Show/hide main menu

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. 

To join the email list for future events, please email seminarmarxisttheory@gmail.com.

 

Scheduled Talks

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

21 March 2018
18:00-19:30
King’s College London
Strand Building, S-3.20 (basement)
Strand Campus
London WC2R 2LS

In this paper I offer an innovative analysis of unproductive accumulation in the US economy from 1947 to 2011. I develop a new theoretical and empirical framework to analyze the accumulation of capital in its productive and unproductive forms. I also develop a methodology to compute Marxist categories predicated on the idea that the production of knowledge and information is an unproductive activity that relies on the creation of knowledge-rents. In particular, I provide new empirical estimates to uncover the shifting balance between productive and unproductive forms of accumulation. The accumulation pattern observed during the 1947–79 phase that prioritized productive accumulation gave way after the 1980s to a contrasting pattern prioritizing unproductive accumulation. Unproductive activity has been growing at a fast pace in terms of incomes, fixed assets and employment. Among all forms of unproductive activity, my approach places special attention on how the production of knowledge and information has constituted a rising share of total unproductive income and capital stock. Additionally, productive stagnation and rapid unproductive accumulation have been related to greater exploitation of productive workers and to widening income inequality.

This talk is open to the public. No registration is required. Contact: Matt Vidal (matt.vidal@kcl.ac.uk)


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

9 May 2018
18:00-19:30
King’s College London
King’s Building, K2.31 Nash Lecture Theatre  
Strand Campus
London WC2R 2LS

Exposed to the vicissitudes of uneven geographical development from an early age, Antonio Gramsci was deeply sensitive to the profoundly unequal spatialities of capitalist processes, as well as to the influence of geography on political alliances, solidarities and common sense. It is therefore unsurprising that several scholars have, in recent years, noted Gramsci’s perceptiveness to the ways in which space, uneven development and geography matter. In this paper, I will explore Gramsci’s geographies a little further while also considering the surprising lack of dialogue between a spatialized Marxism – or what is sometimes termed a historical geographical materialism – and Gramsci’s philosophy of praxis.

This talk is open to the public. No registration is required. Contact: Matt Vidal (matt.vidal@kcl.ac.uk)

 

Past Speakers

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 Prof 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)

 

Links

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. 

Sitemap Site help Terms and conditions  Privacy policy  Accessibility  Modern slavery statement  Contact us

© 2018 King's College London | Strand | London WC2R 2LS | England | United Kingdom | Tel +44 (0)20 7836 5454