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On the occasion of Karl Marx’s 200th birthday this year, numerous conferences, edited volumes and special issues have celebrated his work by focusing on its main achievements – a radical critique of capitalist society and an alternative vocabulary for thinking about the social, economic and political tendencies and struggles of our age. Albeit often illuminating, this has also produced a certain amount of déjà vu. Providing an occasion to disrupt patterns of repetition and musealization, Krisis proposes a different way to pay tribute to Marx’s revolutionary theorizing. We have invited authors from around the globe to craft short entries for an alternative ABC under the title “Marx from the Margins: A Collective Project, from A to Z” – taking up, and giving a twist to, Kevin Anderson’s influential Marx At the Margins. The chief motivation of this collaborative endeavour is to probe the power—including the generative failures—of Marx's thinking by starting from marginal concepts in his work or from social realities or theoretical challenges often considered to be marginal from a Marxist perspective. Rather than reproduce historically and theoretically inadequate differentiations between an ascribed or prescribed cultural, economic, geographic, intellectual, political, social, or spatial centre and its margins, the margins we have identified and inspected are epistemic vantage points that open up new theoretical and political vistas while keeping Marx’s thought from becoming either an all-purpose intellectual token employed with little risk from left or right, or a set of formulaic certitudes that force-feed dead dogma to ever-shrinking political circles.

We have welcomed short and succinct contributions that discuss how a wide variety of concepts – from acid communism and big data via extractivism and the Haitian Revolution to whiteness and the Zapatistas – can offer an unexpected key to the significance of Marx’s thought today. The resulting ABC, far from a comprehensive compendium, is an open-ended and genuinely collective project that resonates between and amplifies through different voices speaking from different perspectives in different styles; we envisage it as a beginning rather than as an end. In this spirit, we invite readers to submit new entries to Krisis, where they will be subject to our usual editorial review process and added on a regular basis, thus making this issue of Krisis its first truly interactive one. The project is also an attempt to redeem, in part, the task that the name of this journal has set for its multiple generations of editors from the very beginning: a crisis/Krise/Krisis is always a moment in which certainties are suspended, things are at stake, and times are experienced as critical. A crisis, to which critique is internally linked, compels a critique that cannot consist simply of ready-made solutions pulled out of the lectern, but demand, in the words of Marx’s “credo of our journal” in his letter to Ruge, “the self-clarification (critical philosophy) of the struggles and wishes of the age”.

Index

Introduction

Introduction

Krisis

Biographies Marx from the Margins

Krisis

Articles

Essays

Acid Communism

Matt Colquhoun

Anarchism

Harriet Bergman

Animals

Eva Meijer

Association

Johan Frederik Hartle

Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies

Johan Frederik Hartle

Beauty Industry

Nora Ruck

Bohème

Drehli Robnik

Big Data

Gerald Raunig & Raimund Minichbauer

Bonapartism

Ido de Haan

Biocapitalism

Susanne Lettow

Borders

Serhat Karakayali

Caste

Urs Lindner

Chinese Mode of Production

Wang Ran

Commoning

Anette Baldauf, Moira Hille & Annette Krauss

Cultural Marxism

Marc Tuters

Debt

Joost de Bloois

Dependency

Emmanuel Renault

Digital Labour

Marc-Antoine Pencolé

Dirty Capitalism

Sonja Buckel & Lukas Oberndorfer

Double Socialization of Women

Florian Knasmüller, Nora Ruck, Max Beck & Katharina Piening

Enthusiasm

Andrew Poe

Exclusion

Gianfranco Casuso

Educating the Educators

Chad Kautzer

Extractivism

Jeff Diamanti

Fake News

Marc Tuters

Fame

Katharina Hausladen

Fascism

Özgür Yalçın

General Intellect

Roberto Nigro

Golden Age

Pepijn Brandon

Haitian Revolution

Jeanette Ehrmann

Housing

Michael Klein

Imperial Mode of Living

Markus Wissen & Ulrich Brand

Infrastructure

Darin Barney

Insurgent Universality

Massimiliano Tomba

Intellectual Property

Felix Stalder

Intersectionality

Birgit Sauer

Jacobinism

James D. Ingram

Judenfrage

Ido de Haan

Juridification

Bianca Tavolari

Living Learning

Lina Dokuzovic

Lukács Archives

János Weiss

Lumpenproletariat

James D. Ingram

Marxist Critique of Post-colonialism

Nikita Dhawan

Master-Slave Dialectics (in the Colonies)

Mariana Teixeira

Militant Research

Tania Herrera

Moral Pluralism

Li Yitian

Municipalism: From the Commune to the Municipalist Movements

Gerald Raunig & Niki Kubaczek

Needs

Max L. Feldman

Non-citizens

Yolande Jansen

Non-simultanity of the Simultaneous

Mauro Basaure

Post-colonial Critique of Marxism

Nikita Dhawan

Prefiguration

Mathijs van de Sande

Queering Capitalism

Gundula Ludwig

Queerness

Sudeep Dasgupta

Precarias a la deriva

Julia Tirler

Precarization and Credit

Isabell Lorey

Religion as the Opium of the People

Zafer Yılmaz

Sabotage

Darin Barney

Satire

Daniel de Zeeuw

Social Reproduction

Ankica Čakardić

Social Republic

Bruno Leipold

Social Unionism

Sanem Güvenç-Salgırlı

Subaltern Studies

Sudeep Dasgupta

TINA

Christian Neuhäuser

University

Sina Talachian

VOC

Pepijn Brandon

Weak Resistance

Ewa Majewska

Whiteness

Nicola Lauré al-Samarai & Peggy Piesche

Workerism

Roberto Nigro

Vampirism

Dan Hassler-Forest

Working Poor

Dan Swain

Zapatistas: Between Us and Them

Gerardo Montes de Oca Valadez

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News
Mapping the New Right Wave
2018-04-29 19:57:38

Liberal democracy today is in crisis, or, more accurately, in a state of siege. Not only in the United States but in much of Europe and in many nations across the globe, we are witnessing the advent of a new era of antidemocratic politics, much of it with increasingly authoritarian features.

— Wendy Brown, Peter E. Gordon, and Max Pensky, Authoritarianism: Three Inquiries in Critical Theory (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018)

How to respond to the rise of the new right as it expands with electoral gains and rhetorical force in the public domain? The Dutch writer Henk van Straten recently likened the dilemma to being caught in a wave, heading somewhere dangerous, yet feeling unable to change its direction. The image of citizens seized in a right-wing wave refers both to those attracted to elements of right-wing politics, as well as those repulsed by it but unable to find anchors for resistance or imagining viable alternatives.

The figure of the wave emphasizes aspects of the new rights’ effective organizational and communicative practices. It shapes how the new right is discussed as a symptom, a threat, a result of prior forces, or a warning for future developments. It also affects the process and form of resistance. For individuals and collectives, experiencing the new right as a wave informs how they feel empowered or helpless in relation to it, how hopes and fears become articulated and embodied, and so on.

While the description and experience of the new right as a wave seems ubiquitous across different political settings and shared in many countries, its specific meanings and functions diverge in each context – and depending on the perspective taken. An incumbent government will articulate the wave-like character of the new right differently than a member of a right-wing youth movement; for a union member in Brazil the ‘new right wave’ means something different than for a union member in the Netherlands.

How to critically deconstruct the wave as a way of describing and experiencing this political moment? How to explore its vital elements? How can we see across different local settings without losing a sense of their specificities? In addition to reflections on the figure of the wave as a particular way of framing the current political moment, we invite academic or artistic contributions that map the rise of the new right from an (inter)national comparative perspective, with a specific emphasis on responses and (the problems of) resistance in each setting. Shorter essays with a regional focus are welcomed as well.

The formats of the contributions can vary from (peer-reviewed) articles (5000-8000 words) to essays (2000-5000) and book reviews (1500-2500). Abstracts can be submitted here until June 30th 2019. See here for additional information on submissions.

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2018-04-28 10:36:41

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Op maandagavond 11 juni presenteert Gijs van Oenen zijn nieuwe boek Overspannen Democratie. Hoge verwachtingen, paradoxale gevolgen, in Spui 25, van 20-21.30u. Er is een discussiepanel bestaande uit de hoogleraren politicologie Sarah de Lange en Tom van der Meer; de gespreksleiding is in handen van Irena Rosenthal. Het boek is inmiddels al in de winkel verkrijgbaar! Wie wil komen: het is gratis, wel even aanmelden.
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Op maandagavond 11 juni presenteert Gijs van Oenen zijn nieuwe boek Overspannen Democratie. Hoge verwachtingen, paradoxale gevolgen, in Spui 25, van 20-21.30u. Er is een discussiepanel bestaande uit de hoogleraren politicologie Sarah de Lange en Tom van der Meer; de gespreksleiding is in handen van Irena Rosenthal. Het boek is inmiddels al in de winkel verkrijgbaar! Wie wil komen: het is gratis, wel even aanmelden.
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2018-04-27 09:20:33

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Op vrijdag 1 juni wordt aan de hand van de thema’s kennis, kunst en kritiek naar de herinnering en actualiteit van 1968 gekeken in Vox-Pop in Amsterdam.
Met workshops, paneldiscussies, exposities, en aan het eind van de dag kritiese poezie & performances.

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Op vrijdag 1 juni wordt aan de hand van de thema’s kennis, kunst en kritiek naar de herinnering en actualiteit van 1968 gekeken in Vox-Pop in Amsterdam.
Met workshops, paneldiscussies, exposities, en aan het eind van de dag kritiese poezie & performances.

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2018-04-26 12:09:31

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