Tag: economic development

Russian politics in historic context

The Havens Center Fall 2007 Visiting Scholars Program presents
Boris Kagarlitsky
Second Edition of Russian Capitalism: Economic Structures and Political Perspectives
Wednesday, October 10, 4pm, 8417 Social Science Building
Public seminar
Thursday, October 11, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Science
Russia's Autocracy and Democratic Tradition: Western Myths and Historic Reality
Thursday, October 11, 4pm, 8417 Social Science Building

BORIS KAGARLITSKY is Director of the Institute of Globalization and Social Movements in Moscow, Russia. Boris' latest books are Russia Under Yeltsin And Putin: Neo-Liberal Autocracy (TNI/Pluto 2002) and New Realism, New Barbarism: The Crisis of Capitalism (Pluto 1999). He won the Deutscher Memorial Prize for his book, The Thinking Reed: Intellectuals and the Soviet State (Verso 1988). He writes regularly for The Moscow Times and Eurasian Home. Previously, he was a student of art criticism and was imprisoned for two years for 'anti-Soviet' activities related to his editorship of a samizdat journal, Leviy Povorot. Boris was co-ordinator of the Moscow People's Front between '88 and '90, and also advised the Workers' Committee of Prokpievsk and Karaganda during this period. He was a deputy to the Moscow City Soviet between 1990-93, during which time he was a member of the executive of the Socialist Party of Russia, co-founder of the Party of Labour, and advisor to the Chairperson of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia.

Axis of Hope: Latin America on the March

Tariq Ali
Thursday, October 18, 5pm, Room 1100 Grainger Hall

Ali will discuss his latest book, Pirates of the Carribean: Axis of Hope. A revolution is moving across Latin America. Since 1998, the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela has brought Hugo Chávez to world attention as the foremost challenger of the neoliberal consensus and American foreign policy. Tariq Ali shows how Chávez's views have polarized Latin America and examines the aggression directed against his administration. Pirates of the Carribean offers a guide through a continent that is once again on the march (http://www.tariqali.org/).

Sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and co-sponsored by the Havens Center for the Study of Social Structure and Social Change, Tariq Ali's visit is made possible by the U. W. Madison Centerfor Humanities as part of their week-long series of events on "Legacies of Al Andalus: Islam, Judaism, & the West," October 16-20, 2007

TARIQ ALI was born in Lahore in 1943. He was educated at Oxford University, where he was elected President of the Oxford Union debating club and became involved in student politics, in particular with the movement against the war in Vietnam. On graduating he led the Vietnam Solidarity Campaign. Active in the New Left of the 1960s, he has long been associated with the New Left Review, of which he is currently a board member and editor. During the 1960s, he also owned his own independent television production company, Bandung, which produced programmes for Channel 4 in the UK. He is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio and contributes articles and journalism to magazines and newspapers including The Guardian and the London Review of Books. He is editorial director of London publishers Verso. Ali's fiction includes a series of historical novels about Islam: Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree (1992), The Book of Saladin (1998), The Stone Woman (2000) and A Sultan in Palermo (2005). His non-fiction includes 1968: Marching in the Streets (1998), a social history of the 1960s. A book of essays, The Clash of Fundamentalisms, was published in 2002. Tariq Ali's latest works include Pirates of the Caribbean: Axis of Hope (2006), Conversations with Edward Said (2005), Rough Music: Blair, Bombs, Baghdad, London, Terror (2005), and Speaking of Empire and Resistance (2005), which takes the form of a series of conversations with the author. The Leopard and the Fox (2007) is the script of a three-part TV series commissioned by the BBC and later withdrawn, and includes the background to the story.

Socialism & the Global South: Retrospect & Prospect

Vivek Chibber
"Cause or Effect?: Socialism and Economic Development"
Tuesday, May 3, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
"A Modernist Conceit? The Postcolonial Critique of Marxism"
Wednesday, May 4, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, May 5, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science


VIVEK CHIBBER (Ph.D. Sociology, UW-Madison) is Associate Professor of Sociology at New York University. He is the author of Locked in Place: State-Building and Late Industrialization in India (Princeton University Press, 2003), which has received numerous awards, including the 2006 Distinguished Publication Award of the American Sociological Association (honorable mention) and the 2005 Barrington Moore Jr. Prize of the ASA’s Comparative and Historical Sociology Section. He is completing a book titled, "Postcolonial Theory and the Spectre of Capitalism," due out in Winter 2011 by Verso. The book is a critique of postcolonial theory, both as an explanatory framework and as a form of radical thought.