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Eric Hobsbawm

HISTORY AFTER HOBSBAWM

A conference on the current trajectories of history

Starts: April 29, 2014 05:00 PM

Finishes: May 01, 2014 06:00 PM

Location: Senate House, London

A major international conference, with plenary speakers and large parallel sessions, exploring where the study of history is currently heading. The conference draws inspiration from the capacious legacy of the late Eric Hobsbawm, but is not a memorial event. We aim, rather, to bring together discussion about what we are currently doing as socially-committed historians, where we are headed, and what it means to be an historian in the twenty-first century.

Please download a copy of the draft programme here.

To register, visit https://www2.bbk.ac.uk/history/hobsbawm.

Please note that the conference fee includes refreshments, lunches, and a drinks reception, but does NOT include accommodation which you will need to arrange separately.

 

Plenary Session Speakers

Mark Mazower (Columbia)
Gareth Stedman Jones (Queen Mary)
Catherine Hall (UCL)
Chris Wickham (Oxford)
Maxine Berg (Warwick)
Rana Mitter (Oxford)
Geoff Eley (Michigan)

Panels

Capitalism

Emma Rothschild (Harvard/Cambridge)
Prasannan Parthasarathi (Boston)
Donald Sassoon (Queen Mary)
Frank Trentmann (Birkbeck)

Frameworks of historical explanation

Peter Burke (Cambridge)
Joanna Innes (Oxford)
Renaud Morieux (Cambridge)
Filippo de Vivo (Birkbeck)

The Crisis of the 17th Century

Sanjay Subrahmanyam (UCLA)
Geoffrey Parker (Ohio State)
John Elliott (Oxford)
Mike Braddick (Sheffield)

History of political conflict

Lucy Riall (EUI/Birkbeck)
François Jarrige (Bourgogne)
Steve Smith (Exeter)
Illaria Favretto (Kingston)

Britain, Empire, Europe

Antoinette Burton (Illinois)
Maya Jasanoff (Harvard)
Jan Rüger (Birkbeck)

What happened to class?

John Tosh (Roehampton)
Sonya Rose (Michigan/Birkbeck)
Marjorie Levine-Clark (Colorado)
Sean Brady (Birkbeck)

Global environmental history

Harriet Ritvo (MIT)
Paul Warde (UEA)
Christof Mauch (Munich)
Sunil Amrith (Birkbeck)

Latin America

Alan Knight (Oxford)
Paulo Drinot (UCL)
Joan Martinez Alier (ICTA, Barcelona)

Marxist and post-Marxist social history

Andy Wood (Durham)
Jane Whittle (Exeter)
Lucy Robinson (Sussex)

Nationalisms

Stefan Berger (Bochum)
Bill Schwarz (Queen Mary)
John Breuilly (LSE)

Further details will be available closer to the conference dates.

The conference is organised by Birkbeck, University of London, where Eric Hobsbawm taught most of his life, and by Past & Present, which he co-founded. We are grateful for the support offered by the Birkbeck Institute of the Humanities and the Institute of Historical Research.

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Panopticon

THEORY AS HISTORY: ESSAYS ON MODES OF PRODUCTION AND EXPLOITATION – BY JAIRUS BANAJI 

THEORY AS HISTORY

ESSAYS ON MODES OF PRODUCTION AND EXPLOITATION

JAIRUS BANAJI

AVAILABLE NOW

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WINNER OF THE 2011 ISAAC AND TAMARA DEUTSCHER MEMORIAL PRIZE
AVAILABLE AT A SPECIAL 30% DISCOUNT

In celebration of the fact that Theory as History, a title from the Historical Materialism Book Series (http://www.haymarketbooks.org/category/hm-series), has been awarded the prestigious Deutscher Prize, Haymaket Books is offering a 30% discount of all copies sold through our website. Simply enter the coupon code “THEORY30” at checkout to receive the discount.

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The essays collected here straddle four decades of work in both historiography and Marxist theory, combining source-based historical work in a wide range of languages with sophisticated discussions of Marx’s notion of ‘modes of production.’ From the emergence of medieval relations of production; the origins of capitalism; the dichotomy between free and unfree labour; and essays in agrarian history that range widely from Byzantine Egypt to 19th -century colonialism. The essays demonstrate the importance of reintegrating theory with history and of bringing history back into historical materialism.

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PRAISE FOR THEORY AS HISTORY

“The great merit of this volume is that it establishes an approach for [the debates about the nature and origin of capitalism] that is deeply theoretical, but at the same time refreshingly unhampered by the kind of doctrinaire attachment to a perceived (and often misread) orthodoxy that plagued so much of “historical materialism” for the past century. It is scholarly, without being purely academic … Banaji’s book deserves to be read and debated as one of the starting points for a new wave of Marxist historiography, still in the process of liberating itself from the ghost of its formalist past.”
—PEPIJNBRANDON, International Socialism

“Banaji’s seemingly idiosyncratic but in fact highly sophisticated and original approach to historical analysis provides not only a welcome stimulus and a challenge for scholars today, but also will give them plenty to think about for many years to come”
—MARCEL van der LINDEN, research director of the International Institute of Social History

“Theory as History is a book written at the summit of a lifetime’s engagement with issues of Marxist theory and practice … Banaji’s work demonstrates that no aspect of human history is irrelevant to the present. His scholarship shows immense skill, depth and range … [proving] it is not the Marxist method that has been at fault, but the dominance of non-Marxist theory and method in the minds of Marxist .” —Counterfire

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JAIRUS BANAJI spent most of his academic life atOxford. He has been a Research Associate in the Department of Development Studies, SOAS,University ofLondon, for the past several years. He is the author of Agrarian Change in Late Antiquity (Oxford, 2007).

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ISBN: 978-1-60846-1431 / $28 / Paperback / 408 pages

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For more information or to buy the book visit: www.haymarketbooks.org; to request review or examination copies write to john@haymarketbooks.org 

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Alternative Culture

HISTORICAL MATERIALISM LIMITED EDITION ARTWORK

Luibov Popova Untitled Textile Design on William Morris Wallpaper for HM 2010 by David Mabb

The artist David Mabb has created an artwork especially for Historical Materialism. Titled: Luibov Popova Untitled Textile Design on William Morris wallpaper for HM 2010, the print is issued in a run of 100. Mabb’s picture is made by screen printing a textile design by Luibov Popova in red and black over a section of William Morris wallpapers including: Fruit, Willow Boughs, Trellis, Brier Rabbit, Medway and Daisy. As a consequence of the different wallpapers employed and the registration process each work will be unique. The prints measures 52.5 x 70 cm., and each one is signed and numbered by the artist. To see the image go to: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/mabb-print)

The artwork is available for purchase at the price of £75 (unframed, postage not included when applicable) and can be ordered by writing to historicalmaterialism@soas.ac.uk or obtained directly at the 7th London Historical Materialism Conference: ‘Crisis and Critique’ (SOAS, London 11th-14th November).

We hope you will see this as an opportunity to acquire a fascinating artwork and to support HM.

Mabb regularly reworks the artistic imagery of Marxism to produce starting new configurations. In this print he combines William Morris’s hand-made natural imagery, with the abstract machine aesthetics of the Russian Constructivists. In their own time, Morris and Popova were thwarted by economic realities; Morris’s designs proved too expensive for the working people he wished to reach, while the fledgling USSR proved unable to support the transformation of everyday life envisaged by Popova and her fellow Constructivists. Mabb reanimates these remnants of Marxist history fusing the legacies in lively and beautiful images for our time.

David Mabb is a widely exhibited artist and Reader in Art at Goldsmiths, University of London. He regularly exhibits at the Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto and in 2004 he curated William Morris “ministering to the swinish luxury of the rich” at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. Recent exhibitions include: The Decorating Business, Oakville Galleries, Ontario; The Hall of the Modern, The Economist, London; Morris in Jaipur: The work of Art in the Context of Hand-made Reproduction, Mandawa Haveli, Jaipur, part of Jaipur Heritage International Festival, touring to The British Council Gallery, New Delhi; Art into Everyday Life, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius; and A Miniature Retrospective and Rhythm 69, Jugendstilsenteret/Kunstmuseet Kube, Alesund, Norway. He is exhibiting The Morris Kitsch Archive at Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts until December 2010.

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Chartism

HOBSBAWM: HISTORY AND POLITICS

Gregory Elliott

Pluto Press, 12/7/2010
ISBN: 978-0-7453-2844-7, ISBN10: 0-7453-2844-X, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 160 pages,

Historian Eric Hobsbawm is possibly the foremost chronicler of the modern age. His panoramic studies of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, stretching from the French Revolution to the fall of Soviet communism, have informed the historical consciousness of scholars and general readers alike. At the same time, his writings on labour movements and socialist politics have occupied a central place in left-wing debates. Despite this, no extended study of Hobsbawm’s work has yet been attempted. Gregory Elliott fills this gap in exemplary fashion.

Elliott analyzes both the scholarly record of Hobsbawm and the intellectual and political journey that his life represents. I n doing so, he seeks to situate Hobsbawm’s thought within the context of a generalised crisis of confidence on the Left after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Rich in content and written in Elliott’s authoritative and highly readable style, this book is a must for anyone with an interest in Hobsbawm and the crisis of the Left.

“The remarkable and prolific works of Eric Hobsbawm have gone too long without a serious critical analysis which treats them as an evolving whole. In a closely argued and highly readable account, Gregory Elliott sets out to fill this gap. Reviewing Hobsbawm’s intellectual and political formation, his contributions to both academic and political debates, and his climactic interpretation of 20th century world history, Elliott provides not only a summary of each in turn but also a revealing exploration of the light they shed on each other.” –Justin Rosenberg, Reader in International Relations, University of Sussex
Gregory Elliott is a Visiting Fellow at Newcastle University. His books include Ends in Sight (Pluto, 2008), Perry Anderson: The Merciless Laboratory of History (1998) and Althusser: The Detour of Theory (2nd edition, 2006).

Table of Contents
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Formative Experiences, Refounding Moments
2 The International and the Island Race
3 Enigmatic Variations
Conclusion: The Verdict of the World
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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Karl Marx

MARXSITE IS BACK!

After months of technical problems and staffing difficulties, Marxsite returns. Expect a cascade of postings as we struggle to catch up with the momentous events which the current phase of the capitalist crisis has unleashed.

Please let other people know. During our absence the site continued getting more than 1000 hits a day, despite not updating. This can only be because of the range of accumulated materials and links that the site now deploys.

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Karl Marx

WRITING A MARXIAN SOCIAL HISTORY OF MODERN INDIA

Xenos – Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London

invites you to a talk by Sumit Sarkar

‘Writing a Marxian Social History of Modern India: Problems and Prospects’

With responses by Alex Callinicos (King’s College), Sanjay Seth (Goldsmiths) and Rashmi Varma (University of Warwick)

July 7, 6-8pm
Room RHB 308
Goldsmiths, University of London

Sumit Sarkar is one of the fore most historians of modern India. His books include Swadeshi Movement in Bengal, 1903-8 (1973), Modern India (1989), Writing Social History (1998) and, most recently, Beyond Nationalist Frames: Postmodernism, Hindu nationalism, History (2002). He was a founding member of the Subaltern Studies Group, as well as one of its most important critics.

For further information please write to xenos@gold.ac.uk or a.toscano@gold.ac.uk

This talk is co-sponsored by the journal Historical Materialism

Karl Marx

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