UPDATE: [Theory] CFP: The 11th Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group

full name / name of organization: 
Michael Mayne
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*Deadline extended: 2/2/09*

Hi all,

I want to let you know about our next MRG conference here at the University of Florida for March
26-28, 2009. We have confirmed Michael Hardt as our keynote. Below you will find the full CFP,
which you can also view at the conference website: http://grove.ufl.edu/~gsg/bwwc/index.php?
For more information on our group and our past conferences, go here:

Please let me know if you have any questions. Hope to see you all in March! Best, Mike

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

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: An Apprenticeship in Philosophy (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 *February 2, 2009*. Authors of
accepted papers will be notified by February 6, 2009.


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