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Critical Negativity Discussion Series

Weaving two seemingly divergent themes together through various conceptions of sovereignty, October will focus on the relationship and subsequent separation between humans and animals through the lens of domestication and civilization, while November will focus on questions of conflict – both as the fabric that maintains the present and the force that may tear it asunder.

1pm on Saturdays at the CCC (732 E Clarke St.)

October: Critical Animal Studies

2nd
‘The Snake’ by D.H. Lawrence (plain text)
9th ‘The Animal That Therefore I Am’ by Jacques Derrida (book)
16th ‘The Open’ by Giorgio Agamben (book)
23rd ‘On Behalf of the Barbarians’ by Bleu Marin (zine)

November: War, Violence and Enmity

6th ‘Theory of the Partisan’ by Carl Schmitt (zine)
13th ‘Introduction to Civil War’ by Tiqqun (book) zine version
20th ‘Nomadology: The War-Machine’ By D & G (zine)
27th ‘Archeology of Violence’ by Pierre Clastres (book)

This series is perhaps considerably less introductory than previous anarchist oriented and theory discussion series that we’ve attempted, though anyone who is interested is certainly welcome to participate. Most of the texts will be available for free to pick up beforehand from the CCC or can be found online to download (and linked to from this post and if made into zines will be added to the zine archive).

Many of the texts can be found here



Summer Fiction Reading Discussion Group (for June)
06/03/2010, 7:42 PM
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The discussion group formally known as the Summer Theory Discussion is taking a break to read some fiction.

All discussions are at 1pm at the CCC on Sundays.

Here are the dates and readings:

6th: ‘Giovanni’s Room’ by James Baldwin

13th: ‘By Night In Chile’ By Roberto Bolano

20th: ‘Invisible Cities’ by Italo Calvino

27th: ‘The Passion’ by Jeanette Winterson

(regretfully none of these readings are available for free online or at the CCC, but can be found most likely at a library)



March Winter Anarchist Discussion Series: Occupations and Territory

The theme for this month coincides with a mounting wave of occupations and conflict about to hit California, New York and other areas.

2pm Sundays at the CCC (732 E Clarke St.)

Mar. 7th – Pick ax (movie screening)

Mar. 14thThe New School Occupation and Pre-occupied: the Logic of Occupation

Mar. 21th20 Thesis on the Subversion of the Metropolis

Mar. 28thNights of Rage (only available at the CCC)

Physical copies of the texts are available at the CCC for free.

(more supplementary readings will be posted soon, as well as updates on the developing situation regarding the occupations)



French Commune-ism Discussion Supplementary Readings

Especially with these ideas it can be very helpful to have a more thorough preliminary reading of texts which have influenced the Invisible Committee / TIQQUN / the Imaginary Party  and other things they’ve written. Introduction to Civil War is coming out in a few weeks, so maybe it’s a bit silly to have this on the list, but since it came out before Call or The Coming Insurrection it should hopefully offer some further insight into and give a more rounded understanding of the ideas.  Some other good places to focus on as a start would be: Foucault’s History of Sexuality volume 1: the Introduction, The Coming Community (of which the title of TCI references) and Other texts by Giorgio Agamben.

If people have other suggestions please share them. Texts that specifically deal theoretically with communization would be helpful.  The first issue of Endnotes is a good place to start for a general understanding of the idea and history, but this isn’t exactly the same place that the Invisible Committee is coming from.

Supplementary Readings:

-The Coming Insurrection by The Invisible Committee (book)

-Introduction to Civil War by TIQQUN (book)

-Invisible Politics: An Introduction to Contemporary Communization by John Cunningham

-Human Strike After Human Strike by Johann Kaspar (from Occupied London #4)

-Bring Out Your Dead by the Endnotes Collective



January flier and Schedule for the winter anarchist discussion series

January – Italian Insurrectionary

Jan. 3rdAgainst Domestication

Jan. 10thArmed Struggle in Italy and Armed Joy

Jan. 17thMore, Much More

Jan. 24thThe Undesirables

Jan. 31st - The Insurrectional Project

What is now described as insurrectionary anarchism largely developed as a response to an intense period of autonomous class conflict and clandestine armed struggle against the state and capitalism in the 1960s and 70s, and their subsequent repression and failures.  This produced a questioning and rethinking of forms of organization, forms of struggle, etc, and also a theoretical and lived pratice of insurrectionary means.



Technologies of Resistance (presentation)

From the event description:

“Technologies of Resistance, a lecture and discussion on the ways social networking technology is being used by social uprisings and the surveillance opportunities such technology provides for the state.”

The event should be taking as an example the social uprising in Greece last December.

(look closely at the icons on the phone)



December Flier for the winter anarchist discussion schedule




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