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Global labour studies, racial capitalism and the Plantationocene: Analysing capitalism as an integrated formation

February 8 @ 4:15 pm - 6:00 pm

By Jörg Nowak (University of Brasília)

Webinar, jointly hosted with Centre on Labour, Sustainability and Global Production, QMUL

8 February, 4:15 – 6:00 pm UK time

Webinar recording available here: https://youtu.be/JVm5GlU21xE

Despite of the centrality of the topic of labour in the 1983 book by Cedric Robinson, Black Marxism, Global Labour Studies has devoted limited attention to the concept of racial capitalism that became established with Robinson´s book. The main claim of Robinson is that the first proletariat formed in the plantations in colonized countries since about the 16th century, questioning the crucial relevance of the industrial proletariat in England (and Europe) for the emergence of the labour movement. In taking up recent debates on racial capitalism that are inspired by Robinson’s work, but also expand and criticize it, this presentation proposes a more integrated theorization of race and labour. It also takes up debates about the Plantationocene as a complex dispositive which connects ecological rupture, large scale production and racialised labour.

About the presenter

Jörg Nowak is Assistant Professor for International Political Economy at the Institute for International Relations at the University of Brasília, Brazil. Jörg’s research areas include Racial Capitalism, Logistics and Infrastructure, Labour in the Global South, and Althusserian Marxism.

This webinar is part of the Spring 2024 Agrarian Change Seminar Series


February 8
4:15 pm - 6:00 pm




Journal of Agrarian Change
Centre on Labour, Sustainability & Global Production, Queen Mary University of London