Grimm Lecture 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018 7:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

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Gareth Stedman Jones, FBA - When would Capitalism end? 

In recognition of Karl Marx's 200th birthday, WCGS is honoured to welcome distinguished Professor Gareth Stedman Jones for the Grimm Lecture 2018. He is Professor of the History of Ideas at Queen Mary, University of London and author of Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion (2016). 

Full Title: When would Capitalism end? Marx's changing conception of the 'Critique of Political Economy'

In order to separate what is living from what is dead in Marx's theory, it is necessary to separate Marx from 'Marxism.' Throughout the 20th century, Marxism has been associated with the assumption that capitalism would necessarily end in collapse. Engels certainly believed this. But was this Marx's position? Marx's thought changed. Professor Stedman Jones examines three phases in Marx's picture of capitalism and how it might end - the period ending in the 1848 Revolutions, the period ending 1859, and the period 1864-1869. He concludes by examining Engels' editing of Marx's unfinished manuscript Capital. 

Thursday 20 September 2018, 7 pm, CIGI Auditorium - The lecture will conclude with a Q&A session moderated by Doug Peers, Dean of Arts, followed by a free reception open to all.

The 2018 Grimm Lecture is co-sponsored by the Balsillie School of International Affairs, the Dean of Arts at the University of Waterloo, the departments of History, English, Sociology and Legal Studies, Philosophy, and the Global Engagement Program.

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Thanks to all who attended! Here are some pictures from the evening's festivities:

Gareth Stedman Jones

Gareth Stedman Jones, FBA (Fellow of the British Academy), is Professor of the History of Ideas at Queen Mary University of London and Director of the Centre for History and Economics, Cambridge, and a Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge University.

Related Reading/Viewing

To get a handle on Marx:

To learn more about Gareth Stedman Joness biography Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion, here is the publishers page.

Some reviews of Professor Stedman Joness book:

  • Karl Marxs true dreams and the ideology that bears his name are very different things: a review from The Guardian.
  • A new biography focuses on Karl instead of Marxism: a review from the New York Times.
  • Marx is weighed on the scales and found wanting: read a lengthy review from H-Net.