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Contradictions of High-tech Capitalism

Invitation to the XVIII. InkriT-Conference 2014

The Institute for Critical Theory (InkriT) invites you to its annual conference from June 19th to 22nd, 2014 in the ver.di-Bildungs- und Begegnungszentrum Clara Sahlberg in Berlin-Wannsee. The theme of the conference is:


»Contradictions of High-tech Capitalism«.

The conference theme – approved by last years‘ plenary meeting of the InkriT fellows – resulted from the discussions of the financial and economic crisis of transnational high-tech capitalism at last years’ conference. We want to explore the ambiguities of many of the new technologies in the contradictory field between productive forces and relations of production.



Planned topics: big data/internet of things, artificial intelligence/robotics, 3D printing, high-frequency trading, brain research, organ transplantation. Confirmed speakers include Niels Boeing (Hamburg), Mercedes Bunz (London and Lüneburg), Constanze Kurz (Berlin), Raúl Rojas (Berlin), Thomas Skou Grindsted (Roskilde), Dorte Marie Søndergaard (Aarhus), Kamil Uludag (Maastricht), Andreas Umgelter (Munich).



As always, numerous drafts of articles for the Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism will be discussed over these days, this year mostly for Volume 9 (whose entries begin with »Masses« and extend through »Spontaneously developed«), among them »Being a Marxist« (Wolfgang Fritz Haug, Esslingen and Los Quemados), »Mass strike debate« (Frigga Haug, Esslingen and Los Quemados), »Material aesthetics« (Jürgen Pelzer, Berlin), »Mathematical manuscripts« (Annette Vogt, Berlin), »Relation of humans and nature« (Wolfdietrich Schmied-Kowarzik, Vienna), »Mercantilism« (Klaus Müller, Chemnitz), »Method« (Michael Jäger, Berlin), »Minimum income« (Ronald Blaschke, Berlin, and Nikolaus Dimmel, Salzburg), »Monopoly capital« (Thomas Sablowski, Berlin and Frankfurt on the Main), »Moral economy« (Michael Vester, Hannover), »Multiverse« (Thomas Weber, Marbach), »Music anthropology« (Golan Gur, Berlin), »Music industry« (Peter Wicke, Berlin), »Middle East conflict« (Norman Paech, Hamburg), »Nation« (Tatjana Chahoud, Potsdam), »Nationalism« (Thomas Scheffler, Beirut), »National bolschewism« (Gunter Willing, Nakhon Si Thammarat/Thailand and Halle/S) and »Nation state« (Jens Wissel, Frankfurt on the Main).

The goal of the workshops is to work together to provide the authors with concrete assistance, encouragement, and critique to help them develop their ideas and produce the best possible article. All who participate should consider themselves co-producers of the articles even if they do not themselves write one. – We therefore ask that you all participate and that you communicate to us as soon as possible the titles of articles on which you would like to provide commentary. The plenary meeting of the InkriT fellows will take place on Sunday. As in previous years, there are some stipends available for students who may apply to hkwmred@zedat.fu-berlin.de.


Conference languages are English and German; some of the sessions will be carried out in English only. In all other sessions both languages are permitted which means that participation in those would require at least a passive understanding of both languages.

Current information, a registration form, and contact addresses are posted on our website under the heading Conferences (Tagungen). Two weeks before the beginning of the conference, the speakers’ texts will be circulated so that participants can prepare themselves for the sessions.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you at our gathering in Berlin-Wannsee.

Frigga Haug