SSPP Panel at SPEP

20 10 2010





2nd CFP: Roundtable on Marx’s Capital

16 08 2010

The Society for Social and Political Philosophy is pleased to issue a
CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS
for a Roundtable on Marx’s ‘Capital’

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, February 24-27, 2011

Keynote address by Harry Cleaver
Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin, and author of ‘Reading Capital Politically’

The SSPP’s second Roundtable will explore Volume One of Marx’s ‘Capital’ (1867). We chose this text because the resurgence in references to and mentions of Marx – provoked especially by the current financial crisis and global recession, but presaged by the best-seller status of Hardt and Negri’s ‘Empire’ and Marx’s surprising victory in the BBC’s “greatest philosopher” poll – has only served to highlight the fact that there have arguably not been any new interpretive or theoretical approaches to this book since the Althusserian and autonomist readings of the 1960s.

The question that faces us is this: Does the return of Marx mean that we have been thrust into the past, such that long “obsolete” approaches have a newfound currency, or does in mean, on the contrary, that Marx has something new to say to us, and that new approaches to his text are called for?

The guiding hypothesis of this Roundtable is that if new readings of ‘Capital’ are called for, then it is new readers who will produce them.

Therefore, we are calling for applications from scholars interested in approaching Marx’s magnum opus with fresh eyes, willing to open it to the first page and read it through to the end without knowing what they might find. Applicants need not be experts in Marx or in Marxism. Applicants must, however, specialize in some area of social or political philosophy. Applicants must also be interested in teaching and learning from their fellows, and in nurturing wide-ranging and diverse inquiries into the history of political thought.

If selected for participation, applicants will deliver a written, roundtable-style presentation on a specific part or theme of the text. Your approach to the text might be driven by historical or contemporary concerns, and it might issue from an interest in a theme or a figure (be it Aristotle or Foucault). Whatever your approach, however, your presentation must centrally investigate some aspect of the text of ‘Capital’. Spaces are very limited.

Applicants should send the following materials as email attachments (.doc/.rtf/.pdf) to papers@sspp.us by September 15, 2010:
• Curriculum Vitae
• One page statement of interest, including a discussion of a) the topics you wish to explore in a roundtable presentation, and b) the projected significance of participation for your research and/or teaching.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process via email on or before October 15, 2010. Participants will be asked to send a draft or outline of their presentation to papers@sspp.us by January 15, 2011 so that we can finalize the program.





Updates

2 02 2010

Sorry for the light posting. The Society has been busy over the last few months, even if the blog has not.

The SSPP panel at SPEP — Anarchism and Philosophy — attracted quite a crowd, wit people standing and sitting on the floor. Conversation rotated around the degree to which anarchism was taken seriously as theory, as philosophy, and whether this was the right question altogether. Is there something in anarchist thought that is inherently hostile to systematization? Conversely, when anarchists have turned to philosophical theories, what have been the hesitations? What political failures could be traced to failures of the imagination, and how can some strains of anarchist thinking help us to overcome these failures?

Our panel at the APA Eastern — Envirnmental Philosophy as Political Philosophy — was also well attended and lively. I’m hoping to bring some first hand reports to the blog soon.

Finally, several SSPP members presented at the Historical Materialism conference in NYC in January. The conference was quite lively, quite youthful, and quite exciting, and every panel seemed to attract more people than the room could hold.  Bill Lewis presented on Henri Lefebvre’s philosophy of science; Hasana Sharp presented on Spinoza’s theoretical antihumanism; Jason Read presented on transindividuality and species being; and I presented on Paolo Virno’s reading of Aristotle.  I haven’t memorized the membership, so if other members presented, please let me know and I’ll add you to the list.





December 6, 20 years later

6 12 2009

The Sexual Assault Center of McGill Student’s Society invited me to speak at a beautiful memorial they organized. I was terrified of the prospect, but it felt important to think and write in response to the massacre in the city I now call home. It was great two stand up there following the reflections of two feminist colleagues. Below are my remarks.

December 6th

Fourteen women were killed twenty years ago today for being women. Fourteen others were injured, including four men. The ripples of violence continued as some survivors killed themselves, only to be followed by the suicides of grief-stricken parents. This was a surprise attack by a heavily armed assailant intent on mass murder and suicide. Some students never even saw the shooter before being hit by a bullet. Some students were able to bar him out with a locked door; at least one woman argued with him; many fled; many hid; two huddled women were discovered and executed; some got help in time; fourteen did not. Fourteen women were killed for being women, and many more people were hurt in ways that remain incalculable. There is almost nothing these women could have done. Most violence against women is not like this.

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Two Job Openings at John Jay

26 11 2009

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, tenure track, beginning Fall 2010.  4-3 course load, semester system. Tenure-track faculty are eligible for a total of 24 hours of reassigned time in their first five years to engage in research and publication. We seek teachers and researchers committed to public higher education. Usual committee work and non-teaching duties. AOS: Philosophy of Law. AOC: Open. Qualifications: Ph.D. required for appointment to Assistant Professor; we will consider candidates within one year of completing their PhD for the rank of Instructor. Scholarly promise and demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching are required. Applicants should send a letter of application, CV, recent writing sample, three letters of recommendation, statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabus, and teaching evaluations to Professor John P Pittman, Chairperson, Philosophy (Law Search), John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 899 Tenth Avenue, Suite 325T, New York, NY 10019. Complete applications must reach the department by 30 November 2009 for proper review. Faxed materials will NOT be accepted. The department will hold interviews at the APA Eastern Division Meeting in New York City, December 27-30,2009. Inquiries may be directed to the chairperson by email at jpittman@iiay.cuny.edu or by telephone at (212) 237-8331. John Jay College is an EO/AA/IRCA/ADA Employer.

 

Associate/Full Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics and Criminal Justice Ethics (Routledge) journal editor. Beginning Fall 2010. Ph.D. required. This appointment is envisioned at the Full Professor level; however, extraordinary candidates at a lower rank will be considered. Opportunity to teach in the Criminal Justice – and, through the CUNY Graduate Center — Philosophy doctoral programs. We seek a researcher and teacher committed to public higher education. AOS: Criminal Justice Ethics, or a willingness to move in the CJE direction and one of the following AOS: Professional Ethics/Applied Ethics, Human Rights, Political Philosophy; AOC: Open. Expectations: Distinguished scholarship and ideally national/international recognition. Editorial experience. Track record of grant achievement. Interest in organizing ICJE sponsored workshops/conferences. Demonstrated excellence in teaching. Applicants should send a letter of application, CV, recent writing sample, three letters of reference, sample syllabus, statement of teaching philosophy, and teaching evaluations to Professor John P Pittman, Chairperson, Philosophy (CJE Search), John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 899 Tenth Avenue, Suite 325T, New York, NY 10019. Complete applications must reach the department by 30 November 2009 for proper review. Faxed materials will NOT be accepted. The department will hold interviews at the APA Eastern Division Meeting in New York City, December 27-30,2009. Inquiries may be directed to the chairperson by email at jpittman@iav.cunv.eduor by telephone at (212) 237-8331. John Jay College is an EO/AA/IRCA/ADA Employer.





CFP: Roundtable on Marx’s Capital

10 11 2009

The SSPP is pleased to issue a CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS for a

 Roundtable on Marx’s Capital

  Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, February 24-27, 2011

Our second Roundtable will explore Volume One of Marx’s Capital (1867).  We chose this text because the resurgence in references to and mentions of Marx – provoked especially by the financial crisis, but presaged by the best-seller status of Hardt and Negri’s Empire and Marx’s surprising victory in the BBC’s “greatest philosopher” poll – has only served to highlight the fact that there have not been any new interpretive or theoretical approaches to this book since Althusser’s in the 1960s.

The question that faces us is this: Does the return of Marx mean that we have been thrust into the past, such that long “obsolete” approaches have a newfound currency, or does in mean, on the contrary, that Marx has something new to say to us, and that new approaches to his text are called for?

The guiding hypothesis of this Roundtable is that if new readings of Capital are called for, then it is new readers who will produce them.

Therefore, we are calling for applications from scholars interested in approaching Marx’s magnum opus with fresh eyes, willing to open it to the first page and read it through to the end without knowing what they might find. Applicants need not be experts in Marx or in Marxism.  Applicants must, however, specialize in some area of social or political philosophy.  Applicants must also be interested in teaching and learning from their fellows, and in nurturing wide-ranging and diverse inquiries into the history of political thought.

If selected for participation, applicants will deliver a written, roundtable-style presentation on a specific part or theme of the text.  Your approach to the text might be driven by historical or contemporary concerns, and it might issue from an interest in a theme or a figure (be it Aristotle or Foucault).  Whatever your approach, however, your presentation must centrally investigate some aspect of the text of Capital.  Spaces are very limited.

Applicants should send the following materials as email attachments (.doc/.rtf/.pdf) to papers@sspp.us  by September 15, 2010:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. One page statement of interest in the Roundtable.  (Please include a discussion of the topics you would be willing to explore in a roundtable presentation.  Please also discuss the projected significance of participation for your research and/or teaching.)

Ben Fowkes’ translation of Capital (Viking/Penguin, 1976) is the official translation for the Roundtable, and should be used for page citations. However, applicants are strongly encouraged to review either the German text of Capital (the 2nd edition of 1873 is the basis for most widely available texts) or the French translation (J. Roy, 1872-5), which was the last edition Marx himself oversaw to publication; both of these are widely available on-line.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process via email on or before October 15, 2010.  Participants will be asked to send a draft or outline of their presentation to papers@sspp.us by January 15, 2011 so that we can finalize the program. 

In order to participate in the Roundtable (but not to apply or to be selected), you must be a member of the Society in good standing. You can become a member of the Society by following the membership link at: www.sspp.us





SSPP @ Historical Materialism in NYC?

29 09 2009

Would any members be interested in joining me in putting together a panel to present at the Historical Materialism Conference, January 14-16, 2010 in NYC?  The due date is November 1, so we would have to work fast.  I was thinking about us maybe discussing the place of Marxian methodology in academic philosophy &/or political theory in the united states, but I am open to any suggestions.

Respond in comments below, please, and, if we get a core group, we can coordinate the submission by email.

thanks,

William Lewis, treasurer and e-board member









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