London conference on 150th anniversary of Marx’s ‘Capital’

Posted: April 1, 2017 by Admin in At the coalface, Class Matters, Limits of capitalism, Marxism

International conference sponsored by Department of European and International Studies, King’s College London, and blog.

19th September 2017 – 20th September 2017

Karl Marx published the first volume of his life work, Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, in September 1867. Together with Volumes II and III, published after Marx’s death by Friedrich Engels, this book remains the most profound and challenging study of the logic of the capitalist system that still dominates our lives.

The British Museum: The Reading Room. Illustration for The Queen’s London (Cassell, 1896).

150 years after the first appearance of Capital Volume I, that system is grappling with the effects of one of the greatest crises in its history and the resulting political instability. Many have turned to Marx’s Capital seeking to understand the present conjuncture. But Marx never finished this work, and the recent publication of his manuscripts has revealed both the immensity and the complexity of his project.

Within walking distance of the British Museum, where Marx conducted his research, this conference seeks to interrogate his project in the light of the present. It brings together from around the world some of the leading practitioners in the Marxist critique of political economy to explore the relevance of Capital to issues such as crisis, imperialism, social reproduction, class struggles, and communism. The conference is organized with the aim of maximizing debate that can help clarify what Capital means today.

Speakers include:

Tithi Bhattacharya
Guglielmo Carchedi
Eduardo da Motta e Albuquerque
David Harvey
Michael Heinrich
Paul Mattick Jr
Fred Moseley
Tony Norfield
Lucia Pradella
Michael Roberts
Beverly Silver
Raquel Varela

Further reading: Karl Korsch (1932) on tremendous and enduring impact of Marx’s Capital


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