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The Final deadline for the CFP for the London Conference in Critical Thought is February 19th. Please consider submitting an abstract to the stream I am coordinating on Marx and Marxism Today

Marx and Marxism Today
Stream Coordinators: Chris O’Kane and Phil Homburg

The current crisis has lead to a renewed interest in Marx’s critique of capitalism. This proposed stream hopes to contribute to this renewed interest in Marx by inviting papers that address contemporary topics and recent developments in Marx and Marxian theory broadly construed. We invite scholars working in a wide variety of disciplines to propose papers. Possible topics might include, but are not limited, to the following:

* New perspectives on Marx.

* New perspectives on ‘schools’ of Marxism including Diamat, Western Marxism, Hegelian Marxism, Critical Theory, Structuralist Marxism, Neue Marx-Lektüre, Lacanian Marxism, etc.

* New perspectives on Marxian thinkers such as, but not limited to: György Lukács, Karl Korsch, Yevgeny Pashukanis, I.I. Rubin, Walter Benjamin, Antonio Gramsci, Theodor W. Adorno, Henri Lefebvre, Guy Debord.

* New currents of Marxist theory such as systematic dialectic, communization or and the idea of communism.

* New perspectives on Marxian categories and concepts, which may include materialism, value, fetishism, reification, alienation, class, money, capital, and communism.

* The importance of Marxism to theories of capital, crisis, society, culture, politics, economics, law, domination, and liberation.

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György Lukács was a fundamental figure in the development of twentieth-century Marxist philosophy, theory of culture, and literary criticism.  His works have inspired radical Marxist thinkers from Ernst Bloch and Walter Benjamin to Agnes Heller and Fredric Jameson. Moreover, his critical and historical writings on the literary realism played a crucial role in European literary politics from the 1930s to the 1960s.  He was already a key figure in Central European and German cultural life prior to his turn to Marxism in 1919, a leader in the 1919 Hungarian Commune, a communist organizer, cultural politician, ideologist, and scholar of renown.  Subject to a persecutory “Lukács debate” during the Stalinist dictatorship in Hungary in the early 1950s, he participated in the 1956 uprising and, following his arrest and eventual return from Romania, was restricted in Hungary for the remaining decade of his life to conducting his scholarship with a limited circle of students and collaborators, despite his continuing international influence and prestige. Throughout his extraordinary six decades of intellectual, political, and cultural life, Lukács wrote constantly, both in German and Hungarian, in forms ranging from reviews, lectures, and polemics to major essays to full-scale studies, including his monumental late aesthetics and ontology.

Although some of Lukács’s major works–such as History and Class Consciousness and Theory of the Novel–have been long translated and widely read, other of the major works have never seen translation into English. This is true of a large number of major essays in German as well, and of the Hungarian essays, few have even appeared in German, much less English.  There are well over 10,000 pages of Lukács’s work that have never appeared in English translation; the already-translated portion is thus only a fraction, which represents at best a partial view of his thought and life work. Lukács’s constant correspondence, speaking, and writing as he moved between Budapest, Vienna, Berlin, and Moscow over the course of his adventurous life also means that a substantial amount of his work was disseminated in difficult-to-find periodicals, pamphlets, or books.  Nor are even existing English translations easy to access. Many of the earlier translations of Lukács into English from the 1940s to the 1970s remain out of print or mostly out of reach in limited distribution journals.

A project is underway to collect and bring out in English a large amount of previously untranslated writing by Lukács, a “Lukács library,” in the Historical Materialism book series at Brill Publishers.  The first volume, The Culture of People’s Democracy: Hungarian Essays on Literature, Art, and Democratic Transition will appear in 2012, and the translation of the first volume of The Particularity of the Aesthetic has been initiated.  Although we are exploring grant and other funding, we presently have no financial backing.  Therefore we are seeking two kinds of assistance:

• Suggestions about how we might obtain funds for the project : Are there cultural institutions, university translation offices, government funded academic research programs or philanphropic institutions which we could tap into, either on our own as project editors or through your assistance and collaboration in the project?
• We would also like to solicit qualified translators who are prepared to donate their efforts to the project. The translations will be from German (the majority), Hungarian (a sizeable minority), and Russian (a limited number) into English. The contribution of translations of individual, shorter works as well as longer texts would be appreciated.  All translators will be acknowledged for their contributions.

We would particularly like to hear from individual translators or a small group of collaborators who would commit to realizing one of the project volumes of the Lukács Library. I will be serving as series editor and in many cases also editing the individual volumes, providing historical and critical introductions, annotations, and other apparatus. However, if anyone would like to participate in an editorial or co-editorial role as well, I am open to discussing the possibility of editorial collaboration on particular volumes.  We are interested in getting several volumes into print at the earliest date possible, to help gain institutional support for the project and to make an impact on current discussions with an influx of previously unavailable Lukács writings.

If you are interested in assisting with this project, please get in touch with me.

In solidarity,
Tyrus Miller

P.S.: If you are attending the Historical Materialism conference in London, following the “For Lukács” session at 12-13:45 on Sunday, November 13, 2011, please join me for lunch afterwards to discuss 
collaborations and translations for the Lukács Library.

Tyrus Miller
Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies
University of California at Santa Cruz
(831) 459-5079


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This message is to announce the Tenth Annual Graduate Student Conference in Philosophy at the New School For Social Research entitled “The Spirit of Capital: A Conference on Hegel and Marx

Date: April 28-29, 2011
Paper Submission Deadline: Dec 1st, 2010
Keynote Speaker: Moishe Postone (University of Chicago)

Submission Guidelines:

Papers ranging from 3,000 to 5,000 words should be submitted in blind review format via and should include the following in the body of the email:

i. Author’s name

ii. Title of Paper

iii. Institutional affiliation

iv. Contact information (email, phone number, mailing address)
Please omit any self-identifying information within the body of the paper.



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APRIL 28TH -29TH, 2011

“It is impossible completely to understand Marx’s Capital, and especially its first chapter, without having thoroughly studied and understood the whole of Hegel’s Logic. Consequently, half a century later none of the Marxists understood Marx!!” wrote Lenin in 1915. In 1969, Althusser responded, “A century and a half later no one has understood Hegel because it is impossible to understand Hegel without having thoroughly studied and understood Capital.” What are we to make of this challenge today? Are we now ready to understand Hegel through Marx, and Marx through Hegel?

It is high time for a reassessment of the core stakes of the Marx-Hegel debate. What would it mean to think the concepts of capital and spirit together? This conference is a place to explore the internal relations between Hegel and Marx’s philosophical projects. Some possible questions include: how does Hegel’s phenomenology, logic, philosophy of nature, history and right internally contain the elements that Marx will use to decipher the world of property, labor, commodities and capital? Is Capital a logical theory of forms or a theory of history? How does Marx negate and realize Hegel’s project? What is the role of labor in Hegel, and the role of spirit in Marx? Does the development of history show the unfolding of freedom or the unfolding of capital?  This conference echoes the early Frankfurt School tradition, with its project for a critique of the social forms of the present. We encourage submissions on a wide range of topics and thinkers:

Possible Themes:

Capital and Spirit

Hegel’s Logic and Marx’s Grundrisse

Property, Alienation, and Class

Form and Content in Hegel and Marx

Concrete and Abstract Labor

Master and Slave

Critique, Dialectic and Method

Time and History

Freedom and Necessity

Substance and Subject in Capital

The Value-Form

Critique of Labor

Revolution and Negation

Materialism and Idealism

Proletarian Self-Abolition

Commodity, Money and Capital

The Philosophy of Right

Possible Thinkers:

I.I. Rubin

Gyorgy Lukacs

Karl Korsch

Ernst Bloch

Walter Benjamin

Alfred Sohn-Rethel

Theodore Adorno

Herbert Marcuse

CLR James

Raya Dunayevskaya

Guy Debord

Alexander Kojeve

Jean Hyppolite

Frantz Fanon

Helmut Reichelt

Hans-Georg Backhaus

Gillian Rose



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