Crisis in the Cultures of Capitalism Series

November 20, 2013

The Crisis in the Cultures of Capitalism IHR Research Cluster will be organizing a series of events this year.  The first event is a panel called "Contemporary Capitalism and Marxist Critique" on Tuesday, December 3, at 5:00pm in 210 Humanities 1. It will be followed by a wine and cheese reception at the Cowell Provost's House.

The panel will address two concerns. The first is the analysis of capitalism as a system, from its origins to its contemporary transformations. This analysis extends across disciplines and theoretical orientations, and one goal of this interdisciplinary panel is to represent the wide range of approaches that UCSC faculty are taking in their research into capitalism. The second is the reexamination of Marxist theory. Throughout its history Marxism has extended into a range of fields, from sociology to literary criticism, and has remained a crucial reference point for theory which seeks to understand social life historically. This panel will present historical perspectives on Marxism itself, its changing academic and political contexts.

Following is a list of the participants in the panel, and the titles of their presentations:

  • Miriam Greenberg, Associate Professor of Sociology: ”Crisis-Driven Urbanization and Contemporary Capitalism”
  • Jonathan Beecher, Professor Emeritus of History: ”David Riazanov and the Marx-Engels Institute”
  • Tyrus Miller, Professor of Literature, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies: “Theaters of History: Drama, Action, and Historical Agency in the Work of György Lukács
  • Neda Atanasoski, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies: “Revolutions and Networks: Technology and the Social Body after Socialism”

Moderated by Gopal Balakrishnan, Associate Professor of History of Consciousness

The discussion will continue in the Winter quarter through a faculty-graduate seminar co-funded by the UCHRI, called "The Origins of Civil Society." This seminar will represent a space for the discussion of future research projects related to the cluster. Faculty and graduate students who are interested in the seminar should email for a schedule and list of readings. In conjunction with this seminar, the authors of the texts will visit for public talks. All of these public talks will be held on Thursdays, from 5pm-7pm, in 210 Humanities 1. Below is a schedule of these talks:

  • Jan 16, 2014 – Warren Montag: “The Revocation of the Right to Subsistence: On the Legal and Political Origins of the Market”
  • Feb 6, 2014 – Kathi Weeks: “The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics and Postwork Imaginaries” (co-sponsored by Literature Department)
  • Mar 6, 2014 – Michael Perelman: “Primitive Accumulation: From Adam Smith to Angela Merkel”

We hope that you will be able to join us in these events.


Gopal Balakrishnan
Associate Professor, History of Consciousness

Hunter Bivens
Assistant Professor, Literature

Asad Haider
PhD Student, History of Consciousness

Robert Cavooris,
PhD Student, History of Consciousness

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