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HISTORICAL MATERIALISM CONFERENCE 2012 – NINTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The Ninth Annual HM Conference will take place in Central London from 8-11 November 2012

Weighs Like a Nightmare

Historical Materialism Ninth Annual Conference

Has Marx been reanimated once again? From mainstream media to academia, this question hangs in the air. The old ghosts of revolution appear to be shaking off their shackles and getting agitated. What is this spirit? Who are the militants haunting this ramshackle capitalism? Are these new spectres – stalking the streets of Syria, Tunisia and Egypt, Athens, Spain and Wall Street and beyond – or direct descendants of socialist and communist ones? How does the past haunt the present? How might the present haunt the future?

As new conflicts and struggles emerge, the old questions refuse to go away: What type of organisation is needed to sharpen the conflicts, if any? Who are the agents of history and change? Is the scope of political action national or international? What is the political value of alliances and fronts? Does history cunningly work a progressive path through and around the contingencies of struggle? Are the same mistakes to be made, the same failures repeated?

The ninth HM annual conference focuses on the returns and the persistence of political forms and theoretical problems, on the uses and abuses of the history of Marxism in this turbulent present and on the ways and forms in which an inheritance of various Marxist traditions can help us to organise and to act in contemporary struggles.

We invite proposals for presentations or panels (with two or three suggested participants) on topics such as: the echoes of the past in the present; learning or not learning from the past; the reanimation of revolution; history as farce, history as tragedy; historiography and Marxism; cycles; circulation; anti-memory as a political stance; new histories of capital and the labour movement; Marxism and ‘deep history’; theory as history; the role of archival sources in history and the place of theory; rhythms of historical development, combined, uneven or otherwise; concepts of pre-capitalism; the question of successive modes of production; historical or other materialisms; the return of radical politics in Eastern Europe and elsewhere; post-communism; the endless afterlives of ‘Classical’ Marxists and ‘Western’ Marxist theorists and others who refuse to go away; the reruns of crisis; the role of memory and the revisioning of history; forgotten figures suddenly blasted into contemporary relevance; perma-war; imperial ghosts and their legacies, racism’s haunting returns; old and new world orders; old and new cultures; avant-gardes and rearguards; the re-reading of classic texts; the question of Marxism’s relation to tradition; ideas of inheritance and ‘selective tradition’; recovery; recuperation; periodisation; continuities and discontinuities; narratives of new and old beginnings (of history, of culture, of the Left, of Marxism).

HM will also consider proposals on themes and topics of interest to critical Marxist theory not directly linked to the call for papers (we particularly welcome contributions on non-Western Marxism, history and politics, and on empirical inquiries employing Marxist methods and on Marxism and gender). While Historical Materialism is happy to receive proposals for panels, the editorial board reserves the right to change the composition of panels or to reject individual papers from panel proposals.

Please submit a title and abstract of between 200 and 300 words (or a fully worked through panel proposal) by registering at http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences BEFORE 26 April 2012

Deadline for registration of abstracts: 26 April 2012

http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/annual9/submit

Preference will be given to subscribers to the journal and participants are expected to be present during the whole of the event – no tailor-made timetabling for individuals will be possible, nor will cameo-appearances be tolerated.

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Karl Marx

MARX AND MARXISM TODAY

Dear All

The Final deadline for the CFP for the London Conference in Critical Thought is February 19th. Please consider submitting an abstract to the stream I am coordinating on Marx and Marxism Today

Marx and Marxism Today
Stream Coordinators: Chris O’Kane and Phil Homburg

The current crisis has lead to a renewed interest in Marx’s critique of capitalism. This proposed stream hopes to contribute to this renewed interest in Marx by inviting papers that address contemporary topics and recent developments in Marx and Marxian theory broadly construed. We invite scholars working in a wide variety of disciplines to propose papers. Possible topics might include, but are not limited, to the following:

* New perspectives on Marx.

* New perspectives on ‘schools’ of Marxism including Diamat, Western Marxism, Hegelian Marxism, Critical Theory, Structuralist Marxism, Neue Marx-Lektüre, Lacanian Marxism, etc.

* New perspectives on Marxian thinkers such as, but not limited to: György Lukács, Karl Korsch, Yevgeny Pashukanis, I.I. Rubin, Walter Benjamin, Antonio Gramsci, Theodor W. Adorno, Henri Lefebvre, Guy Debord.

* New currents of Marxist theory such as systematic dialectic, communization or and the idea of communism.

* New perspectives on Marxian categories and concepts, which may include materialism, value, fetishism, reification, alienation, class, money, capital, and communism.

* The importance of Marxism to theories of capital, crisis, society, culture, politics, economics, law, domination, and liberation.

Details about submitting abstracts and descriptions of the many other interesting streams can be found at or any of the other interesting streams: http://londonconferenceincriticalthought.wordpress.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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LONDON SEMINAR ON CONTEMPORARY MARXIST THEORY – UPDATE 9th FEBRUARY 2011
 
 
9th February, 5pm
King’s College London, Strand Campus, S2.28
 
Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Marxism: A Realism of the Abstract?
The global economic and financial crisis has witnessed a deepening of interest in different forms of critical and radical thought and practice. This seminar will explore the new perspectives that have been opened up by interventions of contemporary Marxist theory in this political and theoretical conjuncture. It involves collaboration among Marxist scholars based in several London universities, including Brunel University, King’s College London, and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Guest speakers – from both Britain and abroad – will include a wide range of thinkers engaging with many different elements of the various Marxist traditions, as well as with diverse problems and topics. The aim of the seminar is to promote fruitful debate and to contribute to the development of more robust Marxist analysis. It is open to all.

 

2010/11 Seminar Series
  
9th November, 5pm
King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.04, Raked Lecture Theatre
Massimiliano Tomba (University of Padua)
The Historical Materialist at work: Re-reading “The Eighteenth Brumaire”
 
15th December, 5pm
King’s College London, Strand Campus, K.3.11 Raked Lecture Theatre
Peter D. Thomas (Brunel University)
Contours of Contemporary Western Marxism
  
19th January, 5pm
King’s College London, Strand Campus, S2.28
David Leopold (University of Oxford)
Stathis Kouvelakis (King’s College, London)
In Search of the Young Marx’s Politics
 
9th February, 5pm
King’s College London, Strand Campus, S2.28
Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Marxism: A Realism of the Abstract?
 
2nd March, 5pm
King’s College London, Strand Campus, room TBA
Gérard Duménil (Université de Paris X Nanterre)
Explaining the crisis of neoliberalism: Neither the falling profit rate nor mere financial craze
23rd March, 5pm
King’s College London, Strand Campus, room TBA
Esther Leslie (Birkbeck College)
Flat Screens and Liquid Crystals: On the Politics of Aesthetics and Vice Versa
4th May, 5pm
King’s College London, Strand Campus, room TBA
Costas Lapavitsas (SOAS)
Three Cheers for Marxist Monetary Theory: The Eurozone through the Prism of World Money
18th May, 5pm
King’s College London, Strand Campus, K.3.11 Raked Lecture Theatre
Gail Day (University of Leeds)
Dialectical Passions: Art Theory, Art History and Marxism

For further information, please contact:
Alex Callinicos, European Studies, King’s: alex.callinicos@kcl.ac.uk
Stathis Kouvelakis, European Studies, King’s:
stathis.kouvelakis@kcl.ac.uk
Costas Lapavitsas, Economics, SOAS:
cl5@soas.ac.uk
Peter Thomas, Politics and History, Brunel:
PeterD.Thomas@brunel.ac.uk

 

 

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Kevin Anderson

KEVIN ANDERSON IN GLASGOW

Joint Seminar: Centre for the Study if Socialist Theory and Movements together with Sociology, University of Glasgow

Kevin Anderson (University of California) who will speak about Marx on the Margins. He will give his talk in 915 (former T315) Adam Smith Building, Bute Gardens, University of Glasgow, on Tuesday Nov 9th, at 5 – 6.30pm.

Prof Anderson writes that he will discuss Marx as a theorist of ethnicity, “race” and migration.

“Marx expended considerable time and energy on the analysis of non-Western societies, as well as race, ethnicity, and nationalism in Europe and N. America. While some of these writings show a problematically unilinear perspective and  traces of ethnocentrism, Marx’s overall trajectory was toward a critique of national, ethnic, and colonial oppression and toward an appreciation of resistance movements in these spheres.”

(Kevin B. Anderson is a Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. He has worked in social and political theory, especially Marx, Hegel, the Frankfurt School, Foucault, and the Orientalism debate. His most recent books are Foucault and the Iranian Revolution (with Janet Afary, 2005) and Marx at the Margins (2010), and earlier, the Rosa Luxemburg Reader (2004) and Lenin, Hegel, and Western Marxism (1995). His current projects include a book on Theoretical Wars over the Middle East and co-editing a volume of the Marx-Engels Gesamtausgabe (MEGA).

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Marx

 

LONDON SEMINAR ON CONTEMPORARY MARXIST THEORY

The global economic and financial crisis has witnessed a deepening of interest in different forms of critical and radical thought and practice. This seminar will explore the new perspectives that have been opened up by interventions of contemporary Marxist theory in this political and theoretical conjuncture. It involves collaboration among Marxist scholars based in several London universities, including Brunel University, King’s College London, and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Guest speakers – from both Britain and abroad – will include a wide range of thinkers engaging with many different elements of the various Marxist traditions, as well as with diverse problems and topics. The aim of the seminar is to promote fruitful debate and to contribute to the development of more robust Marxist 
analysis. It is open to all.

Autumn Term Programme

9th November, 5pm
King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.04, Raked Lecture Theatre
Massimiliano Tomba (University of Padua)
The Historical Materialist at work: Re-reading “The Eighteenth Brumaire”

15th December, 5pm
King’s College London, Strand Campus, K.3.11 Raked Lecture Theatre
Peter D. Thomas (Brunel University)
Contours of Contemporary Western Marxism

The schedule for 2011 will be made available at a later date. Speakers will include David Leopold (Oxford), Esther Leslie (Birkbeck), Stathis Kouvelakis (King’s) and Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths).

For further information, please contact: Alex Callinicos, European Studies, King’s: alex.callinicos@kcl.ac.uk Stathis Kouvelakis, European Studies, King’s: stathis.kouvelakis@kcl.ac.uk Costas Lapavitsas, Economics, SOAS: cl5@soas.ac.uk Peter Thomas, Politics and History, Brunel: PeterD.Thomas@brunel.ac.uk

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MARX READING GROUP AND FILM SCREENINGS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

The Marx Reading Group organised by students from the University of Nottingham continues into its fifth year with a focus on key theoreticians of contemporary Western Marxism. In response to an increasing demand for an alternative politics and the corresponding resurgent interest in theory, we turn to key texts by Lukács, the Frankfurt School, Sartre, Althusser, Poulantzas, Negri, Badiou and Žižek.

The reading group sessions will take place fortnightly on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. in Trent B4 in the University of Nottingham starting 14th October 2010. You can download the poster here and the reading list is available here.

At the moment the group is comprised of both university students and members of the general public, and we welcome anyone with an interest in politics, philosophy, history, critical theory and culture. The texts for each session will be available in advance from the postgraduate research office in Trent B4b. For more information, please write to Adity Singh at ajxas3@nottingham.ac.uk.

We will also continue for the third year with the parallel series of Film Screenings that will take place on alternate Thursdays from 6-9pm in LG140 Hallward Library Screening Room, University of Nottingham starting 21st October 2010. Entry is free and everyone is welcome. Please see the poster here from more details.

I hope to see many of you for the reading group discussions and/or the film screenings.

Best wishes,

Adity Singh

P.S. In case the embedded links to the posters do not work, here are the dates:

Marx Reading Group:

(http://syllabicinterlude.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/marx-reading-group-2010-2011.pdf)

14th October 2010 – György Lukács

28th October 2010 – Frankfurt School I – Theodor W. Adorno
11th November 2010 – Frankfurt School II – Walter Benjamin
25th November 2010 – Frankfurt School III – Herbert Marcuse
13th January 2011 – Jean Paul Sartre I
27th January 2011 – Jean-Paul Sartre II
10th February 2011 – Louis Althusser I
24th February 2011 – Louis Althusser II
10th March 2011 – Nicos Poulantzas
24th March 2011 – Antonio Negri
12th May 2011 – Alain Badiou
26th May 2011 – Slavoj Žižek

Marxist Film Screenings:
(http://syllabicinterlude.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/marxist-film-screenings-2010-2011.pdf)

21st October 2010 – Red Cartoons (Animations from East Germany) + Eisenstein’s Strike (1925)
4th November 2010 – Pudovkin’s Mother, 1905 (1926)
18th November 2010 – Eisenstein’s Old and New (1929)
2nd December 2010 – Dovzhenko’s Earth (1930)
20th January 2011 – Pasolini’s Hawks and Sparrows (1966)
3rd February 2011 – Beyer’s The trace of stones (1966)
17th February 2011 – Alea’s Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)
3rd March 2011 – Karmitz’s Coup pour coup (1972)
17th March 2011 – Grlic’s You only love once (1981)
31st March 2011 – Aranda’s Libertarias (1996)
19th May 2011 – Wakamatsu’s United Red Army (2007)
2nd June 2011 – Godard’s Socialisme (2010)

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Dialectics of Class Struggle in the Global Economy

DIALECTICS OF CLASS STRUGGLE IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY

http://www.routledge.com/shopping_cart/products/product_detail.asp?curTab=DESCRIPTION&id=&parent_id=&sku=&isbn=9780415778107&pc=
Dialectics of Class Struggle in the Global Economy

Clark Everling

(Routledge, 2010)

Dialectics of Class Struggle restores Marx’s emphasis on class struggle as the dialectics of human social production. Humans’ reproduction makes them subjects for their activities in two forms:

* Their objective forms (e.g., capitalists and workers), which are necessary to their reproduction as classes, and

* Their social forms (e.g., shared urban existence), in which they are subjects within social production in certain cooperative ways.

This is a dialectical relation, a social opposition and unity that inheres in the same individuals at the same time. Western Marxism and Social Democracy only repeat the positive categories necessary to the reproduction of classes.

Much ink has been spilled in attempts to prove that humans are only animals and are, like other species, only aggressive. Marx distinguishes both class and cooperative relations as inorganic: humans create their subjectivity through their mutual social production. They build upon previous forms of social production and, with capitalism, become not only an opposition of classes, but have the capacity for urban individualism and cooperation.

Dialectics of Class Struggle examines the historical development of classes from ancient times to present. It analyzes the development of ancient slavery into feudalism and the latter into capitalism. It focuses upon the laws and limits of capitalist development, the contradictions inherent in the capitalist state, and revolutions in the twentieth century and the possibilities for human freedom that they revealed. It concludes with an examination of class struggles in the global economy and shows the human deprivations as well as the human possibilities.

Clark Everling is Professor Emeritus at Empire State College at the State University of New York, USA.

Contents: 1.   Marx’s method 2.   Marxist theory: from class struggle to political economy 3.   Pre-capitalist social formations 4.   Capitalism and social production 5.   Capitalist state and society 6.   Imperialism and world wars 7.   The dialectics of world working class struggle 8.   International working class revolution 9.   Globalization and class struggle 10.  Dialectics of the present struggle: the laws of capitalist development

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