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Cultures of Uneven and Combined Development; June 13, 2014
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University of Warwick UK
Confirmed speakers: Professor Justin Rosenberg (The University of Sussex),Neil Davidson (The University of Glasgow),Professor Neil Lazarus (The University of Warwick)
“From the universal law of unevenness thus derives another law which . . . we may call the law of combined development – by which we mean a drawing together of the different stages of the journey, a combining of separate steps, an amalgam of archaic with more contemporary forms” (Leon Trotsky, The History of the Russian Revolution).
In recent decades the concept of ‘uneven and combined development’ (U&CD) has come to occupy an increasingly significant position in academic assessments of society and culture. The rise of globalized capitalism, the aggressive expansion of economic neoliberalism, and the associated emergence of global modernity as key concerns of cultural theory have all contributed to a resurgence in the deployment of this term. Together these developments therefore constitute a crucial evolution of the concept from its original inception in the early twentieth century writing of Leon Trotsky. This resurgence is witnessed, for instance, by works such as Michael Löwy’s The Politics of Combined and Uneven Development (1982), Franco Moretti’s Modern Epic: The World-System from Goethe to García Márquez (1996), Fredric Jameson’s A Singular Modernity (2002) and a recent series of articles by political scientist Justin Rosenberg.
• What are the new material forms that U&CD takes under neoliberalism, and how do they initiate changes in the forms of their representation?
We invite abstracts of no more than 300 words for papers of 20 minutes in length, accompanied by a short biographical note. Please email all abstracts and inquiries to the convenors at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for the receipt of all abstracts is Sunday the 16th of March 2014.
Further information is also available on the conference website: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/events/culturesofunevenandcom...
This conference is funded by the Institute of Advanced Study, the Humanities Research Centre, The Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, and The Department of Politics and International Studies (P.A.I.S.)