Arcadia’s London Center hosted its first symposium, “Marx & the City”—an examination of philosopher Karl Marx’s life, work, and influence on London as a revolutionary exile—on Nov. 2, the 200th anniversary of Marx’s birth.
The event featured 16 international panelists, who were encouraged to explore “the city” as a sociological concept, one that does away with disciplinary boundaries.
For this reason, speakers outside of academia also presented on political, social, and economic issues. The London Center invited Arcadia students to challenge ideas and participate in discourse by chairing panels and reviewing abstract submissions.
Several sessions were led by The College of Global Studies faculty: Oliver Sutton, Barcelona Center, presented on protest and power in Spain; Dr. Chris McMillan, London Center, addressed London’s post-industrial reserve army of labor; Dr. Katherine Connelly, London Center, explored Marx’s lumpenproleteriat; Dr. Morgan Daniels, London Center, presented on “seasickness as dialectics;” and Garrett Fagan, Dublin Center, shared research on Irish rebellion, nationalism, and Marxism.