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AFTERMATHS OF THE “OBSCURE DISASTER”

HISTORICAL MATERIALISM LONDON CONFERENCE 2104
STREAM: AFTERMATHS OF THE “OBSCURE DISASTER”
CALL FOR PAPERS: AFTERMATHS OF THE “OBSCURE DISASTER” OR A QUARTER OF A CENTURY OF REAL CAPITALISM. REVISITING THE FALL OF “REAL SOCIALISM” IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE.
Eleventh Annual Historical Materialism London Conference – 6-9 November 2014 – Vernon Square, Central London

Thematic stream organised in cooperation with Praktyka Teoretyczna/Theoretical Practice (http://www.praktykateoretyczna.pl/).

The years 2014 and 2015 mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Bloc happening between the first open parliamentary elections in Poland in June of 1989 and the destruction of the Berlin Wall in autumn of 1990. These dates delimit the end of what was called “real socialism” and the beginning of a ruthless neoliberal transformation. Alain Badiou, writing in 1991, called these events “an obscure disaster” and envisioned their profound consequences not only for the region, but also – or even primarily – for the so called West as such. After a quarter of a century, it is clear that the fall of the “socialist alternative” was far from being only a regional event and contributed to shaping of the contemporary capitalist world.

The stream at 2014 Historical Materialism conference aims at exploring this political, social and ideological legacy of the regime change that happened 25 years ago in Central and Eastern Europe. Its ambition is to construct such a critical, Marxist perspective on the historical development in the region that could effectively counter the mainstream liberal and conservative narratives of totalitarianism, Gulags, the fight for freedom, the triumph of market reforms etc.

We are looking for contributions addressing primarily the following issues:
– Reassessing achievements and failures of “really existing socialism”.
– Marxist theories of “real socialist states” and explications of their failure.
– The fall of “real socialism” as an event in the development of contemporary capitalist world-system.
– Marxist perspectives on de-industrialization, re-industrialization, privatization and transfer of property.
– Ideologies and discursive justifications of neoliberal transformation in Central and Eastern Europe.
– Class (re)formation in Central-Eastern Europe after 1989.
– New developments in Central-Eastern European Marxism.
– Left wing political movements and social struggles in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989.
– The place of Central and Eastern Europe in contemporary capitalism.
– Critical Marxist perspectives on the enlargement of the EU.
– The legacy of trade unions (with a special emphasis on Poland’s “Solidarity”).
– The Third Way and possible alternative histories of Central and Eastern Europe.
– Critical perspective on the rebirth of fascism and anti-Semitism in Central and Eastern Europe.

Submissions:
We welcome abstract proposals of 200 words on these themes in all disciplines and from all perspectives within Marxism. The deadline for proposals is 1st June 2014. For this specific panel please make sure to submit twice:
1. Send the abstract directly to the stream coordinators to obscuredisaster2014@gmail.com
2. Register your abstracts additionally through general HM website: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/annual11/submit
General call for HM 2014 and other general info could be found here: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/annual11/call-for-papers

Apart from the ongoing possibility to submit outstanding after-conference research papers to Historical Materialism Journal, we plan to publish a separate issue of the journal Praktyka Teoretyczna/Theoretical Practice in 2015, dedicated solely to the aforementioned problems. The details about the journal and author’s guidelines could be found here: http://www.praktykateoretyczna.pl/english/

Stream coordinators: Wiktor Marzec (Central European University in Budapest), Jan Sowa (Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland)

 

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Sara Carpenter and Shahrzad Mojab

HOW CAPITALISM SURVIVES? A MARXIST-FEMINIST PERSPECTIVE

Call for Papers within the framework of the 11th Historical Materialism Annual Conference ‘How Capitalism Survives’ – 6-9 November 2014 – Vernon Square, Central London

The Historical Materialism Annual Conference in London has emerged as a pivotal site for critical, engaged, constructive, and provocative scholarship and activism internationally. This is a fitting place for focusing the (re)emergence of Marxist-Feminist historical materialist analysis. Now in our third year at HM, the 2014 Marxist-Feminist stream of the conference is seeking contributions that continue in the tradition of dynamic and original reflections of previous years, and also those that press the boundaries and take on the bold challenges posed by debates old and new.

The question ‘how capitalism survives?’ resonates strongly with a range of feminist critiques on the Left. In the 21st century this question invites us to revisit of the history of capitalism and patriarchy in their myriad entanglements as well as to analyse the daily (re)construction of a globally dominant socio-economic model that thrives on gendered and racial asymmetries.

The Marxist-Feminist stream this year wishes to deepen our understanding of the mechanisms that make the reproduction of capitalism possible in the very sites that constitute an ‘everyday life’ where exploitation and struggle are actualised or forestalled. We are also interested in analysing the continuities, discontinuities and mutations of the capitalism & patriarchy nexus from the age of empire all the way to contemporary neo-colonialisms. Such colonial projects may involve anything from territorially-based extraction of surplus value to the production of individual and collective subjectivities.

This year’s conference theme hopes to provide an opportunity to think in truly interdisciplinary fashion about how ‘we’ participate in sustaining capitalism as a reality of intersecting modalities of exploitation. To offer just one obvious example, today the exploitation of women by women has become indispensable to sustaining contemporary capitalism as a planetary biopolitics.

On the basis of the above, we invite papers that may address (but are not limited to) the following themes and/or questions, here presented in random order:

• Critical descriptions of capitalism across Marxism and feminism from feminism’s ‘first wave’ to the present
• Social reproduction and capitalist transformation: micro and macro-analyses
• Instances of success and failure in Marxist-Feminist struggles from the 19th to the 21st centuries
• In what particular ways does the ‘feminisation’ of labour help capitalism survive?
• Are new concepts and methodologies needed to understand women’s roles in capitalism’s ways of overcoming the recent crisis?
• How do the crises of capitalism help generate or overcome otherness (understood in gendered and/or racial terms)?
• Women and queer subjects’ roles in the rise of new capitalist economies and in the assumed decline of Western capitalism
• Homophobia and homonationalism before and after 9/11
• Moving borders, regenerating boundaries: states, bodies, temporality
• Ecosocialism, ecofeminism, ecology: narratives of change or scripts of subjugation?
• Revolution and reform in the theories of Marxist-feminism
• Racism, femonationalism, Islamophobia: the bigger picture
• Intersections of Marxism, feminism, critical race and postcolonial theories
• Sexual assault, rape and resistance
• Women in contemporary liberation struggles
• Marxist feminism and intersectionality theories
• Women’s art, film, music literature: subversion or reproduction of capitalist relations of production?
• Feminism and the reproduction of the capitalist art world
• Women in the communist/socialist tradition: Luxemburg, Zetkin, Kollontai, and others
• Welfare and the political economy of care
• Contemporary sexual politics: resistance to or empowerment of capitalism?
• Violence, fascism, Marxism and Feminism
• Separatism or participation? The case for the 21st century
• Feminism and the institutions of capitalism
• Gender, race and international migration
• Uniting forces: what would an interdisciplinary Marxist feminist theory look like?

Paper proposals should be max 200 words. When submitting your proposal, please indicate the theme to which your paper could contribute.

Please note that we welcome panel proposals. When you submit a panel proposal, please send an abstract of the general theme of the panel (max 300 words) together with the abstracts of the individual papers in the panel. For individual paper proposals, it is helpful to indicate the theme (above) to which your paper could contribute. This will help us to compose the panels. Panels and individual papers should be submitted by June 1st to: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/annual11/submit

Please be aware that the conference is self-funded; therefore we are unable to help with travel and accommodation costs.

Feminism

Feminism

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Karl Marx

Karl Marx

HISTORICAL MATERIALISM CONFERENCE 2013 – PROGRAMME AND REGISTRATION

The latest draft programme (which is likely to be subject to considerable change between now and the conference) is now available online:  http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/annual10/HM2013Grid.pdf/view

If you haven’t already, please don’t forget to register for the conference online:  http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/annual10/register

Online registration will close at midnight on 5 November 2013. The recommended voluntary donation for registration on the door will be £25 for unwaged and £75 for waged participants.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Best wishes

The Editors


The Editors
Historical Materialism
Faculty of Law and Social Sciences
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
LondonWC1H 0XG

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HISTORICAL MATERIALISM LONDON CONFERENCE PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME AND REGISTRATION

The Historical Materialism London Conference Provisional Timetable is now online.

Warning: warning all these sessions may change so be sure to download the final programme on 9th November: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/8annual/HM2011Grid.pdf/view

Bonuses for Some

Online Registration for the Historical Materialism London Conference: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/8annual/register

 

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World Crisis

SPACES OF CAPITAL, MOMENTS OF STRUGGLE: EIGHTH ANNUAL HISTORICAL MATERIALISM CONFERENCE

Central London

10–13 November 2011

The ongoing popular uprisings in the Arab world, alongside intimations of a resurgence in workers’ struggles against ‘austerity’ in the North and myriad forms of resistance against exploitation and dispossession across the globe make it imperative for Marxists and leftists to reflect critically on the meaning of collective anticapitalist action in the present.

Over the past decade, many Marxist concepts and debates have come in from the cold. The anticapitalist movement generated a widely circulating critique of capitalist modes of international ‘development’. More recently, the economic crisis that began in 2008 has led to mainstream-recognition of Marx as an analyst of capital. In philosophy and political theory, communism is no longer merely a term of condemnation. Likewise, artistic and cultural practices have also registered a notable upturn in the fortunes of activism, critical utopianism and the effort to capture aesthetically the workings of the capitalist system. 

The eighth annual Historical Materialism conference will strive to take stock of these shifts in the intellectual landscape of the Left in the context of the social and political struggles of the present. Rather than resting content with the compartmentalisation and specialisation of various ‘left turns’ in theory and practice, we envisage the conference as a space for the collective, if necessary, agonistic but comradely, reconstitution of a strategic conception of the mediations between socio-economic transformations and emancipatory politics.

For such a critical theoretical, strategic and organisational reflection to have traction in the present, it must take stock of both the commonalities and the specificities of different struggles for emancipation, as they confront particular strategies of accumulation, political authorities and relations of force. Just as the crisis that began in 2008 is by no means a homogeneous affair, so we cannot simply posit a unity of purpose in contemporary revolutions, struggles around the commons and battles against austerity. 

In consideration of the participation of David Harvey, winner of the Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize, at this year’s conference, we would particularly wish to emphasise the historical and geographical dimensions of capital, class and struggle. We specifically encourage paper submissions and suggested panel-themes that tackle the global nature of capitalist accumulation, the significance of anticapitalist resistance in the South, and questions of race, migration and ecology as key components of both the contemporary crisis and the struggle to move beyond capitalism.

There will also be a strong presence of workshops on the historiography of the early communist movement, particularly focusing on the first four congresses of the Communist International.

The conference will aim to combine rigorous and grounded investigations of socio-economic realities with focused theoretical reflections on what emancipation means today, and to explore – in light of cultural, historical and ideological analyses – the forms taken by current and coming struggles.

Deadline for registration of abstracts: 1 May 2011

See: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/8annual/submit

Preference will be given to subscribers to the journal and participants are expected to be present during the whole of the event – no tailor-made timetabling for individuals will be possible, nor will cameo-appearances be tolerated.

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