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Symposium Announcement: "A New Materialism?" April 1-2 at the University of Michigan

"A New Materialism? Rethinking the History of Global Capitalism at the Nexus of Culture and Political Economy."

April 1-2, 2016 at the University of Michigan
An Eisenberg Institute Forum

This two-day symposium will showcase original essays from leading cultural, intellectual, urban, labor, and literary historians engaged with various forms of global capitalism. The papers stretch across two centuries and several continents: from antebellum shoe factories and disaster relief camps in the Jim Crow South to the strange career of black liberalism and the fashion runways of the 1970s. We begin with a pair of questions. What would it look like to write critical histories of capitalism unencumbered by the reductionist logics of historiographical "turns"? And how might we begin to think across the conceptual zero sums (culture vs. economy, discourse vs. material conditions, semiotics vs. big structures) that have so often circumscribed discussion in this area?

Rather than presenting the "new history of capitalism "as a turn "beyond" or "away from" previous modes of questioning, we seek to bridge and disrupt, combine and complicate.

On April 1st, there will be three panels featuring pre-circulated faculty papers, a formal comment, and intensive discussion building on previously posted online responses.

On April 2nd, there will be two final panels driven by questions and presentations from Ph.D. students and postdocs at five different institutions.

Confirmed panelists:
• Howard Brick (Michigan)
• Elspeth Brown (Toronto)
• Kathleen Brown (Penn)
• Nathan Connolly (NYU)
• Jay Cook (Michigan)
• Konstantin Dierks (Indiana)
• Geoff Eley (Michigan)
• Nan Enstad (Wisconsin)
• Alison Isenberg (Princeton)
• Susan Scott Parrish (Michigan)
• Seth Rockman (Brown)
• Andrew Zimmerman (George Washington)

For additional information and registration instructions, please see the symposium website: http://sites.lsa.umich.edu/newmaterialism/

Posted: March 24, 2016
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia