The Atlanta Institute for Social Research

The Atlanta Institute for Social Research

is creating A New Kind of Institute for Social Research

9

patrons

$29

per month
The Atlanta Institute for Social Research (ATLISR): Enacting new modes of social research and social action for queers, the sexually marginalized, leftists, artists, makers, and people affected by HIV/AIDS. ATLISR was started and is administered by Stephen Molldrem.

ATLISR offerings, past and present:
  • Current reading and discussion group: 
    • Reading group on property (reach out for details)
  • ATLISR is part of a new entity about affordable housing in Atlanta. Reach out for details.
  • The Sonic | Haptic Lab at The Atlanta Institute for Social Research
  • Reading and discussion groups
  • Past groups:
    • Grundrisse: Foundations of the Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx (5/18-7/18).
    • Easter Weekend 2018 reading group on queerness and Christianity
  • Salons, panels, and discussions on issues affecting our constituent communities:
    • ATLISR is a founding member of the Redefining Affordable Housing Collective.
    • 5/2018, Salon on Capitalism
    • 5/2018, Film Screening on Hannah Arendt
  • Small grants
    • Small technology grant to support a queer organizer and artist.
  • Open work hours
  • Skills-building workshops
  • Non-traditional support for artists, makers, and activists from our constituent communities
  • Informal community gatherings where issues are discussed

What is the Atlanta Institute for Social Research?


There are many places, organizations, and imagined collectivities that have "Institute for Social Research" in their names. The most famous one is probably the Institut für Sozialforschung in Frankfurt. Faculty there (such as Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno) and associated thinkers (such as Walter Benjamin, Herbert Marcuse, Wilhelm Reich, Jürgen Habermas, and Angela Davis) produced much of the intellectual basis for the political visions that motivated New Leftists during the second half of the 20th Century. These were not limited to working class movements, but included radical feminists and women of color, gay liberationists (including women of trans experience such as Silvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson, and organizations they helped start such as the Gay Liberation Front and Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries), and Third World People's movements (such as Third World Gay Revolution and the Black Panther Party).

Our motivating impulse:
"I want to draw. I want to paint. I have something to say, to everyone and as many as I possibly can. I am doing it on the streets, I am doing it in my room, I am doing it underground. I am doing it on the trains, on the billboards, in the mail. The palaces are full. But new ones are being built: in the nightclubs and in the bathrooms. I will work with and on whatever I can lay my hands on. I will carve on a tree or on a rock. I will use paint, chalk, or any stick that leaves a mark. I will draw pictures and color them. I will write words, in my language and in yours. I will build toys. I will make sounds and instruments that make sounds. I will rap and I will sing and I will dance to it all."
Excerpt from Nicolas Moufarrege, “Another Wave, Still More Savagely than the First,” Arts Magazine, September 1982, as quoted in “Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz” by Cynthia Carr.
Goals
$29 of $50 per month
When we reach $50/month, we will be able to begin our small grants program and fund food for our events.
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The Atlanta Institute for Social Research (ATLISR): Enacting new modes of social research and social action for queers, the sexually marginalized, leftists, artists, makers, and people affected by HIV/AIDS. ATLISR was started and is administered by Stephen Molldrem.

ATLISR offerings, past and present:
  • Current reading and discussion group: 
    • Reading group on property (reach out for details)
  • ATLISR is part of a new entity about affordable housing in Atlanta. Reach out for details.
  • The Sonic | Haptic Lab at The Atlanta Institute for Social Research
  • Reading and discussion groups
  • Past groups:
    • Grundrisse: Foundations of the Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx (5/18-7/18).
    • Easter Weekend 2018 reading group on queerness and Christianity
  • Salons, panels, and discussions on issues affecting our constituent communities:
    • ATLISR is a founding member of the Redefining Affordable Housing Collective.
    • 5/2018, Salon on Capitalism
    • 5/2018, Film Screening on Hannah Arendt
  • Small grants
    • Small technology grant to support a queer organizer and artist.
  • Open work hours
  • Skills-building workshops
  • Non-traditional support for artists, makers, and activists from our constituent communities
  • Informal community gatherings where issues are discussed

What is the Atlanta Institute for Social Research?


There are many places, organizations, and imagined collectivities that have "Institute for Social Research" in their names. The most famous one is probably the Institut für Sozialforschung in Frankfurt. Faculty there (such as Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno) and associated thinkers (such as Walter Benjamin, Herbert Marcuse, Wilhelm Reich, Jürgen Habermas, and Angela Davis) produced much of the intellectual basis for the political visions that motivated New Leftists during the second half of the 20th Century. These were not limited to working class movements, but included radical feminists and women of color, gay liberationists (including women of trans experience such as Silvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson, and organizations they helped start such as the Gay Liberation Front and Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries), and Third World People's movements (such as Third World Gay Revolution and the Black Panther Party).

Our motivating impulse:
"I want to draw. I want to paint. I have something to say, to everyone and as many as I possibly can. I am doing it on the streets, I am doing it in my room, I am doing it underground. I am doing it on the trains, on the billboards, in the mail. The palaces are full. But new ones are being built: in the nightclubs and in the bathrooms. I will work with and on whatever I can lay my hands on. I will carve on a tree or on a rock. I will use paint, chalk, or any stick that leaves a mark. I will draw pictures and color them. I will write words, in my language and in yours. I will build toys. I will make sounds and instruments that make sounds. I will rap and I will sing and I will dance to it all."
Excerpt from Nicolas Moufarrege, “Another Wave, Still More Savagely than the First,” Arts Magazine, September 1982, as quoted in “Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz” by Cynthia Carr.

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