Currencies are telling of our current time. Debt, labor, commodification, ownership, and consumerism structure and characterize contemporary life and academia. From the monetization and protection of intellectual property to the debts that students accrue, from the exploitation of adjunct labor to the re-productions of class lines, this dis/Conference seeks critical engagement with what has currency and what serves as currency in education and life today.
In contrast to traditional conference formats, this dis/Conference seeks to facilitate open, horizontal education through substantive knowledge sharing, inquiry, critique, and discussion. Together with David Graeber – anarchist, occupier, and anthropologist – we will engage the economies of academia by subverting its dominant forms of knowledge production. In the process, we will participate in the purposeful creation of an alternative model for scholarly engagement, beyond mere discussion. Under this model, our primary resources will be ourselves. Everyone – inside or outside of academia – is welcome.
We invite you to take an active role in shaping and leading this dis/Conference.
12:20 Block I: Provocations
2:00 Graeber comments
3:00 Block 2: Breakout groups
Work and the Economy
Representation and Collective Action
Values, People, and Production
4:00 Spokes format report-back
4:40 Graeber response
5:15 Self-reflexive evaluations & conclusion
5:30 Please join us at the Queen’s Head pub (5 min walk from Northwest labs) for some unstructured, post-conference conferencing!