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Jairus Banaji Reading Group

June 1, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm  |  


The Vernaculars of Travel in South Asia and the Middle East cluster invites you to the final event of their THI working group, which will be a reading group (5:30 – 7) and dinner (7pm – 8:30pm) on Thursday, June 1st.  Please RSVP by Friday May 26th with Muriam Davis ( to receive the readings and event location.

For the reading group, we have decided to read selections from Jairus Banaji’s work on the relationship between theory and history, commercial capitalism, and the global south. We will focus on three pieces: 1) the Appendix of his “A Brief History of Commercial Capitalism” 2) a piece on “Globalising the History of Capital” 3) an article from Historical Materialism on “Putting Theory to Work” and lastly 4) his essay on Islam and the Mediterranean. We’ve also attached 5) a piece on “Opium, Capitalism and Financial Markets.”

We’d also like to mention that Banaji will be giving a talk at UCSC on May 26th at noon (on Zoom). Zoom links will be sent out to reading group participants as soon as it is available.


June 1, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States + Google Map