Capital at 150


Special Issue 6.2 (Fall 2017)

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Karl Marx’s Das Kapital. Methodically describing the workings of capitalism and class, Das Kapital has inspired countless theorists, philosophers, and revolutionaries, as well as skeptics. Capital remains as relevant today as it was in 1867.

On the occasion of this anniversary, Lateral seeks articles, essays, and critiques of what has become one of the foundational texts of cultural studies and one of the most influential books in the past century and a half.

The editors invite interventions related to

  • Marxism’s historical legacy
  • The development and dissemination of Marxism as a school of thought, political theory, and revolutionary practice
  • The Frankfurt School
  • The Birmingham School
  • Black Marxism
  • Marxist Feminism
  • Inter- and Transnational Marxisms
  • Capital’s influence on movements such as unions, gender liberation, queer liberation, black liberation, workers’ and poor people’s liberation, anticolonialism and national liberation, and more
  • Contemporary radical politics
  • The future of Marxist thought and action
  • and other topics broadly related to Capital and Marxism.

In addition to full-length articles (4,000–9,500 words), the editors invite discussions from those working on colloquia, conferences, courses, and other events and resources in this area. Please be in touch about publishing materials as part of this special issue.

Submissions due by April 15, 2017 for publication online in November 2017. For submission guidelines, see Early submissions are encouraged and inquiries are welcome.

Lateral is the peer-reviewed digital journal and production site of the Cultural Studies Association, designed to foster experimentation and collaboration among cultural studies practitioners and researchers. It is committed to critical studies of culture that advance and extend the reach of cultural studies as a field and method of inquiry and as an intellectual/political project.

Lateral Editors
Stefanie A. Jones (
Eero Laine (
Chris Alen Sula (