On the notion of the political in postmarxist theory.


Miguel Abensour
Is there a proper way to use the voluntary servitude hypothesis?

The Transformation of Structural Causality in Late Modernity 

Propositions on Subject and History

Filippo del Lucchese
The symptomatic relationship between law and conflict in Spinoza 

Jura communia as anima imperii

Warren Montag
Althusser and the Question of Origin
Hegel sive Spinoza

Jacques Rancičre
On the political and theoretical effects of Althusserian Marxism
Althusser's Lesson

Michael Löwy
Romanticism and Zivilisationskritik
Walter Benjamin

V. Desclaux, K. Diefenbach M. Dolar, D. Hoens, A. Kukuljevic,
Deleuze, Guattari, Lacan II
The impossible encounter

Michaela Ott
Reading Spinoza with Nietzsche
Deleuze's affective “thinking with”

Emiliano Battista, Vanessa Brito, Jack H. Fischer
Book presentation
Becoming major, becoming minor

Sara Farris, Peter Thomas
Counter-politicisation of the non-political
The theory of politics in the young Marx

Lars T. Lih
The Unifying Theme of his Political Career
Lenin's Scenario of Class Leadership

Rodrigo Nunes
The politics of Badiou and Deleuze/ Guattari
Subject, event, separation

Rodrigo Nunes
Politics, poetics + popular culture in Brazilian cinema 1962-1979
'Stronger are the powers of the people' I

Thomas Seibert
Reading Badiou with and against his postmarxist contemporaries
Politics unbound

Kathrin Thiele
Nietzsche with Deleuze II
The thought of becoming

International conference
Becoming-major, becoming-minor

Marina Gržinić
Global capitalism, necropolitics and contemporary art

Roberto Esposito
The dispositif of the person

International Conference
Encountering Althusser

Conference material: schedule, abstracts, articles
Encountering Althusser

Antke Engel
Queer/ing Images of Sexuality and Economy
The Surplus of Paradoxes

Matteo Mandarini
Negri's encounter with Guattari: the elision of Lenin
Communists like us

Ruth Sonderegger
A cinematic diagnosis of biopolitics
The cinema of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Christian Kerslake
The specter of an unsolved problematic
The Meanings of Immanence in Deleuze's Philosophy

Luca Basso, Vittorio Morfino
A French Marx
The singular, the trans-individual and the common

Pier Vittorio Aureli, Andrea Cavaletti, Katja Diefenbach, Mark Purcell, Miguel Robles-Duran, Lukasz Stanek, Roemer van Toorn, Peter Trummer, Sven-Olov Wallenstein
State-space symposium no. 1
Biopolitics of scale

Paul Hegarty, Vanessa Theodoropoulos, Jean Louis Violeau
Against the economic: Reading Baudrillard with Bataille, Lacan, Marx, and Debord
A Workshop on Baudrillard

Lecture of Tom Rockmore at the International Institute for Research and Education, Amsterdam
Is Marx a Fichtean?

Martin Saar
Negri on Power
Political Spinozism

Steve Wright
The Refusal of Labor
Tronti's Legacy

Massimo De Angelis, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Anne Querrien
The production of commons, subjectivity and space
Communists like us

A. Auerbach, K. Diefenbach, S. Dillemuth, M. Vishmidt
The politics of bohemia

Maria Muhle
From Foucault to Rancičre
Politics, police and power

Manfred Hermes
Narrative strategies of subjectivisation in Fassbinder’s "Berlin Alexanderplatz"
In the figurative sense

Serhat Karakayali
On political hegemony and militant becoming: Gramsci and Deleuze
The poetics of knowledge

Ruben Martinez, Jaron Rowan, Marina Vishmidt, Katja Diefenbach
The cultural producer as model of the post-fordist worker
In the mood for work

Grahame Lock
The actuality of Althusser's thinking
Dictatorship of the proletariat as political science

Judith Hopf
The imposition of creative work
Hey production!

Raul Zelik
Notes on asymmetric warfare and governance
Sovereign police

Paul Hegarty, Vanessa Theodoropoulos, Jean Louis Violeau

Against the economic: Reading Baudrillard with Bataille, Lacan, Marx, and Debord
A Workshop on Baudrillard

The aim of this workshop is to rethink the contribution of Jean Baudrillard towards a criticism of capitalism and its ambiguous relation to Marxism and to (Lacanian) Psychoanalysis. This will be attempted by a close reading of Baudrillard's earlier texts and through the investigation of his relation to other critical thinkers of his time. The workshop will take place in the Jan Van Eyck Academy on the 9th and the 10th of March 2009.

Participation is free, but the places are limited. For more information please contact Giorgos via email. In order to enjoy and contribute more to the workshop the participants should be familiar with the work of Jean Baudrillard and ideally should have read his first six books from "The System of Objects" to "Simulacra and Simulation", as well as "The Accursed Share", by Georges Bataille. A selection from these texts will be discussed during the seminar (see the references after the program)


Monday 9th of March
Opening: Jean Louis Violeau "Jean Baudrillard, 68 et la fonction utopique" – (10:00 - 11:00)

1. The Ideological Genesis of Needs: Baudrillard with Lefebvre (11:15 – 12:30)
Lunch (12:30 - 13:30)
2. The System of Objects: Seriality, functionality, historicity, naturalness (13:30 - 14:45)
3. Paul Hegarty: "Death and Consumption, Death and System: Bataille in Baudrillard's Exchange symbolique" (15:00 - 16:15)
4. The End of Production/ Labor and Death (16:30 – 18:00)

21:00 Screening: "The Third Generation" by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Tuesday 10th of March
Opening: Precession of Simulacra; Discussing the work of Kristin Poshen with Vanessa Theodoropoulos and the artist herself (10:00 - 11:30)

1. Towards a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign (11:45 - 13:00)
Lunch (13:00 - 14:00)
2. Giorgos Papadopoulos “Baudrillard, the forgotten member of the Lacanian Left?” (14:00 - 15:00)
3. Baudrillard with and against Marx (debate with the "After 1968" research group (15:15 - 16:45)
4. The Consumer Society or On the Impossibility of Wasting One's Time (17:00 - 18:00)


Jean Baudrillard

The System of Objects, Verso, 2005 (1968), pp. 77 - 114 & 217 - 224.

The Consumer Society, Sage, 2008 (1970), pp. 151 - 158.

For A Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign, Telos 1972 (1980), pp. 63 - 87, 143 - 163, 204 - 212. 

The Mirror of Production, Telos 1975 (1973), pp. 93 - 109, 50 - 51 & 111 -167.

Symbolic Exchange and Death, Sage 2007 (1976), pp. 1 - 49, 107 - 111 & 125 - 158.

Simulacra and Simulation, Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, pp. 1 - 7.

Georges Bataille

The Accursed Share, Zone Books, 1989 (1967), pp. 9-61.

By clicking the titles of the books you can download the pages selected.  The books as well as a reader are also available in the library of the Jan Van Eyck Academy. Participants can request a reader via email.