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Historical Materialism Annual Conference 2005, 4-6 NOV - LONDON

FWD | 28.09.2005 23:50 | Analysis | Globalisation | London

Towards a Cosmopolitan Marxism’ CONF IN LONDON



Historical Materialism Annual Conference 2005, 4-6

Birkbeck College and School of Oriental and African
Studies, London, WC1

The Editorial Board of Historical Materialism:
Research in Critical Marxist Theory, in collaboration
with the Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize
Committee and the Editorial Board of the Socialist
Register, is pleased to announce its annual
conference, ‘Towards a Cosmopolitan Marxism’, 4-6
November 2005.

Since its inception, Historical Materialism has been
firmly committed to the project of creating a space of
dialogue and debate which extends across disciplinary,
linguistic and cultural borders, and promotes the
circulation, cross-fertilisation and expansion of
critical Marxist thought. For the 2005 conference we
have invited a wide range of leading figures in
European Marxist thought to discuss the terrain of a
future ‘cosmopolitan Marxism’. This will be an
exciting weekend of comradely exchange, which the
Editorial Board of Historical Materialism hopes will
grow into an important annual international event.

The conference will be organised with three plenary
sessions (Deutscher Memorial Prize Lecture, Socialist
Register and Historical Materialism plenary sessions)
and workshops dedicated to specific themes. Workshop
themes include: the philosophy of Nietzsche, the
critique of Liberalism, Gramsci, Althusser, the young
Marx, European integration, the break-up of
Yugoslavia, the interpretation of Capital, Marxism and
intellectuals, Marxism and philosophy, ‘mutations’ in
the mode of production, visions of socialism, Deleuze
and Marx, imperialism, Venezuela, the
Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism, thinking
the political, and combined and uneven development.

The Deutscher Memorial Prize Lecture, ‘The Politics of
Assumption, the Assumption of Politics’, will be
delivered by Michael Lebowitz on Friday evening, 4

The Socialist Register Plenary Sessions, ‘Telling the
Truth about Class’ and ‘The State of the Third Way’,
will be held on Saturday evening, 5 November.

The Historical Materialism Plenary Session, ‘War and
Capitalism’, will conclude the conference on Sunday
afternoon, 6 November.

The language of the conference will be English with
simultaneous translation provided for a limited number
of sessions, where necessary.

Attendance is free. However, please register in
advance by email to help us to guarantee sufficient

List of Participants (in alphabestical order)

Chris Arthur (London, author of The New Dialectic and
Marx’s Capital)

Giorgio Baratta (University of Urbino, author of Le
rose e i quaderni. Il pensiero dialogico di Antonio

Thomas Barfuss (Freie Universität Berlin, author of
Komformitaet und Bizarres Bewusstsein)

David Bates (Christ Church University College,
Canterbury, co-editor of Marxism, Intellectuals and

Riccardo Bellofiore (University of Bergamo, editor of
Global Money, Capital Restructuring and the Changing
Patterns of Labour)

Tobias ten Brink (Fachhochschule Frankfurt/M, author
of VordenkerInnen der globalisierungskritischen
Bewegung: Pierre Bourdieu, Susan George, Antonio

Alex Callinicos (King’s College London, author of
Making History: Agency, Structure, and Change in
Social Theory)

Mario Candeias (University of Jena, author of
Neoliberalismus, Hochtechnologie, Hegemonie)

Paresh Chattopadhyay (Université du Quebec à Montreal,
author of The Marxian Concept of Capital and the
Soviet Experience)

Simon Clarke (University of Warwick, author of Marx,
Marginalism and Modern Sociology)

Neil Davidson (Open University, author of Discovering
the Scottish Revolution 1692-1746)

Alex Demirovic (Universities of Wuppertal, Frankfurt
am Main and Bern, author of Modelle kritischer

Gregory Elliott (Paris, author of Althusser: The
Detour of Theory)

Roberto Finelli (University of Bari, author of Un
parricidio mancato)

Roberto Fineschi (Università degli Studi di Siena,
editor of Karl Marx: Rivisitazioni e prospettive)

Alan Freeman (University of Greenwich, co-editor of
The New Value Controversy)

Fabio Frosini (University of Urbino, author of Gramsci
e la filosofia)

Peter Gowan (London Metropolitan University, author of
The Global Gamble)

Marta Harnecker (director of the Centro de
Investigaciones Memoria Popular Latinoamericana
[MEPLA] in Havana, Cuba, author of Making the
Impossible Possible: The Left at the Threshold of the
XXIst Century)

Wolfgang Fritz Haug (Freie Universität Berlin, author
of High-Tech-Kapitalismus. Analysen zu
Produktionsweise, Arbeit, Sexualität, Krieg und
Hegemonie, editor of Das historisch-kritische
Wörterbuch des Marxismus)

Bob Jessop (University of Lancaster, author of The
Future of the Capitalist State)

Juha Koivisto (University of Helsinki, author of
Unruly Subjects)

Michael R. Krätke (University of Amsterdam, author of
Geschichte der Weltwirtschaft)

Michael Kustow (theatre producer and writer, author of
theatre at risk)

Rocco Lacorte (University of Chicago, co-editor of a
forthcoming anthology on Gramsci, Language and

Miko Lahtinen (University of Tampere, author of
Niccolò Machiavelli ja aleatorinen materialismi. Louis
Althusser ja Machiavellin konjunktuurit / Niccolo
Machiavelli and aleatory materialism. Louis Althusser
and Machiavelli's conjunctures)

Michael Lebowitz (Professor Emeritus of Economics at
Simon Fraser University, author of Beyond Capital)

Colin Leys (Queen's University, Canada, author of
Market-Driven Politics, co-editor, the Socialist

Domenico Losurdo (University of Urbino, author of
Hegel and the Freedom of the Moderns)

Giacomo Marramao (Università di Roma III, author of
Passaggio a occidente. Filosofia e globalizzazione)

David Miller (Strathclyde University, editor of Tell
Me Lies: Propaganda and Media Distortion in the Attack
on Iraq)

Rastko Mocnik (University of Ljubljana, author of How
Much Fascism? Essays on post-communist politics)

Vittorio Morfino (University of Milano-Bicocca, author
of Il tempo e l’occasione. L’incontro Spinoza

Oliver Nachtway (University of Göttingen, author of
Weltmarkt und Imperialismus. Zur Entstehungsgeschichte
der klassischen marxistischen Imperialismustheorie)

Peter Osborne (Middlesex University, author of The
Politics of Time)

Ozren Pupovac (Open University, editor of the journal

Joost Ploeger (University of Amsterdam, author of
Killing Two Birds With One Euro: A Marxist Analysis of
the Attack on Labor and the Dollar)

Jason Read (University of Southern Maine, author of
The Micro-politics of Capital: Marx and the Prehistory
of the Present)

Jan Rehmann (Freie Universität Berlin, author of
Postmoderner Links-Nietzscheanismus: Deleuze und
Foucault, eine Dekonstruktion)

Geert Reuten (University of Amsterdam, co-author of
Value-Form and the State)

Alfredo Saad-Filho (SOAS, editor of Anti-Capitalism: A
Marxist Introduction)

G. M. Tamás (Central European University, author of On

Martin Thomas (London, author of Three Traditions:
Marxism and the USSR)

Massimiliano Tomba (University of Padova, author of
Krise und Kritik bei Bruno Bauer. Kategorien des
Politischen im nachhegelschen Denken)

Nick Thoburn (University of Manchester, author of
Deleuze, Marx and Politics)

Elisa Van Waeyenberge (SOAS, co-author of Correcting
Stiglitz: From Information to Power in the World of

Carlo Vercellone (University of Paris I, editor of La
fin du capitalisme industriel?)

Nicolas Vieillescazes (Paris, author of essay on Fredric
Jameson, A Singular Modernity. Essay on the Ontology
of the Present)

Frieder Otto Wolf (Freie Universität Berlin, author of
Radikale Philosophie).



Hide the following 3 comments

What about the workers?

29.09.2005 11:49

"The emancipation of the working class, is the task of the worker's themselves."

Spot the worker in the list of speakers. Then ask yourself how much these toy-town revolutionaries earn and what they know about living in a capitalist society in their ancient and priviledged universities.

While Marxism remains the preserve of the academic, the intellectual and the cadre it will remain irrelevant to the working class.

A Prole


29.09.2005 16:49

So why don't you go along to the conference?


Who are the working class?

30.09.2005 13:31

So are the only people that belong to the working class the ones that work in industries that were so common during Marx's times? Get with the program, a fucking lot of workers today sit in cubicles writing code or push paper (even in the third word, just lthink of call centres and software factories)? People on the left should fucking stop confusing status with class, those are two very different things. If you beleive that the working class (i.e. wage labourers) are defined by their relationship to the means of production, then those pesky academics are also fucken working class. Dang, people are so archaic sometimes.

But of course an intellectual is nothing but that if s/he just sits around just thinking. But that again wouldn't be Marxism coz that also requires praxis. Just as blatant anti-intellectualism won't get the "traditional" working class anywhere.



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