150 Years of Capital

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Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

On September 14, 1867, the Börsenblatt des deutschen Buchhandels (the German book trade’s bulletin) informed its readers about the publication of Karl Marx’s major opus, Capital, Volume I: The Process of Production of Capital. Exactly 150 years after this historic date, the Goethe-Institut and the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung invite you to celebrate the anniversary of this influential publication.

Preeminent Marxist scholar David Harvey will discuss the context of the publication of Capital as well as the book’s relevance to theory and movements from 1867 to 2017. Harvey will be joined by Ajay Singh Chaudhary of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research and another guest.

Why was Capital so influential? Why has it maintained its relevance? What have we learned since its publication and how can that strengthen our understanding of the book’s core theoretical message? How does Capital help us comprehend the world we live in and make it a better one for future generations? These are some of the questions that our experts will debate.

The discussion will be followed by a reception.

David Harvey is one of the world’s leading Marxist scholars. He works as distinguished professor of anthropology and geography at the City University of New York, where he has been teaching Marx’s Capital for over four decades. Harvey is the author of numerous books, including The Limits of Capital (1982), Spaces of Capital: Towards a Critical Geography (2001), A Brief History of Neoliberalism (2005), and The Enigma of Capital and the Crises of Capitalism(2010).

Ajay Singh Chaudhary is the executive director of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. He holds a PhD from Columbia University’s Institute for Comparative Literature and Society through the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) and an MSc in Culture and Society from the London School of Economics. He works on social and political theory, critical theory, comparative philosophy, religion, and media studies. He has written for the Los Angeles Review of Books, Social Text, Dialectical Anthropology, The Jewish Daily Forward, Quartz, Filmmaker Magazine, and 3quarksdaily, among others.

This event is co-presented by the Goethe-Institut New York and the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office.

From Goethe-Institut New York.


Thursday, September 14, 2017
7:00 pm
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