Giovedì, 3 Settembre
Anarchist Studies Network Conference: An Anarchist Project in the time of COVID
An Anarchist Project in the time of COVID
Forged Books was an anarchist book club in Manchester, UK. It is now an online reading group. This conversation is about one anarchist project's transition from analogue to digital, from acoustic to electric, from the cafe to the internet. What does it mean for a stubbornly IRL project to make the leap? We hope the audience will join us in exploring this question.
We will discuss the good times and the bad, our part in June's Antiuniversity and July's Edinburgh Bookfair, and our plans for the upcoming (online) London Bookfair in October and the (offline) Manchester Bookfair in November. We will talk about the people who made up the book club/reading group, where they came from, how they found us, and what they brought to the sessions. We will hear about your projects and how they compare to ours.
Thinking beyond the reading group, we will ask questions around technology and its role in our projects and our lives. What does it mean, as anarchists, to carry a phone, to sit in front of a computer, to plug into the internet?
Finally, to illustrate the form our online sessions have taken, our talk will conclude with a discussion of 'What The Virus Said', a short text from March found at theanarchistlibrary.org. No prior reading is needed.