Marx's Capital ​after 150 Years: Critique and Alternative to Capitalism


This international conference will play host to a number of speakers including: Immanuel Wallerstein, Saskia Sassen, Etienne Balibar, John Bellamy Foster, Bob Jessop, Silvia Federici, Richard Wolff, Moishe Postone, Kevin Anderson, Bertell Ollman, Leo Panitch, Ursula Huws, Michael Kraetke, Terrell Carver, Himani Bannerji, Ricardo Antunes, Seongjin Jeong, Alfonso Maurizio Iacono, Mauro Buccheri, Pietro Basso, George Comninel, Paresh Chattopadhyay, William Roberts, Gary Teeple, Kohei Saito, Paula Rauhala, Tomash Dabrowski, Babak Amini, and Marcello Musto.

After the eruption of the international financial crisis in 2008, Marx's Capital received renewed academic and popular attention. Leading newspapers throughout the world discussed again the contemporary relevance of its pages. Faced with a deep new crisis of capitalism, many are now looking to an author who in the past was often wrongly associated with the "actually existing socialism"; and who was too hastily dismissed after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

For many scholars today, Marx's analyses are arguably resonating even more strongly than they did in his own time. This international conference will bring together several world-renowned sociologists, political theorists, economists, and philosophers, from diverse fields and more than 10 countries with the aim of offering diverse scholarly perspectives and critical insights into the principal contradictions of contemporary capitalism and, in so doing, point to alternative economic and social models.

The conference is structured in nine plenary sessions and around several major themes. Among them there are: new interpretations of Capital in light of ecology, non-European societies and gender; the contemporary relevance of Capital; re-reading Capital as an incomplete project after the new critical edition of Marx's complete work (MEGA²); and the global dissemination and reception of Capital. The presenters will critically reconsider Marx's magnum opus as a work that continues to provide an effective framework to understand the nature of capitalism and the transformations of our times.

Admission to this conference is free.

More information on the Conference is available on the Marx Collegium website, including the conference program.