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 Rancière
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 Rancière
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

The Transformation of Structural Causality in Late Modernity 

Propositions on Subject and History

In his lecture Nathan Brown will discuss the resurgence of the young Marxian idea of a declassifying class in the theoretical works of the French group Théorie communiste (TC) by drawing on Althusser's concept of structural causality and Spinoza's idea of the "parallelism" of infinite attributes.

The work of Théorie Communiste periodizes cycles of struggle according to structural transformations of the contradiction between capital and labor. The current cycle of struggles, as claimed by TC, is one in which the working class is confronted directly with the task of abolishing itself in and through its self-activity (rather than seizing state power and organizing a transition from socialism to communism through a government of the revolution that Marx, in The Class Struggles in France, called the dictatorship of the proletariat).

Brown's paper takes up TC’s analysis of the current cycle of struggles in terms of Althusser’s concept of structural causality. Emphasizing the immanence of revolutionary process in communization theory, he will offer a Spinozist  and parallelist approach to the relation between subject and history at the present moment.

Nathan Brown is assistant professor at the Department of English, UC Davis. He is currently at work on two book projects: The Limits of Fabrication. Materials Science and Materialist Poetics examines concepts of form and practices of fabrication in nanoscale materials science and contemporary materialist poetics, updating the context in which poetry might be considered a form of building. Absent Blue Wax (Rationalist Empiricism) considers the resurgence of rationalism in contemporary French philosophy in relation to various "radical empiricisms." The project includes specific engagements with the work of Descartes and Hume, Quentin Meillassoux, Alain Badiou, Louis Althusser, Gilles Deleuze, C.S. Peirce, and Alfred North Whitehead.

N. Brown, Rational kernel, real movement. Badiou and Théorie communiste in the age of riot, in: Lana Turner. A Journal of Poetry and Opinion, Nr. 5

N. Brown, Red Years. Althusser's lesson, Rancière's error and the real movement of history, in: Radical Philosophy, Nr. 170, p. 16-24

Théorie communiste, The glass-floor. An analysis of the Greek riots in 2008, in: Les emeutes en Grèce, Senonevero 2009

P. Mattick, The new capitalism and the old class struggle (1938)

Benjamin Noys (ed.), Communization and its discontens. Contestation, critique, and contemporary struggles, New York: Autonomedia, minor compositions