Eighth Annual Historical Materialism Conference "Spaces of Capital, Moments of Struggle"
The ongoing popular uprisings in the Arab world, alongside intimations of a resurgence in workers' struggles against 'austerity' in the North and myriad forms of resistance against exploitation and dispossession across the globe make it imperative for Marxists and leftists to reflect critically on the meaning of collective anticapitalist action in the present. Over the past decade, many Marxist concepts and debates have come in from the cold. The anticapitalist movement generated a widely circulating critique of capitalist modes of international 'development'. More recently, the economic crisis that began in 2008 has led to mainstream-recognition of Marx as an analyst of capital. In philosophy and political theory, communism is no longer merely a term of condemnation. Likewise, artistic and cultural practices have also registered a notable upturn in the fortunes of activism, critical utopianism and the effort to capture aesthetically the workings of the capitalist system. The eighth annual Historical Materialism conference will strive to take stock of these shifts in the intellectual landscape of the Left in the context of the social and political struggles of the present. Rather than resting content with the compartmentalisation and specialisation of various 'left turns' in theory and practice, we envisage the conference as a space for the collective, if necessary, agonistic but comradely, reconstitution of a strategic conception of the mediations between socio-economic transformations and emancipatory politics.
|Event dates:||2011-12-10 – 2011-12-13|
|Deadline Call for Papers:||2011-06-01|
|Organizers:||Journal "Historical Materialism"|
|Conference venue:||Central London|
|Classification:||B1 - History of Economic Thought through 1925 ; P1 - Capitalist Systems ; P2 - Socialist Systems and Transitional Economies|
|Event type:||Konferenzen, Tagungen; Conferences|