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Marshall Berman

‘Marxism with Soul’: Marxist Humanism after Marshall Berman

Berrick Saul Building, University of York, Friday May 2nd 2014

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Marshall Berman, Professor of Political Science at City University of New York, died September 11th 2013 in New York City. He authored a number of influential books including The Politics of Authenticity: Radical Individualism and the Emergence of Modern Society (1970), All That Is Solid Melts into Air: the Experience of Modernity (1982), Adventures in Marxism (1999) and On The Town: One Hundred Years of Spectacle in Times Square (2006). In the introduction to the earliest of these books, Berman conjures the memorable phrase ‘Marxism with Soul’, a refrain that captures the exuberant, romantic and tragic reading of Marx that runs through all his subsequent work.  This one-day symposium seeks not only to recognise the huge contributions made by Marshall Berman to studies of Marx, modernity, cities and the development of an authentic self, but also to consider Berman’s legacy in terms of thinking through Marxist humanism’s continued potential to inspire interventions within the social sciences, arts and humanities but also the realms of everyday life and political opposition. The symposium will be introduced by Gareth Millington (York) and will feature the following speakers: Andy Merrifield (Cambridge), Todd Gitlin (Columbia), Göran Therborn (Cambridge), Esther Leslie (Birkbeck, London), Kirsteen Paton (Leeds) and Owen Hatherley. David Madden (London School of Economics) is the discussant.

For further information contact Dr Gareth Millington (gareth.millington@york.ac.uk)