The next talking shop will focus on the idea of debt and will take place on Monday 11 July at 7pm in Seomra Spraoi
The two suggested texts, which should provide a starting point for discusion, are David Graebers ‘Debt: The First Five Thousand Years’ and the recent Documentary by Katerina Kitidi and Aris Hatzistefanou called ‘Debtocracy’.
The Graeber text gives a breif history of debt from an anthropological point of view, conecting its inception to a history of slavery and state sanctioned violence.The documentary focuses on Greece’s particular crisis in the context of the recent history of IMF and World Bank intervention. Particular highlights are an explanation of the concept of ‘odious debt’ and Equador’s unorthodox handling of their sovereign debt in 2006.
David Graeber, ‘Debt: The First Five Thousand Years’: http://www.metamute.org/en/content/debt_the_first_five_thousand_years