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NOTICEBOARD

Renewal and One Nation Labour discussion series

Renewal and Labour’s One Nation group of MPs are organising a series of meetings, ‘One Nation putting people first’.

Monday 2 June - Supporting communities for wellbeing and resilience
4.30-6pm, Committee Room 5, House of Commons

Speakers: Stella Creasy (Shadow Consumers Minister), Shabana Mahmood (Shadow Exchequer Secretary), Alison McGovern (Shadow Minister, International Development); Chair: tbc

To attend this event please email onenationregister@gmail.com with WELLBEING as the subject header.

The Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust Annual Lecture 2014

Nancy Fraser - Behind Marx’s ‘hidden abode’: Toward an expanded conception of Capitalism

Chair: Robin Blackburn

Thursday 5 June, 7pm
Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh St, London, WC1H OXG

Tickets: £5 / £2 (concessions) available online.

The current sense of crisis–in economy, ecology, politics, and society is prompting many critical theorists to revisit the problem of capitalism. I salute this return to core issues of social theory after a period of neglect. But received understandings of capitalism are not adequate to 21st century conditions. I propose, accordingly, to re-examine a basic theoretical question: How is capitalism best conceptualized - as an economic system, a form of ethical life, or an institutionalized social order? To answer this question, I will integrate some relatively familiar concepts from Marx with newer insights from feminist, ecological, and political theorizing. Whereas Marx sought the essence of capitalism by looking beneath the sphere of exchange to the “hidden abode” of production, I shall look behind production to abodes that are more hidden still. The result will be an expanded conception of capitalism able better to accommodate the multiplicity of crisis tendencies and social struggles that characterize the 21st century.

Nancy Fraser is Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the New School for Social Research in New York. An Einstein Fellow at the John F Kennedy Institute, Free University of Berlin, she also holds the Chair in «Global Justice» at the Collège d’études mondiales, Paris. Nancy Fraser’s most recent book is Fortunes of Feminism: From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis (Verso, 2013). She is currently working on a book called Crisis, Critique, Capitalism: A Critical Theory for the 21st Century.

For further information visit www.amielandmelburn.org.uk. or email nancyfraserlecture14@gmail.com.

Other forthcoming events:

The Breaking the Frame series: discussions on the politics of technology
Technology dominates our world, but many people think ‘its just a neutral tool’ or that technology = progress. Luddites200 is organising a series of monthly events to look at the technology politics of food, energy, work, gender, war, the economy, health etc.  There will be speakers from campaigning groups and lots of time for discussion.  We are preparing for a 3-day gathering in May 2014 on these issues.

April 14th ‘Mental health’, big pharma and the new eugenics

When: 7pm 2nd Monday of the month
Where: Fairly Square cafe, 51 Red Lion St London WC1R 4PF

For more information visit www.breakingtheframe.org.uk, Facebook: breaking the frame or contact luddites200@yahoo.co.uk.