Spring 2017 Meeting Schedule

All Spring term meetings take place on Monday at 5pm in room BS/007, Berrick Saul Building, University of York.

Monday 23rd January, 5pm, BS/007: Peter Frase, ‘Four Futures.’ Jacobin. web. <https://www.jacobinmag.com/2011/12/four-futures/>

Monday 6th February, 5pm, BS/007: Two weeks of Trump. An opportunity to discuss President Trump’s first two weeks in office. Reading will be decided nearer the time of the event, and attendents are encouraged to bring their own contributions to the discussion. We are particularly keen to discuss Trump in relation to the broader rise of populism, to Brexit, and to issues surrounding the future of neoliberalism and the future of democracy.

Monday 6th March, 5pm, BS/007: Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson, ‘A Convenient Truth.’ (London: Fabian Society, 2014), web. <http://www.fabians.org.uk/publications/a-convenient-truth/>; Mark Fisher, ‘The Politics of Depression.’ rs21 (April 2014), web. <https://rs21.org.uk/2014/04/27/kpunk/>. NB: This reading relates directly to Kate Pickett’s lecture the following day, listed on the events page.



Monday 10th October, 5pm, BS/007: Paul Mason, Postcapitalism (London: Allen Lane, 2015), Chapter 10: Project Zero; Jamie Allinson, ‘Don’t Mourn, Accelerate.’ Salvage. 17 Aug 2015, web. <link>.

Monday 24th October, 5pm, BS/007: Jason W. Moore, Capitalism in the Web of Life (London: Verso, 2015), Chapter 1: From Object to Oikeios: Environment Making in the Capitalist World-Ecology.

Monday 14th November, 5pm, BS/007: Rachel Greenwald Smith, Affect and American Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism (New York: Cambridge UP, 2015), Introduction: The Affective Hypothesis.

Monday 28th November, 5pm, BS/007: Freedom, Neoliberalism, Trumpism. An opportunity to discuss, debate, and dissect in the aftermath of the 2016 US Presidential election.


Wednesday 4th May, 4.30, BS/007: Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, Chapter 21; Carl Schmitt, The Leviathan in the State Theory of Thomas Hobbes (Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2008), Chapter 5. NB: This reading relates directly to Arthur Bradley’s lecture the following week, listed on the events page.

Wednesday 18th May, 5pm, BS/008: Kathi Weeks, “Working Demands: From Wages for Housework to Basic Income,” Chapter 3 of The Problem with Work (Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2012), 113-50; Matt Zwolinski, “The Pragmatic Libertarian Case for a Basic Income Guarantee,” Cato Unbound (4 August 2014), web.

Wednesday 1st June, 3.30, D/L/036: Sarah Brouillette, Literature and the Creative Economy (Redwood, CA: Stanford UP, 2014), Introduction and Chapter 2; Brouillette, “Academic Labor, the Aesthetics of Management, and the Promise of Autonomous Work,” nonsite.org (1 May 2013), web. NB: This session follows directly after Sarah Brouillette’s lecture, listed on the events page.



Spring term meeting takes place every second Wednesday at 5pm in room BS/008, Berrick Saul Building, University of York.

Wednesday 20th January, 5pm: Axel Honneth, Freedom’s Right: The Social Foundations of Democratic Life (New York: Columbia UP, 2014), Introduction and parts of Chapter 6 (1-11, 176-98).

Wednesday 3 February, 5pm: Nicholas Brown, “The Work of Art in the Age of its Real Subsumption Under Capital,” Contemporary Marxist Theory: A Reader, ed. Andrew Pendakis et al. (New York: Bloomsbury, 2014), 449-68.

Wednesday 17 February, 5pm: Barbara H. Fried, “Left-Libertarianism: A Review Essay,” Philosophy and Public Affairs 32.1 (2004): 66-91; and Peter Vallentyne, Hillel Steiner, and Michael Otsuka, “Why Left-Libertarianism is Not Incoherent, Indeterminate, or Irrelevant: A Reply to Fried,” Philosophy and Public Affairs 33.2 (2005): 201-15.

Wednesday 2 March, 5pm: Linda Zerilli, Introduction, Feminism and the Abyss of Freedom (Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2005), 1-31.



Autumn term meeting takes place every second Wednesday at 5pm in room BS/008, Berrick Saul Building, University of York.

Monday 19 October, 5pm: Michel Feher, “Self-Appreciation; or, the Aspirations of Human Capital,” Public Culture 21 (2009): 21-41.

Monday 2 November, 5pm: Friedrich Hayek, “Freedom and the Economic System,” Contemporary Review 153 (1938): 434-42; and Karl Polanyi, “Freedom in a Complex Society,” Chapter 21 of The Great Transformation (1944): 257-68.

Monday 16 November, 5pm: Thomas Piketty, Introduction, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, trans. Arthur Goldhammer (Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2013), 1-39.

Monday 30 November, 5pm: Nancy Fraser, “Feminism, Capitalism, and the Cunning of History,” New Left Review 56 (2009): 97-117; and Özlem Aslan and Zeynep Gambetti, “Provincializing Fraser’s History: Feminism and Neoliberalism,” History of the Present 1.1 (2011): 130-147.

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