10 June 2020
Brasil, Russia, China and United States facing the pandemic: health, economic and political impacts

BRICS Seminar | Wednesday May 20th

Seminar on line

The Covid-19 pandemic has led governments all over the world to take unprecedented emergency measures. These measures and their results have had tremendous economic and social consequences, both at the national and the international levels.

Organised as a virtual roundtable, this BRICs seminar will be held in the following way: first, a 15 minutes presentation on each country, followed by 1-hour discussion, introduced by a general presentation by Pierre Salama – 10 minutes. In organizing this webinar, we pursue three main objectives:

  • To propose a comparative insight into several BRICs’ and United States’ answers to this pandemic;
  • To offer a panorama about the first economic consequences of the health crisis, the confinement measures and to present critically the currently available scenarios for the near future;
  • To initiate a broader discussion, which is likely to structure at least partially our 2020-2021 BRICs seminar, about the comparative analysis of national experiences regarding a historical crisis that is genuinely worldwide, whose length is still uncertain but that has already provoked irreversible consequences on the socio-economic trajectories of these countries.

Presentation, questions and answers will be given both in English and French, without translation.



Seminar on line

Wednesday May 20th
6pm - 7pm50

In order to participate to this webinar, send a message entitled « Webinar BRICs, May 20th », with your affiliation, to the following address :  julien.vercueil[at]inalco.fr. You will receive an invitation

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Mutations of capital? Nature and Value in the ecological crisis

What role does nature play and how to consider the effects of the socio-ecological crisis to understanding capitalist expansion today?

Eco-Marxist approaches point to a structural contradiction in capitalism’s relationship to nature, which may lead to a non-return crisis of reproduction, due to the ever-increasing costs capital has to bear to regenerate a non-fully renewable environment. This analysis seems all the more appropriate when considering the importance that the issue of ecological limits to growth has gained within social struggles, political demands, and capitalist recomposition strategies. Yet, such dynamics also reveal the attempt to take over environmental criticalities by transforming them into new market opportunities. Under this framework, capitalism seems to be moving toward the complete integration of nature by means of the primary valorization of reproductive capacities of inorganic and organic matter, including human and animal bodies.

Exploring the nature-value nexus allows us to address the mechanisms, implications and impacts of such a move. It also leads us to ask how rethinking the role of reproduction and of non-human and biologic productivity can provide a way not simply to update Marxist or anthropocentric thinking, but also to challenge the logics that sustains capitalist accumulation, opening to a posthuman understanding of production and to the appreciation of multi-species forms of co-dependence. Do we need a more than a human understanding of value?


Programme 2019-2020


Seminar organised by Maura Benegiamo, postdoctoral fellow under the Chair Ecology, Labor, Employment and Social Policy
Sessions in French


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