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 Rancière
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 Rancière
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

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

Organizers: Berlage Institute & Jan van Eyck Academie.

The symposium "Biopolitics of scale" addresses the role of modern states in processes of urbanization by focusing on the production and transformation of scalar regimes. The production of scales as platforms and containers of social practices was an essential part of the emergence of modern urbanism as a biopolitical project since the 18th century and facilitated the introduction of new procedures of state administration of life and distribution of risk on the territory. The investigation of production, merger, dissipation and transformation of scales reveals a common denominator of the current processes of urbanization, including the management of growth of cities; the regulation of circulation of commodities, people, and ideas; the distribution of infrastructure, security and welfare; new doctrines of monument protection; and the introduction of new financial instruments which facilitate these operations. This symposium will discuss scales as designed, produced and contested rather than given by nature, and it will question the ability of architecture and urbanism to reclaim the political economy of scale as their field of competence.

Speakers: Andrea Cavaletti, Sven-Olov Wallenstein, Mark Purcell

The participants of the workshop include: Pier Vittorio Aureli, Katja Diefenbach, Miguel Robles-Duran, Lukasz Stanek, Roemer van Toorn, Peter Trummer.

Tuesday, April 7th

16.00-16:30 – Introduction, Lukasz Stanek & Katja Diefenbach
16.30-17.30 – A. Cavaletti: The City and the security paradigm
17.30-18.30 – S.O. Wallenstein: Biopolitics + the ordering of urban space
18.30-19.00 – Break
19.00-20.00 – Mark Purcell
20.00-21.00 – Discussion

Workshop: Wednesday, April 8th.

10.00 – 10.20: Katja Diefenbach
10.20 – 10.40: Lukasz Stanek
10.40 – 11.00: Pier Vittorio Aureli
11.00 – 11.20: Miguel Robles-Duran
11.20 – 13.00: Discussion

Andrea Cavalletti: The City and the Security Paradigm.

Hobbes founded the modern conception of State. He did this, as everyone knows, in the name of security. “The Obligation of Subjects to the Sovereign — reads the Leviathan’s XXI chapter — is understood to last as long, and no longer than, the power lasts, by which it is able to protect them”. Now, here everything depends on a time phrase, on the parenthesis no longer, whose paradoxical meaning soon emerges clearly.
A century after Hobbes, J. von Sonnenfels offered a brilliant solution to this paradox, elaborating the as yet unsurpassed formula of the security paradigm. In his Fundamental Principles of Police the Leviathan's “no longer” is turned exactly upside down: the power relationship now actually lasts longer, beyond the security and the freedom of the subject.
This new model – we could call it security/insecurity system - corresponds to a specific device for political-spatial articulation: it activates its own mobile partitions at the level of the new bio-political notion, that of population, which will manifest itself according to different degrees of intensity, positive or negative.

Andrea Cavalletti is professor of Aesthetics and Italian Literature at the Iuav University of Venice. He has edited several books (of mythologist Furio Jesi, of Hayim Nahman Bialik and others) and published essays on literature, philosophy, political philosophy and urbanism. He is the author of La città biopolitica. Mitologie della sicurezza (The Bio-Political City: Mythologies of Security), Bruno Mondadori, Milan: 2005, and of Classe (Class), Bollati Boringhieri, Turin (forthcoming: March 2009).

Sven-Olov Wallenstein: Biopolitics and the ordering of urban space

In Foucault’s analysis of biopolitics, the question of architecture and urban space plays a discreet, although decisive role. In the lecture series on ”Security, Territory, Population,” and then in the subsequent lectures on “The Birth of Biopolitics,” Foucault in fact points to the idea of the city as a point of intersection for all those discourses that would coalesce into the modern conception of biopower, although this theme remained undeveloped in his writings.
In my talk, I will draw on some of the ideas developed by Foucault, but also on the analysis of the invention of urbanism as a theoretical discourse proposed by Françoise Choay, in her analysis of “The Rule and the Model,” where the pioneering efforts of Ildefonso Cerdá play a major role. I will argue that the transition from architecture as a representation of order to architecture as a technique for ordering, which began already in the late 19th century, implied a shift form the singular object to the urban structure, and that this difference in scale is what allows for a different understanding of space as something produced by architectural and urbanistic tools.

Sven-Olov Wallenstein teaches philosophy and aesthetics at Södertörn University in Stockholm, and is the editor-in-chief of Site. He is the translator of works by Winckelmann, Kant, Hegel, Frege, Husserl, Levinas, Heidegger, Derrida, Deleuze, and Agamben, as well as the author of numerous books on philosophy, art, and architecture. Recent publications include Essays, Lectures (2007), The Silences of Mies (2008), the first Swedish translation of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit (together with Brian Manning Delaney, 2008), and Biopolitics and the Emergence of Modern Architecture (2009). He is currently completing a book on Hegel’s Phenomenology and the first Swedish translation of Lessing’s Laocoon.