There are times when solidarity appears more important than ever. When things are tough, we need comrades who will have our backs. This three-part course examines political solidarity by focusing on comradeship as the relation between those on the same side of a political struggle. Taught by political theorist and organizer Jodi Dean, this course draws on ideas developed in her recent book, Comrade: An essay on political belonging (Verso, 2019), and discusses what it means to be a comrade, the difference between comrades and allies, the importance of comrades for political struggle, and how to maintain comradeship.
Each class is facilitated by Nino Brown, and begins with a lecture by Dean, which is followed by a moderated question and answer period. They were originally held and recorded in April 2020.
Click on the links below to access the videos and readings for each class.
Class 1: From allies to comrades
Class 2: Four theses on the comrade
Class 3: We need comrades