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Understanding the Crisis Part 5: From Capitalism to...freedom

Sun 27.09.20
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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 right 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.

In this final fully live version of the series we’ll be recapping what we’ve learnt so far and discussing freedom. What has lockdown taught us about ‘freedom’ under capitalism? Whose freedom is more important: the freedom of businesses to make money, or the freedom of workers to stay healthy? Is freedom a question of personal rights and privileges, or the shared ability to decide what kind of world we want to live in?

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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. Registration for the next session in the course will open once the previous one has taken place.

Jeremy Gilbert is Professor of Cultural and Political Theory at the University of East London.
Keir Milburn is a lecturer in Political Economy and Organisation at the University of Leicester. His book, Generation Left, was recently published by Polity. He is a member of the Red Plenty Games Collective and co-hosts the #ACFM podcast.

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Wed 02.09.20
6PM7:15pm (GMT+1)
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Fri 04.09.20
7PM8:30pm (GMT+1)
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Understanding the Crisis Part 2: Whose Life Matters?
Wed 09.09.20
6PM7:15pm (GMT+1)
With Adam Elliott-Cooper & Jeremy Gilbert
Understanding the Crisis Part 3: The rent's too high!
Wed 16.09.20
6PM7:15pm (GMT+1)
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Understanding the Crisis Part 4: What are governments for?
Wed 23.09.20
6PM7:15pm (GMT+1)
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Wed 23.09.20
7:30pm9PM (GMT+1)
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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 TrustCommon KnowledgeMayDay RoomsAndrew Wainwright Reform Trust
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