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IRI @ Socialism in Our Time Conference — April 13, 2019

Social­ism is on the march. How can a new gen­er­a­tion turn this moment, rad­i­cal­ly open and tur­bu­lent, into a per­ma­nent fea­ture of the North Amer­i­can social land­scape?

On April 13–14, 2019, the Social­ism in Our Time con­fer­ence will explore this ques­tion. It will pro­vide an emerg­ing move­ment the space to ask new ques­tions, iden­ti­fy key chal­lenges, devel­op our under­stand­ing of cap­i­tal­ism, and con­sid­er strug­gles to build an alter­na­tive.

Over two days in New York City, Social­ism in Our Time will bring togeth­er hun­dreds of schol­ars, sea­soned activists, labor orga­niz­ers, union mem­bers, and jour­nal­ists, as well as many who are new to or curi­ous about social­ism. Both new and vet­er­an left­ists will con­nect, dis­cuss, and debate at dozens of pan­els and work­shops.

Location:

James Bald­win School • 351 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

Prosperity Marxism: From Capitalist Scarcity to Communist Abundance

  • The Myth of Scarci­ty and the Neces­si­ty of Pro­le­tar­i­an Extrav­a­gance” — Peter Brat­sis
  • The End(s) of His­to­ry: Over­com­ing the New Moral­ism and Reformism” — Michael Pelias
  • Homo Datum: Emerg­ing Con­tours of the Pol­i­tics of Tomor­row” — Arto Artin­ian

Subjectivity and Strategy Against Accursed Austerity

An exam­i­na­tion of the pos­si­ble ways that new polit­i­cal sub­jec­tiv­i­ties can be con­ceived and cre­at­ed at the present moment of cap­i­tal­ist aus­ter­i­ty, demo­c­ra­t­ic decay, and ide­o­log­i­cal malaise. In par­tic­u­lar, ques­tions of trans-indi­vid­u­a­tion, counter-hege­mo­ny, and eco­log­i­cal demands will be addressed.

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