Upcoming, Mark Fisher’s Final Lectures: Postcapitalist Desire #3 From Class Consciousness to Group Consciousness

We’re less than one week away from our Postcapitalist Desire reading group session, exploring the third of Mark Fisher’s final lecture transcripts in Matt Colquhoun’s latest book. The session will take place on Tuesday the 26th of January, 1-3pm GMT. Everyone is welcome, Fisher nerds and novices alike (as well as those just interested in discussing theory). We hope you can all join us for this in-depth discussion.

Each month we’ll be exploring each of the five lecture transcripts. Matt’s book also includes Mark’s full reading list for each lecture and an accompanying soundtrack. It’s up to you how far you wish to delve into each lecture as there’s a wealth of material in each, but we do ask as a minimum that you read the relevant lecture transcript before the session.

Should you wish, the extra readings for this session include:

  • Georg Lukács, “The Standpoint of the Proletariat” from History and Class Consciousness. (Available online at the Marxist Internet Archive: https://www.marxists.org/archive/Lukács/works/history/)
  • Nancy C. Hartsock, “The Feminist Standpoint: Developing the Ground for a Specifically Feminist Historical Materialism” in The Feminist Standpoint Revisited and Other Essays (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1998), pp. 105–132.

Registration

Like all of our series, these events are online and free. If you haven’t yet registered, there’s still time – get in touch via email or on Twitter and we’ll add you to the list. We’ll be sending out a Zoom link to everyone on the list nearer the time. Once you’ve registered, you don’t need to confirm attendance for each session – we’ll send you a fresh link every month. You also don’t need to commit to every session – just attend what you fancy (even if you miss the first session, there is more than enough material in each lecture for discussion).

We look forward to seeing you there. See you on the net!

Ctrl N

WTF #3 Footnotes

WTF did we talk about?

So good to be back and finally have an opportunity to discuss the chaos that’s been unfolding over the last few weeks. The main topics of our third WTF session were COVID, conspiracy and the storming of the US Capitol. Our recommended reading and listening this week was inspired by the role of conspiracy in recent political developments in the states. Baudrillard’s notion of the “real America” and the role of scandal were particularly fruitful to our discussions about how violence at the Capitol played out and was subsequently reported on.

“The denunciation of scandal always pays homage to the law.”

Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulations

We also had a fascinating discussion about the populism of affect and how feelings, particularly melancholia and feelings of loss, unite and activate groups and individuals – thanks to Ctrl N member Jemma for this, we hope to hear more from her on this idea!

For anyone who missed this session and is interested to learn more, we had some excellent recommendations for further reading from the group – see below.

WTF are people reading?

By Benjamin Noys Malign Velocities: Accelerationism and Capitalism  (Reprint) [Paperback]: Amazon.co.uk: Benjamin Noys: 8601410712754: Books

Benjamin Noys, Malign Velocities, 2014 – Particularly Chapter 5 ‘Apocalyptic Accelerationism’.

Novel Gazing: Queer Readings in Fiction (Series Q): Amazon.co.uk: Sedgwick:  9780822320401: Books

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (ed.), Novel Gazing: Queer Readings in Fiction, 1997 – In particular, her introduction, ‘Paranoid reading and reparative reading, or, You’re so paranoid, you probably think this introduction is about you’.

This Is Not a Program | The MIT Press

Tiqqun, This is Not a Programme – Semiotext(e), 2011 – Revolution and resistance, from French collective Tiqqun.

The French Group, ‘THE ENVIRONMENTAL WITCH-HUNT’, Mute Magazine, 2008 – Also see Martin Beck’s 2008 exhibition “Nothing better than a touch of ecology and catastrophe to unite the social classes…”.

Rodrigo Nunes, ‘ARE WE IN DENIAL ABOUT DENIAL?’, Public Books, 25th Nov 2020 – Crisis, conspiracy, and the denial of the left.

Wendy Brown, ‘Resisting Left Melancholy’ boundary 2, 26:3, 1999, p. 19-27 – An oldie but a goldie, Brown’s article on left melancholy keeps popping up!

Odds and ends

‘Man arrested after Trump riots must be fed ‘organic food’ after refusing jail food for 3 days, judge rules’ – This is the world we live in now.

WTF is next?

Our next WTF is Going On? session will be until February 9th, but our 3rd Postcapitalist Desire session happens on January 26th. In the meantime, you can join the conversation on Discord.

Happy New Year!

WTF is Going On? Returns Tomorrow

We’re back from our winter break, and we’re launching into the New Year with Session 3 of WTF is Going On?

This session will take place on January 12th at 1pm GMT

We invite all to discuss whatever is making you ask or helping you make sense of what the f**k is going on right now (we’re looking at you again America). This can be anything you’re currently reading, watching or listening to. The session will be open, informal and friendly with no required reading beforehand. To help kick us back into things we’ve made two suggestions on conspiracy:

Want to join us?

Everyone is welcome to join and can bring whatever they want to to the session. We’ve emailed a link to everyone on our mailing list. Not on our mailing list and want to join? Get in touch.

We’ll be sending out links for future WTF is Going On? sessions every month to our mailing list and discord – so feel free to join whenever you fancy!

Upcoming events

Our third Postcapitalist Desire Reading Group ‘From Class Consciousness to Group Consciousness’ is also happening later this month. If you’d like to join this in-depth analysis, please get in touch by email or on Twitter to register and see full details on our website.

New Year Schedule:

Tuesday 12th January, 1-3pm – WTF

Tuesday 26th January, 1-3pm – Postcapitalist Desire Lecture 3: From Class Consciousness to Group Consciousness

Tuesday 9th February, 1-3pm – WTF

Tuesday 23rd February, 1-3pm – Postcapitalist Desire Lecture 4: Union Power and Soul Power

Tuesday 9th March, 1-3pm – WTF

Tuesday 23rd of March – Postcapitalist Desire Lecture 5: Libidinal Marxism

See you on the net,

Ctrl N