On the notion of the political in postmarxist theory.

Lectures

06.12.2012
Miguel Abensour
Is there a proper way to use the voluntary servitude hypothesis?

05.12.2012
The Transformation of Structural Causality in Late Modernity 

Propositions on Subject and History

05.06.2012
Filippo del Lucchese
The symptomatic relationship between law and conflict in Spinoza 

Jura communia as anima imperii

06.05.2012
Warren Montag
Althusser and the Question of Origin
Hegel sive Spinoza

06.10.2011
Jacques Rancičre
On the political and theoretical effects of Althusserian Marxism
Althusser's Lesson

24.05.2011
Michael Löwy
Romanticism and Zivilisationskritik
Walter Benjamin

08.04.2011
V. Desclaux, K. Diefenbach M. Dolar, D. Hoens, A. Kukuljevic,
Deleuze, Guattari, Lacan II
The impossible encounter

07.04.2011
Michaela Ott
Reading Spinoza with Nietzsche
Deleuze's affective “thinking with”

07.04.2011
Emiliano Battista, Vanessa Brito, Jack H. Fischer
Book presentation
Becoming major, becoming minor

04.03.2011
Sara Farris, Peter Thomas
Counter-politicisation of the non-political
The theory of politics in the young Marx

08.11.2010
Lars T. Lih
The Unifying Theme of his Political Career
Lenin's Scenario of Class Leadership

05.10.2010
Rodrigo Nunes
The politics of Badiou and Deleuze/ Guattari
Subject, event, separation

04.10.2010
Rodrigo Nunes
Politics, poetics + popular culture in Brazilian cinema 1962-1979
'Stronger are the powers of the people' I

08.04.2010
Thomas Seibert
Reading Badiou with and against his postmarxist contemporaries
Politics unbound

05.03.2010
Kathrin Thiele
Nietzsche with Deleuze II
The thought of becoming

03.12.2009
International conference
Becoming-major, becoming-minor

02.12.2009
Marina Gržinić
Global capitalism, necropolitics and contemporary art

01.12.2009
Roberto Esposito
The dispositif of the person

09.10.2009
International Conference
Encountering Althusser

09.10.2009
Conference material: schedule, abstracts, articles
Encountering Althusser

03.09.2009
Antke Engel
Queer/ing Images of Sexuality and Economy
The Surplus of Paradoxes

02.09.2009
Matteo Mandarini
Negri's encounter with Guattari: the elision of Lenin
Communists like us

01.09.2009
Ruth Sonderegger
A cinematic diagnosis of biopolitics
The cinema of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

16.06.2009
Christian Kerslake
The specter of an unsolved problematic
The Meanings of Immanence in Deleuze's Philosophy

19.05.2009
Luca Basso, Vittorio Morfino
A French Marx
The singular, the trans-individual and the common

07.04.2009
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

09.03.2009
Paul Hegarty, Vanessa Theodoropoulos, Jean Louis Violeau
Against the economic: Reading Baudrillard with Bataille, Lacan, Marx, and Debord
A Workshop on Baudrillard

03.02.2009
Lecture of Tom Rockmore at the International Institute for Research and Education, Amsterdam
Is Marx a Fichtean?

04.12.2008
Martin Saar
Negri on Power
Political Spinozism

03.11.2008
Steve Wright
The Refusal of Labor
Tronti's Legacy

05.06.2008
Massimo De Angelis, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Anne Querrien
The production of commons, subjectivity and space
Communists like us

05.12.2007
A. Auerbach, K. Diefenbach, S. Dillemuth, M. Vishmidt
The politics of bohemia

08.11.2007
Maria Muhle
From Foucault to Rancičre
Politics, police and power

07.11.2007
Manfred Hermes
Narrative strategies of subjectivisation in Fassbinder’s "Berlin Alexanderplatz"
In the figurative sense

05.10.2007
Serhat Karakayali
On political hegemony and militant becoming: Gramsci and Deleuze
The poetics of knowledge

29.06.2007
Ruben Martinez, Jaron Rowan, Marina Vishmidt, Katja Diefenbach
The cultural producer as model of the post-fordist worker
In the mood for work

05.04.2007
Grahame Lock
The actuality of Althusser's thinking
Dictatorship of the proletariat as political science

04.04.2007
Judith Hopf
The imposition of creative work
Hey production!

08.03.2007
Raul Zelik
Notes on asymmetric warfare and governance
Sovereign police

Sara Farris, Peter Thomas

Counter-politicisation of the non-political
The theory of politics in the young Marx

- Lectures by Sara Farris, Peter Thomas
- Auditorium

Sara Farris
Universalism, religion and the state in the young Marx

In this paper I concentrate on some of the arguments that Marx develops in the famous text On the Jewish Question and try to read them in relation to the present. On the Jewish Question has of course long been a controversial text. It has often been criticised, on the one hand, for supposedly presenting anti-Semitic ideas, and, on the other hand, for containing in embryo the seeds of totalitarianism due its critique of the “rights of men”.

However, my intention here is neither to revive the polemic about Marx’s supposed anti-Semitism – an interpretation against which Daniel Bensaid and Jacques Aron provided more than convincing answers, and which is not sustained in the end even in the otherwise aggressive work of Lawrence Rose – nor to reconstruct Marx’s argument on human rights and citizenship, a theme which Stathis Kouvelakis has extensively treated in a recent essay.

Instead, what I attempt here is, first, a brief and selective reconstruction of Marx’s text, particularly its critique of political universalism, even in its supposedly progressive form; second, a reflection of the ways in which this position still constitutes a powerful critical perspective on the supposedly progressive universalism at the core of what could be termed the contemporary Muslim Question; and third, a proposal that Marx’s text offers us a point of orientation also in relation to certain leftist responses – particularly as outlined in the work of Rancičre, Badiou, Zizek and Balibar – to the contemporary ideology of political universalism. My overall aim is to indicate the extent to which Marx’s critique can be regarded as a response to our contemporary concerns, which in many respects goes beyond them.

Peter Thomas
The constitution of the political in the young Marx

This paper will offer a reading of the 'constitution of the Political' in the development of the young Marx's critique of Hegel, particularly as it unfolds between his dissertation on Democritus and Epicurus and the 'Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's "Philosophy of Right". Introduction'.

Against interpretations that have argued that there is no theory of politics in Marx, or that his early texts reduce the Political to an expression or derivative of a non-political (anthropological-productivist) essence, this reading will argue that the young Marx's critique of Hegel culminates in a novel formulation of the thesis of the 'autonomy of the Political': the historical constitution of the Political as a distinct element of the modern bourgeois state, 'autonomous' from the juridical and the ethical.

Once he has delineated the historical constitution of the Political's presumed autonomy, however, the way is open for Marx to think the possibility of a process of 'counter-politicisation' of the non-political. Rather than a search for a missing subject or (non-)part of an ethico-juridical order, Marx's subsequent work will be an attempt to theorise the form of such a 'politicisation beyond the Political', in the thesis of the immanence and primacy of politics.