CFP: [Medieval] Eleventh Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group

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Patrick McHenry
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University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida, 32611, United States

March 26 - 28, 2009

States of Suspension

The Eleventh Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group

Keynote Speaker: Michael Hardt

University of Florida, March 26-28, 2009

If crisis theory centered much of Engels's criticism of Duhring in 1877,
the invocation of the term "crisis" is today no less problematic. Indeed,
while Engels argues that Duhring rejects the historical significance of
industrial crises, one would be hard pressed to argue that the same defines
contemporary manifestations of the term. Faced with the discussions of the
successive crises in the humanities, economic crises, and crises in U.S.
foreign policy, Marxists are at once reminded that between the historical
moment named by the word and the act of naming itself arises the question
of the real work of crisis's political elaboration. This elaborative work
constitutes one of the central tasks of States of Suspension.

The Eleventh Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group investigates
crisis from a Marxist perspective and challenges Marxist scholars to
clarify and explore such questions as: What are the uses of crisis, and
what does crisis produce? What does crisis look like, in terms of both
fictional narratives and historical moments? When and how does an event
become a crisis? How does a critique of crisis work? What does a rhetoric
of crisis reveal and conceal?

Michael Hardt is Professor of Literature and Italian at Duke University.
His recent and current research focuses on legal, political, economic,
social, and cultural dynamics of globalization as well as global resistance
movements and alternatives to neoliberal global capitalism. He is the
author of Gilles Deleuze: A Philosophical Apprenticeship (1993) and
coauthor, with Antonio Negri, of Labor of Dionysus: A Critique of the State
Form (1994), Empire (2000), and Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of
Empire (2004).

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

Aesthetics of crisis
Crisis in and around finance capitalism
Crisis in, posed by, and undertaken by indigenous movements
Crisis of the unemployed and the precarious
Crisis and academia
Reform and revolution
Environmental crisis
Histories of crisis
Narratives of crisis
Images of crisis
Crisis and productivity
Periodizing crisis (or, using crisis to periodize)
Perpetual crisis (out of one crisis, the introduction of its supplement)
Potential inquiries into non-crisis futures
Crisis and revolution / crisis of revolution / revolution of crisis

Please submit a 250-word abstract (and some key words) for a 20-minute
presentation along with a short bio and contact information at the link
below by January 21, 2009. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by
February 6, 2009.

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