Sacrifice Zones: Neoliberal Form and the Limits to Capitalist Nature

A panel on 'Sacrifice Zones: Neoliberal Form and the Limits to Capitalist Nature'

Nick Lawrence
  n.lawrence@warwick.ac.uk
  
Nick Lawrence
  n.lawrence@warwick.ac.uk
  University of Warwick
  Contributor
Myka Tucker-Abramson
  mykatabramson@gmail.com
  Kings College London
  Contributor
Kerstin Oloff
  k.d.oloff@durham.ac.uk
  University of Durham
  Contributor
Michael Niblett
  m.niblett@warwick.ac.uk
  University of Warwick
  Contributor
 

Type Panel
When Jun 21, 2016
from 10:46 PM to 10:46 PM
Where US, Mexico, Caribbean
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Conversation opened. 25 messages. 14 messages unread. Skip to content Using Grigera.com.ar Mail with screen readers More 2 of 129 FW: Urgent: confirmation of participation at the HM Conference Inbox x Sébastien Budgen From: Matthieu Renault Date: jeudi 15 septembre ... 15 Sep (2 days ago) 9 older messages Sebastian Budgen From: Jonathan Martineau Date: vendredi 16 sep... 16 Sep (1 day ago) Sebastian Budgen Attachments16 Sep (1 day ago) to Paul, me On 16/09/2016 15:15, "Lawrence, Nicholas" wrote: Dear Seb, I've confirmed attendance of all panelists, but the abstract for the panel is not showing up on the submissions page, and I am not permitted to upload a file. I'm attaching the (accepted) abstract here. Thanks, Nick Nicholas Lawrence Department of English & Comparative Literary Studies University of Warwick Coventry CV4 7AL England ++44 (0)24 76 523 309 ++44 (0)7505 963 604 ________________________________________ From: Sebastian Budgen [sebastian.budgen@clara.co.uk] Sent: 16 September 2016 09:31 To: Sebastian Budgen Subject: Urgent: confirmation of participation at the HM Conference Dear Comrades, According to our records, you have still not confirmed whether you are participating at the HM Conference in London this year. This is a real problem for us as we need to draw up the schedule. Could you please confirm *immediately* whether you are participating or not, preferably via the website and, if this is not possible, by sending an email to Paul Reynolds Reynoldp@edgehill.ac.uk. Please state clearly whether you are confirming just for your paper or for the whole panel (i.e. all the participants in the said panel have all confirmed too). Thanks Sebastian Budgen The Editors Historical Materialism Faculty of Law and Social Sciences SOAS, University of London Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom historicalmaterialism@soas.ac.uk http://www.brill.com/historical-materialism-1 http://www.brill.com/publications/historical-materialism-book-series http://www.haymarketbooks.org/category/hm-series Attachments area Sebastian Budgen 16 Sep (1 day ago) to Paul, me Can one of you get back to Jonathan please? He’s an HM Book series author so really needs a response. From: Jonathan Martineau Date: vendredi 16 septembre 2016 13:36 To: Sebastian Budgen Subject: Re: Urgent: confirmation of participation at the HM Conference Hi Sebastian. I'd like to confirm. However I have not received a response on my submission of a book launch for my book, so it's hard to confirm. I'm forwarding you my correspondance with M. Toscano, for which I'm still waiting for an answer. Cheers Jonathan 2016-09-16 4:31 GMT-04:00 Sebastian Budgen : Dear Comrades, According to our records, you have still not confirmed whether you are participating at the HM Conference in London this year. This is a real problem for us as we need to draw up the schedule. Could you please confirm *immediately* whether you are participating or not, preferably via the website and, if this is not possible, by sending an email to Paul Reynolds Reynoldp@edgehill.ac.uk. Please state clearly whether you are confirming just for your paper or for the whole panel (i.e. all the participants in the said panel have all confirmed too). Thanks Sebastian Budgen The Editors Historical Materialism Faculty of Law and Social Sciences SOAS, University of London Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom historicalmaterialism@soas.ac.uk http://www.brill.com/historical-materialism-1 http://www.brill.com/publications/historical-materialism-book-series http://www.haymarketbooks.org/category/hm-series Paul Reynolds 16 Sep (1 day ago) to jonathan.marti., Sebastian, me Jonathan I can confirm your proposal for a book launch has been accepted for the conference. I will take this correspondence as confirmation that you will attend. I recall Alberto wrote to you asking you to clarify who the discussants for the book launch would be since it was not evident in your submission. I recall you responding to this and it being circulated, but it would be helpful if you could let me know again in response to this mail who the discussants are - with the failure of the HM Conference website, you will understand i'm getting a lot of mail! Any other queries, I am at your service. Paul From: Sebastian Budgen Sent: 16 September 2016 14:18:41 To: Paul Reynolds; Juan Grigera Jonathan Martineau 16 Sep (1 day ago) to Paul, Sebastian, me Hi Paul, Thank you for your message. The discussants for my book launch panel are Charlie Post and Alan Sears. Their request was obviously to not have their other panels scheduled at the same time. And for myself as well, I am presenting on one of the Ellen Wood tribute panel organized by Colin Mooers. Best, Jonathan Envoyé de mon iPhone Paul Reynolds 16 Sep (1 day ago) to Jonathan, Sebastian, me Hi I will ensure there are no clashes regards Paul From: Jonathan Martineau Sent: 16 September 2016 14:29:41 To: Paul Reynolds Cc: Sebastian Budgen; Juan Grigera Sebastian Budgen 16 Sep (1 day ago) to Paul, me From: Parastou Saberi Date: vendredi 16 septembre 2016 15:38 To: Sebastian Budgen Subject: Re: Urgent: confirmation of participation at the HM Conference Hi Sebastian, According to the website both my papers are still awaiting the editorial board decision. So I'm not sure how should I confirm coming. In my correspondence with Juan Grigera regarding our second panel, he told me you can only accept one and I have to choose which one. I already told him that my preference is with my paper, The geopolitical fear of 'the immigrant neighborhoods': state, racism and development in the imperial metropole. This is part of the panel on State, space, racism that I organized with Stefan Kipfer - which has been accepted. Juan never got back to me. Could you please confirm and clarify. thanks. parastou On Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 4:31 AM, Sebastian Budgen wrote: Dear Comrades, According to our records, you have still not confirmed whether you are participating at the HM Conference in London this year. This is a real problem for us as we need to draw up the schedule. Could you please confirm *immediately* whether you are participating or not, preferably via the website and, if this is not possible, by sending an email to Paul Reynolds Reynoldp@edgehill.ac.uk. Please state clearly whether you are confirming just for your paper or for the whole panel (i.e. all the participants in the said panel have all confirmed too). Thanks Sebastian Budgen The Editors Historical Materialism Faculty of Law and Social Sciences SOAS, University of London Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom historicalmaterialism@soas.ac.uk http://www.brill.com/historical-materialism-1 http://www.brill.com/publications/historical-materialism-book-series http://www.haymarketbooks.org/category/hm-series -- PhD Candidate Faculty of Environmental Studies York University 4700 Keele Street Toronto, Canada Paul Reynolds 16 Sep (1 day ago) to parastou75, Sebastian, me Parastou Your paper for the state, space and racism panel with Stefan Kipfer is accepted. Your other paper is most likely rejected as we hold a general line of one paper per delegate. I will check to ensure decisions are formalised but you can confirm attendance on the basis of the paper for the Kipfer panel. From: Sebastian Budgen Sent: 16 September 2016 14:41:32 To: Paul Reynolds; Juan Grigera Subject: FW: Urgent: confirmation of participation at the HM Conference Paul Reynolds 16 Sep (1 day ago) to Sebastian, me It has become clear that rejections have not been done, which is making life difficult for me - as you will see from the last mail I have sent. At this point, where I have to confirm decisions I am assuming the Board will back my judgement. Paul From: Sebastian Budgen Sent: 16 September 2016 14:41:32 To: Paul Reynolds; Juan Grigera Subject: FW: Urgent: confirmation of participation at the HM Conference Parastou Saberi 16 Sep (1 day ago) to Paul, Sebastian, me OK. thank you. I confirm. I've already got my tickets actually! best Sebastian Budgen 16 Sep (1 day ago) to Paul, me That’s very worrying! I’d like to be able to check quickly in each case that there is no diplomatic issue to finesse… From: Paul Reynolds Date: vendredi 16 septembre 2016 15:53 To: Sebastian Budgen , Juan Grigera Paul Reynolds 16 Sep (1 day ago) to Sebastian, me I am trying to navigate those and it is not as if we don't know who the rejects are - we did have lists that were discussed - they just have not been done. Thus far, its just been about saying to people that this paper has definitely beeen accepted, the other not so much. Since no one took a grip of the racism stream i suspect its a bit of a mess - for next year I am going to strongly suggest that unless an EB member takes responsibility for ensuring every individual stream - whether running it themselves, chairing a group or working with the 'star' who proposes it - we don't accept it. Since Virdee abdictaed from working on it there is no steerage. Generally, apart from a huge amount of e-mailing on my part, I think we are catching everything Paul From: Sebastian Budgen Sent: 16 September 2016 14:55:47 To: Paul Reynolds; Juan Grigera luizmart@usp.br 22:54 (19 hours ago) to Ana, me, Reynoldp Dears Juan and Paul, Ana Paula Pacheco received the mail below, from Sebastien, asking for the confirmation of her participation in the Conference, next November. She confirms her participation, presenting the paper Modernization as depoliticization and social anomie. Also, she confirms, as proponent, the submission of panel Notes on Modernization from the Periphery II. Nevertheless, please, note that at the same time, the proponents of the panel Notes on Modernization from the Periphery I, that is, Martins and Grespan, ask for her participation in the latter panel NMP 1, in order to replace Valerio Arcary, a former member of panel 1, who will not be able to be present in the Conference. Please, confirm to me if this is clear and settled. Thanks a lot and I´m looking foward, dear Paul, to see your glorious shirts for 2016, and perhaps, have the honour of your Voice at our panel! L ----- Ana Paula Pacheco escreveu: > Sebastian Budgen 07:04 (11 hours ago) to Paul, me Begin forwarded message: > From: Gary Dymski > Date: 17 September 2016 at 04:34:43 GMT+2 > To: Sebastian Budgen > Subject: Re: Urgent: confirmation of participation at the HM Conference > > Dear Sebastian, > > With regrets, I must withdraw my participation. I have been leading a large heterodox bid to the ESRC on “understanding the macroeconomy” (better, so to speak). The outline bid is due 20 September, and then the final turn in will be 5 December. I’m coordinating 80+ participants from 18 UK universities. It’s going well and we are looking strong. But I’m in the last days before the first deadline, and am exhausted and needing every minute on that. It will be the same on the final deadline. I have to reserve that time for that final push. > Accept my apologies for this withdrawal, but I know the HM conference will be its usual dynamic self and hope to join again next year. > > Best, > Gary > > From: Sebastian Budgen > Date: Friday, 16 September 2016 at 09:31 > To: Sebastian Budgen > Subject: Urgent: confirmation of participation at the HM Conference > > > > > > > > > > Dear Comrades, Sebastian Budgen 08:14 (10 hours ago) to Paul, me Begin forwarded message: > From: Simon Hajdini > Date: 17 September 2016 at 09:08:00 GMT+2 > To: Sebastian Budgen > Subject: Re: Urgent: confirmation of participation at the HM Conference > > Dear Sebastian, > This note is intended to clear up the issue of my participation in the Contemporary Perspectives on Dialectics panel. Sadly, I will NOT be able to participate due to research obligations at Chicago. Other panel participant already notified you of this, so there appears to be a hiccup in our communication. > With comradely salutations, > Simon Hajdini Click here to Reply to all, Reply or Forward 13.24 GB (77%) of 17 GB used Manage Programme Policies Powered by Google Last account activity: 0 minutes ago Currently being used in 1 other location Details People (8) Budgen, Sebastian Show details Tasks: ‎Juan's list‎ MinimisePop-outClose Page 3 /3 Page 1 of 3 Sacrifice Zones: Neoliberal Form and the Limits to Capitalist Nature Convenor: Nick Lawrence, University of Warwick “Uncanny Valleys: Neoliberal Ecotones in Recent US/Mexican Border Fictions” Nick Lawrence (University of Warwick – n.lawrence@warwick.ac.uk) Among the landscapes of world-ecology’s uneven and combined development – the gated suburb, the mega-slum, the post-industrial wasteland, the island paradise, the depopulated hinterland, the class-striated districts and immigrant quarters of industrial cities – border zones pose some of the starkest questions concerning the limits to capital’s production of nature. Here the contradictions of free capital flows and policed human passage converge in the constitution of new political ecotones, geographies of exploitation and sink spaces structured by the disposability of human and extra-human populations alike. At the same time, these sacrifice zones highlight especially clearly the question of what Jason Moore calls the oikeios of capitalism-in- nature, the mutually constitutive relation of uneven development and uneven natures. As with the heat-shimmer of desert mirages, such contradictions also produce an objective surrealism of place, disruptive forms of literary and cultural representation that challenge the norms of realism. This paper examines the co-production of weird nature and weird culture in literary engagements with the US/Mexican border, taking in a range of texts that explore the natures of capitalist crisis: from the sinkhole that engulfs a man at the opening of Yuri Herrera’s Signs Preceding the End of the World, set in a mining town “riddled with bullet holes and tunnels bored from five centuries of voracious silver lust,” to the Sonoran ‘desert of horror’ that provides the setting of the fourth section of Roberto Bolaño’s epic novel 2666, to the acqua-terrorized Tijuana setting of Alex Rivera’s scifi film Sleep Dealer, in which migrant workers are replaced by remote-controlled robots and technology has both sealed and deleted the border. These and related cultural responses to neoliberal damage along the Rio Grande are at the same time profoundly ecological in their focus, prompting the question of how we might read culture itself as a (world-) ecological force. “Slum Ecologies and Sacrifice Zones: Neoliberalism and Narrative Form in the Work of Marlon James and Paulo Lins” Michael Niblett (University of Warwick – m.niblett@warwick.ac.uk) One of the biggest events in the recent history of Anglophone Caribbean literature was the awarding of the 2015 Man Booker Prize to Marlon James for A Brief History of Seven Killings (2014). Not only did the award bring renewed attention to Caribbean fiction, but James’ novel itself was a ‘big’ deal – a sprawling, near-700 page epic spanning three decades and the lives of multiple characters. In this paper, I explore not only how James’ novel speaks to the contemporary crisis in the neoliberal regime of accumulation, but also its registration of the initial struggle to impose neoliberalism in the global South in the 1970s. Over half of A Brief History is set amidst the turmoil of mid-seventies Jamaica, where Michael Manley’s efforts to pursue a path of democratic socialism were undermined by party-political gang warfare, the global economic downturn, and the impact of US imperialism. To help shed light on James’s aesthetic strategies in seeking to represent this history, the essay will draw a comparison with Paulo Lin’s equally ‘big’ novel, City of God (1997). Set amidst the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Lins’ epic text shares a number of similarities with A Brief Page 2 of 3 History. These include the obvious affinities in content – the impoverished slum geographies, drug trafficking, and gang violence – but also correspondences between the peculiar narrative rhythms of both novels (Roberto Schwarz has claimed that “any serious reading” of City of God will have to contend with its “mesmerizing rhythm”, its “relentless dynamism”). Grasping neoliberalism as an ecological regime, the paper pays particular attention to the way both James’s and Lins’s texts are marked by the transformations in human and extra-human natures through which this regime has unfolded. The key question the essay asks is: what are the implications for literary form of the life- and environment-making dynamics of the urban slum as representative site of neoliberalism’s surplus populations – that mass of humanity rendered redundant to global accumulation by capitalism’s “long downturn” since the 1970s? “From ‘936’ to ‘Junk’: Monsters and Puerto Rican Literature after 1976” Kerstin Oloff (University of Durham - k.d.oloff@durham.ac.uk) In Naomi Klein’s terminology, Puerto Rico may be said to be the ultimate “sacrifice zone” that is both in, but not fully part of, the U.S.: its economy, and more broadly ecology, was drastically hollowed out, as it became a tax haven with little production and a prime location for pharmaceutical companies. Two important literary shifts (in 1976 and in the mid-nineties) have been linked to the neoliberal-neocolonial developments of the last few decades. What I am here particularly interested in is the increasingly frequent appearance of monsters in fiction by writers as diverse as Rafael Acevedo, Mayra Santos-Febres and Pedro Cabiya. These monsters speak to this neoliberal hollowing out (or cannibalising) of Puerto Rico’s ecology. Some of these monsters have long been associated with the Americas (from Sirens, Calibans, Zombies), whereas others are more generally associated with capitalist modernity (vampires, mutants, bio-pirates and clones). These texts tend to situate the neoliberal moment within the larger historical context of economic imperialism, including the (neo-)colonial exploitation of the island and its inhabitants, the testing of drugs on colonial bodies, racist policies, and so forth. Texts such as Rafael Acevedo’s Exquisito Cadaver (2003) offer nightmarish visions of a fully privatised and commoditised San Juan, peopled by cyborgs, golems, replicants and biopirates, and linked into a global economy characterised by a major ecological crisis. Sycorex [sic] and Caliban have here become agents of “the System.” Examining texts such as these, the paper will argue that these novels are able to render visible the fundamental contradictions and inequalities within the capitalist world-ecology. “The Summer of Hate and the End of the Road (Novel)” Myka Tucker-Abramson (Kings College London – mykatabramson@gmail.com) The oil-fueled landscapes of suburbia, and its attendant network of freeways, played a key role in the solidification and expansion of US-led global capitalism in the post- war period, powering the ecological regime of neoliberalism and specifically its vision of the ideal way of life: the nuclear family, entrepreneurialism and individual prosperity and freedom. These visions of private, prosperous, and individual lives and freedoms lay at the heart of the numerous road novels, movies, adverts and music that appeared from the 1950s onward, aligning freedom with the individual mobility afforded by the automobile. Written in 2012, but set in the summer of 2005 – a period the novel marks through the interlinked crises of US global power: economic (the Page 3 of 3 2008 housing crash), environmental (the extreme heat waves sweeping Albuquerque), and hegemonic (the Abu Ghraib and Joe Arpaio prison scandals) – Summer of Hate is at once a road novel and a road novel in collapse. In this paper, I argue that Chris Krauss’ avant-garde novel examines the exhausted landscapes of a collapsing US-led neoliberal-capitalism and enacts the exhaustion of a host of literary genres – the road novel, but also the thriller and the chick-lit romance – whose fantasies of mobility and freedom depended on, and reinscribed, these oil-based landscapes and subjectivities. Reading Summer of Hate in tension with two other far more popular collapsed road novels, Rachel Kushner’s pseudo chick-lit novel The Flamethrowers and Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic dystopia The Road, this essay considers the convergence of different genres around the collapsed road novel; such a reading, I argue, helps to map the relationship between the landscapes and subjectivities that shaped and were shaped by neoliberalism, at a moment in which neither is able to sustain the fantasies of a neoliberal way of life. Sacrifice Zones-Neoliberal Form and the Limits to Capitalist Nature.docx Page 3 of 3