There has been a significant update to the “Marx and Philosophy” conference schedule. Instead of hosting the conference over two days, as originally planned, the conference will now take place on Saturday, February 22 only.

The graduate student conveners of the conference are responding to this call. As such, the conference will now take place on Saturday, February 22 only. Please see the modified schedule below.

Marx and Philosophy
Saturday, February 22
Maude Fife Room, Wheeler Hall 315
UC Berkeley

Étienne Balibar once proposed that, while “there is no Marxist philosophy and there never will be,” Marx (and all that this name signifies) “is more important for philosophy than ever before.” This two-day conference takes up the question of the relation between Marx and philosophy, both historically and in the current conjuncture. How have theorists—the Frankfurt School, Operaismo, the Situationists, Althusser and his students, etc.—deployed Marx’s concepts, and to what philosophical ends? What are the risks/rewards involved in thinking philosophically with Marx? Long-running debates over structural Marxism, humanism, ideology, praxis, and the culture industries have given way to contemporary Marxist scholarship on a range of philosophical topics, from temporality to theories of affect to the politics of translation. In four panels and two keynote addresses, 13 scholars will gather to frame new philosophical approaches to the works of Marx and his interlocutors.

9 am Opening remarks

9:15 am Jason Bircea (UC Berkeley) “The Sound of Depopulation in Oliver Goldsmith’s The Deserted Village
9:30 am Samar Nattagh (UCLA) “Contradiction, Cynicism and the Revolution: How Does it All End?”
9:45 am Dave Mesing (Villanova University) “Aeration and the Tactic of Political Subjectivity”
10 am Questions and Discussion

10:15 am Coffee Break

10:30 am Ted Stolze (Cerritos College) “Effortless Collective Action: Marxism and Wu-wei”
11 am Eleanor Kaufman (UCLA) “Surface Critique: Althusser, Foucault, and the Problem of Ricardo”
11:30 am Massimiliano Tomba (UC Santa Cruz) “Freeing History from History: The Eighteenth Brumaire Today
12 pm Questions and Discussion

12:15 pm Lunch

1 pm A. Kiarina Kordela (Macalaster College) “Marx’s Historical Materialism and Ternary Ontology”
1:30 pm Banu Bargu (UC Santa Cruz) “Catching a Moving Train: Decolonizing Aleatory Materialism”
2 pm Siarhei Biareishyk (University of Pennsylvania) “Jacobi and Heine: Critiques of Marxism before Marx”
2:30 pm Questions and Discussion

2:45 pm Coffee Break

3 pm Keynote #1: Vittorio Morfino (University of Milan-Bicocca) “Capital’s Footnotes on Lucretius and Darwin”

4 pm Keynote #2: Warren Montag (Occidental College) “Drawing Lines of Demarcation: The History of a Concept”

5-6 pm Group Discussion

Conveners: Joseph Serrano, Dylan Fagan, Nicholas Anderman, and Lauren Pearson. For more information please contact Joseph Serrano (, Dylan Fagan (, Nicholas Anderman (, or Lauren Pearson (

This event is co-sponsored by The Program in Critical Theory, The Townsend Center, The Graduate Assembly, The Social Science Matrix, The Berkeley Network for a New Political Economy, The Departments of English, Anthropology, Sociology, German, Rhetoric, and French, and the following Chairs: Florence Green Bixby Chair in English, John F. Hotchkis Professor of English, Rachael Anderson Stageberg Endowed Chair, Class of 1936 First Chair.