LECTURE SERIES, PART 2: TITHI BHATTACHARYA
Throughout August and October 2020, we will be hosting an online lecture and talk series featuring artists and activists whose work is exposing the crisis in global capitalism which is putting individuals and societies at risk. Each event will feature a different speaker and will focus on looking at diverse art and activist practices through the lens of art, writing, protest, performance, and technology bringing together artists, scholars, writers, and activists from different geographies, disciplines and contexts to make sense of and tune into the uncharted territory we are living through.
Wednesday 26 August 3-4pm
Online via Zoom
Social Reproduction Theory (SRT) is an understanding of the integration between the production of goods and services and the production of life. It acknowledges that race and gender oppression occur through capitalism and analyses issues such as child care, health care, welfare, education, family life and the roles of gender, race and sexuality to examine the relationship between economic exploitation and social oppression. How can SRT deepen our understanding of everyday life under capitalism?
"If labor power produces value, how is labor power itself produced? Surely workers do not spring from the ground to arrive at the marketplace, fresh and ready to sell their labour power to the capitalist."
In this lecture, professor Tithi Bhattacharya will discuss SRT within the context of the coronavirus pandemic, offering a way for feminists, activists and the left to understand the impacts of the virus and how we can organise to confront them.
Tithi Bhattacharya is a professor of South Asian History and the Director of Global Studies at Purdue University. She is the author of The Sentinels of Culture: Class, Education, and the Colonial Intellectual in Bengal (Oxford University Press, 2005) and a long time activist for Palestinian justice. She writes extensively on Marxist theory, gender, and the politics of Islamophobia. Her work has been published in the Journal of Asian Studies, South Asia Research, Electronic Intifada, Jacobin, Salon.com and the New Left Review. She is on the editorial board of Studies on Asia and the International Socialist Review. Tithi is a longstanding social justice activist. She is active in her local community as well as in struggles nationally and internationally.
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