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>From: "MARTIN,REGINA K" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: CFP: 9th Annual Marxist Reading Group Conference (1/15/07; 
>3/29/07-3/31/07)
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>The Ninth Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group
>
>Moments of Futurity: From Present Conditions to Material(izing)
>Horizons
>Keynote Speaker: Fredric Jameson
>March 29-31 at the University of Florida
>
>Underwritten as it is by narratives of progress, rhetorics of
>novelty, and the logic of speculation, capitalism asserts a
>monopoly on futurity, both as a semantic category and a material
>horizon. While globalization ideologues insist that history has
>ended and trumpet the present as the future (or, as Thomas
>Friedman and Merrill Lynch put it in 1999, "The World is Ten Years
>Old"), Marxism proposes a radically different narrative. The Ninth
>Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group investigates the
>future from a Marxist perspective and challenges Marxist scholars
>and activists to reclaim the category of futurity.
>
>Marxist theory and criticism are saturated by a rhetoric of the
>historical: historical materialism, history as class conflict, the
>imperative to historicize. But what is the history of the future
>in Marxism?that is, how is the category of the future configured
>in various Marxisms? In what ways could an engagement with
>futurity, as a semantic, temporal, and material category, lead
>beyond the notorious theory/practice impasse? How do we look
>beyond the material conditions of the present to find material
>horizons? Answers to such questions can be located in a host of
>fields spanning the humanities and the social sciences, and they
>can be informed by a variety of theoretical dimensions: Can one
>historicize the future? Can dialectics reveal horizons? Can
>totalized mappings of the present also grasp at the future? Do
>utopian projects lead the way? Ultimately, this conference seeks
>papers that think the future via Marxist theory.
>
>Fredric Jameson will provide the keynote address for this
>conference. The William A. Lane Professor of Comparative
>Literature and Romance Studies at Duke University, Jameson has
>been among the leading voices of Marxist theory for decades, and
>his contributions to literary and cultural theory have impacted
>the fields of literature and theory indelibly. He is the author of
>Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, The
>Political Unconscious, and recently Archaeologies of the Future.
>
>
>Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:
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>Historicizing futurity
>Representations of futurity
>The future and the literary
>Rhetorics of futurity
>Utopia
>Science Fiction
>The future of capitalism
>The future of activism
>The revolutionary class
>Communism
>The "end of history"
>Globalization
>Future(s) Markets
>Marxism and New Media
>The future as nostalgia
>Nostalgia for the future
>Resisting futurity
>
>Please submit 250-word abstracts for a 20-minute presentation
>along with a short bio and contact information at the link below
>by January 15, 2007.
>
>http://grove.ufl.edu/~gsg/bwwc/index.php?cf=5
>
>Authors of accepted papers will be notified by February 5, 2007.
>Questions about the conference may be directed to
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>
>--
>MARTIN,REGINA K

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