After Capital by Couze Venn – book discussion, Goldsmiths, 25 March 2019, 6pm
Update 12 March 2019: I’ve just been told the event has been cancelled.
Panel discussion on this ground-break new work and its political implications with presentations form Jeremy Gilbert, Shela Sheikh and Paul Gilroy; and quick responses from Mike Featherstone, Will Davis, Lisa Blackman and Tiziana Terranova (on video).
6 to 7.30 pm, Monday 25th March with drinks reception afterwards LG01, Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths
The present crisis of capitalism has a history. A history of the private accumulation of wealth through property regimes that allows increasing commodification and the privatisation of resources: from land to knowledge and even to life itself. Understanding that history may allow us to imagine alternatives after Capital that are no longer private but common. After Capital explores this history, showing how the economy is linked to environmental damage, climate change, resource depletion, and to massive inequality. It takes the reader from liberalism to neoliberalism, from climate change to the Anthropocene, and shows how this history is inextricably the history of colonialism. It is a rich and detailed narrative of capitalism over the last 200 years, that explains its texture and its neoliberal endgame.
Couze Venn is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths and Associate Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg. He is also a managing editor of Theory, Culture & Society, and one of the editors of Body & Society. His current research concerns the search for postcapitalist alternatives to neoliberal capitalism in the context of converging crises affecting economies, climate, essential resources, the quality of the environment, and growing inequalities. In the 1970s he was a founding member of the journal Ideology & Consciousness, whose project was the critique of positivist psychological sciences and to disseminate the work of Michel Foucault and ‘French Theory’ generally as part of establishing alternative approaches for theorising subjectivity and for analysing power.