INTRODUCTION TO CRITICAL THEORY – WEEK 4: KARL MARX – ALIENATED LABOUR
15:00– 16:30 @ Grassroots
This course is designed to introduce participants to some of the basic concepts of a number of modes of social and philosophical inquiry which are now generally brought together under the heading ‘critical theory.’ It aims to present an historical overview of leading figures of nineteenth and twentieth-century critical theory including Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, Jacques Derrida and Hannah Arendt. The course will also encourage participants to discuss the issues that these thinkers raise. Each week will focus in detail on a specific text by one of the authors mentioned…
1 Introduction: Modernity as an Age of Critique
2 Immanuel Kant – What is Enlightenment?
3 G. W. F. Hegel – Master/Slave Dialectic
4 Karl Marx – Alienated Labour
5 Friedrich Nietzsche – On The Genealogy of Morals
6 Gilles Deleuze – A New Image of Thought
7 Michel Foucault – The Subject and Power
8 Maurizio Lazzarato – Critique of Contemporary Capitalism
9 Judith Butler – Critique of Sex/Gender
10 Walter Benjamin – Critique of Violence
11 Jacques Derrida – Force of Law
12 Hannah Arendt – On Violence
Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/362248990469860/
Facebook Group/ Occupii Group (including Course Description document and recordings)
TPPA WITH PATRICIA RANALD (AFTINET), SANYA REID SMITH (THIRD WORLD NETWORK ) & LAURIE WALLACH (DIRECTOR, PUBLIC CITIZEN GLOBAL TRADE WATCH – USA)
16:00 – 17:00 @ Workshop 1
The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is a free trade deal being made in secret. If negotiations for the TPPA succeed they will create a mega-treaty across nine or more countries that puts a straightjacket on the policies and laws our government can adopt for the next century and give massive new powers to corporations. If the USA get their way this agreement will remove the rights of the Australian Government to legislate in the best interests of the Australian people if it threatens the profitability of corporations in mining, the environment, media, IP, civil liberties, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, food security, entertainment and much more. This is a secret deal that by passes our parliament and is designed to empower corporations in ways we have never seen before.
Talk and Q&A with the following speakers:
Dr Patricia Ranald , Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET).
Sanya Reid Smith, Third World Network
Laurie Wallach, Director, Public Citizen Global Trade Watch, USA
Facebook Event Link - https://www.facebook.com/events/379913588703388/
EDUCATION/MEDIA WG PRESENTS: THE WEEK IN OCCUPIED NEWS/OPEN MIC DISCUSSION
17:00 – 18:00 @ Workshop 1
In a new weekly series, the Education & Media Working Groups are teaming to bring you The Week in Occupied News! In just 15 minutes, you will hear about the stories happening around the world and more importantly, why they are happening and what it all means!
Then in true essence of our Movement, participants can then openly discuss these topics (or any topic you wish) in an Open Mic Discussion.
Occupy Melbourne Education Group - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Melbourne-Education/205436976200916
THE COMING AGE OF INTERNETOCRACY
18:00 – 19:00 @ Workshop 1
Currently we have two developments that are about to come together: The internet has evolved to allow direct voting on bills, and there is intense dissatisfaction with the existing political system. some would consider this “Perfect Storm” as a catalyst for a major shift in the way our people are represented and in turn, governed.
Internetocracy is certainly not a new concept, but in a World post-Occupy, new systems are being envisioned all over, in a race to build the platforms that will support this revolution.
Facebook Event Link - http://www.facebook.com/events/335356119834082/
THIS WEEK IN THE UNIONS
18:00 – 19:00 @ Grassroots
Continuing on from last week, come to share news and information about things happening in the unions, from strikes, protests, go slows, lockouts, negotiations, Enterprise Bargaining Agreements, elections, sackings, 457 visas, corruption, working conditions and more, from the Maritime Union to the Nurses Federation, Financial Services Union to the Commonwealth Public Services Union.
This week has already seen an escalation of the nurses dispute with strikes announced in hospitals around Victoria. Meanwhile in Chicago Illinois, the United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America is occupying the same factory they famously occupied in 2008. Up the top end, coal miners are engaging in what is reportedly the biggest strike in more than a decade.
FEMINIST DISCUSSION GROUP: THE F WORD: IS THE LABEL HOLDING BACK THE FEMINIST MOVEMENT?
19:00-20:00 @ Workshop 1
This week the Occupy Melbourne Feminist Discussion Group will discuss whether the term “feminism” is the most effective label for a political movement that might be otherwise conceptualised as women’s liberation, gender liberation or in any number of ways.
Social commentators have often made the point that feminism isn’t a term that most people identify with, although many identify with the ideals and goals of feminism. Does the term feminism belong to a different age of this justice struggle?
Does the term feminism simply need to be reclaimed? Do the communication technologies of today provide us the opportunity to cut through mainstream media’s negative portrayal of feminism?
What are the different implications of the terms “Black Power” and the “Civil Rights Movement” to the struggle against institutionalised racism? Are there lessons to be learned in this for feminism?
Is feminism held back in its ability to imagine and communicate a just society by the language we have inherited, e.g. masculinity, femininity, men, women, sex, gender, equality, etc?
Do we need new words to effectively communicate the ideals of feminism?
Facebook Event Link - https://www.facebook.com/events/367426916601388/
MR JIMMY LIVE AT OCCUPY MELBOURNE – SONGS OF RESISTANCE!
Mr Jimmy is occupying Melbourne with a live and electric set at 8 pm this Friday! Come and joiN us for some politics of resistance
Facebook Event Link - https://www.facebook.com/events/371639912853754/
Facebook Group - https://www.facebook.com/pages/MrJimmy/110509959007116/
Website - http://www.mrjimmymusic.com/
FILM SCREENING – EXILE (YINDJIBARNDI)
Prior to the film’s screening, there will be half an hour’s didgeridoo playing by a member of the Yindjibarndi people.
“A comprehensive account of the experiences of a community of Aboriginal people from pre-colonial times to the 1900s.
This film makes the connection between Aboriginals in chains in the 19th century and Aboriginal people in prisons today, so providing a deeper understanding of how the violence and denials of the past inform the present.
Ultimately, it gives the conviction that with their extraordianry resilience, the Indigenous peoples of Australia will survive and flourish.
The documentary argues that the relentless removal of the Yindjibarndi/Ngarluma people into coastal ghettos has led to the community’s current problems.
The film moves us through the period of pearling and pastoral overlords – to the abuses of the 1960s mining boom and problems of alcohol. Yet it never allows the viewer to forget the significance and influence of spiritual homelands, the bedrock upon which Yindjibarndi/Ngarluma tribal law is based.
Above all, EXILE AND THE KINGDOM is a beautifully logical and persuasive argument for land rights.”
Facebook Event Link - https://www.facebook.com/events/261459607265920/
If you want to help organise and build Occupy Friday, please feel free to join the organising groups:
Scheduling and planning - http://www.facebook.com/groups/156746491100773/
Community Outreach -
Logistics and infrastructure-
Leaflets and docs- (if you want a particular leaflet or document to be available at OF’ add it here and it will get printed out) http://occupii.org/group/occupy-melbourne-info-and-literature/forum