The purpose of Living Theory is to create a sustained conversation on how our current capitalist political and economic organization shapes our understanding of the world and our lived experience. We aim to advance and foster an understanding of the exploitative and alienating social relations of capitalism and how these relations they might be transformed. The series is grounded in an appreciation of the ways Marxist, anti-capitalist, anti-colonial and anarchist theory can spark further investigation, critique and resistance to our unjust world.
Living Theory is a public, monthly discussion event open to anyone to attend. Sessions are two hours long and begin with a 20 - 40 minute presentation by invited speakers followed by a discussion. Speakers are selected by the Living Theory organizers; they are persons who have demonstrated a strong understanding of society's mechanisms of exploitation and oppression through teaching and research or through involvement in projects to resist and reshape economic, political, and social relations in society in a way consistent with an anti-capitalist praxis.
At their core, presentations are to serve as a platforms from which to launch intellectual conversations between participants on theory and practice of resistance and revolution. It is intended that these discussions will be both meaningful and free-flowing. Ideally, the discussions will be full of people asking questions to the presenter, but also asking and answering questions and comments of each other.
Through the spread of critical discourses such as Living Theory offers, a culture of resistance – understanding the capitalist relations around us and acting on the desire to challenge them – may be shared amongst more people.