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'This Is Not an Enlightener', with Cédric Mong-Hy

20 June, 2022 / 18:00

The fundamental principles, values, and rights upon which our societies are based were born from dialogues and joint actions between multi-ethnic stakeholders. Graeber relates to them in his essay on Pirates from Madagascar and in The Dawn of Everything. To challenge the idea that the enlightenment of our Western societies came from white-European-men alone, our guest […]

FIGHT CLUB: David Graeber Vs Thomas Hobbes / Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Direct from ringside, live and online.

29 May, 2022 / 16:00

May 29, 17:00 Berlin time, live at HKW Berlin and online Facilitators Jamie Kelsey Fry and Savitri D and the entire Fight Club project team invite you to join a People’s Assembly. The People’s Assembly will open for participation after you’ve watched a live fight between Thomas Hobbes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and David Graeber.  The Assembly […]

A4kids workshop and public lecture

28 May, 2022

For: Children from 7 – 16 years old and parents accompanyingWhat: Workshop and lecture  ANTHROPOLOGY FOR KIDS IS A SERIES OF BOOKS, WORKSHOPS AND CONVERSATIONS EACH FULL OF PICTURES AND STORIES ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A HUMAN. During her art talk, Nika will explain why A4kids was an important project for her late […]

UNEDUCATION: OPEN ASSEMBLY

25 May, 2022 / 18:00

A Project in collaboration with Critical Studies Department Please join us on May 25th, 2022 at 7 PM CET  for an open dialogue about The UNEDUCATION project, based on sharing and framing of pedagogical practices, together with Andris Brinkmanis, Nikola Bojić, Ana Dević, Nika Dubrovsky, Ivan Skvrce and Marko Tadic. We will be discussing questions […]

Discussion of Walter Benjamin's "Critique of Violence"

19 May, 2022 / 20:00

Walter Benjamin’s “Critique of Violence” is a seminal text that in just a few steps dismantles the very idea that any form of legitimate violence can exist, or that means can be separated from ends so that a just end can make a wrong means just.  For that alone, this would be a great text, […]

'Lifelong Self-Learning and Modern Education,' with Keith Hart

28 April, 2022 / 18:00

The lecture will take place on Thursday 28th April at 6pm (London time) and will be entitled ‘Lifelong self-learning and modern education.’ It summarises the philosophy of education that motivates Keith Hart’s new book, Self in the World: Connecting Life’s Extremes. (An hour-long podcast there is interesting. There is a 25% reduction (£18) on the 314-page paperback with […]

Follow-up on the previous Assembly "What is War?" 

27 April, 2022 / 20:00

Dear friends and followers of the Farocki/Graeber project,I am happy to invite you to our 4th Assembly. This time, the main theme of the Assembly will be “War – Labor – Slavery”.When: April 27, 2022 08:00 PM London / 09:00 PM Berlin Preliminary program and materials:Part 1Follow-up on the previous Assembly “What is War?” (10-15 […]

David Graeber Philosophical Series: Whitehead, with Steven Shaviro

21 April, 2022 / 19:00

The third public lecture of the David Graeber Philosophical series will be about Alfred North Whitehead, and will be presented by Steven Shaviro and is entitled ‘The Art of Life: David Graeber and Alfred North Whitehead.’ The lecture will take place on 21st April at 7pm (London Time).  In this talk, I will first give […]

KARAOKE Reading Group. Theme: The Dawn of Everything

14 April, 2022 / 20:00

Announcing the next Karaoke reading group on The Dawn of Everything on the 14th of April at 8pm (London time). This will be the festive finale to mark the end of the twelve reading group sessions facilitated by Steve—also on the same book. The concept of the Karaoke reading group remains the same—if you don’t […]

Upcoming events:

FIGHT CLUB: David Graeber Vs Thomas Hobbes / Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Direct from ringside, live and online.

29 May, 2022 / 16:00

May 29, 17:00 Berlin time, live at HKW Berlin and online Facilitators Jamie Kelsey Fry and Savitri D and the entire Fight Club project team invite you to join a People’s Assembly. The People’s Assembly will open for participation after you’ve watched a live fight between Thomas Hobbes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and David Graeber.  The Assembly […]

‘This Is Not an Enlightener’, with Cédric Mong-Hy

20 June, 2022 / 18:00

The fundamental principles, values, and rights upon which our societies are based were born from dialogues and joint actions between multi-ethnic stakeholders. Graeber relates to them in his essay on Pirates from Madagascar and in The Dawn of Everything. To challenge the idea that the enlightenment of our Western societies came from white-European-men alone, our guest […]

Past events:

A4kids workshop and public lecture

28 May, 2022

For: Children from 7 – 16 years old and parents accompanyingWhat: Workshop and lecture  ANTHROPOLOGY FOR KIDS IS A SERIES OF BOOKS, WORKSHOPS AND CONVERSATIONS EACH FULL OF PICTURES AND STORIES ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A HUMAN. During her art talk, Nika will explain why A4kids was an important project for her late […]

UNEDUCATION: OPEN ASSEMBLY

25 May, 2022 / 18:00

A Project in collaboration with Critical Studies Department Please join us on May 25th, 2022 at 7 PM CET  for an open dialogue about The UNEDUCATION project, based on sharing and framing of pedagogical practices, together with Andris Brinkmanis, Nikola Bojić, Ana Dević, Nika Dubrovsky, Ivan Skvrce and Marko Tadic. We will be discussing questions […]

Discussion of Walter Benjamin’s “Critique of Violence”

19 May, 2022 / 20:00

Walter Benjamin’s “Critique of Violence” is a seminal text that in just a few steps dismantles the very idea that any form of legitimate violence can exist, or that means can be separated from ends so that a just end can make a wrong means just.  For that alone, this would be a great text, […]

‘Lifelong Self-Learning and Modern Education,’ with Keith Hart

28 April, 2022 / 18:00

The lecture will take place on Thursday 28th April at 6pm (London time) and will be entitled ‘Lifelong self-learning and modern education.’ It summarises the philosophy of education that motivates Keith Hart’s new book, Self in the World: Connecting Life’s Extremes. (An hour-long podcast there is interesting. There is a 25% reduction (£18) on the 314-page paperback with […]

Follow-up on the previous Assembly “What is War?” 

27 April, 2022 / 20:00

Dear friends and followers of the Farocki/Graeber project,I am happy to invite you to our 4th Assembly. This time, the main theme of the Assembly will be “War – Labor – Slavery”.When: April 27, 2022 08:00 PM London / 09:00 PM Berlin Preliminary program and materials:Part 1Follow-up on the previous Assembly “What is War?” (10-15 […]

David Graeber Philosophical Series: Whitehead, with Steven Shaviro

21 April, 2022 / 19:00

The third public lecture of the David Graeber Philosophical series will be about Alfred North Whitehead, and will be presented by Steven Shaviro and is entitled ‘The Art of Life: David Graeber and Alfred North Whitehead.’ The lecture will take place on 21st April at 7pm (London Time).  In this talk, I will first give […]

KARAOKE Reading Group. Theme: The Dawn of Everything

14 April, 2022 / 20:00

Announcing the next Karaoke reading group on The Dawn of Everything on the 14th of April at 8pm (London time). This will be the festive finale to mark the end of the twelve reading group sessions facilitated by Steve—also on the same book. The concept of the Karaoke reading group remains the same—if you don’t […]

A Further Exploration of Culture

31 March, 2022 / 20:00

In the concluding session of The Dawn of Everything reading group, people expressed their happiness with the reading group as it has unfolded through these many months and  a wish to continue. The group has initially decided to meet next at the regular time, to continue a discussion of culture as it figures in cultural […]

Farocki Graeber Residencies Program

30 March, 2022 / 18:00

This project began with a private lunch at Antje Ehmann’s home.Nika and Anti decided that David and Harun’s work, who did not know each other in life, would enrich and develop each other in an exchange of content, experiences, friends and followers. We have Assemblies, Discussions, Residencies, and Research Projects that will seek answers to […]

What is War?

30 March, 2022 / 20:00

This is a 3d Assembly of Harun Farocki/David Graeber’s project. This time we are going to talk about war.

Harun Farocki & David Graeber: what is war.

30 March, 2022

Works on War. March 30th, 2022. In light of the events developing in Ukraine the forthcoming assembly will be dedicated to the works that both HF and DG wrote, produced or sketched on the subject of war. David Graeber on the War. One of the unpublished notes on the war: Main points: non-segmented forager societies […]

David Graeber Philosophical Series: Bhaskar, with Frederic Vandenberghe and Douglas Porpora

24 March, 2022 / 19:00

The second lecture of the David Graeber Philosophical series will be about Bhaskar. It will be delivered by Frederic Vandenberghe and Douglas Porpora and is entitled ‘Critical realism and baseline communism. A heavenly discussion between Roy Bhaskar and David Graeber.’ Critical realism is a philosophical movement in the social sciences associated with the work of […]

‘Visions of Sustainable Economies’ Book Club: The Dawn of Everything – Part 3

17 March, 2022

Chapters 9-12 (pg 328-526) Thursday March 17 at 12:00 pm (Timezone: America/Chicago) Young Scholars Initiative Visions of Sustainable Economies – a Book Club Topic: The Dawn of Everything – Part 3 Time: March 17, 2022, 12:00 (Timezone: America/Chicago) Register to join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: here  DESCRIPTION OF THIS PART OF THE […]

The Dawn of Everything Reading Group: Chapter 12 – Conclusion

17 March, 2022 / 20:00

Facilitation by Steve

‘What Kinship Is’, by Marshall Sahlins

10 March, 2022 / 20:00

Our next reading group on Thursday 10th March 2022 at 8pm (London time) will be a discussion of Marshall Sahlins’s articles on ‘What Kinship Is’. Ellen Judd, who has kindly agreed to help facilitate the group, wrote the following introduction: In response to the interest in our group of exploring Marshall Sahlins’ work further, I […]

‘This Is Not a Leader’, with Stephen Snelders

07 March, 2022 / 18:00

With the participation of Stephen Snelders as keynote speakers. In this webinar, we will look at the alternative social orders created by the pirates (content, process, organisation…) and see how this approach challenged well rooted XVIII th century notions of hierarchy, inequalities, and social justice. Pirates were led by modern types of leaders, and this […]

The Dawn of Everything Reading Group: Chapter 11

03 March, 2022 / 20:00

Facilitation by Steve

‘Visions of Sustainable Economies’ Book Club: The Dawn of Everything – Part 2

03 March, 2022

Chapters 5-8 (pg 164-327) Thursday March 3 at 12:00 PM (Timezone: America/Chicago) Young Scholars Initiative Visions of Sustainable Economies – a Book Club Topic: The Dawn of Everything – Part 2 Time: March 3, 2022, 12:00 (Timezone: America/Chicago) Register to join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: here  DESCRIPTION OF THIS PART OF THE […]

The Dawn of Everything Reading Group: Chapter 10

17 February, 2022 / 20:00

We will discuss Chapter 10: ‘Why the State Has no Origin’. Facilitation by Steve. At 8pm London Time. Zoom link: https://bit.ly/3kifxZYMeeting ID: 604 596 7588Passcode: CITY See below the video of this reading group:

‘Visions of Sustainable Economies’ Book Club: The Dawn of Everything – Part 1

17 February, 2022

Chapters 1-4 (pp 1-163) February 17, 2022, 12:00 PM (Timezone: America/Chicago) Young Scholars Initiative Visions of Sustainable Economies – a Book Club Topic: The Dawn of Everything – Part 1 Time: February 17, 2022, 12:00 (Timezone: America/Chicago) Register to join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: here  DESCRIPTION OF THIS PART OF THE SERIES […]

David Graeber Philosophical Series: Spinoza, with Maxime Rovère

10 February, 2022 / 19:00

We are organising, under the patronage of Museum of Care and the David Graeber Institute, a series of public lectures on the philosophical foundations of the work of David Graeber, whose death in September 2020 was an enormous shock and left a void in anthropology and far beyond the discipline.  The starting point for our […]

‘This Is Not History’, with Marcus Rediker

07 February, 2022 / 18:00

With the participation of Marcus Rediker as keynote speaker. In this webinar, we will introduce the concept of history from below. Based on the history of piracy, we will identify the reasons why this bottom-up approach has not been welcomed and what could be done in the future to foster such approach. This event will […]

The Dawn of Everything Reading Group: Chapter 9

03 February, 2022 / 20:00

We are going to discuss Chapter 9: ‘Hiding in Plain Sight.’ Facilitation by Steve. 8 pm (London time). Zoom link: https://bit.ly/3kifxZYMeeting ID: 604 596 7588Passcode: CITY Please find below the video of this reading group:

The Dawn of Everything Reading Group: Chapter 8 part 2

20 January, 2022 / 20:00

Facilitation by Steve Zoom link: https://bit.ly/3kifxZY Meeting ID: 604 596 7588 Passcode: CITY Spending more time on Chapter 8 “Imaginary Cities,” we continue to explore how different groups of humans decided to group themselves into what we might deem cities. There are examples of modern forager societies existing on two scales of imagination — the […]

Spinoza Reading Group: Tractatus Politicus Chapters 1-5

13 January, 2022 / 20:00

Facilitation by Simona

The Dawn of Everything Reading Group: Chapter 8

06 January, 2022 / 20:00

Facilitation by Steve

The Dawn of Everything Reading Group: Chapter 7

20 December, 2021 / 20:00

Facilitation by Steve

LSE Seminar: Bullshit Jobs

10 December, 2021 / 11:00

Mao Mollona (Goldsmiths Senior Lecturer Anthropology) and Andrew Sanchez (Cambridge Associate Professor Anthropology)

“what is divorce?” with Silvia Federici

07 December, 2021 / 20:00

Join us on December 8 pm Berlin time for the discussion about “what is divorce?” with Silvia Federici, author of Caliban and the Witches.Moderated by Veronica Davidov as a part of the event at Studio 1 Künstlerhaus Bethanien! You are warmly and proudly invited to “RE VON DER POESIE IM RECHT”, featuring —- a sound […]

The Dawn of Everything Reading Group: Chapter 6

06 December, 2021 / 20:00

Facilitation by Steve

Fight Club: The Great Debt Debate at Bard College (Post-Game Q&A)

01 December, 2021

by Hannah Arendt Center, Museum of Care & EDI (<– click on this and follow to register) Wed, December 1, 2021 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM CST

The Great Debt Debate Q&A

01 December, 2021 / 11:00

The First Fight between Michael Hudson and Thomas Piketty about thenature of Debt was held on the 10th anniversary of the edition of DavidGraeber’s 5000 Years of Debt.  Michael Hudson and Thomas Piketty were seeking answers to the burning questions of our time. The fight had so many rounds that we didn’t have time to […]

housekeeping committee

25 November, 2021

General Assembly from Simona Ferlini “We skipped last month’s, and I miss you, girls!” 20:00 GMT (21:00 CET,15:00 EST)

KARAOKE Reading Group. Theme: Debt

18 November, 2021 / 20:00

The second Karaoke night is coming, and this time there’s a theme: ‘debt’! And by this we mean Debt: The First 5,000 Years, as it is the ten-year anniversary of publication. So the concept of the Karaoke reading group remains the same, but your chosen text must be from this work. If you want to […]

Dawn of everything, 5th chapter

13 November, 2021

13 -11-2021 a reading group #MuseumofCare Dawn of everything, 5th chapter Thank you everyone who came! I found several questions fascinating and worth exploring father.  1) Zinaida Vasilieva notion about “slavery as a technology of care / social death through care”here is about it in the 5th chapter: Hierarchy and property may derive fromnotions of the sacred, but […]

In Honour of David Graeber: Exploring the Fissures and Cracks

29 October, 2021 / 18:00

29 October 2021 Value; Chris Gregory (Australian National University Emeritus Prof Anthropology) and Don Kalb (Bergen Prof Anthropology)

KARAOKE Reading Group

14 October, 2021 / 20:00

We’ll be resuming our reading group on Thursday 14th October. For our first session of the year, we will be experimenting with another new format. So, we will do what may be called ‘Karaoke Reading Group’. The concept is simple enough: 1. Pick a text you like. We will start this experiment with texts by […]

Fights Club Press

02 October, 2021

Debts that can’t be paid, won’t be paid: The first David Graeber Foundation meetup, between Thomas Piketty and Michael Hudson. Cory Doctorow / September 29, 2021 It’s What the Babies Eat: Inflammatory Capitalism in Mushby Paul Haeder / September 30th, 2021

Here is a transcript of the 1st Fight Club: Michael Hudson and Thomas Piketty (English).

30 September, 2021

This debate between Michael Hudson and Thomas Piketty on September 23, 2021, is available on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWT0uvBLDbo The debate was monitored by Lynn Parramore, and introduced by David Graeber’s widow, Nika. Dubrovsky. Closing speach by Steve Keen. Nika: Hi, I’m Nika. I’m David’s wife. This is an event in the honor of the first anniversary […]

Michael Hudson versus Thomas Piketty

23 September, 2021

RSA, Museum of Care, David Graeber foundation for the 1st year of the anniversary of David’s death we hosted the first Fight Club debate. September 23, 2021 The renowned academic economists: Michael Hudson and Thomas Piketty will meet on the anniversary of David Graeber’s death and the 10th-anniversary publication of his book “Debt 5,000 Years” […]

Visual Assembly in Madrid / 22 September/Esta es una Plaza

22 September, 2021

eng / spa Please note: here’s our original plan that was cancelled, this is the updated version. Join us on September 22 at 3 PM Madrid time for the 1st year memorial of David Graeber, in person or on zoom: https://bit.ly/3kifxZYMeeting ID: 604 596 7588Passcode: CITY As part of the IRI’s projects of the Zapatista Forum, the […]

Anti-Education: On the Future of Our Educational Institutions by Friedrich Nietzsche.

27 August, 2021

Anti-Education: On the Future of Our Educational Institutions by Friedrich Nietzsche (available here). Facilitator(s) for this session: Vittoria & Andris.

‘Culture as Creative Refusal’ by David Graeber

19 August, 2021

With David Graeber’s latest book (co-written by David Wengrow), The Dawn of Everything, coming out in October this year, we thought it might be a good idea to dedicate the next reading group to ‘Culture as Creative Refusal,’ which develops as one of the key points of the book. Link to the text. See you […]

‘Going In and Out of each other’s Bodies’ by Maurice Bloch

05 August, 2021

Following on from our last session which reflected on David Graeber’s text on the ‘Monastic Self,’ our next session on 5th August will be a discussion of Maurice Bloch’s paper on ‘Going In and Out of Each Other’s Bodies.’ (Please don’t get too excited because we’re only referring to neuronal connection here.) Links to Bloch’s […]

Education and (anti)Institutions.

24 June, 2021

We are happy to announce the first curatorial collective of the Museum of Care for June and July 2021 with the topic: education and (anti)institutions. The Museum of Care was initiated in memory of David Graeber as a non-institutional space in which people of different social, economic, and cultural backgrounds can engage in dialogue about […]

Assembly on 27-05-2021

27 May, 2021

Dear all,  here is a video from our yesterday’s Assembly I am eternally grateful to the students of the Critical Studies Department, Andris Brinkmanis, Zasha Colah and Archive Milano, who will be curating the Museum of Care for the next two or three months.Our programmer, Oleg Kostishin, is sharing access with them so they can run […]

‘Communist Proteins’ with Alexei Yurchak

13 May, 2021 / 20:00

A special group this week, as we will be welcoming Alexei Yurchak, who will present his essay ‘Communist Proteins: Lenin’s Skin, Astrobiology, and the Origin of Life.’ Here is the link to text. Alexei Yurchak is a Professor of Anthropology at Berkeley. He is the author of Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More: […]

22th of April Museum of Care Assembly

22 April, 2021

Museum of Care projects, a new proposal for how to curate Museum of Care. Some thoughts about it here. 00:19:05 Mark : John, I’m not seeing the pdf in chat. Tx00:19:19 Mark : *link00:20:16 Yash Lad: I downloaded it on my laptop and and shared again — @Mark can you see it?00:24:36 John Fass: file […]