Dialectical Materialist Book Group

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A record of DiaMat’s reading, proposing and hosting.

  • 08 January 2018: Chapters 1 and 2 of ‘Deceit, Desire and the Novel’ by René Girard – members: Ian, Neil, Laura, Ellie, Chris (host and proposer) and Kathryn (invited and cooking!).
  • 04 January 2019: Diamat Christmas Review of 2018 at Harmonium in Edinburgh. Hero: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; villain: Mohammad Bin Salman; wally: Elon Musk; Political Highlight: Extinction Rebellion; Political lowlight: Windrush; Cultural highlight: Explosion of Veganism in the UK; Cultural lowlight: Artschool fire; DiaMat favourite text: Psychopolitics; 2017 prediction winners: Kathryn and Laura– members: Ian, Sally (invited), Neil, Laura, Ellie, Chris, Kathryn (invited).

    • 08 December 2018: Small is Beautiful by E. F. Schumacher– members: Ian, Neil, Laura, Ellie (host and proposer) and Chris.
    • 21 October 2018: Duty Free Art by Hito Steyerl– members: Ian, Neil, Laura (host and proposer), Ellie and Chris.
    • 13 July 2018: Meditations on Moloch by Stale Star Codex– members: Ian, Neil (host and proposer), Laura, Ellie and Chris.
    • 13 May 2018: ‘Psychopolitics: Neoliberalism and New Technologies of Power’ by Byung-Chul Han – members: Ian (host and proposer), Neil, Laura, Ellie and Chris.
    • 29 March 2018: ‘The Prince’ by Niccolo Machiavelli (Tim Park’s translation) – members: Ian, Neil, Laura (not in attendance), Ellie and Chris (host and proposer).
    • 03 February 2018: ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’ by Paolo Freire – members: Ian, Neil, Laura, Ellie (host and proposer) and Chris.
    • 05 January 2018: Diamat Christmas Review of 2017 at Hug and Pint in Glasgow. Hero: Jeremy Corbyn; villain: Donald Trump; wally: Theresa May; Political Highlight: UK General election; Political lowlight: Grenfell; Cultural highlight: #grime4corbyn; Cultural lowlight: Death of Mark Fisher; DiaMat favourite text: The Russian Revolution; 2016 prediction winners: Neil and Ian– members: Ian, Neil, Laura, Ellie, Chris, Kathryn (invited).

    • 25 November 2017: ‘Kill all Normies’ by Angela Nagle – members: Ian, Neil, Laura (host and proposer), Chris and Ellie.
    • 05 September 2017: ‘The Russian Revolution’ by S.A. Smith – members: Ian, Neil (host and proposer), Laura, Ellie (not in attendance) and Chris.
    • 10 July 2017: ‘The Origins of Capitalism’ by Ellen Meiksins Wood – members: Ian (host and proposer), Neil, Laura, Ellie (not in attendance) and Chris.
    • 22 May 2017: SPECIAL DIAMAT: UK GENERAL ELECTION at Stereo in Glasgow — members: Ian, Neil, Laura, Ellie (not in attendance) and Chris,
    • 12 April 2017: ‘Molecular Red’ by Mackenzie Wark – members: Ian, Neil, Laura, Ellie (not in attendance) and Chris (host and proposer).
    • 26 January 2017: ‘Bhagavad Gita’, translated by Eknath Easwaran – members: Ian, Neil, Laura (host and proposer), Ellie and Chris.
    • 12 January 2017: Diamat Christmas Review of 2016 at David Bann in Edinburgh. Hero: Michelle Obama; villain: David Cameron; Cultural highlight: Blackstar by David Bowie; Cultural lowlight: Brexit culture; DiaMat favourite text: Communal Luxury; 2015 prediction winners: Neil and Chris– members: Ian, Neil, Laura, Ellie, Chris, Sally (invited), Kathryn (invited).

    • 06 November 2016: ‘Sapiens. A brief history of Humankind’ by Yoval Noah Harari – members: Ian, Neil (host and proposer), Laura, Ellie and Chris.
    • 24 September 2016: ‘Crowds and Party’ by Jodi Dean – members: Ian (proposer), Neil, Laura (host), Ellie and Chris.
    • 11 June 2016: ‘This Changes Everything’ by Naomi Klein – members: Ian, Neil, Laura (not in attendance), Ellie (host and proposer) and Chris (not in attendance). Ian’s review: ‘Worst DiaMat ever’.
    • 21 April 2016: SPECIAL DIAMAT: EU REFERENDUM DISCUSSION – members: Ian (host), Neil, Laura, Ellie (not in attendance) and Chris.
    • 17 March 2016: ‘Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune’ by Kristin Ross – members: Ian, Neil, Laura, Ellie (not in attendance) and Chris (host and proposer).
    • 21 January 2016: ’24/7′ by Jonathan Crary – members: Ian, Neil, Laura (host and proposer), Ellie and Chris.



    • 20 December 2013: Russell Brand in The Guardian 05.11.13 and New Statesman 24.10.13; Exiting the Vampire Castle by Mark Fisher in The North Star – members: Ian, Neil (host and proposer), Laura, Ellie and Anna.
    • 08 December 2013: Diamat Christmas Special at Sapporo Teppanyaki in Glasgow. Topic: Scottish independence (with White Paper to consult). Outcome: yes – members: Ian, Neil, Laura and Ellie (not in attendance).
    • 14 November 2013: ‘Freedom and Fetishism’ by Marshall Berman – members: Ian (host and proposer), Neil, Laura and Ellie.
    • 19 September 2013: ‘Women on the Market’ by Luce Irigaray – members: Ian, Neil, Laura (host and proposer) and Ellie.
    • 07 August 2013: ’21 hours’ by New Economic Foundation and ‘Manifesto for Maintenance Art’ by Mierle Laderman Ukele – members: Ian, Neil, Laura and Ellie (host and proposer).
    • 08 July 2013: ‘Dilemmas in a General Theory of Planning’ – members: Ian (not in attendance), Neil, Laura and Ellie (hosted at CCA). Neil proposed the text.
    • 3 June 2013: ‘Towards a Socialist Alternative’ by Erik Olin-Wright – members: Ian, Neil (host), Laura, Stephen (not in attendance) and Ellie. Ian proposed the text.
    • 09 April 2013: ‘One Way Street’ (essay) and ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’ – members: Ian (host), Neil, Laura, Stephen (not in attendance) and Ellie (not in attendance). Ian and Stephen proposed the texts.
    • 28 February 2013: ‘The Battle of Orgreave’ and ‘Real Time’ films as part of the CCA ‘Economy’ Exhibition – members: Ian, Neil, Laura and Ellie (hosted at CCA). Neil proposed the films.
    • 11 January 2013: Chapter 1 of ‘Artificial Hells by Claire Bishop – members: Ian, Neil, and Laura (host). Laura proposed the text.

    • 29 November 2012: ‘The Wisdom of Life’ by Arthur Schopenhauer – members: Ian, Neil, Laura (host) and Stephen (not in attendance). Neil proposed the text.
    • 25 October 2012: ‘Occupying a Non-place’ by Ewan Morrison, ‘One year after Occupy’ by Mark Fisher (proposed by Neil); ‘Postmodernism and Consumer Culture’ by Frederic Jameson (proposed by Stephen); ‘The Power of Madness’ by Bruce Cohen (proposed by Laura) – members: Ian, Neil (host), Laura and Stephen.
    • 20 September 2012: ’18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte’ and ‘The Communist Manifesto’ by Karl Marx (and Friedrich Engels) – members: Ian (host), Neil, Laura and Stephen (not in attendance). Ian and Neil proposed the text.
    • 17 August 2012: ‘The Enigma of Capital’ by David Harvey – members: Ian, Neil, Laura and Stephen (host). Ian proposed the text.
    • 10 July 2012: Introduction to ‘Less than Nothing’ by Slavoj Zizek – members: Ian, Neil, Laura (host) and Stephen. Ian and Laura proposed the text.