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Capitalism: Concept & Idea (audio)

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The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) presents:

Capitalism: Concept & Idea

150 Years of Marx’s Capital: The Philosophy and Politics of Capital today

As a counterpoint to the retreat of the concept of communism from history to ‘idea’, this conference will mark the 150th anniversary of the first volume of Karl Marx’s Capital: A Critique of Political Economy by asking the question of the meanings of ‘capital’ and ‘capitalism’ today as at once (explanatory structural-historical) concepts and (political) ideas.

In particular: What is the current standing of the different philosophical interpretations of Marx’s Capital? What light do they thrown on capitalism today? How have historical developments since Marx’s day changed the concept of capitalism? Has ‘neo-liberal’ capitalism rendered the concept of crisis redundant, for example? Is capitalism governable? Or is capital itself now the main form of governmentality? What is the precise character of Capital as a text – in terms of theory and in terms of literature? What does it mean to be ‘against capitalism’ today?

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Programme:

Day 1 Friday 13 October 2017

Introduction by Peter Osborne (CRMEP, Kingston University)

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1. Capital and Capitalism: Value-form & Politics

Elena Louisa Lange (University of Zurich) – The Critical Function of “Abstract Labour”

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2. Capitalism and Freedom

Anselm Jappe (Academy of Fine Arts, Sassari) – Is There an “Esoteric” and an “Exoteric” Marx?

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Boris Buden (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar) – It’s Getting Colder under the Sun of Freedom

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3. Capital, Feminism and Social Reproduction

Tithi Bhattacharya (Purdue University) – Who Produces the Worker? A Centrality of Gender in Capital

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Sara Farris (Goldsmiths, University of London) – Social Reproduction and Racialized Surplus Populations

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4. ‘Capital’s Destinerrance: Event and Task’

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Columbia, NY) – Capital’s Destinerrance: Event and Task

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Day 2 Saturday 14 October 2017

5. Capital and Ecology

Jason W. Moore (Binghamton University, NY) – Work, Cheap Nature, and the Violence of Real Abstraction

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6. Subjectivation and War (Marx and Foucault)

Éric Alliez (University of Paris 8/CRMEP, Kingston University) & Maurizio Lazzarato (Paris) – Wars and Capital

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7. Poetics of Capital/Capital

Leigh Claire La Berge (CUNY) – Finance as Form at the End of the Long 20th Century

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John Kraniauskas (Birkbeck, University of London) – Breaking Bad, Outlaw Accumulation

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Keston Sutherland (University of Sussex) – For a Marxist Poetics

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8. Antonio Negri (Paris) – Marxian Ontology, Today

– paper read by Marie Louise Krogh

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