Skip navigation

Tag Archives: Tyranny of Capital


Karl Marx


We are pleased to announce New York City’s second Historical Materialism Conference, which will take place at the New School for Social Research, New York City, May 6-8th 2011

Three years, three trillion dollars in stimulus, and several bull markets later, the crisis of world capitalism is still in full swing. The global turbulence manifests as surging unemployment, unforgiving
austerity measures and socio-natural disasters of unprecedented magnitude. Though pockets of social unrest continually emerge, they have yet to present a formidable anti-capitalist response.

This is a time for profound reflection. Global leaders search for immediate solutions to the economic crisis, but many of these simply perpetuate the manifold crises of everyday life: Inequality, unemployment and insecurity; racial and gender oppression; fragmentation, alienation, and incarceration; toxicity, infertility and ecological disintegration.

While our interpretations, prognoses and visions of a better world may differ, we are united in our shared commitment to break with the tyranny of capital. Inspired by the success of the previous New York conference, we intend to make HMNY 2011 a space for broad debate and collaboration, in which to explore the logic and trajectory of capitalism, as well as the strategic visions necessary for its

Historical Materialism (HM) is one the foremost journals of Marxian theory. HM’s London-based conferences have long drawn hundreds of scholars from around the world. Since 2006, North American HM conferences have been organized in Toronto and New York City (which will now alternate with bi-annual Spring conferences). HMNY 2011 will begin with a reception on the evening of Friday May 6th, and will take place on May 7-8th at the New School for Social Research in downtown Manhattan. All participants are encouraged to stay for the whole duration of the conference.

Information will be posted at

Inquiries can be directed to

UPDATE 26th April 2011

The 2011 New York Historical Materialism Conference is only two weeks away!
Please join us at the New School for Social Research, 6 East 16th St.
Manhattan, May 6-8.

Friday night, May 6th, at 7:30pm
The conference begins, with a collective book launch, featuring a number of spectacular texts that have been 
published this year. Drinks and snacks provided!

May 7, Panel Sessions, Nighttime Plenaries, and Verso Party!
The conference then continues saturday morning (May 7) at 10am with a full day of concurrent panel sessions, culminating in a set of three nighttime plenaries (from 7pm to 9pm) and then followed by a party at the Verso Loft in Brooklyn. 

May 8, Panel Sessions, Major Closing Plenary
Sunday there will be another full day of panels, beginning at 10am, culminating in a closing plenary from 6-8pm.

We have over a 100 speakers coming to us from all over the world, representing diverse theoretical and political tendencies of historical materialism, and we are excited to see the conversations, collaborations and debates that this event will surely foster.

We have structured the conference to allow a significant amount of time for audience participation and we hope that the presentations that we have scheduled will catalyze lively discussion.

Information about the conference, including a simple registration form, is available on our webpage:  Last year, we reached capacity, so do consider registering in advance, if at all possible.

Correspondence can be directed to:

We look forward to seeing you!

HMNY Organizing Collective

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas:

MySpace Profile:

The Ockress:

Rikowski Point:

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: