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Arrighi Center General Seminar: Discussion of Giovanni Arrighi’s “The Long Twentieth Century”

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December 8, 2023 @ 1:30 pm 3:30 pm

Our seminar on Friday, December 8th will be a discussion of Giovanni Arrighi’s Long Twentieth Century: Money, Power and the Origins of our Times, 2nd edition, Verso, 2010.

Several Arrighi Center seminar participants have agreed to make 5-10 opening comments in order to kick off the discussion, focusing on what in particular they have found interesting or useful from the Long Twentieth Century.  We will leave lots of time for open discussion from the floor.  If you would also like to prepare a more formal 5 minute “kick off” comment, we can accommodate a couple more folks.  Let me know if you are interested.

You can download a PDF of the postscript to the second (2010) edition of The Long Twentieth Century for those of you who only have access to the first (1994) edition. 

Looking forward to a lively discussion on December 8.

The Arrighi Center’s weekly general seminar is open to faculty, students (graduate and undergraduate), visiting scholars at JHU and friends from around the world. The meetings are in person with a zoom option for those outside Baltimore (for zoom link and/or to be added to the Arrighi Center mailing list, please fill out this form

Each semester the Seminar engages with one or more of the Center’s four key thematic foci—(1) changing structures and norms of global governance; (2) dynamics of global capitalism; (3) global inequality and development; and (4) land, labor and environmental rights and struggles; as well as the Center’s two additional priorities: (1) the practical ethics of university-community engagement; and (2) engaging with theories and perspectives from the global South.

The Fall 2023 Arrighi Center General Seminar is divided in four parts. The first part will focus on the work on Oliver Cox in preparation for the conference in Trinidad (co-sponsored by the Arrighi Center) on the Life and Work of Oliver Cromwell Cox in April 2024 (abstract deadline September 30, 2023).  The remaining parts engage with writings of Giovanni Arrighi, as well as critiques and elaborations thereof.  The second part of the Seminar focuses on Antisystemic Movements; the third part on the Long Twentieth Century and systemic cycles of accumulation; and the fourth and final part on changing structures and norms of global governance through the lens of Chaos and Governance in the Modern World System and critiques/extensions thereof.

Students who wish to take the Arrighi Center seminar for credit (letter grade or audit) should register for 230.675 and discuss the requirements for receiving course credit with Beverly Silver.

Location: 526 Mergenthaler Hall (JHU Homewood Campus) @ Baltimore

Baltimore, MD United States