Lukács and the World: Rethinking Global Circuits of Cultural Production

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Glyn Salton-Cox, Assistant Professor of English, UC Santa Barbara
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Call for Papers

Lukács and the World: Rethinking Global Circuits of Cultural Production, 20-21st April, 2018, University of California, Santa Barbara

 Organizers: Naoki Yamomoto and Glyn Salton-Cox, UCSB

Keynote Speaker: Tyrus Miller, UC Santa Cruz

 It is again time to take serious account of the thought of Georg Lukács. Thanks, no doubt, to the persistence of Frederic Jameson’s defense, the waning of intellectual currents generally hostile to Lukács including certain strains of American cultural studies, post-Marxism, and poststructuralism, as well as the mounting pressure being brought to bear on modernism as an unproblematically valorized cultural-historical category, the last few years have seen something of a renaissance in Lukács studies. From special editions of journals, ambitious translations projects, to monographs, edited collections, and panels at major conferences, the last few years have seen a resurge in interest in the 20th century’s most prominent Marxist theorist. Recent accounts situate Lukács within a number of important dynamics and contexts, including critical engagements with contemporary theory and social movements, reassessments of the concept of realism, and re-imaginings of Lukács within the dynamics of decolonization.

“Lukács and the World” will bring together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines to articulate a set of perspectives simultaneously and equally attendant to particularized sites of historical reception and to contemporary problematics in the humanities. What, for instance, does it mean for scholarly debates on Marxism and queer theory today that Lukács had a reception among queer writers in Britain in the 1930s? How might we re-think the contemporary paradigm of “alternative modernities” through the prewar and wartime Japanese reception of him not only as a leading Marxist cultural critic but also in the context of German phenomenology? How can we challenge the canonized—i.e., Westernized—view of this Hungarian-born thinker by illuminating his later and more precarious adoption in areas such as Africa, the Middle East, and (post-)socialist Cuba and China? Addressing these previously neglected issues from a truly transnational perspective, “Lukács and the World” aims to articulate a new geopolitical framework for reexamining the history of twentieth-century cultural production and one of its most important theorists.

We invite 250 word proposals from scholars working on any aspect of Lukács’s international reception. We are particularly interested in papers that will address Lukács’s reception beyond Europe and in non-European languages; questions of decolonial and postcolonial Marxist aesthetics; the relationship of theories of gender and sexuality to Lukácsian thought; Lukács and media theory; and the environmental humanities in the light of Marxist theories of totality.

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Deadline: 15th March 2018. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by 22nd March.