August Carbonella, Memorial UniversityAugust_Carbonella

Dispossession and Emancipation: Reframing Labor’s Political Question for the Neoliberal Era

August Carbonella is Professor of Anthropology at Memorial University of Newfoundland and co-editor of the Dislocations Book Series, published by Berghahn Books. He has published widely on issues of political economy, global labour, abolitionism, and the politics of memory in the United States, most recently co-editing the book Blood and Fire: Toward a Global Anthropology of Labor. He is currently engaged in a SSHRC funded research project to elucidate the evolution of the 19th century labour question by exploring the transatlantic connections among abolitionist, utopian socialist, and labour movements of that era.

Ricardo F. MacipBenemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla21744343_10213092279315197_299280747_n

Surplus Population

Ricardo F. Macip is a research professor at the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades “Alfonso Vélez Pliego” of the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (México). Anthropologist by training (Universidad de las Américas-Puebla 1993, New School for Social Research 1998 and 2002) dedicated to the study of the history of the subaltern classes in the Eastern Provinces of Mexico (Puebla, Oaxaca and Veracruz) is the author of Semos un país de peones (2005) and editor of Sujetos neoliberales en México (2009), Al que a buen árbol se arrima, buena sombra le cobija (2012) and (with Natatxa Carreras) coeditor of Perversión y duplicidad (2010) plus the due number of articles in professional journals and book chapters in English and Spanish.

Pauline Gardiner Barber, Dalhousie University

Marxism & Migration

Pauline Gardiner Barber is a social anthropologist whose research examines issues of culture, political economy, and development. She is currently working on a new co-edited volume on Migration and Temporality.  And her latest co-authoered publication with Catherine Bryan, International Organization for Migration in the field: ‘walking the talk’ of global migration management in Manila, is available in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. For several decades she has studied the transnational implications of Philippine migration to Canada, and globally, with a particular focus on how migration shapes local lives and livelihoods in migrant-sending communities. This body of research contributes to the literature that asks whether and how migration can be linked to development (regional, national, and international) and for whose benefit. She has completed research in the Philippines, and in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Canada, always emphasizing the class effects of migration. Her research also questions the links between migration and the inequalities of citizenship.

Karen Foster, Dalhousie University

The robots are stealing our jobs! Anti-work Marxism and Technological Unemployment

Dr. Foster is a sociologist whose research and writing spans the sociology of work, political economy, and historical sociology. She has drawn on both qualitative and quantitative methods to study economic issues from a sociological perspective: from the history of productivity as a statistic and a concept, to generational divisions at work, to young peoples’ experiences on social assistance. In addition to her scholarly work, she also writes about these topics for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and The Tyee. Her forthcoming book, Productivity and Prosperity: A Historical Sociology of Productivist Thought (University of Toronto Press), explores how the productivity concept and its statistical representation—and the powerful discourses to which it is attached—have featured in three Canadian sites: the Dominion Bureau of Statistics; the short-lived 1960s body, the National Productivity Council; and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

Nissim Mannathukkaren, Dalhousie University

From Moral Economy to Political Economy: Reading Capital in the Global Hinterland

Professor Mannathukkaren’s main research interests are focused on left/communist movements, development and democracy, modernity, the politics of popular culture (esp., the politics of mass cultural forms like the media, cinema and sport), and Marxist and postcolonial theories with a geographical focus on India. The thrust of his research has been to develop a theoretical and empirical critique of postcolonial theory and postmodern thought while arguing for a dialogue with postmodern-inspired frameworks of knowledge. His work is interdisciplinary drawing upon resources from politics, development, sociology, cultural studies and social theory/philosophy. He is the author of The Rupture with Memory: Derrida and the Specters that Haunt Marxism. His research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Peasant Studies, Third World Quarterly, Journal of Critical Realism and Dialectical Anthropology. Dr. Mannathukkaren is also a regular op-ed contributor to the English-language newspapers in India.

Elizabeth Fitting, Dalhousie University1472752463757

Seed politics and Marx’s notion of primitive accumulation

Liz Fitting is an anthropologist who explores the culture and politics of food and agrarian livelihoods in relation to rural migration and displacement in Latin America. Recently, her focus has shifted to examine seed regulations and activism in Mexico and Colombia. Her ethnography The Struggle for Maize looks at contested notions of agricultural efficiency, risk and culture in the Mexican debates about genetically modified corn imports under NAFTA. The book also explores the effects of such imports and policy on a community of indigenous migrants and maize farmers, and the ways neoliberalism is constituted and experienced through gender, race, class and generational differences.