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POLANYI’S VISION OF A SOCIALIST TRANSFORMATION
Kari Polanyi-Levitt and Nancy Fraser, November 20 - The New School, NYC

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Public Event & Reception:

POLANYI’S VISION OF A SOCIALIST TRANSFORMATION
With Kari Polanyi-Levitt and Nancy Fraser

Friday, November 20, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The New School, Albert and Vera List Academic Center
6 East 16th Street, New York, NY
Wolff Conference Room, D 1103

Register here.

The 1990s saw a renewed interest in the work of Karl Polanyi. Spreading resistance against the neoliberal agenda and the deepening crises of the last 25 years, which culminated in the global financial and economic crisis of 2008, are viewed as a strong support for the main theses of Polanyi’s 1944 masterpiece The Great Transformation. But reception of his work remains largely restricted to the so called “double movement” of marketization versus social regulation. Polanyi is typically regarded as a social reformer supporting an increased social state, welfare intervention, and a broader national and international regulation of the financial markets.

The socialist intention of The Great Transformation, and indeed of the totality of his work, is almost unknown. One reason is that a large part of his oeuvre concerning his understanding of socialism has, up to this point, been published only in the German language. To bring this work to a wider public, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung will prepare a translation of some of Polanyi’s most important papers from the 1920s.

This public event is part of a two-day conference that aims to question and explore how Polanyi has combined his diagnosis of the apparent crisis of capitalism in Western Civilization in the first half of the 20th Century with a new formulation of structural transformation to overcome the market society with a deep democratic socialist vision. In particular focus will be the relevance of this analysis to discussions on the current crisis and the need of our civilization to transform neoliberal (financial-market) capitalism.

This two-day conference seeks to generate a more coherent understanding of Polanyi’s vision of a new “great transformation” that may create the conditions for “Freedom in a Complex Society.” This includes his concept of a “complex society,” the very problem of “freedom,” the central arenas of transformation, the role of democracy, the inter-linkage between the de-commodification of “fictitious commodities” and the role of markets, the state, and other forms of regulation in a complex society.

Download the program here.

A collaboration between RLS–NYC and The Institute for Critical Social Analysis at RLS Belin, the conference will be hosted by The New School for Social Research on November 20 and 21, 2015.

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