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School of Business and Management

CLaSP Lunch Seminar: Bringing in the capitalist state: critical agrarian studies, crisis tendencies and progressive strategy in the imperial core

When: Monday, November 13, 2023, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: Dept W 2.05 20P MTR

Speaker: Anna Sturnam

Internationalist strategy and praxis remain crucial in our times of perma-crisis across the heartlands and peripheral spaces of global capital. Key barriers to an internationalist politics that takes sovereignty and self-determination for all peoples seriously are those centres of overwhelming resistance to progressive transformation within the imperial core: agricultural producers and communities. For self-determination to be possible in the capitalist peripheries, the agricultural systems of the core will require transformation. First, we examine the ways in which developed capitalist agricultural sectors’ emerging ‘green transition’ strategies attempt to draw on state powers and resources to support re-invigoration of their conditions of production. Second, we can look to how these strategies meet the existing socio-ecological care labour frameworks and state forms that have emerged in response to earlier regimes of accumulation. The paper concludes with some reflections on what these dynamics may imply for programmatic political agendas, looking beyond capitalist agricultural sectors toward organising coalitions across formal and informal movements, and into the state.

Anna Sturnam is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney. Her research centres on the political economy of climate change, particularly focusing on the intersections of theories of the state, non-human nature and value.

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