April 9th & 10th, 2010
Keynote Speaker: Bruno Bosteels
Department of Romance Languages, Cornell University
EXTENDED SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 29, 2009
Questioning capitalism is no easy enterprise. Discourses interrogating
capitalism have mirrored the trajectory of capitalism itself,
proliferating in a variety of directions and spawning new conceptual
and historical problems with each new decade of confrontation. This
conference aims to open up a space of convergence and dialogue for
disparate trajectories of critical reflection and practical response.
Its title aims to emphasize not only capitalism’s global character—its
relentless expansion beyond various geographical, cultural, and
political “limits”—but at the same time its particularized and often
discontinuous local effects—the subjects, practices, and increasingly
micro-managed spaces it carves out en route.
We would like to solicit papers dealing with a broad range of topics
including, but not limited to:
Legacies and Boundaries of Expansion: Inside, outside, and beyond the
capitalist Nation-State. Alterity, subalternity, and critiques from
the margins. Postcolonialism, decolonization, and anti-colonial
resistance. The metropolis and the collapse of the city/countryside
dialectic. Historical and conceptual origins of capitalist economic
Collectivities and Communes in Resistance: Communism. From parties to
groups, from crowds to constituent power. Capitalism and
Internationalism. Partisanship and/or universalism. Spaces of work and
labors of thought: “immaterial labor,” intellectual culture, and the
marketplace of ideas.
Subjects, Selfhood and Culture: Entrepreneurialist cultures of
selfhood. Consumerist ethics and the conscience market. Neo-archaisms:
the role of tradition and faith under capitalism. Counter-conducts,
indocility, and strategies for “de-individualizing” and
“decapitalizing” the self.
Images, Representations, and Symbols: Ideology and “ideology
critique.” Narratives and mythologies of capitalism in cinema, art,
architecture, and literature. The semiotics of capital.
Power and Neoliberal Governmentality: Biopower and biopolitical
economy. Marxist critique in a paradigm of perpetual crisis
management. “Total Governance”: from managerial rationalities to the
management of life itself. Counter-insurgency, preventative war, and
the securitization of liberty.
Authors should email their submissions to
and should contain a short abstract. As all papers are subject to
anonymous review, papers should not include your name or any other
identifying marks. Your paper title and personal information (name,
institutional affiliation, and phone contact) should be included in
the body of the email.
For further information and updates on the conference, if you have any
questions or problems regarding submissions, or in the event that you
do not receive a confirmation email, please contact Neal Miller at