[OPE-L] CFP: Rethinking Marxism 2006

From: glevy@PRATT.EDU
Date: Thu Mar 16 2006 - 06:32:25 EST

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Call For Papers
Rethinking Marxism 2006


Join Ernesto Laclau, Susan Buck-Morss, Sut Jhally, Kojin Karatani, Liza
Featherstone, Stephen Cullenberg, Julie Graham, Stephen Resnick, Richard
Wolff, Susan Jahoda, Antonio Callari, Warren Montag, David F. Ruccio,
Carole Biewener, Jonathan Diskin, Bruce Roberts, and many others at
Rethinking Marxism 2006. RETHINKING MARXISM: a journal of economics,
culture & society is pleased to announce its sixth major international
conference, to be held at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on
26-28 October, 2006.  The conference is entitled Rethinking Marxism 2006.

RETHINKING MARXISM's 5 previous international conferences have each
attracted between 750 and 1200 participants, and they have included
keynote addresses and plenary sessions, formal papers, workshops, art
exhibitions, video presentations, activist sessions, and performances.
Versions of all of these events are planned for Rethinking Marxism 2006.

In keeping with the title, the conference is dedicated to the state of
contemporary Marxism and its many current correlates and derivatives.  The
past few years have been fascinating and momentous for the fortunes of
contemporary Marxism, as can be seen in the many theoretical traditions
and activist movements that remain, in some way, inspired by and indebted
to a wide range of Marxian ideas and strategies.  The renewed and
continued vitality of Marxian, left, and socialist concepts and practices
in current-day Latin America (and elsewhere) is just one indication of the
ways in which Marxism remains a source of international inspiration and
struggle.  In addition, the continued, growing reactions-in the form of
diverse anti-globalization movements-to capitalist globalization and its
consistent denial of or aversion to economic justice; to the persistence
of class exploitation; to worsening labor and environmental conditions; to
the continued precarious global position of women; to the economic,
social, and personal endangerment and abuse of children; and to the
ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor, draw partly, as well,
from rich traditions and current new thinking stemming from Marxism.  The
loud and uniform international opposition to the U.S. (and its "allies")
wars in Iraq and Afghanistan-growing in both anger and outrage at the
human and economic costs of the new imperialism-have also been sources
for, and have taken from, a plethora of Marxian ideas and strategies.
Indeed, the increased tendency to call these wars "imperialist" is an
indication that Marxism is proving indispensable for popular thinking and
reacting to these international events.

Of course, international events have also presented new challenges and
causes for the never-ending rethinking of old and new Marxian concepts.
For example, the increasing calls for "democracy" revive older dreams of
economic and political justice and rights for all.  However, they also
bring into relief the great distance between the present aggressive
imposition of such ideas, burdened with the realities of continued
economic exploitation and social oppression, and the dreams and desires of
many who wish for economic and political enfranchisement in all nations.
Additionally, many new and old Marxian traditions need to take heed of and
think through, as a major "conjunctural" event, the turning away from
liberal secularity and its many broken promises and contradictions and the
turning toward religious and ethnic ideals and movements.  These ideals
and movements, at times, promise more "just" and communal forms of living.
 Yet, at other moments, they are avatars of intolerance and
internal-sometimes violent-repression and reaction.  And, as another
salient concern, the notable dynamic growth of China and India needs to be
reviewed in light of these nations' long and deep historical engagements
with communism, socialism, and Marxism.  What, if anything, have these
engagements contributed to, or, alternatively, obstructed in, the recent
forms of growth and the distribution (or not) of their benefits?

We invite-indeed, enthusiastically welcome-any and all who are interested
in these and other pressing questions to send in proposals for papers and
panels for Rethinking Marxism 2006 (a.k.a. RM06).


Rethinking Marxism 2006 will be held over three days, beginning on
Thursday morning 26 October 2006 and ending on Saturday night 28 October
2006.  In addition to three plenary sessions and performance art, there
will be concurrent panels and art/cultural events.  We invite the
submission of pre-organized sessions that follow traditional or
non-traditional formats (such as workshops, roundtables, and dialogue
among and between presenters and audience).  Since contemporary Marxism
covers fields from literature to physics and forms of political practice
from environmental organizing to opposing global inequality, anyone
engaging with Marxism in any discipline or form of activism is encouraged
to submit paper and panel proposals.  We encourage those working in areas
that intersect with Marxism, such as feminism, political economy, cultural
and literary studies, queer theory, working-class and labor studies,
postcolonial studies, geography and urban studies, psychoanalysis, social
and natural sciences, philosophy, and around issues of class, race,
ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexuality, and disability, to submit paper
and panel proposals.  We welcome video, poetry, performance, and all other
modes of presentation and cultural expression.  We encourage paper or
panel submissions from those working on any and all subjects that take an
interest in a world without exploitation and oppression.


Proposals for papers should include:

* Paper title

* Presenter's name and contact information (mail, email, phone, fax)

* Brief abstract (no more than 200 words)

Proposals for panels should include:

* Panel title

* Name, contact information, and paper title for each presenter

* Brief abstract (no more than 200 words) explaining the panel's focus

* Names and contact information for any discussant(s) or respondent(s)

* Title, contact, and address for any sponsoring organization or journal

The appropriate registration fee must accompany all proposal submissions.
Unfortunately, any submitted proposal not accompanied by the appropriate
preregistration fee cannot be considered.  Proposals which are not
accepted will have their preregistration fees returned in full.  If you
are submitting a proposal for an entire panel, please make sure you
include the preregistration fee for all members of the panel.

The deadline for proposal submission is 1 August 2006.

The best way to submit a proposal and to pay the preregistration fee is to
follow the instructions on the conference website:

If you prefer to submit your proposal and pay the preregistration fee by
regular mail, please fill out the "mail-in preregistration form" posted on
the conference website and send it to:

Vincent Lyon-Callo

Department of Anthropology

Moore Hall

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Please make sure that if you pay the preregistration rate by check, the
check is made out to AESA and drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars.


Full Regular Rate $90 (at Conference $100)

Full Low-Income Rate $40 (at Conference $45)

Two-day Regular Rate $70 (at Conference $80)

Two-day Low-Income Rate $30 (at Conference $35)

One-day Regular Rate $50 (at Conference $60)

One-day Low-Income Rate $20 (at Conference $25)

You may preregister online at
http://www.rethinkingmarxism2006.org/registration.html, or download a
preregistration form at


RM06 will be held on the campus of the University of Massachusetts
Amherst.  Detailed information on lodging, travel directions, and
childcare will be provided to all conference registrants on the conference


Selected papers, poems, art, and other forms of presentation from RM06
will be published in RETHINKING MARXISM and/or in a separate edited volume
of contributions. Read more about the journal at:


All information pertaining to RM06, including paper and panel submission
instructions, preregistration and on-site rates, lodging suggestions,
travel directions, possible childcare arrangements, cultural events, the
conference program, and much else will be posted on the conference website
when details become available.  The web address is:


Literature tables and display areas are available to groups, vendors, and
publishers at reasonable rates.  Ad space in the conference program is
also available at reasonable rates.  All ads must be camera-ready.


Registrants for RM06 can receive a special conference rate of $45 on
individual subscriptions to RETHINKING MARXISM.  Non-registrants may
subscribe online at: <http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/08935696.asp>

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