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

Ruben Martinez, Jaron Rowan, Marina Vishmidt, Katja Diefenbach

The cultural producer as model of the post-fordist worker
In the mood for work

The "Producta 50" volume consists of a compilation of texts which, from different viewpoints and approaches, seek to define a framework and trigger a reflection around the relations established between the spheres of culture and the economy. With this we aim to create an understanding of the complex relations derived from these two areas and their possible consequences and repercussions. The different articles that constitute this book have been written by a wide range of culture researchers, anthropologists, economists, sociologists or activists, and with their contributions they open up a series of questions and debates which we would like to define as the economic reality of culture.

For the presentation Jaron Rowan and Ruben Martinez will focus on the mutations and transformations occurring in the field of cultural labour, trying to understand the subsumption of life by work and by capital. This process triggers a whole new set of problems – the loss of a clear framework to distinguish cultural labour from leisure implicates a loss of references on how to value this kind of work. The fact that creativity and innovation have shifted from the closed enclosure of the factory to the open space now conceptualized as the “social factory” changes the dynamics that measured and valued these activities. Some authors argue that the only way to grasp these new forms of value is by defining a set of indicators able to calibrate the impact of the “externalities” (using the term coined by Alfred Marshall) produced by cultural and social activities. We will argue that cities such as Barcelona have lived and created a brand using these externalities, generating sophisticated capture measures. This appropriation of cultural value by institutions has created an unequal distribution of resources, with cultural workers as unpaid providers of the value redeployed across the strategic terrain of city “branding”.

Marina Vishmidt will attempt to expand on some of the themes briefly elaborated in her contribution to Producta 50 and other recent texts. These will include the mobilisation of 'affect' and 'difference' as a concrete political disposition when it comes to re-inventing social relations on a terrain constitutively other to the other kind of mobilisation of 'affect' and 'difference' by capital for the imposition of differentiated work, differential access to resources and the crafting of modulated, compliant subjectivities at a 'structural' or 'axiomatic' rather than individual level. This will provide a cornerstone for analysis of organisational forms and antagonisms that can effectively take account of the 'relation of non-relation' or 'singularity' as a dialectical friction of composition, rather than a guarantee of quiescence, which is inevitably open-ended and open, above all, to its own corrosive, alongside a potentially political, horizon. Also important here is a deployment of 'class', 'labour' and 'life' as conflictual and situated categories which should not be ossified, either in analysis or praxis, into substantialist concepts. The vicissitudes of the law of value will be addressed from the standpoint of its persistence, rather than its dissolution, through the disjunctions and analogies thrown up in the contrast between 'creative' work and 'menial' work as forms of 'immaterial labour'. The city as a pre-eminent site of antagonism engendered by the polarisations effected by an economically determinist, service-oriented model of population management, with outcomes such as evictions, privatisation and social cleansing, will provide an impetus to further teasing-out of these formulations.

Katja Diefenbach will speak about the messianism of postoperaist thinkers like Negri and Hardt. For them, the Multitude is a new angel, or better yet the return of the "angel of history" in an extremely modified, positivized form; a wholly secularized and subjective angel, a Christian worker-angel, not only prophesying the advent of a future happy freedom, but also inexorably on the way into the sun, "in the blinding light of clear day". The angel of Empire, which Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt have given the name Multitude, stands for a theoretical perspective, in which the messianic and the political no longer point in different directions as Walter Benjamin has conceptualised it. This positive convergence, which results in a messianic Operaism - Multitude is the good, and Multitude will come - is probably what causes a sense of uneasiness with this concept, even though it does command respect, on the other hand, that the authors have insisted on the possibility of communism, despite so many victories of capitalism, against the left-wing officials of sad passions.

The complete publication "Producta 50" is available at http://ypsite.net/pdfs/productaang.pdf