UWM conference looks at a world “After Capitalism” April 25-26

What Happens If (Or When) Capitalism Ends?

Later his month, UWM brings together an international group of scholars to analyze the possibilities and potentials of the time after capitalism. What would be the consequences of its end, disaster or paradise? Thinkers from universities such as Yale, The University of London, NYU, Harvard, and UWM, join us in Milwaukee at the Hefter Center over the days of Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 in a series of presentations that will prove fascinating to anyone who thinks seriously about the future.

And who exactly has thought seriously about the end of capitalism? Socialists, certainly, but also Christian theologians and science fiction authors. By imagining what the world looks like at the end of our current economic system, we learn what matters to us. Whether the end of capitalism leads to the coming of the Messiah or the zombie apocalypse or a return to indigenous economic values, each of the 18 presenters will teach us who we are by addressing who we might become.

What kinds of questions will be asked? Andrew Ross, from NYU, will address the end of a world based on credit and debt. Ajume Wingo, from Harvard University and the University of Colorado, will explain how traditional Cameroonian practices of economic production based on making a better self rather than creating abstract value can lead us to rethink our priorities. Esther Leslie, from the University of London, will examine how the solid forms of value we take for granted will be replaced by “an epoch which I define as ‘liquid crystal’ capitalism.” Niki Akhavan, of the Catholic University of Ohio, will examine how the Iranian government has tried (and so far failed) to escape from what it perceives as Western/capitalist and Eastern/socialist control. And Edward Ball, from Yale, will examine how escaping slavery may mean having to ultimately escape capitalism as well.

These presentations, among many others, promise a fascinating look at the plusses and minuses of contemporary capitalism as we consider what comes next. The public is encouraged to attend!

The program can be accessed here: http://www4.uwm.edu/cie/research/conferences/aftercapitalism/program.html

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