Kevin B. Anderson

Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

[Köln] Workshop: Marx, Subaltern Studies and the Global South

Date: Mai 26, 2015
Time: 1-6 PM

Venue: Seminargebäude, Room S11, Albertus-Magnus-Platz, 50923 Köln

Program:

  • “Marx Beyond Eurocentrism”, Prof. Kevin B. Anderson (University of California, Santa Barbara)
  • “A Critique of Subaltern Studies”, Prof. Vivek Chibber (New York University)”
  • “Taking Marx Along: Other Routes of Thinking the Postcolonial Condition. Forerunners from Latin America”, Dr. David Mayer (International Institute of Social History (Amsterdam))
  • “Putting Class in its Place: Maoist China as a Challenge to Class Theory”, Prof. Felix Wemheuer
  • Discussant: Kolja Lindner (Zentrum Marc Bloch, Berlin)

Venue: Seminargebäude, Room S11, Albertus-Magnus-Platz, 50923 Köln

Date: Mai 26, 2015

Time: 1-6 PM

The Subaltern Studies were extremely influential in the Western academia to condemn Marxism as an outdated and “euro-centric” master narrative. The focus on class relations, workers movements and revolutions was replaced by studies on communities, culture, religion, “the local” and “everyday forms of resistance”. The recent waves of labour protests in China, Bangladesh or Cambodia show that is was too early to dismiss the importance of industrial working classes in the Global South. In China alone, over 200 million new workers, who just have left the countryside, outnumber the global labour force in the age of Karl Marx. Kevin Anderson’s recent book “Marx at the Margins” argues that peasant movements in India, Ireland and Poland or the resistance of black slaves in the Unites States played an important role in Marx’s visions of global revolution. It would be too simplistic to view Marx as a supporter of British imperialism to bring “progress” to the colonies. Furthermore, Vivek Chibber wants to prove in his recent book “Postcolonial Theory and the Specters of Capital” that not Marx has an Orientalist view of the world, but the thinkers of Postcolonial Studies, because they would turn away from universal categories of social structures.

Against this background, the panel plans to discuss the usefulness of Marxist categories to understand the history and development of the Global South. David Mayer will discuss how Latin American scholars made sense of Marxist ideas under the postcolonial conditions of their country. This debates are often unknown in the global Anglo-sphere. Anderson will examine the writings on the Global South of the late Marx and modes of development. Chibber will review the Subaltern Studies in a critical way and argue for a revised materialist approach to class. Last but not least, Felix Wemheuer will show how “class labeling” and policies of “affirmative action” were discussed in Maoist China and why these problems are universal.
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Source: http://gssc.uni-koeln.de/de/node/666