Reading sessions 2021 – The Robbery of Nature

Let’s get together to read, talk and think about our contemporary constellation and potential practices that might constitute new forms of life. 

The coming years That Might Be Right will study what is called primitive accumulation; the historical and continuous expropriation of people from common land, resources and relations. (See Reconstituting Geographies)

Spring semester 2021 we will read The Robbery of Nature by John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark in which they apitalism’s plundering of nature via commodity production, and how it has led to the current anthropogenic rift in the Earth System.

The sessions are not an endeavour of specialists or insiders, everybody brings the knowledge and experience they have to the table and we will work towards a shared, although not necessarily consensual, understanding of the topic. It is advised to read the chapters of each session beforehand, in order for us to discuss and reread parts of the chapter together during the session.

The book is in English, English will be the main language of conversation but open to contribute in other languages.

Saturdays from 15.00 @ Beursschouwburg

John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark, The Robbery of Nature, Monthly Review Press, 2020.

27.02 Introduction and Chapter 1. The Expropriation of Nature
13.3 Chapter 2. The Rift of Éire and Chapter 3. Women, Nature, and Capital in the Industrial Revolution
17.4 Chapter 4. Marx as a Food Theorist and Chapter 5. Marx and Alienated Speciesism
Chapter 6. Capitalism and the Paradox of Wealth and Chapter 7. The Meaning of Work in a Sustainable Socialist Society
15.5 Chapter 8. Marx’s Ecology and the Left and Chapter 9. Value Isn’t Everything
29.5 Chapter 10. The Planetary Emergency, 2020–2050 and Chapter 11. The Long Ecological Revolution

To be announced

Supporterd by: Vlaamse Overheid and Beursschouwburg

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