What is Left of Marxism? Historiography and the Possibilities of Thinking with Marxian Themes and Concepts

In Zeiten weltanschaulicher Harmonie nach dem Kalten Krieg haben marxistische Argumente in der Geschichtsschreibung an Schlagkraft eingebüßt, oder aber marxistische Analysen haben sich unauffällig in neuere Felder wie Cultural Studies, Gender Studies oder Postcolonial Studies eingeschlichen. Diese Konferenz will das marxistische Erbe der Geschichtsschreibung neu diskutieren und für neue Zugänge fruchtbar machen.

What is Left of Marxism? Historiography and the Possibilities of Thinking with Marxian Themes and Concepts
Workshop organized by the Leibniz Research Group “The Contemporary History of Historiography” at the University of Trier 22-23 May 2018 on the occasion of the 200th birth anniversary of Karl Marx (05.05.1818-14.03.1883)

Programme 22. Mai 2018
 

Panel A - Modes of Production Before Industrial Capitalism Chair

08:45
Introductory remarks

A: Modes of Production Before Industrial Capitalism Chair

Brigitta Bernet (Uni Basel u. Trier)

09:00-09:45
Reading Marx in the Divergence Debate
Kaveh Yazdani (Uni Bielefeld)
Discussant: Benjamin Zachariah (Uni Trier)

09:45-10:30
Marxism and the Debates on Slavery in Brazil
Jorge Grespan (University of São Paulo)
Discussant: Jürgen Osterhammel (Uni Konstanz)

10:30-11:00
Coffee

11:00-11:45
Mahmud Isma’il and his Historical-Materialist Approach to the History of the Medieval Islamic World
Amar Baadj (Uni Bonn u. Trier)
Discussant: Benjamin Zachariah (Uni Trier)

11:45-12:30
Marxist Historiography and the Ancient Near East: The Impact of Marxist Writings on the Historical Interpretation of the Ancient Near East in Retrospect
Mohammed Maraqten (Uni Heidelberg)
Discussant: Amar Baadj (Uni Bonn u. Trier)

12:30-13:00
Final discussion for Panel A

13:00-14:30
Lunch

Panel B - Class Conflict and Subaltern Groups Chair

B. Class Conflict and Subaltern Groups Chair
Benjamin Zachariah (Uni Trier)

14:30-15:15
The Critique of Political Economy and the Politics of Moral Economy
Mischa Suter (Uni Basel)
Discussant: Josef Ehmer (Uni Wien)

15:15-16:00
From Meridionalismo to Microstoria: The Southern Question’s Impact on Italian Historiography
Brigitta Bernet (Uni Basel u. Trier)
Discussant: Josef Ehmer (Uni Wien)

16:00-16:30
Final discussion for Panel B

16:30-17:00
Coffee

Panel C - Marxist Approaches to Global History

C. Marxist Approaches to Global History Chair
Lutz Raphael (Uni Trier)

17:00-17:45
Marx and Today's Global History
Matthias Middell (Uni Leipzig) 
Discussant: Jürgen Osterhammel (Uni Konstanz)

17:45-18:30
Marx, Globalisation, and the Reserve Army of Labour
Preben Kaarsholm (re:work HU Berlin)
Discussant: Josef Ehmer (Uni Wien)

19:30
Dinner

Programme 23. Mai 2018

Panel C - Marxist Approaches to Global History

09:00-09:45
Modes of Production - Past Debates and Future Potential of a Key Marxist Notion
David Mayer (Uni Wien/ IISG Amsterdam)
Discussant: Benjamin Zachariah (Uni Trier)

09:45-10:15
Final discussion for Panel C

10:15-10:45
Coffee

Panel D - Futures Present

D. Futures Present Chair
Amar Baadj (Uni Bonn u. Trier)

10:45-11:15
Marxist Techné? Tactical Lessons from the History of Science and Technology
Kavita Philip (UC Irvine)
Discussant: Jürgen Osterhammel (Uni Konstanz)

11:15-12:00
Postcolonialism and Marxism
Sudipta Kaviraj (Columbia University, New York)
Discussant: Lutz Raphael (Uni Trier)

12:15-12:45
Final discussion on Panel D

12:45-13:00
Concluding discussion

13:00
Lunch