International Studies Association (ISA), San Francisco (3-6 April 2024)
Dancing the dialectic to the tune of the philosophy of internal relations
To draw from Doreen Massey in Spatial Divisions of Labour, it has become commonplace to assert that space is relational and yet the real meaning of the slogan has still to be taken on board. This sort of criticism holds most weight in international theory that has seemingly adopted the relational turn by silencing any connection to Marxist dialectics. To name just a few, whither the engagements with Henri Lefebvre, Bertell Ollman, Doreen Massey, Derek Sayer, Silvia Federici, David Harvey or Ariel Salleh on the philosophy of internal relations and dialectics? As Marx himself stated, ‘I sweated plenty ascertaining the things themselves, i.e. their interconnection’. How is it that the historical materialist insights of dialectical theorising can be marginalised and silenced within the present self-image of international theory? What alternative dialectical rhythms to relationality are revealed by addressing a genuinely Marxist curiosity? This panel welcomes contributions from across the gamut of heterodox perspectives on social reproduction theory, racial capitalism, Marxism-Feminism, world-ecology, eco-socialist and historical geographical materialisms with a particular focus on internal relations and dialectics.
If you are interested in joining this panel, please send through your proposed abstract (maximum 200 words), title (maximum 50 words) and three keywords to Alejandro Colás (A.Colas@bbk.ac.uk) or Adam David Morton (Adam.Morton@sydney.edu.au) by 11:59pm 28 May (AET).