English Lecture Series by Leigh Claire La Berge (CUNY/FU Berlin) | Chaired by Prof. Marieke de Goede (UvA) | Organized by Emelia Quinn | Thursday November 25th, 5-6.30pm | Held live in PCH 1.15 (or join digitally via Zoom ID 856 4269 7951)
|Date||25 November 2021|
Marx for Cats: A Radical Bestiary (under contract with Duke University Press) argues that the history of Western capitalism can be told through the cat and that doing so reveals a heretofore unrecognized animality at the heart of Marx’s critique and of Western Marxist critique. That feline animality has been present in how Marxists have represented what constitutes the economy and imagined how the economy could be transformed from a site of exploitation into one of equality. From capitalism’s feudal pre-history to its contemporary moment of financialization, those seeking to maintain economic power as well as those seeking to challenge it have recruited cats into their efforts. Using a textual and visual archive that spans 800CE through the present, this book details how they did so. In offering a feline narrative of our economic past, it argues that Marxism not only has the potential to be an interspecies project but that it already is one. And in using that knowledge and those histories located in cat-form, the book suggests that we may collectively plot a new future together, one which recognizes the work that cats have always done for Marxists and one which wonders: what political commitments can Marxists make to cats?
This will also be held live in PCH 1.15, with the option to join on Zoom using the ID 856 4269 7951