Forthcoming seminars

9–11 January 2019, Paris: PhD Seminar: Marx revisited: Temporalities of neo-liberalism


Marx revisited: Temporalities of neo-liberalism

  • Paris, FMSH, January 9-11, 2019
  • Application deadline: 3rd of December

The 2018 bicentenary of Karl Marx sees a renewed interest in his writings. If the beginning of the new millennium marked a low point in Marxist critical theory’s academic standing – epitomized in Bruno Latour’s highly influential 2001 essay, “Why has critique run out of steam?” –, the shock of the 2008 financial collapse and ensuing debt crises paved the way for an unexpected comeback. Given the dominant neo-liberal paradigm’s inability to provide the tools – in theory as in practice – to cope with the most pressing economic issues of the current crisis, Marx resurfaced as the central theoretical resource for a critical approach to the economic order underpinning and formatting the lived reality of 21st century capitalist society.


Keynote addresses will be delivered by Michel Feher (Goldsmith) and Jacob Lund (Aarhus Universitet).

Application Process

Due to the conference facilities a limited number of places are available. The number of participants will be limited to 15 (10 of which are reserved for participants from the TBLR consortium).

Those who would like to attend should fill in the application form by the 3rd of December (roughly 300 words). If the total number of applicants from TBLR exceeds 10, a selection will be made on the basis of relevance, previous participation in the TBLR program, affiliation and status of PhD training; beyond that, early applications will be prioritized.


The program will consist of plenary key-note lectures (45-minute presentation, 45-minute discussion) and group work. Participant papers will be presented in a conventional conference setting (15-minute presentation, 15-minute discussion). In addition, there will be text reading sessions. Participants can choose between presenting their own work or a theoretical text for a text session.

Working language: English.

Credits: 2/5 ECTS. Participation and presentation will result in 2 ECTS, working over and submitting and editing a version of the presentation (12-15 pages) after the seminar, will yield an additional 3 ECTS. Signed and authorized course diplomas will be bestowed upon each PhD student participant on completion of the course.

Deadline for application

Monday December 3rd. Please include a title and a short abstract (300 words) or indicate if you would prefer to present an article from the reading list (to be posted separately on the TBLR home page). The selection of participants will be ready by Friday the 7th of December.

See full CfP, more information about the seminar and application procedure

Registration and reading list

For further information, please contact

Knut Ove Eliassen or

Frederik Tygstrup

Text, Image, Sound, Space (TBLR)

Text, Image, Sound, Space (TBLR) is a Norwegian doctoral school in the Humanities. Founded in 2004 as a consortium between University of Bergen, NTNU, University of Agder, University of Stavanger, University of Oslo, Nord University and UiT Norway’s Arctic University.

At least once a year, TBLR invites PhD-.students from the participating institutions to a one week PhD training seminar in literary and aesthetic studies with prominent international guest lecturers. TBLR also organizes shorter seminars on selected subjects relevant to a PhD study, such as “academic writing”, “supervision”, “transferable skills”, and specific methodological issues.

There is no tuition fee and TBLR covers the participants' board and lodging for the duration of the seminars (although the participants are usually requested to cover their own travel expenses).

TBLR cooperate with a number of other training schools such as Copenhagen Doctoral School in Cultural Studies (CDS), European Summer School for Cultural Studies (ESSCS). PhD students from the consortium’s partner universities may apply for participation in any course organized by these schools (relevant information will be posted on TBLR’s home page).

Presently, the Board of TBLR consists of Professor Knut Ove Eliassen (NTNU, Head of Board), Associate Professor  Janne Stigen Drangsholt (UiS), Associate Professor Margareta Dancus (UiA), Associate Professor Linda Nesby (UiT), Professor Ina Blom (UiO),  Svein Halvard Jørgensen (Nord University) and Professor Lars Sætre (UiB).

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