From Economic Science Fiction to Labour as Commons. 1-Day Conference – London, 21 June

29th May 2019

From Economic Science Fiction to Labour as Commons. 1-Day Conference

Date: Friday, 21 June 2019 from 09:30-17:00
Venue: Middlesex University, Committee Room 1, Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BG
Organised by: Alternative Organisations and Transformative Practices Research Cluster, Middlesex University
Keynote Speaker: Dr Dario Azzellini (Cornell University)

Book a place at http://tiny.cc/1ctu6y
Fee £10 | students/unemployed/precarious £5. Refreshments and lunch provided.

Speakers: Verity Burgmann, Demet Dinler, Marco Gottero, Sara Lafuente Hernandez, Cian McMahon, George Kokkinidis, Marek Korczynki, William Monteith, Dan Ozarow, Nico Pizzolato, Martin Upchurch, Orestis, Varkarolis, Andreas Wittel, Joseph Walton.

Conference poster and panel schedule attached (or see http://tiny.cc/s2cz6y)

Conference synopsis:

As suggested by William Davies et al. in the edited anthology Economic Science Fictions (2018), capitalism might be reconceptualised as an eminently fictional form of how social life should be organised that bears little relations to actual societal needs.

Currently, around the globe we have seen the emergence of alternative, non-capitalist production models based on principles of worker democracy, self-management, horizontal decision-making that are emancipatory and solidaristic in nature.

This conference, hosted by the Alternative Organisations and Transformative Practices Research Group at Middlesex University, London seeks to brings together the two parallel literatures of ‘economic science fictions’ and ‘labour as commons’ into dialogue by inviting the speakers and the audience to inquire into how can society move away from this dystopian economic science fiction via the practice of the labour commons.

Panels include “From Workplace Democracy to Labour Commons”, “Workers’ Control in Greece and Argentina,” “How Labour can Emancipate itself” and “Post-Capitalism.”

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/331338087556073/

For further information please email the conference convenors: Dr Nico Pizzolato n.pizzolato@mdx.ac.uk and Dr Daniel Ozarow d.ozarow@mdx.ac.uk