Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Imperceptible Strategies, Unidentified Autonomous Organizations : A Drifting Seminar

Imperceptible Strategies, Unidentified Autonomous Organizations
:: A Drifting Seminar :: London, October 23 ::

Anarchist and autonomous politics are often associated, in a kneejerk
way, with a celebration of chaos and disorder: a rejection of all
forms of organization. The reduction of radical politics to a cheap
joke ('anarchist organization, what's that?') comes to substitute for
an actual understanding of autonomous organizational practices. Far
from rejecting organization all together, the history of autonomous
politics contains a wealth of different modes of organizing, from the
formation of temporary autonomous zones to affinity group models,
maroon communities to networks and collectives.

These are forms of organizing that not always acknowledged as being
organizations because they do not conform to what it is assumed
organizations necessarily are: durable, static, and hierarchical. This
understanding of organization obscures and makes difficult an actual
engagement with the merits and weaknesses of different forms of
organizing. But what would be found if rather than working from a
fixed and unchanging concept of organization, one that excludes
temporary forms of organization from consideration, it was attempted
to tease out the organizational dynamics from all the temporary
alliances and alliances that appear and disappear?

Might it be possible that we are already enmeshed in a world of
unidentified autonomous organizations, a milieu of potential
liberation that has remained imperceptible because of a narrow
understanding of what organizations are? And might it not be that this
imperceptibly, rather than being a condition to be addressed as a
problem, could rather be part of building of what Robin D.G. Kelley
calls an infrapolitical sphere: a space for politics coming out of
people's everyday experiences that do not express themselves as
radical political organization at all.

The aim of this encounter is to explore the connections between
anarchism, autonomism, and the revolutions of everyday life, drawing
out conceptual tools useful to developing and deepening the politics
of these infrapolitical spaces and organization. How can we strategize
and build from the connections and movements of the undercommons,
working from everyday encounters to compose new forms of social
movement? How can we connect and work between spontaneous forms of
resistance without forcing them into some larger form that ossifies
them?

This event will not be based around formal presentations, but rather
will rather take the form of a drifting seminar. Participants will be
asked to read several pieces of text that will form the basis of
discussion and exploration.

Registration for the event will be approximately 10 quid. There will
be some limited travel funding available. If you wish to be considered
forthis funding indicate this when you register.

For registration and information contact: stevphen@autonomedia.org /
http://www.minorcompositions.info.

Sponsored by the Anarchist Studies Network
(www.anarchist-studies-network.org.uk) & Minor Compositions
(www.minorcompositions.info).