Peter Frase - Socialisms and Barbarisms: Speculative Fiction and Post-Capitalist Imaginaries
SONIC ACTS FESTIVAL - THE NOISE OF BEING Peter Frase - Socialisms and Barbarisms: Speculative Fiction and Post-Capitalist Imaginaries 24 February 2017 - De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, The Netherlands --- Socialisms and Barbarisms: Speculative Fiction and Post-Capitalist Imaginaries In recent years the end of capitalism has become easier to imagine. But what form will its ending take? The bright vision of egalitarian and democratic societies: to take charge of the technologies of capitalism and to use them to liberate people from work? Or the darker dystopia of a world ravaged by war and climate change, where the rich protect themselves and the rest of us are left helpless? Peter Frase’s talk draws on his recent book Four Futures, in which he uses both social science and speculative fiction to imagine possible futures in a world of automated labour, ecological crisis, and class struggle. Peter Frase is a writer and editor at Jacobin magazine, one of the largest left-wing publications in the United States. He has written about work, labor, technology, and the future of capitalism for Jacobin and other venues, including Vice, the Washington Post, In These Times, Al Jazeera, and Salon. His first book, Four Futures: Life After Capitalism, was published in October 2016 by Verso Books.