Call for Papers
Theme: Borders and Boundaries
Type: 5th Annual Marx Now! Conference
Institution: Danish Society for Marxist Studies
Copenhagen Business School
Location: Copenhagen (Denmark)
On behalf of the Danish Society for Marxist Studies, I forward the
Call for Abstracts for our fifth annual Marx Now! conference, which
will take place at Copenhagen Business School in Copenhagen, Denmark,
on October 9-10 2020. The theme for this year’s conference is Borders
In previous years, there has been a slant toward philosophy,
intellectual history, and political theory, but we invite scholars
from all disciplines to participate.
A note on COVID-19: We are of course monitoring the ongoing global
health crisis closely. The Danish response has been one of the
earliest and most severe in Northern Europe, but at the moment there
is nothing that suggests it will not be possible to safely hold a
conference in Copenhagen by October. However, should it become
necessary we will of course take appropriate steps. Please be
advised, though, that the Danish government has previously been quick
to utilise travel bans as a part of its crisis response and that
there might therefore be travel restrictions in place. You can read
more at the website of the Danish ministry of foreign affairs here:
Borders and Boundaries
Capital knows no bounds, yet thrives in a world of borders and
boundaries; between classes, between individuals, between nation
states, between politics, economy and household, between production
and reproduction. These divisions define the terrain of capital, as
well as the struggles against it.
The nation state, which has been the main frame of reference and
struggle for left-wing politics since the First World War, remains
exposed to the economic and political pressures of global capital as
well as the threat of nationalist recuperation. Right-wing parties
have proven uniquely capable of leveraging this national(-ist)
framework to reframe the widespread anger with the economic and
political system following the 2008 financial crisis, in order to
capture power. Meanwhile, novel and increasingly deadly border
regimes have been developed in the US, EU and beyond, and new ones
are currently proliferating across the globe in response to the
global COVID-19 pandemic.
Capital not only traverses and transcends national borders and
boundaries but is also driven to transgress the natural limits of
life on the planet, while nation state competition hinders any
meaningful response to the impending ecological collapse. We are
currently entering a new epoch, where capital erodes not only its own
foundations but also the preconditions of human survival as such.
The Danish Society for Marxists Studies wants to interrogate and
address the significance of these borders and boundaries to
contemporary capitalism and anticapitalist struggles. We therefore
invite contributions on this and related topics for the fifth annual
Marx Now conference. Topics might include (but are absolutely not
- The relationship between capitalism and the international state
system, including war and the construction of border regimes in
historical or contemporary perspective.
- The relationship of nationalism(s) and fascism(s) to capitalism and
the nation state system, as well as the recent rise of right-wing
nationalism and populism.
- The origins and significance of the structural division of social
life under capitalism into separate spheres, i.e., domestic, economic
and political spheres, as well as productive and reproductive labour,
their particular dynamics, struggles and interrelations. The limits
to capital accumulation and the subsumption of different spheres of
social and natural life.
- The causes of and responses to the unfolding climate crises within
global capitalism and the international system.
- The relationship between limited value production and unlimited
asset valorisation in the financial sector.
Our ambition with the annual Marx Now! conferences is also to create
a common platform for critical and emancipatory research in Denmark.
For this reason, as in previous years, we are also happy to welcome
papers that do not directly touch upon this year’s theme but
contribute to these research traditions in some other way or form.
Please submit your abstract of 200-300 words to
firstname.lastname@example.org no later than June 15, 2020. Abstracts
and presentations may be in Danish or English. Presentations are c.
20 minutes; you are not required to pre-circulate a paper, though you
are welcome to do so.
Participation in the conference is free, but registration is required
About the organisers
The Danish Society for Marxist Studies (Danish: Selskab for
Marxistiske Studier) is an independent academic society in Denmark.
The purpose of the society is to further interest and research in
Karl Marx, Marxism and Marxist studies at Danish universities and
other institutions of higher learning. For this purpose, SMS
organises the annual conference Marx Now! where scholars, students,
and others can present ongoing research, and where we are committed
to crossing the narrow disciplinary borders that have always been a
part of modern academia, but which Marxism has never fitted inside.
We thus understand ‘Marxism’ in the broadest possible sense as the
critical tradition emanating from Marx in its entire historical and
theoretical breadth and depth, and SMS is not committed to any one
particular theoretical or political position.
Magnus Møller Ziegler
Department of Philosophy and the History of Ideas
School of Culture and Society
Jens Chr. Skous Vej 7, 1465-1467
DK-8000 Aarhus C
Phone: +45 8716 2759
Mobile: +45 4094 4031