COMMA Winter Quarter 2018 Lecture Series:
Professor Glyn Salton-Cox, English Department
“Lumpen London: Engels, Margaret Harkness, and the “Passively Rotting” Mass”
Friday, March 16, 3:00
South Hall
The Sankey Room
Maurizia Boscagli, Director
Leah Norris, RA

Marxism In Reverse – Reading Group

COMMA Reading Group
ANTONIO GRAMSCI, “STATE AND CIVIL SOCIETY”
STUART HALL, “CULTURAL STUDIES: TWO PARADIGMS”
Friday March 2
1:30-3:30  (Please note the new time!)
The  Sankey Room, South Hall

Marxism in Reverse – Visiting Speaker

As the next installation of our series Marxism in Reverse, COMMA invites you to a talk by  
 
                                          SILVIA FEDERICI
 
 “GLOBALIZATION, CAPITAL ACCUMULATION, AND VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: AN INTERNATIONAL AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE”
 
South Hall 2635, English Department
Friday February 16
3:00
Silvia Federici is an internationally recognized feminist philosopher and activist, and one of the most important political theorists today. She is one of the founders of the Network for Wages for Housework, and the author, among many other books, of Caliban and the Witch.
 
Included in this email are a link to an interview with Silvia Federici and a suggested reading.
 
We hope to see you there!
 
This event is cosponsored by:
the English department
the Hull chair in Feminist Studies 
and the Center for Medieval Literatures.
 
Maurizia Boscagli
Director
 
Leah Norris RA

Marxism in Reverse – Reading Group

COMMA invites you to the first reading group of Winter Quarter:
Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, “The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception” from The Dialectic of Enlightenment
 
Walter Benjamin, “Paris, Capital of the Nineteenth Century,” ‘Expose’ of 1935 from The Arcades Project http://www.no-w-here.org.uk/paris%20capital.pdf

 Friday February 2, 3:00pm in South Hall, the Sankey Room.

 
Refreshments will be served, we look forward to seeing you there!
 
Maurizia Boscagli, Director
Leah Norris, RA

Marxism in Reverse – Talk

 
You are invited to a talk by Professor Patrice Petro, Film and Media Studies and Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center at UCSB
 
DISPOSSESSION, ACCUMULATION, HOARDING: AUSTERITY MEDIA
 
Please read in advance: “Introduction” and “Media Austerity”, from Kennan, Ferguson and Patrice Petro, eds., After Capitalism. Horizons of Finance, Culture, and Citizenship, Rutgers University Press, 2016
 
We look forward to seeing you on Friday January 19, 3:30pm
 
The Sankey Room, South Hall Second Floor
 
 
Maurizia Boscagli, Director
 
Leah Norris, RA

Marxism in Reverse – Film Screening

You are invited to COMMA’s final meeting of the quarter!

Film screening:
_Rachida_, (Yamina Bachir-Chouikh dir., Algeria, 2002)Friday December 8th, 12:30
South Hall 2635
(please note the new time and place of our meeting)

The film will be introduced by Professor Bernadette Andrea, English Department.

Bachir-Chouikh’s work will take the discussion of gendered nationalism, which we started with our reading of Fanon, to two different moments of Algerian history: the contemporary time, and the time of the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962). We recommend you watch beforehand Gillo Pontecorvo’s film _The Battle of Algiers_ (1966). Pontecorvo’s film stream on Youtube or can be watched on Amazon. Here are the links to an analysis of Bachir-Chouikh’s film  ([http:/www.aljadid.com/content/womans-struggle-midst-war]http:/www.aljadid.com/content/womans-struggle-midst-war) and Pontecorvo’s (https://www.opendemocracy.net/mani-sharpe/gender-myth-nationalism-gillo-pontecorvos-battle-of-algiers).

We hope to see you there!

Maurizia Boscagli, Director

Leah Norris, RA

Marxism in Reverse – First Talk

Marxism in Reverse
 
COMMA invites you to a talk by Professor Ben Olguin, Robert and Liisa Erickson Presidential Chair in Latinx Literary and Cultural Studies, English Department, UCSB.
 
“The (Trans)National Question: Regionalism, Nationalism, and Internationalism in Pan-Latina/o War Testimonios”
 
Friday, November 17, 3:00pm in The Sankey Room, South Halll, 2nd Floor
 
Professor Olguin specializes in Chicanx and Latinx Literary and Cultural studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, American and Latin American Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Human Rights Theory and Praxis, Marxist and Materialist Theories.
 
The talk is part of Prof. Olguin’s new book Violentologies: Violence and Ontology in Latinx Literature, Film, and Popular Culture.
 
We hope to see you there.
Reception will follow

Marxism in Reverse – Third Reading Group

Marxism in Reverse
 
Welcome to the COMMA 2017-2018 Reading Group and Lecture Series MARXISM IN REVERSE. Through the year we will read the work of major Marxist critics “in reverse”, starting from the contemporaries and working our way back to Marx. Our third meeting will be Friday November 10th, at 3:00pm in the Sankey Room, South Hall second floor.
Reading for Nov 10: 
Louis Althusser, “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses” 
Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

Marxism in Reverse – Second Reading Group

Marxism in Reverse
 
Now announcing the second meeting of the COMMA 2017-2018 Reading Group and Lecture Series MARXISM IN REVERSE. Through the year we will read the work of major Marxist critics “in reverse”, starting from the contemporaries and working our way back to Marx. 
 
Our second meeting will be on Friday October 27th, at 3:00pm in the Sankey Room, South Hall second floor.
 
Readings:
Frantz Fanon, “The Pitfalls of National Consciousness” (from _The Wretched of the Earth_)
 
Raya Dunayenskaya, “Nationalism, Communism, Marxist Humanism, and the Afro-Asian Revolution”
 
Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

Marxism in Reverse – First Reading Group

MARXISM IN REVERSE 
 
Now announcing the first meeting of COMMA 2017-2018 Reading Group and Lecture Series, MARXISM IN REVERSE. Through the year we will read the work of major Marxist critics “in reverse”, starting with the contemporaries and working our way back to Marx. We will read Silvia Federici, Selma James. Louis Althusser, Angela Davis, Frantz Fanon, Georg Lukacs, Adorno and Horkheimer, Antonio Gramsci, Rosa Luxembourg, and Karl Marx.
 
Our first meeting is on Friday October 13th, 3:00 in South Hall, the Sankey Room.
 
Readings:
 
Silvia Federici, _Caliban and the Witch. Women, the Body, and Primitive Accumulation_ (2004), Introduction and Ch. 2. “The Accumulation of Labor and the Degradation of Women”
 
Maria Rosa Dalla Costa and Selma James, _Women and the Subversion of the Community_( 1971)
 
Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!