Postcapitalist Desire Lecture #1 Footnotes

Session Recap

An excellent start to our Postcapitalist Desire reading group! We tackled the first lecture transcript of Mark Fisher’s final lectures captured in Matt Colquhoun’s latest book. We spanned a wide array of topics. To name but a few: the absence of the new in political and cultural production, and the lost promises of the future; the impossible desire of the left (see Wendy Brown’s ‘Resisting Left Melancholy’ and ‘Wounded Attachments’ below) and the obstacles presented by folk politics; the intersection of aesthetics and politics, and the necessary dialogue between the two to affect real change; and the role of semantics in forging what Fisher refers to in the lecture as a ‘positive political project’ for the left, particularly the (in)efficacy of ‘postcapitalism’ and ‘(acid) communism’.

Session footnotes are below, but the original reading list can be found here.

Books

From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network,  and the Rise of Digital Utopianism: Amazon.co.uk: Turner, Fred:  9780226817422: Books

Fred Turner, From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism, 2006

Capital Is Dead: Is This Something Worse?: Amazon.co.uk: McKenzie Wark:  9781788735308: Books

McKenzie Wark, Capital is Dead: Is This Something Worse?, 2019

Steal as Much as You Can: How to Win the Culture Wars in an Age of Austerity  – Repeater Books

Nathalie Olah, Steal as Much as you Can: How to Win the Culture Wars in an Age of Austerity, 2019

Articles and Essays

Karl Ekeman, ‘On Gramscianism Of The Right’, CRITIQUE & PRAXIS 13/13, November 11 2018, http://blogs.law.columbia.edu/praxis1313/karl-ekeman-on-gramscianism-of-the-right/

Helen Hester, ‘Promethean Labors and Domestic Realism’, https://www.e-flux.com/architecture/artificial-labor/140680/promethean-labors-and-domestic-realism/

Wendy Brown, ‘Wounded Attachments’, Political Theory, Vol. 21, No. 3 (Aug., 1993), 390–410

Wendy Brown, ‘Resisting Left Melancholy’ boundary 2, vol. 26 no. 3, 1999, p. 19-27

Tomorrow, Mark Fisher’s Final Lectures: Postcapitalist Desire #1 What is Postcapitalism?

Tomorrow is our very first Postcapitalist Desire reading group session, exploring the first of Mark Fisher’s final lecture transcripts in Matt Colquhoun’s latest book. Everyone is welcome, Fisher nerds and novices alike (as well as those just interested in discussing postcapitalism). 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. We haven’t included Matt’s introduction as recommended reading with the first lecture, as this will likely need an entire session in itself to cover!

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 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).

Postcapitalist Desire Lecture #1: What is Postcapitalism?

Tuesday 24th November, 1-3pm (GMT), on Zoom (link to be provided via email to those registered)

Recommended reading:

Further reading and viewing (for those who are keen!):

Watching:

Reading:

  • Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams, “Post-Work Imaginaries” in Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work (London and New York: Verso, 2015), pp. 107-127
  • J.K. Gibson-Graham, “Affects and Emotions for a Postcapitalist Politics” in A Post-Capitalist Politics (Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 2006), pp. 1-22
  • Paul Mason, “The Prophets of Postcapitalism” in PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future (London: Allen Lane, 2015), pp. 109-146

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

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WTF #1 Footnotes

WTF did we talk about?

The first WTF session spanned an array of topics: the role of spirituality in politics; surveillance and security theatre in the age of Covid; the future of academia; and, of course, the US presidential election.

WTF are people reading?

Zombie University: Thinking Under Control: Amazon.co.uk: Sinead Murphy:  9781910924518: Books

Zombie University, Sinéad Murphy (London: Repeater Books, 2017)

The Transparency Society: Amazon.co.uk: Byung-Chul Han: 9780804794602: Books

The Transparency Society, Byung-Chul Han (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2015)

McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality – Repeater  Books

McMindfulness, Ronald Purser (London: Repeater Books, 2019)

Protocol

Protocol: How Control Exists After Decentralisation, Alexander R. Galloway, (London: MIT Press, 2004)

October

‘Postscript on the Societies of Control’, Gilles Deleuze, October, vol. 59, 1992, pp. 3–7. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/778828.

WTF are people watching?

The Ground Beneath My Feet - Wikipedia

The Ground Beneath My Feet, dir. Marie Kreutzer, (Novotny & Novotny Filmproduktion GmbH, 2019)