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Antonio Gramsci

Antonio Gramsci

PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS, AND HISTORY IN THE THOUGHT OF GRAMSCI

PAST AND PRESENT.
Philosophy, Politics, and History in the Thought of Gramsci
International Conference
18-19 June 2015
King’s College London (Strand Campus*)

See: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/europeanstudies/events.aspx
This International Conference on the thought of Antonio Gramsci will bring together a new generation of 45 scholars from 16 countries working on Gramscian themes in order to engage closely with his writings.

The events includes 16 panels discussing themes such as “Neoliberalism as Passive Revolution?”, “Culture, Literature and (Anti)Colonialism”, “Gramsci’s Philosophy and the Marxian Legacy”.

Keynote speeches from established scholars include Fabio Frosini (Urbino) on “Time and Revolution in Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks”, Alex Loftus (KCL) on “Gramsci and Geography”, and Peter Thomas (Brunel) on “We Good Subalterns: Gramsci’s Theory of Political Modernity”, as well as a round-table discussion on: “Past or Present: To what degree are Gramsci’s concepts still relevant today?”

The event will also include contributions and chairing from: Derek Boothman (Bologna) | Carl Levy (Goldsmiths) | Magnus Ryner (KCL) | Cosimo Zene (SOAS) | Anne Showstack Sassoon (Birkbeck) | Leila Simona Talani (KCL) | Stathis Kouvelakis (KCL) | Alex Callinicos (KCL) | Sonita Sarker (Macalester, USA) | Alessandro Carlucci (Oxford)

The organising committee would like to draw your attention to the conference blog (http://www.gramsciconference2015.blogspot.co.uk), where you can find the official conference poster and a detailed programme of the conference.

The conference is open to all, however registration is essential if you would like to attend.

To register, please send an email to: gramsciconference2015@gmail.com

Cordially,
The Past and Present Organising Committee
Francesca Antonini, Aaron Bernstein, Lorenzo Fusaro and Robert Jackson

Supported by:
Department of European Studies, King’s College London
Department of Geography, King’s College London
International Gramsci Society
International Gramsci Society – Italia
Ghilarza Summer School – Scuola internazionale di studi gramsciani
Área de investigación Sociedad y Acumulación Capitalista, UAM – A., México

*Venue map: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/campuslife/campuses/strand/Strand.aspx

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Antonio Gramsci

Antonio Gramsci

PAST AND PRESENT: PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS, AND HISTORY IN THE THOUGHT OF ANTONIO GRAMSCI

International Conference

18-19 June 2015

King’s College London

Speakers: Fabio Frosini (Urbino), Alex Loftus (KCL), Peter Thomas (Brunel); including contributions and chairing from: Carl Levy (Goldsmiths), Magnus Ryner (KCL), Anne Showstack Sassoon (Birkbeck), Leila Simona Talani (KCL), Cosimo Zene (SOAS).

The legacy of the Italian theorist Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) has been widely acknowledged as one of the most significant intellectual contributions of the twentieth century. Even as the historical events of his life have faded from living memory, Gramsci’s thought has increased in influence and become diffused amongst a multitude of disciplines in the academic firmament; from philosophy to history and geography, through cultural theory and subaltern studies, to international relations, linguistics, critical legal studies and beyond.

In light of the widespread and heterogeneous deployments of his ideas, it seems apt and necessary to return to the texts themselves: Gramsci’s pre-prison and his prison writings, both the Prison Notebooks and the Letters from Prison. The aim of this conference is to bring together a new generation of scholars working on Gramscian themes in order to engage closely with his writings.

Working in collaboration with experienced Gramsci scholars, this conference is the first initiative of a group of early-career researchers and graduate students. Through a combination of panels and workshops, the conference will provide participants with the opportunity to present their work and to receive constructive feedback in a friendly and stimulating environment.

The two-day international conference also aims to contribute to the process of building links between Anglophone and international, in particular Italian, Gramsci scholarship. The organizers hope to create a network through which to share research and encourage interactions between researchers from different countries working on Gramscian thought and related topics. It is proposed that an edited collection of essays will be published as a product of the conference and further engagements.

Gramsci’s perspective is marked by a profound sense of the manifold connections between the explanation of the past and the analysis of the present. Our intention is collectively to investigate the rich potentialities of the theme ‘Past and Present’ in his thought. Participants are invited to explore the conceptual laboratory of Gramsci’s historical-political narration, as well as his endeavour to theorize the unity of theory and practice. This nexus between ‘explication’ of the past and strategic ‘analysis’ of the present is characteristic of the originality of Gramsci’s approach to the ‘question of theory’. More broadly, the conference aspires to study the way in which Gramsci’s historical perspective intermingles with his engaged concern for the future of a ‘big and terrible’ world, in the sense that might today be called ‘global history’.

Gramsci’s ability to dialectically unite seemingly opposed elements (i.e. civil society and the state, structure and superstructure, the spatial elements of historicism, or vice versa the multiple temporalities going across the political space) illuminates the capacity of his thought to stimulate critical renewals in various domains of thought. Further investigation of this critical project reveals the aspect of ‘reciprocal translatability’ that Gramsci identifies between different facets of the knowledge of reality as ‘philosophy’, ‘politics’ and ‘economics’. The conference aims to explore the ongoing elaboration of this ‘homogeneous circle’ (Notebook 4, § 46), that is, the constitution of Gramsci’s conception of the world and its relation to history, understood as a unitary and dynamic process.

Consequently, we encourage paper proposals that analyze Gramsci’s thought (either the prison or his pre-prison writings) from political, philosophical, economic, and historical points of view, whilst evoking the connections between these different dimensions. Inter-disciplinary papers that focus on the reappraisal of Gramscian concepts in the contemporary world (within cultural theory, post-colonial studies, International Relations, geography, history of science, etc.) are also welcome.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to: the Marxian legacy and the philosophy of praxis; Gramsci and global history: the ‘integral historian’; the Gramscian analysis of modernity: crisis, hegemony and passive revolution; the Party and the role of the traditional and organic intellectuals; Gramsci and pragmatism: language, truth, ideology; Anti-economism and Gramsci’s critical economy; Gramscian cultural writings; Centre and periphery; From ‘subaltern social groups’ to global subalternity.

Speakers will have to cover their trip and accommodation expenses.

Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be sent by Friday 23rd January 2015 to: gramsciconference2015@gmail.com

Supported by:

–         Department of European Studies, King’s College London

–         Department of Geography, King’s College London

–         International Gramsci Society

–         International Gramsci Society – Italia

–         Ghilarza Summer School – Scuola internazionale di studi gramsciani

Organizing committee:

Francesca Antonini (Università di Pavia, Italy)

Aaron Bernstein (King’s College London)

Lorenzo Fusaro (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), Mexico)

Robert Jackson (Manchester Metropolitan University)

 

For further information, please contact gramsciconference2015@gmail.com

Website: http://gramsciconference2015.blogspot.co.uk/

 

First Published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/past-and-present.-philosophy-politics-and-history-in-the-thought-of-gramsci-international-conference-18-19-june-2015-king2019s-college-london

 

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Work & Days

Work & Days

MARXISM IN CULTURE: AUTUMN TERM SEMINARS 2014

All seminars start at 5.30. This term all seminars are held in the Large Conference Room at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU aside from the second seminar this term, which will take place at UCL and begin at 5pm.

The seminar closes at 7.30pm and retires to the bar.

 

Friday 17 October

Julian Stallabrass (The Courtauld Institute) and Dave Beech (Chelsea College of Art and Design)

‘Anti Frieze’ – An anti-celebration of Frieze week with Dave Beech and Julian Stallabrass.

Dave Beech: The Ullage of Luxury: the economics of the art fair

Julian Stallabrass: Just a Luxury Good?

Location: The Large Conference Room

 

Friday 21 November. PLEASE NOTE EARLIER START AND LOCATION

Book launch for Frances Stracey, ‘Constructed Situations: A New History of the Situationist International’ (Pluto Press)

Roundtable discussion with Briony Fer (UCL), Cadence Kinsey (UCL) and Pete Smith, followed by a drinks reception in the History of Art department at UCL.

Location and time: 5-7.30 pm at UCL – Pearson G22 Lecture Theatre.

 

Friday 28 November

Jeremy Spencer (Camberwell College of Art and Design and the Open University)

Aesthetics and Politics within Godard’s Cinema

Location: The Large Conference Room

 

Friday 12 December

Danny Hayward (Birkbeck)

Marxist Irrationality: A Cultural Prospectus and Overview

Location: The Large Conference Room

 

Organisers: Matthew Beaumont, Dave Beech, Alan Bradshaw, Warren Carter, Gail Day, Steve Edwards, Larne Abse Gogarty, Esther Leslie, David Mabb, Antigoni Memou, Chrysi Papaioannou, Nina Power, Dominic Rahtz, Pete Smith, Peter Thomas & Alberto Toscano.

For further information, please contact Larne Abse Gogarty at larne.gogarty.09@ucl.ac.uk or Chrysi Papaioannou at chrysi_p@yahoo.co.uk.
All welcome.

Marxism in Culture: www.marxisminculture.org

First Published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/marxism-in-culture-autumn-term

 

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Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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Glenn Rikowski @ ResearchGate: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Glenn_Rikowski?ev=hdr_xprf

Online Publications at The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

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Aesthetics

Aesthetics

MARXISM IN CULTURE SEMINARS – SUMMER TERM 2013

Friday 7th June

17:30-19:30
Room 349 (Senate House, Malet Street, London)

Kate Crehan (City University of New York)

“Art” with a Capital “A” and the Practice of Community Art

For forty years the community arts and public arts group, Free Form Arts Trust, (1970-2010) was a significant player in British community arts, playing a major part in the 1970s struggle to carve out a space for community arts in Britain.  Having turned their back on the world of gallery art, the fine-artist founders of Free Form were determined to use their visual expertise to connect, through collaborative art projects, with the working-class people excluded, as they saw it, by the established art world.  To what extent did these artists succeed in making art for, and with working-class people?  How radical was their rejection the world of gallery art, the world of what the art historian Paul Kristeller calls Art with a capital ‘A’?  And what effect did their turn away from the established art world have on their practice as artists, and on their aesthetic language?

Kate Crehan is Professor of Anthropology at the College of Staten Island and the GraduateCenter, City University of New York.  Her publications include The Fractured Community: Landscapes of Power and Gender in Rural Zambia; Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology (translated into Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean and Turkish); and Community Art: An Anthropological Perspective.  She is currently working on a book manuscript exploring Gramsci’s concepts of subalternity, common sense and the organic intellectual.

For further information, please contact Larne Abse Gogarty at larne.gogarty.09@ucl.ac.uk or Chrysi Papaioannou at chrysi_p@yahoo.co.uk.

All welcome!

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/next-marxism-in-culture-seminar-friday-7th-june

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)

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

 

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Karl Marx

RETHINKING MARXISM 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS

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: http://www.rethinkingmarxism.org/sss

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.

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

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 Vincent.lyon-callo@wmich.edu.

To submit a proposal and to pay the preregistration fee, follow the instructions on the conference website: http://www.rethinkingmarxism.org/RM2013

REGISTRATION RATES

______ Regular Rate $125

______ Low-Income Rate $60

PUBLICATIONS

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.

VENDORS AND ADVERTISEMENTS

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.

ORGANIZERS & SPONSORS

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: http://www.rethinkingmarxism.org/RM2013

All inquiries concerning the conference can be addressed to Vincent Lyon-Callo at Vincent.lyon-callo@wmich.edu.

 

Originally published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-rethinking-marxism-2013-surplus-solidarity-sufficiency-amherst-ma-19-22-sept-2013

 

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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

 

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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/

 

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North Atlantic Oscillation

North Atlantic Oscillation

MARXISM IN CULTURE – PROGRAMME FOR SUMMER TERM 2012

Friday 18 May

Forgotten Futures: Municipal Cinema as the People’s Cinema?

Elizabeth Lebas (Middlesex University)

Friday 01 June

Damien Hirst: The Capitalist Sublime?

Luke White (Middlesex University)

Friday 15 June

Fashion and Materialism

Ulrich Lehmann (University for the Creative Arts)

Friday 29 June

Book Launch of Steve Edwards’ (Open University) Martha Rosler, The Bowery in two inadequate descriptive systems – published by Afterall

All seminars start at 5.30pm, and are held in the Court Room (unless otherwise indicated) at the Institute of Historical Research in Senate House, Malet St, London. The seminar closes at 7.30pm and retires to the bar.

Organisers: Matthew Beaumont, Dave Beech, Alan Bradshaw, Warren Carter, Gail Day, Steve Edwards, Larne Abse Gogarty, Owen Hatherley, Esther Leslie, David Mabb, Antigoni Memou, Chrysi Papaioannou, Nina Power, Dominic Rahtz, Pete Smith, Peter Thomas & Alberto Toscano.

For further information, contact Warren Carter, at: w.carter@ucl.ac.uk or Esther Leslie at: e.leslie@bbk.ac.uk

Soft Coda, by North Atlantic Oscillation, from their ‘Fog Electric’ album: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkAhSSeR8j0 

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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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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Red Mist

Red Mist

RED MIST

Introducing a new radical cultural project: http://redmistreviews.com/

Cultural products are produced because someone has something important to say, progressive or reactionary, rational or irrational; yet everywhere the result is trite banality. Late capitalism has become ever more adept at enforcing its conservative, accountant-friendly worldview on culture. In the world of the market, an artist can only try something that has already been tried and been seen to succeed. The state’s arts-funding bureaucracies, not much less conservative than private investors but acting at least in the name of different priorities, are getting slashed out of existence, along with everything else that needs public money to function (failing banks excepted, of course). At this rate, in fifty years all movies will be sequels, all plays will be musicals and all novels will be airport-friendly crime yarns. (All academic papers, meanwhile, will be cooked up to order by corporations.)

Red Mist is the successor to London Book Club, to whose interesting accumulation of reviews we intend to add some serious political direction, editorial focus and old-fashioned panache. As Marxists, we do not think that the above depressing outlook is the only possible outcome for the human race. More to the point, we do not think that artists, writers and thinkers meekly accept their fate – nor do their works. Ernst Bloch used to say that every artefact of capitalist society, no matter how apparently banal and degraded, had a hidden Utopian striving beyond its mundane existence; the reverse is also true, however, and even the most radically leftist work has to come to terms, secretly, with the reality that gave it birth.

Working out what is what is the job of critics. It is not our job to say that we liked film X and thought that it was good; or (still worse, as the reviews in most leftwing publications do) say that we liked the explicit political content of film X, and therefore liked it, and thought that it was good. And though we are a theoretically minded project, we will not destroy your will to live with 10,000 word Lacanian disquisitions on Proust.

What we will do is review all manner of texts – from pop singles to academic monographs – and reveal what really makes them tick. We will do this with the oldest tools in the box: a knowledge of context, an understanding of the medium, and a sprinkling of humour (after all, if you didn’t laugh, you’d cry). Join us on our journey through the bizarre, contradictory cultural life of capitalism – and hopefully we will one day get out the other side.

Red Mist: http://redmistreviews.com/

This looks to be most welcome development for the times we live in Glenn Rikowski

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Bonuses for Some

CAPITAL, CULTURE, COMMUNISM

Call for Papers: 2012 Marxist Literary Group Institute on Culture and Society, 06/25-29/2012, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver BC, Canada
Special Topic: “Capital, Culture, Communism
Deadline for Proposals: March 1, 2012.

The Marxist Literary Group’s 2012 Institute on Culture and Society (2012 MGF-ICS) will convene this summer on theVancouver, BC campus of Simon Fraser Universityon June 25-29. This year’s special topic will be “Capital, Culture, Communism.” How do these three “Cs” relate to a range of issues in contemporary politics and aesthetics, including:

* The recent uprisings in the Arab world, the assault on the welfare state in Europe and North America, the Occupy movement, etc. and how they are to be understood in today’s global economy
* The resurgence of religion and other cultural/national affiliations within world politics
* The ongoing necessity to develop adequate analyses of the economy
* The return to the language of “communism” in contemporary social theory and aesthetics
* And the ways in which past and present conditions and struggles are represented and, in turn, shaped by various cultural practices and modes of communication?
* Is there a distinctively capitalist culture? Is there a distinctively communist culture? Can one imagine a communist culture emerging from a capitalist one? How central is culture to capital and communism? Capital to culture? Can we perceive now the outlines of a future communism?
* What will remain of capitalist culture in a communist one? Do recent political events–Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring, the global financial crisis—anticipate a future communism?
* Current politics, struggles and theories are of course wedded to older histories and theoretical models. How do Marx and other theorists define and represent capital, culture and communism? What is the value of these terms, on their own and/or in relationship to one another? How has the organization and functioning of capital changed? Stayed the same? What are the best strategies for representing capital? Communism?

Papers on these topics, as well as others, are welcome.
As always, submissions on other topics related to Marxism, including, but not limited to, Marxist considerations of literature or literary considerations of Marxism will be considered. Please also note that the reading groups this year will focus on primary (i.e. Marx/Engels) texts.

The Institute on Culture and Society is run in consecutive sessions, and the discussion is most fruitful when participants stay for the entire Institute. Housing is available on campus, and every effort is made to keep the cost of attendance low. Graduate student participation is subsidized by the Marxist Literary Group.

Proposals are welcome for:

Traditional panels
Individual presentations
Roundtables
Film Screenings
Performances
Reading Groups (on primary Marxist texts)

All proposals except panel proposals should be a maximum of 250 words in length, and should include title, author, and author’s affiliation. Panel proposals should include for each proposed paper a 250-word abstract, including title and affiliation, as well as a title and 100-word rationale for the session itself. Please send submissions (plain text or commonly used file format) by March 1, 2012 to: mlgics2012@hotmail.com

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The Battle in Seattle - Glenn Rikowski

RADICAL AESTHETICS AND POLITICS

Call for Papers

Conference: “Radical Aesthetics and Politics: Intersections in Music, Art, and Critical Social Theory”

9 December 2011
Hunter College, CUNY

In the past few decades, the study of sonic, visual, textual, and other media practices have emerged as productive areas of cultural analysis and critique. Often constitutive of paradoxes and tensions within society, these aesthetic practices have prompted critical engagements with structures of power and knowledge.  Researchers and artists have sought to deconstruct particular relationships between aesthetics and power, creating renewed and emergent questions with which current social theory must engage.  For instance, how might we think about the “public sphere” in terms of nodes of encounters with the sonic, the visual, and the textual? What forms of political action and sociality emerge from civic engagements with visual, sonic, and textual culture?  How are sonic and material landscapes engaged with as embodied practices?  What might this imply about the corporeality of the political, the ethical, and the technological?  What are the disjunctures and syntheses between artists’ and scholars’ concept-driven productions and the ways in which audiences interpret and construct life-worlds with these productions?

This multidisciplinary conference aims to explore these questions centering on the intersections between aesthetic practices and radical political action.  We invite papers that engage with any practices within sonic, visual, and textual culture, and that understand these not merely in terms of the symbolic or the ideal, but also in terms of the material relations embedded within these practices.  This conference will thus be concerned with the ideological lives of aesthetic practices. Rather than focusing solely on overtly politicized artistic expression, however, this conference interrogates the boundaries of the political in music and art (and vice versa).  We aim to take a radical approach to aesthetics and politics by getting at the root of knowledge systems and changing the concepts of contemporary political, ethical, and aesthetic debates.  This conference thus asks how we may think through and act on political commitments in art and music, and how social theory may displace and elaborate on the concepts of cultural and ethical debates.

We invite proposal submissions from scholars, students, musicians, and artists that address the following and related themes:

Visual/Sonic Publics

Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism

Ownership and Property

Feminism and Queer Theory

Governmentality

Performance

Consumption and Material Culture

Critical Race Studies

Affect, Sensation, and Embodiment

New Economies

Labor

Language, Speech, and the Voice

Technologies and Media

Space and the Environment

Please submit a 200-300 word proposal, including a title and full contact details to Portia Seddon (portiaseddon@gmail.com) by August 15, 2011.

This conference is organized by Critical Studies in Expressive Culture (http://chreculture.blogspot.com/) and by the Department of Anthropology at Hunter College, CUNY (http://maxweber.hunter.cuny.edu/anthro/).

 

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Marxism and Culture

MARXIST LITERARY GROUP SUMMER INSTITUTE ON CULTURE AND SOCIETY

 

Monday, June 20

9:00-10:15: MARXISM AND BOURGEOIS REVOLUTION 
Spencer Leonard: Marx’s Critique of Political Economy: Proletarian Socialism Continuing the Bourgeois Revolution?
Pamela Nogales: Marx on the U.S. Civil War as the 2nd American Revolution
Jeremy Cohan: Lukács on Marx’s Hegelianism and the Dialectic of Marxism

10:30-11:30: WAR AND SOCIAL CLASS
Pat Keeton: “Class, War, and Class War: Changing Ideology in American Films from Vietnam to Post-9/11
Peter Scheckner: “End of Empire: How American Cinema since Vietnam Narrates the Erosion of American Global Power.

12:30-1:30: ROUNDTABLE: AFTER GLOBALIZATION

1:45-3:00: POLITICS AND CONSCIOUSNESS
Eric Vazquez: Counterinsurgency’s Suppositions
Joel Nickels: From Spontaneity to Self-government: Imagining Self-Organization in the Twentieth Century and Beyond
Gino Signoracci: Marxism and Eastern Thought: Toward a Philosophy of Perpetual Revolution?

3:15-4:45: COMMODITIES
Ariane Pasternak: Commodity Fetishism and the Feminized Sphere of Non-Value
Ericka Beckman: Seeing the World System: The Latin American “Commodity Novel”
Sina Rahmani: Einwaggonieren: Containerization, Displacement, and the “Forbidden Commodities”
Max Haiven: Abject Finance: Wal-Mart and the Unbankables

7:00: FILM SCREENING: SHASHWATI TALUKDAR’S PLEASE DON’T BEAT ME, SIR.

Tuesday, June 21

9:00-10:15: HISTORY, LITERATURE, REVOLUTION
Eldon Birthwright: Caribbean Literature and the Sanitizing of History
Sheshalatha Reddy: Bodies in Bondage, Bodies in Labor: Class Consciousness and the “Oppressed Natives” in the Morant Bay Uprising
Aisha Karim: Literature and Revolution

10:30-11:45: RACE, REVOLUTION, POSTCOLONIALITY
Julie Fiorelli: Recurrent Revolutions? Arna Bontemps’s Conception of Time and African American Race-War Novels of the Late 1960s
LaRose Parris: The African Diasporic Proletariat
Henry Schwarz: Marxism and Postcolonial Studies

1:00-2:30: READING GROUP: ANTONIO GRAMSCI 
Led by Jaafar Aksikas

2:45-4:00: REVOLUTION AS EVENT
Kanishka Chowdhury: Revolution and the “Hidden Abode of Production”
Barbara Foley: Event, Non-Event, and “Arrested Dialectic”: The Aftermath of 1919.
Neil Larsen: Revolution as Event and the Temporality of Crisis

4:15-5:30: REVOLUTION AND UNEVEN DEVELOPMENT, AKA THE SPATIAL DIALECTIC 
Laura Martin: Colonial Servitude in the Transition to Capitalism.
Joe Ramsey: Learning from Failures, and from Afar: The Problem of Revolutionary Subjectivity in the US of A, Today

5:45-6:30: WHAT IS A MARXIST POLITICS TODAY?
Oded Nir: Waltz With Bashir: Mediating Class In and Out of Globalized Israeli Culture
Niamh Mulcahy: Class Struggle and the Possibility of a Science of Aleatory History
Andrew Culp: Three Theses for Marxist Politics Today
Joshua Kurz, respondent

Wednesday, June 22

9:00-10:15: AESTHETICS AND POLITICS
Vin Adiutori: Appearance and Phantasm: Reconfiguring Misrecognition
Anthony Squiers: Rethinking Brecht’s Split Character: Dialectics, Social Ontology and Literary Technique
Eleanor Kaufman: Revolution and the Question of Party in Sartre, Brecht, and Badiou

10:30-11:45: BETWEEN REVOLUTIONS: RESISTANCE, CULTURAL POLITICS, AND THE CLICHÉ
Joe Hughes: Ethico-Aesthetics and the Politics of the Cliché
Christian Haines: “It is you who give the life”: On Walt Whitman, Cultural Revolution, and Biopolitics
Hyeryung Hwang: “I prefer not to”: Embodied Subjectivity as the Site of Resistance

1:00-2:30: READING GROUP: MARXISM AND FEMINISM REVISITED 
Led by Ann Mattis and Susan Comfort)

2:45-4:00: THE MARXISM OF SECOND INTERNATIONAL RADICALISM: LENIN, LUXEMBURG, TROTSKY AND LUKÁCS 
Chris Cutrone: Vladmir Lenin
Greg Gabrellas: Rosa Luxemburg
Ian Morrison: Leon Trotsky
Spencer Leonard, respondent

4:15-5:30:  END TIMES
Mathias Nilges: The Tenses of Form or, Literature at the End of Time
Brent Bellamy: Foreclosing Revolution, or the Apocalyptic Contradiction of Late Capitalism
Eui Kang: Apocalyptic Marx

7:00: FILM SCREENING: MICHAEL TRUSCELLO’S CAPITALISM IS THE CRISIS

Thursday, June 23

9:00-10:15: HISTORY I
Lucas Johnson: Measuring History in the Post-National
Jackson Petsche: Marxism, Posthumanism, and the Future of Animal Liberation
Nathaniel Boyd: Re-thinking the Contingent Political Sequence of Revolutionary Class Struggle

10:30-11:45: HISTORY II
Grover Furr: Why Is It Vital To All of Us To Get the Stalin Period Right?
Ryan Culpepper: 5 Years After the 1929 Economic Collapse
Justin Sully: Population Decline and the Historical Lateness of Capitalism

1:00-2:30: READING GROUP: C.L.R. JAMES AND JAMES BOGGS 
Led by Joel Woller

2:45-3:45: THE PERIPHERAL STANDPOINT
Jefferson Agostini Mello: Desiring the World: A New Brazilian Culture?
Maria Elisa Cevasco: Misplaced Ideas: What We Can Learn from How Ideas Fare in Brazil

4:00-5:00: BUSINESS MEETING

7:00: FILM SCREENING: ANDREW FRIEND’S WORKERS’ REPUBLIC

Friday, June 24

8:45-10:15: LITERATURE I
Emilio Sauri: Cognitive Mapping, Then and Now
David Aitchison: Literature and Revolution: Radical Politics and the Novel in the U.S.A.
Jen Hammond: The Lyric Moment and Revolution
Madeleine Monson-Rosen: The Structure of Media Revolution: Thomas Pynchon and the Politics of Paradigm Shift

10:30-12:00: LITERATURE II
Jonathan Poore: John Steinbeck and the Proletarian Aesthetic
Carolyn Lesjak: Realism and Revolution
Peter Gardner: The Political Unconscious of A Farewell to Arms
Kristin Bergen: Gertrude Stein and the Relation of Political Periodization to Aesthetic Form

1:00-2:30: READING GROUP: THE STRUCTURE OF REVOLUTION 
Led by Joe Ramsey and Rich Daniels

2:45-4:00: GUY DEBORD
Sarah Hamblin: Repetition as a Revolutionary Aesthetic in the Cinema of Guy Debord
Jane Winston: Revolution in Debord
Vanessa R. S. Cavalcanti and Antonio Carlos Silva: The Society of the Spectacle to the Beat of the Capital: a Contribution to the Criticism of Modernity’s Ritual

6:30: MLG BARBECUE

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Cultural Marxism

MARXISM IN CULTURE PROGRAMME FOR SUMMER TERM 2011

Friday 06 May
On Life in Marx
Stewart Martin (Middlesex University)

Friday 20 May
Capitalism and capital letters: the politics of typographic case
Gavin Edwards (Institute of English Studies)

Friday 03 June
Beyond Propaganda: Notes on Contemporary Cuban Art
Stephanie Schwartz (University College London)

Friday 17 June
Art and Value: An Economic Analysis of Contemporary Art
Dave Beech (Chelsea College of Art & Design)

All seminars start at 5.30pm, and are held in the Wolfson Room (unless otherwise indicated) at the Institute of Historical Research in Senate House, Malet St, London. The seminar closes at 7.30pm and retires to the bar.

Organisers: Matthew Beaumont, Alan Bradshaw, Warren Carter, Gail Day, Steve Edwards, Larne Abse Gogarty, Owen Hatherley, Esther Leslie, David Mabb, Antigoni Memou, Nina Power, Dominic Rhatz, Pete Smith & Alberto Toscano.

For further information, contact Warren Carter, at: w.carter@ucl.ac.uk or Esther Leslie at: e.leslie@bbk.ac.uk

***END***

‘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, northWales)  

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Zombies

COMBINED AND UNEVEN APOCALYPSE: LUCIFERIAN MARXISM

EVAN CALDER WILLIAMS

From the repurposed rubble of salvagepunk to undead hordes banging on shopping mall doors, from empty waste zones to teeming plagued cities, Combined and Uneven Apocalypse grapples with the apocalyptic fantasies of our collapsing era. Moving through the films, political tendencies, and recurrent crises of late capitalism, Evan Calder Williams paints a black toned portrait of the dream and nightmare images of a global order gone very, very wrong. Situating itself in the defaulting financial markets of the present, Combined and Uneven Apocalypse glances back toward a messy history of zombies, car wrecks, tidal waves, extinction, trash heaps, labour, pandemics, wolves, cannibalism, and general nastiness that populate the underside of our cultural imagination. Every age may dream the end of the world to follow, but these scattered nightmare figures are a skewed refraction of the normal hell of capitalism.

The apocalypse isn’t something that will happen one day: it’s just the slow unveiling of the catastrophe we’ve been living through for centuries. Against any fantasies of progress, return, or reconciliation, Williams launches a loathing critique of the bleak present and offers a graveside smile for our necessary battles to come.

Evan Calder Williams is a writer and theorist. He writes the blog Socialism and/or barbarism. He currently resides in Santa Cruz, California, where he is a doctoral candidate in literature.

Socialism and/or Barbarism: http://socialismandorbarbarism.blogspot.com/

See: http://www.zero-books.net/book/detail/814/Combined-and-Uneven-Apocalypse

Book Details:

ISBN:
[978-1-84694-468-0]
Price:
£14.99 || $24.95
Publishing on:
29 Apr 2011
Pages:
261
Format:
Paperback

Endorsement:
Yes, another book about zombies and the end of the world. But this is not just another book about zombies and the end of the world. Like one of the junk-suturing recusants whose philosophy he has been central to constructing, Evan Calder Williams builds something rageful and compelling and quite new out of all this fucking wreckage.— China Miéville

—END—

‘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)

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