[NB. This paper will also be of interest to political theorists and 
philosophers! Zoom details at the end]

Dear Esteemed Colleagues,

As winter arrives and the semester draws to a close, this a quick reminder that 
our final presentation in the Classics and Ancient History/CCANESA online 
research seminar series for Semester 1 will take place TODAY

Thursday, the 2nd of June at 4pm, (AEST UTC/GMT +10) with

Tristan Bradshaw (University of Wollongong).

"Aristotle and Marx: Configuring the History of the Human Animal, In and Out of 

History and science make strange bedfellows. Or at least that’s the view of 
Aristotle. And yet Marx—in one of his most famous texts—not only invokes 
science in the name of history, but on this basis turns to Aristotle to begin 
his first published analysis of capital. In this paper, I try to account for 
this unlikely alliance. I suggest that there is exactly one place in 
Aristotle’s vast corpus where he attempts a kind of ‘scientific history’, and 
that is his account of the human animal as a political animal in Politics. My 
reading of this famous part of Aristotle, which is admittedly unorthodox, is 
motivated by what I see as several persistent misinterpretations. I will 
attempt to correct the record and, in doing so, see how Marx’s use of Aristotle 
evinces his critical approach to antiquity as well as capitalism.

Presenter bio:
I am a political theorist and classicist. Broadly speaking, my research 
concerns the intersections of ancient traditions and contemporary lives, 
especially where the past informs and cultivates critical thinking and 
transformative political practice. More specifically, I focus on Aristotle and 
his use in critical theories, especially Marx and post-Marxism. In 2022 I 
joined the University of Wollongong after three years at the University of 
Sydney as lecturer in political theory and then postdoctoral research fellow in 
the Department of Classics and Ancient History. I received my PhD from the 
Department of Political Science at Northwestern University in 2021, where I was 
an Andrew W Mellon doctoral fellow and affiliate of the critical theory 
cluster. Since 2020, I have co-directed, with Dr Ben Brown (University of 
Sydney), the Critical Antiquities Network and its monthly online forum, the 
Critical Antiquities Workshop, which aim to connect scholars working between 
ancient traditions and contemporary critical theories.

Please register for this free online presentation (if you have not already 
registered for the series):
The Zoom meeting details for this seminar are:
Meeting URL: 
Meeting ID: 824 8169 5642

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