American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting
March 20-23, 2014, New York University
“Fremdkapital,” literally “outside” or “borrowed” capital, constitutes one of the primary elements of finance capitalism. Yet the recent discovery of the extra-terrestrial origin of gold makes audible another connotation: alien capital. This finding suggests that the scale of monetary exchange and circulation extends beyond the global and into the galactic. This seminar therefore proposes to explore alien capital in all of its potential guises, from the socio-economic conditions it might engender to the derangement of scale it provokes.
This seminar will be preoccupied primarily with the following questions: What happens when we shift from a local to a global to an extraterrestrial sense of capital? If modernity can be indexed to capital, if postmodernity can be indexed to neoliberal capital, can we link the future to alien capital? How has alien capital been imagined and can it offer an alternative to the ravages of terrestrial capital? Can alien capital indicate not only the extraterrestrial origin of capital but also a new order of capital?
What are some of the forms of alien capital— including but not limited to Bataille’s solar economy, the meteors Marx ruminates over in his doctoral dissertation on Epicurus, the militarization of space in Kluge— and how do they implicitly critique capital? Why does alien capital increasingly matter, and how has it been materialized?
Please submit paper proposals (max. 250 words) by November 15, 2013 at: http://www.acla.org/submit/
For more information, please contact the seminar organizers: Josh Alvizu (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jason Groves (email@example.com).
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