Friday, 15 April 2011


It seems to be a very zine-tastic time at the moment in the library. Last week Sonia attended the It's Your Write event at the Museum of Childhood organised by The Papered Parlour . Sonia presented a talk along with The Women's Library, to discuss our respective zine collections. It was a fantastic event with extremely positive feedback and it was a great chance to promote our zine collection to fellow zinesters and the uninitiated. Please do check The Papered Parlour website for further information as recordings and documents of the evening will be uploaded shorttly. And continuing our current zine frenzy, we are getting excited about the 2011 London Zine Symposium taking place this Sunday. The event takes place Sunday 17th April 12-6pm at The Rag Factory, Heneage Street, London, E1 5LJ. The full programme of events including workshops, stalls, and the radical history of Brick Lane is now available on their website. With over 60 zine and comix distros on the day we are looking forward to buying lots of new zines for our library collection. We hope to see some of you there!

We gonna pop a cap(ital) in your (cl)ass: Karl Marx’s Capital volume III

Stuart Hall Library reading group discussion post

Thursday 14th April

Malik, Suhail. 'We gonna pop a cap(ital) in your (cl)ass: Karl Marx's Capital volume III' in Nav Haq and Tirdad Zolghadr (eds.) Lapdogs of the bourgeoisie: class hegemony in contemporary art. Sternberg Press, 2007. pp.53-68

Thanks to everyone that attended this month's reading group discussion. For those unable to attend the audio recording of the discussion is now available to download via the library website here. You can also listen to all previous audio recordings and download a copy of our reading list from the website.

If you are interested in attending future reading group discussions then please contact

We welcome all attendees to the discussions, and the Stuart Hall Library reading group is open to everyone, whether you are in formal education, academia, artistic practice or have a general interest.

Please note that as of next month we will be changing the time of our reading group meeting. The sessions will now run from 6:30pm-8pm starting Thursday 12th May.

Key questions and points for discussion:

  • Is there a class struggle between artists, owners, and institutions? Malik argues that '[...]the politics of class struggle in art will be to...recover the primacy of the artist as producer[...]'

  • p.59 According to Malik, 'the real action is now happening between dealers and gallerists- and the producers of the commodities who are becoming less and less important agents.' Do you think this is true?

  • p.66 'You can see why conceptual art is a great benefit because you just get rid of the commodity thing and start circulating freely.' Does conceptual art disrupt the idea of art as commodity? What is the 'use-value' of art?

  • Malik claims that the 'inflation of the art market will change the arts.' Do you think this statement is true?

  • p.68 Malik concludes ' I just don't see the bourgeois or for that matter the proletariat as the relevant figure for understanding capital today.' Do you agree, as the audience member asks, that the relation between one class oppressing another no longer exists?

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will take place Thursday 12th May 6.30-8pm in the Stuart Hall Library. We will be discussing Shilton, Siobhan. 'Transcultural encounters in contemporary art: gender, genre and history' in Michelle Keown, David Murphy and James Procter (eds.) Comparing postcolonial diasporas. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. pp.56-80

A copy of the text is available in the Stuart Hall Library. If you are having any problems obtaining a copy of the book then please contact us and we will make this available to you.

Email the library for further information or to book your place: