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DECENTERING RACE, GENDER AND CLASS – THINKING BEYOND CAPITALISM AND ECONOMY
15. September 2017 / 17:00 - 19:00
Lecture and discussion with international guests - Colin Danby and S.
Charusheela (University of Washington Bothell)
How can we think race, class and gender together when we consider
postcapitalist alternatives in the here and now? J.K. Gibson-Graham,
among others, have provided rich analyses that encourage us to see how
much of our material lives are already not-capitalist. However, gender
and race are too often reduced identity politics, and split away from
class, so that it remains unclear how, or whether, gender and race are
linked to a decentering of capitalism.
A thorough decentering of capitalism requires a more critical
examination of the very category of the „economic.” Doctrines of
gender, race, and colonial modernity are built into contemporary notions
of the national and world „economies,” into our perceptions of scale.
Equally, the concept of community is oftentimes romanticized in ways
that render invisible its connections to markets, commodification and
dispossession. Colin Danby will make the case for reworking modernist
categoeries of the local and global. S. Charusheela will re-open
subjectivity, demonstrating a robust alternative to the opposition of
class and identity.