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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Historical Materialism conference 2006

Over the past week or so I have got a fair few hits from people looking for the HISTORICAL MATERIALISM 2006 CONFERENCE 'NEW DIRECTIONS IN MARXIST THEORY', so I thought I may as well blog about it. It is in London and Mr Rooksby is going, but unfortunately I cannot make it myself. Grrr. It looks excellent - no, it looks awesome - though I am not sure if there are still any places left...Here are the details, anyway...:

8-10 DECEMBER 2006
CENTRAL LONDON
Further details will be sent to registered participants

PLEASE NOTE: PREREGISTRATION BY SENDING AN EMAIL TO historicalmaterialism@soas.ac.uk GIVING YOUR FULL NAME IS ESSENTIAL AS PLACES ARE LIMITED. UNREGISTERED PEOPLE MAY BE REFUSED ENTRANCE DUE TO SPACE LIMITATIONS

Subjects discussed will include: the transformation problem; variable capital; Marx's journalism, Otto Bauer's analysis of the world crisis of the 1930s; non-equilibrium economics; the labour theory of value; financial and industrial capital; the euro and labour integration; finance and the law of value; the domestic labour debate; the political economy of contemporary capitalism; the legacy of Karl Polanyi; the political economy of Turkey and Latin America; Marxism, Islam and the Middle East; Islamism, imperialism and global feminism; the work of Maxime Rodinson; Islam and capitalism; the labour process and resistance in the neo-liberal welfare state; the labour movement; migration; land reform in East Asia and capitalist transitions; commodity chains; waste and capitalism; global capitalism and urban violence; globalisation; theories of imperialism; capital accumulation and the state system; oil and rise of Asia; the governance of global capitalism; China and Cultural Revolution; Nepal and Maoism; China and future of the global economy; accumumation by dispossession; economic theory and the economics of imperialism; Althusser and philosophy; Marxism and critical realism; Italian Marxism; Lukacs; Carl Schmitt; Deleuze; Foucault and governmentality studies; Marxism and political subjectivity; Spinoza; early Soviet history; Russia in the 1920s; theories of the Soviet Union; Lenin rediscovered; bourgeois revolutions; passive revolutions; Chris Wickham and the Middle Ages; Marxism and international law; Marxism and theology; the US National Security Strategy, Hurricane Katrina, and contemporary warfare technologies; the historical uncanny; Marxism and scifi; US leftisttheatre; 'political' filmmakers in the United States; Victor Serge's approach to literature; Zizek, nationalism and Kusturica; the future for committed cultural criticism; Marxism and music; the life and legacy of Ernest Mandel; Marx, Gramsci and anti-oppression politics; Engels's late letters; Karl Kautsky; class and morality; republicanism; Ralph Miliband and Nicos Poulantzas today; Marxian political theory; the Communist Manifesto; Marxist philosophy of language; Marxism and social movements ... and much more!

On Friday evening, the winner of the 2005 Deutscher Memorial Prize, Kevin Murphy, will deliver his Prize Lecture.

The conference will include two Socialist Register plenary sessions to launch the 2007 issue on the ecological crisis: can capitalism prevail? and on eco-socialism, democratic planning and political strategy.

Attendance at the conference is free but voluntary contributions are encouraged to help with the costs of organising the conference (we suggest £15 for unwaged/£30 waged).

PLEASE NOTE: PREREGISTRATION BY SENDING AN EMAIL TO historicalmaterialism@soas.ac.uk GIVING YOUR FULL NAME IS ESSENTIAL AS PLACES ARE LIMITED. UNREGISTERED PEOPLE MAY BE REFUSED ENTRANCE DUE TO SPACE LIMITATIONS

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9 Comments:

At 11:11 pm, Blogger Doug said...

Wow, it looks impressive. Anyone want to buy me a plane ticket?

 
At 10:16 am, Blogger Snowball said...

Doug - it happens every year - perhaps we could both arrange to try and get to the 2007 conference?

 
At 4:54 pm, Blogger Doug said...

I hope so, but I'm also going to try and make Marxism this summer. If the HM conference is in December again, I'll probably still have a hole burned in my pocket, unless I get some fat scholarships.

 
At 5:54 pm, Blogger Snowball said...

Oh, ok - we can meet up at Marxism then at least. Cool.

 
At 2:46 am, Blogger Doug said...

Absolutely!

Will there be a meeting at the next Marxism on blogging, featuring the esteemed Richard Seymour? An IST blogger fraction meeting might be a good excuse to have a pint or two.

 
At 11:01 am, Blogger Snowball said...

Oh, if you are coming then an IST blogger fraction piss up will be absolutely essential.

Meaders from Dead Men Left normally does a meeting - though not about blogging. A meeting on 'Marxism and the class struggle on the internet' or something led off by Richard S - I'd definitely go to that...

 
At 4:26 pm, Anonymous Martín said...

Hello Comrades, I´m Martin, from Argentina. I ´d like to ask you if somebody knows if the conference or the organization of it, has an own website or mail direction. I apologyze by my poor English.

Thanks,

Martín

 
At 11:54 am, Blogger Snowball said...

Hi Martin. The Conference is organised mainly by two socialist journals based in Britain.

1. 'Historical Materialism'.
http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/brill/hm

2. 'Socialist Register'.
http://socialistregister.com/

There is no specific website for the conference but it seems to happen every year...

 
At 1:42 am, Anonymous liam said...

Martin,
you can find out more about the journal here:
http://www.historicalmaterialism.net/
best
liam campling

 

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