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Beyond Violent Abstractions: Global Capitalism, Global War, Global Crisis

by Andreas Bieler and Adam David Morton on November 19, 2018

Masterclass with Andreas Bieler (University of Nottingham) and Adam David Morton (University of Sydney)

In this seminar to be hosted at the University of Wollongong, we discuss our new book Global Capitalism, Global War, Global Crisis (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and the rejuvenation of historical materialist literature in political economy, historical sociology, geographical studies and international studies addressing the constitution and restructuring of ‘the international’.

For those not able to make the event on the day, a discount code on the full price of the book is available at the end of this post, which will also enable free shipping to Australia and New Zealand.

Our aim is to identify the necessity of historical materialist dialectics in rethinking ‘the international’ and, specifically, its attempt to grasp the inner connections of Global Capitalism, Global War, Global Crisis. We discuss how we have developed a dialectical focus on these themes to go beyond the violence of abstraction, as Derek Sayer distinctively argued. We do so by addressing capital’s internalisation within 1) the states-system of uneven and combined development, 2) geopolitics, and 3) the global crisis conditions facing humanity. We also discuss how we have tried to grapple with these challenges and problems in our own recent research on struggles in lived spaces of everyday life ─ one of us (Bieler) in the context of water struggles and social reproduction, the other (Morton) in the context of social struggles over space against state power.

Participants are expected to read all three articles. To start the discussion, we will briefly introduce each article, followed by a group debate on the respective key themes covered.

Location: Research Hub, 19.2072, University of Wollongong

Date and time: 10 December, 11:00am-12:30pm


Between 2:00pm and 4:30pm in the afternoon on the same day and same room location there will also be a roundtable presentation and discussion on Global Capitalism, Global War, Global Crisis involving both authors and faculty members from the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry.

For further details please contact: Dr Susan Engel <>

Andreas Bieler and Adam David Morton
Andreas Bieler and Adam David Morton are joint authors of Global Capitalism, Global War, Global Crisis (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Andreas Bieler is Professor of Political Economy and Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ) in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of Globalisation and Enlargement of the European Union: Austrian and Swedish Social Forces in the Struggle over Membership (Routledge, 2000) and The Struggle for a Social Europe: Trade Unions and EMU in Times of Global Restructuring (Manchester University Press, 2006) as well as co-editor (with Bruno Ciccaglione, Ingemar Lindberg and John Hilary) of Free Trade and Transnational Labour (Routledge, 2015) and (with Chun-Yi Lee) of Chinese Labour in the Global Economy (Routledge, 2017). Adam David Morton is Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. He is the author of Unravelling Gramsci: Hegemony and Passive Revolution in the Global Political Economy (Pluto Press, 2007) and Revolution and State in Modern Mexico: The Political Economy of Uneven Development (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011), which was awarded the 2012 Book Prize of the British International Studies Association (BISA) International Political Economy Group (IPEG). He is the founding editor of the blog Progress in Political Economy (PPE) that is a central forum for political economy debates and was awarded the 2017 International Studies Association (ISA) Online Media Caucus Award for the Best Blog (Group) and the 2018 International Studies Association (ISA) Online Media Caucus Award for Special Achievement in International Studies Online Media.

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