FIFTH INTERNATIONAL MARX CONFERENCE
Alterglobalism // Anticapitalism
For an alternative cosmopolitics
Université de Paris-X Nanterre
Wednesday 3 october--Saturday 6 October 2007
Today, at the start of the third millennium, capitalism is deploying a renewed dynamic of servitude and violence. Neoliberalism is bringing about a situation in which the workers of the world are in competition with one another. The fabric of social rights, which decades of struggle by labour and democratic movements had woven, is being unravelled. The effects of neoliberalism on women’s movements and on movements within the Third World are proving equally destructive. It is erasing national identities and autonomies, while cultural diversity is giving way to a range of commodified simulacra. It is driving us towards ecological cataclysm.
However, out of the global dynamic of manifold resistance, there is now evidence that a unifying force is now emerging.
The alterglobalist movement has acted as catalyst to a global nexus of solidarities, though which internationalism has taken on a renewed aspect. It has brought to the forefront a universal call: that another world is possible. In various fields, and from a variety of vantage points, work is in progress whose goal is the definition of the political, economic, cultural and social conditions of such an alternative. Such an inquiry cannot evade the most formidable questions which are involved here: whether such a transformation of the world is possible within capitalism; the way in which we are to figure the outlines of an alternative, non-capitalist world.
The ambition of this Fifth Marx Conference is to bring such issues into debate. The aim is to think through, from the bottom upwards, the question of the contours of an alternative cosmopolitics.
Our call for papers is addressed to researchers working in all fields, and to all research groups, whether or not they are within the academy, which subscribe to the perspective of “another world”.
Conference Organisers:Jacques Bidet
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