Upcoming events

The Melbourne launch of Small Is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet will take place at Readings Carlton bookstore — 309 Lygon Street — at 6.30–7.30pm on 22 February 2018.

Eco-polis urbanist Paul Downton, who cofounded the urban cohousing project Christie Walk in Adelaide, will launch the book. Anitra will talk a bit about why and how the book was written — benefiting from a Carson Writing Fellowship (2016–2017) at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at LMU in Munich. Professor Jago Dodson, director of the Center for Urban Research at RMIT University, will be the MC.

The paperback is $42.95 bought online, ordered or in Readings shops. Event, wine and author’s signature all free on the night.

This event is part of the National Sustainable Living Festival 2018.


Past events

Paper ‘The Political Economy of Space and Time in Eduardo Galeano’ presented at the 2018 Australian International Political Economy Network (AIPEN) conference, 8–9 February, hosted by the School of Social Sciences at the Monash University Caufield campus. Economic Populism in a Globalised World is the title of the conference.

The paper was in Panel 3 ‘Space of Dispossession, Populism and Anti-Politics’ held between 1.30 and 3.00pm on Thursday 8 February. Other contributors to the same panel were Adam David Morton, Elizabeth Humphrys and Tom Chodor.

I spoke with Hear Say program presenter Suzanne Donisthorpe about Small Is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet at around 10am on Tuesday 6 February 2018.

Hear Say is a popular regional news and views program for the area where I live, Castlemaine, in Central Victoria Australia.

Rehearsed reading of play Servant of the Revolution by Red Room Theatre actors in the Law Lounge, Level 1 of the New Law Building, University of Sydney. Time (arrive 5-10 mins early): 11.45am–1.15pm Thursday 7 December. An event of the Capital and the Revolt Against Capitalism Historical Materialism Sydney conference, University of Sydney, 7–8 December, but you don’t need to be a conference participant to attend. It’s free and includes a short introduction and discussion as time allows.
‘An ecosocialist answer to the housing question’ talk at the Capital and the Revolt Against Capitalism Historical Materialism Sydney conference, University of Sydney, 7–8 December in the Housing Rent and the Politics of Space session (with Adam Morton and Joe Collins) on Thursday 7 December, 2.30pm–4pm. I will outline ecosocialist principles for, and ideal types of, housing and various anti-capitalist strategies for achieving them by drawing on cases and arguments in forthcoming books Small is Necessary and Housing for Degrowth.

Moreover, I will join Ariel Salleh, Adam Morton and James Goodman in a reflective conversation to launch the 20th anniversary edition of Salleh’s Ecofeminism as Politics: Nature, Marx and the Postmodern between 3.45 and 5.15pm on the Friday 8 December afternoon.

In conversation with UK author, playwright, filmmaker, journalist, political commentator and broadcaster Bea Campbell, and historians Stuart Macintyre and Peter Love for the Now What? — 100 Years After the Russian Revolution seminar, South Melbourne, Saturday 11 November 25pm.

The lively discussion engaging all participants in the seminar included responses to questions, such as, What are the lessons of 2017 for contemporary politics? What does ‘socialism’ mean to today’s resurgent and young socialists?

Invited speaker — in conversation session with key note speaker Emeritus Professor Harry Cleaver at the Karl Marx’s Critique of Political Economy and the Global Crisis Today conference, Hofstra University Cultural Centre, Long Island, New York, 6–7 April 2017. This Money, Transition and Post-Capitalism session focused on moving beyond money as a necessary step to moving beyond capitalism — following arguments in my CNS ‘Your money or your life’ article. Noting the neglect of this topic in the Left broadly, we urged both a wide-ranging discourse and greater analytical clarity about a transition beyond money as integral to the transcendence of capitalism.
Lunchtime Colloquium speaker, Rachel Carson Centre for Environment and Society (RCC) at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich at noon on Thursday 15 December, 2016.

I talked to my book project as a three-month Carson Fellow (Prof. Dr) writing at the centre — 30 October 2016–30 January 2017 — in order to complete the penultimate draft of Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet.

Find the YouTube video here and a one-pager on my project at the RCC here.

Invited discussant for the Thinking about Money symposium and launch of Costas Lapavitsas’ Marxist Monetary Theory collection of papers published by Brill — Wednesday 18 January, 5.30–8pm, SOAS, University of London, London.

For a record of proceedings — a talk by Costas Lapavitsas and commentaries by Louis Moreno (Goldsmiths, University of London), Geoffrey Ingham (University of Cambridge), and  Engelbert Stockhammer (Kingston University) — see SOAS Department of Economics, SOAS Economics Podcasts ‘Thinking About Money Parts I–III’.

Coordinated a Housing for Degrowth Session and contributed two papers to the 5th International Degrowth Conference, Corvinus University, Budapest, 30 August–3 September 2016. The session led to our Housing for Degrowth book project.

Presented paper in the Moving Beyond Capitalism stream of the IIPPE 7th Annual Conference in Political Economy ‘Political Economy: International Trends and National Differences’, School of Economics and Management, University of Lisbon, 7–9 September 2016.

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Invited Speaker for panel session ‘Future Economy: Climate catastrophe, back to basics, or automated luxury?’ at the Greens NSW Reboot (ideas) conference 31 October 2015.

Keynote speaker at the Food, Pay, Love event — workshops on independent, sustainable living for women — organised by Women’s Health in the North, held at SPAN Community House, Thornbury, 31 May 2015.

Life without money. Guest lecture, 3rd Summer School on Environmental Conflicts and Justice Summer School ICTA UAB Barcelona, 11 July 2012.

Degrowth and Money: Future Scenarios. Led a three-hour symposium held 16 May at the International Conference on Degrowth in the Americas, Montreal (Quebec) 13–19 May 2012.

With Terry Leahy and Ariel Salleh ‘Life Without Money: Building Fair and Sustainable Economies’ (book) workshop. The Australian Sociological Association conference, University of Newcastle, 28 November–1 December, 2011.