism works in the 19th and 20th centuries. The polemics stimulated by Marx’s theoretical work.
TG 2 – Marxism
Critical examination of the tendencies of Marxist thought and their transformations. The theoretical work of Brazilian and Latin American Marxists. The issue of renovation of Marxism.
TG 3 – Marxism and Human Sciences
Examination of the Marxism’s influence on Economics, Sociology, Political Science, Anthropology, History, International Relations, Law, Geography and Social Work. Examination of the Marxist critique of Human Sciences and the contributions of Human Sciences for the development of Marxism. Marxist theoretical polemics and conceptual developments in these areas of knowledge. The presence of Marxism in the Brazilian and Latin American universities.
TG 4 – Economy and politics in contemporary capitalism
The Marxist approach to economical, political and social transformations of capitalism at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. New accumulation patterns of capital, new imperialist phase, transformations of the State and capitalist democracy. The condition of the dominant and dependent countries: Brazil and Latin America.
TG 5 – Class relations in contemporary capitalism
The Marxist approach to the transformations that have occurred within the organization of work under capitalism and in relation to the structure of classes. Laborers, working class, “new working class” and “middle class”. The petite bourgeoisie. The peasants in current capitalism. The current debate on the decline of class polarization in the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st  century. The working classes and the popular movements. The new configuration of the bourgeoisie. The social classes in Brazil and Latin America. The Marxist concept of social class and class struggle in contemporary capitalism.
TG 6 – Education, capitalism and socialism
The relationships between the educational system and capitalism according to the Marxist perspective: training of workforce; education and social classes; ideology and educational process; educational policy. The Marxist analysis of education in Brazil and Latin America. The cultural apparatuses of capitalism (universities, research centers). The cultural centers created by the socialist movement. Analysis of the innovative educational experiences in the societies emerged in the revolutions of the 20th century. Marxist theory and education.
TG 7 – Culture, capitalism and socialism
Capitalism and cultural production: the new tendencies; plastic arts, literature and cultural industry. Marxist analysis of culture in Brazil and Latin America. Culture and socialism: the cultural movements in the societies originated in the revolutions of the 20th century. Marxism and cultural production.
TG 8 – Socialism in the 21st century
Marxist analysis of  the 20th century Revolutions. The communist and socialist heritage of the 19th and 20th centuries and the socialism of the 21st century. Marxism and socialism. The issue of renovation of socialism. The theory of transition to socialism. Workers and socialist transition. Strong points and obstacles for the reconstruction of the socialist movement in the 21st century.

Submission of papers
Papers should be submitted by February 1st. Researchers should fill in the on line submission form at Cemarx’s website (

Modalities of submission for the presentation of papers

The papers (in Spanish, Portuguese or English) should have between fifteen and twenty-four thousand characters (including spaces and footnotes), consisting of maximum 10 pages in 12 points Times New Roman font format . Submissions must not exceed this limit; otherwise, it will be rejected. Papers should include proposed title, author’s name and position (professor, lecturer, post-graduate student, independent researcher). Papers should clearly define the subject which will be examined, its theses and arguments, and make explicit the debate (theoretical, historiographic or political) within which the paper is inserted. Important! Papers should follow the citation rules displayed at Cemarx’s website. Registration fee: R$ 40.00.

2. Roundtables
A Roundtable is composed of a set of at least four papers included in a TG. A small number of Roundtables will be accepted, privileging submission made by groups or research centers, as well as scientific and cultural associations.  Papers of participants of the Roundtable, formatted according to the previous item, should be sent together with a summary explanation of the table. The proposing institution has to obtain the resources needed for participation of all components.
Registration fee (per component of the Roundtables): R$ 40.00

3. Posters
The 7th International Marx & Engels Colloquium is open for participation of undergraduate students who can present scientific initiation papers, whose subjects fit in one of the Thematic Groups of the colloquium. The abstract of the paper should have between three to five thousand characters (including spaces and footnotes) in Times New Roman font format, 12 points. The paper (in Spanish Portuguese or English) should include proposed title, author’s name and the undergraduate course in which he/she is enrolled. Papers should present the research’s subject and its main ideas and information. The poster submission format will be published at Cemarx’s website. Registration fee: R$ 20.00.

Notification of Acceptance

Accepted papers will be divulged at Cemarx’s website by March 2012 according to the following schedule:

The results will be divulged at least three months before the beginning of the event in order to allow all participants to apply for grants from financial bodies and universities, as Cemarx  will not be able to finance the participants of the event.


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