Joint Book Launch and Discussion

Speaker Liam Barrington-Bush and Fabian Frenzel
Type Arts & Entertainment
Starts at Oct 29, 2013 03:00 PM
Ends at Oct 29, 2013 05:00 PM
Venue Centre for Philosophy and Political Economy, University of Leicester
Open To Public
For Bookings Contact Places at this event are free of charge but limited and must be booked in advance by emailing either Thomas trs6@le.ac.uk or Kostya ks302@le.ac.uk

Management and anarchy seem to have one thing in common - many people loathe them. So is there something to be gained from critically reviewing their antagonistic relation? New books by Liam Barrington-Bush and Fabian Frenzel argue that there is – within this workshop they will present ideas and perspectives on management and anarchy from different yet related perspectives.

Liam’s Anarchists in the Boardroom is a journey through worker-run factories, Occupy encampments, a spattering of non-violent direct actions and even a few corporations, arguing the case for helping our organisations ‘to be more like people.’ The book asks us to brush away our ‘professional’ and ‘institutional’ assumptions and interact as we do when we don’t have job descriptions or business plans telling us how to change the world. It reminds us of the power each of us has to make change happen, even within the most entrenched of bureaucracies!

Fabian’s Protest Camps draws on evidence from over 50 different camps from around the world over the past 50 years, providing the first detailed investigation into the empirical history of protest camps from a global perspective. An analysis of this increasingly visible form of social movement organization, the book discusses how protest camps enabled and enhanced the development of new organizational techniques and new reproductive practices and also how protest camps helped spread ideas of anarchist organization beyond the confines of activist communities.

The discussion will be chaired by Thomas Swann and Konstantin Stoborod, editors of the forthcoming ephemera: theory and politics in organization special issue ‘Management, Business, Anarchism’, which aims to take up the issues around anarchist organisation and critical management theory examined in Liam’s and Fabian’s books.

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