The Material Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association wishes to encourage participation in the 2013 Annual Meeting: “Beyond the Logic of Debt: Towards an Ethic of Collective Dissent,” November 21-24, 2013 at the Hilton Washington, Washington, DC. To read the conference Call for Papers please see: www.theasa.net/annual_meeting/page/submit_a_proposal/
Ideas and Abstracts due to the organizers before January 5, 2013.
Areas of interest for material culture studies related to the theme include (but are not limited to):
· Consumerism, including credit, layaway, second-hand shopping
· Money, credit, mortgages, loans, and other forms of currency
· Banks, banking, and the architecture and culture of financial
· Objects/Spaces of poverty and luxury
· Occupy and other movements of dissent against debt or property
· Exhibitions or representations of debt
· Spaces and material culture of academic debt and employment
I wanted to draw reader’s attention to Rolling Jubilee, a project that buys up debt with the explicit intention of abolishing it. As I write this (and this will be long out of date by the time you read this post), $109,507 has been raised to abolish $2,194,957. This is a really significant and transformative use of donation and a growing social movement we can all participate in.
This kind of project, alongside the campaign to withdraw money from mainstream banks (see Bank Transfer Day and Occupy Withdraw) are essentially encouraging a form of consumer activism that has the possibility to effect a genuine transformation or create a genuine financial democracy – the best way of working within the system towards a moral agenda usually kept outside.
Please add more links to similar initiatives in the comments, these examples come from the US and the UK – would be great to build up a comparative repository of initiatives in other places…Greece? Spain?
Dr Dimitris Dalakoglou explains the social meltdown which took place in Greece between May 2010 & June 2012 that is on going. This film contains videos and photos shot on the streets, often containing violence and paints a portrait of widespread economic hardship endured by a cities inhabitants. This film is part of an ongoing research project, which looks at the rapid structural changes which Greece is undergoing.
Produced & Directed by Ross Domoney
Interview: Dimitris Dalakglou
Filmed, Photographed & Edited by Ross Domoney
Click here to read A Photo Essay by Max Liboiron at Discard Studies.
It has been one week since the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, September 17, 2012. In celebration, let’s look at the movement through the lens of discard studies.My article, “Tactics of Waste, Dirt and Discard in the Occupy Movement“, has just appeared in Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest (volume 11, no. 3) as part of a special edition on Occupy. The article will be a free download for the first two months after publication.Originally, the article included a photo essay. In the spirit of Occupy, I sought Creative Commons permissions (CC-BY-NC) for photos that were not in the public domain or taken by news media– originally, the Occupy edition of the journal was going to be full open access. When they changed the terms to two months of open access, CC licenses were no longer valid. The current article has only three photos. Here is the entire photo essay of how trash and discards were used in Occupations all over the world, supplemented with excerpts from the original article. Note that some photos contain expletive and potentially offensive language and images.