Call for Papers
Marxism in Culture
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 musics, 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. We welcome 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. As with all the best examples of Marxist work, we hope
to provide a forum for analysis that while it looks to the past is also
marked by an urgent sense of present realities.
Potential Contributors should contact: Warren Carter, Department of History of Art, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.
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