CALL FOR PAPERS: The Future With Marx


The Future With Marx

International Conference

May 24-25, 2019

The Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences

Deadline for submissions: 25 February 2019

Confirmed plenary speakers

Eric Alliez, Cinzia Arruzza, Alain Badiou, Jodi Dean, Elena
Gapova, Michael Heinrich, Maurizio Lazzarato, Antonio Negri


The Future With Marx

Jacques Derrida has famously stated that “there will be no future without
Marx, without the memory and inheritance of Marx”. The multiplicity of
academic and popular events in the year of Marx’s anniversary testifies to
the truth of these words. Two hundred years after his birth, the thought of
Karl Marx remains a rousing way to look at the future.

The fall of the Soviet project has effectively eliminated all major social
alternatives from the current world order and impoverished the global
political imagination. It is no accident that the two most recent decades
have generated no utopias and in numerous polities witnessed the hegemony of
nostalgic conservative projects of returning into an imagined past to become
“great again.” However, the dissatisfaction with the disappearance of the
meaningful future is constantly growing, and Marx has now been rediscovered
as a visionary who knew to see seeds of the future in the present. His books
are read again globally as people are desperately searching for answers to
the challenges of the XXI century: inequality, fundamentalism, imperial wars,
and crisis of democracy.

One year after Marx’s anniversary, we gather in Moscow to inquire about the
future with Marx. How can Marxian thought help us imagine a better future?
What is the hope that it provides today? How does Marxist imagination account
for the Soviet experience and how can it operate within the societies that
emerged from the Soviet past? What is the Marxist view of history today and
what are the social classes capable of developing it? What do we learn from
Marx after the end of classical Marxism?


The call for papers aims at organizing two panels within the conference, to
invite the researchers in all areas related to Marx’ political and
philosophical legacies. Proposals from early career researchers are
particularly encouraged. Please submit abstracts of not more than 250 words
and two-page academic CV to [1]. The selected
participants will need to apply for travel funding from their home
institutions or elsewhere. The conference will issue formal invitations for
the visa application process, if needed.

The deadline for applications is February 25, 2019. The proposed papers
should address one of the following specific topics of the panels:

Panel One

“Marx and Contemporary Materialisms”

In terms of the old divide between materialism and idealism, the contemporary
philosophical conjuncture is rather paradoxical. Alain Badiou recently
branded as “democratic materialism” the currents of contemporary thought that
base themselves on the assumption that “there are only bodies and languages”
while excluding the concept of truth as evental and revolutionary process.
Badiou argues that this variety of materialism rather supports the
ideological discourse of late capitalism. Although the legacy of German
Idealism is a vital part of today’s discussion, it is unlikely that any
current of contemporary thought would declare itself as “idealist” except a
poetic or an openly religious phenomenology. Today, we have a Kampfplatz of
multiple “new materialisms” and “realisms” rather than a divide between
materialism and idealism. However, the underlying antagonism within this
field is the same as the division that has always been present in capitalist
modernity. The varieties of contemporary materialism can be seen as either
being timidly or openly complying with the late-capitalist ideological
discourse, or as being rebelliously anti-capitalist. The panel will ask what
are those specific division lines in the contemporary struggle of
materialisms? What should the strategy be of the materialism that would allow
the Marxist tradition reinvent itself in this complex conjuncture? This
question seems to be even more complicated since, at different stages of
Marx’s philosophical formation, the latter had also been reflecting the
“idealist” aspects inherited from German classical thought. Additionally, the
panel will question if we have to limit ourselves to a “ruthless criticism”
of those supposed materialisms which both betray the emancipatory and radical
tradition of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and instigate a
“speculative” detachment from the toxic pressures of the current political
momentum, or can we consider a contemporary materialist approach that admits
a materialist “speculation” similar to the late-Soviet philosophical debates
on the concept of the “ideal” in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Finally, from today’s
viewpoint, how can the post-Soviet and postcolonial conditions contribute not
only to the emergence of the “new materialisms”, but also to a resurgence of
the materialist philosophy that would be faithful to Marx?

Panel Two

“Marx and the Politics of Time”

One of the most widespread criticisms mounted against Marx over the past
century is related to his endorsement of the idea of linear progress. As a
matter of fact, Marx’s historical optimism was closely linked to the
universal characteristic of capital of its incessant expansion, where “all
that is solid melts into air”, including pre-capitalist relations. Thus, the
progressive effect of the destructive work of capital provides a historical
justification for capital itself, while rendering anything that does not fit
into its totality insignificant. Yet, various thinkers, from Althusser and
Bloch to world-system and postcolonial theorists, oppose such a progressivist
(and deterministic) understanding of Marx. Instead, they insist on the
historical specificity of capitalism and its destructive effect (and hence,
its dialectical sublation) which does not inevitably culminate in a social
alternative. Benjamin’s critique of “homogeneous empty time”, intrinsic to
historical progress, is crucial to this approach. In contrast, it offers a
vision of contemporaneity that allows for temporal non-simultaneity and
incorporates all of the “survivals” of the pre-capitalist past — albeit
alien to market rationality — into its complex structure. At the same time,
this “melancholic” tendency that has in many ways defined Marxism in past
decades has been vehemently criticized by the “left accelerationists” who
wish to revive the Marxist belief in the limited development of capitalist
relations, which is seen as a necessary precondition for capitalism to be
overcome. In this sense, can we say (following Wallerstein) that there are
“two Marxs” —  progressivist and anti-progressivist — who oppose each
other within the Marxist tradition? Could ”melancholic” Marxism be conducive
to the understanding of current political phenomena (i.e., right-wing
populism and the renaissance of conservative ”archeopolitics”), and, if so,
in what way? Or, could the return to the progressivist perspective help us
reveal the emancipatory potential of the increasingly rapid development of

Please note: the current call for papers pertains to these two panels only.

Organizing committee

Greg Yudin (Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences)

Artemy Magun (European University at St Petersburg)

Marina Simakova (European University at St Petersburg)

Alexei Penzin (University of Wolverhampton)

Ilya Budraitskis (Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences)

Language of the conference: English


2019 Marx & Philosophy Society Annual Conference Call for Graduate Papers

Papers are invited from graduate students for the 2019 annual conference of
the Marx & Philosophy Society. The conference will be held on the 15th June
2019 at the Institute of Education in London. The topic of this year’s
conference is ‘The Legacy of Georg Lukács’.

For those interested, please send an abstract of no more than 400 words to
Jan Kandiyali at [1] by 10th March 2019. Accepted
papers should be planned to last for 20 minutes. Submissions dealing with
any aspect of Lukács work and/or its legacy will be considered.
The Society will cover travel expenses within the UK and an evening
meal. Unfortunately, we cannot pay for accommodation or for travel expenses
from outside the UK.

2019 Annual Conference of the Marx & Philosophy Society

The Legacy of Georg Lukács

Saturday 15th June 2019


University College London Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way,

London WC1H 0AL

Room TBA

Keynote speakers: Michael J. Thompson, Konstantinos Kavoulakos and Agnes

2019 marks the centenary anniversary of the short-lived Hungarian Soviet
Republic, a period that found Georg Lukács both as an active participant
and as developing the ideas which would culminate in the collection of
essays /History and Class Consciousness/. It is a timely commemoration in
which, at present and despite international objection, the Hungarian regime
of Orbán has seemingly enacted a mission to erase Lukács from collective
memory. From the removal of the Lukács sculpture from Saint Stephen’s park
in Budapest to, more alarmingly,the recent closure and removal of
the Lukács Archives by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, it seems the
fate of Lukács and his legacy hangs in the balance.

Call for Papers: Film-Philosophy Conference, 2019

It’s my great please to announce the CFP for the 2019 Film-Philosophy
conference to be held at the University of Brighton July 9-11.

We invites proposals for presentations on any subject related to film
and philosophy. There is no single overall theme.

Keynote Speakers:

·Dr Victor Fan
King’s College London

·Professor Janet Harbord
Queen Mary University London

·Dr Andrew Klevan
<>, University of Oxford

·Associate Professor Jane Stadler
University of Queensland Australia

We invite individual 300-word abstract proposals to be submitted by *31
January 2019*.

We use a track system that provides a number of broad headings to which
a presenter may wish to attach their submission. There is, of course, an
Open track if you feel that your paper does not fit within any of the
other tracks.

The tracks for 2019 are:




·Emotion and Affect

·Environment and the Screen




·Film cultures online (blogging, social media, podcasting)

·Film-Philosophy and Education


·New Technologies in/of Cinema


·Philosophy of Fiction

·Politics and Film-Philosophy


·The Film-Philosophy Canon

·Video Essays


We only accept *individual *proposals for presentations of 20 minutes.

*We do not accept group panel proposals *except for Workshops.

The track system allows for papers to group organically around common
themes and approaches.

We are open to workshops that have alternative and innovative formats
that provoke discussion and debate. If you have any ideas for a workshop
– in format or content – please contact the conference director
( <>) before
submitting an official abstract via the website.

We are also planning this year to audio record the keynote speakers and
various panel speakers for an audio journal to be produced after the
conference. If you do not want your paper to be recorded in this way,
please indicate on you abstract submission by putting “DO NOT RECORD” at
the end.

All abstracts will be considered by at least two members of the
conference committee and decisions will be announced in March 2019.

Accommodation information is available on the conference website.

Please contact the conference director Dr Dario Llinares, University of
Brighton: <>
with any questions.


Neurohumanities: Promises & Threats
Lisbon, July 1-6, 2019
Deadline for submissions: March 15, 2019

When the US government declared the 1990s “The decade of the brain”, it aimed at raising public awareness toward the use of neuroscience for the enhancement of life quality and as a way to better address the challenges of growing life expectancy. The initiative was further supported by substantial research funding, which not only impressed public opinion but appealed to many research fields. Finding a link to brain research and the processes of the human mind, many disciplines were repositioned and adopted the “neuro” prefix, promising new insights into age-old problems by reframing them from the angle of the brain-mind continuum.

Neuroscience seeks to explain how the brain works and which neurophysiological processes are involved in complex cognitive abilities like sensation and perception attention and reasoning, memory and thought.

One of the most striking and unique features of the human mind is its capacity to represent realities that transcend its immediate time and space, by engaging complex symbolic systems, most notably language, music, arts and mathematics. Such sophisticated means for representation are arguably the result of an environmental pressure and must be accounted for in a complex network of shared behaviors, mimetic actions and collaborative practices: in other words, through human culture. The cultural products that are enabled by these systems are also stored by means of representation in ever-new technological devices, which allow for the accumulation and sharing of knowledge beyond space and across time.

The artifacts and practices that arise from the symbolic use, exchange and accumulation are the core of the research and academic field known as the Humanities. The field has been increasingly interested in the latest developments deriving from neuroscience and the affordances they allow about the conditions and processes of the single brain, embedded in an environment, in permanent exchange with other brains in an ecology that is culturally coded.

This turn of the humanities to neuroscience is embraced by many and fiercely criticized by others. The promise of the Neurohumanities, the neuroscientifically informed study of cultural artifacts, discourses and practices, lies in unveiling the link between embodied processes and the sophistication of culture. And it has the somewhat hidden agenda of legitimizing the field, by giving it a science-close status of relevance and social acknowledgement it has long lacked. Here, though, lies also its weakness: should the Humanities become scientific? Can they afford to do so? Should they be reduced to experimental methodologies, collaborative research practices, sloppy concept travelling, transvestite interdisciplinarity? Is the promise of the Neurohumanities, seen by some as the ultimate overcoming of the science-humanities or the two cultures divide, in fact not only ontologically and methodologically impossible and more than that undesirable? And how will fields like Neuroaesthetics, Cognitive Literary Theory, Cognitive Linguistics, Affect Theory, Second-person Neuroscience, Cognitive Culture Studies or Critical Neuroscience relate to the emerging omnipresence and challenges of Artificial Intelligence?

The IX Summer School for the Study of Culture invites participants to submit paper and poster proposals that critically consider the developments of the Neurohumanities in the past decades and question its immediate and future challenges and opportunities. Paper proposals are encouraged in but not limited to the following topics:

  • 4E Cognition: embodied, embedded, enacted and extended
  • performance and the embodied mind
  • spectatorship and simulation
  • from individual to social cognition
  • mental imagery
  • empathy
  • memory, culture and cultural memory
  • cognition and translatability
  • mind-body problem
  • life enhancement
  • neuro-power
  • (neuro)humanities and social change
  • AI, cognition and culture

The Summer School will take place at several cultural institutions in Lisbon and will gather outstanding doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers from around the world. In the morning there will be lectures and master classes by invited keynote speakers. In the afternoon there will be paper presentations by doctoral students.

Paper proposals

Proposals should be sent to no later than February 28, 2019 and include paper title, abstract in English (max. 200 words), name, e-mail address, institutional affiliation and a brief bio (max. 100 words) mentioning ongoing research. Applicants will be informed of the result of their submissions by March 15, 2019.

Rules for presentation

The organizing committee shall place presenters in small groups according to the research focus of their papers. They are advised to stay in these groups for the duration of the Summer School, so a structured exchange of ideas may be developed to its full potential.

Full papers submission

Presenters are required to send in full papers by May 30, 2019.

The papers will then be circulated amongst the members of each research group and in the slot allotted to each participant (30’), only 10’ may be used for a brief summary of the research piece. The Summer School is a place of networked exchange of ideas and organizers wish to have as much time as possible for a structured discussion between participants. Ideally, in each slot, 10’ will be used for presentation, and 20’ for discussion.

Registration fees

Participants with paper – 290€ for the entire week (includes lectures, master classes, doctoral sessions, lunches and closing dinner)

Participants without paper – 60€ per session/day | 190€ for the entire week

Fee waivers

For The Lisbon Consortium students, there is no registration fee.

For students from Universities affiliated with the European Summer School in Cultural Studies and members of the Excellence Network in Cultural Studies the registration fee is 60€.

Organizing Committee

  • Isabel Capeloa Gil
  • Peter Hanenberg
  • Alexandra Lopes
  • Paulo de Campos Pinto
  • Diana Gonçalves
  • Clara Caldeira
  • Rita Bacelar

For further information, please contact us through

Interdisciplinary conference “Critical Zone” — Hamburg, Germany in February 2019.

Start Date:
Thursday, July 26, 2018 – 07:45 to Thursday, October 18, 2018 – 07:45

An international interdisciplinary conference “CRITICAL ZONE” which will take place in Hamburg, Germany on 21-22 February 2019.  Inspired by the works of Bruno Latour the conference seeks to explore the image-theoretical implications of the critical zone concept, asking i.e. what the living conditions for images in the critical zone are, whether images can be understood as mediators between earth and humans or as agents within the critical zone or how images contribute to the transformation of knowledge on climate change. Please see the call for papers below and the conference website for details:

Call for Papers

Whilst, led by obvious geo- and biopolitical interests, a fierce fight over the existence and dimension of human-made climate change is taking place in the political arena, the Earth is acting unimpressed. Nevertheless, events like droughts, floodings, famines, melting glaciers and the extinction of species are striking us so directly that it seems impossible to clutch at the distancing dichotomy of nature and culture. Based on the measurable and visible extent of human impact on earth geosciences already invented a new geological era: the Anthropocene. However, its epistemes – like those of other sciences and humanities – seem disposable.

Instead of pursuing dichotomous world views or despairingly taking the escape route of climate change denial into an imagined parallel world, Bruno Latour (2017, 2018) proposes to set out for the ‘critical zone’. The ‘critical zone’ is the thin near-surface layer of earth between the bottom of the groundwater and the tops of the trees. There, rock, soil, water, air, and living organisms constantly interact and constitute through highly complex transformational processes the conditions for all terrestrial life. In this zone, Earth displays its agency relevant to humans. Now it is essential to explore this new territory to understand the inseparable interweaving of humans and terrestrial processes.

Such an exploration raises questions of visibility and display. Therefore, the conference undertakes an image-theoretical expedition into the critical zone to collect evidence to answer the following questions:

  • What are the living conditions for images in the critical zone?
  • Can images be understood as mediators between earth and humans or as agents within the critical zone?
  • Which image strategies arise to stage the new political actant ‘earth’?
  • Do there exist other animalia symbolica (Cassirer) next to humans in the critical zone?
  • How are conditions of visibility in the critical zone configured for its figurative symptoms?
  • How do images form/educate within the critical zone? Ho do they (de-)construct world views?
  • How are images involved in the transformation of knowledge on climate change?
  • How does artistic practice articulate these questions, i.e. as critical pointing gestures and transforming creators?

Please send your proposals for papers (30 minutes) and a short academic CV to Jacobus Bracker and Stefanie Johns until 31 October The success of this expedition is crucially dependant on its interdisciplinary composition. There is no limitation to specific periods, cultures or assemblages as – like with the preceding four conferences ( – historical, cultural, and social contrasts are understood as essential epistemic instruments.

Place and time: Warburg-Haus at the University of Hamburg, 21/22 February 2019.

Organisation: Jacobus Bracker (Institute for Archaeology and Cultural History of the Ancient Mediterranean, Faculty of Humanities, University of Hamburg), Stefanie Johns (Art and Visual Education, Faculty of Educational Sciences,
University of Hamburg).

See full CFP.