Apr 12th 2019

Capitalism and Social Theory: A Conference In Memory of Moishe Postone

@ Regenstein Library

1100 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Opening Friday, April 12th, from 9AM - 6PM

On view through Saturday, April 13th

Moishe Postone, who died in March of last year, was a preeminent interpreter of Marx’s critical theory, a thinker of international renown, and a major intellectual presence at the University of Chicago, where he was the Thomas E. Donnelley Professor in the History Department and the College. Sponsored by the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, where he served as co-director, the conference brings together Moishe’s friends, colleagues, and intellectual collaborators. We will reflect on his ideas and further explore the broad range of topics that his thinking and writing have illuminated. We hope to conjure up something of Moishe’s sorely missed presence – his incisiveness, his breadth of interests, his political and moral passions, his wit, and his unending practice of constructive critique.

Check out the Capitalism and Social Theory Conference website for more information.

Registration is not required, but is encouraged.

Friday, April 12
9:00-9:30: Opening remarks, Lisa Wedeen (3CT)

9:30: Coffee

10:00-12:00 Chair: William Sewell
-Martin Jay, “Postone and the Vicissitudes of Abstraction.”
-Patrick Murray, “The Illusion of the Economic: Social Theory Without Social Forms.”
-Robert Hullot-Kentor, “Postone and the Essay as Form.”

12:00-1:30: Lunch

1:30-3:30 Chair: Lisa Wedeen
-Bob Meister, “Moishe and Money”
-Benjamin Lee, “The ‘Value’ of Derivatives”
-Edward LiPuma, “Gifts and the Commodity”

3:30 Coffee Break

4:00-6:00 Chair: Stacie Kent
-Aaron Benanav, “In What Sense Is the End of Work a New Beginning?”
-Jean Comaroff and John Comaroff, “After Labor”
Geoff Eley “Class Formation, Politics, and Structures of Feeling.”

Saturday, April 13
9:30: Coffee

10:00-12:00 Chair: Jonathan Levy
-Andrew Sartori, “Smith, Arendt, and the Possibility of Social Theory”
-Eric Santner, “Marx and Manatheism”
-Viren Murthy, “Beyond Particularity and Universality: Moishe Postone’s Historical Time and Marx’s Jewish Question”

12:00-1:30: Lunch

1:30-3:30 Chair: Andrew Sartori
-Neil Brenner, “Critical Theory and the Mutation of the Urban Question: Towards the Real Subsumption of the Hinterland?”
– Andrew Sloin, “The Soviet Union and the Development of Global Capitalism”
-Stacie Kent, “Commercial Circulation and Abstract Domination.”

4:00-6:00 Chair: TBD
-Nancy Fraser, “Rethinking Socialism: An Expanded View”
-Eli Zaretsky, “Capitalism and Time”
-Craig Calhoun, “The End of Capitalism or Another Transformation?”


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