We read and discuss David Graeber’s texts and related material. Please do feel free to get in touch if you are interested in presenting a particular text. All voices are welcome.
We meet twice a month on Thursdays at 8 pm (London time GTM+1):
Meeting ID: 604 596 7588
Next reading groups:
We are planning a small closed reading group this year to read Dawn of Everything together. This is a long book. If you want to join us, please, write an email.
Every Friday, LSE will host a seminar devoted to David’s memory. Museum of Care is going to join it.
Register for the event HERE:
FUTURE PLANS (NO DATES)
- Jo Freeman’s essay ‘The Tyranny of Structurelessness’ facilitated by Scott Thompson
- To Our Friends (available here)
- Marcel Mauss Techniques, Technology and Civilization Oxford: Berghahn Books Year: 2006 ed. by Nathan Schlanger ISBN: 1-57181-662-3 “Les civilisations. Éléments et formes.” (1929) Facilitator – Vassily
- Max Weber’s “Against Judaism” and the Origins of Capitalism facilitated by Simona Ferlini
- The Care Manifesto
- ‘Army of Altruists’ (available here)
- A Grammar of the Multitude: For an Analysis of Contemporary Forms of Life by Paolo Virno
FUTURE PLANS AND IDEAS (all need facilitators):
- David Graeber against Michel Foucault: a fight club
- ‘The Bully’s Pulpit’
- David Graeber about Roy Bhaskar
- ‘Revolutionary Prospects and Critical Realism’
- From Managerial Feudalism to the Revolt of the Caring Classes
- The Divine Artificial Intelligence ‘Anarchy–In a Manner of Speaking – Conversations with Mehdi Belhaj Kacem, Nika Dubrovsky, and Assia Turquier–Zauberman’
- ‘Another Art World, Part III: Policing and Symbolic Order’ with Nika Dubrovsky (available here)
- ‘The Meaning of Money’
- Pierre Clastres, Archeology of Violence
Past reading groups:
19 November, 2021 – 11:00 – 12:15 GMT (12:00 CET, 6:00 EST)(NB the fun part is the off the record discussion after the official meeting), LSE anthropology David Graeber tribute seminar series:Fragments of an anarchist anthropology, (2004) video here
22 October, 2021 – David Graeber Tribute Friday Seminar Series: Lost People; with Maurice Bloch and Jonathan Parry. Register here.
14 October, 2021 – KARAOKE Reading Group. For more information and to sign up, see here. Facilitator or DJ for this session: Vassily.
30 September, 2021 – ‘Why are there so few anarchists in the academy’ (available here). Facilitator(s) for this session: Simona.
9 September, 2021 – ‘Of Human Bondage, or the Strength of the Emotions’ by Baruch Spinoza (available here). Facilitator(s) for this session: Simona Ferlini.
27 August, 2021 – Anti-Education: On the Future of Our Educational Institutions by Friedrich Nietzsche (available here). Facilitator(s) for this session: Vittoria & Andris.
18 August, 2021 – Reading group: ‘The Dawn of Everything’ by David Graeber and David Wengrow, Facilitator: Steven
5 August, 2021 – ‘Going in and out of each other’s bodies’ by Maurice Bloch (available here). Facilitator(s) for this session: Steven.
15 July, 2021 – ‘Beyond the Monastic Self’ (available here). Facilitator(s) for this session: Sevda & Steven.
17 June, 2021 – Discussion with Stephen Snelders, author of The Devil’s Anarchy.
28 May, 2021 – David Graeber The Utopia of Rules, chapter 3, 5:00pm to 6:30pm.
29 April, 2021 – ‘Manners, Deference, and Private Property’ in Possibilities, pp. 24-30 (available here) and Mikhail Bakhtin’s ‘Introduction’ in Rabelais and His World, pp. 1-12 (available here). Facilitator(s) for this session: Simona.
22 April 2021– General Assembly.
15 April, 2021 – Chapters 3 and 4 on the spiritual violence of Bullshit Jobs: A Theory (available here). Facilitator(s) for this session: Greg.
Graeber’s work is part of a larger anthropological tradition that exposes the self-contradictory view of human motivation espoused by modern economics. However, his own original view of economic motivation has not been discussed. If the rational egoist of economists is a myth, what drives humans to work? And how is it possible at all to avoid labor violence (‘forcing to work’)? How does Graeber’s view relate to other approaches to politics of labor (such as Arendt or post-operaism)? What are the institutional settings encouraging humans to work towards a good life?
1 April, 2021 – Carnival and April Fools day!! Come and have fun with us!
5 March, 2021 – ‘Communism’ (available here). Facilitator(s) for this session: Yash, Steve & Vassily.
19 February, 2021 – ‘Turning Modes of Production Inside Out: Or, Why Capitalism is a Transformation of Slavery’ (available here). Facilitator(s) for this session: Steve.
22 January, 2021 – ‘How Change Happens’ in The Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement, pp. 181-200 (available here). Facilitator(s) for this session: Marisa.
8 January, 2021 – ‘Another Art World, Part II: Utopia of Freedom as a Market Value’ with Nika Dubrovksy (available here). Facilitator(s) for this session: Mitya & Vassily.
11 December, 2020 – ‘Another Art World, Part I: Art Communism and Artificial Scarcity’ with Nika Dubrovsky (available here). Facilitator(s) for this session: Dennis.
27 November, 2020 – Introduction, Chapter 5 and 10 of Direct Action: An Ethnography (available here). Facilitator(s) for this session: Ayça Çubukçu (hosted by LSE Sociology).
13 November, 2020 – ‘Dead Zones of the Imagination: On Violence, Bureaucracy, and Interpretive Labor’ (available here). Facilitator(s) for this session: Mitya & Vassily.