Mahanirban Calcutta Research group


Published Research Papers from crg

The Calcutta Research Group have Published Two New Research Papers on Capital in the East Conferenceis. i.e. PP-94 & PP95 and The Urban Turn


Previous Years Research Papers on 2017




Policies and Practices 96

The Urban Turn
Separation, Mobility and the Ordinary City: On Migrants’ Subjection and Subjectivity: The paper centers on what was categorised as a paradigmatic city, an archetype; colonial and postcolonial notions of cityness; and the postcolonial city that was an exemplary to cities that were removed from the administrative centers of the state and capitalist power, in other words, the ordinary city.
The Generic City: meta-political remarks on the Future of the City at the Time of Absolute Capitalism: The paper attempts to transpose the tripartition of the meaning of plasticity as proposed by the philosopher Catherine Malabou to the heuristic understanding of the evolution of the city.
The Urban Turn: The paper explicates the concept of urban turn in its myriad forms in contemporary times, wherein the city becomes the site of modern power albeit in disguise.

Essays by Subir Sinha, Livio Boni & Ranabir Samaddar


Policies and Practices 95

Capital: Value & Translation

The two pieces in “Capital Value & Translation” build on the notion of ‘commodity’ as discussed by Marx in Das Capital, and address the politics of translation with reference to translations of Das Capital. Pranab Kanti Basu, in “Commodity Fetishism”, elaborates on the departure of Marxian OD logic through the problem of Commodity Fetishism (CF), while simultaneously showing the role of interpellation and of the need of intertwining cultural counter-hegemonic strategies with the political counter-hegemonic practices of those organising to affect social change. Jon Solomon, in “From ‘Linguistic Context’ to ‘Sinification’: Marx, China, and Translation in the Postcolonial Condition”, attempts to construct a genealogy of Sinification in relation to the concept of postcolonial condition elaborated by Ranabir Samaddar (2017). He attempts to understand the postcolonial condition in the light of the modern regime of translation, and to understand the how the regimes of accumulation are related to the apparatus of area and anthropological difference that characterizes the postcolonial world.

Essays by Atig Pranab Kanti Basu & Jon Solomon


Policies and Practices 94

Population and Rent in Capital

“Population and rent in Capital” has two reflective pieces that look at Marx’s Das Capital from the perspectives of population and rent. In “Is There a Theory of Population in Capital?” Ranabir Samaddar contextualises the need to re-engage with and re-frame the question of relation between capitalism and population with reference to Marxian, Malthussian and Foucauldian perspectives on labour and life. Iman Kumar Mitra, in Marx’s Theory of Rent: A Speculative Reading”, retraces the trajectory of the theory of rent in Marx’s exposition of capitalism against the backdrop of the implications of such a theory in a capitalist society as espoused by Marxian scholars like Harvey and Dussel.

Essays by Ranabir Samaddar and Iman Kumar Mitra