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MANCHESTER WORKSHOPS IN POLITICAL THEORY 2011: August 31st – September 2nd 2011

Call for Papers: Ontology and Politics Workshop

Convenors: Paul Rekret (Queen Mary), Simon Choat (Kingston), Clayton Chin (Queen Mary)

Despite its pervasiveness, the question of the relation between ontology and politics continues to be a crucial one for Continental philosophy.  While the place and status of the question of being in the realm of the political has occupied much of social theory in the past twenty or thirty years, we remain no closer to drawing any common ground on these themes.

Post-structuralist or post-foundational political thought has insisted on the inherent contingency of any political ontology and has, from this notion, sought to draw out a framework for an emancipatory politics grounded in the concepts of difference and otherness. However, such a stance finds itself increasingly challenged today. On the one hand, thinkers such as Alain Badiou and Jacques Ranciere call for the need to think a politics grounded in a conception of universality rather than alterity, while on the other hand, so-called speculative realism more fundamentally challenges the very notion of ontology as it has been conceived by the majority of Continental thinkers in recent decades.  This panel aims to explore the intersections of politics and ontology and the resulting implications for thinking both the political and the philosophical.

We invite papers addressing the following and any other related themes:
-Is there a place for reflection on ontology in the theorisation and study of politics?
-Is there a necessary transitivity between the ontological and the political?  How should this relation be conceived?
-Is there a necessarily leftist or emancipatory ontology?
-Should the politics which has generally been thought to follow from post-foundational or post-structuralist ontologies be re-evaluated in light of recent critiques?
-Does a new and different relation between ontology and politics follow from recent speculative materialist ontologies?

If you would like to present a paper at this workshop, please submit an abstract of 300-500 words (or a full paper) to p.rekret@qmul.ac.uk or S.Choat@kingston.ac.uk by 15 June 2011.

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MARX AND PHILOSOPHY SOCIETY

SEVENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Abstraction, Universality and Money

Saturday 5th June 2010, 9.30am – 6.00pm
Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London

Richard Seaford (Exeter)
Money, Abstraction, and the Genesis of the Psyche

Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths)
The Dead Pledge of Society: Methodological Problems and Political Consequences of ‘Real Abstraction’

Christopher Arthur
Abstraction, Universality and Money

Graduate panels:

Jan Sailer (Freiburg) Securities: The Purest Form of Abstract Wealth
Nick Gray (Sussex) Abstraction, Universality, Money and Capital

Marina Vishmidt (Queen Mary, University of London) Art in and as Abstract Labour

Brian Fuller (York, Toronto) Materialism and Dialectic: Reading Marx after Adorno

Tim Carter (Sussex) Alienation and Domination in Marx and Wittgenstein

Chris Allsobrook (Sussex) The Ideological Normative Grounds of Immanent Critique

£15 waged, £10 unwaged (provides annual membership of the society)

To reserve a place in advance please email David Marjoribanks at dm275@kent.ac.uk

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MARX AND PHILOSOPHY SOCIETY SEVENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE – CALL FOR GRADUATE PANEL PAPERS

Call for Graduate Panel Papers

Marx and Philosophy Society Seventh Annual Conference Saturday 5 June 2010, Institute of Education, University of London

‘Abstraction, Universality and Money’

Main speakers:
Chris Arthur
Richard Seaford (Exeter)
Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths)

The Marx and Philosophy Society aims to encourage scholarly engagement with, and creative development of, the philosophical and foundational aspects of Marx’s work. The society welcomes contributions from any philosophical or political position.

Papers on any topic consonant with the general aims of the Society (not necessarily on the specific conference theme) are invited from postgraduate students for a panel at the conference. Papers should be planned to last for approximately 20 minutes. Please submit abstracts of up to 300 words by 5th March 2010 to David Marjoribanks at: dm275@kent.ac.uk

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