[Malmö, Sweden] Marx on Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies
Welcome to an original public talk were Kevin B. Anderson, author of “Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies”, will talk about how Marx’s writings can influence our analysis of issues of racism, sexism, capitalism, and resistance.
Date: Thursday, 6th of February, 18:30-20:00
Where: ABF, Spånehusvägen 47, 211 58 Malmö, Sweden
Kevin B. Anderson, professor of sociology at University of California Santa Barbara and a member of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization, has intensely studied especially Marx’s late writings and found that Marx’s critique of capital was far broader than usually supposed. In Marx at the Margins, Anderson discusses and analyses Marx’s writings on race and ethnicity and argues that Marx never separated these questions from his critique of capital.
Instead, Anderson finds that in his late writings, Marx sketches out three types of revolutionary change, each of them different from the united working class uprising that forms the conclusion of the first volume of Capital. Important as that rigorously dialectical, though abstract model is, it does not deal with race, colonialism, gender, the state, or other concrete factors discussed in some of his later, largely unpublished, writings.
Taken together, these late writings seem to sketch out an alternative to capitalism that is a non-statist form of free and associated labor. Thus, an alternative that goes far beyond the more centralist and statist notions put forward in the Communist Manifesto. What relevance these ideas has for an analysis of capitalism today will be the underlying question guiding this talk. Join us and take the opportunity to form an own answer on that question.
This lecture is free and open to anyone interested in Marx and/or issues of racism and sexism today. After the lecture a Q&A-session will follow. Both the lecture and Q&A-session will be held in English. Eventual updates about the event will be posted on a Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/500038900915726/?active_tab=about
The lecture will form the introductory meeting for a reading group on Anderson’s book Marx at the Margins, held at ABF. To find out more information about the reading group, look for “Reading Group on Marx at the Margins” among the many studiecirklar held at ABF Malmö this spring. Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/178743320047214/