The Centre for the Study of Democracy, Department of Politics and IR at the University of Westminster invite you to a workshop on the emerging theme of ‘accelerationism’.

Accelerationism is an attempt to recuperate the liberating potential of reason, technology, and modernity. In the wake of ongoing economic, environmental, and social crises, accelerationism argues that the proper response requires unleashing these potentials from their current strictures, and avoiding regressive tendencies towards localism, primitivism, and romanticism. Accelerationism seeks to name a general disposition already underway in disparate fields such as politics, philosophy, science, engineering, and design.

This workshop aims to open and extend a discussion on accelerationism: bringing together the supportive, the sceptical and the curious to debate the philosophical underpinnings and political implications of the concept as well as 'actually existing accelerationisms'. The workshop will close with an open plenary entitled: ‘Occupy the Future: Is a Promethean Politics Possible?’

The lecture is open to the public.

Provisional Programme


11:00 - 11:30    Welcome and Coffee

11:30 - 1:30 Critical Engagements with Accelerationism

Ben Noys (University of Chichester)
Patricia Reed (artist/theorist www.aestheticmanagement.com)
David Cunningham (University of Westminster, Radical Philosophy)

1:30 - 2:30 Lunch

2:30 - 4:30 Actually Existing Accelerationisms


Helen Hester (Middlesex University)
Benedict Singleton (designer/strategist www.benedictsingleton.com)
Richard Barbrook (University of Westminster)

6pm - 8pm Occupy the Future: Is a Promethean Politics Possible?

Nick Srnicek & Alex Williams (authors of Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics)
Plan C http://www.weareplanc.org

Sessions from 11:00-4:30 are by invitation and held in the Westminster Forum, 32-38 Wells Street. Please contact [email protected] to attend. The evening lecture is open to the public and held at the Boardroom, 309 Regent Street.