On Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, renowned scholars, artists and activists will join Goethe-Institut New York and the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research for Marx Now: A Symposium. Across a series of panels and learning sessions, we’ll explore why, 200 years after his birth, Marx remains relevant to our contemporary moment. How does Marx speak to a world of extraordinary inequality, political upheaval, fractured identity, ecological degradation, technological acceleration, alienation, and exhaustion?
A complete schedule and list of participants is below. Marx Now: A Symposium is free and open to the public. For more information and to RSVP, please visit the event page.
Saturday, May 5
6:00pm: Welcome and Opening Remarks
6:15-8pm: Opening Panel: Why Marx Now?
Featuring Kali Akuno, Chiara Bottici, Ajay Singh Chaudhary, Drucilla Cornell, Benjamin Kunkel, Anwar Shaikh, and McKenzie Wark
Sunday, May 6
10am: Coffee and Bagels
10:30am-12:30pm: Panel: Marx and Political Identity
Featuring Kali Akuno, Ravi Ahmed, Shuja Haider, Suzanne Schneider, and Antonio Vázquez-Arroyo
11am-12:30pm: Learning Session 1: The Early Marx and Alienation
Led by Michael Stevenson
12:30-1:30pm: Lunch Break
1:30-3:30pm: Panel: Capitalism, Ecology, and Technology
Featuring Kate Aronoff, Alyssa Battistoni, Ajay Singh Chaudhary, Michelle Miller, and Stephanie Wakefield
2-3:30pm: Learning Session 2: Marx on Slavery and the American Civil War
Led by Jude Webre
3:30-4pm: Coffee Break
4-6pm: Panel: The Poetics and Aesthetics of Marx
Featuring A.K. Burns, Malik Gaines, Rebecca Ariel Porte, Juliana Spahr, and McKenzie Wark
4:30-6pm: Learning Session 3: Marx and the Caribbean
Led by Anjuli Raza Kolb
6-7:30pm: Closing Panel: What is to be Done?
Featuring Raphaële Chappe, Ajay Singh Chaudhary, Erica Smiley, Marshall Steinbaum, and Maria Svart
7:30pm: Closing Reception