Events calendar

Select a day to view events,
slide ← & → between months
.

No events on the selected day.

The Virtues of Diogenes, Part 3: The Quest for Graeber's Golden Waistcoat

11 April, 2024 / 20:00

This session will be conducted entirely in attendees’ characters with Avi playing what is traditionally called the GM (Games Master – perhaps in this case it would be more appropriate to say Zeus). We will enjoy a fun but short 90-minute introduction to role playing in a world and experiment with the kinds of interpersonal relations our […]

Pedagogies of Care, Part 2

28 March, 2024 / 20:00

The series of encounters ‘Pedagogies of Care’ will be designed around the legacies of historical figures – from Francisco Ferrer Guardia, Asja Lacis, Bertolt Brecht and Walter Benjamin, to Ivan Illich, Palle Nielsen, bell hooks and David Graeber, among others. Be it theatre, art, anarchist thought or anthropology, many of these important personalities shared common […]

Housekeeping Committee

27 March, 2024 / 18:00

This is a group of people who assist room curators in taking care of their rooms.If you have the time and interest to help someone realize their vision, their educational efforts, please join us. We will also be discussing the development of a critical project: the Mastadon server, aimed towards creating a publicly run social […]

The Virtues of Diogenes, Part 2: Character Creation

21 March, 2024 / 20:00

In the second session, we will explore the world of Diogene’s philosophy by creatively comparing Diogenes Cynics with his contemporary Xenophon’s Cynegeticus. We will speculate on both these dog-associated philosophies and imagine what they might tell us about the worlds and the ecologies they imply. We will be supported in this by anthropologist Avi KBH, […]

Fetish and Value, Part 2

07 March, 2024 / 20:00

“When I conceived the idea of writing my own ‘Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value’ in the late 1990s, I originally … imagined its appearance would be followed by irate critiques from many of the principals insisting I had got their core arguments wrong, and a flurry of productive debates. Nothing of the sort ensued.” […]

Pedagogies of Care

29 February, 2024 / 20:00

Hosted and curated by Andris Brinkmanis, senior lecturer and the course Leader of BA in Painting and Visual Arts at NABA in Milan and Visiting Professor for the Art Academy of Latvia Curatorial Course, this series of encounters will be designed around the legacies of historical figures – from Francisco Ferrer Guardia, Asja Lacis, Bertolt […]

Housekeeping Committee

28 February, 2024 / 18:00

This is a group of people who assist room curators in taking care of their rooms.If you have the time and interest to help someone realize their vision, their educational efforts, please join us. We will also be discussing the development of a critical project: the Mastadon server, aimed towards creating a publicly run social […]

Seminars of Care, Part 2

24 February, 2024 / 18:00

Elke Krasny and Nika Dubrovksy will continue Seminars of Care in February 2024.  Following the first session of Seminars of Care on November 19, The David Graeber Institute will continue the series with the second session on February 24 at 18:00 (London time). The meeting will explore Marxist feminists’ analyses of caring labor and David Graeber’s proposal to integrate […]

Bullshit Jobs, Part 4

15 February, 2024 / 20:00

Is your job killing you? Do you feel the crush of spiritual violence when at work? Are you a duct-taper, box-ticker, taskmaster, flunky, or goon? We’ve got the place for you. Join us. Bullshit Jobs: A Reading Group, where your humanity will be restored.  Facilitated by Steven Bachelor, This will be a monthly series, every […]

David Graeber's Birthday: Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

12 February, 2024 / 20:00

On David Graeber’s birthday, this reading group will reflect on Graeber’s most widely read book, Fragments of An Anarchist Anthropology. The meeting will be hosted by James Schneider.

The Virtues of Diogenes, Part 1: World Building, featuring Anni Kajanus

08 February, 2024 / 20:00

A three-part series exploring the societal implications of interpersonal relations through the character of Diogenes and a merry band of legends. The question is, do you have the virtues to succeed at this quest? This will be part role play, part reading group where we will be introduced to a handful of real and mythological […]

Fetish and Value

01 February, 2024 / 20:00

“When I conceived the idea of writing my own ‘Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value’ in the late 1990s, I originally … imagined its appearance would be followed by irate critiques from many of the principals insisting I had got their core arguments wrong, and a flurry of productive debates. Nothing of the sort ensued.” […]

Events list

Vygotsky, Play, and Experience

04 January, 2024 / 20:00

Kyrill Potapov will give a short intro to the thought of Vygotsky and we will discuss “On the Problem of the Psychology of the Actor’s Creative Work.“ In this short text, Lev Vygotsky explores the relationship between the experience of an actor and an audience, their social context and action we see on stage. The text […]

Why Do We Play? The Origins of Self-Consciousness, Freedom, and Morality, Part 2

28 December, 2023 / 20:00

‘Play as a principle of nature does not necessarily mean adopting any sort of milky utopian view. The play principle can help explain why sex is fun, but it can also explain why cruelty is fun. As anyone who has watched a cat play with a mouse can attest, a lot of animal play is […]

Housekeeping Committee

27 December, 2023

This is a group of people who assist room curators in taking care of their rooms.If you have the time and interest to help someone realize their vision, their educational efforts, please join us. We will also be discussing the development of a critical project: the Mastadon server, aimed towards creating a publicly run social […]

Bullshit Jobs, Part 2

21 December, 2023 / 20:00

Is your job killing you? Do you feel the crush of spiritual violence when at work? Are you a duct-taper, box-ticker, taskmaster, flunky, or goon? We’ve got the place for you. Join us. Bullshit Jobs: A Reading Group, where your humanity will be restored. Capitalism and Communism: Where Bullshit Jobs Prevail How, in the Soviet […]

Climate Change: Is it a Beat Up?; Or Will It Beat Us Up?; And Is There a Way to Beat It? (Brain Trust lecture #2)

16 December, 2023 / 18:00

Economists like Nobel Prize winner William Nordhaus claim that global warming of 3.8C by 2100 will reduce GDP by a mere 5 percent. Climate scientists like Tim Lenton describe 3°C of warming as “catastrophic”. Who should you trust? Come along and find out from the author of Debunking Economics, Prof Steve Keen. Also learn how […]

Roy Bhaskar’s ‘Enlightened Common Sense’ and ‘From Science to Emancipation’ / How to Take Over the “David and his Philosophers” Room

14 December, 2023 / 20:00

In the first part of this session we’ll discuss the relationship between Roy Bhaskar’s dialectics (outlined in chapter 6 of Enlightened Common Sense) and David Graeber’s discussion and use of Marx in Towards an Anthropological Theory of Value (page 100, page 69, and other mentions of Bhaskar in the text). In the second part, building […]

THE ORIGINS OF MODERN DEBT POLITICS IN GREECE AND ROME – READING MICHAEL HUDSON’S “THE COLLAPSE OF ANTIQUITY” PART 4

07 December, 2023 / 20:00

In the fourth session we look at how public finance was taken over by oligarchs and how Sparta’s last kings tried and failed at reform. This closes our discussion of Greece as the spotlight turns on a much bigger predator – Rome. Again we try to apply David Graeber’s framework from Debt – The first […]

MATERIAL PHOTOGRAPHIES READING GROUP

06 December, 2023 / 12:30

The Material Photographies Reading Group meets regularly online to explore critical thinking/making around the photograph in its multiple forms and dynamic manifestations—to welcome new ways of thinking and celebrate the increasingly complex photosphere we inhabit. All are warmly invited to attend! Please find all the details below. As always, do get in touch for the Meeting link and […]

Why Do We Play? The Origins of Self-Consciousness, Freedom, and Morality

30 November, 2023 / 20:00

‘Play as a principle of nature does not necessarily mean adopting any sort of milky utopian view. The play principle can help explain why sex is fun, but it can also explain why cruelty is fun. As anyone who has watched a cat play with a mouse can attest, a lot of animal play is […]

Housekeeping Committee / Mastodon Assembly

29 November, 2023 / 18:00

This is a group of people who assist room curators in taking care of their rooms.If you have the time and interest to help someone realize their vision, their educational efforts, please join us. We will also be discussing the development of a critical project: the Mastadon server, aimed towards creating a publicly run social […]