Brave New Alps

Capitalism and the social imaginary – with Hervé Baron at Careof

Seminar series held in Italian

From the 26th to the 29th September and from the 17th to the 20th October at Careof, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano.

In this series of encounters, run by the economic researcher Hervé Baron, we intend to propose an argument that is relatively unknown to the Italian public: the issue of the social imaginary. The argumentation will range from the general to the particular: after an initial introduction to the topic, we will see why the studies of the imaginary have developed mostly in France around Cornelius Castoriadis. We will then confront the approach of Castoriadis with that of Marx in order to investigate possible complementarities. These theoretical excursions will be followed by practical examples of the application of the concept of the imaginary to our society. These examples will focus on money and the image as commodity.

The last three encounters will be dedicated to a reading laboratory in which we will analyse texts relating to the arguments treated beforehand.

The aim of this series is not to propose ready solutions, but to stimulate questions and doubts in the interlocutors. Bibliographical references will be provided in order for everyone to keep on walking with their own legs, once the series comes to its end.

26th September 2011, 4pm
What is the imaginary?

27th September 2011, 4pm
Cornelius Castoriadis and the imaginary

28 September 2011, 4pm
Castoriadis and Marx

29 September 2011, 4pm
A practical analysis: money

17th October, 4pm
A practical analysis: the image as commodity

18th October, 4pm
Reading laboratory
The Religion of Capital by Paul Lafargue (in an Italian translation by Hervé Baron)

19 October, 4pm
Reading laborato
The Religion of Capital by Paul Lafargue (in an Italian translation by Hervé Baron)

20 October, 4pm
Reading laboratory
L’uomo sulla luna (The Man of the Moon) by Maurizio Grossi

Gli incontri si terrano nella galleria Careof alla Fabbrica del Vapore a Milano. Via Procaccini, 4.