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The Liquid Club #7: Capital and Racial Violence by Denise Ferreira da Silva

The Liquid Club is a monthly discussion group which invites collective thinking and drives the development of Liverpool Biennial 2020.

In our previous discussion, we examined Sylvia Wynter’s argument against the normalisation of homo oeconomicus who projects capital as the indispensable, empirical and metaphysical source of all human life. Building on Wynter’s criticism, we also discussed Mark Fisher’s critique on how capitalism has successfully presented itself as the only realistic political-economic system. Against this backdrop, we propose to read two essays by Denise Ferreira da Silva.

Intertwining Marxist critique of capitalism with critical race studies, Silva addresses the ethical questions of the global present. Her reflection on contemporary European states’ "refugee crisis" highlights how the racial is integral to facilitating global capital’s access to productive resources such as bodies and land. Silva argues that industrial as well as financial capital supports racial violence by reconfiguring the basic mechanisms of capitalist expropriation.

Hosted by Writing on the Wall


Denise Ferreira da Silva, "Fractal Thinking", 2016
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Denise Ferreira da Silva , "On Difference Without Separability", 2016


Dr. Denise Ferreira da Silva is a Professor and Director of The Social Justice Institute (the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice) at the University of British Columbia. Her research areas include critical racial and ethnic studies, feminist theory, critical legal theory, political theory, moral philosophy, postcolonial studies and Latin American & Caribbean studies. She is the principal co-editor for the book series Law, Race, and the Postcolonial. Her art-related works include texts for publications linked to the 2016 Liverpool Biennial and Sao Paulo Biennale.


Held on the first Wednesday of every month, The Liquid Club is a mobile platform activated at different venues across Liverpool. On each occasion, reading material including texts, films and music are distributed in advance online. It is free and open to all.

Please note spaces are limited and advance booking is recommended


07 August 2019, 6.30–8pm


Toxteth Library
Windsor St
Liverpool L8 1XF

This venue is fully accessible

TicketsFree, booking recommended