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Combined lecture and masterclass by prof. Jason W. Moore in the series Externalities of Value: Wealth, Bounty, Waste organized by Jan Overwijk (University of Utrecht) and Daniël de Zeeuw (University of Amsterdam).

Event details of Externalities & Ecology
Date 15 October 2021
Time 18:00 -21:00

Jason W. Moore is an environmental historian and historical geographer at Binghamton University, where he is professor of sociology. He is author or editor, most recently, of Capitalism in the Web of Life (Verso, 2015), Capitalocene o Antropocene? (Ombre Corte, 2017), Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism (PM Press, 2016), and, with Raj Patel, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things (University of California Press, 2017).

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On the series:

Capitalism is a system that requires the continuous valorisation of an “outside”, or what economists call “externalities”. Rather than being the mark of “market failure”, the production and exploitation of these externalities are integral elements in the governing logic of capitalist reproduction. In theorising the capitalist economy, we thus need an outward looking gaze that allows us to understand how external forms of wealth and bounty are funneled into the official capitalist sphere of value-production, and then exorcised again as value-less “waste”. This means that, as Yann Moulier Boutang writes, ‘political economy has no choice but to deal with this relation it has to its own outside’. This lecture series confronts this outside, or rather its various outsides, and the different ways in which they are related to the capitalist economy in myriad areas, like ecology, social reproduction, contemporary forms of (digital) work, art, and the commons.


In a total of six, each public lecture is accompanied by a masterclass for students, PhD-candidates and staff. Additionally, we will invite one specialist respondent to the speaker of the master class. Students are eligible to earn 2 ECs for their preparatory reading for, and participation in, the six seminars.