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BOOK LAUNCH ‘Para-academia’ with Deborah Withers, Alex Wardrop, and Charlotte Cooper


‘Academia is dying, and in the process compulsively crushes the desires for learning, creating, teaching, cooperating it claimed to foster’, Isabelle Stengers writes as endorsement for The Para-Academic Handbook: A Toolkit for making-learning-creating-acting, a unique collection exploring the margins of contemporary academia.

The book collects global perspectives of people who feel connected, in different ways, to the practice of para-academia. Those people who work alongside, beside, next to, and rub up against the proper location of the Academy, making the work of higher education a little more irregular and perverse.

This event will discuss the perils, possibilities and necessities of para-academic practice. It will explore how alternatives to the marketised university can not only be sustained, but also flourish. Speakers include editors of the collection Deborah Withers and Alex Wardrop, and contributor Charlotte Cooper.

Published by Hammer On Press www.hammeronpress.net


Book launch: ‘Alternatives to Capitalism: Proposals for a Democratic Economy’

Poverty, inequality, social injustice, environmental destruction… It’s easy to criticise capitalism. But what kind of society might we want instead? In Alternatives to Capitalism: Proposals for a Democratic Economy, Robin Hahnel and Erik Olin Wright debate different visions of a world beyond capitalism. Join an evening of discussion with Robin and Erik to explore these difficult and crucial questions.

This event is being jointly hosted by the New Left Project, Participatory Economics UK and the Open Economics Forum at SOAS.

Please note that the event is being held in Room VG06 of the Vernon Square Campus near to Kings Cross (not the main SOAS campus in Russell Square).