CFP: [Theory] Marxism East and West: MLA 2009 Special Session

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Robert Tally
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Call for Papers:
Marxism East and West

Proposed Special Session Panel
MLA Convention, Dec. 27-30, 2009
Philadelphia, PA

The advent of globalization has brought Marxist critical theory to a
crossroads, as production, consumption, distribution, and labour are
constellated in a worldwide network of power relations that seem to
undermine the traditional critique of capitalism formed in the mid-
nineteenth-century. But even as the post-Cold War rhetoric of the
capitalist West trumpeted the end of communism (or, á la Francis Fukuyama,
the End of History), the twenty-first is already being declared “The
Chinese Century,” and China, after all, remains a putatively Marxist
state. In this panel we wish to explore the challenges of and to Marxism,
while focusing attention on the distinct aspects of Marxian thought in the
East and the West. By sharing ideas on the role and future of Marxism in
the world today, we hope to highlight the geographical specificity as well
as the historical grounds for Marxist criticism in the age of
multinational capitalism.

Please submit a 300-word abstract and brief CV to Robert Tally
( and Rita Wu ( by March 6.

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