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.
This first class, which was recorded on April 1, 2020, focuses on the differences between allies and comrades, and how we go from the former to the latter. The reading for the class can be found here.