Marx’s Capital, Volume One: A Critique of Political Economy, was first published on September 14, 1867. One hundred and fifty years later it still provides for many a crucial blueprint for a critical approach to the political economy of capitalism.

Marxist epistemology across the disciplines keeps insisting on the necessity to confront the structural realities of capital accumulation, through its changes, crises, and contradictions, as inherent features of the historical reproduction and evolution of the capitalist system.

How are we to understand the present situations we find ourselves in light of Capital?

To honor the 150th anniversary of the publication of Marx’s pioneering work, and the rich tradition of thought that it opened, the Sociology & Social Anthropology Department at Dalhousie University will be hosting a symposium addressing the relevance of Marx’s work today.

“The social sciences constitute one long
dialogue with the ghost of Marx.”
– Eric R. Wolf

Organization of Event

Kapital 150 is the vision of three doctoral students at the Dalhousie University Sociology & Social Anthropology Department. The event is organized by Jason Ellsworth, with collaborators Daniel Salas, and Ulises Villafuerte, as well as the support and guidance of current Chair of the department, Lindsay DuBois. The event is organized in part with the department’s ongoing speaker series.

About the Organizers:

Jason WM Ellsworth, Dalhousie University
Jason WM Ellsworth is a social anthropology doctoral student in the Sociology & Social Anthropology Department at Dalhousie University, and a Sessional Lecturer in the departments of Religious Studies and Sociology & Anthropology at the University of Prince Edward Island. His current and past research interests include the Anthropology of Food, Buddhism in North America, Transnationalism, Political Economy, Marketing, Orientalism, and the Anthropology of Religion. Jason received his M.A. in Religion & Culture from Wilfrid Laurier University (2010), an Honours B.A. in Religious Studies from Saint Mary’s University (2009), and a B. Comm. in Marketing from Saint Mary’s University (2003). He has also worked in various capacities for non-profit organizations.

Daniel Salas, Dalhousie University21984347_10212353390541574_1412040589_n
Daniel Salas is a social anthropology PhD Candidate in the Sociology & Social Anthropology Department at Dalhousie University. Taking stock of Marx-inspired anthropological scholarship on value and money, his current research examines the practical and political consequences of monetary plurality in contemporary Cuba. Past research interests include the politics and logistics of underground youth culture, and the history of intellectual debates in Cuba. Daniel holds a M.A. in Cuban Cultural Processes from the Higher Institute of Arts (Havana, 2011), and an Honours B.A. in Journalism from University of Havana (2007). Before coming to Dalhousie, he taught investigative journalism at the University of Havana.

Ulises Villafuerte, Dalhousie UniversityulisesUlises Villafuerte is a social anthropology doctoral student in the  Sociology & Social Anthropology Department at Dalhousie University.