Each semester, the Arrighi Center offers a General Seminar for graduate students and faculty. For the past two academic years (2012-2013 and 2013-2014) the General Seminar has been run in conjunction with the Mellon Foundation funded Sawyer Seminar on “Capitalism in the 21st Century” co-organized by Professor Beverly J. Silver from the Department of Sociology and Professor Christopher Nealon from the Department of English, with the participation of graduate students from across the social sciences and humanities.
The four semester General Seminar sequence for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 was as follows:
Fall 2012 – Capitalism in the 21st Century I (230.633)
The readings for the Fall 2012 seminar focused on some of the theories of capitalist crisis that were written in the wake of two previous major crises of historical capitalism (the 1930s and the 1970s); discussions centered around how these works might be useful for thinking about the nature of the current crisis of contemporary capitalism.
Spring 2013 – Capitalism in the 21st Century II (230.634)
The readings for the Spring 2013 seminar focused on the dynamics behind the current wave of land, labor and environmental struggles around the world, and what these struggles tell us about the nature and limits of contemporary capitalism.
Fall 2013 – Capitalism in the 21st Century III (230.633)
The Fall 2013 seminar was organized as a series of talks on various aspects of the 21st century capitalism with the participation of speakers from the Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the United States, picking up on themes developed in the 2012-2013 Seminar discussions.
Spring 2014 – Capitalism in the 21st Century IV (230.638)
The Spring 2014 seminar brought seminar speakers from a range of disciplines and world regions with expertise on our overall theme of capitalism, crisis and transition.