Marxist Literary Group Institute on Culture and Society, June 25-29, 2012

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CFP: 2012 MLG Institute on Culture and Society, 06/25-29/2012, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver BC, Canada

Call for Papers 2012 Marxist Literary Group Institute on Culture and Society Special Topic: "Capital, Culture, Communism"
Deadline for Proposals: March 1, 2012.

The Marxist Literary Group's 2012 Institute on Culture and Society (2012 MLG-ICS) will convene this summer on the Vancouver, BC campus of Simon Fraser University on June 25-29. This year's special topic will be "Capital, Culture, Communism." How do these three "Cs" relate to a range of issues in contemporary politics and aesthetics, including

—the recent uprisings in the Arab world, the assault on the welfare state in Europe and North America, the Occupy movement, etc. and how they are to be understood in today's global economy
—the resurgence of religion and other cultural/national affiliations within world politics
—the ongoing necessity to develop adequate analyses of the economy
—the return to the language of "communism" in contemporary social theory and aesthetics —and the ways in which past and present conditions and struggles are represented and, in turn, shaped by various cultural practices and modes of communication?

Is there a distinctively capitalist culture? Is there a distinctively communist culture? Can one imagine a communist culture emerging from a capitalist one? How central is culture to capital and communism? Capital to culture? Can we perceive now the outlines of a future communism? What will remain of capitalist culture in a communist one? Do recent political events--Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring, the global financial crisis--anticipate a future communism?

Current politics, struggles and theories are of course wedded to older histories and theoretical models. How do Marx and other theorists define and represent capital, culture and communism? What is the value of these terms, on their own and/or in relationship to one another? How has the organization and functioning of capital changed? Stayed the same? What are the best strategies for representing capital? Communism? Papers on these topics, as well as others, are welcome. As always, submissions on other topics related to Marxism, including, but not limited to, Marxist considerations of literature or literary considerations of Marxism will be considered. Please also note that the reading groups this year will focus on primary (i.e. Marx/Engels) texts.

The Institute on Culture and Society is run in consecutive sessions, and the discussion is most fruitful when participants stay for the entire Institute. Housing is available on campus, and every effort is made to keep the cost of attendance low. Graduate student participation is subsidized by the Marxist Literary Group. Proposals are welcome for:

Traditional panels
Individual presentations
Film Screenings
Reading Groups (on primary Marxist texts)

All proposals except panel proposals should be a maximum of 250 words in length, and should include title, author, and author's affiliation. Panel proposals should include for each proposed paper a 250-word abstract, including title and affiliation, as well as a title and 100-word rationale for the session itself. Please send submissions (plain text or commonly used file format) by March 1, 2012 to: