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David Harvey Lecture, Bristol, 19th July: Crises, Urbanization and the City as a Terrain for Anti-Capitalist Struggle


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Crises, Urbanization and the City as a Terrain for Anti-Capitalist Struggle

Professor David Harvey, Graduate Centre, City University of New York


David Harvey is one of the world’s most influential social scientists.  His many books include The New Imperialism; Paris, Capital of Modernity; Social Justice and the City; Limits to Capital; The Urbanization of Capital; The Condition of Postmodernity; Justice, Nature, and the Geography of Difference; Spaces of Hope; Spaces of Capital: Towards a Critical Geography, A Brief History of Neoliberalism and The Enigma of Capital.  His work also contributes to broader social and political debate; he is a leading proponent of the idea of ‘The Right to the City’, and in recent years he has become an internationally recognised ‘public intellectual’ in part due to the success of his very popular online lectures on Marx’s Capital  and superb public lectures.  We are delighted to welcome you all to this very special event.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011, 5:30pm

Peel Lecture Theatre, Reception to Follow

School of Geographical Sciences, University Road, University of Bristol




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Book launch and panel discussion with author David Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography, CUNY Graduate Center and Director of the Center for Place, Culture and Politics.


Leo Panitch is Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at York University (Canada) and editor of the Socialist Register.

Frances Fox Piven is Professor in the faculties of political science and sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Professor Piven is the author of, among other books, Poor People’s Movements and The New Class War. She is currently at work on a book on American labor union strategies in response to globalization and the new economy.

William Tabb is Professor Emeritus of Economics, Political Science and Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is the author of numerous books including The Amoral Elephant: Globalization and Capitalist Development in the Early 21st Century (Monthly Review Press, 2001).

Melissa Wright is an Associate Professor in Geography and in the Program on Women’s Studies, Pennsylvania State University. Author of Disposable Women and Other Myths of Global Capitalism. New York and London: Routledge, 2006.



7 PM – 9 PM


Free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale.

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David Harvey speaks on: The Enigma of Capital

Department of Geography Public Lecture
Date: Monday 26 April 2010
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue:  London School of Economics, Old Theatre, Old Building

Speaker: Professor David Harvey
For three centuries the capitalist system has shaped western society and conditioned the lives of its people. Capitalism is cyclical – and increasingly bankrupt. Boom-and-bust is its model. Laying bare the follies of the international financial system, eminent academic David Harvey looks at the nature of capitalism and why it’s time to call a halt to its unbridled excesses.

Professor Harvey examines the vast flows of money that surge round the world in daily volumes well in excess of the sum of all its economies. He looks at the cycles of boom and bust in the world’s housing and stock markets and shows that periodic episodes of meltdown are not only inevitable in the capitalist system but essential to its survival.

The essence of capitalism is its amorality and lawlessness and to talk of a regulated, ethical capitalism is to make a fundamental error. The Enigma of Capital considers how crises of the current sort can best be contained within the constraints of capitalism, and makes the case for a social order that would allow us to live within a system that really could be responsible, just, and humane.

David Harvey is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the City University of New York Graduate School and former Professor of Geography at Johns Hopkins and Oxford Universities. The author of numerous books, he was awarded the Patron’s Medal of the Royal Geographical Society in 1995 and elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007. He is the world’s most cited academic geographer and his course on Marx’s Capital has been downloaded by well over 250,000 people since mid-2008:

This event celebrates Professor Harvey’s new book The Enigma of Capital.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, email or call 020 7955 6043.

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