Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants


Logics of Capital: Third-World Responses


Liberal Studies Department


Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies


Arts and Humanities


The paper historicizes and theorizes the contemporary phase of capitalism from the perspectives of ignored "third-world" thinkers and theorists, "third-world" feminists included, such as Maria Mies, Amilcar Cabral, Kwame Nkrumah, Baki Billah, Nawal el Sadawi, Farida Sarker, Enrique Dussel, Aijaz Ahmad, Badruddin Umar, among others, arguing that a number of contemporary theories of capitalism have been variously--directly or indirectly--Eurocentric and US-centric, and that certain perspectives from Asia, Africa, Latin America--involving both the political economy and cultural politics of capitalism--can help us better understand our world at this historical moment still facing financial crisis of cyclopean proportions. Globally focused and historically engaged, the paper finally advances a series of propositions about how we can bring about positive social change by forging connections among different sites of struggles of the oppressed and the marginalized at both local and global levels. Further, I will chair a couple of scholarly panels that will focus on the contemporary dynamics of social and mass movements in the "third world."

Conference Name

Historical Materialism

Conference Location

New York City

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