Historical Material Conference, Londres, 7-10 novembre

Comme chaque année, le journal Historical Materialism organise sa grand-messe, rassemblant bon nombre d’historien-ne-s, sociologues et philosophes travaillant dans une perspective matérialiste. Avec des centaines d’intervenant-e-s, difficile de s’y retrouver (et pour les camarades et connaissances, de se retrouver, tout simplement).

Pour info, si jamais des gens qui voient ce post sont à Londres à ce moment-là, voici la liste des panels auxquels j’essaierai d’assister (seulement à partir de vendredi aprem). Ma propre intervention est le samedi à 13h45, panel 2.


Session F, Friday November 8, 14:15 – 16:00pm

6. History as Method

Chair: Peter Thomas

Samuel Knafo and Benno Teschke, Political Marxism and the Question of Methodology for Historical Materialism

Geoff Kennedy, Political Marxism and the Social History of Political Thought:  Outlines of a Method

Clemens Hoffmann – ‘The Heterogeneity of Universalism: Making Sense of the ‘Dual Spread’ of Modernity: Debating Capitalism and the Inter-State System beyond Europe’

Session G: Friday November 8, 16:15 – 18:00

5. Gender and the Making of the Working Class

Chair: Lucia Pradella

Estelle Cooch, Trouble at t’Mill – class and gender in the 1853 Preston lock-out

Margot Beal, Domestic work in and around 19th century Lyon (France): gender and class conflicts within the household

Sian Moore, Gender and the making of the English Working class: the Bradford worsted industry 1780-1845


Friday November 8, 18:15 – 20:00pm

Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Prize Lecture

Chair: Gilbert Achcar

David McNally – ‘Monsters of the Market’


Session H: Saturday November 9, 9:15 – 11:00am

7. How Bourgeois Were the Bourgeois Revolutions?

Chair: Mary Robertson

Neil Davidson

Charles Post

Colin Mooers

Ou bien : 8. Marxism, Revolution, Insurrection

Chair: Matteo Mandarini

Peter Hallward, Blanqui and Marx Reconsidered [NOT THURSDAY]

Anindya Bhattacharyya, Karl Korsch as a precursor of Alain Badiou

Harrison Fluss, Rational Tyranny: On Hegel, Robespierre, and Revolutionary Crisis

Nathaniel Boyd, Stratification and Status: Hegel’s Interrogation into Modernity’s Foundational Split

Session I: Saturday November 9, 11:15 – 13:00 pm

9. Critical Perspectives on Rancière

Chair: Alberto Toscano

Ledys Sanjuan Mejia – « We Speak in Tongues »: A Woman of Colour Critique of Ranciere’s Political Subject

Knox Peden – The Irony of Equality: Rancière’s Control Group

Max Kubinyi – Reflections on the Making of Revolutionary Agency in E.P.Thompson and Jacques Rancière

Session J: Saturday November 9, 13:45 – 15:30 pm

 2. The Politics of Trade Unionism

Chair: Dimitris Milonakis

Immanuel Ness on State Repression of New Workers Movements

Sai Englert, Zionism, workers and the Histadrut: laying the foundations of the Israeli state

Samuel Hayat, The role of representative government in the making of the French labour movement


Session K: Saturday November 9, 15:45 – 17:30 pm

9. Politics and Morality from Machiavelli to E.P. Thompson

Chair: Peter Thomas

Jeremie Barthas – Marx with Machiavelli. A Genealogy of the Critique of Economic Fetishism.

Carlos Frade on EPT, The political meaning of the plebs’ moral economy in Thompson vis-à-vis the people’s desire in Machiavelli and its implications for a communist political strategy

William Dixon and David Wilson – E.P. Thompson and the Moral Depletion Hypothesis


Session L, Sunday November 10, 10:00 – 11:45 am

9. Revisiting the Making of the English Working Class

Chair: Adam Hanieh

Bryan Palmer, History as Argument: The Contrarian Analytics of E P Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class

Matthew Roberts, E. P. Thompson, Luddism and The Making of the English Working Class

Kostas Kanellopoulos – The remaking of the Greek working class

Session M, Sunday November 10, 12:00 – 13:45 pm

6. Crossing borders: writing the histories of Marxism in a transnational perspective

David Mayer, ‘Transnational Marxism in Latin America –actors and ideas in connection’

Bertel Nygaard, ‘Young Marx to the North: The use of Marx and Engels in Denmark during the 1840’s’

Jean-Numa Duncange, ‘What is Marxist historiography? Elements for a transnational historical method’


Session N: Sunday November 10, 14:30 – 16:15 pm

3. Althusser and Politics 2

Chair: Peter Thomas

Thomas Carmichael – Atomism and Class Formation: Louis Althusser and the underground current            of class struggle

Laurent de Sutter – Louis Althusser and the Theatre of the Trial

William Lewis – Philosophical Cosmopolitanism and Class Politics

Juha Koivisto – Discussant


Closing Plenary Sunday November 10: 17:00 – 19:00 pm

Labour, Race and Gender in the Making of the World Working Class

Chair: TBC

David Roediger – The Self-Emancipation of U.S. Slaves:  The Jubilee of Freedpeople and Freedom for All

+ other speakers to be confirmed



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