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<nettime> Assembly - book events in London

Book launch: Assembly by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri

12 October 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
The Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies
Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW

In the face of rising right-wing movements and governments throughout the world, along with the ever-increasing control of finance over social life, forms of protest and resistance that disrupt the ruling order are essential. But they are not enough. How can today's social movements transform themselves so as to initiate a process of liberation and create the bases for a lasting social alternative? Each year a new eruption of 'leaderless' social movements – from North Africa and the Middle East to Europe, the Americas, and East Asia — leaves journalists, political analysts, police forces, and governments disoriented and perplexed. Activists too struggle to understand and evaluate the power and effectiveness of horizontal movements. Why have movements which address the needs and desires of so many not been able to achieve lasting change and create a new, more democratic and just society? Some people assume that if only social movements could find new leaders they would return to their earlier glory. Where, they ask, are the new Martin Luther Kings, Rudi Dutschkes, and Stephen Bikos? Although today's leaderless and spontaneous political organisations are not sufficient, a return to traditional, centralised forms of political leadership is neither desirable nor possible. Necessary instead, as Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri argue, is an inversion of the roles of the multitude and leadership in political organisations. Leaders should be confined to short-term, tactical action, while the multitude drives strategy. In other words, the formulation of long-term goals and objectives must come from the collective, rather than designated figureheads. Assembly outlines how large-scale, horizontal movements can collectively develop political strategy and decision-making to effect lasting democratic change. This event, organised by Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies (WIAS) alongside Oxford University Press (OUP), launches Assembly, Hardt and Negri’s follow-up book to the Empire trilogy, consisting of Empire (2000), Multitude (2004) and Commonwealth (2009).

Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri on The State of the Neoliberal Global Order

12 Oct 2017 - 13:00 to 14:00
Chatham House. The Royal Institute of International Affairs.
10 St James's Square, St. James's, London SW1Y 4LE

The global economic and political order that emerged over two decades ago has been transformed in recent years, in particular by the re-emergence of nationalism and by the authoritarian turn of neoliberalism. Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri will sketch the basic outlines of the global order today and will attempt to discern the resources for change within and outside the global and national institutional structures. How are social movements able to challenge unjust aspects of the current global order? And what alternative social arrangements, political strategies and decision-making can effect lasting, democratic change?

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