Franke Lectures in the Humanities

The annual Franke Lectures in the Humanities provide up to four public lectures a year, organized in conjunction with an upper-level undergraduate humanities seminar. The lectures are made possible by the generosity of Richard and Barbara Franke, and are intended to present important topics in the Humanities to a wide and general audience.

The fall 2020 Franke Lectures have been organized in conjunction with the Yale College seminar “The Value of Marx’s Capital” taught by Paul North.

"Das Kapital: Critique, History, Knowledge"

Terrell Carver, University of Bristol, UK

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
5:00pm

The Value of Marx’s Capital

Terrell Carver Terrell Carver is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Bristol, UK. He has published widely on Marx and Engels, including translations, editions, and commentary; on sex, gender, sexuality, and masculinity in International Relations; and on poststructuralist methodology and visual analysis. His most recent books include Marx (2018) and Engels before Marx (2020).
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"Marx’s Concept of Alienation"

Marcello Musto, York University

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
6:00pm

The Value of Marx’s Capital

Marcello Musto is Professor of Sociology at York University, Toronto, and has published worldwide in more than twenty languages. He is the author of Another Marx: Early Manuscripts to the International (2018) and The Last Years of Karl Marx: An Intellectual Biography (2020). Among his most recent edited books are Marx’s Capital after 150 Years: Critique and Alternative to Capitalism (2019), The Marx Revival: Key Concepts and New Interpretations (2020), and Karl Marx’s Writings on Alienation (2020).
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"Capital, a Book of Labor"

Lucia Pradella, King’s College London

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
3:00pm

The Value of Marx’s Capital

Lucia Pradella is Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at King’s College London. She holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Naples Federico II and Paris 10 Nanterre. She collaborated on the historical-critical edition of Marx’s and Engels’s complete works at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and has written two books on Marx’s Capital. Her second book, Globalization and the Critique of Political Economy (2014), traces the evolution of Marx’s understanding of capitalist globalization, colonialism, and anticolonial resistance in the light of his still partially unpublished notebooks on colonialism and the world market. Lucia has published extensively on labor, migration, imperialism, and alternatives to neoliberalism; she coedited the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Marxism and Post-Marxism with Alex Callinicos and Stathis Kouvelakis.
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"Use-Value and Exchange-Value … and Value"

Andrew Kliman, Pace University

Wednesday, October 07, 2020
6:00pm

The Value of Marx’s Capital

Andrew Kliman, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Pace University, is the author of Reclaiming Marx’s “Capital”: A Refutation of the Myth of Inconsistency (2006) and The Failure of Capitalist Production: Underlying Causes of the Great Recession (2011). His research on value theory, economic crisis theory, and other topics has appeared in numerous journals and book collections. He works with the Marxist-Humanist Initiative and is cohost (with Brendan Cooney) of Radio Free Humanity: The Marxist-Humanist Podcast, which appears biweekly.
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Quotations for the colloquium
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"What Did Marx Have to Say about Cooking Dinner? Social Reproduction Theory and the Labor Theory of Value"

Tithi Bhattacharya, Purdue University

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
6:00pm

The Value of Marx’s Capital

Tithi Bhattacharya is Professor of South Asian History and Director of Global Studies at Purdue University. She is the author of The Sentinels of Culture: Class, Education, and the Colonial Intellectual in Bengal (2005) and the editor of the now classic study Social Reproduction Theory: Remapping Class, Recentering Oppression (2017).  Her recent coauthored book, Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto (2019), has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. She writes extensively on Marxist theory, gender, and the politics of Islamophobia. Her work has been published in the Journal of Asian Studies, South Asia Research, Electronic Intifada, Jacobin, Salon.com, The Nation, and the New Left Review. She is on the editorial board of Studies on Asia and Spectre.
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"“Nothing to Expect but a Tanning”: Bodies at Work"

Massimiliano Tomba, University of California, Santa Cruz

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
6:00pm

The Value of Marx’s Capital

Massimiliano Tomba is Professor in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Previously, he taught political philosophy at the University of Padua. He has published several texts on the political philosophy of Kant, Hegel, the post-Hegelians, Marx, and Walter Benjamin, among them Krise und Kritik bei Bruno Bauer: Kategorien des Politischen im nachhegelschen Denken (2005); La vera politica. Kant e Benjamin: La possibilità della giustizia (2006); Marx’s Temporalities (2013); Attraverso la piccolo porta: Quattro studi su Walter Benjamin (2017); and Insurgent Universality: An Alternative Legacy of Modernity (2019).

Professor Tomba will mostly discuss Chapters 4, 5, and 6 of Capital, Vol. 1 (Penguin edition) in his talk. Attendees are invited to (re-)visit these passages before Wednesday in preparation for the conversation.

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"Karl Marx’s Monetary Theory of Value"

Michael Heinrich, HTW Berlin

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
6:00pm

The Value of Marx’s Capital

Michael Heinrich is a former collaborator of Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe (MEGA) and was, until 2016, Professor of Economics at HTW Berlin. He is the author of An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Karl Marx’s “Capital” (2012) and Karl Marx and the Birth of Modern Society (2019).
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"Centering the Transatlantic Slave Trade in the Critique of Capital"

Stephanie Smallwood, University of Washington

Wednesday, November 04, 2020
6:00pm

The Value of Marx’s Capital

Stephanie Smallwood is Associate Professor of History and Comparative History of Ideas at the University of Washington, Seattle, where she is also a faculty associate of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies. Her research and teaching explore early modern histories of slavery, colonialism, and race, with particular emphasis on the transatlantic slave trade, racial capitalism, and African diasporas in the Americas. She is the author of Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora (2007), winner of the 2008 Frederick Douglass Prize awarded by Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. Her current project, “Africa in the Atlantic World: A Geopolitical History,” is concerned with the problematics of space in the intercontinental arena that scholars have come to call the “Atlantic world.” The project investigates the uneven spatial relations that shaped the Atlantic as a geopolitical domain and aims to produce a counternarrative of Atlantic history that puts the peoples of the African continent at its center.   
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"Science, Rhetoric, and Structure in Capital"

William Clare Roberts, McGill University

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
6:00pm

The Value of Marx’s Capital

William Clare Roberts teaches political theory at McGill University. He is the author of Marx’s Inferno: The Political Theory of “Capital” (2018), which won the Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize.
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"Species-Being: In Defense of Humanistic Social Critique"

Karen Ng, Vanderbilt University

Thursday, November 12, 2020
6:00pm

The Value of Marx’s Capital

Karen Ng is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. She specializes in nineteenth-century German philosophy and Frankfurt School Critical Theory. She is the author of Hegel’s Concept of Life: Self-Consciousness, Freedom, Logic (2020).
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"On the Receptions of Karl Marx’s Capital in the Anglophone World"

Babak Amini, London School of Economics

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
4:00pm

The Value of Marx’s Capital

Babak Amini is a PhD candidate in sociology at the London School of Economics, researching on the “council democratic” movements in Germany and Italy in the World War I era. He is the coeditor (with Marcello Musto) of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Marx’s “Capital”: A Global History of Translation, Dissemination and Reception. He is also the coordinating assistant editor of the book series Marx, Engels, and Marxisms.
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"Money and Capital in Volume 1 of Capital"

Fred Moseley, Mount Holyoke College

Wednesday, December 02, 2020
6:00pm

The Value of Marx’s Capital

Fred Moseley is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Mount Holyoke College.  He has published extensively on Marxian theory and Marxian analysis of the US economy. His latest book is Money and Totality: A Macro-Monetary Interpretation of Marx’s Logic in “Capital” and the End of the Transformation Problem (2016). He also edited and wrote the introductions to the English translation of Marx’s Economic Manuscript of 1864–65  and to an excerpt from Marx’s Manuscript of 1867–68. He is a long-time member of the Union for Radical Political Economics and served as Program Director for URPE sessions at the Annual Convention of the American Economic Association from 2005 to 2015.
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"Readings and Misreadings of Primitive Accumulation"

Cinzia Arruzza, New School for Social Research

Wednesday, December 09, 2020
6:00pm

The Value of Marx’s Capital

Cinzia Arruzza is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. She works on ancient Greek philosophy and Marxist and feminist theory. She is the author of Dangerous Liaisons: The Marriages and Divorces of Marxism and Feminism (2013); Plotinus. Ennead II 5. On What Is Potentially and What Actually (2015); A Wolf in the City: Tyranny and the Tyrant in Plato’s Republic (2018); and coauthor of Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto (2019).
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