Back to Marx: A Reading Group

“Let me start with a provocative claim, which is contrary to all the conventional wisdom. The claim I want to make is that this historical moment, the one we’re living in now, is the best not the worst, the most not the least appropriate moment to bring back Marx.”

Ellen Meiksins Wood, “Back to Marx”

Variations has an amazing set of readings lined up for discussion this spring. Join us every other Friday to bring back Marx!

F 2-4pm, Williams Hall 440

This reading group is open to everyone. Questions? Feel free to write to us at, unite to our mailing list, or simply attend one of our meetings!


  • January 18: Karl Marx, Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, Volume. I. Part 8: “So-Called Primitive Accumulation” (p. 873-940 of the Penguin edition); “A Letter to N.K. Mikailovsky” (1877), and “A Letter to Vera Zasulich” (1881) [Special session in preparation for our Speaker Series event featuring David Kazanjian.]
  • February 1: Marx and Friedrich Engels, The German Ideology (1846).
  • February 15: Marx, “The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte” (1852).
  • March 15: Marx, A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy (1859).
  • March 29: Engels, The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State (1884).
  • April 12: Kathi Weeks, The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries (Chatpers 2 & 3). [Special session in preparation for our Speaker Series event featuring Beverley Best.]
  • April 26: V.I. Lenin, State and Revolution (1917).

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Everyone is invited! Read, discuss, and bring back Marx!

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