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

 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
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:/]http:/ and Pontecorvo’s (

We hope to see you there!

Maurizia Boscagli, Director

Leah Norris, RA