Lecturer: Helen Gibson
Modules: W8, W10 / WG07, 08, 09
Credit Points: 9
How are raciality (race) and capitalism co-constituted? What is the decolonial significance of engaging histories of racial capitalism (Robinson 1983) in Europe and North America? What are the implications of this significance on conceptualizations of property? "Focusing on or reducing colonial production to property (of lands and slaves)," Denise Ferreira da Silva writes, "occludes the economic character of the expropriation of the enslaved labor productive capacity, thus designing analytical models that read slavery outside of the actual workings of the capitalist mode of production" (Ferreira da Silva 2014, p. 83). This class will highlight the alchemy of redressing "the erasure of the expropriation of the total value produced by slaved labor in accounts of capital accumulation" (ibid.). Focusing on restitution of the total value of expropriated lands and labor, students in this seminar will grapple with legacies of expropriation beyond a global history of cotton (Beckert 2015).
Beckert, Sven. Empire of Cotton: A Global History. New York: Knopf, 2015.
Ferreira da Silva, Denise. "Toward a Black Feminist Poethics: The Quest(ion) of Blackness Toward the End of the World." The Black Scholar 44, no. 2 (2014): 81-97. DOI: 10.1080/00064246.2014.11413690.
Robinson, Cedric J. Black Marxism: the Making of the Black Radical Tradition. London: Zed Press, 1983, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000.