Capital Times; or the time of capital-ACLA 2014 NYU-Deadline: Nov. 15

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Seminar Organizer(s):
Mayra Bottaro (University of California, Berkeley/University of Oregon)

Accepting the old adage that time is money, requires us to examine the interdependent temporal structure of capital accumulation and labour-power. Marx never wrote on "the time of capital", but the concept of time-as-measure is fundamental to understand his theory of value as materialized labour. The movement of capital is defined as the self-valorization of value, the "substance" of which is formed by congealed human labour. And if this is devoid of any specific quality or subjectivity, how can its temporality be measured? If capital is a historically specific relation of production, how can we conceive of the temporal structure of this relation? Does the circular movement of capital produce an intrinsic "capital-time" which transcends extrinsic chronometric time? Is there a specific "time of capital" beyond or above it? While there is a homogeneous, cyclical, and "time-less" time of capitalism, there is also a disruptive, revolutionary opening-up of historical time. What are the consequences of this double bind (a historical process within time -such as political struggles, social relations- vs. time itself as a repetitive time of capital)? If industrial capitalism is linked with clock time, and late capitalism with a speeded up, 24/7 networked time, could attempts to build new alternative economies be understood as making a new time? How does the untimely manifest? What does a pre- or post- capitalistic temporality entail? How can we articulate the relations between time, power and agency within the context of neoliberal forms of governance? All disciplines and periods are welcomed.
SEMINAR KEYWORDS: Critique, Time/history, Capitalism, Temporality, Marxism