Video: A Companion to Marx’s Grundrisse: David Harvey, Kanishka Goonewardena, and Nancy Fraser in Conversation

BOOK LAUNCH – A Companion to Marx’s Grundrisse: David Harvey, Kanishka Goonewardena, and Nancy Fraser in Conversation

David Harvey’s Companion to Marx’s Grundrisse builds upon his widely acclaimed companions to the first and second volumes of Capital in a way that will reach as wide an audience as possible. Marx’s stated ambition for this text – where he was thinking aloud about some of possible metamorphoses of capitalism – is to reveal “the exact development of the concept of capital as the fundamental concept of modern economics, just as capital itself is the foundation of bourgeois society.” While respecting Marx’s desire to “bring out all the contradictions of bourgeois production, as well as the boundary where it drives beyond itself,” David Harvey also pithily illustrates the relevance of Marx’s text to understanding the troubled state of contemporary capitalism.

Join us on March 7 for a conversation between David Harvey, Kanishka Goonewardena and Nancy Fraser to celebrate the launch of A Companion to Marx’s Grundrisse! Register for the event here.

About the discussants:

David Harvey is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the City University of New York (CUNY) and author of various books, articles, and lectures. His most recent books are A Companion to Marx’s Grundrisse (Verso, 2023) and The Anti-Capitalist Chronicles (Pluto Press, 2020). He is the author of Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (Profile Books, 2014), one of The Guardian’s Best Books of 2011, The Enigma of Capital and the Crises of Capitalism (Oxford University Press, 2010). Other books include A Companion to Marx’s Capital, Limits to Capital, and Social Justice and the City. Professor Harvey has been teaching Karl Marx’s Capital for nearly 40 years. His lectures on Marx’s Volumes I and II are available for download (free) on his website. He was director of the Center for Place, Culture and Politics from 2008-2014. Follow him on Twitter.

Kanishka Goonewardena, Professor of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto, was trained as an architect in Sri Lanka and has published on planning, urbanization, nationalism, imperialism and Marxist theory. He co-edited Space, Difference, Everyday Life: Reading Henri Lefebvre and wrote various essays in scholarly and popular venues such as Antipode, Society and Space, Radical History Review, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Historical Materialism, Geografiska Annaler, Progressive Planning, Himal and Jacobin. His most recent writings include a short history of Marxist literature and politics in Sri Lanka and a review of the radical Brazilian geographer Milton Santos. He is also currently engaged in a research project on the historical geography of the concept of imperialism.

Nancy Fraser is Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of philosophy and politics at the New School for Social Research and a member of the Editorial Committee of New Left Review. Trained as a philosopher, she specializes in critical social theory and political philosophy. Widely known for her work on the relation between redistribution and recognition in the theory of justice, she works now on the relation of capitalism to racial oppression, social reproduction, ecological crisis, feminist movements, and the rise of rightwing populism.

Fraser’s newest book is Cannibal Capitalism: How our System is Devouring Democracy, Care and the Planet–and what we can do about it (Verso, 2022). Other recent books include Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto, co-authored with Cinzia Arruzza and Tithi Bhattacharya (Verso, 2019); The Old is Dying (Verso, 2019); and Capitalism: A Conversation in Critical Theory, co-authored with Rahel Jaeggi (Polity Press, 2018).

Fraser’s work has been translated into more than twenty languages and was cited three times by the Justices of the Brazilian Supreme Court–in opinions upholding marriage equality, affirmative action, and Afro-descendant collective land rights. A Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a past President of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, she is the recipient of six honorary degrees, the Alfred Schutz Prize for Social Philosophy, the Nessim Habif World Prize, and the Nonino Prize 2022 “Master of our Time.”

This event was organized and sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the Graduate Center, CUNY and cosponsored by the People’s Forum. It is free and open to the public.