Peripheries, Frontiers, and Outside of Historical Capitalism

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Historical Capitalism

Fall 2021

Taught By: Aaron Jakes

Section: A

CRN: 12180

Credits: 3

Any argument that capitalism is historically specific implies that this complex object—whether construed as a mode of production, a form of life, or an institutionalized social order—has some kind of boundaries in both time and space. Ever since social theorists began to suggest that capitalism “has a history,” they have been arguing about when it began and about what lies beyond the edges of the capitalist world. Those debates about its historical and geographic “outsides” have, in turn, proven crucial to critical analysis of capitalism itself. This reading-intensive course will cover a range of classic works that represent distinctive positions on these questions of periodization, transition, and bounding as well as more recent scholarship that seeks to reframe these questions from the standpoint of our own crisis-ridden historical present. Readings will include texts by Karl Marx, Rosa Luxemburg, Leon Trotsky, Paul Baran, Paul Sweezy, Robert Brenner, Immanuel Wallerstein, Frank Perlin, Giovanni Arrighi, Robert Brenner, David Harvey, Maria Mies, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Vinay Gidwani, Timothy Mitchell, Nancy Fraser, and Jason Moore.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: History (LHIS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 5

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:07am 1/24/2022 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 411

Date Range: 9/1/2021 - 12/8/2021