Call for Papers

Historical Materialism Sydney Conference 2017 — Capital and the revolt against capitalism

15th May 2017


Capital and the revolt against capitalism


The sixth annual Historical Materialism Sydney conference on new Marxist research will be held at The University of Sydney New Law Building on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th December, 2017.


Call for papers:

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Marx’s Capital and the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Both anniversaries raise vital questions for Marxist theory and practice today. How can value theory inform an analysis of modern capitalism? What can we learn from history and how do we understand theory and politics in the changed conditions of the 21st century in Australasia and around the world? What do contemporary debates around social reproduction mean for the Marxist tradition? And how should Marxist theory and practice inform an understanding of and resistance to today’s ecological crisis?


HM Sydney 2017 Conference: Capital and the revolt against capitalism welcomes papers addressing the questions of Capital, capitalism and anti-capitalist politics. We continue to welcome papers on all general topics of interest to the Marxist tradition but particularly encourage papers on the following themes:

  • Capital and value 150 years on
  • Socialism and ecology
  • Social reproduction and oppression
  • Capital and critical receptions of Capital 
  • Revolutionary history and politics since 1917
  • Art and culture in and after the Russian revolution
  • Socialism and populism today

This year the conference will feature a keynote by Jason W. Moore, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Binghamton University, and Coordinator of the World-Ecology Research Network. In 2015 Jason published the widely praised and debated Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology & the Accumulation of Capital (Verso). His research fields include political ecology, agro-food studies, historical geography, social and spatial theory, environmental history, environmental humanities, political economy, world history, and neoliberalism.

Please send proposals for papers and panels to by Friday 4 August 2017. Proposals should be no more than 250 words. Papers should be 20 minutes long, and panels may include three speakers.