12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

Keynote: Prabhat Patnaik and Utsa Patnaik. The Specificity of Modern Imperialism

Keynote within the framework of the conference Whose Universal? on July 2, 2022 at Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg.

Unlike all previous instances of imperialism, modern imperialism is driven by the requirements of the dominant mode of production, capitalism, which, given its nature, implies that: a) No “empty spaces” are left out from the ambit of imperialism; b) all other modes of production are either destroyed or undermined; c) this necessarily creates growing impoverishment among people in one part of the globe as the counterpart of the growth of wealth.

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