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May 10, 2019  

(6) Finance Capital and the Ghosts of Empire: Cathy Berin, Gargi Bhattacharyya, and Johnna Montgomerie

May 10, 2019

"Future directions: Write-offs, write-downs and reparations" with Cathy Berin, Gargi Bhattacharyya, and Johnna Montgomerie.

On April 5-6, 2019 RiVAL was among the hosts of a two-day symposium at the University of Sussex on the topic of "Finance Capital and the Ghosts of Empire" which brought together artists, activists and academics. For more information, visit:

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Cathy Bergin is Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities at University of Brighton. Drawing on a background in literary history and cultural discourse, Bergin's primary research interests are in the politics of 'race' and colonialism in  African-American and Caribbean writing, focussing on cultural formations and Communist politics in the 20th Century. She is particularly interested in the concept of 'rage' as the expression of black historical consciousness and agency.

Gargi Bhattacharyya is Professor of Sociology and co-director of the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London. Her recent work includes Rethinking Racial Capitalism (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018) and Crisis, austerity and everyday life (Palgrave, 2015

Johnna Montgomerie is a Reader in International Political Economy at King's College London, she serves as the Co-Convenor of the International Political Economy Group (IPEG) and is a Council Member of the Progressive Economy Forum. Her research interests are in debt, financialisation, and the household, in particular in Anglo-America. Her newest book, Should We Abolish Household Debt? (London: Polity) offers new solutions for ending debt-dependent growth. Her most recent article, co-authored with Daniela Tepe-Belfrage, 'Spaces of Debt Resistance' is published in Geoforum, analyses the growing movements to resist debt in everyday life.