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Interdisciplinary Marxisms Research Workshop: “Value/Difference” with Chris Chen, Sarika Chandra, Beverley Best and Amy De’Ath

April 17 @ 5:00 am - 7:00 pm

The Interdisciplinary Marxisms Research Workshop (IMRW) is a new Research Workshops supported by the Humanities Institute to provide a space for graduate students, faculty, and community members to join together in study and discussion of the broadly-conceived Marxist or radical tradition. The group takes a specific interest in the Marxist and radical tradition outside of Europe and the US and in new work on difference and anti-capitalist thought and political theory.

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Join IMRF for an extended conversation of Value/Difference with Chris Chen, Sarika Chandra, Beverley Best and Amy De’Ath addressing their cutting-edge work that uses value-form theory to produce new understandings of race, gender, and sex (and other) differences.


Speaker Bios:

Christopher Chen is an Associate Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Chen has published articles, poetry, interviews, and reviews in boundary 2Post45 ContemporariesSouth Atlantic QuarterlyThe SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory, The Routledge Companion to Literature and EconomicsThe Los Angeles Review of Books, and The New Inquiry. He is the author of Literature and Race in the Democracy of Goods (Bloomsbury, 2022), a book-length comparative study of contemporary Black and Asian North American experimental poetry. His research focuses on 20th and 21st-century experimental US poetry and poetics, the Economic Humanities, and theories of capitalist racialization.

Sarika Chandra is an Associate Professor of English at Wayne State University. She researches and teaches in the areas of Globalization studies, American Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies. Theorizing the US in a transnational frame, her work focuses on race, ethnicity, im/migration, and the environment. Chandra is the author of Dislocalism: The Crisis of Globalization and the Remobilizing of Americanism. She is the co-editor of and co-contributor to Totality Inside Out (Fordham Press Her publications have appeared in various volumes and journals including American QuarterlyCultural Critique, and Modern Language Notes. With Chris Chen, she is finishing a book on capitalism and contemporary theories of racial group formation.

Beverley Best is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University, Montreal. She works on Marx’s critique of political economy with a focus on value theory. She is the author of Marx and the Dynamic of the Capital Formation: An Aesthetics of Political Economy (2010), The Automatic Fetish: The Law of Value in Marx’s Capital (2024), and editor (along with Werner Bonefeld and Chris O’Kane) of the Sage Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory (2018). She is the Vice-President of the Marxist Literary Group.

Amy De’Ath is Lecturer in Contemporary Literature, Culture, and Theory at King’s College London, where she directs the MA in Contemporary Literature, Culture, and Theory. Her essays are published or forthcoming in After Marx: Literature, Theory, and Value in the Twenty-First Century (Cambridge UP), differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, Paideuma: Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, and Women: A Cultural Review, among others. Her forthcoming monograph, Unsociable: Antagonism and Abstraction in Contemporary Feminized Poetry, proposes a new way of reading feminized poetry based on Marx’s critique of the value-form. She is also the author of several poetry collections, most recently Not A Force of Nature (NY: Futurepoem, 2024).


April 17
5:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Interdisciplinary Marxisms Research Workshop