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[Toronto] International Conference: Marx’s Capital after 150 Years — Critique and Alternative to Capitalism

May 24-26, 2017

​The Marx Collegium
York University

For many scholars today, Marx’s analyses are arguably resonating even more strongly than they did in his own time. This international conference will bring together several world-renowned sociologists, political theorists, economists, and philosophers, from diverse fields and more than 10 countries with the aim of offering diverse scholarly perspectives and critical insights into the principal contradictions of contemporary capitalism and, in so doing, point to alternative economic and social models.

The conference is structured in nine plenary sessions and around several major themes. Among them there are: new interpretations of Capital in light of ecology, non-European societies and gender; the contemporary relevance of Capital; re-reading Capital as an incomplete project after the new critical edition of Marx’s complete work (MEGA²); and the global dissemination and reception of Capital. The presenters will critically reconsider Marx’s magnum opus as a work that continues to provide an effective framework to understand the nature of capitalism and the transformations of our times.


Day 1: Wednesday, May 24

Session 1, 16:00 — 18:00
Senate Chamber, Ross Bldg 940 North

Dissemination and Reception of Capital in the World: A Roundtable

Marcello Musto (York University, Canada)
Michael Kraetke (Lancaster University, UK)
Tomash Dabrowski (Northwestern University, USA)
Babak Amini (London School of Economics, UK)
Seongjin Jeong (Gyeongsang National University, South Korea)
Ricardo Antunes (State University of Campinas, Brazil)
Day 2: Thursday, May 25

Session 1, 10:30 — 12:30
Senate Chamber, Ross Bldg 940 North

The Politics of Capital

Mauro Buccheri (York Univeristy, Canada), The Persistence of Marx’s Humanism: From the ‘Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844’ to ‘Capital’
George Comninel (York University, Canada), The Political Theory of ‘Capital’: Fetishism of Commoditites
Ricardo Antunes (State University of Campinas, Brazil), Circulation, Value, and the New Service Proletariat
Terrell Carver (University of Bristol, UK), Performativity, Parody and Post-Marxism: Reading ‘Capital’ All Over Again

Session 2, 14:00 — 15:45
Vari Hall, Lecture Hall C

Beyond Labour and Capital

Himani Bannerji (York University, Canada), Reading ‘Capital’ for Understanding Violence Against Women in the Era of Neoliberalism
Kevin Anderson (UC Santa Barbara, USA), Multilinearity, Colonialism, and Race in ‘Capital’
Pietro Basso (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy), Had ‘Capital’ Been Written Today

Session 3, 16:00 — 17:30
Vari Hall, Lecture Hall C

New Critical Stances

Leo Panitch (York University, Canada), The Challenge of Transcending ‘Capital’
Moishe Postone (University of Chicago, USA), The Current Crisis and the Anachronism of Value

Session 4, 17:45 — 19:30
Vari Hall, Lecture Hall A

Extending the Critique of CapitaI
Saskia Sassen (Columbia University, USA), When the Material Becomes Invisible: A Conversation with Marx’s Materialities

John Bellamy Foster (University of Oregon, USA), Marx’s ‘Capital’ and the Earth: The Ecological Critique of Political Economy 
Michael Kraetke (Lancaster University, UK), Why and in What Respects is ‘Capital’ Incomplete?
Day 3: Friday, May 26

Session 1, 10:30 — 12:30
Senate Chamber, Ross Bldg 940 North

Elements of Future Society

Marcello Musto (York University, Canada), After Capitalism
Gary Teeple (Simon Fraser University, Canada), The Neglected Chapters on Wages in ‘Capital’
Paresh Chattopadhyay (University of Quebec, Canada), Dialectic of Negativity and the Genesis of Socialism
Alfonso Maurizio Iacono (University of Pisa, Italy), The Ambivalence of Cooperation in Marx’s ‘Capital’
Seongjing Jeong (Gyeongsang National University, South Korea), Marx on Globalization

Session 2, 14:00 — 15:45
Senate Chamber, Ross Bldg 940 North

Capitalism, Past and Present

Etienne Balibar (Paris West University Nanterre La Défense, France), Marx’s Capitalism and Ours
Ursula Huws (University of Hertfordshire, UK), The Household in Marx’s ‘Capital’
Bertell Ollman (New York University, USA), ‘Capital’ vol. 1 in Light of Marx’s Unpublished Works

Session 3, 16:00 — 17:45
Vari Hall, Lecture Hall A

New Grounds of Critique

Silvia Federici (Hofstra University, USA), Marx, Gender and the Reproduction of the Working Class
Bob Jessop (Lancaster University, UK), Marx on the Analysis of Social Formations
Richard Wolff (The New School, USA), Marx’s Economics and Social Movements for Worker Cooperatives

Session 4, 18:00 — 19:30
Vari Hall, Lecture Hall A

Which Marx for Today?
Immanuel Wallerstein (Yale University, USA), The Contemporary Relevance of Marx