Contributors for the workshop "the role of work in anarchist utopias" are still welcomed
Location: 2nd Anarchist Studies Network Conference "Making Connections", Loughborough University
Date: 3rd to 5th September 2012
Free labour or free from labour? Although anarchists want to abolish all kind of domination, their diverse attitudes towards work tend to provoke friction, yet not an 'unbridgeable chasm.' No doubt under the state's and capitalism's lash jobs are places of submission under boss and client. But what about the workplace in an otherwise free society? Can the production of goods and services (and the reproduction of society) ever be a desirable activity free of alienation, patronization, and exploitation?
Several anarchist utopias play with variations of this theme. If you'd like to share your interpretation of the role of work in one or two of these fictive societies, just drop me a line. Also, if you have thoughts about how to get things done without coercing anyone to do them, but cannot or do not want to link these thoughts to any particular utopian text, your contribution is likely to be very welcome. In fact, anything on the role of work in anarchy is of interest. You can give a lecture, or act as an ambassador of utopia, or contribute in a different unique way. There is more information on how I envisioned the workshop at , but the form and content of the workshop will be subject to what the contributors want to do.
Maybe it is as easy as 'We do it ourselves or it will not be done at all.' This applies to the workshop, too.
Extended deadline: 10th April 2012.
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