Reading Marx's Capital

The blog has been very quiet- I plan to write about 'what I did for my summer holidays' in the next few days and encourage my co-conspirators to write the same so I can find out where they have been. First though I know that I was recommending this lecture series by marxist geographer David Harvey to someone, and as I can't remember who, I'm posting the link here;

The lectures make me nostalgic for teaching; in my first year I used to stand rooted to the podium (though I did blow a whistle at one point), in the second I experimented with walking back and forth, in the third (inspired by seeing Michael Burawoy lecture) I ventured into the audience, climbing the stairs to the back of the room. These are the little things that we teachers learn as we become more experienced . I love the way David Harvey uses the white board - I'm itching to try that out, and I'd love to teach a course that consisted of a close reading of just one book, and to be able to do that over a number of years sounds like a lot of fun.

I've recently come from the International Association of Sociology forum in Barcelona (will blog about it later); many of the keynote speakers called for new concepts which could be used to understand society as it is today. I suspect however, with the production of these podcasts, there will be a revival of interest in concepts produced over 150 years ago. One of the interesting points that Harvey makes is that Capital sparks different thoughts and ideas in the minds of different groups of people that read it in his class. Maybe the old dog can teach us new tricks after all. Anyhow, the lectures are very good, well worth listening to. Enjoy.