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UPDATE: Grave ReMarx: The Accumulating Dead (1/30/05; 3/24/05-3/26/05)

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Megan McKinstry <[log in to unmask]>

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>From: "NICOLE M. LAROSE" <[log in to unmask]>
>
>Subject: UPDATE: Grave ReMarx: The Accumulating Dead (1/30/05;
>3/24/05-3/26/05)
>
>UPDATE: Please note that the deadline for abstracts has been
>extended to January 30th.
>
>
>CALL FOR PAPERS
>
>Grave ReMarx: The Accumulating Dead
>The University of Florida's Marxist Reading Group
>Seventh Annual Conference
>
>Keynote speakers: Warren Montag and Mark Neocleous
>March 24-26, 2005 at the University of Florida
>
>
>How has Marx's promise of a spectre haunting Europe
>been explained away, ridiculed, or destroyed, and at
>the same time how does Marx himself haunt our
>thinking and rethinking of the present world? Rather
>than a revolutionary class haunting the world, today
>the left lingers on an always familiar political
>ground and appears stagnant by its own struggles,
>failures, and deaths. This conference seeks papers
>that either explore the ways in which the spirit of
>revolution has been kept alive through its critique of
>the monstrous side of capitalism, or interrogate
>circumstances in which that same spirit has itself
>assumed a monstrous or ghostly face.
>
>This conference acknowledges that capitalism
>constantly threatens life and tends to reproduce it as
>monstrous. Indeed, in the global context, daily life
>becomes a desperately lived struggle as capital
>continues to undermine, deform, and destroy all forms
>of life. The presence of the monstrous in capital
>permits a discussion of the destructive forces of
>capitalism, and the attempts of the left to resist and
>rise above such destruction on all fronts, such as
>economics, politics, and social/spatial relations. We
>implicitly ask how narratives of the monstrous conjure
>the spirit of marxism, Marx, and the revolutionary
>struggle.
>
>Mark Neocleous is the author of the most thorough
>Marxian critique of the concept of (the) police, as
>well as of key books on Fascism and the nature of the
>state and its administrative apparatus. Neocleous'
>recent work explores the deep roots of Western
>conservative thought, with especial reference to the
>work of Edmund Burke. Targeting the poor and the
>working class in its formative period, Burke's
>metaphors on the monster nurtured--and still
>nurture--capitalism's imaginary and fears.
>Furthermore, conservative tropes such as Burke's
>paved the way for a truly monstrous treatment of the
>working poor by both capital and the state based on
>widespread appeals to security. Neocleous'
>filigreed discussion of conservative narratives expose
>hermeneutics, literature, and narratives in general
>as a decisive political territory of class struggle.
>Dr. Neocleous is a Senior Lecturer at Brunel
>University and a member of the editorial collective of
>the journal Radical Philosophy. He is the author of
>Imagining the State ( 2003); The Fabrication of Social
>Order: A Critical Theory of Police Power (2000);
>Fascism (1997); and Administering Civil Society:
>Towards a Theory of State Power (1996).
>
>Warren Montag's work moves between the political
>thought of philosophers from the seventeenth and
>eighteenth-centuries and the critical theorists of our
>own era. Both Spinoza and Althusser have figured
>particularly in his writing, as has the question of
>philosophy's relation to literature. Besides a
>forthcoming book on Althusser, he has written Bodies,
>Masses, Power: Spinoza and His Contemporaries as well
>as The Unthinkable Swift: the Spontaneous Philosophy
>of a Church of England Man. Professor Montag's
>editorial credits include The New Spinoza, In a
>Materialist Way: Selected Essays by Pierre Macherey,
>and Masses, Classes, and the Public Sphere. His essays
>have appeared in such notable volumes as Ghostly
>Demarcations (ed. Michael Sprinker), a collection of
>responses to Jacques Derrida's Specters of Marx. He is
>professor of eighteenth-century British and European
>literature in the Department of English and
>Comparative Literary Studies at Occidental College.
>
>
>Prospective papers may address (but are not limited
>to) the following:
>
>The police and the monster (or policing monstrosity)
>Dead utopias
>Apocalypse and survivors
>Spaces of interaction between living and dead
>Philosophy and death
>Ghosting identities--selves vanishing, bodies remaining
>Haunted by Melancholy? How should the left deal with
>the "weight of the dead"?
>Problems of Order: Order is the classical conservative
>trope. Yet, does not the Left's sheer rejection of the
>subject relate to the recurrence of defeat and
>divisiveness? How should order be conceived from a
>leftist perspective?
>Literary representations of the dead
>Specters of capital
>Monstrous classes
>Spirits armed and unarmed
>Fascism & the aesthetics and politics of death
>Labor and the living dead
>Monster as biopolitics
>The weight of the dead
>Terror and monstrosity
>Administering monstrosity
>Categorizing life: Monster, barbarian, swarm,
>multitude
>Repression/Consumerism as a way of channeling anxiety
>What is not yet comes as repetition (announces itself
>as a specter)
>Does the future come already dead?
>Reification and death
>Commodity fetishism and the monstrous
>Memories and mourning
>Ghostly remainders
>Death and defeat
>Marx and the living dead
>Subjective and political consequences of alternative
>ways of representing the dead: Ghost, Saint, Domestic
>Voices from the past/voices of ancestors
>Ghostly mediations
>How can we have a vision/taste of the future without
>being haunted or possessed?
>Police noir
>
>Non-traditional or performative panels will also be
>considered.
>One-page abstracts, questions, and comments should be
>submitted to the Marxist Reading Group at
>[log in to unmask] by January 30th.
>
>For more information about our group, conferences, and
>keynote speakers go to www.english.ufl.edu/mrg

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