The concept of primitive accumulation, the process by which modes of production including feudalism and chattel slavery are transformed into the capitalist mode of production, was for Marx the origin narrative of capitalism. In this conference, participants will bring forth a range of perspectives on capitalism’s origins. Jordy Rosenberg, professor of English at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, will speak to sexual difference; Brenna Bhandar, senior lecturer in the School of Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, will discuss notions of private property as grounded in race; Tony Bogues, director of Brown’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, will discuss “free labor” and capitalism at its origins as sustained by slavery; and Arlen Austin, PhD candidate in the Department of Modern Culture and Media, will discuss Italian-feminist conceptions of “originary accumulation” as they apply to the participatory demands of contemporary media.
November 15, 2019 1pm - 5 pm | The Question of Primitive Accumulation
November 5, 2019