Society After Money

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* Book: Society After Money. A Dialogue. By: Project Society After Money. Bloomsbury, 2019



"How might a post-capitalist society look like? How can we conceive modes of production and coordination that no longer rely on money, markets and the state? Is this possible on a large-scale, not only as small community projects, but society-wide?

The interdisciplinary research group „Society after Money“ (funded by the Volkswagen Foundation), whose goal is to build an Agent Based Model of a post-capitalist economy that can serve as a laboratory to foster thinking about a society after money via experimentation, has invited scholars from respective fields to debate the nexus of critique, utopia and simulation."


Table of Contents


1. A Society After Money?

Historical Position, Characteristics and Perspectives of Current Approaches to Post-Monetary Economic Activity (Lars Heitmann, Project Society After Money, Germany)

2. Concept and Crisis of Money

2.1 The Elephant in the Room: The Money Commodity and its Mysteries (Ernst Lohoff, editor of Krisis, Germany)

2.2 Monetary Mechanisms: Origins, Dynamics and Crisis (Tobias Kohl, author of Geld und Gesellschaft: Zu Entstehung, Funktionsweise und Kollaps von monetären Mechanismen, Zivilisation und sozialen Strukturen, 2015)

2.3 Trialogue: Money as Medium or as General Commodity? (Ernst Lohoff, editor of Krisis, Germany; Hanno Pahl, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany; Jens Schröter, University of Bonn, Germany)

2.4 On the Possibility of a Society after Money: Evolutionary Political Economy, Economic Subjectivity and Planetary-Scale Computation (Ernest Aigner, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria, and Manuel Scholz-Wäckerle, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria)

3. Money as an Alien:

Post-Monetary Elements in Utopian Literature and Science Fiction (Annette Schlemm, Independent Scholar, Germany)

4. Mediation After Money

4.1 A Critical View on the Criticism of Money (Christian Siefkes, independent scholar, Germany)

4.2 Categorical Foundations of a Post-Monetary Society (Stefan Meretz, co-founder of the German Commons Institute)

4.3 The Post-Capitalist Feminism Cookie. The Main Course: A Commons-Creating Peer Production as a Possible Future (Friederike Habermann, independent scholar, Germany)

4.4 Trialogue: Implicit and Explicit Views of Human Nature (Friederike Habermann, independent scholar, Germany; Stefan Meretz, co-founder of the German Commons Institute; Christian Siefkes, independent scholar, Germany)

5. Mediality After Money

5.1 Are We Approaching a Moneyless Society? (Peter Fleissner, TU Wein, Austria)

5.2 Money: For a Non-Money Economy (Stefan Heidenreich, University of Cologne, Germany)

5.3 Money and Digital Media (Jasmin Kathöfer, Braunschweig University of Art, Germany and Jens Schröter, University of Bonn, Germany)

Afterword (Anitra Nelson, RMIT University, Australia)