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Reading the Grundrisse

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
July 15th - 18th, 2008
Aula 3, via Salvecchio 19
Università degli studi di Bergamo
Bergamo Alta

www.unibg.it/Grundrisse2008

Reading the Grundrisse


Programme

Tuesday 15th July, morning session

  • 09:15 - Welcome addresses
    Giancarlo Graziola, Head of the Department
    Mario Cingoli, University of Milano Bicocca
    Peter Thomas, Historical Materialism
  • 09:30 - Howard Engelskirchen (Iowa State University, USA)
    The Grundrisse's Grundbestimmung: Capital in General's Fundamental Determination
  • 11:00 - coffee break
  • 11:30 - Zaira Vieira (University of Paris X / Nanterre, France)
    The universal individuality in the Grundrisse
  • 13:00 - end of the morning session

Tuesday 15th July, afternoon session

  • 15:00 - Andrew Brown (Leeds University Business School, UK)
    Materialism, Spinozism and Dialectics: E.V. Ilyenkov on why 'material production' is the 'object before us' at the outset of Marx's Grundrisse
  • 16:30 - coffee break
  • 17:00 - Patrick Murray (Creighton University, Omaha, USA)
    The Development of Marx's Value-Form Theory in the Grundrisse: Reflections on Backhaus
  • 18:30 - end of the afternoon session

Wednesday 16th July, morning session

  • 09:30 - Martha Campbell (SUNY Postdam, USA)
    Marx's Transition from Simple Circulation to Capital: A Comparison of the Grundrisse, Urtext and Capital, Volume 1
  • 11:00 - coffee break
  • 11:30 - Christopher J. Arthur (University of Sussex, UK)
    The practical truth of abstract labour
  • 13:00 - end of the morning session

Wednesday 16th July, afternoon session

  • 15:00 - Massimiliano Tomba (University of Padua, Italy)
    Pre-Capitalistic Forms of Production and Primitive Accumulation. Marx's Historiography from the Grundrisse to Capital
  • 16:30 - coffee break
  • 17:00 - On the financial crisis
    Interventions of Fred Moseley and Riccardo Bellofiore
  • 18:30 - end of the afternoon session

Thursday 17th July, morning session

  • 09:30 - Fred Moseley (Mount Holyoke College, USA)
    The Whole and the Parts. The Beginning of Marx's Theory of the Distribution of Surplus-Value in the Grundrisse
  • 11:00 - coffee break
  • 11:30 - Guido Starosta (University of Manchester, UK & Historical Materialism)
    The system of machinery and the social and material determinations of revolutionary subjectivity in the Grundrisse and Capital
  • 13:00 - end of the morning session

Thursday 17th July, afternoon session

  • 15:00 - Tony Smith (Iowa State University, USA)
    The Role of the General Intellect in Marx's Grundrisse and Beyond
  • 16:30 - coffee break
  • 17:00 - Geert Reuten (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) & Peter Thomas (Historical Materialism)
    From the 'fall of the rate of profit' in the Grundrisse to the cyclical development of the profit rate in Capital: a fundamental change in Marx's notion of the capitalist mode of production
  • 18:30 - end of the afternoon session

Friday 18th July, morning session

  • 09:30 - Roberto Fineschi (University of Siena, Italy)
    Can we consider the Grundrisse the dialectically most developed version of Marx's theory of Capital?
  • 11:00 - coffee break
  • 11:30 - Riccardo Bellofiore (University of Bergamo, Italy)
    The Grundrisse after Capital, or how to re-read Marx backwards
  • 13:00 - end of conference

Sponsored by

Dipartimento di
Scienze Economiche

Università degli studi di Bergamo
International Symposium
on Marxian Theory

The Conference is part of the Bergamo Unit activities for the Inter-University Research Program Issues of German Classical Philosophy: Edition of Text and Critical Studies 2006 PRIN (funded by The Italian Ministry of University), for which Mario Cingoli is the National Coordinator and Riccardo Bellofiore is the Local Coordinator.


Abstracts
a) Howard Engelskirchen (Iowa State University, USA)
The Grundrisse's Grundbestimmung: Capital in General's Fundamental Determination
b) Zaira Vieira (University of Paris X / Nanterre, France)
The universal individuality in the Grundrisse
c) Andrew Brown (Leeds University Business School, UK)
Materialism, Spinozism and Dialectics: E.V. Ilyenkov on why 'material production' is the 'object before us' at the outset of Marx's Grundrisse
d) Patrick Murray (Creighton University, Omaha, USA)
The Development of Marx's Value-Form Theory in the Grundrisse: Reflections on Backhaus
e) Martha Campbell (SUNY Postdam, USA)
Marx's Transition from Simple Circulation to Capital: A Comparison of the Grundrisse, Urtext and Capital, Volume 1
f) Christopher J. Arthur (University of Sussex, UK)
The practical truth of abstract labour
g) Massimiliano Tomba (University of Padua, Italy)
Pre-Capitalistic Forms of Production and Primitive Accumulation. Marx's Historiography from the Grundrisse to Capital
h) Fred Moseley (Mount Holyoke College, USA)
The Whole and the Parts. The Beginning of Marx's Theory of the Distribution of Surplus-Value in the Grundrisse
i) Guido Starosta (University of Manchester, UK & Historical Materialism)
The system of machinery and the social and material determinations of revolutionary subjectivity in the Grundrisse and Capital
j) Tony Smith (Iowa State University, USA)
The Role of the General Intellect in Marx's Grundrisse and Beyond
l) Geert Reuten (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) & Peter Thomas (Historical Materialism)
From the 'fall of the rate of profit' in the Grundrisse to the cyclical development of the profit rate in Capital: a fundamental change in Marx's notion of the capitalist mode of production
m) Roberto Fineschi (University of Siena, Italy)
Can we consider the Grundrisse the dialectically most developed version of Marx's theory of Capital?
n) Riccardo Bellofiore (University of Bergamo, Italy)
The Grundrisse after Capital, or how to re-read Marx backwards


Conference venue

The conference will be held at the University of Bergamo (Università degli studi di Bergamo, via Salvecchio 19, Aula 3, 1st floor) which is located in the Upper Town, Città Alta (see the maps of the University).

The Upper Town can be reached by bus or by funicular. Bus number 1, which runs every twelve minutes from the railway station, takes you to the funicular (where you will need to show your ticket in order to pass through the gate). Bus number 1A, instead, takes you directly to the Upper Town (final stop at Colle Aperto). Note that tickets may not be bought on board, but are available from newsagents. The cost of the single fare is €1. A ticket for 10 rides ("tesserino per 10 corse") costs € 7.50. The ticket has a 75-minute validity. From the Upper Town you can go back to the Lower Town either by taking the funicular again, or buses 1A/B/C from Colle Aperto. Bus 1C goes as far as Orio al Serio Airport.


Language

The Conference will be in English.


Equipment

All conference rooms are equipped with OHP, microphone and slide or video projector.


Travel Information

Bergamo is in Northern Italy, 52 Km of Milan, on the way to Lake Garda and Venice. Thanks to its international airport (sometimes advertised as 'Milan-Orio al Serio', or Milan-BGY) Bergamo can be reached by low costs flights from many European cities.
Alternatively, participants may fly to Milan (Milano Linate Airport and Milano Malpensa Airport) and take a train or a bus to Bergamo.
Further information on how to reach Bergamo may be found at: How to reach Bergamo.


How to contact us

By email: eventidse@unibg.it
By email: riccardo.bellofiore@unibg.it
Organiser
   Riccardo Bellofiore
   Email address: riccardo.bellofiore@unibg.it
Scientific Committee
   Riccardo Bellofiore, University of Bergamo, Italy
   Mario Cingoli, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
   Roberto Fineschi, Univesity of Siena, Italy
   Fred Moseley, Mount Holyoke College, USA


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