Historical Materialism Conference 2010

Starting Date: 01-14-2010
Ending Date: 01-16-2010

Graduate Center - CUNY
New York, New York
United States
Opening Plenary: Thursday January 14th, 7pm-9pm. Panels: Friday January 15th 10am-9pm, Saturday January 16th 10am-5:30pm.

Selected Panels:

The Crisis of Neo-liberalism / Housing and Race in the Post-War US / The Commons / Crisis and Political Organization / The Politics of Oil / Class structure in China and India / Money and Finance / Critique in Crisis / Neo-Barbarisms / Critical Feminisms / Theories of Exploitation / Energy as Capital / Capitalism, Slavery and the Civil War / The Gramscian Moment / Oil and Water / Financial Imperialism / Militancy and Communization / Third-World Marxisms / Sexuality and Marriage / Materialism and the Human / The Hermeneutics of Value / (Pre-) and (Post-)Operaïsmo / Anti-Semitism and the Left

Confirmed speakers:

Anna M. Agathangelou, Stanley Aronowitz, Gopal Balakrishnan, Banu Bargu, Deepankar Basu, Karl Beitel, Riccardo Bellofiore, Aaron Benanav, Jasper Bernes, Paul Blackledge, George Caffentzis, Chris Chitty, Dana Cloud, Patricia Clough, Hamid Dabashi, Gérard Duménil, Hester Eisenstein, Sara Farris, Silvia Federici, Robert Fine, Duncan Foley, Benedetto Fontana, Valerie Francisco, Maya Gonzalez, Paul Heideman, Nancy Holmstrom, Mathew Huber, Robert Hullot-Kentor, Dhruv Jain, Jeffrey Kinkle, Andrew Kliman, Sabu Kohso, Michael Krätke, Tim Kreiner, Deepa Kumar, David Laibman, Neil Larsen, Paul LeBlanc, William Lewis, Geoff Mann, Paul Mattick, Michael McCarthy, Annie McClanahan, Geoffrey McDonald, Alan Milchman, Simon Mohun, Gary Mongiovi, Fred Moseley, Justin Myers, August Nimtz, Bertell Ollman, Melda Ozturk, Ozgur Ozturk, Mi Park, Charles Post, Moishe Postone, Nina Power, Nagesh Rao, Jason Read, Jan Rehmann, John Riddell, William Clare Roberts, Heather Rogers, Sander, Anwar Shaikh, Hasana Sharp, Tony Smith, Jason E. Smith, Richard Smith, Yves Smith, Keeanga Taylor, Peter Thomas, Massimiliano Tomba, Aylin Topal, Alberto Toscano, Ben Trott, Ramaa Vasudevan, Antonio Y. Vázquez-Arroyo, Chris Vials, Marina Vishmidt, Joel Wainwright, Victor Wallis, Paul Warren, Evan Calder Williams, Ted Winslow, Christopher Wright

Graduate Center
City University of New York
365 5th Avenue
New York, NY [Map]


Beginning the evening of January 14th, 2010 the second North American Historical Materialism Conference will bring together radical scholars and activists from around the world. Founded in 1997, the quarterly Historical Materialism (HM) journal is the foremost publication of critical Marxist theory in the world, known for both its breadth as well as its intellectual rigor. Following upon successful conferences in London and Toronto, the New York City conference – the first ever in the US – will provide a lively space for scholars and activists to critically engage theoretical, historical, and practical issues of crucial importance to the movement for a world beyond capitalism.

The ongoing economic crisis continues to disrupt political and business establishments across the planet and inflict suffering upon millions in the form of mass unemployment and food shortages. Despite the popular expectations raised by a new presidency, U.S. imperial ambitions appear locked in place. The existential threat of climate change looms. Economic, political, military and ecological crises intersect as they intensify, making the world a much more dangerous place— but also one in which the space for theory and practice aimed at challenging capitalism, and exploring systemic alternatives, has grown.

In organizing the first US Historical Materialism conference we hope to open a space for critical, rigorous and boundary-pushing theory, to explore and provoke our understanding of capital and anti-capitalist alternatives with a critical eye to the traditions of the past, while confronting the crises and struggles unfolding around us.



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Conference supported by:

The Center for the Study of Work, Culture and Technology
SpaceTime Research Collective
Haymarket Books
Geographical Scope: National


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