From Economic Science Fictions to Labour as Commons -- Conference

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START DATE 21 June 2019
START TIME 09:30am

Hendon Town Hall Committee Room 1, The Burroughs, Hendon, London NW4 4BG

END DATE 21 June 2019
END TIME 05:30pm

What’s next after capitalism?

Join us for this day of study on forms of economic and societal organisations alternative to capitalism and for Dario Azzellini’s (Cornell) keynote lecture.

As suggested by William Davies et al. in the edited anthology Economic Science Fictions (2018), capitalism might be re-conceptualised as an eminently fictional form of how social life should be organised that bears little relations to actual societal needs. Currently, around the globe we have seen the emergence of alternative, non-capitalist production models based on principles of worker democracy, self-management, horizontal decision-making that are emancipatory and solidaristic in nature.

This conference, hosted by the Alternative Organisations and Transformative Practices Research Group at Middlesex University, London seeks to brings together the two parallel literature's of ‘economic science fictions’ and ‘labour as commons’ into dialogue by inviting the speakers and the audience to inquire into how can society move away from this dystopian economic science fiction via the practice of the labour commons.

Register online to reserve your place. Tickets are £5 or £10 but there are 10 free tickets for MDX staff and students. Includes lunch, refreshments and wine reception.

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9.30-10am: Registration and Coffee

10-10.15am: Welcome message with Dr Nico Pizzolato and Dr Daniel Ozarow. AOTP Convenors

10.15-11.30am: Panel 1: From workplace Democracy to Labour Commons

Chair: Dr Anne Daguerre

  • Professor Martin Upchurch - Middlesex University, London 
    The Social and Economic Origins of Utopianism and Workers Control within the British Labour Movement
  • Sara Lafuente HernandezPhD Candidate, European Trade Union Institute,
    Assessing forms of democracy at work: why, what and how
  • Dr Cian McMahon, NUI Galway 
    Peace, Partnership, and Neoliberalism: The Irish Worker Coop Development Experience
  • Professor Marek Korczynski and Dr Andreas Wittel, Nottingham Trent University 
    The Workplace Commons: Towards Understanding and Mapping Commoning within Work Relations  

11.30-11.45am: Break and Coffee

11.45-1.15pm: Panel 2: Workers’ Control in Greece and Argentina

Chair: Sue Mew

  • Professor Verity Burgmann, Monash University, Australia 
    Labour as a Commons in the Twenty-First Century: Factories without Bosses in Argentina and Greece
  • Marco Gottero PhD Candidate, DeMontfort University, Leicester 
    ‘Come together’: workers prefiguring a utopian, yet non-fictional, society
  • Orestis Varkarolis, PhD Candidate, Nottingham Trent University
  • Dr George Kokkinidis, University of Leicester 
    Establishing a meta-organization as commoning ‘labour as commons’

1.15-2pm: Lunch

2-3pm: World Café

If economics is a form of fiction, how can labour emancipate itself from this fiction, return to its essence, and reclaim a non-fictional economy?

3-4.15pm: Panel 3 Post-Capitalism

Chair: Dr Leandro Sepulveda- Ramirez

  • Dr Demet S. Dinler – University of Sussex 
    Imagining Post-Capitalist Exchange Organisations: Ethnographic Insights from the Turkish Cut Flower Cooperative and its Auctions
  • Dr William Monteith - Queen Mary University of London Ordinary work in the post-wage economy: Reflections from a Ugandan marketplace
  • Dr Joseph Walton – University of Sussex 
    Science Fiction, Participatory Economics, and the Division of Labour

4.15-4.30pm: Break and Coffee

4.30-5.15pm: Keynote Speaker

  • Dr Dario Azzellini, (ILR School at Cornell University, USA) 
    Back to the Future

5.15-5.30pm: Closing Remarks

  • Dr Nico Pizzolato and Dr Daniel Ozarow. AOTP Convenors

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