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  • Theoretical Sources of Syriza's Left Platform

    This reading group will examine some of the theoretical sources of the Left Platform formation within Syriza. Week one will concentrate on politics and strategy through selected short texts by Stathis Kouvelakis, Nicos Poulantzas and Daniel Bensaïd. Week two will focus on the critical political economy of Costas Lapavitsas and one of its antecedents, Rudolf Hilferding’s 1910 work Finance Capital (selections from Part IV). The subsequent weeks will be devoted to a close reading of Nicos Poulantzas’s classic 1978 text State, Power, Socialism.

    Being organized in Berlin | 4 meetings
  • Genre-fication

    On 8 January , 2015, Alice Creischer, Johannes Paul Raether and Andreas Siekmann circulated an email titled “Artist Organisation Discomfort - a prologue.” (The email is copied below in full.) The email was sent in advance of a conference called Artists Organisations International that took took place at the HAU from 09/01/2015 - 11/01/2015 and was organized by Florian Malzacher, Jonas Staal, Joanna Warsza.

    Being organized in Berlin | 1 meeting
  • Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy

    In 1971, Sun Ra was an artist-in-residence at the University of California, Berkeley.

    Being organized in Berlin | 4 meetings
  • Book’Em: Personal Archives + Open(ing) Access to Books

    Archives often refer to institutional collections (as monuments of modernity) while with recent technological development, individual users can access to and own more and more digital objects, and it seems urgent to address the question of personal archives, that presents to us at the same time an epochal change as well as a political question. This talk address three main questions: 1)Why is it necessary to talk about personal archives? 2) How can one define a personal archive and its difference from existing cloud computing services?

    Being organized in Berlin | 1 meeting
  • Reading Testo Junkie

    In her thought-provoking Testo Junkie, first appeared in Spanish in 2008 and then published in English by The Feminist Press, New York in 2013, Beatriz Preciado outlines a new cartography of sexuality in what s/he calls “pharmacopornographic” regime, a bio-political mode of governmentality in which sexuality is controlled through the capitalist production of drugs and spectacle.

    Being organized in Berlin | 2 meetings
  • Freedom and Empathy

    There has been a strong revival of the scientific discussion on empathy in the last years. Especially in the fields of neurophysiology (mirror neurons), developmental psychology (theories of mind), and evolutionary anthropology (i. e. the question if 'human nature' can be understood as somehow 'social'). However all of this happens within an on-going paradigm shift in liberal politics and economics. The long-standing notion of homo oeconomicus as someone who is concerned with others mainly for reasons of individual pleasure-seeking is about to cease.

    Being organized in Berlin | Class Blog | 3 meetings
  • Revolution is also a language

    Radicalism, the guillotine, a new and sweeping fresh start, abolition of monarchy, modern citizenship, old versus new regime—what else at this time could equal it? This sparing use of the term revolution is not merely academic or theoretical. It produces its rareness and superiority over other forms of being- together that could be perceived as similar to it—revolt, rebellion, uprising, coup, solidarity, movement, partnership, participation or protest.

    Being organized in Berlin | 5 meetings

    “Work is the blackmail of survival”... or is it?

    Being organized in Berlin | Class Blog | 4 meetings
  • The Architectonics of Answerability

    Departing from Bakhtin's early essay "Art and Answerability" this class seeks to examine the meaning of answerability in the work of the Russian philosopher known for his philosophy of "dialogism". If -as noted elsewhere- the Bakhtinian self is never whole, since it can exist only dialogically, answerability seems to be an essential element in the relation of the self and the other.

    Being organized in Berlin | 3 meetings
  • Erotica

    The course will investigate questions of eroticism, desire and gender politics in the 20th Century tradition of erotic fiction. The genre of Erotic fiction has a long tradition dated back to the Ancient Greece (with Sappho of Lesbo) and Rome (Petronio and his Satyricon) and it continued to develop over the course of many centuries as both celebration of pleasure and sexuality and as a way of enquiring into the state of feminism, gender politics, female desire, taboos and popular culture.

    Being organized in Berlin | 2 meetings
  • Mapping as Activism in Berlin

    With this proposal I would like to bring the issue (and hopefully the practice) of mapping to the berlin context, which also came up during the 'problem of berlin' class.we could go through the issues around mapping described in this proposal and bring up (and create?) local practices of mapping. 

    Being organized in Berlin | No meetings
  • The Politics of Participation and Collaboration in Contemporary Art

    In this class we will look at the predominant discourses and arguments around participation, collaboration and social practice(s) in contemporary art.

    Being organized in Berlin | Class Blog | 4 meetings
  • Beyond anonymity

    Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000187 EndHTML:0000007662 StartFragment:0000002624 EndFragment:0000007626 SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/schneemeierandrea/Downloads/anonymity_class.docThis 4-week class will be centered around anonymity as it relates to politics, in terms of being, ethics, strategy and tactics. The idea is to try and think what it might mean to go beyond anonymity. We will take a reading group format based on the following topics:Week 1, being and anonymityWeek 2, anonymity as an ethic

    Being organized in Berlin | Class Blog | No meetings
  • The Problem of Berlin

    The Problem of Berlin After earlier classes exploring ideas of the political and architectural practice (cf. the City and the Political), the purpose of this spin-off is to move from the abstract to the concrete. No longer 'any' city, but Berlin – what it's made of, how it feels, and where it's going...Perspective Deficit

    Being organized in Berlin | Class Blog | 4 meetings
  • Forderungen (Demands): From Austerity to Post-Monetary

    Ralph and Stefan Heidenreich will hold a two-day workshop to update issues they discussed in their book, Mehr Geld (More Money) published in 2008.

    Being organized in Berlin | Class Blog | 2 meetings
  • neo-provincialism

    Let's think and work together on a concept of neo-provincialism. In order to define this term, we might start by bringing together seemingly disparate projects that seek to ameliorate the supposed problems of the urban life by way of implementing something of a pre-industrial provincialism within the urban pysche and/or urban fabric. On an individual level, this term could characterize the urban-dweller's particular (often naive) nostalgia for pre-neoliberal or even pre-capitalist ways of living in "community" and in relation to nature. 

    Being organized in Berlin | Class Blog | 3 meetings
  • Digital Publishing

    Part 1 Discuss the current academic/theory print publishing landscape. What kind of resources do publishers allocate for this type of publishing (print costs, author costs, editorial costs, distribution costs, translation costs, etc.)? Who does and doesn’t make money off of this type of publishing? Look at case studies from small, medium and large publishers.

    Being organized in Berlin | Class Blog | 1 meeting
  • Political Fiction

    I would like to organise a reading group on political fiction. This genre has often used narrative to comment or challange events, system and theories. I am interested in exploring other ways of representing social and political struggles. I like the idea of thinking resistance through a more imaginative approach, so It could be a good starting point to explore fiction as a possible space of critical discourse and as generator of other forms of political imagination.  since weather is getting better we can think of open air sessions!

    Being organized in Berlin | Class Blog | 4 meetings



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