Reading group

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):

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Meeting ID: 604 596 7588
Passcode: CITY

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)

FUTURE PLANS AND IDEAS (all need facilitators):

Past reading groups:

18 November, 2021 – KARAOKE Reading Group. Theme: Debt. For more information and to sign up, see here. DJ for this session: Vassily. video

19 November, 202111:00 – 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.

19 August, 2021 – ‘Culture as Creative Refusal’. Facilitator(s) for this session: Vassily and Steven

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?

8 April, 2021 – ‘What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun?’ (available here). Facilitator(s) for this session: Elizabeth, Nika, Oihane. Watch it here.

1 April, 2021 – Carnival and April Fools day!! Come and have fun with us!

26 March, 2021 Chapters 1, 4 and 7 of Bullshit Jobs: A Theory (available here). Facilitator(s) for this session: Ayça Çubukçu (hosted by LSE Sociology). Register here

18 March, 2021 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune: a party, a celebration and a day of memories.

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. 

5 February, 2021 The Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement (available here). Facilitator(s) for this session: Ayça Çubukçu (hosted by LSE Sociology). Register here.

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.


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