At the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
25-29 May 2009
Participants include Giovanni Arrighi, Perry Anderson, Beverly Silver, David Harvey, Robert Brenner, Samir Amin, Emir Sader and Walden Bello.
Giovanni Arrighi is the author of The Long Twentieth Century: Money, Power and the Origins of Our Times (new edition due out later this year) and co-author of Anti-Systemic Movements.
His latest book is the critically acclaimed Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the Twenty-First Century.
“In this deeply learned, sharply argued, and fascinating book Giovanni Arrighi shows that the mandate of capitalist heaven is shifting to China, more generally to East Asia, but Americans won’t like it. We are witnessing both a return to centuries of past practice, and an auger for a 21st century that, in his view, will be defined by East Asian advance and American retreat. Meanwhile Professor Arrighi offers a truly insightful analysis of the thought of a great political economist: Adam Smith again. This is by far the best book to date in the rapidly-growing literature on ‘China’s rise’.” — Bruce Cumings, Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in History and the College, University of Chicago
“Arrighi dismisses neo-liberal interpretations of China’s economic ‘miracle’ and credits instead China’s own robust market economy tradition. In the process, he leads us on a breathtaking tour of the history of world capitalism over the past three hundred years, and suggests where we may be headed in the future.” — William T. Rowe, John and Diane Cooke Professor of Chinese History, Johns Hopkins University
“In this wonderfully provocative and wide-ranging book, Arrighi offers a fresh and challenging interpretation of the economic ascent of China, along with its wider significance and possibilities.” — Gillian Hart, Professor of Geography, Berkeley, University of California
“The convincing power of Arrighi’s argument lies in his choice to conceive geopolitics as the endless process of construction of political cultures associating class conflicts and collective commonwealth in different specific ways. It is in this frame that the ongoing struggle in China between the capitalist and the socialist roads should be analysed.” — Samir Amin, director of the Third World Forum
“In the vast landscape of literature on China rising Giovanni Arrighi´s Adam Smith in Beijing stands out as a beacon of bold creativity and as pursuing a sustained trail-blazing argument.” — Göran Therborn, Professor of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge