PhD defence by Louis Thiemann

The Third Class: Artisans of the world, unite?
PhD student

Louis Thiemann

Thursday 30 Jun 2022, 16:00 - 18:00
PhD defence
Spoken Language
Aula B and livestream
International Institute of Social Studies
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Louis Thiemann

On 30 June 2022, Louis Thiemann will defend his PhD thesis in which he proposes a class theory of non-capitalism.

In his thesis, Louis Thiemann proposes a class theory of non-capitalism, aiming to connect a variety of labour formations and (re-)productive processes.

He argues that this is necessary because the integrative terms offered by class theories of capitalism are lacking for non-capitalism, imposing unnecessary boundaries for the rich empirical insights, organizational recipes and political tactics developed by non-exploitative labour formations everywhere.

His thesis introduces an analysis of the artisanat as a general class of labour with labour processes unfolding in relative autonomy, providing livelihoods rather than jobs.

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Doctoral Board


Professor Wil Hout

Doctoral dissertation supervisors

Professor Max Spoor
Professor Jan Douwe van der Ploeg

Members of the Full Doctoral Committee

Professor Andrej Grubačiç, California Institute of Integral Studies, USA
Professor Harriet Friedmann, University of Toronto, Canada
Professor Judith Pallot, Alexanteri Institute University of Helsinki, Finland
Professor Don Kalb, University of Bergen, Norway
Dr Julien-Francois Gerber, ISS

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The ceremony will begin promptly at 16.00 hrs in the Aula of the ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague. The doors will be closed after the start of the Public Defence, but will be briefly opened after the candidate’s introduction to allow latecomers to enter.

Children under 7 years old are not allowed in the Aula during the first part of the ceremony.

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