reading group


Every second Wednesday

10am Quito | 3 pm Accra | 3pm London | 4pm Brussels | 8.30pm Delhi

We are currently reading  ‘Gramsci is Dead. Anarchist Currents in the Newest Social Movements’ by Richard J. F. Day. 


From the book cover:

“Gramsci and the concept of hegemony cast a long shadow over radical political theory. Yet how far has this theory got us? Is it still central to feminism, anti-capitalism, anti-racism, anarchism, and other radical social movements today? Unlike previous revolutionary movements, Day argues, most contemporary radical social movements do not strive to take control of the state. Instead, they attempt to develop new forms of self-organisation that can run in parallel with — or as alternatives to — existing forms of social, political, and economic organization. This is to say that they follow a logic of affinity rather than one of hegemony. This book draws together a variety of different strands in political theory to weave together an innovative new approach to politics today.”

The reading group is open to everyone and provides a space to engage into discussion and exchange with like-minded. No prior knowledge is required.

26 January – Introduction and Doing it Yourself (pp 1-44)

9 February – Tracking the Hegemony of hegemony – classical Marxism and Liberalism (pp 46-65) and Tracking the Hegemony of hegemony – post Marxism and New social movements (pp 66-88)

23 February– Utopian Socialism then (pp 91-128)

9 March – …and Now (pp 129-178)

23 March -Ethics, Affinity and the coming communities (pp 178-202) and Conclusion – Utopian socialism again and again (pp 203-217)

All welcome.