Readings for August 23rd – CORRECTION

there was a scheduling mix up, and Paul Z. Simons will be here tonight, 8/3, to talk about his recent adventures in Brazil and France.

There might also be some reporting back about the seattle bookfair and a presentation on fascism in Portland that is getting a lot of heat.

 

 

 

perhaps the final installment of the SI readings will be next week, or maybe we’ll move on, depending on people’s input.

After reading the SI (SotS) and discussing the relevance of the SI it’s now time to hear the critique of them by their contemporaries. In that vein we will read two essays.

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Four weeks on the Situationist Internationale

Week 1 – Cities: January 26th
Unitary Urbanism
Formulary for a New Urbanism
Another City for Another Life

some preparatory questions:

these readings are pro-urban, with a lot of passionate thinking about how cities constrain and also liberate people (or at least have a lot of power to liberate people, if some major things changed). here on the west coast, that is a fairly unusual take these days. mostly people talk about cities being bad places, to raise children, to get away from capitalism and/or the state (ha), to have better kinds of relationships, etc.

what does it look like to take a modern positive view of urban life? how do we think cities could change to be liberatory spaces? what impact would flexible and mobile housing have on cityscapes and our imaginations?
Week 2 – activism: February 2nd
Scandal
On the Poverty
Critique of the new left
Week 3 – spectacular reality: February 9th
Bad Days
Basic Banalities
All the Kings Men
Week 4 – desire: February 16th
New Forms
Perspectives for Conscious Changes in Everyday Life
Instructions for an Insurrection
Response to a Questionnaire from the Center for Socio-Experimental Art

All readings are from the SI anthology

Reading for March 31st 2015

This evening we are reading an unpublished article by Uri Gordon that was presented at the 2015 NAASN conference. One of the study group was so excited by the piece that they stomped and cried until we begged Uri for the text. He dutifully responded.

 

We will be reading “Prefigurative Politics and Anarchism” by Uri Gordon which will be available in hard copy on Tuesday.

 

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The month of January – Anti-Blackness

This month we are going to read and discuss the afro-pessimism/anti-blackness set of ideas… along with some other things but hopefully we will be keeping things topical to a anti-blackness vs whiteness/anti-racist theme.

 

Week 1 (January 6th): Frank Wilderson interview “we’re trying to destroy the world”. also… POTLUCK! @ 7pm
Week 2: the overview (first 40 pages) in Charles W Mills – The Racial Contract
Week 3: Open to thoughts but perhaps the article from Black Seed 2?
here is the complete reading of the undying appeal of white nationalism for week 3.
Week 4: What are you really? Mills_CharlesW – Whatareyoureally

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December 30th 2014 – A lecture on the Spanish Civil War

After spending the past three weeks reading Murry Bookchin’s The Spanish Anarchists: The Heroic Years 1868-1936 we are now going to have an expert in the field come and speak to the topic. At 8pm LJ (founder of the Anarchist Study Group) will present on The SCW. There may be snacks.

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