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


Rare Bogdanov Photos

Some rare Bogdanov photos courtesy of Simona Poustilnik – see below. Continue reading

Bogdanov Library 8: Cover and Series Page

UPDATE: Volume 8 is available in print – buy here.

Bogdanov Library 8 (The Philosophy of Living Experience) has a cover and a new series page set up by Brill for all items from Bogdanov Library – see here.

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Volume Eight – The Philosophy of Living Experience – Out in November 2015

David Rowley’s translation of The Philosophy of Living Experience (Volume 8 of Alexander Bogdanov Library) is scheduled to appear later in the Fall of 2015 as Volume 111 of Historical Materialism series. Rejoice! 



Bogdanov, “What is Karl Marx?” (Molecular Red Reader)

 You can find a new translation of a short piece by Bogdanov in Molecular Red Reader (Verso) available online to accompany McKenzie Wark’s new book. Continue reading


Book Panel for “Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropecene” by McKenzie Wark

Historical Materialism conference in New York will have a session on McKenzie Wark’s new book – Molecular Red – and will include discussion of Bogdanov:

Saturday, April 25th – Session One (10am – 12pm):


HMNY 2015 will take place at New York University, in New York City, from April 24-26th. 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