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North Atlantic Oscillation

North Atlantic Oscillation

THE DARK ARTS OF FINANCE

The Dark Arts of Finance: Speculation, Collaboration and Artistic Labour

Max Haiven

Wednesday March 19th @ 3-5PM, University of Essex, Room 5B.202

Unlike his contemporaries, and unlike so many of today’s commentators, Marx was unsatisfied with approaches to the financial sector that saw it as merely parasitic (or as any more parasitic than other forms of capitalist accumulation). Rather, he suggested that finance represented one important means by which a key crisis endemic to capitalism might be (temporarily) averted: it provided a forum within which otherwise competitive capitalist actors might pool their wealth in the interests of their class and of the system as a whole. Such an approach to finance, and to the important but often overlooked forms of inadvertent cooperation at the heart of capitalist accumulation, may help us explore the politics and potentialities of artists’ collectives amidst today’s “financialization” of art. What might be gained if we imagined the infiltration of “art” by financial methods, measures and metaphors not as a parasitic imposition, but as new grounds for collaboration? Can we not imagine increasingly individuated and competitive artists as unwittingly enrolled in some form of (re)productive collectivity by the speculative currents of the art market? And, if so, how might this open up new ways to imagine radical collectivities that do not merely seek to return art to its allegedly pre-financialized pedestal, but that seize upon this new situation dialectically?

Max Haiven is an assistant professor in the Division of Art History and Critical Studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Canada. His book Cultures of Financialization: Fictitious Capital in Popular Culture and Everyday Life is forthcoming from Palgrave MacMillan in 2014. His book Crises of the Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Creativity and the Commons will be published by Zed Books in March 2014. More information can be found at http://maxhaiven.com.

Sponsored by the Centre for Work, Organization, and Society.
This seminar is part of an ongoing workshop series on artist collectives.
For more information contact Stevphen Shukaitis: sshuka@essex.ac.uk

 

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Demystifying Finance

Demystifying Finance

A POLITICAL ECONOMY OF CONTEMPORARY CAPITALISM AND ITS CRISIS: DEMYSTIFYING FINANCE

Book launch:  A Political Economy of Contemporary Capitalism and its Crisis: Demystifying Finance

Dimitris P. Sotiropoulos (The Open University Business School, UK)

John Milios (National Technical University of Athens)

Spyros Lapatsioras (University of Crete)

 

Discussion Panel

Janette Rutterford: Professor of Financial Management, The OpenUniversity Business School, UK

Engelbert Stockhammer: Professor of Economics, Kingston University, London

Paul Auerbach: Reader of Economics, Kingston University, London

Costas Douzinas: Professor of Law, Birkbeck, University of London

 

Thursday, 30th January 2014, 6PM

The Open University in London, Room 2BC (Ground Floor)

1-11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London NW1 8NP

 

Nearest underground: CamdenTown (Northern Line)

Free event, all welcome

Contact details: dimitris.sotiropoulos@open.ac.uk

 

Routledge details: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415684088/

 

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/book-launch-a-political-economy-of-contemporary-capitalism-and-its-crisis-demystifying-finance-30-january

 

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Costas Lapavitsas

Costas Lapavitsas

FINANCIALIZATION IN CRISIS

Edited by COSTAS LAPAVITSAS

AVAILABLE NOW FROM HAYMARKET

A TITLE IN THE HISTORICAL MATERIALISM BOOK SERIES

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In this important and timely volume, a number of well-known political economists draw on the insights of Marxist and other heterodox economists to argue that the turmoil of 2007 to 2009 represents a crisis of financialized capitalism that can only be understood through tracing out the structural changes in the modern global economy. Carefully examining domestic and international aspects of the financialization of capitalism over the past thirty years, the contributors persuasively demonstrate that the ongoing economic crisis commenced in the sphere of finance, spread to production, and then became a world recession.
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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. 
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With Contributions From:
Carlos Morera Camacho • Paulo L. Dos Santos • Gary Dymski • Nuray Ergüneş • Makoto Itoh • Costas Lapavitsas • Juan Pablo Painceira • Demophanos Papadatos • José Antonio Rojas Nieto
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$28 / Paperback / 260 pages
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For more information or to buy the book visit: www.haymarketbooks.org

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/new-in-paperback-from-haymarket-financialization-in-crisis-by-costas-lapavitsas

 

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Knowledge

Knowledge

20th and 21st CENTURY FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM

 

20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium

New York City: March 6-8 2014

Co-organized and hosted by

NYU, CUNY Graduate Center and Columbia University

 

Call for Papers/ Appel à communications

Money / L’Argent

 

This conference, to be held in New York City on March 6, 7 and 8 2014, will focus on the role that money, economics, dépense, financial crises and equitable or unjust economic distribution have played in 20th and 21st century French and Francophone literatures, visual cultures, theatre, history, theory, translation studies and gender and ethnic studies. Since the financial crises of 2008, there has been an ever widening debate about the role that financial gain plays in the production of culture and the functioning of institutions of higher education throughout the world. At the same time, the crises have energized communities that put into question the culture of capital and the ties between capitalism and culture, all of which has created particularly dynamic, ideological, moral and cultural power struggles. This conference will serve as an open discussion on the way money has worked in stories, aesthetic forms, translations, methodologies, curricula and our own institutions from 1900 to the present.

 

Possible topics include:

Economics and the Cultural Field

National or Global Culture?

Financial Crises and the Avant-garde

Gender and Economic Disparities

Fetishism and the Taboo of Money

Writers and their Institutions

Cinematic Production and Globalization

Copyright and Royalties in the Digital Age

Cultural and Economic Centers and Peripheries

Culture and the Welfare State

Anti-capitalism

“Occupy Wall Street” and “le Comité invisible”

The Great Depression and Art

Money/Colonialism/Postcolonialism

Money/Migration/Art

Poetry and/versus Money

Cognitive Capitalism and the Study of Literature and Film

Esthetic Practices and the Working Class

 

Proposals for individual presentations and for complete panels can be submitted in French or English by August 31, 2013. Please send them to ffsmoney2014@gmail.com. The proposal should be from 200-250 words for each presentation and should include the affiliation, the name and the email address of each participant.

 

Organizers:

Peter Consenstein (CUNY)

Ludovic Cortade (NYU)

Madeleine Dobie (Columbia)

Philip Watts (Columbia)

 

20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium

New York City: March 6-8 2014

Co-organized and hosted by

NYU, CUNY Graduate Center and Columbia University

 

Call for Papers/ Appel à communications

Money / L’Argent

 

Ce colloque, qui aura lieu à New York le 6, 7 et 8 mars 2014, met l’accent sur les rôles que jouent l’argent, l’économie, la dépense, les crises financières et la répartition économique—juste ou injuste—dans la littérature, les cultures visuelles, le théâtre, l’histoire, la théorie, la traduction et l’étude de la sexualité et de l’ethnicité au sein des études françaises et francophones des 20e et 21e siècles. Les crises financières de 2008 ont lancé un débat de plus en plus étendu sur l’importance du gain financier dans la production culturelle et dans les systèmes universitaires dans le monde. Ces crises remettent en cause les rapports entre le capitalisme et la culture. Ainsi s’ouvrent des luttes de pouvoirs idéologique, culturelle et morale. Ce colloque se veut un lieu de discussion au sujet du rôle de l’argent dans la littérature, les formes esthétiques, les traductions, les méthodologies et même les programmes d’étude de nos propres universités du début du 20e siècle jusqu’à nos jours.

 

Pistes de réflexion (liste non exhaustive):

L’économie et les champs culturels

Culture nationale ou mondiale?

Les crises financières et les avant-gardes

Genre, sexualité et inégalités économiques

Fétichisme et tabou de l’argent

Les écrivains et les institutions

Le cinéma et la mondialisation

Les droits d’auteur à l’ère numérique

Centres et périphéries culturelles et économiques

La production culturelle et l’État-providence

L’Anticapitalisme

« Occupy Wall Street » et le « Comité invisible »

La crise économique des années 30 et l’art

Argent/Colonialisme/Post-colonialisme

Argent/Migration/Art

La poésie et/versus l’argent

Le capitalisme cognitif et l’étude de la littérature et du cinéma

Les pratiques esthétiques de la classe ouvrière

 

Les propositions de communication individuelles et de panels complets pourront être soumises en français ou en anglais jusqu’au 31 août 2013 à cette adresse email : ffsmoney2014@gmail.com. Veuillez joindre un résumé de 200-250 mots pour chaque communication ainsi que le nom, l’affiliation et le courriel de chaque participant.

Organisateurs :

Peter Consenstein (CUNY)

Ludovic Cortade (NYU)

Madeleine Dobie (Columbia)

Philip Watts (Columbia)

 

First published in: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-20th-21st-century-french-and-francophone-studies-colloquium-money-largent-nyc-6-8-march-2014

 

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Work

Work

WORK, EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIETY – ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL ISSUE

The BSA journal Work, Employment and Society has just published an Anniversary Special Issue in honour of 25 years of publishing. 

It is freely available to all readers until 31 July 2013:  http://wes.sagepub.com/content/current

 

The issue features articles from the following leaders in the field:

Reflections on work and employment into the 21st century: between equal rights, force decides, by Mark Stuart, Irena Grugulis, Jennifer Tomlinson, Chris Forde and Robert MacKenzie

Unsustainable employment portfolios, by John Buchanan, Gary Dymski, Julie Froud, Sukhdev Johal, Adam Leaver and Karel Williams

Women and recession revisited, by Jill Rubery and Anthony Rafferty

The nature of front-line service work: distinctive features and continuity in the employment relationship, by Jacques Bélanger and Paul Edwards

Postfordism as a dysfunctional accumulation regime: a comparative analysis of the USA, the UK and Germany, by Matt Vidal

Financialization and the workplace: extending and applying the disconnected capitalism thesis, by Paul Thompson

Finance versus Democracy? Theorizing finance in society, by Sylvia Walby

Work, employment and society through the lens of moral economy, by Sharon C Bolton and Knut Laaser

Ethnographic fallacies: reflections on labour studies in the era of market fundamentalism, by Michael Burawoy

Review of Scott Lash & John Urry The End of Organized Capitalism. Cambridge: Polity Press, 1987, £18.00 pbk, (ISBN: 9780745600697), 248pp, Gibson Burrell, Miguel Lucio Martinez, Ian Greer Response to reviews, Scott Lash and John Urry

25 Favourite WES Articles chosen by WES readers, editors and authors

In October 2012, WES held a successful one-day conference exploring key themes for work and employment in honour of 25 years of publishing. Along with the special issue, we are happy to bring you the video from this event.  If you were not able to join us in October or would like to view the presentations again, you can access the videos here: http://wes.sagepub.com/site//video/25th.xhtml

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/work-employment-and-society-special-issue-free-until-31-july

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Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN ECONOMICS AND INTERNATIONAL FINANCE: MARCH 2013 ISSUE

Journal of Research  in Economics and International Finance

At: http://interesjournals.com/JREIF/index.htm

Journal of Research in Economics and International Finance (JREIF) (ISSN: 2315-5671)

Dear Colleague,

I am pleased to announce to you that the March issue of the Journal of Research in Economics and International Finance is out. You can view it with this link: http://interesjournals.com/JREIF/Contents/2013%20Content/March.htm

Kindly support this journal by sending your manuscript to us.

The Journal of Research in Economics and International Finance (JREIF) is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that is published monthly by International Research Journals (http://interesjournals.com/JREIF/index.htm). JREIF is dedicated to increasing the depth of the subject across disciplines with the ultimate aim of expanding knowledge of the subject.

Call for Research Articles

JREIF will cover all areas of the subject. The journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meets the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence, and will publish:
•    Original articles in basic and applied research
•    Case studies
•    Critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries and essays

We invite you to submit your manuscript(s) to: jreif.manuscripts@gmail.com for publication. Our objective is to inform authors of the decision on their manuscript(s) within four weeks of submission. Following acceptance, a paper will normally be published in the next issue. Guide to authors and other details are available on our website: http://interesjournals.com/JREIF/Guide%20to%20Authors.htm

JREIF is an Open Access Journal

One key request of researchers across the world is unrestricted access to research publications. Open access gives a worldwide audience larger than that of any subscription-based journal and thus increases the visibility and impact of published works. It also enhances indexing, retrieval power and eliminates the need for permissions to reproduce and distribute content. JREIF is fully committed to the Open Access Initiative and will provide free access to all articles as soon as they are published.

What is the advantage to you of publishing in Journal of Research in Economics and International Finance (JREIF):
•    Full open access: everyone can read your article when it is published
•    Publishing decision within 3 weeks of submission
•    Prompt and fair peer review from two expert peer reviewers
•    Frequent updates on your paper’s status
•    Friendly responsive staff

We welcome all your submissions.
I hope you will consider Journal of Research in Economics and International Finance (JREIF) for your next submission.

Best regards,
Blessing Okeku
Editorial Assistant,
Journal of Research in Economics and International Finance (JREIF)
E-mail:   jreif.manuscripts@gmail.com
http://interesjournals.com/JREIF/index.htm

 

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Financialisation

Financialisation

LONDON SEMINAR ON CONTEMPORARY MARXIST THEORY

5th December, 5pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.06, Raked Lecture Theatre

Costas Lapavitsas (SOAS)

Financialisation: What is it and how to analyse it?

The global economic and financial crisis has witnessed a deepening of interest in different forms of critical and radical thought and practice. Following successful series in the last two years, the London Seminar on Contemporary Marxist Theory in 2012/13 will continue to explore the new perspectives that have been opened up by Marxist interventions in this political and theoretical conjuncture. It involves collaboration among Marxist scholars based in several London universities, including Brunel University, King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Guest speakers – from both Britain and abroad – will include a wide range of thinkers engaging with many different elements of the various Marxist traditions, as well as with diverse problems and topics. The aim of the seminar is to promote fruitful debate and to contribute to the development of more robust Marxist analysis.

It is open to all.

 

2012/13 Seminar Series

 

24th October, 7pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.06, Raked Lecture Theatre

Neil Davidson (University of Strathclyde)

How Revolutionary were the Bourgeois Revolutions?

 

7th November, 5pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.06, Raked Lecture Theatre

Charlie Post (City University of New York)

The American Road to Capitalism

 

14th November, 5pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.06, Raked Lecture Theatre

Susan Spronk (University of Ottawa)

Twenty-first Century Socialism in Bolivia – The Gender Agenda

 

5th December, 5pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.06, Raked Lecture Theatre

Costas Lapavitsas (SOAS)

Financialisation: What is it and how to analyse it?

 

23rd January, 5pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.06, Raked Lecture Theatre

Sam Ashman (University of Johannesburg)

Neither a Dichotomy nor a Cycle: A Marxist Approach to the Financialisation of Accumulation

 

20th February, 5pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.06, Raked Lecture Theatre

Jeffery Webber (Queen Mary University of London)

On Our Feet, Never on Our Knees! Marxism and Social Movements

 

13th March, 5pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.06, Raked Lecture Theatre

Alex Demirovic (University of Basel and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung)

Critical Theory and Critical Intellectuals

 

Further seminars will be announced throughout the year.

For further information, please contact:

Alex Callinicos, European Studies, King’s: alex.callinicos [at] kcl.ac.uk

Stathis Kouvelakis, European Studies, King’s: stathis.kouvelakis [at] kcl.ac.uk

Costas Lapavitsas, Economics, SOAS: cl5 [at] soas.ac.uk

Peter Thomas, Politics and History, Brunel: PeterD.Thomas [at] brunel.ac.uk

Jeffery Webber, Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary: j.r.webber [at] qmul.ac.uk

 

Published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/london-seminar-on-contemporary-marxist-theory-5th-december-costas-lapavitsas-financialisation-what-is-it-and-how-to-analyse-it  

 

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Merchant Bankers

STATES, BANKS AND CRISIS: EMERGING FINANCE CAPITALISM IN MEXICO AND TURKEY

States, Banks and Crisis: Emerging Finance Capitalism in Mexico and Turkey.

(2012)

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

By Thomas Marois

 

Monday 29 Oct 2012
17:00 – 18:30

Room 4421

SOAS Main Building, London

 

‘Financialization is as financialization does. It is a mix of the universal characteristics of finance within capitalism, its contemporary powerful hold over, even defining feature of, the neoliberal age, and the myriad of specific global markets and countries into which it has penetrated. In a stunning work of comparative political economy, Marois brilliantly weaves together these aspects of finance drawing on both innovative theoretical insights and primary case study evidence from Turkey and Mexico to furnish what will become a classic and original contribution to the understanding of financialization in the developing world, highlighting both the role of the state in the era of putatively free markets and the possibility, indeed, necessity of alternatives.’ – Ben Fine, SOAS, University of London, UK

Event sponsored by SOAS Development Studies, Neoliberalism, Globalisation, and States Research Cluster and the London International Development Centre

Published first in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/states-banks-and-crisis-emerging-finance-capitalism-in-mexico-and-turkey-by-thomas-marois-book-launch-29-october-soas

 

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Ben Linus

SEASONS OF SELF-DELUSION

The Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize Committee, in conjunction with Historical Materialism, present the 2012 Deutscher Memorial Lecture

Jairus Banaji

“Seasons of self-delusion: opium, capitalism and the financial markets’

Friday, 9 November 2012
Location: Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Time: 18.15-20.00

At the lecture the winner of the 2012 Deutscher Memorial Prize will be announced. The following books have been shortlisted:

* Michael Buroway and Karl von Holdt, Conversations with Bourdieu: The Johannesburg Moment (Wits University Press)

* David McNally, Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism (Brill)

* Sean Sayers, Marx & Alienation: Essays on Hegelian Themes (Palgrave Macmillan)

The lecture is part of the annual Historical Materialism conference: it is free to
registered participants.

 

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/2012-deutscher-memorial-lecture-jairus-banaji-seasons-of-self-delusion-opium-capitalism-and-the-financial-markets-9-november-london-as-part-of-historical-materialism-conference

 

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Capitalism in Crisis

FINANCE AND THE REALIZATION OF VALUE IN THE “SOCIAL FACTORY”

Call for Papers: Association of American Geographers ( AAG ) Annual Meeting 2013, Los Angeles April 9 -13th

Finance and the Realization of Value in the “Social Factory”

Co-organized by Mark Kear (Simon Fraser University) and Lana Swartz (University of Southern California)

Session Overview

This session explores the changing role of money and finance in the realization of value outside traditional sites of production, and through social processes and activities not historically associated with value production. Over the last three decades geographers have documented dramatic transformations in the nature of labor in affluent capitalist states. These transformations have been attended by a growth in insecure, casualized, and irregular employment; a blurring of work and non-work time as well as a rise in the prominence of “entrepreneurial,” “affective,” “creative” and “immaterial” labour. Italian autonomists (e.g. Hardt and Negri 2010, Marazzi 2011, Vecellone 2007) argue that these shifts in the nature of work have dispersed and decentralized the valorization process to a point where ‘the whole society is placed at the disposal of profit’ (Negri, 1989: 79 cited in Gill and Pratt 2007) – turning society into a “social factory” for the production of value. This “real subsumption of society under capital,” however, creates challenges for the regulation of productive processes and the realization of value created beyond the “factory gate.”

With these challenges in mind, we hope to explore how innovations in payments systems, banking, financial analytics and credit scoring products as well as other financial apparatuses (e.g. loan products, mobile apps, transaction services, etc.) enable the capitalization and regulation of diffuse value producing activity (in the home, online, etc.), and help capture surpluses produced through such activity. According to Hardt and Negri (2009: 289) “only finance is able to oversee and compel the flexibility, mobility and precariousness of biopolitical labor-power;” however, the specific financial devices (Muniesa, Millo and Callon 2007) and mechanisms through which everyday activities and forms of sociality are rendered sources of economic value remain largely unstudied.

The current efforts of financial institutions, state regulators and consumer advocates to build a more “inclusive” financial system, develop new products, and harness new data sources, promise to produce new “spaces” into which financial markets can expand and “empower” the excluded. Some of these efforts lay new infrastructures of value transfer and production, while others work to privatize and “ride the rails” of public systems (Maurer 2012). We hope this session will facilitate a rewarding and critical discussion about this post-subprime crisis future of financialization – its vectors, contradictions, geographies, and targets for resistance.

Possible paper topics and themes include:

– Money and payment infrastructures

– Financial empowerment, financial inclusion and financial citizenship

– Behavioral finance, financial education and financial subject formation

– Geographies of transactional finance

– Biocapitalism / cognitive capitalism

– South-to-north policy transfer / finance and the “bottom of the pyramid”

– Asset-based welfare and neoliberalization

– Mobile banking and prepaid cards

– Finance and precarity

– Financial ethnography

– Consumer finance, social protection and personal responsibility

– Finance and class

– Resistance to financialization

– Finance and the commons

– Financial reform

– Finance and measurement (e.g. data, scoring, and risk)

– Finance and social capital

– Debtor-creditor relations

– Finance and philanthrocapitalism

Submissions need not be limited to these suggestions; we welcome abstracts with expansive interpretations of these topics and themes.

Please send proposed titles and abstracts of up to 250 words to Mark Kear ( mkear@sfu.ca ) and Lana Swartz ( dswartz@usc.edu ) by October 1st , 2012.

References

Gill, R., & Pratt, A. (2008). In the Social Factory? Immaterial Labour, Precariousness and Cultural Work. Theory Culture and Society , 25 (7-8), 1–30.
Marazzi, C. (2011). The Violence of Financial Capitalism . Los Angeles: Semiotext(e).
Maurer, B. (2012). Mobile Money: Communication, Consumption and Change in the Payments Space. Journal of Development Studies , 48 (5), 589–604.
Muniesa, F., Millo, Y., & Callon, M. (2007). An introduction to market devices. Socialogical Review , 55 (2), 1–12.
Negri, A., & Hardt, M. (2009). Commonwealth . Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard Press.
Vercellone, C. (2007). From Formal Subsumption to General Intellect: Elements for a Marxist Reading of the Thesis of Cognitive Capitalism. Historical Materialism , 15 (1), 13–36.

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Karl Marx

FIRST SOUTH ASIAN HISTORICAL MATERIALISM CONFERENCE

http://www.sacw.net/article2701.html

Call for Papers: New Cultures of the Left

First South Asian Historical Materialism Conference (New Delhi, 3-4 April 2013)

The Delhi HM Conference ‘New Cultures of the Left’, the first South Asian Historical Materialism Conference, will be held at the Conference Centre, Delhi University, on 3-4 April 2013. The conference occurs against several backgrounds that make the revival of the left and the reemergence of Marxist and other forms of radical theory and politics imperative. These ‘backgrounds’ include the massive convulsions in the world economy from the financial crash of 2008 onwards; the great uprisings in the Arab world that dominated the whole of 2011 with their remarkable mass-based struggles for democracy; the emergence in the West of spontaneous forms of resistance to Austerity politics and its fierce attacks on the lives of millions of people both in and out of employment.

The background to the Conference also includes the consolidation of powerful capitalist interests in countries likeIndia where big business now shapes public policy without the shackles of ‘socialism’, and government and business have jointly undermined the unions, massively casualised labour markets and accelerated the dispossession of whole communities. The consolidation, likewise, of deeply authoritarian tendencies, both secular and religious, that stand for the eradication of existing constitutional democracies and the rights they offer to the mass of citizens in favour of stronger, more repressive states or states reconstructed on non-secular ‘fundamentalist’ lines. And last but not least, the deep crisis of the Party-controlled left and its inability to debate issues in open, democratic and politically creative ways, much less to attract a new generation of workers and youth to the cause of a radical left politics and culture.

The conference is seen as both South Asian and internationalist in a wider sense. We invite papers (20 minute presentations) or panel proposals (for sessions of 1 hr 45 mins) under any of the broad themes below:

1) The legacies of Marx (Marxism as a theoretical/philosophical tradition);

2) Perspectives for socialism in the twenty-first century;

3) The Left, religion, caste & cultural politics today;

4) Violence, war and modernity (including papers on fascism, both historical & contemporary);

5) New debates on sexual politics, and Marxism and Feminism;

6) The return of immiseration: workers, work, land and communities;

7) The crisis and finance capital today;

8) Red & Green: an integration of perspectives;

9) Struggles for democracy;

10) Capitalism and contemporary media cultures;

11) Culture on the Left (Literature, art, film);

12) Histories of the Left and Marxism in South Asia and internationally;

13) New developments in Marxist philosophy;

14) The contemporary relevance of Marx’s Capital.

Paper abstracts and panel proposals submissions should try and stay within 300 words, and be sent in to: submissionsdelhihm@gmail.com by 1st September 2012.

See: http://www.sacw.net/article2701.html and http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-new-cultures-of-the-left-first-south-asian-historical-materialism-conference-new-delhi-3-4-april-2013

 

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Money

Money

VALUE, MONEY AND CRISIS: A WORKSHOP ON THE WORK OF HANS-GEORG BACKHAUS

The Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London invites you to:

Value, Money and Crisis: A Workshop on the Work of Hans-Georg Backhaus

Presentations by Riccardo Bellofiore and Tommaso Redolfi Riva, responses by Chris Arthur and Werner Bonefeld

4 June 2012
Room 137, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths, University of London
4-6 pm
All welcome

Hans-Georg Backhaus is one of the most provocative thinkers of the Frankfurt School. Together with Helmut Reichelt, Alfred Schmidt, and Hans-Jürgen Krahl, he was at the origin of the Neue Marx-Lektüre. Building on Adorno’s critical sociology, Backhaus has been engaged in a problematization of the Marxian critique of political economy which takes seriously its roots in Hegel’s Logic. Questioning orthodox Marxism and Engels’s legacy, he has advanced a whole-scale reconstruction of Marxian theory, confronting the inconsistencies in Das Kapital, and rescuing Marxism as a critical theory of society. The most important of his essays were collected in Dialektik der Wertform: Untersuchungen zur marxschen Okonomiekritik (The Dialectic of the Value Form: Investigations into Marx’s Critique of Economics) by the German publisher Caira. Very few of them are available in English, but the seminal contributions (in particular his 4-part Materials for the Reconstruction of Marx’s Theory of Value) have now been published in Italian under the editorship of Bellofiore and Redolfi Riva. At the core of Backhaus’s reconstructive project is the uniqueness of Marx in building the only monetary theory of value available to us, together with a full recognition of the fetish character and the displaced/perverted nature of contradictory capitalist reality. Backhaus’s contributions put the question of the ‘constitution’ of capitalist social ‘objectivity’ once again on the agenda of Marxian theory and politics. They are essential today for anyone preoccupied with building an analysis of the crisis – one that would not only depart radically from mainstream economic theory, but go far deeper than Neo-Ricardianism and Keynesianism.

Riccardo Bellofiore has published books on Marx, Luxemburg, Minsky, Napoleoni, globalization, and the current economic crisis. With Giovanna Vertova he has a FB page, Economisti di classe. He teaches at the University of Bergamo, Italy.

Tommaso Redolfi Riva studied Philosophy and History of Political Economy in the Universities of Pisa and Florence. Together with Riccardo Bellofiore he is the editor of Hans Georg Backhaus, Dialettica della forma di valore, Roma, 2009.

Chris Arthur is the author of The New Dialectic and Marx’s Capital.

Werner Bonefeld teaches at theUniversity ofYork. He recently edited Subverting the Present, Imagining the Future: Insurrection, Movement, Commons.

 

Further information: http://www.gold.ac.uk/sociology/calendar/?id=5410

 

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