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Verso Books at Historical Materialism NY

Verso Books13 April 2017

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Verso Books is a proud Co-Sponsor of this year’s Historical Materialism New York Conference: “Resurgent Radicalisms in a Polarizing World.” The conference will be held April 21-23 at NYU and will bring together hundreds of radical scholars in conversation and debate on some of the most pressing questions posed today by social movements and Marxist theory. More information about the location and registration is available here

Panels presented by Verso

Saturday, April 22nd, 2:30-4:00pm
Defeat, Melancholy and Disappointment on the Left
The centenary of the Russian Revolution offers an opportunity to reflect on paths not taken by the Left, and the melancholy that emerges from our historic defeats. This panel suggests that reckoning with our collective past is a precondition to thinking the content of communism today.

Massimiliano Tomba
Enzo Traverso
Richard Seymour
Discussant: Susan Buck-Morss

Sunday, April 23rd 11:45-1:15 pm
Symposium on Clyde Woods's Development Arrested: The Blues and Plantation Power in the Mississippi Delta

Three leading scholars of racial capitalism return to Clyde Woods’ remarkable study of capitalist development in the Mississippi Delta, and the novel epistemologies the region’s black working class forged in struggle.

Ruth Wilson Gilmore
Christina Heatherton
Jordan T. Camp

Sunday, April 23rd, 2:30-4:00pm
Roundtable On the Housing Question

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, 'the housing question’ was a vital part of socialist organizing, even if it remained under-theorized. As fights over gentrification continue to escalate, we bring together activists and academics from New York and DC to discuss the housing question in the twenty-first century American city.  

Sam Stein
Rob Wohl
Take Back the Bronx
Crown Heights Tenants Union


Panels featuring Verso authors

Saturday, April 22nd

How to be an Anticapitalist in the 21st Century
Erik Olin Wright
Discussant: Peter Bratsis

Roundtable on Training Political Cadre: Historical Lessons and Currents Methods

George Ciccariello-Maher
Kate Byrne-Miller
David Thompson
Todd Chretien

A Dialogue on The Politics of Ecological Crisis

Nancy Fraser
Dan Boscov-Ellen
Michelle Mawhinney

Roundtable on Prisons, Policing, and the Racial Capitalist State in Crisis

Orisanmi Buron
Ruth Wilson Gilmore
Jack Norton
Craig Gilmore

Ecological Struggle: imperatives and Interrogations

Ashley Dawson
Anthony Lioi
Nancy Holmstrom

The Political Economy of Money and Crisis

Cédric Durand
Karl Beitel
Michael Roberts
Discussant: Anwar Shaikh  

Symposium on The Last Day of Oppression, and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left

Jeff Webber
Tony Wood
Gabriel Hetland

The Crisis of Bourgeois Politics

Richard Seymour
Tithi Bhattacharya
Carolyn Eichner
Cosponsored by Salvage

Race, Repetition, Rebellion: The Political Economy of Surplus

Chris Chen
Ruth Wilson Gilmore
Joshua Clover
George Ciccariello-Maher

Sunday, April 23

Shop floor Struggles: The Forgotten Abode of Socialist Strategy

Kim Moody
Charlie Post
Nicole Aschoff
Cosponsored by Catalyst

Critical Geopolitics Today

Tony Wood
Clyde Barrow
Lorenzo Fusaro and Beatriz Marcos

The International Women's Strike and the Anticapitalist Feminist Movement

Tithi Bhattacharya
Cinzia Arruzza
Nancy Fraser
Magally Miranda

Please note that all times are preliminary and subject to change before the conference. Registration is required to attend Historical Materialism 2017. You can register at For any questions, please contact