Sixth Annual Conference of the Danish Society for Marxist Studies
Aalborg University, Denmark October 1-2, 2021
Keynote: Andreas Malm
As the world comes to terms with the new normal of the COVID pandemic, contemporary capitalism reveals itself as a cluster of intersecting crises of systemic proportions: health crisis, economic crisis, and the relentlessly unfolding crisis of the relationship between humans and nature. Viral disease as well as climate change are rooted in and produced by a type of social relation that, for the first time in human history, rules on a global scale: capital.
While the transitions to capitalism have always entailed transformed relations between humans and their environment, the unfolding ecological crisis appears intimately related to the ongoing crises of capital. Capital seems unable to produce any kind of stable development today, a situation that has deep roots in the upheavals and economic stagnation that has persisted since the 1970s. Thinking through the relation between capital and ecological crises is crucial for understanding our contemporary political conjuncture.
The history of capitalism is also the history of struggles against its forms of exploitation. These struggles have always had an environmental and ecological dimension. When workers fight polluting work and living environments, it is also a fight against capital. Nevertheless, the link between anti-capitalist and ecological struggles is not always a straightforward matter, and tactics and strategies are more diverse than ever.
The Danish Society for Marxists Studies wishes to interrogate and address the unfolding double crises of capital and the ecological relationship between humans and nature, their history, and the types of conflicts and struggles they produce. We therefore invite contributions on this and related topics for the society’s sixth annual conference. Topics might include (but are not limited to):
Natural limits to economic growth
Class struggle and ecological crisis
Social reproduction in times of crisis
The power of fossil capital
Critical analyses of national and international climate policies
Unequal distribution of the effects of health and climate crisis
The interdependency of ecological and economic development
Human bodies and their environment
Marxist concepts of nature and bodies
Metabolism of humans and nature through production
Struggles around displacement and the inhabitability of cities
Visions of nature and crisis in art
Class struggles during the pandemic
The interrelation between different types of crisis and their sources
It is the ambition of the Danish Society of Marxist Studies to create a common platform for critical and emancipatory research in Denmark. For this reason, we also welcome papers that do not directly touch upon this year’s theme but contribute to these research traditions.
Please submit an abstract of 200-300 words to email@example.com no later than June 15, 2021. Abstracts and presentations may be in Danish or English.
We have received a few cancellations from our speakers due to the COVID situation. As a consequence, we have found it necessary to reorganize the presentations in an updated program, which can be found here. We are looking forward to seeing you all!
We finally have a conference program ready for you. We are able to present many exciting papers this year, and we especially look forward to our two keynotes -> Maia Pal and Brenna Bhandar. Unfortunately we have limited participation capacity due to the corona situation. It is therefore important to remember to sign up for the conference in good time. Please write us if you are only able to participate one of the days. We are looking forward to seeing you all!
Corona virus is not only paralysing cities, countries, and the whole of capitalist production, it is also paralysing otherwise creative brains. In light of the difficult situation in which many people find themselves, we have chosen to extend the deadline for abstracts to 15 July.
Abstracts should still be 200-300 words and be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who have already submitted abstracts before the original deadline of 15 June will receive a word after the new dealine.
Capital knows no bounds, yet thrives in a world of borders and boundaries; between classes, between individuals, between nation states, between politics, economy and household, between production and reproduction. These divisions define the terrain of capital, as well as the struggles against it.
The nation state, which has been the main frame of reference and struggle for left-wing politics since the First World War, remains exposed to the economic and political pressures of global capital as well as the threat of nationalist recuperation. Right-wing parties have proven uniquely capable of leveraging this national(-ist) framework to reframe the widespread anger with the economic and political system following the 2008 financial crisis, in order to capture power. Meanwhile, novel and increasingly deadly border regimes have been developed in the US, EU and beyond, and new ones are currently proliferating across the globe in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Capital not only traverses and transcends national borders and boundaries but is also driven to transgress the natural limits of life on the planet, while nation state competition hinders any meaningful response to the impending ecological collapse. We are currently entering a new epoch, where capital erodes not only its own foundations but also the preconditions of human survival as such.
The Danish Society for Marxists Studies wants to interrogate and address the significance of these borders and boundaries to contemporary capitalism and anticapitalist struggles. We therefore invite contributions on this and related topics for the fifth annual Marx Now conference. Topics might include (but are not limited to):
The relationship between capitalism and the international state system, including war and the construction of border regimes in historical or contemporary perspective.
The relationship of nationalism(s) and fascism(s) to capitalism and the nation state system, as well as the recent rise of right-wing nationalism and populism.
The origins and significance of the structural division of social life under capitalism into separate spheres, i.e., domestic, economic and political spheres, as well as productive and reproductive labour, their particular dynamics, struggles and interrelations. The limits to capital accumulation and the subsumption of different spheres of social and natural life.
The causes of and responses to the unfolding climate crises within global capitalism and the international system.
The relationship between limited value production and unlimited asset valorization in the financial sector.
The ambition with the annual Marx Now conferences is also to create a common platform for critical and emancipatory research in Denmark. For this reason, as in previous years we are also happy to welcome papers that do not directly touch upon this year’s theme but contribute to these research traditions
Please submit your abstract of 200-300 words to email@example.com no later than June 15, 2020. Abstracts and presentations may be in Danish or English.
August 1 was the official deadline for abstracts for Marx Now 2019, and we are looking forward to reading the many contributions already received.
However, we have also had several inquiries from vacationing potential contributors and have therefore decided to extent the deadline by two weeks. This means that the new deadline for abstracts is August 15 2019.
Send your abstract of 200-300 words to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All who have submitted abstracts (including those who submitted before the original deadline) will receive an answer shortly after the extended deadline.
Marx Now! 2019: Power — Conflicts and Contradictions
Forms of power pervades all spheres of life, including the university. Yet where there is power, there is also the possibility of subversion. To explore different concepts of power and subversion, the Danish Society for Marxist Studies would like to invite you to our annual conference, Marx Now! at the Danish School of Education (DPU) in Copenhagen, 4–5 October 2019. The purpose of the conference is in part to strengthen the critical research traditions at universities, to identify gaps and blind spots and to bring together researchers from disparate fields. We invite those inside and outside of the academy to join us in this endeavor and urge potential contributors to translate the broadly formulated theme into their own areas of research.
The overarching theme of the 2019 conference will be Power: Conflicts and Contradictions. Power is contradictory. It suppresses, directs, conducts, registers and standardise. The power of capital relies on and reproduces a wide array of social contradictions and antagonisms relating to class, gender, race, sexuality, body forms, culture, nationality, etc. That domination and exploitation historically have gone hand in hand seems beyond questioning, so instead we will ask how and through which mechanisms the two have been linked. How can we best understand the ways in which capital has produced or reshaped and utilized identity markers as class, race and gender?Continue reading “Call for Papers: Marx Now! 2019”
Magt findes i alle sfærer, også i universitetsverdenen. Men hvor der er magt, findes der modmagt. Derfor inviterer Selskab for Marxistiske Studier (SMS) endnu en gang til den årlige konference Marx Nu!, i år på Danmarks institut for Pædagogik og Uddannelse (DPU) i København den 4. og 5. oktober 2019. Formålet med konferencen er at fremme de kritiske forskningstraditioner på de danske universiteter og højere læreanstalter samt årligt at gøre status over den kritiske forskning i Danmark såvel som i udlandet.
Temaet for årets konference er Magt og modsætning, hvilket vi opfordrer til at tolke i bredest mulig forstand. Magt indeholder (altid) modsætninger. Magten har historisk skabt og benyttet sig af modsætninger – mellem klasser og køn, mellem folkeslag og i racialiserede hierarkier. Men modsætningsforhold kan komme til udtryk i såvel politiske som begrebslige spændinger, og de to sider kan spille sammen og spejle sig i hinanden. Med årets tema ønsker vi at udforske begge aspekter, både konkrete historiske og politiske spor samt teoretiske og abstrakte aspekter.Continue reading “Call for Papers: Marx Nu! 2019”
Til Marx Nu! 2018 vil du således kunne høre om alt fra marxistisk mobilisering på Berlins queer club scene og en marxistisk udlægning af Platons “Staten” til den franske automatiseringsdiskussion i slutningen af 1950’erne og senkapitalismens postfascistiske natur.
Vi glæder os til at se både dig og de mange spænende oplæg på konferencen — husk at tilmelde dig inden 31. august her