Lectures, Seminars and Workshops

CRITIQUE Book Launch – Navigating the Polycrisis: Mapping the Futures of Capitalism and the Earth by Michael Albert – 2 May 2024, 4pm

Book Launch: Navigating the Polycrisis: Mapping the Futures of Capitalism and the Earth “The world-system of which we are all a part faces multiple calamities: climate change and mass extinction, energy supply shocks, the economic and existential threat of AI, the chilling rise of far-right populism, and ratcheting geopolitical tensions, […]

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CRITIQUE Seasonal Session: Spring in the Meadows – 8 May 2024, 1pm

Cherry blossom

This year’s Spring Session* takes place in the Meadows, Edinburgh, against the backdrop of the cherry blossoms in late bloom. Attendees are asked to pre-read two short texts, and the structure of the outing includes an open discussion, a solo reflective exercise, and contributions from an invited ‘provocateur’. Themes for this session: responsibilities to and appreciation […]

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Policing Empires–Julian Go in Dialogue with CRITIQUE & RACE.ED–9 May 2024

The police response to protests erupting on America’s streets in recent years has made the militarization of policing painfully transparent. Yet, properly demilitarizing the police requires a deeper understanding of its historical development, causes, and social logics. Policing Empires offers a postcolonial historical sociology of police militarization in Britain and the United […]

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CRITIQUE-PTRG Seminar: Dependent Capitalism and the Paradox of Democratic Founding – 13 May 2024, 3pm

In this pre-red seminar, Prof Inés Valdez (John’s Hopkins) will discuss her paper ‘Dependent Capitalism and the Paradox of Democratic Founding’. Abstract: This paper presents a novel account of the paradox of postcolonial founding. Building upon Marxist dependency theorists Vania Bambirra, Ruy Mauro Marini, and Alvaro López, I diagnose a […]

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Democracy and Empire–Inés Valdez in Dialogue with CRITIQUE & RACE.ED–14 May 2024

Democracy and Empire: Labor, Nature, and the Reproduction of Capitalism (Cambridge UP) theorizes the material bases of popular sovereignty via the Black radical tradition. Popular sovereignty contains an affective attachment to wealth, secured through collective agreements to dominate others, that is, self-and-other-determination. Inés Valdez (Johns Hopkins) expands on racial capitalism by […]

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Autobiographical Archives as Politics of Reclamation – Zainab Saleh in dialogue with CRITIQUE-MERG-Social Anthropology | May 23 2024

Lecture abstract: This talk approaches the concept of autobiographical archives – which could encompass different genres of literary, ethnographic, and personal narratives – as a politics of reclamation among UK-based Iraqi Jews who were stripped of their citizenship in 1950-1951 and the so-called Iraqis of the Iranian origin who were […]

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Methods Workshop with Prof Zainab Saleh – Memoirs as Platforms to Revisit the Past and Reimagine the Future| May 23 2024

Workshop Description Most of the memoirs written by Iraqi Jews capture a vanished past in Iraq, informed by shared political aspirations and demands for social justice. These autobiographical and nostalgic accounts often end in 1950-1951 when Iraqi Jews were stripped of their Iraqi citizenship and deported to the newly established […]

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