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May 6, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 6:00 pm

Friday, May 5th 6PM – 8:30PM 
Saturday, May 6th 10:30AM – 6PM 
The People’s Forum
320 W 37th Street (between 8th and 9th)
New York, NY 10018 

Register for Day 1 (n person only): https://bit.ly/CPCPconferenceday1
Register for Day 2 (in person or livestream): https://bit.ly/CPCPconferenceday2

Watch the livestream HERE.

The State. Abolitionist? Fascist? Communist? Bourgeois?

In imagining and forging the future there is much talk of the state, but often with little detail.  What should public goods consist of, and how might they be organized? Can the need for coercion (eg to pay taxes for public goods) be realized without the carceral and its underlying apparatuses of organized violence? What forms of sovereignty and its delegation (above or below) are possible and desirable?  We are particularly interested in lessons from people struggling for resource sovereignty in the global south — across the entire scope of dispossession: land, water, housing, freedom to move or stay put. We are also interested in creative approaches to reflecting on the state — including fiction, film, visual and aural arts.

6:00PM: The Measures Taken, written by Bertolt Brecht
staging and concept: Jurrell Lewis and Lucas Kane
directed by Lucas Kane
performers: Malachi Brown, Ava Kaplan, Nashwa Zaman, Adi Blaustein Rejto, Kaiden Talesh
Music: Malachi Brown and Livia Reiner
costumes: Willa Schwabsky and Zelda Mazor-Freedman
set design: Eliza Williamson
Painting: Adi Blaustein Rejto

10:30-10:50 Welcome and inspiration

10:50-12:40 Time Future From Time Past: Lessons From Kerala
Mythri Prasad-Aleyamma, Nissim Mannathukkaren, and Rekha Raj

12:45-2:45 Municipal Futures
Kazembe Balagun, Maliha Safri, Miguel Robles-Durán, and Josep Bohigas Arnau

2:45-3:45 Lunch by The People’s Cafe

3:45-5:35 Leftism Resurgent: Latin America’s Pink Tide
Raquel Rolnik, Carolina Bank Muñoz, and Gianpaolo Baiocchi

6:00 Closing roundtable
Ruth Wilson Gilmore, David Harvey and others

About the speakers:

Carolina Bank Muñoz‘s work focuses on immigration, labor, work, and Latin America. She is most recently the co-author of A People’s Guide to New York City with Penny Lewis and Emily Tumpson Molina (UC Press 2022). Her previous books include Walmart in the Global South with Bridget Kenny and Antonio Stecher (University of Texas Press 2018), Building Power from Below: Chilean Workers Take on Walmart (Cornell ILR 2017) and Transnational Tortillas: Race, Gender and Shop Floor Politics in Mexico and the United States (Cornell ILR 2008), which was awarded the Terry Book prize. Her current research project looks at Black migration to Chile and the politics of national identity. Apart from scholarly endeavors, she is Chair of her union chapter at Brooklyn College and is also active with the Immigrant Student Success Office (ISSO).

David Harvey is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the City University of New York (CUNY) and author of various books, articles, and lectures. His most recent books are A Companion to Marx’s Grundrisse (Verso, 2023) and The Anti-Capitalist Chronicles (Pluto Press, 2020). He is the author of Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (Profile Books, 2014), one of The Guardian’s Best Books of 2011, The Enigma of Capital and the Crises of Capitalism (Oxford University Press, 2010). Other books include A Companion to Marx’s Capital, Limits to Capital, and Social Justice and the City. Professor Harvey has been teaching Karl Marx’s Capital for nearly 40 years. His lectures on Marx’s Volumes I and II are available for download (free) on his website. He was director of the Center for Place, Culture and Politics from 2008-2014. Follow him on Twitter.

Nissim Mannathukkaren is Associate Professor in the International Development Studies Department at Dalhousie University, Canada. His main research interests are focused on nationalism, post-truth, Left/communist movements, development and democracy, modernity, Marxism, and the politics of popular culture, with a geographical focus on India. He is the author of two books, Communism, Subaltern Studies, and Postcolonial Theory: The Left in South India (Routledge, 2021) and The Rupture with Memory: Derrida and the Specters that Haunt Marxism (Navayana, 2006). His research has been published in journals such as the Modern Asian Studies, Citizenship Studies, Journal of Peasant Studies, Third World Quarterly, Journal of Critical Realism, International Journal of the History of Sport, Economic and Political Weekly, Dialectical Anthropology, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, and Sikh Formations. He is an op-ed columnist in the Indian English-language press.

Maliha Safri is a professor in the economics department at Drew University. Her research has focused on class and political economy, and in particular the ways that people engage in collective practices in work, housing, and food.  She has published articles in SignsAntipodeRethinking Marxismthe Economist’s Voice, Organization, and edited books. Maliha Safri was also a recipient of a National Science Foundation grant, and has a forthcoming co-authored book (Solidarity Cities: Confronting Racial Capitalism and Mapping Transformation) on that research on urban solidarity economies in the U.S.

Ruth Wilson Gilmore is director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics. She writes about racial capitalism; organized violence; organized abandonment; changing state structure; the aesthetics and  politics of seeing; labor and social movements; and the urgency of abolition as a green, red, and internationalist project of liberation. Gilmore is author of Abolition Geography: Essays Towards Liberation (Verso 2022); and Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California (UC Press 2007); and, co-edited with Paul Gilroy, Stuart Hall: Selected Writings on Race and Difference. (Duke 2021). Change Everything: Racial Capitalism and the Case for Abolition is forthcoming from Haymarket. Gilmore’s internationalist work features in the Antipode documentary Geographies of Racial Capitalism with Ruth Wilson Gilmore (2020). She co-founded many grassroots organizations. Awards include the 2020 Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize (shared with Angela Y. Davis, and Mike Davis), and the 2022  Marguerite Casey Freedom Scholar Prize.

About the performers:

Malachi Brown (he/him) is a cellist and composer born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. Malachi studied music composition and cello performance at Old Dominion University and Ithaca College. Currently, Malachi plays with Protestra, and Sound Off: Music for Bail; he also manages and performs with the Atrium Quartet. In addition to his musical activities, Malachi is a film and theater actor. Malachi currently resides in New York City.

Ava Kaplan (she/her) is a librarian at Bronx Community College and a member of the PSC-CUNY union.

Lucas Kane (he/she/they) is a brooklyn-based film and theater maker. In 2019 and 2020, he worked as an assistant director to Peter Brook at the Bouffes du Nord Theater on the productions of Why? and La Tempête. Since then, their focus has been on using theater as a means to facilitate political discussion, producing works in non-traditional settings for a range of audiences on the left.

Livia Reiner (she/her) is a songwriter and performer who has worked with Overtone Industries (LA) Annie Dorsen (NY) and Leslie Buxbuam Danzig. Her original work can be found on bandcamp.

Adi Blaustein Rejto (they /she) is a painter, paint maker, and performer. Adi is currently an MFA candidate at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts and an organizer with the Adjunct Faculty Union-AFT at Rutgers.

Kaiden Talesh (he/they) is an actor, parent, and organizer based in Brooklyn NY.

Nashwa Zaman (she/her) is an artist, filmmaker, performer and arts community facilitator based in NYC.

This event is organized and sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and cosponsored by The Center for The Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY and The People’s Forum. It is free and open to the public.



May 6, 2023
10:30 am - 6:00 pm
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320 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018 United States
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