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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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Capitalism

Capital’ Against Capitalism – New Website

Saturday June 25 -Central Sydney

It seems significant, and hardly coincidental, that the impasse that politics fell into after the 1960s and 1970s coincided with the eclipse of Marx and the research project of historical materialism. Social democracy, various left-wing melancholies and/ or the embrace of dead political forms has stood-in for these absent names. Returning to Marx, to Capital and to the various traditions tied-up with these names may present a way to cut across this three-fold deadlock.

The papers at Capital Against Capitalism will respond to contemporary politics from a range of historical materialist perspectives. We want to bring together the theoretical discussions and debates occurring in Capital reading groups, PhD study circles, and Marxist political organisations and networks. Our conjuncture – its manifold crisis – urges new analyses, new strategic orientations and the engagement of activists and academics alike on these questions.

‘Capital’ Against Capitalism: http://capitalagainstcapitalism.blogspot.com/

Provisional Timetable

SATURDAY JUNE 25 – CENTRAL SYDNEY

9.00 – 9.15
Welcome

9.15 – 10.45
Plenary 1 – AUSTRALIAN LABORISM
Speaker: Rick Kuhn, on his book, with Tom Bramble, Labor’s Conflict: Big business, workers and the politics of class (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
Respondents: Geoffrey Robinson and Tad Tietze

10.45 – 11.00
Short morning tea

11 – 12.30
Workshop 1A – MARXISM AND THEOLOGY
Roland Boer: ‘The Religion of Everyday Life’: Capital as Fetish
Tamara Prosic: Orthodox Christian Theology and Social Change
Remy Low: Religion and Revolutionary Praxis: Theologies of liberation in retrospect and prospect

Workshop 1B – READING CAPITAL IN OUR OWN TIME
Tom Barnes: From ‘surplus populations’ to informal labour: Is Capital relevant to class formation in the Global South?
Paul Rubner: Deciphering the Dialectic in Marx’s Capital
Mike Beggs: Zombie Marx and modern economics

12.30 – 1.15
Lunch

1.15 – 2.15
Workshop 2A – SOCIAL CHANGE
Jess Gerrard: Hegemony, Class and Culture
John Pardy: Patterns of schooling in Australia: Toward a historically materialist explanation.

Workshop 2B – TALKING REVOLUTION
Mark Steven: The Silliest Insurrection: On Marxism and the Marx Brothers
David Lockwood: Marxism and the Bourgeois Revolution

2.15 – 3.45
Workshop 3A – MARXISM AND LAW
Jess Whyte: Leaving the ‘Eden of the innate rights of man’: Marx’s Critique of Rights
Richard Bailey: Strategy, rupture, rights: law and resistance in Australian immigration detention
David McInerney: To read and speak the law: Althusser on Montesquieu

Workshop 3B – ACCUMULATION OF VALUE
Marcus Banks: How does workfare produce value?
Humphrey McQueen: Labour time
Ben Reid: Is there Australian Exceptionalism? Scenarios for capital accumulation and crises after the second great contraction

3.45 – 4.15
Afternoon tea

4.15 – 5.15
Plenary 2 – MARX’S CAPITAL
Speaker: Nicole Pepperell on the key ides of her PhD thesis and forthcoming book on Marx’s Capital (Brill/Historical Materialism Book Series 2011)
Respondent: Dave Eden

5.15 – 5.30
Wrap Up

More information

For more information contact:

Elizabeth Humphrys: lizhumphrys@gmail.com  

Jonathon Collerson: jonathoncollerson@gmail.com

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THE SPIRIT OF CAPITAL: A GRADUATE CONFERENCE ON MARX AND HEGEL  

UPDATE 3rd APRIL 2011

April 28 – 29 2011

At the New School for Social Research

New York City

6 E 16th Street, Room 1103

The Spirit of Capital – with Moishe Postone: http://spiritofcapital.com/

Conference Flyer: http://spiritofcapital.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/flyer1.pdf

PROGRAMME

 

Thursday, April 28th:

10.00am – 11.15am: Capital or Spirit

Brad Tabas (American University of Paris)

Respondent: Aaron Jaffe (New School)

Moderator: Todd May

11.30am-12.45am: Measure, Mediation & Method

Frank Enster (Freie University, Berlin)

Respondent: Matt Congdon (New School)

Moderator: Dimitri Nikulin

2.00pm-3.15pm: Class Interests, Ethics & Law of the Heart

Jen Hammond (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Respondent: Mariane Lenabat (New School)

Moderator: Alice Crary

3.30pm-4.45pm: Hegel, Marx & the Question of Theft

Kieran Aarons (DePaul)

Respondent: Jacob Blumenfeld (New School)

Moderator: Chiara Bottici

KEYNOTE 6.00-8.00pm

The Power of Negative Thinking

Paul Mattick (Adelphi)

Moderator: Jacob Blumenfeld

Friday April 29th:

10.00am-11.15am: Real Abstractions of Capitalism

Demet Evrenosoglu (Bogazici University, Turkey)

Respondent: Emilie Connoly (John Hopkins)

Moderator: Ross Poole

11.30am-1.00pm: The Time of Capital & The Messianicity of Time

Sami Khatib (Freie University, Berlin)

Respondent: Massimiliano Tomba (University De Padova)

Moderator : Cinzia Arruzza

2.00pm-3.15pm : Western Marxism (Panel)

1) Empiricism & Idealism in Karl Korsch’s Reading of Hegelian Dialectic

Giorgio Cesarale (Sapienza, Italy)

2) From “Commodity Fetishism” to “Teleological Positing”

Pu Wang (NYU)

Moderator: Richard Bernstein

3.30pm-5.00pm: Aesthetics & Politics (Panel)

1) The Comedy of Religion

Rachel Aumiller (Villanova)

2) On Contradiction & Political Optimism

Ryan Culpepper (University of Toronto)

KEYNOTE 6.00-8.00pm

Capital: Marx’s Mature Critique of Hegel

Moishe Postone (University of Chicago)

Moderator: Jay Bernstein

Full Conference Schedule: http://spiritofcapital.com/schedule/

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Roy Bhaskar

THE LAW OF LAW

The Westminster International Law & Theory Centre cordially invite you to
a one-day workshop on:

THE LAW OF LAW: Dialectics and Research

Organisers:
Pravin Jeyaraj, School of Law, University of Westminster
Prof Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, School of Law, University of Westminster

Friday, 1 April, 2011
10:00-18:00

A one-day workshop to examine how different dialectical traditions have been applied to research in different legal and related non-legal disciplines. We aim to assert the relevance of various dialectical traditions – from its origin in ancient philosophies to its subsequent interpretation and reformulation by theorists such as Hegel, Marx, Luhmann and Bhaskar – to contemporary socio-legal and critical research and sketch potential future developments either confirming or moving away from this tradition.

Speakers:
Dr Brenna Bhandar (University of Kent)
Dr Alejandro Colás (Birkbeck University)
Dr Alex Fischer (SOAS)
Ms Kay Lalor (University of Westminster)
Professor Alan Norrie (University of Warwick)
Professor Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (University of Westminster)
Dr Joseph Tanega (University of Westminster)
Dr Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths College)

University of Westminster
The Boardroom, 309 Regent Street
London
W1B 2UW

Attendance is free, but places are limited
RSVP to Pravin Jeyaraj pravin.jeyaraj@my.westminster.ac.uk

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