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Marxist Theory and the Politics of History in Modern Japan

  • History Conference Room 6275 Bunche Hall Los Angeles, CA 90095 (map)

Basing himself on his new book, titled The Sublime Perversion of Capital (Duke University Press, 2016), Gavin Walker will examine the Japanese debate about capitalism from the 1920s to 1950s, using it as his point of departure to consider current discussions of uneven development and contemporary topics in Marxist theory and historiography. Walker locates the debate’s culmination in the work of Uno Kozo, whose investigations into the development of capitalism and the commodification of labor power are essential for rethinking Marxism today. Walker’s analysis of the Japanese debate shows how Marxist thought was globalized from the start.

Gavin Walker teaches in History and East Asian Studies at McGill University. He has written extensively on modern Japan, on Marxism, and on contemporary questions of political organization.

This event is co-sponsored by the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies. For more information, contact the Center for Social Theory and Comparative History at (310) 206-5675 or abenanav@ucla.edu.