Mutual Aid in World History This talk follows Fernand Braudel’s proposal that capitalist life consists of three parts or “sectors”: the market economy, the anti-market or monopoly capitalism (“where the great predators roam and the law of the jungle operates”), and material life (“that lowest stratum of the non-economy, the soil into which capitalism thrusts its roots but which it can never really penetrate”). While the market economy and monopoly capital have been exhaustively researched and analyzed, the lowest (and largest) sector of material life is still undertheorized, especially with respect to groups and societies that attempt to “refuse” capitalism and organize exilic spaces of concentrated mutual aid.
Moderator: Dr. Petr KoubaDate: May 26, 2022 | 2 PM – 3:30 PM
Undisciplining Social Science Social sciences are constructed visions of the changing world and it is inevitable for them to be reconstructed. The question is how are they going to be reorganized, and by whom? It is becoming quite urgent to reinvent social sciences and recognize the intellectual irrelevance of the disciplinary boundaries created between 1880-1945. This talk will focus on the proposal to „undicipline“ social sciences, and to return to Fernand Braudel provocative project of „interscience“ or singular and unitary historical social science.
Moderator: Dr. Yasar Abu GhoshDate: May 27, 2022 | 2 PM – 3:30 PM