ERUA TALK: Practicing the Presence of Study against the Future of the Universities?

The notion of “black study”, sketched by Stefano Harney & Fred Moten in The Undercommons, offers a welcome alternative to the current conception of our universities, driven by the toxic double imperative of “teaching” and “research”. What does it mean to “practice study”? Is it bound to be a clandestine activity, or can it be promoted […]

ERUA TALK: Where Are the Sciences Today?

The sciences are everywhere in the world today. They influence our taste, behavior, and preferences. They determine how our children are taught in school and what food we eat at restaurants. An important reason for this is the increasing number of students around the world. Around half of a generation is now entering tertiary education. […]

ERUA TALK: Laboratories of the Social: Socialism and Social Science in the 19th century

The talk explores the shared genealogy of socialism and the social sciences in the 19th century. It argues that Charles Fourier’s early socialist thought present an organisational alternative to state socialism that was fully realized in cooperativism at the end of the 19th century. Using concepts taken from the laboratory studies, it investigates cooperative practices […]