For the Remains: Reprise
The Long Shadow of Rentier Capitalism: Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and How We Turned a Refuge into Reformatory
Joshua Ramey & Thaddeus Squire
October 22, 29, November 12, 18
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From May 2020 to June 2021, Joshua Ramey offered an Incite Seminar entitled For the Remains: Undoing Economic Sovereignty. The seminar invited participants into reflection and speculation on the historical, theoretical, and religious roots of the brutality—seemingly endless—of what is called, all too euphemistically, “the economy.”
Framed by the unfolding pandemic, the climate catastrophe, and the ongoing savagery of extractive capital accumulation, the seminar attempted not only to clinically analyze the origins of our contemporary distress, but to envisage within its undoing a world, or perhaps a life-without-world, that might no longer be described in terms of economy.
In this three-session reprise of For the Remains, Dr. Ramey will invoke an abolitionist and radical feminist framework for thinking both with and without a world, for a future with and against economy. The seminars will take place on consecutive Saturdays, October 22, 29, and November 18, from 12-2pm EST.
On Saturday November 12, Thaddeus Squire of Social Impact Commons will present his ongoing research into the problems and prospects for philanthropy and the greater nonprofit sector:
The Long Shadow of Rentier Capitalism:
Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and How We Turned a Refuge into Reformatory
While the nonprofit sector and its finance arm, philanthropy, are often conceived as a protection of life from the perils of extraction, all too often both are a cover for and an extension of insidious forms of domination masquerading as care. Thaddeus will explore how re-historicizing the nonprofit sector–shifting our frame of reference–casts in sharper relief the struggles of the field and potentially illuminates a way forward out of the darkness.
Cost: Suggested contribution for participation is $40 per seminar or $150 for all four sessions. For those of you who are currently unable to pay any or all of the suggested cost, we have a solidarity ticket at the Eventbrite link below. Meetings will take place over Zoom via the Incite Seminars platform.
October 22: Debt as Original Sin
October 29: Production or Enslavement?
November 5: With and Without the World
November 12: Thaddeus Squire: For and Against Philanthropy
About Joshua Ramey, PhD. Joshua Ramey received his doctorate in philosophy at Villanova University in 2006. He has written two highly-regarded books The Hermetic Deleuze: Philosophy and Spiritual Ordeal (2012) and Politics of Divination: Neoliberal Endgame and the Religion of Contingency (2016). Joshua taught philosophy, critical theory, and social thought at Villanova, Rowan University, Haverford College, and Grinnell College from 2003-2018. He left Grinnell in 2018 to expand his work into non-traditional higher education formats. You can discover and support his work at: https://www.patreon.com/joshuaramey. In addition to teaching, Joshua offers spirit work at http://www.becoming-fluid.com.
About Thaddeus Squire. Thaddeus has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit management field, focusing on arts and cultural heritage. Following government relations work for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, he went on to found Peregrine Arts, a multi-arts producer, and Hidden City Philadelphia, among other curatorial projects. His significant work in nonprofit resource sharing began in 2010 as founder of CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, the first comprehensive fiscal sponsor focusing on arts and heritage, which manages more than 120 independent organizations. Thaddeus’s creative practice is focused on systems design for nonprofit resource sharing, in particular practices based in commoning and commons management principles. His work is grounded in the fields of American Pragmatism, Common Pool Resource Economics, Cooperative Management, New Localism and the Applied Behavioral Sciences. Additionally, he has deep expertise in the history of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, nonprofit management, fine and performing arts, heritage preservation, and museum sciences. Thaddeus holds degrees from Princeton University, the University of Leipzig (J. William Fulbright Fellowship), and the Mendelssohn Conservatory of Music & Theatre.