Reading group

We are reading and discussing David Graeber’s texts and other related material. Please do feel free to get in touch if you interested in presenting a particular text. All voices are welcome.

We are meeting every Thursday at 20-00 GTM
Meeting ID: 604 596 7588
Passcode: CITY

Next reading groups:

29 April, 2021Rabelais and the history of laughter’ (Chapter one in Michail Bakhtin, Rabelais and his World) (available here). Facilitator(s) for this session: Simona Ferlini.

6 May, 2021–‘Army of Altruists’ (available here). Facilitator(s) for this session: Nicholas Haggerty.

13 May, 2021 Alexei Yurchak author of the book “Everything Was Forever Until It Was No More.” Communist Proteins: Lenin’s Skin, Astrobiology, and the Origin of Life and Let’s talk about communism, death, and the origins of life.

20 May, 2021 – This is not a reading group, but an Assembly about the decision making process with Stephen Snelders author of the “The Devil’s Anarchy”

27 May, 2021Beyond the Monastic Self’ (available here). Facilitator(s) for this session: TJ

FUTURE PLANS AND IDEAS (all needs facilitators):

  • David Graeber against Michel Foucault: a fight club
  • 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.”

Past reading groups:

26 March, 2021 5:30 pm London – LSE reading group facilitated by Ayca Cubukcu, Bullshit Jobs, chapters 1, 4, 7.

1 April, 2021 Carnival and the Fools day!! Come and have fan with us!

15 April, 2021 – Bullshit Jobs: A Theory (Chapters 3-4, On spiritual violence)

Facilitator: Greg Yudin (Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences)

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?

22 April 2021 this date we are meeting for the General Assembly.

Past reading groups (and look at the menu above)

8 April, 2021 David Graeber What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun? Facilitator for this session: Elizabeth Travelslight, Nika Dubrovsky, Rain Forest. Video of the Reading group are here

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

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