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Peter Hudis

Peter Hudis

ROOTING THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM IN THE TRANSCENDENCE OF ALIENATION

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013

6:00-8:00 PM

Westside Peace Center, 3916 Sepulveda Blvd., near Venice Blvd. (free parking in rear), Suite 101-102, press #22 at door to get into building, Culver City (LA area)

Speaker:

ALI KIANI, Iranian Marxist activist and translator

For centuries, capitalism has bred exploitation, dispossession, ecological destruction, and alienation. As Marx wrote concerning the slave trade, the “turning of Africa into a warren for the commercial hunting of black-skins, signalized the rosy dawn of the era of capitalist production.” These kinds of processes continue through today, as do protest, resistance, and revolution.  Therefore the question arises:  Is there an alternative to capitalism? For too long, the answer was posed in terms of state control of the economy, as in the Soviet Union. In the 21st century, radicals are looking beyond such false choices.  In this meeting we go directly back to Marx, whose writings on alienation have as their underlying principle the notion of non-alienated human relations in a new human society.

Suggested reading:

Ch. 1 of Peter Hudis’s MARX’S CONCEPT OF THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM:  “The Transcendence of Alienation in the Writings of the Young Marx”

[Copies available at a discount at the meeting]

[This is the first in a series of meetings on this topic — next one Jan. 19, same time and place — in preparation for the author’s visit to LA in spring 2014.]

Sponsored by the West Coast Chapter, International Marxist-Humanist Organization

More information: arise@internationalmarxisthumanist.org

http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org

Raya Dunayevskaya

Raya Dunayevskaya

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Karl and Jenny Marx

Karl and Jenny Marx

THE YOUNG MARX LONDON READING GROUP

London Young Marx Reading Group

Starting at Birkbeck College, London, 10 October

We are reading the ‘young Marx’ and will begin with Marx’s  “Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right”.

The online text can be found here: http://www.marxists.org/ archive/marx/works/download/ Marx_Critique_of_Hegels_ Philosophy_of_Right.pdf 

Then maybe we should go on to the Paris Manuscripts (this is all up for discussion): http://www.marxists.org/ archive/marx/works/1844/ manuscripts/preface.htm

And then perhaps we can aim to squeeze in ‘Comment on James Mills’ “Elements of Political Economy”‘ (1844): http://www.marxists.org/ archive/marx/works/1844/james- mill/index.htm

We can play it by ear but this may take us up to the end of term (or longer). If we are willing and able we can then tackle “On the Jewish question” and “The Poverty of Philosophy” in the following Spring Term.

Please find below the room bookings for next term. We are at Birkbeck University of London. We can aim to read the first chapter for the first meeting, or as much as possible …

10th Oct – Room 112, 43 Gordon Square – 6-8pm

24th Oct – Room 112, 43 Gordon Square – 6-8pm

7th Nov – Reading Week – no room booked.

14th Nov – Room 112, 43 Gordon Square – 6-8pm

28th Nov – Room 112, 43 Gordon Square – 6-8pm

12th Dec – Room 112, 43 Gordon Square – 6-8pm

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Please visit the group online forum at: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/london-marx-reading-group

Or send email to: london-marx-reading-group@googlegroups.com

Copied to: farout.left@gmail.com

 

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Socialism and Hope

LEFT FORUM: HAYMARKET AND ISR PANELS

The Center for Economic Research and Social Change, www.cersc.org, and our projects Haymarket Books and the International Socialist Review are sponsoring and are featured in several panels at this year’s Left Forum: http://www.leftforum.org

The following panels are sponsored by the International Socialist Review or Haymarket Books or feature a Haymarket Book author.

For more information, check out www.haymarketbooks.org and www.isreview.org.

Also, check out Socialism 2011, July 1-4, Chicago, sponsored by CERSC.  More info at:  www.socialismconference.org.

An Eyewitness Report: The Revolution in Egypt
Sponsored by: International Socialist Review
Ahmed Shawki – International Socialist Review
Anand Gopal – independent journalist, reports for Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal
Mostafa Omar – International Socialist Organization
Sharif Abdel Kouddous – Democracy Now!
Ayman Mohyeldin – Al Jazeera English Correspondent
Jennifer Roesch – International Socialist Review, Chair
**Ahmed Shawki is the author of Black Liberation and Socialism http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Black-Liberation-and-Socialism
**Mostafa Omar is a contributor to The Struggle for Palestine
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Struggle-for-Palestine

Capital’s War on Labor, Labor’s Civil Wars
Sponsored by: Haymarket Books; Labor Notes; Monthly Review Press; National Union of Healthcare Workers
Ellen David Friedman – International Joint Center for Labor Research, Sun Yat-sen University, Labor Notes
Jon Flanders – IAM/RWU
Michael Yates – Monthly Review
Sal Rosselli – NUHW
Steve Early – Former Communications Workers of America organizer
**Steve Early is the author of Civil Wars in US Labor
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Civil-Wars-in-US-Labor

Capitalism and Education: A Marxist Discourse on What We’re Fighting Against and What We’re Fighting For
Sponsored by: International Socialist Review
Brian Jones – Grassroots Education Movement, SocialistWorker.org
Jean Anyon – CUNY Graduate Center
Jeff Bale – Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University
Megan Behrent – International Socialist Organization, Grassroots Education Movement
Sarah Knopp – member of United Teachers of Los Angeles
**Sarah Knopp and Jeff Bale are the authors the forthcoming Capitalism and Education from Haymarket Books

The Betrayal of Haiti
Sponsored by: Haiti Liberte and The International Socialist Review
Ashley Smith – International Socialist Review, UNAC
Edna Bonhomme – International Socialist Organization,
Kim Ives – Haiti Liberte
Ray Laforest – Union organizer
Roger Leduc – Haitian Coalition to Support the Struggle KAKOLA, University of London-Goldsmiths

The Left Challenge to the Democratic Party
Dan La Botz – Solidarity and the Socialist Party; Buckeye Socialist ] Network
David McReynolds – Socialist Party
Gloria Mattera – Gloria Mattera
Howie Hawkins – Green Party
**Howie Hawkins is the editor of Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Independent-Politics-The-Green-Party-Strategy-Debate

The Left Debates the Democratic Party

Sponsored by: New Politics and Socialist Worker
Carl Davidson – Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism,
Erin Chun – Solidarity
Lance Selfa – Author, The Democrats: A Critical History; columnist, Socialist Worker.org; International Socialist Organization
Michael Hirsch – Democratic Socialists of America
**Lance Selfa is the author of The Democrats: A Critical History
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Democrats-A-Critical-History

Understanding and Responding to the Tea Party Threat
Sponsored by: Black Agenda Report
Glen Ford – Black Agenda Report
Lance Selfa – ISO/Socialist Worker/International Socialist Review
Pam Chamberlain-Political Research Associates
Paul Street – Independent author and essayist
**Lance Selfa is the author of The Democrats: A Critical History
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Democrats-A-Critical-History

Lenin’s Marxism
Chris Cutrone – The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Ian Morrison – Platypus Affiliated Society
Lars T Lih – Independent Researcher
Paul Le Blanc – LaRoche College
**Lars Lih is the author of Lenin Rediscovered:  What is to be Done? In Context
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Lenin-Rediscovered-What-Is-to-Be-Done-In-Context

Obama’s Imperial Policy in the Middle East and South Asia
Sponsored by: United National Antiwar Committee
Anand Gopal – and Reporter for Wall Street Journal
Ashley Smith – International Socialist Review, UNAC
Issam Aburaya – Seton Hall University
Michael Schwartz – Stony Brook University
* Saadia Toor-Action for a Progressive Pakistan, Pakistan Solidarity Network, Staten Island College
**Michael Schwartz is the author of War Without End: The Iraq War in Context
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/War-Without-End-The-Iraq-War-in-Context

Creating Leverage: Non-Electoral Strategies for Change in the Obama Era
Kevin Young-SUNY Stony Brook
Michael Schwartz – SUNY Stony Brook
Michael Zweig – Center for Study of Working Class Life – SUNY Stony Brook
Steve Early – Former Communications Workers of America organizer, Author, Embedded With Organized Labor
Tod Ensign – Citizen Soldier
**Michael Schwartz is the author of War Without End: The Iraq War in Context
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/War-Without-End-The-Iraq-War-in-Context
**Steve Early is the author of Civil Wars in US Labor
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Civil-Wars-in-US-Labor

Taking Back The Teamsters & Telephone Worker Unions: Case Studies in Rank-and-file Insurgency – Then and Now
Sponsored by: Labor Notes; Verso
Dan La Botz – Solidarity and the Socialist Party, Buckeye Socialist Network
Pam Galpern – Labor Notes
Steve Early – Former Communications Workers of America organizer
**Steve Early is the author of Civil Wars in US Labor
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Civil-Wars-in-US-Labor

What’s The Matter With Organized Labor Leaders?
Christian Parenti – CUNY
Mark Brenner – Director of Labor Notes, East Coast Office
Robert Fitch – Professor, LaGuardia Community College
Sheila Cohen – University of Hertfordshire, UK
Steve Early – author, Embedded With Organized Labor: Journalistic Reflections on the Class War at Home
**Steve Early is the author of Civil Wars in US Labor
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Civil-Wars-in-US-Labor

Capitalism’s Terminal Crisis : Economic Causes, Ecological Consequences, Radical Responses Sponsored by: Praxis
Bertell Ollman – Department of Politics, New York University
Michael Lowy – New Anti-Capitalist Party, Paris
Richard Greeman – Victor Serge Foundation, Montpellier, France
Robert Fitch – New Politics
**Michael Lowy is the author of The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx and The Politcs of Combined and Uneven Development: The Theory of Permanent Revolution
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Theory-of-Revolution-in-Young-Marx
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Politics-of-Combined-and-Uneven-Development

Developing Capitalist Countries and Sustainability
Michael Lowy – CNRS in Paris
Nancy Holmstrom – Left Forum and EIN Eco-socialist International Network
Pritam Singh – Oxford University
Richard Smith – Historian and Independent Scholar
**Michael Lowy is the author of The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx and The Politcs of Combined and Uneven Development: The Theory of Permanent Revolution
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Theory-of-Revolution-in-Young-Marx
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Politics-of-Combined-and-Uneven-Development

Roundtable: The Anticapitalist Left in the World Today
Baris Karaagac – Praksis – Turkey, Fudan University, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju
Johanna Brenner – Solidarity; Sociology, Portland State University
Marcello Musto – York University, Toronto, Canada
Michael Krätke – Sozialistische Politik und Wirtschaft – Germany
Michael Löwy – Contretemps – France
Richard D. Wolff – New School, Rethinking Marxism
Seongjin Jeong – Marxism 21, South Korea
Shuangli Zhang – Contemporary Marxism Review, China
Teivo Teivainen – Globalizations, Finland, USA
**Michael Lowy is the author of The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx and The Politcs of Combined and Uneven Development: The Theory of Permanent Revolution
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Theory-of-Revolution-in-Young-Marx
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Politics-of-Combined-and-Uneven-Development

Excluded Workers: Building a Labor Movement for the Twenty-First Century
Erica Smiley – Jobs with Justice
Frances Fox Piven – CUNY Graduate Center
Harmony Goldberg – CUNY Graduate Center
Linda Abad – Damayan Migrant Workers Association
Premilla Nadasen – Queens College
Saket Soni – New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice
**Frances Fox Piven wrote the introduction for The Lean Years and The Turbulent Years, A History of the American Worker
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Lean-Years
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Turbulent-Years

Howard Zinn: Toward a Politics of Solidarity Within the Academy and Among the Citizenry
Adam Silver – Boston University
Ambre Ivol – La Sorbonne Nouvelle
Christopher Robinson – Clarkson University
Frances Fox Piven – CUNY Graduate Center
Joshua C. Yesnowitz – Boston University
Stephen Bird – Clarkson University
**Frances Fox Piven wrote the introduction for The Lean Years and The Turbulent Years, A History of the American Worker
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Lean-Years
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Turbulent-Years

Leadership and The Limits of Demands: The 2010 Daniel Singer Millennium Prize
Frances Fox Piven – CUNY Graduate Center
Kim Moody – University of Hertfordshire, UK
Sheila Cohen – Work and Employment Research Unit, University of Hertfordshire
Suzi Weissman – Saint Mary’s College of California, Critique
**Frances Fox Piven wrote the introduction for The Lean Years and The Turbulent Years, A History of the American Worker
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Lean-Years
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Turbulent-Years

The Future of American Liberalism?

Sponsored by: Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture
Benjamin Barber – Demos
Frances Fox Piven – Political Science and Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center
Gregory Smulewicz – Zucker
Stanley Aronowitz – Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center
**Frances Fox Piven wrote the introduction for The Lean Years and The Turbulent Years, A History of the American Worker
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Lean-Years
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Turbulent-Years

The Tea Party and the Media
Frances Fox Piven – CUNY Graduate Center
Glen Ford – Black Agenda Report
Laura Flanders – GritTV
Peter Dreier – Occidental College
Richard Kim – The Nation
**Frances Fox Piven wrote the introduction for The Lean Years and The Turbulent Years, A History of the American Worker
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Lean-Years
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Turbulent-Years

How to Achieve Solidarity in the Electoral Arena – A Debate
Howie Hawkins – Green Party
Margaret Kimberley – Black Agenda Report
Ralph Poynter – Lynne Stewart Defense Committee
Steve Cobble – Progressive Democrats of America
**Howie Hawkins is the editor of Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Independent-Politics-The-Green-Party-Strategy-Debate

Lessons From the Third-Party Campaign Taill: What’s It Like To Be A Green, WFP, or Vermont Progressive Party Candidate

Sponsored by: WorkingUSA
Howie Hawkins – Green Party
Martha Abbot – Vermont Progressive Party
Rand Wilson – Working Families Party–Massachusetts
**Howie Hawkins is the editor of Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Independent-Politics-The-Green-Party-Strategy-Debate

The Resistance Dilemma in Latin America: Relationships Between Social Movements and States
Sponsored by: Toward Freedom
Adrienne Pine – American University
April Howard – Upside Down World
Ben Dangl – Toward Freedom
Gabriela Uassouf – School of the Americas Watch
Marina Sitrin – Writer, Lawyer, Teacher
**Ben Dangl is the author of El Precio del Fuego: Las luchas porlos recursoo naturales y los moviemientos sociales en Bolivia
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/El-Precio-del-Fuego

Worker control and factory occupations, global South and North
Sponsored by: Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society
Dario Azzellini – Johann Kepler University
Immanuel Ness – Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society
James Gray Pope – Rutgers University Law School
Kari Lydersen – Journalist and Author
Marina Sitrin – SUNY Old Westbury
Peter Knowlton – United Electrical Workers
**Immanuel Ness and Dario Azzellini are the authors of the forthcoming Ours to Master and to Own: Workers’ Control from the Commune to the Present
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/search?keys=Azzellini

Venezuela and the Chavez Government: Advances and Shortcomings
Dario Azzellini – Johannes Kepler Universität, Austria
Isabel Delgado – Ministry of Basic Industries and Mines, Venezuela
Mark Weisbrot – Center for Economic and Policy Research
Steve Ellner – Universidad del Oriente
**Dario Azzellini, along with Immanuel Ness, are the authors of the forthcoming Ours to Master and to Own: Workers’ Control from the Commune to the Present
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/search?keys=Azzellini

Left Strategies to Exit the Crisis?
Sponsored by: Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
Christina Kaindl – Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
Florian Moritz – Member of the German Bundestag
Gar Alperovitz – Democracy Collaborative
Immanuel Ness – Brooklyn College, CUNY
**Immanuel Ness, along with Dario Azzellini, are the authors of the forthcoming Ours to Master and to Own: Workers’ Control from the Commune to the Present
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/search?keys=Azzellini

An “Ethnography” of The US Congress
Sponsored by: The Brooklyn Rail
Arthur Delaney – Huffington Post
Glenn Thrush – Politico
Max Blumenthal – The Nation Institute
Ryan Grim – Huffington Post
**Max Blumenthal is a contributor to Midnight on the Mavi Maramara
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Midnight-on-the-Mavi-Marmara

Capitalism, Climate Change and Social Conflicts
Brian Tokar – Director of the Vermont-based Institute for Social Ecology
Chris Williams – Pace University, Chemistry and Physical Science
Younes Abouyoub – Visiting researcher at Columbia University
**Chris Williams is the author of Ecology and Socialism
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Ecology-and-Socialism

Learning from the Tea Party
Sponsored by: The Indypendent
Abby Scher – Independent Journalist and Sociologist
Arun Gupta – Founding Editor, The Indypendent
Peter Bratsis – University of Salford
**Arun Gupta is a contributor to Midnight on the Mavi Maramara
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Midnight-on-the-Mavi-Marmara

The End of Whiteness: The History of an Idea
Anamaria Flores – Hostos Community College, CUNY
Arun Gupta – Founding Editor, The Indypendent
Nicholas Powers – SUNY Old Westbury, The Indypendent
**Arun Gutpa is a contributor to Midnight on the Mavi Maramara
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Midnight-on-the-Mavi-Marmara

Jewish solidarity with the Palestinian struggle
Adam Horowitz – Mondoweiss
Donna Nevel – Community psychologist and educator, Jews Say No
Elyse Crystall – Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-USA
Laurie Arbeiter – ART Activist Response Team, US to Gaza
Maya Wind – Shministim (Refusers)
Rebecca Vilkomerson – Jewish Voice for Peace
**Adam Horowitz is a contributor to Midnight on the Mavi Maramara
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Midnight-on-the-Mavi-Marmara

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MARXIST-HUMANIST WEBSITE

FROM US MARXIST-HUMANISTS http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/

JUNE 10, 2010

OUR NEWLY REVAMPED WEBSITE CONTAINS THESE FEATURED AND CURRENT ARTICLES:

Peter Hudis, co-editor of the Rosa Luxemburg Reader, “Today’s Global Financial/Economic Crisis and the Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg”
http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/todays-global-financialeconomic-crisis-and-the-legacy-of-rosa-luxemburg/

Kevin Anderson, author of Marx at the Margins, “From the Grundrisse to Capital, Multilinear Themes”
http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/from-the-grundrisse-to-capital-multilinear-themes/

David Black, author of Helen Macfarlane, “Why Philosophy? Why Now? On the Revolutionary Legacies of Raya Dunayevskaya, CLR James, and Anton Pannekoek”
http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/why-philosophy-why-now-on-the-revolutionary-legacies-of-raya-dunayevskaya-clr-james-and-anton-pannekoek/

Eli Messinger, radical psychiatrist, “Review Essay: Michael Löwy’s The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx”
http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/review-essay-michael-lowy%E2%80%99s-the-theory-of-revolution-in-the-young-marx/

Statement of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization, “We Are All Palestinians Now”
http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/we-are-all-palestinians-now/

Ba Karang, writer for Africa Links, “Africom and the USA’s Hidden Battle Front in Africa”
http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/africom-and-the-usa%E2%80%99s-hidden-battle-front-in-africa/

Kamran Afary, author of Performance and Activism, and Kevin Anderson, “Behind the 2009 Upheaval in Iran”
http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/authors/kamran-afary/

Batay Ouvriye (Haiti), “Behind the January 12, 2010 Haiti Earthquake”
http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/after-the-january-12-2010-haiti-earthquake/

Peter Hudis and Kevin Anderson, interview with Simon Birnbaum for iz3w, “The Obama Effect Undermines the Left” (in German and English)
http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/the-obama-effect-undermines-the-left/

Dale Parsons, labor activist, “A Deeper Look at the Massey Coal Mine Deaths”
http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/a-deeper-look-at-massey-coal-mine-deaths/

Statement of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization, “Support the People of Afghanistan and Pakistan in the Face of Imperialist War and Fundamentalist Retrogression”
http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/support-the-people-of-afghanistan-and-pakistan-in-the-face-of-imperialist-war-and-fundamentalist-retrogression/

Yasmin Nair, LGBT activist, “What’s Left of Queer?: Immigration, Sexuality, and Affect in a Neoliberal World”
http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/what%E2%80%99s-left-of-queer-immigration-sexuality-and-affect-in-a-neoliberal-world/

THE SITE ALSO INCLUDES A GROWING ARCHIVE OF EARLIER ARTICLES FROM THE PAST DECADE

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Karl Marx

CRISIS AND CRITIQUE: HISTORICAL MATERIALISM ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2010

Central London, Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th November*

Call for Papers

Submission and Abstract Deadline: 1 June 2010

Notwithstanding repeated invocations of the ‘green shoots of recovery’, the effects of the economic crisis that began in 2008 continue to be felt around the world. While some central tenets of the neoliberal project have been called into question, bank bailouts, cuts to public services and attacks on working people’s lives demonstrate that the ruling order remains capable of imposing its agenda. Many significant Marxist analyses have already been produced of the origins, forms and prospects of the crisis, and we look forward to furthering these debates at HM London 2010. We also aim to encourage dialogue between the critique of political economy and other modes of criticism – ideological, political, aesthetic, philosophical – central to the Marxist tradition.

In the 1930s, Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht projected a journal to be called ‘Crisis and Critique’. In very different times, but in a similar spirit, HM London 2010 aims to serve as a forum for dialogue, interaction and debate between different strands of critical-Marxist theory. Whether their focus is the study of the capitalist mode of production’s theoretical and practical foundations, the unmasking of its ideological forms of legitimation or its political negation, we are convinced that a renewed and politically effective Marxism will need to rely on all the resources of critique in the years ahead. Crises produce periods of ideological and political uncertainty. They are moments that put into question established cognitive and disciplinary compartmentalisations, and require a recomposition at the level of both theory and practice. HM London 2010 hopes to contribute to a broader dialogue on the Left aimed at such a recomposition, one of whose prerequisites remains the young Marx’s call for the ‘ruthless criticism of all that exists’.

We are seeking papers that respond to the current crisis from a range of Marxist perspectives, but also submissions that try to think about crisis and critique in their widest ramifications. 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 and on empirical enquiries employing Marxist methods).

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. We also expect all participants to attend the whole conference and not simply make ‘cameo’ appearances. We cannot accommodate special requests for specific slots or days, except in highly exceptional circumstances.

*Please note that, in order to allow for expected demand, this year the conference will be three and a half days’ long, starting on the Thursday afternoon.

Please submit a title and abstract of between 200 and 300 words by registering at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/annual7/submit by 1 June 2010

Possible themes include:
        •       Crisis and left recomposition
        •       Critique and crisis in the global south
        •       Anti-racist critique
        •       Marxist and non-Marxist theories of crisis
        •       Capitalist and anti-capitalist uses of the crisis
        •       Global dimensions of the crisis
        •       Comparative and historical accounts of capitalist crisis
        •       Ecological and economic crisis
        •       Critical theory today
        •       Finance and the crisis
        •       Neoliberalism and legitimation crisis
        •       Negation and negativity
        •       Feminism and critique
        •       Political imaginaries of crisis and catastrophe
        •       The critique of everyday life (Lefebvre, the situationists etc.)
        •       The idea of critique in Marx, his predecessors and contemporaries
        •       Art criticism, political critique and the critique of political economy
        •       Geography and crisis, geography and the critique of political economy
        •       Right-wing movements and crisis
        •       Critiques of the concept of crisis
        •       New forms of critique in the social and human sciences
        •       Aesthetic critique
        •       Marxist literary and cultural criticism
        •       Reports on recent evolution of former USSR countries and China

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