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Encountering Althusser: Politics and Materialism in Contemporary Radical Thought



Katja Diefenbach, Sara R. Farris, Gal Kirn and Peter D. Thomas

384 pp.

ISBN 978-1-4411-5213-8

£18.74 paperback

Publication date: January 2013

Encountering Althusser

Encountering Althusser


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French philosopher Louis Pierre Althusser (1918 -1990) helped define the politico-theoretical conjuncture of pre- and post-1968. Today, there is a recrudescence of interest in his thought, especially in light of his later work, published in English as Philosophy of the Encounter (Verso, 2006). This has led to renewed debates on the reformulation of conflicting notions of materialism, on the event as both philosophical concept and political construction, and on the nature of politics and the political.

Encountering Althusser was edited by Sara Farris, Katja Diefenbach, Gal Kirn and Peter Thomas. It is a collection of diverse and original essays written by leading scholars that aims to provide a new assessment of Althusser’s thought, especially in relation to contemporary debates. Organized in four sections that represent the main currents in Althusser’s scholarship, the book discusses materialism and the different formulations of the relationship between politics and philosophy, Althusser’s interpretations of political thinkers (including Machiavelli, Deleuze, Lacan and Gramsci), the resources he provides to critique political economy and politics in post-Marxist thought, and the theorization of ideology and politics.

Encountering Althusser is a groundbreaking resource that highlights Althusser’s continuing relevance to contemporary radical thought.



Michele Cangiani, Katja Diefenbach, Sara R. Farris, Isabelle Garo, Pascale Gillot, G.M. Goshgarian, Giorgos Fourtounis, Gal Kirn, Katja Kolšek, Mikko Lahtinen, Rastko Močnik, Warren Montag, Vittorio Morfino, Ceren Özselçuk, Rastko Močnik, Ozren Pupovac, Peter D. Thomas, André Tosel, Panagiotis Sotiris, Caroline Williams, Frieder Otto Wolf.



“A rich and profound overview of Althusser’s thought, absolutely precious for a contemporary reconstruction of Marxism and for a relaunching of its analytical and political potentials.” — Maria Turchetto, President of the Cultural Association Louis Althusser

“The first time I encountered ‘aleatory’ Althusser, I almost could not believe it … How could ‘Science’ engage with the ‘postmodern’, with the radical change in the conditions of the revolution, without falling into renegacy? Here it is: the aleatory served precisely this purpose: a new tactic for an old strategy. Althusser showed us a new path, which is now being taken up again by a new generation” — Antonio Negri, co-author of Empire (2000), Multitude (2004) and Commonwealth (2009)

“Is Althusser coming back, like a ghost out of oblivion, bringing with him one of the last attempts to ‘reconstruct’ Marxism from the inside with great style? Yes, but it’s an unexpected Althusser, one who bears the entire ‘underground history’ of materialism in philosophy and opens the way for a new political thought. Under the guidance of a new generation of critical leaders, let us be surprised.” — Étienne Balibar, co-author of Reading Capital (1970)

“The present volume, thoughtfully edited, gathering a large and diverse group of remarkable international scholars and tackling a sweeping range of Althusserian problems with intellectual courage and acuity, presents the most serious collective effort so far in this ‘return to Althusser’, a return which can never be just a return but requires a reinvention. I feel confident it will set a landmark.” — Mladen Dolar, author of A Voice and Nothing More (2006)

“This book offers a welcome return to the creative theoretical practice of Louis Althusser to whom so much contemporary radical thinking owes a largely unacknowledged debt.” — Katherine Gibson, co-author of A Postcapitalist Politics (2006)


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Rethinking Marxism 2013: Surplus, Solidarity, Sufficiency

RETHINKING MARXISM: a journal of economics, culture & society is pleased to announce its 8th international conference, to be held at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst on 19-22 September 2013.

RETHINKING MARXISM’s seven previous international conferences have each attracted more than 1000 students, scholars, and activists. They have included keynote addresses and plenary sessions, formal papers, roundtables, workshops, art exhibitions, screenings, performances, and activist discussions.

Among the confirmed keynote events for Rethinking Marxism 2013: SURPLUS, SOLIDARITY, SUFFICIENCY are Katherine Gibson giving the inaugural Julie Graham Memorial Lecture, a series of panels engaging with and celebrating the different aspects of the work of Steve Resnick and Richard Wolff and an installation of the late artist Susan Kleckner’s work at Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, along with a series of conversations and film screening organized by Susan Jahoda and Jesal Kapadia.

In 2013, 5 years into the greatest economic and social depression since the Great Depression, and 4 years after the last international conference convened, we want to invite participants to explore and interrogate three keywords: SURPLUS, SOLIDARITY and SUFFICIENCY. We find these keywords to be particularly useful in critically engaging with our historical conjuncture from different perspectives. Needless to say, fellow participants who would like to bring in other concerns, other concepts, other debates and engagements into the mix should definitely feel free to do so. Our international conferences have always functioned as pluralistic and open platforms that represent the vast richness of the Marxian tradition. When we propose these keywords, we only intend them as possible provocations for scrutiny and invitations for engagement.

The keyword SURPLUS, as in surplus labor (whether it takes the capitalist value-form or the various non-capitalist forms in our contemporary economies) and surplus laborers (especially with skyrocketing unemployment), enables us to approach the causes, consequences and solutions to the current economic crisis by deploying Marxian vocabularies and frameworks. The keyword SOLIDARITY, on the other hand, makes possible reflections on how to do things differently—together, collectively, communally, whether it is the organization of a democratically run workplace, a journal, a conference, a neighborhood association, a political party, a social movement, an international solidarity effort, or a revolutionary insurgence. And finally, the keyword SUFFICIENCY opens to investigation the bipolar convulsions of growth (fetishism) and austerity, various logics of invidious (over-)consumption, and the ecological and social destruction unleashed by the acephalous and endless movement of the circuits of capital.

Rather than uncritically endorsing these keywords, we would like them to be both utilized and rethought in investigating the current economic and ecological crises and articulating new revolutionary imaginaries and vocabularies that will enable the work of enacting communism here and now.

For more information on the proposed theme, visit:

We encourage, however, scholars and students in all disciplines, activists and artists working in areas that intersect with Marxism to submit proposals on themes other than those proposed above. Participants can present in areas such as critical race theory, feminism, political economy, anarchist studies, cultural and literary studies, art and art criticism, literature and literary studies, queer theory, working-class and labor studies, postcolonial studies, geography and urban studies, psychoanalysis, social and natural sciences, philosophy, history, and around issues of class, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexuality, and disability. Historical analyses are especially welcome.

In addition to three plenary sessions, an art installation and screenings, there will be concurrent panels, workshops, and cultural events. We invite the submission of organized sessions that follow traditional or non-traditional formats (such as workshops, roundtables, and dialogue among and between presenters and audience) as well as individual presentations. Anyone engaging with Marxism in any discipline or form of activism is encouraged to submit paper and panel proposals. We also welcome video, poetry, performance, and all other modes of presentation and cultural expression.


Proposals for papers, films, or other formats should include:
* Paper title
* Presenter’s name and contact information (mail, email, phone, affiliations)
* Brief abstract (no more than 200 words)
* Technology/spacial requirements for the presentation

Proposals for panels should include:
* Panel title
* Name, contact information, and paper title for each presenter
* Brief abstract (no more than 200 words) explaining the panel’s focus
* Brief abstract for each paper (no more than 200 words)
* Names and contact information for any discussant(s) or respondent(s)
* Technology required by the presenters
* Title, contact, and address for any sponsoring organization or journal

If your paper or panel proposal is intended for the track on the work of Steve Resnick and Rick Wolff, please indicate this in your submission.

The appropriate preregistration fee must be paid with all proposal submissions. Unfortunately, any proposal not accompanied by the appropriate preregistration fee cannot be considered. Proposals that are not accepted will have their preregistration fees returned in full. If you are submitting a proposal for an entire panel, please make sure the preregistration fee for all members of the panel is paid.

The deadline for proposal submission is July 1, 2013.

Submissions should be sent to Vincent Lyon-Callo at

To submit a proposal and to pay the preregistration fee, follow the instructions on the conference website:


______ Regular Rate $125

______ Low-Income Rate $60


Selected papers, poems, art, and other forms of presentation from the conference may be published in RETHINKING MARXISM and/or in separate edited volumes of contributions.


Literature tables and display areas are available to groups, vendors, and publishers at reasonable rates. Ad space in the conference program is also available at reasonable rates. All ads must be camera-ready.


This conference is organized by a committee composed of the members of Association for Economic and Social Analysis and the editorial board of Rethinking Marxism and sponsored by Association for Economic and Social Analysis (AESA) and Rethinking Marxism.

For more information, visit the conference website:

All inquiries concerning the conference can be addressed to Vincent Lyon-Callo at


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Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Annual Conference 2012
Hosted by the Department of Gender & Cultural Studies, University of Sydney
Dec 4th-6th (pre-fix pre-conference Dec 3rd)

‘Materialities: Economies, Empiricism, & Things’

Organising committee: Fiona Allon, Prudence Black, Catherine Driscoll, Elspeth Probyn, Kane Race & Guy Redden.

Call for Papers

Cultural studies has a long history of investigating material practices – indeed it was a founding tenet of British cultural studies – but recently a new turn or return to materialism seems to be emerging in the field.  What this materiality now means is still open, but we suggest that it flags a renewed interest in questions of how to study cultural objects, institutions and practices (methods), what constitutes matter and materiality (empiricism), and how things (humans and non-humans) are being reworked at a time of global economic, environmental and cultural flux.

Our keynotes have all directed critical attention to these questions – to the more-than-human, to new philosophies of matter, to the gendered material and economic circuits of media, and to ‘the heavy materiality of language’. We have invited them to help us in reinvigorating what cultural studies can do today. They include: Ross Chambers (Michigan), Katherine Gibson (UWS), Lesley Head (UoW), Bev Skeggs (Goldsmiths, London), and Sarah Whatmore (Oxford).

We encourage proposed panels and individual papers that engage with the wide spectrum of issues flagged by our title, including submissions that focus on:

· the crossing of science studies and cultural studies;

· questions of method;

· the relation between culture and economy;

· cultural histories of objects and forms;

· new ideas about empiricism;

· placing sexuality, gender and race within the more-than-human;

· the materiality of texts and genres;

· the future and the past of material cultural studies;

· environmental humanities and changing ecologies;

· cultural studies within the anthropocene;

· cultural relations with/in primary and natural resources;

· the new materiality of globalism

Papers and panels not focusing on the theme are also welcome.

Please send submissions to by August 24th and include your name and affiliation. Abstracts for papers should be 250-300 words. Panel submissions must include three individual abstracts, a panel title and a 100-150 word rationale for the panel as a whole.

We will advise all proposers of accepted papers within 4 weeks of this deadline. Please note that accepted presenters will need to register before their paper will be scheduled in the program.

There will also be a separate event, “Pre-Fix”, geared to the needs of postgraduates and early career researchers, on December 3rd. Details of this and the main conference will be on a dedicated conference website soon.

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Postgraduate Coursework Convenor
Department of Gender and Cultural Studies
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry

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Call for Papers

Designing and Transforming Capitalism
Thursday/Friday 9-10 February 2012
Aarhus University, Denmark

Confirmed keynote speakers: Luc Boltanski (France), Katherine Gibson (Australia), Anne Balsamo (USA), Campbell Jones (New Zealand)

When all alternatives to capitalism seem exhausted or abandoned, creative and transformative energies and ideas descend upon capitalism itself. In practice and theory, in daily life choices and organizational changes, in legislative initiatives and academia, in initiatives taken by individuals and groups interesting work is being done to explore and use a transformative approach to capitalist processes trying to realize immaterial values, human resources and utopias within a capitalist framework.

In Marxist and neo-Marxist as well as liberal theories, capitalism seems to be the economically strong option without alternatives and the accumulative logic of capitalism the only possible way of economic thinking in contemporary societies. Nevertheless we see lots of signs of non-accumulative logics ruling traditional capitalist producers, consumers as well as traditional critics of capitalism. Green capitalism addresses traditional capitalism’s exploitative and instrumentalist approach to nature; Corporate Social Responsibility tries to tackle social issues locally and globally from within corporations; Social entrepreneurs are using the capitalist business model to solve pressing problems such as poverty or lack of clean water; designers are weaving creative solutions into the commodities and practices of our every day life. It seems to grow ever more difficult to distinguish between working within capitalism or working in order to change capitalism as capitalism seems to change from within rather than from without.

This conference addresses the question of capitalism’s transformative potentials and the limits to such transformations, if any such exists? How malleable are the logics and processes of capitalism? How is capitalism ceaselessly practiced and constantly redesigned? We aim to bring together people working within various fields often disconnected from each other but all centering their work on empirical and theoretical studies of how people and societies live with, deal with, negotiate, fight with and transform capitalism.

The conference will have four streams, each with its own set of themes. The listed themes are meant as suggestive and non-exhaustive. 

We invite paper proposals within:

Political capitalism (coordinators: Morten Raffnsøe & Mikkel Thorup)

• New forms of labor and their politics
• Everyday life in capitalism
• Work inside and outside the market
• New forms of political action inside and outside capitalism
• Transforming ownership, aims and organization in capitalism
• Political action in the market, civil society and the state
• Politics of leadership and performance management
• Accounting for money, love, ethics or happiness?
• Critical accounting

Civic Capitalism (coordinators: Anne Ellerup Nielsen & Christian Olaf Christiansen)

• Corporate citizenship
• Corporate Social Responsibility
• Ethical Capitalism
• Green Capitalism, Sustainability
• Stakeholder theories
• Sustainable investment
• Environmental development
• Social integration

Performative Capitalism (coordinators: Louise Fabian, Jonas Fritsch and Per Blenker)

• Self-organized communities as business opportunities
• Cultural citizenship
• Global Culture Industry
• Hyper, trans, cross, Re-phenomena
• Green bodies and environmental (online/offline) activism
• Posthumanitarian developments in charity work and communication
• Affect and vulnerability as tools of anti-capitalist mobilisation
• The commoditization of dissent
• Urban Interactions, Appropriations and Co-creativity in a design 

Consumer Capitalism (coordinators: Sophie Esmann Andersen & Carsten Stage)

• Anti-consumerism and consumer resistance
• Consumer movements, activism and cultural ideology
• Co-creation and co-creativity
• Consumer-citizenship or citizen-consumerism
• DIY consumer cultures
• Branded identities and brand hegemony

Please submit your abstract proposals (max 300 words) to Tina Friis ( ). For registration and further information look at the conference website:

Please indicate which stream your proposal refers to.

Deadline for paper proposal: October 15, 2011 (feedback on paper proposals November 1, 2011).

The conference is organized by the Departments of Aesthetics and Communication (Britta Timm Knudsen) and The Department of Culture and Society (Mikkel Thorup), Faculty of Arts and The Department of Language and Business Communication and Department of Management, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences. Funded by The Aarhus University Research Foundation (AUFF) and The Velux Foundation.

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The 8th Crossroads Conference in Cultural Studies will be hosted by the Department of Cultural Studies jointly with Kwan Fong Cultural Research & Development Programme of Lingnan University in HONG KONG during June 17-21, 2010. Please check the details at our conference website:

This year we are very pleased to have invited the following keynote and plenary speakers:

   * Katherine GIBSON (Australia)

   * Tony BENNETT (UK/Australia)

   * Anne BALSAMO (US)

   * Nilufer GOLE (Turkey/France)

   * Josephine HO (Taiwan)

   * Sandro MEZZADRA (Italy)

   * PUN Ngai (China)

   * Vinod RAINA (India)

   * Andrew ROSS (US)

   * Catherine WALSH (Ecuador)

As always, we are open to all innovative topics in Cultural Studies. There is certainly no boundary of your scholarly thinking; however, we do have some suggested topics listed in the section “Topic Suggestions” in the conference website as food for thoughts. Please also refer to the section on “Panels and Proposals” in the conference website for the submission guidelines.

Please submit your proposals by *December 31st, 2009* to the Academic Programme Sub-committee at:

We look forward to receiving your proposals soon!

Crossroads 2010 Academic Programme Sub-committee

Academic Director: Professor Meaghan MORRIS, Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University

Committee Members:

* Professor Stephen Ching-kiu CHAN, Dept of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University

* Professor John Nguyet ERNI, Dept of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University

* Dr Helen GRACE, Dept of Cultural & Religious Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

* Professor Mette Anne HJORT, Dept of Philosophy, Lingnan University

* Dr Po-keung HUI, Dept of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University

* Dr Wing-sang LAW, Dept of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University

* Dr Angel LIN, Dept of English, City University of Hong Kong

* Dr Shuang SHEN, Dept of Chinese, Lingnan University

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