Book Launch: Neither Vertical Nor Horizontal, by Rodrigo Nunes
SPACE: PERFORMANCE SPACE
WHEN: 6:30pm - 10pm – 17 Sep 2021
For a long time, people working for social change have often found themselves bogged down in endless debates about the ideal form of organisation. Horizontal, participatory democracy or disciplined, efficient hierarchy? Unity or diversity? Hegemony or autonomy? Neither Vertical Nor Horizontal offers tools with which to extract ourselves from this long-standing quagmire. It redefines the terms of organisational theory, arguing that organisation must be understood as always supposing a diverse ecology of different initiatives and organisational forms. Drawing from a wide array of sources and traditions, it develops a grammar that eschews easy oppositions between ‘verticalism’ and ‘horizontalism’, and offers a fresh approach to enduring issues like spontaneity, leadership, democracy, strategy, populism, revolution, and the relationship between movements and parties.
Come for the panel, stay for the drinks.
Rodrigo Nunes is a professor at PUC-Rio, Brazil, and the author of Neither Vertical Nor Horizontal: A Theory of Political Organisation (Verso, 2021), among others.
Melinda Cooper is a professor at the University of Sydney and the author of Family Values: Between Neoliberalism and the New Social Conservatism (Zone Books, 2017), among others.
Brett Neilson is a professor at Western Sydney University and the author of The Politics of Operations: Excavating Contemporary Capitalism (Duke University Press, 2019), among others.
Ned Rossiter is a professor at Western Sydney University and the author of Software, Infrastructure, Labor: A Media Theory of Logistical Nightmares (Routledge, 2016).