Marx and Marxism 2023: Democracy against capitalism?
Renewing historical materialism
Against the backdrop of a historical period marked by a rapid and profound narrowing of democratic spaces, the event’s theme centers on the contemporary conditions of capital reproduction and the dynamics of social conflicts that arise in this process. The objective is to undertake a reevaluation of the structural antagonism between capitalism and democracy, and to examine the significant contributions made by Marx and the Marxist tradition in this realmgainst the backdrop of a historical period marked by a rapid and profound narrowing of democratic spaces, the event’s theme centers on the contemporary conditions of capital reproduction and the dynamics of social conflicts that arise in this process. The objective is to undertake a reevaluation of the structural antagonism between capitalism and democracy, and to examine the significant contributions made by Marx and the Marxist tradition in this realm.
Liberal-biased political science has explained this more recent trend of democratic restriction through analyzes that emphasize the breaking of the tolerance pact by political agents, which would give rise to disrespect for institutions and the pursuit of the annihilation of their opponents. Thus, they present elaborations that face as secondary the historical conditioning factors of the movement of agents, being unable to reach the effective roots of the ongoing processes.
Undoubtedly, it is within the Marxist traditions that we can find some of the most sophisticated tools for overcoming this theoretical and historical myopia. In this sense, the book by Ellen Meiksins Wood stands out in particular, providing the inspiration for the title of Marx and Marxism 2023.
We invite submissions of original research papers that explore 12 thematic axes:
- Capital accumulation, crisis, and attacks on democracy
- State and politics: radicalization of democracy versus revolution?
- Education, capital, and democracy
- Social struggles in and against capitalism
- Culture and art against capitalism
- Race, gender, and class: democracy for whom?
- Environmental crisis, capital, and democracy
- Democracy, right to the city, and transformations in the countryside
- Global rise of the far right and neo-fascism
- Imperialism and geopolitics: the failure of the “export” of democracy
- Renewing historical materialism: developments of Marxist theory in current capitalism
Call for papers
The colloquium will only accept submissions of complete papers, within the limits of the thematic axes of the event.
Submissions must be made by June 1, 2023. The list of approved papers will be released by June 20, 2023. As usual in academic events, the Scientific Committee will not issue opinions justifying the selection of papers.
Date: September 11th to 15th, 2023.
Venue: Universidade Federal Fluminense. Campus do Gragoatá, Niterói – Rio de J.
Submission period: from April 22 to June 1, 2023.
Font: Times New Roman, 12 points and with 1.5 spacing between lines;
Size: minimum of 10 and maximum of 30 pages in A4 format, including bibliography and notes;
Include abstract of up to 250 words and 3 to 5 keywords;
IMPORTANT: submitted papers must be in pdf format. No other format will be accepted.
- Anonymous texts for evaluation must not contain any references that could identify the authors.
- Full papers written in Portuguese, English and Spanish will be accepted.
- Only unpublished works will be accepted. Articles already published, even with merely formal changes (title, section names, etc.), are not considered unpublished.
- Each participant may submit only two papers, either as an author or as co-author.
- Each paper may contain a maximum of 3 co-authors.
- Each paper must have at least one registered author.
- By sending the article, the authors declare to be aware of the rules of submission and selection by the Scientific Committee.
- Non-compliance to any of the above rules will lead to automatic disapproval of all papers within the session before the evaluation by the scientific committee. There will be no refund of the submission fee in these cases.
US$80.00 per paper. If the paper is approved, it will also be necessary for an author to register as a work presenter (registration opens on June 23, 2023). The author who will register as a paper presenter will not pay a registration fee. Only one author per work can register under this condition. The others must register as listeners (the registration fee will be US$25.00).
The presentation will take place exclusively in person, during the space reserved in the event schedule. The work must be presented orally, with the use of slides being optional. The time reserved for each presentation is 30 minutes.
Portuguese, English and Spanish.