commons

The two faces of the common? Communal forms of government from below as counter-hegemonic alternatives

Common(s) or communal? Introductory remarks

It is necessary to differentiate a community practice later turned functional by capital, from one that is created, from the onset, for the capital. (Raquel Gutiérrez and Huascar Salazar)

25 May 2020 to 26 May 2020

 

Organizers: Chris Giotitsas, Lena Olaison, Ozan Nadir Alakavuklar and Karolina Mikołajewska-Zając

Crises are a defining characteristic of our times. From the looming dread of environmental collapse, to the perpetual turmoil in the financial markets, to overall existential doubts over our unsustainable ‘way of life’. The aim of this conference is to inquire into the organising for the potential collapse of the current dominant mode of production... more

The anarchist commons

Introduction

Common as silence

All this – all the meanness and agony without end
I sitting look out upon
See, hear and am silent.
- Walt Whitman, ‘I Sit and Look’

Thinking beyond neo-liberalism: A response to Detlev Zwick

To do critical theory used to be fairly straightforward. The existing order of things – Global Capitalism, Consumer Society, Late Capitalism or State Monopoly Capitalism – could be criticized for its shortcomings in relation to an actually existing alternative. This alternative did not have to be fully realized to exist. It was enough that the ideas that it embodied (socialism, free love, authentic human relationships) moved the imaginations of a multitude of people for the alternative to be real (at least in the Hegelian sense of that term).

Utopias of ethical economy: A response to Adam Arvidsson

When sociologist Adam Arvidsson writes about marketing and consumption we should pay attention. His 2005 essay ‘Brands: A critical perspective’ and his 2006 book Brands: Meaning and value in media culture have become seminal pieces in the field I call the critical cultural studies of marketing, which includes scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines such as critical management studies, sociology, history, marketing, media and cultural studies (see e.g. Zwick and Cayla, 2011).

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