Indexing Transformation seminar: ‘How ‘Class’ came to Marx’

Please join us for our forthcoming Indexing Transformation seminar.

Professor Ulrike Kistner (Philosophy, University of Pretoria) presents:

How ‘Class’ Came to Marx – Taking a Longer View on ‘Race’-‘Class’ Conjunctions and Disjunctions​

Thursday, March 1, 2018

1pm – 2pm (Questions and answers until about 2.30pm)
R401, 4th Floor
Arts and Social Sciences Building


‘Race’, independently from its intersection with ‘class’, is said to have made a come-back in South Africa. The iteration is commonly attributed to “the unfinished business of liberation”.

This presentation will take a longer view on the relation between ‘race’ and ‘class’. It will read Marx’s class analysis within the context of French liberal Restoration historiography. What emerges is an intersection and opposition, not between ‘race’ and ‘class’, but between two grids of intelligibility. These could open new perspectives in ‘race and class’ debates today.