This group aims to explore the contemporary uses across historical, humanistic, and social scientific disciplines that engage the dilemmas of political economy, power, and domination. The last ten years have seen a renewed political consciousness of economic relations. Within the academy, this turn toward political economy crossed disciplinary boundaries. Outside the academy, social movements have changed public debate—Occupy Wall Street, the Movement for Black Lives, and others accelerated and expanded wide-reaching critiques of global capitalism’s contributions to racial, gender, and social domination. These developments make the present moment a crucial one for a broad inquiry into the ways materialist thinking, broadly construed, might be applied to political and theoretical problems both within the academy and beyond.






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