Please join us for the third meeting of the 2017-18 Critical Theory Working Group, which takes up the topic of “Global Networks.” The meeting will be co-facilitated by Bay Area artist and UC Berkeley PhD candidate Christian Nagler (Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies) and CUNY Graduate Center PhD candidate Elizabeth Sibilia (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences). Following from “Questions of State” as well as from Michael Hardt’s UC Berkeley campus visit at the end of October, “Global Networks” pans out from the contested form of the nation-state to the flows and frictions of the international and transnational informe. The conversation this month engages with the politics of representing, or making visible, the ways in which labor, bodies, and materials (both physical and informational) move through largely de- and unregulated international distribution routes. What are the different choreographies of capital, across matter, platforms, and oceans? How and where is circulation visible? And what would it mean/what would it look like to circulate, or move, differently?

We have shared these questions with Nagler and Sibilia and, in response, each offered a series of texts oriented around keywords — for Nagler “entrepreneurship” and for Sibilia “scale” — crucial to the flows and frictions of global networks. Their respective triangulation of texts and ideas offer sharp critiques of the gaps in Hardt’s October 26th lecture, “Where Have All the Leaders Gone?”

Their selections include:

Neil Smith, “Contours of a Spatialized Politics: Homeless Vehicles and the Production of Geographical Scale”

Cindi Katz, “On the Ground of Globalization: A Topography for Feminist Political Engagement”

Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker, “The Outcasts of the Nations of the Earth” from The Many Headed Hydra

Michel Feher, Lecture 8: “Investee Activism: Another Speculation is Possible”

Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider, eds., Excerpts from Ours to Hack and Own: The Rise of Platform Cooperativism, a New Vision for the Future of Work and a Fairer Internet

Jaron Lanier, Excerpts from Who Owns the Future?


Plus, a few links to some short reviews and websites to check out before the meeting:

Additionally, the group has chosen a number of suggested readings that will also be coming available on the working group’s website over the next week. It is our hope that these selected readings will create a shared basis for discussion.

Hope to see you on Nov. 15th!