Marxism in Culture

Venue: Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR, North block, Senate House

Time: Friday 17:30

Convenors: Matthew Beaumont, Dave Beech, Alan Bradshaw, Warren Carter, Gail Day, Steve Edwards, Larne Abse Gogarty, Esther Leslie, Luisa Lorenza Corna, David Mabb, Antigoni Memou, Andy Murray, Nina Power, Dominic Rahtz, Pete Smith, Peter Thomas, Alberto Toscano, Marina Vishmidt.

The Marxism in Culture seminar was set up in 2002 in the aftermath of the large international conference on Marxism and the Visual Arts Now held at UCL in April of that year. Speakers have included: Caroline Arscott, David Cunningham, Angela Dimitrakaki, Carol Duncan, Tom Gretton, Suman Gupta, Simon Jarvis, Stathis Kouvelakis, David Margolies, Paul Mason, Stewart Martin, Fred Orton, Alex Potts, Marcus Rediker, Adrian Rifkin, Fred Schwartz, Greg Sholette, Blake Stimson, James Van Dyke, Marina Vishmidt, Ben Watson, O.K. Werckmeister, the Warwick Research Collective (WREC) and many more. Marxism in Culture actively supports the research of postgraduate students and early career researchers.

This seminar series was conceived to provide a forum for those committed to the continuing relevance of Marxism for cultural analysis. Both "Marxism" and "culture" are conceived here in a broad sense. We understand Marxism as an ongoing self-critical tradition, and correspondingly the critique of Marxism's own history and premises is part of the agenda. "Culture" is intended to comprehend not only the traditional fine arts, but also aspects of popular culture such as film, popular music, and fashion. From this perspective, conventional distinctions between the avant-garde and the popular, the elite and the mass, the critical and the commercial are very much open for scrutiny. All historical inquiry is theoretically grounded, self-consciously or not, and theoretical work in the Marxist tradition demands empirical verification.

Marxism in Culture welcomes contributions that are concerned primarily with principles and methods as well as those that focus on the interpretation of particular cultural practices, historical or contemporary.

Autumn Term 2018
DateSeminar details
12 October
17:30
The Production of a Factographic Object
Andy Fisher
IHR Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR

26 October
17:30
Lev Shestov and Walter Benjamin: A Constellation
Matthew Beaumont
IHR Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR

9 November
17:30
Reproduction, Care and Curating. A Viewpoint from the Archive
Barbara Mahlknecht
IHR Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR

23 November
17:30
Material and Social Poetics
IHR Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR

7 December
17:30
‘…in a world blank and bare’: Reading Raymond Williams and Edward Thompson on William Morris
Nick Beech
IHR Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR

Spring Term 2019
DateSeminar details
1 February
17:30
Marx's Phenomenology of History in the 'Eighteenth Brumaire'
Andrew Cole (Princeton)
IHR Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR

15 February
17:30
The Substance of Symbolic Value: Museums, Collections, and the Appearance of Value in Art
Nizan Shaked (California State University, Long Beach)
IHR Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR

1 March
17:30
John le Carré and the Cold War
Toby Manning
IHR Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR

15 March
17:30
Contradictions in Time: Art and Resistance in Postwar Austria
Rose-Anne Gush
IHR Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR