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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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A Crisis of Capital

CAPITAL AGAINST CAPITALISM

– CALL FOR PAPERS – CALL FOR PAPERS – CALL FOR PAPERS –

Capital Against Capitalism
A conference of new Marxist research
Saturday 25 June 2011
Central Sydney, Australia

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.

We invite papers responding 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.

Conference Structure
The conference will involve two plenaries and four workshops. There will be space for 12 workshop papers about, or connected to, the conference theme. We are happy to receive proposals for themed workshops of three papers, with the caveat that we may need to alter suggested panels or reject individual papers to ensure overall timetabling.

In our opening plenary, Rick Kuhn will overview the argument of his new book, with Tom Bramble, Labor’s conflict: big business, workers and the politics of class (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Geoff Robinson and Tad Tietze will act as respondents. The final session will be a keynote address from Nicole Pepperell on the key ideas of her PhD thesis and forthcoming book on Marx’s Capital (to be published by Brill, as part of the Historical Materialism Book Series, later this year).

In all sessions there will be time for contributions from conference participants. To maximise discussion at the conference, each first plenary and workshop speaker will have 15 minutes to overview their paper.

Proposals for Papers
Proposals for papers should be submitted by 15 March 2011 to Elizabeth Humphrys lizhumphrys@me.com and Jonathon Collerson jonathoncollerson@gmail.com. Authors should also indicate whether they would be submitting a written paper for refereeing. 
Papers should be 1500, and no longer than 1800 words. Refereed conference papers will be published, potentially also as a special issue of an academic journal. We reserve the right to reject papers if we have too many to fill the allocated slots, or they are deemed unsuitable, but we will do our best to accommodate everyone.

Key Dates
1 February – Call for papers
15 March – Abstracts due
1 May – Papers due for refereeing; conference timetable released
1 June – Feedback to authors
25 June – Conference

Other details
The conference will be held in Central Sydney, in easy reach of public transport and in an accessible location. There will be a small conference fee, of approximately $20-$30 on average, to cover the cost of lunches and travel costs for the interstate speakers. Full details to follow. If you require childcare please contact us to discuss this by 1 June 2011. The conference organisers will not be arranging billeting, but please contact us if you are unable to arrange your own accommodation option. As the conference has no outside funding source, we will be unable to cover travel costs for workshop presenters.

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Elizabeth Humphrys and Jonathon Collerson (obo the organising group)

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Marx was Right

MARXIST CRITIQUE OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Labor’s Conflict: Big Business, Workers and the Politics of Class by Tom Bramble and Rick Kuhn has just been issued by Cambridge University Press. The book is a history of the Australian Labor Party from its formation through to the formation of the minority Gillard Government after this year’s federal election. The focus is on the ALP’s changing relationship with business and the working class and unions.

More details can be found at: http://www.cambridge.org/aus/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521138048 

If you’d like a copy you can order online and receive a 20% discount:
1. Go to http://www.cambridge.org/aus/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521138048 
2. Add to your basket
3. Enter discount code LABOR10 at the checkout

The following launches are taking place, please RSVP as indicated if you would like to attend.

Perth
to be launched by Rob Lambert, Winthrop Professor of Labour Studies, UWA
Business School
at the Co-op Bookshop, University of Western Australia
Thursday 18 November 5:00pm for 5:30pm start
RSVP to (08) 6488 2069 or uwa@coop-bookshop.com.au by 17 November

Canberra
to be launched by David Pope, the political cartoonist of the Canberra Times
at the Co-op Bookshop, Australian National University
Tuesday 23 November 5:00 for 5:30 pm start
RSVP essential by 19 November to anu@coop-bookshop.com.au or (02) 6249-6244.

Melbourne
to be launched by Dean Mighell, Victorian state secretary and National President of the Electrical Trades Union
at Readings Bookshop, 309 Lygon Street, Carlton
Wednesday 24 November, 6pm for 6.30pm start
RSVP to Readings on (03) 9347 6633

Sydney
to be launched by Frank Stilwell, Professor of Political Economy at Sydney University
at Abbey’s Bookshop, 131 York Street, Sydney.
Wednesday 1 December, 5:30 for 6:00 pm start
RSVP by 26 November to (02) 9264 3111 or davidh@abbeys.com.au.

Brisbane
to be launched by Raymond Evans, Adjunct Professor at the School of Humanities, Griffith University
at Avid Reader, 193 Boundary Street, West End
Thursday 2 December, 6:00 for 6:30pm start
RSVP (07) 3846 3422 or events@avidreader.com.au

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