[OPE] Panels on Marx - Left Forum 2011

From: Jerry Levy <jerry_levy@verizon.net>
Date: Wed Mar 16 2011 - 09:50:33 EDT

Mar 16, 2011 12:18:23 AM, marcello.musto@googlemail.com wrote:

Dear Colleagues,

I've posted on my website the sessions that I've organized for the Left Forum 2011:


(for more details see also below)

This year's edition will see the participation of about 750 speakers (more than 250 panels), and 3,000 participants during the three-day conference.
Please circulate.

Best regards,
Marcello Musto

Pace University, One Pace Plaza
New York City
March 18 - 20, 2011

1. Marx for Today. Part I: Re-reading Marx in 2010
Saturday 19th March
Panel Session 2, 12:00 - 1:50, Room: E 329
Two decades after 1989, when he was too hastily consigned to oblivion, Karl Marx has returned to the limelight. In the last few years he has not only received the attention of intellectuals, but has also been the focus of widespread interest prompted by the international financial crisis, as leading daily and weekly papers throughout the world have been discussing the contemporary relevance of his thought. Faced with the crisis of capitalist society and the deep contradictions within it, we now once again need to consider the insights of Marx.
What remains of Marx today? How useful is his thought to the struggle for human freedom? What part of his work is most fertile for stimulating the critique of our times? This panel of authors from the special issue Marx for Today of Socialism and Democracy (Routledge, Vol. 24.3, November 2010, ed. M. Musto), will seek to highlight the continuing explanatory power of Marxian categories for contemporary society and to offer new interpretations of some of Marx’s writings, showing his distance from certain dogmatic and economistic Marxisms of the 20th century.
Chair: Hester Eisenstein (Queens College, New York - USA)
George Comninel (York University, Toronto - Canada), Emancipation in Marx’s Early Work Redux
Marcello Musto (York University, Toronto - Canada), Revisiting Marx's Conception of Alienation

Victor Wallis (Berklee College, Boston - USA), 'Lesser Evil' as Argument and Tactic, from Marx to the Present
      Rick Wolff (The New School, New York - USA), In Capitalist Crisis, Rediscovering Marx
       Discussant: Bertell Ollman (New York University, New York - USA)
2. Marx for Today. Part II: Marx’s Global Reception Today
Saturday 19th March
Panel Session 3, 3:00 - 4:50, Room: E 329
During the last few years there has been a huge and widespread resurgence of interest in Karl Marx. New writings on Marx, which were rare 20 years ago, have surged in many countries. There has been an analogous growth in international conferences, university courses and seminars dedicated to Marx. In the context of this ‘Marx renaissance,’ the present panel, based on the special issue Marx for Today of Socialism and Democracy (Routledge, Vol. 24.3, November 2010, ed. M. Musto) will offer a global account of Marx’s influence and of research on Marx during the last decade, encompassing books written on his work; editions of the writings of Marx (and Engels); Marxist journals; and political parties and social movements. What emerges is a fascinating picture of the different ways in which Marx is received, used, criticized, and, in some instances, misinterpreted.
Chair: Marcello Musto (York Univeristy, Toronto - Canada)
Yasin Kaya (York Univerisity, Toronto - Canada), The Marx Renaissance: A Quantitative Assessment on the Publications of and on Marx
Victor Wallis (Berklee College, Boston - USA), Marx in the Anglophone World
Frieder Otto Wolf (Free University, Berlin - Germany), Marx in Germany
Seongjin Jeong (Gyeongsang National University, Jinju - South Korea), Marx in South Korea
Shuangli Zhang (Fudan University, Shanghai - China), Marx in China

3. Roundtable: The Anticapitalist Left in the World Today
Saturday 19th March
Panel Session 4, 5:00 - 6:50, Room: Schimmel
After twenty years of almost unchallenged capitalist hegemony, ideologically characterized by the mantra that there can be no alternative to Neoliberal policies, the world financial crisis has opened new spaces for the anti-capitalist Left.
In Europe, trade unions and social movements, although weaker now, are beginning to fight back against austerity policies that seek to surmount the crisis on the backs of the working class. In Asia, capitalist development is generating dramatic inequalities, while in Latin America new levels of social and democratic participation, whatever their contradictions, have revived hope for the Left throughout the world.
This roundtable, featuring scholars and journal-editors from nine different countries, will explore the controversies surrounding anti-capitalist movements and organizations today.
Chair: Marcello Musto (York University, Toronto - Canada)
Rick Wolff (Rethinking Marxism - USA)
Michael Löwy (Contretemps - France)
Luciana Castellina (Il Manifesto - Italy)
Teivo Teivainen (Globalizations - Finland)
Shuangli Zhang (Contemporary Marxism Review - China)
Michael Krätke (Sozialistische Politik und Wirtschaft - Germany)
Seongjin Jeong (Marxism 21 - South Korea)
Johanna Brenner (Socialist Register - USA)
Baris Karaagac (Praksis - Turkey)

4. The Grundrisse: Another Marx?
Sunday 20th March
Panel Session 5, 10:00 - 11:50, Room: W 626
Written between 1857 and 1858, the Grundrisse is the first draft of Marx’s critique of political economy and, thus, also the initial preparatory work on Capital. Despite its editorial vicissitudes and late publication, the Grundrisse is extremely important for an overall interpretation of Marx’s thought, because it contains numerous reflections on matters that he did not develop elsewhere. Drawing on the collection Karl Marx’s Grundrisse. Foundations of the Critique of Political Economy 150 Years Later (ed. M. Musto, Routledge 2008 [pb 2010]), this panel will demonstrate the relevance of the Grundrisse to an understanding of Capital and of Marx’s theoretical project as a whole, which, as is well known, remained uncompleted. In so doing, it will show a Marx in many ways radically different from the one who figures in the dominant currents of twentieth-century Marxism-Leninism.
Chair: Sean Sayers (University of Kent, Canterbury - England)
Marcello Musto (York University, Toronto - Canada), The Writing of the 'Grundrisse' and the History of their Dissemination
Michael Krätke (Lancaster University), The Grundrisse as a Research Manuscript: Another Step on the Long Road towards Capital
Frieder Otto Wolf (Free University, Berlin - Germany), How to resist the philosophical lure of the 'Grundrisse' craze?
George Comninel (York University, Toronto - Canada), Historical Materialism and Pre-capitalist Modes of Production in the Grundrisse
Discussant: Norman Levine (Institute of International Policy, Phoenix - USA)

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