Occult Features of Anarchism

See reviews at LSE Review of Books, Gods & Radicals Press, Reason, Pop Matters, Ignota Books of the Year and the Marx and Philosophy Review of Books. Occult Features of Anarchism is now available in Italian from D Editore (2020) as Anarcoccultismo, and in Greek from Firebrand (2021) as Απόκρυφα Στοιχεία του Αναρχισμού -- Με έμφαση στη Συνωμοσία των Βασιλέων και τη Συνωμοσία των. The French edition is forthcoming by Remue Ménage, to be published in compilation with “Gossip as Direct Action” (2013). Events were cut short in 2020, but will be continuing soon. Until then here is my book talk as it stood in February 2020—no one was asking about Q-Anon then. This is at Freedom Bookshop in London (Youtube/audio only)

Handbook of Marxism

I wrote the chapter on “Anthropology” in the forthcoming Handbook of Marxism (Vol.1-3) edited by Sara Farris, Beverley Skeggs, Alberto Toscano and Svenja Bromberg (SAGE, 2022). If I were to title it (beyond the “keyword” Anthropology) I would choose “Anthropology and Marxism: An Ethnography of Class and Identity”—come see me try my hand at the “identity” vs. “class” debate.

Marginalizing Magdalena

One of my first peer-reviewed publications, “Marginalizing Magdalena – Intersections of Gender and the Secular in Anarchoindigenist Solidarity Activism” (2011) explores the logical and historical connections between gender and secularism, based on ethnographic research of collaborating Zapatista and anarchist activist collectives in support of indigenous peoples’ movements on Turtle Island. This article is a certain … Continue reading Marginalizing Magdalena

Neoliberal Marijuana

I like to call one of my newest projects “Just Say No to Neoliberal Marijuana”. Outputs so far include my article in the Journal of Ethnobiology, “The Dangers of Health and Safety: Marijuana Legalization as Frontier Capitalism” Vol. 38, No. 4 (2018), and a brief editorial in The Independent, "Legalising Cannabis in the UK Will Leave the Working Classes Behind - Just As We've Seen in America" (Tuesday May 21, 2019). Here my long-time research focus on anarchist social movements informs an autonomist anti-capitalist analysis of marijuana legalization, with a multisited ethnographic focus on the medicalization and legalization of cannabis in Quebec, Canada, and California, U.S.A.

"Occult Features of Anarchism", LSE Public Lecture, 2019

LSE Public Lecture – Occult Features of Anarchism

A podcast of my public lecture at the London School of Economics, presenting Occult Features of Anarchism - With Attention to the Conspiracy of Kings and the Conspiracy of the Peoples (2019) is available here. This lecture took place March 20th, 2019, and was chaired by Mathijs Pelkmans of the Anthropology department. Event description (also … Continue reading LSE Public Lecture – Occult Features of Anarchism

Eulogy for David Graeber

The eulogy I wrote for David Graeber, my mentor, partner and rival for many years, was published by The Sociological Review in October 2020 and can be found here. One of the most difficult things I have written. My chapter contribution “Anthropology” in The Handbook of Marxism (SAGE, 2022) offers one example of our many … Continue reading Eulogy for David Graeber

Merry Crisis and Happy New Fear: The Movement Post-Occupy

Is it a panel? A play? Another instance of Georgia Sagri’s unique and revealing performance art? In any case there’s a lot more going on than first meets the eye in this unique event. Check out the photo montage and full length audio of this performance that Georgia Sagri, David Graeber an I crafted, titled … Continue reading Merry Crisis and Happy New Fear: The Movement Post-Occupy

Caring Labour in the Academy

One day I will publish the first draft of this essay next to the final one, so that everyone can see just how bad things really are, and how much (self)censorship is required for survival (if you can call it that). Until then, enjoy draft six of Caring Labour in the Academy at The Sociological … Continue reading Caring Labour in the Academy

Gossip as Direct Action

“Gossip as Direct Action” in Contesting Publics: Feminism, Activism, Ethnography (Pluto, 2013) pulls no punches as a ‘personal’ ethnographic account of sexism within contemporary anarchist collectives. In the process I mobilize and develop classic feminist debates regarding the construction of “public” vs. “private” space to suggest that anarchists operate according to state logic more than … Continue reading Gossip as Direct Action

Book Launch – Occult Features of Anarchism

Listen to the launch of Occult Features of Anarchism – With Attention to the Conspiracy of Kings and the Conspiracy of the Peoples (PM Press, 2019) at Freedom Bookshop in London, UK, which took place on February 7th 2020. The audio is hosted on Youtube (45 min). Note that the recording has been edited to … Continue reading Book Launch – Occult Features of Anarchism

Italian translations

Occult Features of Anarchism – With Attention to the Conspiracy of Kings and the Conspiracy of the Peoples (PM Press 2019) was published in Italian by D Editore in 2020, under the title Anarcoccultismo: Dissertazione sulle cospirazioni dei Re e sulle cospirazioni dei popoli. Also in Italian, see interview with Elisa Lello in Malamente, n.20 … Continue reading Italian translations

The Limits of Radical Democracy

One of my first academic publications (2010), this ‘Limits of Radical Democracy’ essay concerns gendered power in anarchist collectives. Some of its material regarding the gendered construction of ‘public’ and ‘private’ space was later more fully developed within ‘Gossip as Direct Action’ and ‘Good Politics’, yet keeners may want to read this earlier version as … Continue reading The Limits of Radical Democracy

Greek edition – Occult Features of Anarchism

Occult Features of Anarchism – With Attention to the Conspiracy of Kings and the Conspiracy of the Peoples (PM Press 2019) was published in Greek by Firebrand in 2021, under the title Απόκρυφα στοιχεία του Αναρχισμού. Με έμφαση στη συνωμοσία των βασιλέων και τη συνωμοσία των λαών.


(Bibliografía abajo) Sobre Erica Michelle Lagalisse Erica Michelle Lagalisse es becaria postdoctoral en el Instituto Internacional de Desigualdades (International Inequalities Institute) del London School of Economics (LSE). Bajo la supervisión del Dr. Beverley Skeggs y con el apoyo del Fondo de Investigación de Quebec – Sociedad y Cultura (FRQSC), Erica Lagalisse realiza una investigación etnográfica … Continue reading Español