Attendance limited due to COVID-19 measures. Speakers: Ulrich Brand (Vienna), Markus Wissen (Berlin), John Smith (Sheffield). Ben Selwyn (Brighton). Conference chair Marcel van der Linden (IISG).
Subtly they had been bribed, but effectively: Were they not lordly whites and should they not share in the spoils of rape? High wages in the United States and England might be the skillfully manipulated result of slavery in Africa and of peonage in Asia.
W.E.B. Dubois (1920) 
Why is working-class internationalism so difficult to achieve? Why could workers so often be seduced by jingoism and xenophobia? Why do Northern workers frequently behave indifferently towards the misery of workers in the Global South? Socialists have been discussing these questions for a long time, across the world. Often these discussions are framed in moral or even moralistic terms (e.g., Christian notions of universal charity). A materialist approach however demands that we address at least the following issues: i) the dynamics of global capitalism and its ramifications for the emancipation of the world working class; ii) the relationship between this capitalist dynamics and changing moralities; iii) the fear of slightly ‘privileged’ workers for deteriorating living conditions; and iv) the necessary conditions for organizing countervailing power and a radical counter-culture. The issue is as important as it is complex; its analysis can only proceed step by step. (……… )
For full introduction see the Conference Papers page below.
International Institute for Research and Education (www.iire.org), Lombokstraat 40, 1094 AL Amsterdam.
Bus 22 from Central Station, direction Muiderpoortstation. Stop Javaplein. Turn sharp right into Borneostraat. The second street to the right is Lombokstraat.
Given the constraints by the COVID-19 measures (1.5 metre distancing), we will proceed with a physical conference (old style) with a limited number of participants , with a simultaneous webinar.
Sunday 13 September 2020
|10.30-10.50||Welcome and introduction by Joost Kircz and Marcel van der Linden. Instructions for the use of Zoom.|
|10.50-11.45||Session 1. Ulrich Brand and Markus Wissen:|
The Imperial Mode of Living: An Introduction.
Comments by Lucas Poy (as Rossana Baragán had to cancel)
|11.45-12.15||Discussion first session|
|12.30-13.05||Session 2. John Smith:|
The imperial mode of living in the context of crisis.
Comments by Kaveh Yazdani.
|13.05-13.35||Discussion second session|
|13.35-14.20||Lunch break. Various sandwiches available.|
|14.20-14.55||Session 3. Ben Selwyn:|
Super-exploitation, uneven and combined development, and the imperial mode of living.
Comments by Kwame Nimako.
|14.55-15.25||Discussion third session|
|15.40-16.40||Session 4. All participants.|
How to continue?
|16.40-16.55||Summary by Marcel van der Linden|
|16.55-17.00||Final information and end of Zoom session.|
The speakers have each provided a draft text prior to the workshop, in order to foster the discussion.
After the workshop which has been captured on video, the speakers have been requested to provide final documents including addressing the issues put forward by the commentators and others.
Together the documents will be collected in a workshop report, to be published on the website of SOC21.
The Papers presented and some other contributions can be found here.
The video registration is available as playlist of five videos here.
The videos can be found separately through the news item on this web site here.
Marcel van der Linden: https://iisg.amsterdam/nl/search?search=marcel%20van%20der%20linden
Ulrich Brand: https://www.univie.ac.at/intpol/home/team/ulrich-brand
John Smith: see e.g. https://monthlyreview.org/product/imperialism_in_the_twenty-first_century/
Ben Selwyn: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/230531
Rossana Baragán (La Paz): https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rossana_Barrag%C3%A1n and https://iisg.amsterdam/en/about/staff/rossana-barragan
Kaveh Yazdani (Bielefeld): https://wwwhomes.uni-bielefeld.de/kyazdani/
Kwame Nimako, see e.g.: Layers of Emancipation Struggles: Some Reflections on the Dutch Case, In: Melissa F. Weiner & Antonio Carmona Báez (eds.), Smash the Pillars: Decoloniality and the Imaginary of Color in the Dutch Kingdom. Lanham MD: Lexington Books, 2018.
Nimako, Kwame and Glenn Frank Walter Willemsen. The Dutch Atlantic: Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation (Decolonial Studies, Postcolonial Horizons). Pluto Press, 2011
As the conference has taken place succesfully, we will be considering how to proceed. Those who registered before will be informed in due course. If you had not registered for the conference you can register for this information using the button on this page.
As we will be spending more than usual due to the dual format (both online and real life), extra funds for the conference are very welcome. Please send your donations to:
St. Socialistisch Onderzoekscollectief
IBAN: NL94 SNSB 0787 4947 12