We are writing to announce the start of a new three-year Mellon Initiative in Racial Capitalism, co-directed by Mark Jerng (English) and Justin Leroy (History). As part of the initiative, new Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor Neil Agarwal (PhD, Anthropology, CUNY) will be teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and help run the colloquium series.
This initiative brings UC Davis faculty and graduate students together with outside scholars and activists to advance a research agenda that focuses on racial capitalism. The historical relationship between race and capitalism is one of the most enduring and controversial debates in U.S. historiography. Sometimes explicitly, often only implicitly acknowledged, it shapes fundamental questions about inequality, value, life, bondage, and freedom, among others, across the disciplines of race and ethnic studies, history, literary studies, law, economics, sociology and anthropology. Over the course of the next three years we will be staging dialogues across current work and chart new directions for the study of racial capitalism.
Our inaugural event (poster attached) is an introduction to racial capitalism through collective discussion of Cedric Robinson’s foundational Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition on October 4th, 4 pm in Voorhies 126. Please join us for the discussion and for a wine and cheese reception afterwards!
We hope you will join us all year for an exciting colloquium series (Fall 2017 Event Calendar attached), which will include a mix of formats including book chapter workshops with pre-circulated papers, conversations with UC Davis and outside scholars on disciplinary methods, and discussion meetings of key texts in the field of racial capitalism.
To subscribe to our listserv, please click this link: http://dhi.ucdavis.edu/listserv/racialcapitalism/join.php By subscribing, you will be receiving direct notice of all events relating to this initiative as well as any readings or resources that might supplement an event.
Finally, our website will be up soon http://racialcapitalism.ucdavis.edu Readings and pre-circulated papers for the colloquium events will be posted there.