Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Symposium | Racial Capitalism and American Literature Now

Friday, April 7, 2023

10:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Pembroke Hall 305, 172 Meeting Street

“Racial Capitalism and American Literature Now” brings together a group of scholars whose work has been at the forefront of theorizing such developments. They draw upon an eclectic body of theoretical resources and historical frames for assessing these developments, including Robinson’s concept of racial capitalism, Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of cultural capitalism, the genealogy of neoliberalism, and the legacies of multiculturalism. In bringing these thinkers together, this symposium advances a dialogue about the many ways that capitalist forms of value, have reshaped literature and critical practice in these fields. Moreover, while these scholars have provided innovative accounts of these social relations within their distinctive subfields, this event provides a rare opportunity to consider these social dynamics across disciplinary and methodological boundaries.

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