Session 2: Decapitating Capitalism
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Fri 24 Feb

13:30 - 15:00

De Brakke Grond

20 / 17,50

Decapitating Capitalism asks is there a world after capitalism and what could it look like? Can we invent new ways of living together based on a shared precariousness? How can social sciences and speculative fiction help us to imagine new roads to the future? Nina Power Decapitalism, Anticapitalism, Postcapitalism Nina Power discusses the different ways we might conceive of capitalism and the strategies and tactics we can adopt for understanding and subverting it, living differently within and outside it, and to behead it. She looks at the ways in which the ruling class seeks to pretend that it is not in charge. She draws upon revolutionary images of beheading so that we might better be able to see what the ruling class has stolen from the people (the commons, technologies, time) and how we can get it back by cutting off the crown but keeping the body. Isabell Lorey Precarization und Care-Citizenship The hierarchization of refugees and the ensuing allocation of rights are about the distinction between labour and care – an entanglement that is constitutive for the development of liberal-capitalist societies in Europe. A basic pillar of these societies is the idea of the autonomous individual and its concept of free labour. In this deeply racialised, gendered, and heterosexualised entanglement, the needs of protection and care are warded off, devalued, domesticated, feminised. It is a logic, that in spite of its modifications, we continue to face today. When we think of current forms of precarisation this has to be the background to understand the politico-economic crisis we are now experiencing. On a multi-dimensional level, the regime of precarisation constitutes the different entanglements of labor, autonomy, and care in capitalism and their function within governmentality. When subjectivation has become capitalisable, autonomy turned into an instrument of government, and emancipation is trapped in neoliberal ideas of health, the challenge today is not just to invent new forms of organisation and new strategies of resistance. More than that, we have to invent a fundamentally new way of organising our living together. That is, how could a living together look like, based on a commonly shared precariousness, on care rights and on care-citizenship? Peter Frase Socialisms and Barbarisms: Speculative Fiction and Post-Capitalist Imaginaries In recent years the end of capitalism has become easier to imagine. But what form will that ending take? The bright vision of egalitarian and democratic societies taking charge of the technologies of capitalism and using them to liberate people from work? Or the darker dystopia of a world ravaged by war and climate change, where the rich protect themselves and the rest of us are left helpless? Peter Frase’s talk draws on his recent book Four Futures, in which he uses both social science and speculative fiction to imagine possible futures in a world of automated labor, ecological crisis, and class struggle.
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