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Evening lectures

September 7: Automation and the Future of Work. Talk by Aaron Benanav

In the first lecture of Radical Futures talks series, Aaron Benanav critically discussed new economic theories of the "rise of the robots," which claim that rapidly unfolding processes of computerization and robotization are the main causes of growing problems of unemployment and underemployment worldwide.

March 31, Lecture: Egypt under the regime of Field Marshal Sissi

Egyptian socialist Taher Mokhtar will give a talk on the development of the political and social situation in Egypt from the January 2011 Revolution, passing through the Muslim Brotherhood era, and the return of a staunch military dictatorship.

March 5: lecture by Vivek Chibber 'The Promise and Perils of Postcolonial Theory'

In recent years, postcolonial theory has emerged as the most influential scholarly framework for understanding the Global South. It is known for its criticism of Western theories, especially Marxism, and as not only being inadequate but even complicit in Europe’s imperial project.

December 11: Lecture by Robin Blackburn: Who invented Human Rights?

This lecture examines the role of anti-slavery and slave resistance in the elaboration of 'human rights' and the misappropriation of such ideas by Western colonialism and militarism. Robin Blackburn is a historian and sociologist, and one of New Left Review’s editors. Blackburn teaches at the New School in New York and the University of Essex in the UK.

October 16: The Kurdish struggle against IS

We will be discussing the Rojava experience, current situation, the position of the Turkish State, the ways of solidarity with the resisting people of Kobane, and the position of the Dutch State. The event will be in English and Dutch. Confirmed speakers: Sheruan Hassan (PYD Spokesman) Nuri Karabulut (DIDF) Sadet Karabulut (SP Member of Parliament) A recommended donation will be asked to be se

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