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Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari: Refrains of Freedom,” an international conference to be held in Athens, is now accepting submissions.

Deadline for submissions is November 1, 2014.


Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari: Refrains of Freedom

International Conference,
24-26 April, 2015, Panteion University, Athens, Greece.


We invite abstracts for papers and panel discussions on all aspects of Deleuze and Guattari’s work, and we particularly welcome contributions attempting to elucidate the meaning of Deleuze and Guattari’s claim that “pluralism equals monism” as well as its significance for a number of issues central to their writings:

* What are the implications of this claim for ontology, epistemology, ethics, politics, language and the arts?

* Given that Deleuze is talking about absolute difference (A differs from itself) rather than comparative differenc (A differs from B), can we still speak of subjects and objects and transformative change?

* Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophy of difference in the face of multiculturalism, identity politics and cultural traditions.

* Between the fixity of cultural traditions and their nihilist rejection.

* Forcefields and extended spaces.

* Repetition as the maker of difference.

* “Autrement qu’ être/Autrement qu’ autre.”

* Memory, heterogeneity, the friend, the one thousand tiny sexes.

* Schizoanalysis.

* “Pluralism equals monism” and literature.

* “Pluralism equals monism” and the arts (visual arts, music, cinema, theater, dance, new and multi-disciplinary art forms, art-science-technology and society in a technological age).

* Pluralism equals monism” and the people to come.


Abstracts of papers and panels can be written in English, French or Greek, and must not exceed 500 words.

Submissions can be in .doc, .docx, .rtf or .pdf format and must include title, author’s name, institutional affiliation and contact information. The reading available for paper presentations is 30 minutes.

Panel abstracts must include a brief description of the panel as a whole and summaries of the individual papers. They must also include the title of the panel, the titles of the papers, the names of the participants, institutional affiliations and contact information. The length of the panel must not exceed 120 minutes (discussion included). Submissions will be made through the Easy Chair webside, which requires that the person submitting an abstract should create a simple account with Easy Chair.


Instructions on how to use the programme may be found by visiting:

Submission deadline: November 1, 2014.

Νοtification of decision: January 15, 2015.<

For further information, please, see the conference website: or contact Constantin Boundas (, Iannis Zannos ( or Dana Papachristou (




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London, 6-7 May, 2014

Venue: Woburn Suite (G22/26, Ground Floor), Institute of Philosophy, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU


Invited Speakers:

Prof. Dr Axel Honneth
Institute for Social Research/University of Frankfurt/Columbia University

Prof. Lois McNay
Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford

Dr David McNeill
School of Philosophy and Art History, University of Essex

Dr Jörg Schaub
School of Philosophy and Art History, University of Essex

Dr Timo Jütten
School of Philosophy and Art History, University of Essex

Prof. Michael Rosen
Department of Government, Harvard University



This event is jointly organised and funded by the Department of Philosophy, The Open University, the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford, and the School of Philosophy and Art History, University of Essex.

Full programme details and venue directions.

The symposium is free but requires registration.

To register, please email your name and affiliation to

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Date: 17-18th May 2014

Venue: St Peter’s College, Oxford – Registration required

Supported by:

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford; Department of Philosophy, The Open University; St. Peter’s College, Oxford; St Hilda’s College, Oxford.

Invited Speakers:

Prof. Jessica Berry (Georgia State University, US)
Prof. Maudemarie Clark (University of California Riverside, US)
Prof. David Dudrick(Colgate University, US)
Dr Andrew Huddleston (University of Oxford, UK)
Prof. Paul Katsafanas (Boston University, US)
Prof. Brian Leiter (University of Chicago, US)
Dr Mattia Riccardi (University of Oporto, Portugal)



Saturday, 17 May 2014

09:00–10:00 Registration and Coffee

10:00–10:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Paul Katsafanas: Précis of Agency and the Foundations of Ethics. Nietzschean Constitutivism (OUP 2013)

Maudemarie Clark/David Dudrick: Précis of The Soul of Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil (CUP 2012) 

10:30–12:00 Session 1

Brian Leiter: The Esoteric Reading of Nietzsche

Lunch, St Peter’s College Oxford

14:00–15:30 Session 2

Mattia Riccardi: Nietzsche on the Space of Values

Tea and Coffee

16:00–17:30 Session 3

Maudemarie Clark/David Dudrick: title tbc

Conference Dinner, St Peter’s College


Sunday, 18 May 2014

10:00–10:30 Tea and Coffee

10:30–12:00 Session 4

Jessica Berry: In a Mirror, Dimly – Nietzsche on the Uncertainty of Agency

Lunch, St Peter’s College Oxford

14:00–15:30 Session 5

Andrew Huddleston: Value and the Will to Power – Challenges to a Nietzschean Constitutivism

Tea and Coffee

16:00–17:30 Session 6

Paul Katsafanas: Nietzsche on the Free Individual 

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Registration: Due to a limited number of spaces available you need to register and pay a registration fee. Registration will open here shortly.

Organisation: Dr Peter Kail (St Peter’s College, Oxford) and Dr Manuel Dries (OU | St Hilda’s College, Oxford)




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Education Is Not For Sale

Education Is Not For Sale


Where: Oxford House, Derbyshire Street,  Bethnal Green,  London E2 6HG
When: Saturday 1st March 2014, 10.30am to 7pm (+ afterparty tbc.) 
Bookings (Please book in advance as places are limited): 

Access: Conference spaces are fully accessible to wheelchair users and a crèche will run in the gallery space. 

Day Programme

10.30-11.00: Arrivals and Registration 

11.00-11.30: Opening 

11.30-13.00: World Cafe

Taking place in the main theatre, World Cafe will be used as a way to start having conversations in small groups.  A convener will sit in each group throughout to facilitate three 30 minute sessions around a ‘key’ question and subject. Conference participants will have the opportunity to gather around questions of interest, meet each other and contribute to group discussions, which will be recorded and shared at the end of the morning. 

13.00-14.00: Lunch 

14.00-17.30 (including two 15 mins breaks): Afternoon Workshops 

The Trend Away from Freedom
For thousands of years we were becoming more free. Now we have become less so:
How can Enlightenment thinkers like Hegel, Mill and (later) Fromm influence our practice today?

Instead of school 
What if mass, compulsory, full-time schooling is a 150 year old experiment which hasn’t worked?  A workshop to generate and discuss ideas about what ‘instead of school’ might look like, convened by a group with experience of the ideas and practices surrounding alternatives to school.

Direct Action in Schools
What can teachers do to raise awareness of and respond to the current market-led reforms of state schooling? This session will be led by a full-time state primary teacher.

Chatting Critically with Young People and Youth Workers  
Turning Voices into Action
Facilitated by ‘In Defence of Youth Work’

Freedom and Democracy in action
Democratic Education is, of course, no longer radical. Staff and students from two of the world’s most famous democratic schools, the UK’s Summerhill School and Sands School, will explain and take questions about democratic education, the schools themselves, and the unique experience they offer both students and teachers.

Another Roadmap for Arts Education: ‘Glossary of Conflicted Terms’
‘Cultural Exchange’, ‘Creative Workforce’, ‘Arts Curriculum’, ‘Radical Education’ are terms which have become synonymous for a rigid, tokenistic, yet empty tick-boxing exercise around Arts Education. By unpicking these terms we want to foster a conversation that looks at what actually is important to us as arts education practitioners, teachers, students and organisers.

Education workers and unions: organising to reclaim education
Collective organising is essential to transform our education system into one that will genuinely meet our needs.
What can we learn from successful struggles in this country and further afield?

The potential of socially critical environmental education

The aim of the workshop is to present and criticise dominant trends in environmental education and raise a debate on critical approaches. The discussion will draw from the participants’ teaching experiences in environmental education and relevant curriculum subjects (e.g. geography, science, citizenship) as well as their interests in environmental issues.

Ethics and practice in teaching

Teachers / educators of the Radical Education Forum have been working through their experiences to build an ethical framework for our practice. We will workshop input from the REF ‘s Behaviour Management Clinic and the application of participatory theatre methods to ethical issues, based on the “Ethics of Participatory Theatre”.

‘Hip Hop Education as Radical Education? 
History, Theory and Practice

Sustaining the movement

How do we ensure that the stateofeducation2014 conference is not just a one-off experience?  What real and practical next steps do we need to take? This workshop will feed its ideas and plans into the plenary event.

The suppression of freedom in schools

Do schools undermine school students’ human rights? Can students ever have a say and be listened to at school? Are schools like prisons? Can school students, youth workers, teachers and others work together to make a serious change to schools?

‘Voice of Youth’ will present their short film and lead a discussion.

17.30-17.45: Break

17.45-18.15: Closing Thoughts

18.15-19.00: Informal Networking


For any additional needs or questions, or if you need to cancel your participation, please let us know by sending us an email to

WhatRadical Education Forum and Libertarian Education are co-organising a one-day conference, which will bring together teachers and education workers interested in radical education. We will meet, share ideas and discuss concrete alternatives to dominant trends towards increasingly right wing and authoritarian ideologies in education.

Who is the conference for?

The conference is open to teachers and other workers in formal state education, school students, parents, youth workers, activistsand other educators and workers.

Who are we?

We are teachers, educators, students, researchers, community members, parents, precarious workers, people interested in being part of a wider social change. Our use of the term ‘radical’ is not meant to make claims of political purity, nor to be off-putting for those who don’t think of themselves as ‘radicals’. It is rather to mark our terrain that includes different forms of practice including popular education and research, critical literacy, participatory action research, social justice education, libertarian education and many others.


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By Paul Blackledge


Accessible introduction to key thinkers of Marxist theory and the debate on the nature of Marxist ethics.

Marxism and Ethics is a comprehensive and highly readable introduction to the rich and complex history of Marxist ethical theory as it has evolved over the last century and a half. Paul Blackledge argues that Marx’s ethics of freedom underpin his revolutionary critique of capitalism. Marx’s conception of agency, he argues, is best understood through the lens of Hegel’s synthesis of Kantian and Aristotelian ethical concepts. Marx’s rejection of moralism is not, as suggested in crude materialist readings of his work, a dismissal of the free, purposive, subjective dimension of action. Freedom, for Marx, is both the essence and the goal of the socialist movement against alienation, and freedom’s concrete modern form is the movement for real democracy against the capitalist separation of economics and politics. At the same time, Marxism and Ethics is also a distinctive contribution to, and critique of, contemporary political philosophy, one that fashions a powerful synthesis of the strongest elements of the Marxist tradition. Drawing on Alasdair MacIntyre’s early contributions to British New Left debates on socialist humanism, Blackledge develops an alternative ethical theory for the Marxist tradition, one that avoids the inadequacies of approaches framed by Kant on the one hand and utilitarianism on the other.

“This book provides impressive evidence of the intellectual and moral strengths of contemporary Marxism. Paul Blackledge has provided the best history so far written of Marxism’s engagement with ethics. He enables us to understand Marx’s own moral concerns better than Marx himself did. And he has made an incisive contribution to contemporary moral debate. Critics of Marx and Marxism, including sympathetic critics such as myself, will have to take this book very seriously.” – Alasdair MacIntyre, author of After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory, Third Edition

Paul Blackledge is Professor of Political Theory at Leeds Metropolitan University. He is the author of Perry Anderson, Marxism, and the New Left and Reflections on the Marxist Theory of History, and the coeditor (with Graeme Kirkpatrick) of Historical Materialism and Social Evolution.

Price: $80.00

Hardcover – 249 pages

Release Date: March 2012


ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3991-4

Price: $80.00

Electronic – 249 pages

Release Date: February 2012


ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3992-1


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17-20 May, 2012 — Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida


The conference will focus on the tensions between two dimensions of social theory: as an academic discourse with analytical intent, and as a form of political action. In particular, our goal is to highlight 
the position of social theory between:
– Theory construction—as a social-scientific practice that is both normatively oriented and historically self-reflexive, i.e. willing and able to recognize its embeddedness in the social process; and
– Progressive politics—as it is inspired by the prospect of qualitative social change, and thus, oriented toward the transformation of the object of social theory.

In order to do so effectively, social theorists need to avoid detached, unengaged, ‘un-dialectical’ conceptions of our responsibility as confined to observation, along with forms of activism that lack reflexivity and awareness of the mediated nature of modern social life—as a result constituting political practice without theory. While social practice without theory is blind, social theory without practice is hollow.  Yet when and how does social practice truly require input from social theory? As Hegel’s employment of the image of the Owl of Minerva suggests, whose flight begins at dusk, does theory have a tendency to arrive on the scene too late…when the work of revolution-nary change already has been completed? Is it not that theories are becoming outdated due to revolutionary change? Then again, is such critical self-constraint itself overly hasty? Is social theory not in fact capable of providing a robust normative standard to evaluate the status and progress of revolutions and social change? Should it not aspire to critically accompany or reflect on social and historical change? If the relation between theory and politics is an open one, how do we need to reconfigure the relation between (social) theory and (progressive) action, especially after the financial crash of 2008 and following the Arab Spring? Are recent developments within the Western world indicators for another democratic Spring? Are claims and movements for economic justice and accountability, as they currently are being articulated in the US, in Europe, in Israel, and word-wide, signs of a new revolutionary spirit and indicators of a new cosmopolitan public sphere? Or could they be the opposite—symptoms of the decline of such center-pieces of modernity as democracy and individual autonomy? After all, the Arab Spring may not lead to greater democracy, but a resurgence of Islam. At the same time, theorists like Colin Crouch and John Keane warn that we may be going through the terminal phase of western democracy, whose inability to confront 21st-century challenges is becoming ever more apparent.

The conference poses such questions, in the framework of the overarching query about the relation between theory and politics—as provocative, open, challenging inspirations for a most diverse set of 
possible inquiries:
– Theoretical and meta-theoretical essays about theory and politics are as much part of this as cultural and critical inquiries into contexts of political action and agency;
– New developments fusing theoretical traditions are as much welcome as are works that analyze the conflicting interstices between concrete local actions and the larger theoretical and symbolic underpinnings of these movements;
– Works on the grounds of normative commitments are as much needed as empirical/discursive deconstructions of existing imaginaries and socio-political beliefs and assumptions.

Papers are invited that speak to the topic from:
– Classical & contemporary social theory: working with our inheritance
– Methodology of Critical Theory
– Literary methods and Social Theory
– The interpretive tradition, depth hermeneutics & analysis
– The performative aspects of public life
– Media power and image magic
– Psychoanalytic method and social theory
– Phenomenology, hermeneutics, and critical hermeneutics
– Epistemologies and philosophies of knowledge today
– Asian philosophies and methods
– Socrates, Plato, and working with the Greeks today
– Political anthropology and reflexive historical sociology

Mel Barber – Convener Associate Professor of Sociology, Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida
Harry F. Dahms Sociology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (
Kieran Keohane, Sociology, University College, Cork, Ireland (
Bert Koegler, Philosophy, University of North Florida, Jacksonville (

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Antonio Negri


New Book Out Now!

By Félix Guattari and Antonio Negri
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New Lines of Alliance, New Spaces of Liberty, by Félix Guattari and Antonio Negri

“The project: to rescue ‘communism’ from its own disrepute. Once invoked as the liberation of work through mankind’s collective creation, communism has instead stifled humanity. We who see in communism the liberation of both collective and individual possibilities must reverse that regimentation of thought and desire which terminates the individual….”

Thus begins the extraordinary collaboration between Félix Guattari and Antonio Negri, written at the dawn of the 1980s, in the wake of the crushing of the autonomous movements of the previous decade. Setting out Guattari and Negri diagnose with incisive prescience transformations of the global economy and theorize new forms of alliance and organization: mutant machines of subjectivation and social movement.

Prefiguring his collaboration with Michael Hardt, Negri and Guattari enact a singular hybridization of political and philosophical traditions, brining together psychiatry, political analysis, semiotics, aesthetics, and philosophy. Against the workings of an increasingly integrated world capitalism, they raise the banners of singularity, autonomy, and freedom to search out new routes for subversion.

This newly expanded edition includes previously untranslated materials and a new introduction by Matteo Mandarini.

“After the highpoint of the subversive decade 1968-1977, Italian autonomist Marxism and French theory of desire meet at the intersection of two different methodologies of subjectivation. Social recomposition of the working class and molecular proliferation of desire merge, and together open a new space for theory and for social action. While the ideologies of the twentieth century are falling, Toni Negri and Félix Guattari trace the lines of a new vision of autonomy.” –– Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi

Published in collaboration with Autonomedia and Minor Compositions

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Now in print from Zed Books: The Politics of Equality – An Introduction, by Jason C. Myers

Why are socialists, communists and social democrats concerned with the distribution of wealth? Why do they place so much importance on public goods such as education and health care? To what extent does democracy matter to socialist ideologies?

In The Politics of Equality, Jason C. Myers sheds new light on questions like this, providing a readable, contemporary introduction to egalitarian political philosophy. Concentrating on ideas and values rather than on the rise and fall of parties and movements, the book offers crucial insights into a vital tradition of political thought and how it is key to our understanding of contemporary debates from Obama’s plans for a national health care programme to the recent global wave of economic state regulation.

This is essential reading for anyone interested in constructing a more just society.

Jason C. Myers is Professor of Political Science at California State University, Stanislaus. He is the author of Indirect Rule in South Africa (University of Rochester Press), as well as numerous articles on ideology and political theory. 

Praise for The Politics of Equality

‘Myers’ Politics of Equality is a thoughtful, learned, simply-written attempt to revive a strain of political theory generally considered refuted by events: communism, socialism, social democracy, and related theories of social equality. It is, perhaps, time for such an attempt. No important political theory remains refuted for long–certainly not by events. Myers’ contributes to the revival of social-egalitarian theory in three ways: a) by making a strong case for the attractiveness of the ideal (a society of equal freedom); b) by suggesting reasonable means to approach that ideal; and c) perhaps most important, by pointing out how little the events of the la st hundred years actually count against either the ideal or the means he suggests. It’s a book that should enliven a discussion dead for too long, as good for the classroom as for circulation among thinking classes.’ – Michael Davis, Illinois Institute of Technology

‘Overuse has made it easy to forget the transformative, everyday makeup of concepts like “freedom” and “justice.” But the fabric of modern life (the 8 hour workday; vacations, public schools, sidewalks, safe food and water) is a legislated, created product, no less a result of human design than a building or a city. The Politics of Equality offers a readable entry into the history of egalitarian political theories invaluable for students of political science, economics, or anyone interested in how id eas are transformed into politics – and eventually, reality.’ – John Bowe, Author of Nobodies: Modern Slave Labor in America

‘Jason Myers’ The Politics of Equality is insightful, historically informed, and ideologically balanced, a commanding discourse on the theory and practice of democracy.’ – Michael Parenti, author of Contrary Notions and God and His Demons

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Conference announcement, please distribute widely:
Conference of the International Hegel Association 2011
June 22 to 25, 2011
Stuttgart, Germany

As every six years, the International Hegel Association will hold its traditional conference in Stuttgart in June 2011, bringing together philosophers from all over the world to discuss central issues of Hegel’s thought in the context of contemporary research. In 2011, the overarching topic will be “Freedom”.

Registration for this conference will be open soon. Please register for e-mail announcements at, at our Facebook page, or on Twitter

Speakers include (as of November 2010): David Bakhurst, Harald Bluhm, William Bristow, Daniel Brudney, Hauke Brunkhorst, Thomas Buchheim, Andrew Chitty, Giuseppe Duso, Dina Emundts, Franck Fischbach, Lisa Herzog, Gunnar Hindrichs, Axel Honneth, Stephen Houlgate, Rahel Jaeggi, Jean-Francois Kervégan, Andrea Kern, Rudolf Langthaler, Charles Larmore, Cardinal Karl Lehrmann, Marcus Llanque, Steven Lukes, Scott Meikle, Francesca Menegoni, Christoph Menke, Fred Neuhouser, Andrew Norris, Angelica Nuzzo, Claus Offe, Philip Pettit, Terry Pinkard, Michael Quante, Birgit Recki, Paul Redding, Peter Rohs, Michael Rosen, Sebastian Rödl, Hans-Christoph Schmidt am Busch, Sally Sedgwick, Martin Seel, Ludwig Siep, Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer, Robert Stern, Holm Tetens, Dieter Thomä, Peter van Inwagen, R. Jay Wallace, David Wellbery and Marcus Willaschek.

There will be 12 panels on:

Freedom and First Nature;

Freedom and Second Nature;

Freedom and Determinism;

Social and Individual Freedom;

Freedom as Autonomy;

Republican Freedom;

Freedom and the Market;

Freedom and Law;


Hegel’s Philosophy of Right;

Aesthetic Freedom, and

Freedom of Religion

Additionally, there will be a panel dedicated to discussion about translating Hegel chaired by Jean-Pierre Lefebvre.

There will also be an opportunity for younger scholars to present their work in three panels chaired by Andreas Arndt, Rolf-Peter Horstmann and Beatrice Longuenesse.

A Call for Papers will be announced soon over the communication channels indicated above.

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Research Articles

Experiences in Common: Slavery and “Freedom” in the Process of Rio de Janeiro’s Working-Class Formation (1850–1910)
Marcelo Badaró Mattos
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 193-213
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000167 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Transnational Experts in Social Reform, 1840–1880
Chris Leonards and Nico Randeraad
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 215-239
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000179 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Suggestions and Debates

“The World the Horses Made”: A South African Case Study of Writing Animals into Social History
Sandra Swart, International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 241-263
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000192 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)


A Brave New World: The Left, Social Engineering, and Eugenics in Twentieth-Century Europe
Leo Lucassen
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 265-296
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000209 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Review Essays

New and Old Spirits of Capitalism
Sara R. Farris
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 297-306
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000210 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Comparing Labor Politics in the US and Australia: New Light on an Old Question
Shelton Stromquist
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 307-315
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000222 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Book Reviews

Beate Sturm. “Wat ich schuldich war”: Privatkredit im frühneuzeitlichen Hannover (1550–1750). [Vierteljahrschrift für
Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte: Beihefte.] Steiner, Stuttgart 2009. 336 pp. €62.00
Jaco Zuijderduijn
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 317-318
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000325 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Jerry Z. Muller Capitalism and the Jews. Princeton University Press, Princeton 2010. 267 pp. $24.95; £16.95
Mario KesslerInternational Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 318-321
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000337 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Civil Society, Associations and Urban Places: Class, Nation and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Europe. Ed. by Graeme Morton, Boudien de Vries, and Robert John Morris. Ashgate. Aldershot [etc.]. 2006. xiv, 220 pp. £55.00
Social Capital and Associations in European Democracies: A comparative analysis. Ed. by William A. Maloney and Sigrid Roßteutscher. [Routledge Research in Comparative Politics.] Routledge, London [etc.] 2007. xvii, 308 pp. £70.00.
Irina Novichenko
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 321-326
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000349 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Reşat Kasaba. A Moveable Empire: Ottoman Nomads, Migrants, and Refugees. [Studies in Modernity and National Identity.] University of Washington Press, Seattle [etc.] 2009. x, 194 pp. $70.00. (Paper $30.00.)
M. Erdem Kabadayı
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 327-328
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000350 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Lucien Van der Walt and Schmidt Michael. Black Flame. The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism.
[Counterpower, Vol. I.] AK Press, Edinburgh [etc.] 2009. 395 pp. $22.95
Ruth Kinna
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 329-331
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000362 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

The Encyclopedia of Strikes in American History. Ed by Aaron Brenner, Benjamin Day, and Immanuel Ness. M.E. Sharpe, Armonk, New York [etc.] 2009. xxxix, 750 pp. Ill. $175.00
Paul F. Lipold
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 331-334
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000374 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Elena Shulman. Stalinism on the Frontier of Empire: Women and State Formation in the Soviet Far East Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2008
Marianna Muravyeva
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 334-336
doi:10.1017/S002085901000043X (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Jacob Eyferth. Eating Rice from Bamboo Roots. The Social History of a Community of Handicraft Papermakers in Rural Sichuan, 1920–2000. Harvard University Press. 335 pp. Ill. $45.00; £33.95; € 40.50
Christine Moll-Murata
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 336-339doi:10.1017/S0020859010000441 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010


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Rethinking Marxism: A journal of economics, culture & society

Vol. 22 No. 2
APRIL 2010


Editors’ Introduction (Full Text)


The Economic Crisis: A Marxian Interpretation – Stephen Resnick & Richard Wolff
Like most capitalist crises, today’s challenges economists, journalists, and politicians to explain and to overcome it. The post-1930s struggles between neoclassical and Keynesian economics are rejoined. We show that both proved inadequate to preventing crises and served rather to enable and justify (as “solutions” for crises) what were merely oscillations between two forms of capitalism differentiated according to greater or lesser state economic interventions. Our Marxian economic analysis here proceeds differently. We demonstrate how concrete aspects of U.S. economic history (especially real wage, productivity, and personal indebtedness trends) culminated in this deep and enduring crisis. We offer both a class-based critique of and an alternative to neoclassical and Keynesian analyses, including an alternative solution to capitalist crises.

What’s in It for Us? Rethinking the Financial Crisis – Randy Martin
In the aftermath of the financial meltdown, much attention has been given to capital’s crisis. For labor, the crisis augurs more than loss of home, job, or further deterioration of social infrastructure. The evident failure of financial knowledge has wider implications for the purported sovereignty of the professional managerial class in what has been called a knowledge society. Knowledge production has been subordinated to capital yet yielded no mastery of its conditions. Rather, the mutual indebtedness that is a feature of the crisis references an underlying socialization of risk and the work that goes into making it that should properly be the basis for a re-enchantment of socialism.

The Bull-of-Last-Resort: How the U.S. Economy Capitalizes on Nationalism – David Brennan
The dramatic purchase of corporate equities by the U.S. government in 2008 marks a distinct change in the way crises are handled. While many fear that this represents a move toward socialism, others look forward to the progressive possibilities. This paper argues that the policy of massively purchasing stocks is an attempt to provide support for equity values when no other bull could be found. This policy was used because high share values provide important class conditions of existence for capitalist exploitation today. As a consequence, the move to “nationalize” is viewed here as an attempt to protect the capitalist status quo. In this regard, the goals of current government policy are no different from past interventions.

The Green Economy: Grounds for a New Revolutionary Imaginary? – Boone Shear
In this essay I report on and briefly consider the composition, goals, and practices of some social actors in the green economy movement in Massachusetts, where I live. While cognizant of elite interests and state power that are working to shore up capitalist relations of production, I choose to amplify some of the openings and possibilities for intervention and transformation in the green economy rather than focusing on critique or (the very real) possibilities of cooptation and complicity. In doing so I hope to underscore the importance of the following questions: What new discursive formations are emerging from green economic imaginings? How are discourses constructed and contested and what new subjects are being produced in relation to a green social imaginary? Under what conditions are non-capitalist desires being created? What are the possibilities for a new left historical bloc?

2008: A New Chapter for U.S. Imperialism – Antonio Callari
This essay argues that the current economic crisis normalizes a transformation of the U.S. imperialist structure of surplus “accumulation.” Whereas the prior form of imperialism worked to create the conditions for surplus value production within the United States, the new imperialism works to channel globally produced surplus back to it. And whereas the prior form of imperialism was characterized by relatively high labor-power values in the United States, the new imperialism is characterized by a lowering of the value of labor power. The current economic crisis works to normalize this lowering of the value of labor power in the United States. It is this lowering of the value of labor power that sets the conditions for class struggle over the foreseeable future and thus the terms for Marxian theoretical and political work.

Mortgage Stakeholders, 2008 – Damon Rich & Larissa Harris
Red Lines Housing Crisis Learning Center is an exhibition developed between 2006 and 2008 at MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies by artist and designer Damon Rich. An idiosyncratic history of American home finance realized in outsized objects, models, photographs, found artifacts, text, and video documents, the exhibition opened at MIT in September 2008 in the midst of the global crisis spurred by some of its subject matter, and travelled to the Queens Museum of Art in Spring 2009. As in his work with the education non-profit Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), which he founded in 1997, Rich,who was trained as an architect and works as an urban designer, asked a question about the built environment–in this case, how is it paid for?–in order to tell a story about race, class, private capital, and public power in the United States.

Betting the House – Anette Baldauf
Since spring 2008, an unprecedented housing crisis has left the front yards of U.S. single-family homes littered with “For Sale” signs, foreclosure notices, and dead flowers. The crisis has emptied out entire neighborhoods in Florida, California, Arizona, and Nevada, destroying years of sustained community building. What is happening in the United States of America? How is it that mostly ethnic minorities and women are stripped of their minimal savings, and why is such a vast rip-off possible? If so many Americans are now dispossessed, relocated to shantytowns, or worse, dumped onto the street, why aren’t they marching on Wall Street? And, finally, are Marxist theorists able to make sense of this tragedy?

As the World Turns: Globalization, Consumption, and the Feminization of Work – Drucilla K. Barker and Susan F. Feiner
It is widely argued that global imbalances are the cause of the financial crisis. Political imbalance (the United States as dominant world force) mirrors economic imbalance (the debt-financed consumption sprees of the past three decades). There is, however, a missing (third) term—gender, which is constitutive of the economy both discursively and materially. Gender, in this sense, is a governing code that feminizes women as well as economically, racially, and culturally marginalized men. The feminization of labor made the consumption patterns of the elite possible and naturalized the type of hegemonic masculinity that characterized the international finance system.

Collaborators in Crisis – Harriet Fraad
This article explores the roots of U.S. passivity as the recent economic crisis loots American lives. It looks at four collaborators in this crisis. One is the recent capitalist economic breakdown. A second is the end of traditional gender roles and marriage. A third is the fall in participation in collectives of almost all kinds. The fourth is the anesthetizing of Americans with psychotropic drugs. I also explore ways to reactivate Americans.

Tragedy and Farce in the Second Great Depression: A Marxian Look at the Panic of 2008 and its Aftermath – Asatar Bair

Capitalism in Crisis

In this essay I recount some of the farcical things that were said about the economic prospects of the United States at the end of the great housing boom and the peak of the stock market in 2007; then I turn to a discussion of the causes of the Panic of 2008, examining the relation between productive and unproductive labor in the economy. I discuss the explanations according to which the Panic and subsequent Second Great Depression are blamed on neoliberal ideology. I critically examine the call for a Keynesian solution of government regulation and stimulus, counterposing it to a Marxian strategy of class transformation.


Beyond Equality
David M. Bholat
My paper explores the character of Marx’s critique of equality as an ideal and the salience this critique has for progressives today. I suggest a reading of Marx different from the standard Marxist critique of liberalism as an emancipatory but unrealized set of ideals whose primary function in capitalist society is to conceal its conditions of inequality and unfreedom. Rather, I argue that Marx gestures at the limitations of liberal ideals, and shows why they are logically compatible with capital. This means that progressives are tasked with transcending, rather than merely appropriating, ideals such as freedom and equality.


Task of the Dreamer
Marc Kaminsky
The incidents in this short story are refracted through the shattered sensorium of a traumatized but ethically intact survivor of the Holocaust. His narrative kaleidoscopically reconfigures horror and everyday life, nightmare and history, the gates of a Jewish ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland and a checkpoint at the border between Israel and Palestine during the First Intifada. His act of witness defends the specificity of the human being, the other, in the face of the reasons of state and the abstractions of ideology.


Marx is Back: The Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe (MEGA) Project
Marcello Musto
After years of neglect, a definitive edition of Marx’s collected works is once more under way. Included are not only the published works of Marx and Engels, but all known correspondence and numerous notebooks of excerpts that are foundational for understanding the development of Marx’s thought. As a result of this project, a different and less dogmatic Marx emerges.

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Dr Margret Grebowicz

Date: Wednesday 17th March

Time: 4pm – 5.30pm

Venue: Birt Acres Lecture Theatre, Bute Building

Host: JOMEC, Cardiff University

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Feminist critiques—and defences—of pornography have been around for decades.  But how does the advent of porn as an internet phenomenon change the way we think of the relationships between speech, freedom, and sex? Engaging with Baudrillard and Butler, I argue that cyberporn has important consequences for political ontology in general, which should reorient critics of pornography to focus on questions of community, sexual/political intelligibility, and the conditions of the possibility of social change.

Dr Margret Grebowicz (Goucher College, Baltimore) is spending 2009-10 as a Researcher at The University of Dundee. She is interested in social and political philosophy through a continental lens, with particular emphasis on gender and the production of knowledge and culture.  She is editor of Sci-Fi in the Mind’s Eye: Reading Science through Science Fiction (2007) and Gender After Lyotard (2007). Her most recent projects concern internet pornography, radical democratic theory, and animal studies—sometimes even in conjunction.  She is currently working on two books: one on Donna Haraway’s later work, and the other, a short book on internet pornography and American democracy. 


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