Forms of Survival and the Politics of Vulnerability / Italian Marxisms

A workshop session devoted to Italian autonomous Marxists, who have spent time trying to account for changes in post-industrial economies. We’ll try to understand how the “multitude” is spoken about; what immaterial and cognitive labor are; and how amidst all these transformations, art, too, has transformed.

Readings: Antonio Negri, “Art and Immaterial Labour” (pages 101-123) and Paolo Virno, The Grammar of the Multitude (Days Two and Four).

Forms of Survival & the Politics of Vulnerability is a semester-long workshop that attempts to re-think the notion of survival, which, though often associated with centuries-old evolutionary theory, has become central to contemporary political thought. The workshop is developed and led by Michelle Ty (PhD candidate English, Designated Emphasis Critical Theory).