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AA Academy concept

The Amsterdam Alternative Academie is a space to think together about our world. Resistance starts with collective consciousness and consciousness starts with analysis. We will discuss texts and others cultural objects on the topics of capitalism, climate crisis, gender, racism, digitization, and also everyday life (because the personal is still political). We do so by taking an intersectional perspective on capitalism, patriarchy, white supremacy and other dominant power structures.

Once, university was a community of equals. We want to return to that ideal (but diverse and intersectional, because of course Medieval ideals also only went so far). AA Academie is an inclusive space. We discuss texts in such way that everyone can join regardless of prior knowledge or education. Every person has creative ideas. Let’s create room for those ideas! The meetings are bilingual in Dutch and English, also in that respect we will be creative.

In May and June we organize the first three meetings on the book Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? (2009) by Mark Fisher. What is capitalist realism? Why did Fisher like Nirvana? Are there hopeful notes in this on the whole somber text? And why is this book currently so popular among young people?

Program:
May 11:
 parts 1-3 of Capitalist Realism (and Nirvana)
June 1: parts 4-6
June 22: parts 7-9 (and Spinoza and Marx)

To participate it is useful to get the book in English or the Dutch translation. During the meetings there will also be handouts to analyze passages.
First meeting May 11 20:00-22:00 uur in OT301 Studio (Overtoom 301). No registration needed, just join!
Doora open 19:30 hrs.

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