100th year anniversary of the Russian Revolution conference @UMich 3/8-3/11

Revolutionary Longings: The Russian Revolution and the World, 1917-1929

conference poster

Commencing on the 100th anniversary of the inception of Russia’s “February Revolution,” this conference will set the February and October revolutions of 1917 in the larger context of their global reverberations. Presentations and discussions will focus on the early Soviet experience, revolutionary insurgencies elsewhere in the world (and the reactions they encountered), and the historical impact of that period’s visions of a socialist future.

When: From Wednedsay March 8 to March 11.
Where: University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

Read more here.

Winter 2017

marxisms events for Winter 2017 —

February 21. Alvaro Reyes on the Zapatistas‘ Critical Thought in the Face of the Capitalist Hydra.

March 23. Gary Wilder, Black Radical tradition and Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World.

April 6.  Gavin Arnall, Translating Universality: Marxism in Latin America and the Caribbean.

April 20. Student workshop.

email alejo@umich.edu for more info


Maoism and the Chinese Revolution: A Critical Introduction (10/13 @ 7pm Common Language Bookstore )

Join author Elliott Liu for a discussion of his new book Maoism and the Chinese Revolution: A Critical Introduction. Elliott will offer a brief overview of the course of the Chinese revolution and how it shaped what became Maoism, and facilitate a discussion of how Maoist politics have been interpreted and applied locally and in the U.S.

Thursday, October 17 at 7pm
Common Language Bookstore (317 Braun Ct, Ann Arbor)

The Chinese Revolution changed the face of the twentieth century, and the politics that issued from it—often referred to as “Maoism”—resonated with colonized and oppressed people from the 1970s down to the anticapitalist movements of today. But how did these politics first emerge? And what do they offer activists today, who seek to transform capitalist society at its very foundations?

About the book:
Maoism and the Chinese Revolution offers the novice reader a sweeping overview of five decades of Maoist revolutionary history. It covers the early years of the Chinese Communist Party, through decades of guerrilla warfare and rapid industrialization, to the massive upheavals of the Cultural Revolution. It traces the development of Mao Zedong’s military and political strategy, philosophy, and statecraft amid the growing contradictions of the Chinese revolutionary project. All the while, it maintains a perspective sympathetic to the everyday workers and peasants who lived under the party regime, and who in some moments stood poised to make the revolution anew.


Christina Heatherton talk: “Capital & the Color Line”(10/17 @4:30pm Modern Languages Building 4th floor commons @ Umich)

Join the UMich marxisms collective in a talk by Professor Christina Heatherton titled “Capital and the Color Line: Debt, State Making, and the Mexican Revolution.”

Monday, October 17 at 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
University of Michigan, Modern Languages Building, 4th floor commons

Christina Heatherton is an American Studies scholar and historian of anti-racist social movements. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Trinity college where is completing her first book, The Color Line and the Class Struggle: The Mexican Revolution, Internationalism, and the American Century (University of California Press, forthcoming). With Jordan T. Camp she recently edited Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter (Verso Books, 2016). Her work appears in places such as American Quarterly, Interface,The Rising Tides of Color: Race, State Violence, and Radical Movements Across the Pacific, edited by Moon-Ho Jung (University of Washington Press, 2014) and Feminists Rethink the Neoliberal State: Inequality, Exclusion and Change, edited by Leela Fernandes (New York University Press, forthcoming). With Jordan T. Camp she previously co-edited Freedom Now! Struggles for the Human Right to Housing in LA and Beyond (Freedom Now Books, 2012). She is the editor of Downtown Blues: A Skid Row Reader (Freedom Now Books, 2011).

Fall 2016

marxisms events for Fall ’16:

September and October. Reading group in preparation for Prof. Christina Heatherton’s visit and Prof. Ruth Wilson Gilmore’s discussion. Please send alejo@umich.edu an email if you’d like to be part of this.

October 17,  4:30pm. MLB 4th floor Commons. Talk by Prof. Christina Heatherton “Capital and the Color Line: Debt, State Making, and the Mexican Revolution.”

November 10th, 4-6pm. MLB 2011. Discussion and workshop with Prof. Dan Nemser on his upcoming book, Infrastructures of Race: Concentration and Biopolitics in Colonial Mexico.

December 15th, 5-7pm. MLB 2011.  End of semester gathering where will collectively workshop our written work.

other events and conferences:

October 4-6. Several talks and discussions with China Miéville at UMich.

October 20-2. With/Out – ¿Borders? ll Conference at Kalamazoo college.

October 21-22. ASLE Graduate Symposium 2016:Toxic Borders and Bondages: Intersecting Ecology with Capitalism, Racism, Heteropatriarchy and (Dis)possession conference at UMich.

If you’re interested in taking part of a Capital Vol. I reading group this fall, please contact jesiegfr@umich.edu.


2015-2016 year

Events for Fall 2015-6

1. Capital Vol 2 reading group. (please contact alejo@umich.edu)

2. October 23 and 24: With the newly formed Ayotzinapa/Violence working group, visit from Dawn Paley author of the recent Drug War Capitalism (2015)

3. November 12: Amanda Armstrong, an important scholar in the emerging field of critical university studies, is joining the Society of Fellows this year. We are organizing a conversation on her work.

4. Dates TBA, skype conversations with Latin American feminists: Raquel Gutiérrez Aguilar and Maria Galindo.

Events for Winter 2015-6

1. With the Borderstudies working group, we are bringing noted Marxist Feminist political economist Katherine Gibson. This event is tentatively scheduled for April 2016.