Call for Abstracts: 7th annual conference

Call for Abstracts: Time and History in the Age of Capital 

Seventh Annual Conference of the Danish Society for Marxist Studies

Aarhus University
7–8 October 2022

We know only a single science, the science of history.

Marx & Engels

For a brief moment in time, history was thought by some to be dead. The world market was hailed as the great harbinger of liberal democracy, leaving room for nothing outside it. But since the turn of the century, economic crashes, the pending climate catastrophe, and recurring imperialist wars have repeatedly demonstrated the falsity of this narrative. History is very much alive and kicking. Today, it seems clear that the colonial fantasy of universal neoliberalism is unable to grasp the critical state of affairs in which we find ourselves.

For the seventh annual conference of the Danish Society for Marxist Studies, we therefore invite papers that reflect on history and time. History, understood both as a science and as the object of that science, is never neutral but rather a continual battlefield for class struggle. In propagating the narrative of progress, liberalism seeks to project the past onto the future and secure the status quo of the present. In order to challenge this ideology, we need critical concepts of time, history, and the methods of their narration. By centering this year’s conference on time and history in the age of capital we wish to engage and develop critical thinking on these key concepts.

We welcome participants from all disciplines and invite contributions on a range of topics: From the role of history and collective memory in workers’ struggles, through longue-durée histories of commodities and markets, to theoretical discussions on the recent shift away from postmodern network theories to a renewed focus on structural analyses or grand narratives. As Marxism and post-colonial as well as critical theory continually remind us, history is most often written by the victors. Where does that leave the histories of anti-capitalist struggles today? 

As different concepts of history imply different notions of time, we also encourage examinations of temporality: Can critical history writing make use of standard liberal time concepts, or must it produce its own? How is our understanding of temporality challenged by, for instance, the dizzying time perspective of the climate crisis? Are we living in a time of permanent crisis, and if so, how does that influence the possibility of shaping our future?

Examples of topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • Historical materialism(s) as methodology
  • The return of the longue durée
  • Intersectional history writing in a Marxist framework
  • The relation between economic and cultural history
  • History of perception and aesthetics
  • Marxist uses of history – what have they been, and what should they be?
  • Histories of meaning and the meaning of history
  • Histories of world-commodites, e.g. the importance of sugar for the bourgeois revolutions of the 18th century
  • Narratological studies of history
  • Crisis temporality and rupture
  • The quantification of time under capitalism
  • What is the relation between labor time and free time?
  • The creation of collectives in history writing
  • Is the capitalocene a historical, a natural, or some other kind of era?
  • The exploitation of future labor
  • Utopian and dystopian visions past and present
  • Periodization of the history of capitalism
  • The possibility of writing a contemporary intellectual history of 21st century fascism
  • Marxist historiographies
  • Time and temporality in Marx’s writings 

Open call

The Danish Society of Marxist Studies is committed to providing 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 yourabstract of 200-300 words to info@marxistiskestudier.com no later than 1 June 2022. Abstracts and presentations may be in Danish or English.

Programme Sixth Annual Conference: Capital, Climage, Crisis

The updated programme for the Sixth Annual Conference of the Danish Society for Marxist Studies is now ready and can be accessed here: https://marxistiskestudier.files.wordpress.com/2021/09/sms-programme-and-abstracts-updated.pdf

Register for the conference here -> https://marxistiskestudier.nemtilmeld.dk/4/

Do you need a place to stay in Aalborg during the conference? We have arranged for a discount at the Cabinn Hotel, centrally in Aalborg. Use the code CMAX21 and get a 15% discount when booking: https://www.cabinn.com/hotel/cabinn-aalborg

Deadline extended

The deadline to submit abstracts to the sixth annual conference of the Danish Society for Marxist Studies – Capital, Climate, Crisis – has been extended to 29 June 2021.

Submit your abstract of 200-300 words to info@marxistiskestudier.com. Abstracts (as well as presentations) may be in Danish or English.

Unfortunately, it will not be possible to present virtually at the conference.

Call for abstracts: Sixth annual conference

Call for Abstracts

Capital, Climate, Crisis

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

Open Call

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 info@marxistiskestudier.com no later than June 15, 2021. Abstracts and presentations may be in Danish or English.

Program for Marx Now 2020

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!

Sign up here: https://marxistiskestudier.nemtilmeld.dk/3/

Marx Now 2020: Deadline extended

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 info@marxistiskestudier.com.

Those who have already submitted abstracts before the original deadline of 15 June will receive a word after the new dealine.

All participants need to register here: https://marxistiskestudier.nemtilmeld.dk/

Call for abstracts: Marx Now 2020

Marx Now! 2020

Copenhagen Business School, October 9-10, 2020

MARX NU, Plakat - wall prototypes RØD_ENG

Border and Boundaries

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.

Open Call

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 info@marxistiskestudier.com no later than June 15, 2020. Abstracts and presentations may be in Danish or English.

Extension of Deadline

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 info@marxistiskestudier.com.

All who have submitted abstracts (including those who submitted before the original deadline) will receive an answer shortly after the extended deadline.