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Marxist Theory Seminar

Seminar in Contemporary Marxist Theory

A speaker series organised by King’s College London (Departments of European and International Studies, Geography and French; School of Management & Business), Queen Mary University of London (Law), and Loughborough University London (Institute for International Management). All seminars are open to the public. No registration is required. 

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Scheduled Talks

Matt Vidal (Loughborough University London), Tomás Rotta (University of Greenwich), and Carolina Alves (University of Cambridge)
Book launch: The Oxford Handbook of Karl Marx
22 May 2019
Bush House (S)2.03
King’s College London
London WC2R 1ES

The Oxford Handbook of Karl Marx is a major contribution to Marxist theory, research and politics. Containing 41 chapters, this Handbook is more interdisciplinary than any previous volume on Marx, giving roughly equal space to sociologists, economists, political scientists & philosophers, along with contributions from historians and geographers. It is also more comprehensive than previous volumes on Marx. It provides an entry point for those new to Marxism while its chapters, written by leading Marxist scholars, advance Marxist theory and research. The Foundations section includes chapters that cover the foundational concepts and theories that constitute the core of Marx’s theories, including historical materialism, class, capital, labor, value, crisis, ideology, alienation and technology. Additional sections include Consciousness, culture & class; Labor movements & modalities; Capitalist states and spaces; Accumulation, crisis & class struggle in the core countries; Accumulation, crisis & class struggle in the peripheral and rising-power countries; and Alternatives to capitalism.

Matt Vidal is Reader in Sociology and Political Economy at Loughborough University London and editor of The Oxford Handbook of Karl Marx.

Tomás Rotta is Senior Lecturer in Economics at University of Greenwich and editor of The Oxford Handbook of Karl Marx.

Carolina Alves is a Joan Robinson Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge and a founding member of Diversifying and Decolonising Economics. She will provide a critical evaluation of the Handbook.


Past Speakers

Dariush Doust (Shanxi University)
On Unconditional Submission in Kant’s Political Writings
8 May 2019

Nisha Kapoor (University of Warwick)
The Citizen Surveillant: Race, securitisation and the co-option of citizenship
1 May 2019

Talat Ahmed (Edinburgh University)
Gandhi @150: Rethinking India’s non-violent revolutionary
13 March 2019

Virginia Fontes (Universidade Federal Fluminense) and Alfredo Saad-Filho (SOAS)
From Lula to Bolsonaro: Debating the rise of the far right in Brazil
6 February 2019

Michael Roberts (independent economist), Maria Ivanova (Goldsmiths), and Juan Pableo Mateo (University of Valladolid)
Book Launch: World in Crisis: A Global Analysis of Marx's Law of Profitability
13 February 2019

Matthias Lievens (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Jean-Paul Sartre on masses, classes and their struggles
5 December 2018

Lee Wengraf (Activist and writer)
Extracting Profit: Neoliberalism, Imperialism and the New Scramble for Africa
Book launch with discussant: Elisa Greco (University of Leeds)
21 November 2018

William Clare Roberts (McGill)
Marx’s politics of freedom
8 November 2018

Majed Akhter (King's College London)
Geopolitics of the Belt and Road: Space, State, and Capital in China and Pakistan
17 October 2018

Dr Tomas Rotta (University of Greenwich)
Unproductive accumulation in the USA: Knowledge, exploitation and income Inequality
21 March 2018

Dr Alexander Loftus (King’s College London)
Gramsci as a historical geographical materialist
9 May 2018

Dr Julia Nicholls (King’s College London)
Marx's Capital and the origins of Marxism in modern France
14 February 2018

Professor Bill Bowring (Birkbeck)
Marx, the State, and Spinoza: Against Hobbes and Schmitt
17 November 2018

Dr Anne Alexander (University of Cambridge)
Marxist approaches to understanding Islam and Islamism: a critical reappraisal
29 November 2017

Professor Claude Serfati (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin)
Le militaire: une histoire française (book launch)
Discussants: Prof Alex Callinicos (King’s College London) and Dr Eva Nanopoulos (Queen Mary)
18 October 2017

Professor Leo Panitch (York University)
Trumping the American Empire?
8 November 2017

Dr Rutvica Andrjiasevic
Foxconn beyond China: Capital-labour relations as co-determinants of global organisation of production
9 May 2017

Professor Lea Ypi (LSE)
Legitimacy, Dictatorship and Utopia: A Marxist Perspective on Political Obligation
22 March 2017

Professor Alan Cafruny (Hamilton College, USA) and Professor Magnus Ryner (King's College London);
The European Union and Global Capitalism (book launch)

Discussants: Professor Jane Hardy (Hertfordshire) & Professor Engelbert Stockhammer (Kingston)
15 March 2017

Dr Tony Norfield
Finance and the Imperialist World Economy
8 February 2017

Dr Claes Belfrage (University of Liverpool)
Financialisation and the Crisis-tendencies in the New Swedish Model
30 November 2016

Dr Ana Dinerstein (University of Bath)
Discussing Utopia in 21st Century Capitalism
29 November 2016

Professor Stefan Kipfer (York University)
Which Decolonial Gramsci? A Case for the Fanon-Gramsci Lineage
9 November 2016

Ian Angus (Editor of Climate & Capitalism)
Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System
19 October 2016

Professor Erik Olin Wright (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
How to be an anti-capitalist for the 21st century
6 October, 2016

Dr Paolo Gerbaudo (King’s College London)
‘Anarcho-populism: on the ideology of the movement of the squares of 2011’
17 February 2016

Dr Yuliya Yurchenko (University of Greenwich)
‘Social forces in the making of contemporary Ukraine: capitalist rivalries and the dispossessed’
20 January 2016

Professor Riccardo Bellofiore &Professor Alex Callinicos
A Dialogue on Alex Callinicos’s book Deciphering Capital: Marx’s Capital and Its Destiny
9 November 2015

Dr Stathis Kouvelakis
Lessons of the Greek Crisis
21 October 2015

Dr Nicholas De Genova
Theorising the ‘Crisis' of the European Border Regime
25 November 2015

Dr Matt Vidal (King's College London)
Postfordism: the geriatric stage of Atlantic capitalism
18 February 2015

Dr Lucia Pradella (University of Venice Ca' Foscari and SOAS)
Globalization and the critique of political economy: new insights from Marx’s writings
18 March 2015

Professor Bob Jessop (Lancaster University)
Re-reading Poulantzas in and for the current crisis
21 January 2015 


Seminar Organisers

Alex Callinicos (King’s College London)

Stathis Kouvelakis (King’s College London)

Alex Loftus (King’s College London)

Eva Nanopoulos (Queen Mary University of London)

Lucia Pradella (King’s College London)

Matt Vidal (Loughborough University London)



Videos of the "Capital.150: Marx’s 'Capital' Today" conference, featuring David Harvey, Michael Roberts, Guglielmo Carchedi, Paul Mattick Jr, Ben Fine, Tony Norfield, Alex Callinicos, Fred Moseley and Beverly Silver. 

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