Navigating in a Fog: Plotting a Marxist Political Economy

13 April, 2016
3.00pm - 4.00pm



To celebrate his retirement from the University of Sydney, Professor Dick Bryan from the Department of Political Economy will present a lecture on 'Navigating in a Fog: Plotting a Marxist Political Economy', followed by drinks and canapes.

In the 1980s Marxian economics entered a fog. Perhaps the fog came from the end of the long boom, or the demise of manufacturing as the 'model' of advanced capitalism, or the fall of the Soviet Union. But the fog has remained. Capitalism keeps evolving, while I see that Marxian economics stays still. It keeps asserting its old taxonomies and modes of analysis and its old conclusions even though a materialist method would require that analytical categories adapt to changing circumstances.

I think Marxian political economy now appears too readily as dogmatic value theory or it has vacated the domain of value theory, finding purpose in ideological and moral critiques of capital.

Yet political economy needs to engage Value. So the requirement is to re-think value theory so as to analytically engage capital at its frontier of development - it's liquidity and fungibility - and to explore the contradictions produced at this frontier.

This talk is an engagement with that project.

RSVPs are essential due to limited space, please register below. People are invited to attend either the lecture or the drinks (or both).



Location: Darlington Centre Conference Room