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3pm Empire: Subjects, Networks, Resistance

October 29, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Week 7 [29th October]: Economy
Discussion Topic: Iterations of Money Reading:

-Walter Scheidel, “The Monetary Systems of the Han and Roman Empires” in Rome and China: Comparative Perspectives on Ancient World Empires (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009):137-207.

-Mary Poovey, “Introduction” and “Politicizing Paper Money” in Genres of the Credit Economy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008): 1-24; 171-218.

-Bill Mauer, Taylor C. Nelms, and Lana Swartz, “When Perhaps the Real Problem is Money Itself! The Practical Materiality of Bitcoin” Social Semiotics 23:2 (2013): 1-17.

This reading group examines empires, ancient and modern, as a way into understanding our own presence as subjects in the neoliberal contemporary. We seek to untangle complex networks fabricated by empires where “all roads lead to Rome” but “all routers lead to the NSA,” and where movements such as Idle No More and Anonymous challenge these structures. We will investigate “Empire” across temporal, cultural, and disciplinary divisions to create a broader conversation amongst academics, technologists, artists, and other interested individuals, as we emphasize self-reflexivity alongside critical thinking illuminated by the humanities. Thursdays 15h00-17h00 IPLAI download outline. For more information contact Angela Tozer  angela.tozer@mail.mcgill.ca or Rebecca Robinson rebecca.robinson@mail.mcgill.ca


October 29, 2015
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


3610 McTavish, 2nd floor
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2 Canada