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clip_image008MAPPING ALTERNATIVE ROUTES OUT OF CAPITALISM

See below a call for panels and papers for a section in the European International Studies Association conference, Izmir, Turkey, 7-10 September 2016.

The section seeks panels and papers on alternatives to capitalism, and how we might achieve them, both within the capitalist present and on the route to a post-capitalist society.

The deadline for proposals is 8 January 2016 and must be done online through the EISA conference tool website – https://www.conftool.pro/paneuropean2016/

Please feel free to contact us first to discuss informally ahead of submitting proposals: David Bailey (d.j.bailey@bham.ac.uk) and Phoebe Moore (p.moore@mdx.ac.uk)

Section title: Mapping Alternative Routes Out of Capitalism

Section abstract: The critical study of global capitalism and the hegemony of neoliberalism are both central to the study of international relations and international political economy. International studies has focused less, however, on questioning how (if at all) we might go beyond capitalism. This is despite global capitalism remaining dangerously unstable, not least because the global economic crisis that began in 2008 continues to linger without any obvious resolution to it. The aim of this section, therefore, is to bring together those with an interest in the rise of alternatives at varied positions along the ideological spectrum; mapping, studying, theorising, highlighting, judging and assessing practices which form contemporary alternatives to, and problems for, global capitalism. This includes pathways in local, regional and global contexts.  In particular, we note two emerging types of response, each of which expose the ever-present possibility and presence of sometimes surprising and contradictory routes outside of capitalism, as well as raising the question of technology in contemporary social change. On the one hand, we see various modified projects seeking alternative routes to social justice and rights: futurist, anti-proprietary or gift culture movements, survivalism, cooperatives, DIY culture, permaculture, experimentation with cybernetics and post-humanist ideals, as well as revived institutional interests in wellbeing. On the other hand, we see the explicit contestation of capitalism through varyingly autonomous forms of struggle: Occupy, the indignados, the Greek grassroots projects, Rojava, and, then, the electoral manifestation of some of these trends within Syriza, Podemos, Barcelona en Comú, and Jeremy Corbyn.

 

Section convenors: David Bailey (d.j.bailey@bham.ac.uk) and Phoebe Moore (p.moore@mdx.ac.uk).

Submissions to be made here: https://www.conftool.pro/paneuropean2016/

Deadline for submissions: 8 January 2016

Conference website and more details: http://www.paneuropeanconference.org/2016/

 

First Published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-alternatives-to-capitalism

 

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images (1)BACK TO THE FUTURE: LAUNCHING THE LEFT BOOK CLUB

November 17th

Conway Hall

25 Red Lion Square

London, WC1R 4RL

7.00pm

 

With: Ken Livingstone, Kevin Ovenden, Natalie Bennett, Kate Osamor MP and others

Suggested donations, £5, concessions £3

To book your place email: admin@leftbookclub.com

 

The original Left Book Club was founded in 1936 as a means of promoting radical debate in Britain. It swiftly became a phenomenon, distributing over 2 million books and forming 1,200 reading and discussion groups across the country. It engaged in political activity, including solidarity work (e.g. with Spain), political agitation and much else. The LBC is considered a factor in the creation of the Welfare State and in Labour’s landslide election victory of 1945. It closed in 1948.

Today we face a similar crisis to that of the 1930s, with capitalism breeding inequality, suffering and violence around the world. As then, however, the global left remains mobilised and committed to the creation of a fairer society, free of the repression and austerity that has defined the modern era.

The re-launch of the Left Book Club will help us rise to the challenge posed by the global crisis. The LBC will publish four books a year covering a range of progressive traditions, perspectives and ideas focused on the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

Our aim is for these books to form the basis of a wide network of reading circles, discussion groups and other educational and cultural activities relevant to constructing the conditions for progressive social change in the interests of working people.

 

Jeremy Corbyn:

The relaunch of the Left Book Club is a terrific and timely idea, and will give intellectual ballast to the wave of political change sweeping Britain and beyond, encouraging informed and compassionate debate.

The work will open minds and inspire. I have a large collection of Left Book Club publications collected by my parents and me.

I support the LBC wholeheartedly.

The Left Book Club: http://www.leftbookclub.com/

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Panopticon

Panopticon

CRITICAL LEGAL CONFERENCE 2014: POWER, CAPITAL, CHAOS

4 – 6 September 2014

University of Sussex

 

Call for Papers

By ‘Power, Capital, Chaos’, we refer to a context of ongoing global economic crisis, the neo-liberal destruction of social democracy and the ever-widening entrenchment of inequalities of wealth, power and technology within and between a global ‘North’ and global ‘South’. A contemporary political situation marked by austerity and privatisation, by security and responsibility, by racist political reaction, class-war and gender-domination.

Yet, this is also a situation marked by manifold acts of protest, struggle, occupation, riot and revolution. All of which demand the reimaging of social, political, juridical and material life. These are modes of resistance that call-out disparate and conflicting visions of the ‘public good’, ‘human dignity’ and ‘justice’. Equally these involve legal and political claims to know-ledge which exist within and contend with a late-modern context of endless critique, scepticism and disagreement. As such, the contemporary theorisation of ‘power’ and ‘capital’ involves critical thought’s confrontation with a certain ‘chaos’ of reason and unreason.

Conference participants are asked to consider how we might attempt to understand, explain and respond to a chaotic contemporary political situation? You are invited to do so on the lovely campus of the University of Sussex set in the chalky South Downs of South-East England. In this respect, one context of the CLC 2014 is the city of Brighton and Hove, which carries on a long tradition of pleasure and distraction. In another, the context is the University of Sussex which holds onto both a radical intellectual tradition and a tradition of radical student protest.

We ask you to make your own interpretation of the theme ‘Power, Capital, Chaos’, and invite scholars from a range of disciplines to propose papers. Traditionally the Critical Legal Conference is a friendly and interdisciplinary conference bringing together scholars from a wide body of disciplines.

Proposals should consist of a short abstract (max. 250 words).

Deadline for Paper Proposals: 30 June, 2014

 

Plenary Speakers

•          Mark Devenney (University of Brighton)

•          Maria Drakpoulou (University of Kent)

•          Denise Ferreira da Silva (Queen Mary)

•          Mark Neocleous (Brunel University)

•          Louiza Odysseos (University of Sussex)

•          Nina Power (University of Roehampton)

 

Conference Streams

•          Beyond the Law: State of Exception and the Powers of Capital

•          Chaotic Property

•          Commodification, Global Capitalism, and Liberal Democracy

•          Critiquing Crime

•          Defend, Occupy or Shut Down? Capital and Chaos in Neoliberal Higher Education

•          Dispossessing the Dispossessed: Legally Sanctified Market Violence

•          Equity in Crisis

•          Identifying the Global South: Law, Power, Subjectivity and Liberation

•          Identity Politics and Human Rights

•          Ideology, Hegemony and Law: An East/West Perspective

•          Law-Capital-Pacification

•          Law’s Humanitarian Sentiments

•          Law and Neo-Liberalism

•          The Law and the Promise of a New World

•          Political Struggle and Performative Rights

•          Rationalities of Legal Decision-Making

•          Spatial Justice and Diaspora: Law, Chaos, and Postcoloniality

•          State in situ? Rethinking the Trial

•          The Symbolic Force of Law and Feminism: A Decolonial Perspective

•          Thinking Resistance Beyond Power, Violence and … Law?

•          General Stream: Power, Capital, Chaos

 

Organisation

The CLC 2014 is hosted by the Sussex Law School, and by the School of Law, Politics and Sociology, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

For paper proposals and general information please contact: Kimberley Brayson or Tarik Kochi: clc2014@sussex.ac.uk

 

Conference Fees, including conference dinner, drinks reception, lunch and refreshments

Early-Bird Registration (by 31 July 2014): £180

Late Registration: £200

Reduced Rate (postgraduate): £100

Reduced Rate (postgraduate — Excluding Conference Dinner): £70

 

Further info: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/law/newsandevents/clc

 

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Global Capitalism

THE MAKING OF GLOBAL CAPITALISM

The Centre for the Study of Global Security and Development www.cgsd.org.uk

Annual Lecture 2012-13

Professor Leo Panitch (Department of Political Science, YorkUniversity, Toronto), ‘The Making of Global Capitalism’

13 November 2012, 6pm

Arts 1 Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Campus

Directions to Queen Mary: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/about/howtofindus/mileend/ 

 

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/leo-panitch-2018the-making-of-global-capitalism-13-nov-queen-mary-university-of-london

 

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Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

 

Heathwood Press: http://www.heathwoodpress.com 

Global Capitalism

THE MAKING OF GLOBAL CAPITALISM

September 27th, 2012 7:30 PM

BOOK PARTY/FORUM
The Making of Global Capitalism
Leo Panitch & Sam Gindin with Doug Henwood

Panitch and Gindin’s newest book offers a significant rethinking of the development of global capitalism. Focussing on the American state, they argue that its distinctiveness rests in its capacity to identify the interests of its own capital with that of capital in general, while restructuring other states to the end of spreading capitalist social relations and preventing economic crises from interrupting capital’s globalizing tendencies. Examining recent economic crises, the authors identify social conflict occurring within, rather than between, states, producing political fault-lines replete with possibilities for the emergence of new movements to transcend capitalist markets and states.

Leo Panitch, Sam Gindin and Doug Henwood will participate in the panel discussion. Reception to follow.

Sam Gindin is the Packer chair in Social Justice in the Department of Political Science at York University in Toronto. His books include In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives, and The Terrain of Social Justice.

Leo Panitch is Professor of Political Science at York University, Canada, and an editor of The Socialist Register. His publications include A Different Kind of State? (with Greg Albo and David Langille) and Working-Class Politics in Crisis.

Sliding scale: $6/$10/$15
Free for Brecht Forum Subscribers

 

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/the-making-of-global-capitalism-book-party-forum-leo-panitch-sam-gindin-with-doug-henwood-nyc-27-sept

 

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Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

 

Heathwood Press: http://www.heathwoodpress.com 

Monsters

MONSTERS OF THE MARKET – BY DAVID McNALLY

Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires, and Global Capitalism

http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Monsters-of-the-Market

By David McNally

Drawing on folklore, literature and popular culture, this book links tales of monstrosity from England to recent vampire- and zombie-fables from sub-Saharan Africa, and it connects these to Marx’s persistent use of monster-metaphors in his descriptions of capitalism. Reading across these tales of the grotesque, McNally offers a novel account of the cultural economy of the global market-system.

Part of the Historical Materialism Book Series.

About the author
David McNally Ph.D (1983) is Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto. He is the author of five previous books and has published widely on political economy, Marxism, and contemporary social justice movements.

Reviews

“This outstanding new work from David McNally is indispensable for serious monster fans and radicals both – and almost giddyingly so for those of us who are both.” —China Miéville, author of Embassytown

“McNally delivers a tour de force analysis of global capital from the upper registers of derivatives trading down to popular fables of African monsters … Monsters of the Market is one of the best books I’ve read in years and it will definitely stimulate thinking about the nature of globalization, the labor theory of value and the relationship between commodities and speculative objects, collective fantasy, and other nebulous problems confronting historical materialism in the future.” —Mark Worrell, Marx and Philosophy Review of Books
 

Originally published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/new-in-paperback-from-haymarket-monsters-of-the-market-by-david-mcnally

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

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Raya Dunayevskaya

NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES FROM U.S. MARXIST-HUMANISTS – JUNE 2012

http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/  

JUNE 2012

SOME THOUGHTS ON THE WISCONSIN RECALL ELECTION – by D. Beltaigne

THE EUROPEAN CRISIS: REGRESSION AND RENEWAL – by David Black

ISRAEL AND IRAN: ENMITY FROM ABOVE, AMITY FROM BELOW – by Richard Abernethy

NEW PERSPECTIVES ON ROSA LUXEMBURG’S CRITIQUE OF GLOBAL CAPITALISM – by Peter Hudis

PERSIAN ‘CAPITAL’: HASSAN MORTAZAVI’S NEW TRANSLATION OF MARX’S CLASSIC WORK – by Frieda Afary

MARCUSE’S AND FROMM’S CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE SOCIALIST FEMINIST RAYA DUNAYEVSKAYA: A NEW WINDOW ON CRITICAL THEORY – by Kevin Anderson

DISCUSSION ARTICLE: DEATH RATTLE OF THE AMERICAN MIND – by Peter McLaren

[VIDEO] 1839: THE CHARTIST INSURRECTION – by David Black and Chris Ford

[PERSIAN] ON ETHNICITY AND NON-WESTERN SOCIETIES: MARX AT THE MARGINS – by Yashar Dar al-Shafa

 

NEW BOOK:

1839: THE CHARTIST INSURRECTION – by David Black and Chris Ford (Unkannt Books)  

 

NEW BOOK:

THE DUNAYEVSKAYA-MARCUSE-FROMM CORRESPONDENCE, 1954-1978: DIALOGUES ON HEGEL, MARX, AND CRITICAL THEORY – edited by Kevin B. Anderson and Russell Rockwell (Lexington Books)

 

U.S.MARXIST-HUMANISTS IS PART OF THE INTERNATIONAL MARXIST-HUMANIST ORGANIZATION. The IMHO seeks to work out a unity of theory and practice, worker and intellectual, and philosophy and organization. We aim to develop and project a viable vision of a truly new, human society that can give direction to today’s many freedom struggles. We ground our ideas in the totality of Marx’s Marxism and Raya Dunayevskaya’s body of ideas and upon the unique philosophic contributions that have guided Marxist-Humanism since its founding in the 1950s.

 

AFFILIATES

U.S.Marxist-Humanists – http://www.usmarxisthumanists.orgarise@usmarxisthumanists.org  

The Hobgoblin Collective, UK– http://www.thehobgoblin.co.ukhobgoblinlondon@aol.com

 

EVENTS IN YOUR AREA:

Please let us know if you would be interested in receiving information about Marxist-Humanist events in your city, region, or country.

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

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Socialism and Hope

Socialism and Hope

SPEECHES FROM THE LEFT FORUM 2012

Occupy the System: Confronting Global Capitalism

Pace University, March 16-18 2012

This is a fantastic collection of speeches from this year’s Left Forum. It constitutes a tremendous resource for socialists and progressive thinkers world-wide. Congratulations and thanks to Free Speech TV, MMN (who filmed the event) and Deepdish TV for the production of these videos — Glenn Rikowski

William Tabb – Opening Plenary, with an Introduction by Stanley Aronovitz: http://www.leftforum.org/content/william-tabb-left-forum-opening-plenary

Nnimmo Bassey, Friends of the Earth – Opening Plenary, with Stanley Aronowitz as Moderator: http://www.leftforum.org/content/nnimmo-bassey-left-forum-opening-plenary

RoseAnn DeMoro – Opening Plenary, with Stanley Aronowitz as Moderator: http://www.leftforum.org/content/roseann-demoro-left-forum-opening-plenary-0 

Marina Sitrin, the Occupy Movement, student, teacher and militant – Opening Plenary, with Stanley Aronowitz: http://www.leftforum.org/content/marina-sitrin-left-forum-opening-plenary

William Strickland – Opening Plenary, Moderated by Stanley Aronowitz: http://www.leftforum.org/content/william-strickland-left-forum-opening-plenary

Michael Moore, film-maker – Interview, Moderated by Richard D. Wolf: http://www.leftforum.org/content/michael-moore-left-forum-2012

Elaine Bernard – Closing Plenary, Moderated by Frances Fox Piven: http://www.leftforum.org/content/elaine-bernard-left-forum-closing-plenary-0

Arun Gupta – Occupy Wall Street journalist, Closing Plenary, Moderated by Frances Fox Piven: http://www.leftforum.org/content/arun-gupta-left-forum-closing-plenary

Christopher Hedges – Closing Plenary, Moderated by Frances Fox Piven: http://www.leftforum.org/content/christopher-hedges-left-forum-closing-plenary

John Holloway – Author of Crack Capitalism, Open Marxist, Closing Plenary, Moderated by Frances Fox Piven: http://www.leftforum.org/content/john-holloway-left-forum-closing-plenary

Esteban Nembhard – Hip-Hop, Politics and Protest (mp4 download): http://www.leftforum.org/content/esteban-nembhard-hip-hop-politics-and-protest

Nyaka Niilampti – Hip-Hop, Politics and Protest (mp4 download): http://www.leftforum.org/content/nyaka-niilampti-hip-hop-politics-and-protest

M1 – Hip-Hop, Politics and Protest (mp4 download): http://www.leftforum.org/content/m1-hip-hop-politics-and-protest

Steven A. Smith – Hip-Hop, Politics and Protest (mp4 download): http://www.leftforum.org/content/steven-smith-hip-hop-politics-and-protest

UMI – Hip-Hop, Politics and Protest (mp4 download): http://www.leftforum.org/content/umi-hip-hop-politics-and-protest

WILL VILL – Hip-Hop, Politics and Protest (mp4 download): http://www.leftforum.org/content/will-vill-hip-hop-politics-and-protest

Wally Shawn – Lunchtime Event, ‘Why I Call Myself a Socialist’, Moderated by Dao X. Tran: http://www.leftforum.org/content/sunday-lunchtime-event-wally-shawn

At the Forum – Michael Moore, Closing Segment: http://www.leftforum.org/content/michael-moore-closing-segment

On the Street – the march: http://www.leftforum.org/content/left-forum-2012-march-liberty-square-0

At Liberty Squarehttp://www.leftforum.org/content/liberty-square-0

Left Forum
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Sociology

HISTORICAL SOCIOLOGY, HISTORICAL MATERIALISM AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

CALL FOR PAPERS
Spectrum Journal of Global Studies
Conference on:
Historical Sociology, Historical Materialism and International Relations

November 1-3, 2012
Middle East Technical University
Department of International Relations
Ankara – Turkey

The discipline of International Relations (IR) known as an “ American” social science has in the last decade or so been discovering the importance of alternative forms of explaining international relations. More so than any other field of social science, IR has been dominated by positivist conceptions of scientific inquiry. However recent approaches in the philosophy of sciences as well as the sociological turn in IR has changed the boundaries, assumptions and methodologies of our discipline.  Critical realism as an alternative to positivist as well as post-positivist understandings of social science is increasingly becoming the dominant form of philosophyzing about IR.

Historical sociological approaches are taking over the static, a-historical forms of theorizing. Marxist social theory has become more and more relevant to explain the current of changes in the international system. Internationalisation of capitalism has made the concerns of Marxism increasingly relevant to understand and explain the “international”. Recent controversies on the relation between the state system and capitalist mode of production have made important contributions to understand the link between what is traditionally understood from international relations and capitalist relations of production. These efforts have to go on as there are yet many other untouched aspects of international relations that require deconstruction and de-reification. This conference attempts to further our understanding of the links between historical sociology, critical realism and Marxism. Empirical works combining the insights of Marxist historical sociology and historical materialism with that of international relations is particularly welcome. We are extending an invitation to all researchers to present research that address the following issues and similar topics:

    • How does a historical materialist geopolitics address the traditional issues of IR?
    • Geopolitics of state formations
    • What is the relation between the state system and capitalism?
    • In what ways does critical realism help Marxism to analyse the international?
    • What are the limits and the potentials of he theory of combined and uneven development to explain the international?
    • Historical materialist analysis of international law
    • Contemporary forms of imperialism
    • International State Apparatuses and their role in the reproduction of capital
    • Marx’s method and the world market

We hope to see both individual papers and panels discussing these themes from different disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.

We encourage scholars from all around the world to participate in this exciting attempt to link our conceptions of praxis and change with that of what constitutes the “international”.

Most papers presented in the conference will later be published in a special issue of the Spectrum journal or in a separate book.

We look forward to welcoming you all at METU in Ankara.
Key note speakers for the conference will later be announced.

For more information and to submit your papers and panel proposals, please contact spectrumconference@spectrumjournal.net

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

 

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Critique

CRITIQUE CONFERENCE 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Critique

LONDON CONFERENCE IN CRITICAL THOUGHT – CALL FOR PAPERS

Call for Papers for London Conference in Critical Thought 2012
29th and 30th of June, 2012
Birkbeck College, University of London

Abstracts need to be submitted until 19th of February to londoncriticalconference@gmail.com with the Stream name in the subject line.

Stream/Panel: Thinking Egalitarian Emancipation
Stream Organisers: Matthew Cole, Svenja Bromberg

In light of the current state of the situation—the rapid increase in socio-economic inequalities, the crisis of state sovereignty, the broader crisis of global financial capitalism, and the lack of a radical counter-praxis on the Left—this stream/panel attempts to think political/social/economic emancipation through the ideal of egalitarianism. Given the unipolarity of capitalist realism, there is a desperate need for an intervention that breaks this ruse of the one-all, that forces us to think an other, an outside, or a beyond. The idea of egalitarian emancipation stands opposed to both the state of nature as well as the capitalist state. Contemporary social theory must reassess, rethink and reinvent the problems, solutions, paradoxes and attempted syntheses in order to move past the plateau of late Twentieth century post-structuralism. We aim to think the primacy of egalitarianism as an emancipatory force against the inherent stratification of the capitalist world. We aim to think the possibility of a novel foundation or grounding beyond the ‘post’.

Stream/panel papers could address the following topics and questions:

    • Revival of a dead concept: How to think emancipation in the contemporary conjuncture of late-capitalism?
    • Demos [the commons, common people] and kratos [power]: What does it mean to take power under the guise of ‘the common’?
    • Politics beyond the state, beyond class ‘relations’, beyond capitalism: Revolution or Reformation?Full Communism or …? Dealing with emancipation’s Marxian legacy.
    • The subject after post-structuralism [or, Human all too inhuman]: How may we think a subject for egalitarian emancipation? What are the implications of this for race, sex, gender, etc.?
    • Relation of freedom and emancipation: What are the implications of egalitarian emancipation forthe social contract? [or, must we force [wo]man to be free?]
    • Emancipation in practice: What do we learn from contemporary struggles about the possibility and implications for theorizing this concept today?

Relevant thinkers include Badiou, Rancière, Balibar, Laclau, Fanon, Agamben, Nancy, Frankfurt School, Zizek, De Beauvoir and many others.

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Global Crisis

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

Saturday 25th Feb 10am – 5pm

London School of Economics

Houghton Street, Holborn tube. (Ask at reception for Critique Conference room no.) critique@eng.gla.ac.uk
Hillel Ticktin: Marxism and the Crisis

Michael Cox: The Death of the West? World  Power after the Crisis

Savas Michael-Matsas: Greece and the Decline of Europe

Ben Backwell: Hugo Chavez, Oil and ‘Petro-Socialism’

Yassamine Mather: The Arab Spring: ‘From Evolution to Revolution’

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