Get to know Raya Dunayevskaya’s brand of intersectional Marxism at this book launch event sponsored by the IMHO. Recorded on February 17, 2021. Speakers: Paul Mason, Alessandra Spano, Karel Ludenhoff, David Black, and Kieran Durkin — Editors.
Raya Dunayevskaya is one of the twentieth century’s great but underappreciated Marxist, feminist, and anti-racist thinkers. Her unique philosophy and practice of Marxist-Humanism—as well as her grasp of Hegelian dialectics and the deep humanism that informs Marx’s thought—has much to teach us today.
Join us for a launching session of Raya Dunayevskaya’s Intersectional Marxism: Race, Class, Gender, and the Dialectics of Liberation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021). Kieran Durkin, one of the editors of the book, will introduce the meeting. Then we will hear four presentations from Alessandra Spano, Paul Mason, Karel Ludenhoff, and David Black, each of whom have contributed chapters to the book, in which they discuss how different aspects of Dunayevskaya’s works can inspire us today.
Paul Mason is an award-winning journalist, writer, filmmaker and public speaker. He has written a number of books, including Postcapitalism, Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere and Clear Bright Future: A Radical Defence of the Human Being. Current work in development includes a short book about Karl Marx, a drama-documentary about the Spanish Civil War, and the play Feel My Pulse.
Alessandra Spano is a Ph.D candidate in Political Philosophy at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of Catania. She received an M.A. in Philosophy at the University of Bologna with a thesis focused on the political thought of Raya Dunayevskaya. This research was the inspiration for her focus on Marxist-Feminism and critical theory, the concentration for her doctoral investigation, particularly looking at the United States as a political space that is simultaneously imperialist, ‘colonized’, and global. Her interests include: Marxism, feminist theory, African-American studies, German idealism, psychoanalysis, and radicalism in the United States.
Karel Ludenhoff is an Amsterdam-based labor activist and a writer on Marx’s critique of political economy whose essays have appeared in Logos and other journals.
David Black born 1950 in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, now resident in London, works as a journalist, author, musician and video-maker. His published books include, (co-authored with Chris Ford) 1839: The Chartist Insurrection; The Philosophical Roots of Anti-Capitalism: Essays on History, Culture, and Dialectical Thought; (as editor) Red Republican: the Complete Annotated Works of Helen Macfarlane; and Psychedelic Tricksters: A True Secret History of LSD.
Kieran Durkin is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at the University of York, and former Visiting Scholar at University of California Santa Barbara, where he has been studying the Marxist Humanist tradition. He is author of The Radical Humanism of Erich Fromm and (co-edited with Joan Braune) Erich Fromm’s Critical Theory: Hope, Humanism, and the Future.