Last week Arran James proposed a reading group involving people interested in anarchism and speculative theory. I like the idea of asking activists and other politically inclined para-academics to spend some time checking worldviews against recent philosophical thought. We could stage such a reading/study group here at Synthetic_Zero.
The purpose of this study/research group would be to read a bunch of texts as a group and then discuss, discuss, discuss. These projects often require more attention than many of us can give so I propose we do away with the formalities and overarticulations and just dive in and get to the dialogue. For example, chapter summaries could be done by alternating members, but need only be BRIEF and to the point. Discussion and comprehension of insights is the goal.
Is there anyone out there who would be game for such a quick and dirty enterprise?
We propose the following potential reading list in order of expressed interest:
- The Three Ecologies (Felix Guattari)
- A Thousand Years on Nonlinear History (Manuel DeLanda)
- Nihil Unbound (Ray Brassier)
- On An Ungrounded Earth (Ben Woodard)
- The Ecological Thought (Timothy Morton)
- Bodily Nature (Stacey Alaimo)
- Vibrant Matter (Jane Bennett)
- The Universe of Things (Steven Shaviro)
- Onto-cartography (Levi Bryant)
- Political Affect (John Protevi)
- Levinas Unhinged (Tom Sparrow)
- Essays on Extinction (Clair Colebrook)
- Posthuman Life (David Roden)
Perhaps it might be more useful/creative to alternative between these theory-laden books and more praxis/tactical oriented works – as a move to promote maximum cross-fertilization and practical grounding? Suggestions of authors we might want to engage are most welcomed – and/or if these titles don’t interest you, or you know of more relevant/interesting texts, please do let us know.
This group would be open to EVERYONE and geared towards reading and dialogue, so the commitment would remain minimal..
Again, let us know.