Transforming our lives. Transforming the world.
Feminist scholarship has increasingly returned to focus on capitalism for an exploration of how gender regimes operate globally. Both scholarly work and activist knowledge production show a revitalization of the tradition of Marxist-Feminist thought through a critical dialogue with indigenous, Black and queer inspired feminist traditions.
The main experience haunting feminist Marxists today (and not only them) is the experience of crisis. Forced migration and widening inequality across and within countries in the north and south are the most palatable manifestations of a human crisis. The crisis of nature is visible in an ever-increasing number of natural catastrophes, which hit predominantly poor and vulnerable populations. The related economic crisis is analysed under the notion of 'financialisation', which aims to emphasise intensified profiteering and inequality during this phase of neo-liberal capitalism.The legacy of the economic crisis is one of 'permanent austerity'. While vulnerabilities abound, the possibilities to care for those who are most vulnerable are decreasing, rather than broadening – a process analysed by feminists as the crisis of care. Whether these crises have different causes and feed off each other, or whether they are seen as different facets of one and the same crisis is an open debate. What we can observe though, is that they lead to the strengthening of conservative, nationalist, racist, and misogynist movements across the globe.
Thus, one of the central questions we as Marxist-Feminists have to answer is how we can stem this tide of increasing right-wing radicalism and translate those crises into Marxist-Feminist strategies for a transformation of ourselves and the world, two processes, which, as Marx formulated, constitute two sides of the same coin:
The materialist doctrine concerning the changing of circumstances and of education forgets that circumstances are changed by people and that it is essential to educate the educators. (…) The simultaneity of changing the circumstances and of the human activity or self-changing can be conceived and rationally understood only as revolutionary practice.
(Marx and Engels, 2010)
We think that the method we suggest for this third Marxist-Feminist Conference is appropriate, or maybe even necessary for the task lying ahead, namely transforming ourselves and transforming the world.
This broad call can be broken down into a wide number of sub (and related)-themes, of which we name but a few:
- Social Reproduction and the Relations of Production
- Nature, Capitalism and Gender
- The Crisis of Care – A Feminist Issue – or Gender Relations as Relations of Production?
- The Critique of Everyday Life: a Form of Reproducing the Structures of Capitalism or a Source of Resistance?
- Transnational Feminist Struggles. Working Agendas
- A Marxist-Feminist Frame for Understanding the Crisis of Solidarity in Europe
- Conceptualising and Learning from Resistance. Epistemological and Practical Challenges
- Feminist Collective Work towards Real Utopias
The call for contributions for this conference is currently open. More information about the format of the workshops and conditions for participation are available on the conference website: 3rd International Marxist-Feminist Conference 2018 – Call for participation