Alexander Bogdanov Library (Historical Materialism Series at Brill)

The Historical Materialism Book Series at Brill has initiated a project to publish ten volumes of English translations of the major theoretical and polemical works of the Russian Social-Democrat, Alexander Bogdanov (Alexander A. Malinovsky, 1873-1928). Continue reading

Bogdanov’s The Science of Social Consciousness Available in Russian (Scanned PDF)

A high quality scan available here - this book will be translated into English as Volume 6 of Bogdanov Library.

More sources in Russian here.

CFP: Historical Materialism New York, April 24-26, 2015

Historical Materialism Conference New York: Returns of Capital
New York University, April 24-26, 2015

Capitalism is “back,” in more ways than one. Since the crisis of 2008, academics and commentators beyond the usual confines of the Marxist left have once again begun discussing capitalism as a system. Debates about class, exploitation, and inequality have assumed a prominence they have not seen in decades, exemplified in the media event surrounding the publication of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century. Prompting these discussions is a capitalism that has “returned to form.”. Austerity, casualization and precarity, and naked class aggression—attributes of capitalism proper rather than merely its neoliberal variant—have intensified. The years since the crisis have suggested that neoliberalism was no mere interlude, but rather a prelude to the “new normal.” But how “new” is this normalcy? Aspects of capitalism in the Victorian era are back—and for now, here to stay. Although this is in no way unprecedented, they represent new challenges to Marxist inquiry. Continue reading

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Pre-Order Mckenzie Wark’s Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene

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The book’s Part 1 deals extensively with Bogdanov’s views on labor and nature.

Table of Contents below the fold.

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Alexander Bogdanov Panel at Historical Materialism (New York, April 27th, 2013)

UPDATE: The audio of the panel is found here.

Historical Materialism conference in New York will have a session on Alexander Bogdanov:

Saturday, April 27th – Session One (10am – 12pm):

MCKENZIE WARK – “And Worsening the Climate for Decades”: Bogdanov, Systems Theory, Critical Theory and Climate Change

EVGENI V PAVLOV – Bogdanovshchina: A Certain “Reactionary Philosophy” and the Birth of Dialectical Materialism

RESPONDENT: Elizabeth Kendall

CHAIR: Aaron Jaffe

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