James McIntyre

  • Postgraduate Researcher

James joined Loughborough University in 2016, having previously obtained a BA hons. (1st) in Philosophy at the University of Warwick in 2011, and an MA (Distinction) in Philosophy from the University of Sheffield in 2014. He is currently working towards completing his PhD.

James' office hour is Wednesday 1pm-2pm, in the PGR Room of the Herbert Manzoni Building (next to K.1.09).

The focus of James' doctoral research is the abolition of work or end of work, especially as a consequence of labour-displacing technologies in industrial and domestic settings, and especially as the result of deliberate human policy or activity. He examines and compares the writing of contemporary political and social theorists on the reduction or elimination of the working day, with the work-abolitionist and/or work-reduction programmes of radical thinkers in the nineteenth-century utopian and anarchist political traditions (and with more recent radical thinkers influenced by these traditions). In the context of the twenty-first century, James is particularly interested in how emerging technologies of production such as additive manufacturing, machine learning, etc., could be used on a local level by third sector organisations such as workers’ co-operatives and community groups in pursuit of workless or significantly work-reduced modes of autonomous living, and the role such experiments may play in the future transition to a “Post-Work” human civilization.
 
Areas of competence not directly related to James' current research include the history and politics of the radical labour movement (especially the IWW in the United States, and anarcho-syndicalism elsewhere), democratic theory, political ideologies, nineteenth- and twentieth-century world history, and a broad range of topics in ethics and moral philosophy (especially virtue ethics, ancient and modern).
  • 19EUA800 - The Making and Unmaking of the World Order (seminar tutor, 2019/20)
  • 18EUA801 - Power, Politics & Ideology in Modern Europe (seminar tutor, 2018/19)
  • 18EUA800 - The Making and Unmaking of the World Order (seminar tutor, 2018/19)
  • 17EUA607 - Introduction to Democratic Government (seminar tutor, 2017/18)
  • 17EUA613 - Political Ideologies (seminar tutor, 2017/18)
  • Let Machinery Work For Instead of Against the People’: Etzlerism and its Relationship to Contemporary Postwork Politics”, Challenging the Work Society: an Interdisciplinary Summit (27-28 September 2019, Birkbeck, University of London).
  • “Paradise is Not Working: Work-Abolition in Nineteenth-Century and Contemporary Utopian Thinking”, Utopian Studies Society 20th International Conference (1-5 July 2019, Monash University Prato Centre, Italy).
  • “Machinery has Superseded to a Great Extent Human Labour: The Untimely Cultural Criticism and Positive Vision of a Nineteenth-Century Post-Work Movement”, Cultural Production and the Redundancy of Work: Precarity, Automation & Critique (Raymond Williams Society Annual Conference), (26-27 April 2019, Manchester).
  • “Saving the World by Taking it Easy: On the Utopian Convergence of Post-Work Politics and Radical Ecology”, Political Studies Association 69th Annual International Conference (15-17 April 2019, Nottingham Trent University).
  • “A Robotic Revolt against Work and Poverty: the Futuristic Experiments, Transatlantic Misadventures and Unfinished History of John Adolphus Etzler and the Tropical Emigration Society, 1844-1847”, The Politics of Sedition in Long Nineteenth Century Britain: A Social and Cultural Discourse (10 November 2018, University of Warwick).
  • “Anarchism and the Crisis of Work”, 5th International Anarchist Studies Conference (12-14 September 2018, Loughborough University).
  • 'Review of Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle, ed. by Kelly Fritsch, Clare O’Connor & AK Thompson', Anarchist Studies, Vol. 25, No. 1 (2017), pp. 121-124.