Schedule & Materials

Wen Tiejun, Renmin University of China, PRC 
The Eight Economic Crises and Soft Landings in China since 1949
9/17/2012 | 12:30-1 pm, 526 Mergenthaler Hall
Reading: Ecological Civilization, Indigenous Culture, and Rural Reconstruction in China

Sam Moyo, Director of the African Institute for Agrarian Studies, Harare 
The Land Question in Zimbabwe
10/22/2012 | 12:30-1 pm, 526 Mergenthaler Hall

Deborah Bräutigam, Professor of International Development and Comparative Politics and the Director of the International Development Program, JHU School of Advanced International Studies 
China in Africa: Think Again
02/19/2013 | 12:30-1 pm, 526 Mergenthaler Hall

Christopher Chase-Dunn, University of California Riverside
Crisis of What?: End of capitalism or new systemic cycle of capitalist accumulation
9/13/2013 | 1-3 pm, 526 Mergenthaler Hall

Jason W. Moore, Binghamton University
The End of Cheap Food? Agriculture and Accumulation Crisis in the Capitalist World-Ecology
9/20/2013 | 1-3 pm, 526 Mergenthaler Hall
Readings: Cheap Food and Bad Money | The End of the Road? Agricultural Revolutions in the Capitalist World-Ecology, 1450–2010

Neil Brenner, Harvard University
Urban Theory Without an Outside: Towards a Theory of Extended Urbanization
9/27/2013 | 1-3 pm, 526 Mergenthaler Hall
Readings: Theses on Urbanization | The ‘urban age’ in question

Michael Pettis, Peking University, China
China’s Economic Rebalancing in Political Context
10/11/2013 | 1-3 pm, 526 Mergenthaler Hall

Peter Jacobs, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
South Africa’s Contemporary Agrarian Problems: The Political Economy of the Agrarian Question Revisited
10/18/2013 | 1-3 pm, 526 Mergenthaler Hall
Readings: Wither Agrarian Reform in South Africa

Agrarian Development in China Workshop (download schedule and poster)
11/1/2013 | 9-5 pm, Mason Hall

Maurizio Atzeni, Loughborough University, United Kingdom
Crisis, Modes of Capital Accumulation and Forms of Labor Unrest: The Experience of Argentina in the Last Two Decades
11/15/2013 | 1-3 pm, 526 Mergenthaler Hall
Readings: Pragmatism, ideology or politics? Unions’ and workers’ responses to the imposition of neo-liberalism in ArgentinaThe re-emergence of workplace based organisation as the new expression of conflict in Argentina

Amy Niang, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa 
Prosperity without Morality: Ransoming, Ordering and Social Justice in the Sahel
11/18/2013| 5:30 pm, 526 Mergenthaler Hall

Vladimir Popov, United Nations 
Great Divergences, Great Convergences: China, Russia and the West
12/6/2013 | 1-3 pm, 526 Mergenthaler Hall
Readings: Why the West Became Rich before China and Why China Has Been Catching Up with the West since 1949: Another Explanation of the “Great Divergence” and “Great Convergence” Stories | Book Summary

George Caffentzis, University of Southern Maine
Silvia Federici, Hofstra University
Debt, Financialization, and the Production of the Common
1/31/2014| 1-3 pm, 526 Mergenthaler Hall
Readings: Against the Debt EconomyCommons Against and Beyond CapitalismFrom Commoning to Debt: Financialization, Micro-Credit and the Changing Architecture of Capital Accumulation

Saturnino Borras, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands (ISS) 
Transnational Agrarian Movements: Critical Reflections
2/14/2014 | 1-3 pm, 526 Mergenthaler Hall
Readings: Global Land Grabbing and Political Reactions ‘From Below’ | The Politics of Transnational Agrarian MovementsThe Challenge of Global Governance of Land Grabbing: Changing International Agricultural Context and Competing Political Views and Strategies

Madeleine Fairbairn,  University of Wisconsin, Madison
Cultivating Profit: The Financialization of Farmland
2/14/2014 | 3:30-5:30 pm, 526 Mergenthaler Hall
Reading: Like gold with yield’: evolving intersections between farmland and finance

Mindi Schneider, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, Netherlands
Meatification in China and the Global Land Grab
2/14/2014 | 3:30-5:30 pm, 526 Mergenthaler Hall
Reading: Grabbing Land for Industrial Agriculture: Meatification and a Politics of Measurement

Radhika Desai, University of Manitoba
Beyond Hegemonies: Reassessing the History of Imperialism
2/28/2014 | 1-3 pm, 526 Mergenthaler Hall
Readings: Why Geopolitical Economy?, chapter 1 from Desai’s 2013 book, Geopolitical Economy |Financial Crises, the Dollar and International Monetary Revolution |

Wen Tiejun, Renmin University of China, PRC 
Eco-Integration and Social Innovation as Alternative Development Path
3/7/2014 | 1-3 pm, 526 Mergenthaler Hall

Lester Spence, Johns Hopkins University
Race, the City and the Neoliberal Turn 
3/28/2014  | 1-3 pm, 526 Mergenthaler Hall
Reading: The Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics | Race and The Neoliberal City

Joshua Clover, University of California, Davis
Affirmation and Impasse: The Politics of Value
4/4/2014 | 1-3 pm, 526 Mergenthaler Hall
Readings: Can Dialectics Break BRICS? | Autumn of the System: Poetry and Financial Capital | Labor and the Logic of Abstraction: An Interview (Moishe Postone- with Timothy Brennan)

Gopal Balakrishnan, University of California, Santa Cruz 
Breakthroughs of the Young Marx
4/11/2014 | 1-3 pm, 526 Mergenthaler Hall
Readings: Speculations on the Stationary State (Gopal Balakrishnan) | Karl Marx: Early Writings-Introduction (Lucio Colletti) | Part Two ‘On The Young Marx’ (Louis Althusser 1963)

Ching Kwan Lee, University of California, Los Angeles
The Specter of Global China: Contesting the Fractured and Flexible Power of Chinese Investment in Africa
4/18/2014| 1-3 pm, 526 Mergenthaler Hall

Darlene Miller, University of Western Cape, South Africa
5/2/2014 | 1-3 pm, 526 Mergenthaler Hall
A New Regional Moment – Post-Apartheid South African Corporations and Africa
Readings: South African Corporations and post-Apartheid Expansion in Africa – creating a new regional spaceThe ‘New Scramble’ and Labour in Africa

Land, Labor and Environmental Rights and Struggles
Seminars and Workshop
Arrighi Center for Global Studies
The Johns Hopkins University

-co-sponsored by the JHU Center for Africana Studies-

March 23 – 27, 2015

 Monday March 23, 2015

11 am- 1 pm (526 Mergenthaler)

hart_gillianGillian Hart

Professor, Department of Geography, University of California, Berkeley; Visiting Professor, Centre for Indian Studies in Africa, University of the Witwatersrand

“Relational Comparison Revisited: South Africa and India since the 1990s” 

Background Readings: (1)“Relational Comparison Revisited” Abstract; (2)Rethinking the South African Crisis, Chapters 1 & 5; (3)Denaturalizing Dispossession

Comments by:
Rina Agarwala (Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University)
Sefika Kumral (Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University)
Juan Obarrio (Department of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University)

Tuesday March 24, 2015

3-5 pm (526 Mergenthaler)

PoliticalEconomyofAfricaArrighi’s “Labor Supplies in Historical Perspective” Revisited

Open meeting of Beverly Silver’s graduate seminar on “Labor in the World System” with discussion taking off from Arrighi’s 1973 “Labor Supplies in Historical Perspective” and Arrighi, Aschoff, Scully’s 2010 “Accumulation by Dispossession and Its Limits”

Background Readings:  (1) Giovanni Arrighi Labour Supplies in Historical Perspective: A Study of the Proletarianization of the African Peasantry in Rhodesia;

(2) Giovanni Arrighi, Nicole Aschoff and Ben Scully, Accumulation by Dispossession in Its Limits: The Southern Africa Paradigm Revisited

Opening comments by:
Gillian Hart, University of California, Berkeley and University of the Witwatersrand
Lungisile Ntsebeza, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Peter Jacobs, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
Benjamin Scully, University of Witswatersrand, South Africa

  Wednesday March 25, 2015

Workshop: Land, Labor & Environmental Rights Struggles:
South Africa and India in World-Historical Perspective

–Location: 526 Mergenthaler–

8:30 am – Coffee


9:00-9:30 am

Opening Comments by Beverly J. Silver, Director, Arrighi Center for Global Studies

“An Arrighi Center Perspective on Land, Labor & Environmental Rights and Struggles”



jacobs9:30-10:00 am

Peter Jacobs, Chief Research Specialist, Economic Performance and Development Research Programme, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa

“New Forms of Elite Land Accumulation in South Africa”
Comment: Bill Martin, Department of Sociology, Binghamton University

Background Readings: (1)Propoor Rural Development (from State of the Nation 2014, HSRC Press); (2) Workshop Presentation Outline; (3)Whither Agrarian Reform in South Africa

Ricado option 410:00 am-10:30 am

Ricardo Jacobs, Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University
“An Urban Proletariat with Peasant Characteristics: Land Occupations and Livestock Raising in the City of Cape Town”
Comment: Gillian Hart, Geography, UC Berkeley and University of Witswatersrand

Background Reading: “An Urban Proletariat with Peasant Characteristics” Abstract

10:30 am-11:00 am – General Discussion

11:00-11:30 am – Coffee Break

levien211:30 am-12:00 pm

Michael Levien, Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University
“From Primitive Accumulation to Regime of Dispossession: Theses on India’s Land Question”
Comment: Ali Khan, Department of Economics, Johns Hopkins University

Review of A History of Economic Science in Japan, by Ali Khan

Background Reading: Theses on India’s Land Question

ntsebeza12:00 pm-12:30 pm

Lungisile Ntsebeza, AC Jordan Chair in African Studies, Sociology and Center for African Studies, University of Cape Town
“Contemporary Agrarian and Land Struggles in South Africa”
Comment: Sara Berry, Department of History, Johns Hopkins University

Background Reading: Ntsebeza, The Promise of Land (Chapters 1, 3,6,13)

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – General Discussion


 Thursday March 26, 2015

6 pm -7:30 pm (526 Mergenthaler)

Global Social Protest Research Working Group Meeting

Friday March 27, 2015

12-1:30 pm (266 Mergenthaler)


Satendra Kumar, Delhi School of Economics
“Aspirations without Opportunities: Agrarian Change & Inequality in Rural North India”