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Living (un)commonly within (and perhaps beyond?) late-liberalism: Exploring the endurance of new and longstanding alternative worlds 
Anthony Howarth (University of Oxford)
Freya Hope (University of Oxford)
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School of Law, Main Site Tower (MST), Edgar Graham Room
Thursday 28 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

In this era of social, environmental, and humanitarian crises, alternatives to neoliberalism seem necessary yet impossible. However, both new and alternative groups continue to live within, but alter to, capitalism. This panel will explore the relations and practices that enable their endurance.

Long Abstract:

In a world seeming beset with crisis, hope appears forlorn and dystopic futures frame the horizon. However, according to David Graeber, ‘The ultimate hidden truth of the world is that it is something we make and could just as easily make differently’ (2015: 89). In the face of global environmental, social, and humanitarian devastation the crucial question, however, is how? This is particularly salient considering the pervasiveness and efficacy of powerful political and economic forces, which expand their tendrils into numerous domains of life, making novel or traditional alternative cultural forms seem untenable. Nevertheless, new environmental/anarchist, and marginal and indigenous, groups continue to attempt to create and/or sustain worlds within (or beyond), but alter to, capitalist states. Focusing on alternative worldmaking, this panel examines how groups living otherwise employ imaginative labor (turning ideas into life-practice), and draw on other social, symbolic, and material resources and relations, to live within and beyond disaster-stage capitalism.

We invite papers that may address (but are not limited to) questions such as:

What kinds of new social worlds are being made in and against the structures and effects of late liberalism? What are the experiences; human and post-human relations; practices, values, and beliefs of those living, making, or being made within new social worlds? How and why do indigenous, mobile, marginal, and new alternative groups endure within and despite late liberal hegemony? What, if any, are the relations/imaginaries/alliances between new and traditional social worlds (for example, regarding activism, cultural influences, etc.)?

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Session 1 Thursday 28 July, 2022, -