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Understanding the Crisis Part 1: Why work?

Wed 02.09.20
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Living under Covid-19 and a lockdown has taught us many things about ourselves and the society we live in. But what has it taught us about capitalism, the system that underpins and dominates life across the globe? In this introductory seminar series taking place each week throughout the festival, Jeremy Gilbert and guests will look at what this historic experience can teach us about capitalism and the politics that inform it.

This week we’ll be focusing on the world of work. Lockdown has seen millions of us withdrawn from our usual patterns of work, while the work of a few essential people has been widely recognised as crucial to modern civilisation. So why aren’t these ‘essential workers’ the most highly paid in our society? What is work for and who gets to decide? How much work should we really all have to do?

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Jorge Martin


NOTE: Participants who register for this course will be sent a video recording of around 40 minutes a day or two before the event. The live session will then be a participatory Q&A where people can ask questions and share thoughts on the content of the video. Basically, it's like a video version of a reading group! To get the most out of the course, we encourage people to try and make it to as many of the sessions in the course as possible.

Jeremy Gilbert is Professor of Cultural and Political Theory at the University of East London.
Sarah Jaffe is a reporting fellow at Type Media Center and the author of Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt and an upcoming book about loving your job and why you shouldn't

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We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following organisations in our educational and research work:
AutonomyRosa Luxemburg Stiftung LondonTransform! EuropeMomentumLipman Miliband Trust
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