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Call for Papers: RGS–IBG Annual International Conference 2014, London, 26–29 August 2014

Session: Anti Production & Co. Unthinking capitalist realism (Perish the thought)
Organizers: Marcus A. Doel, David B. Clarke, and Richard G. Smith
Sponsor: History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group (HPGRG)

Expected format: Two 100-minute sessions, comprising eight 20-minute papers (inc. 5-minutes each for Q&A), and two 20-minute discussants

“It cannot be stressed enough: THERE IS NEVER ANYTHING TO PRODUCE” (Jean Baudrillard, The Ecstasy of Communication)

The advent of the term ‘co-production’ should be a cause for concern for all Left-leaning Geographers. With its conjoining of a generalized busyness on the one hand (production) and a harmonious coming together on the other hand (co-), the term’s dissimulation and occlusion of the agonistic division of labour and the expropriation of the commons seems perfectly attuned to the ideological obfuscation of capitalist realism, zombie neoliberalism, and objective violence. Since everything is supposedly produced (made to appear, manufactured, assembled, fabricated, and constructed), we are all seemingly compelled to produce together; and we are all ostensibly in it together (humans and nonhumans, producers and consumers, dead labour and living labour, and so on and so forth). Such is the fantastical and phantasmagorical meaning of ‘co-production’ – an assembling assembly, toiling away for the common good. This session will challenge this cozy, heart-warming, and peaceable notion of ‘creative togetherness’ by welcoming a return of the ideologically repressed: the dis- and the de- against the co-, and the se- and the re- against the pro- (disjointure and deconstruction; seduction and sedition; reduction and retraction; et cetera).

We would welcome papers that challenge the notion of ‘co-production,’ particularly with reference to:
* Capitalist realism
* Zombie neoliberalism
* Objective violence – symbolic and systemic
* Anti-production and general economy
* Seduction and the mirror of production
* The violence of critical theory and fatal theory
* Being forced to think otherwise
* Deconstruction and poststructuralism
* Revolutionary and counter-revolutionary theory
* Schizoanalysis and psychoanalysis
* Commonization of knowledge production
* The destruction of meaning
* Uncreative thinking
* Interpassivity and desubjectification

Please send a proposed title, an abstract (up to 200 words), and your contact details to Marcus Doel, Swansea University (, by 25th January 2014.

Marcus A. Doel, David B. Clarke, and Richard G. Smith
Centre for Urban Theory
Department of Geography
College of Science
Swansea University
Singleton Park
Swansea SA2 8PP
United Kingdom
Tel. +44(0)1792 513090
Twitter: @MarcusDoel

“Through the mirror of production the human species comes to consciousness in the imaginary’” (Jean Baudrillard, The Mirror of Production)

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Paolo Virno


Friday 18 March,
6pm GMT/ 7pm CET/ 1pm EST

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The Virtue of Turmoil: the Revolt between Exodus and Revolution

In full swing of the systemic crisis of global capitalism, the debate among radical transformations is a living one. In fact, on the one hand the financial capitalism and transnational corporations do not accept any form of regulation and consider the crisis to be a structural condition to be viewed as part of the contemporary production of value. On the other hand, the parabola of Obama indicates that reformism has come to halt and neo-Keynesian receipts are blunt weapons. This situation causes a rise in social tension, above all in the old continent, where deflationist policies dragged by Central Bank and Germany hit with more harshness. For about one year now on both sides of the Mediterranean turmoil has been spreading. The protagonists of these movements are the young, students, precarious and migrants. This turmoil indicates a powerful resistance to austerity and raises the question concerning the project of transformation: what is the goal of metropolitan riot? Is the no-future issue enough to explain the passions and the discord that animate the revolts that are taking place from Rome to London, from Athens to Tunis, from Paris to Cairo?

The aim of the LUM cycle of seminars is to deal with these questions, starting from the assumption that the events of the last months have opened a new space of possibility, a space that must not be limited to the cheering narration of the “burned generation”, a generation that rebels against its parents. There is undoubtedly a gap in the future, a lack of job prospects as well as an existential void. There is however also a search for a new kind of politics, for a new way to qualify the transformation that is taking place in the revolts carried out by students and by the young. It is something that urgently questions life and language, social relations and knowledge, the line of colour and sexual difference.

But how can we articulate this research with the revolutionary theory and praxis that we have known and that has taken shape over the past two centuries? Does the desire to gain a monopoly on political decision, the state, lurk among the tumult that penetrates European markets? Does the violent breakthrough differ from the everyday construction of meaning that aims at creating new political institutions? Does the concept of exodus – on which critical thinking has focused on several occasions during the last years – take full account of the unprecedented relationship among turmoil and constitutional praxis?

In order to answer these questions the LUM cycle of seminars sets two goals:

a) To qualify a theoretical and political conceptual constellation able to deal with contemporary change: we will do this through a critical review of texts and political materials that have most informed the debate of movements over the past twenty years.

b) To focus the attention on some revolutionary historical events of the last two centuries, to trace the irreducible discontinuities concerning the present and also, on the contrary, the problematic knots that the great revolutionary experiences have exhibited and that still today remain unresolved.

Seminar Program: [All events will start at 6pm GTM]

1. Actuality of the Revolt (from Europe to the Maghreb, and Egypt) – Augusto Illuminati (Friday, 18th February)

2. On the Concept of Turmoil (in Machiavelli) – Gabriele Pedullà (Friday 4th March)

3. The Turmoil and the Theory of the Exodus – Paolo Virno (Friday 18th March)

4. The Revolution in Europe from 1848 to the Commons (through the political writings of Marx) – Paolo Vinci (Tuesday, 1st April)

5. Jacqueries and Political Institutions – Marco Bascetta (Friday 15th April)

6. 1968 and the Politics of Difference (through the political writings of Carla Lonzi) – Federica Giardini (Wednesday, 29th April)

7. “War Machine” and the Multitude – Francesco Raparelli and Alberto De Nicola (Friday 13th May)

8. Haiti and the Black Jacobins – Fred Moten and Laura Harris (Friday 20th May)


LUM (Libera Università Metropolitana)
Il tumulto e la teoria dell’esodo – Paolo Virno

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Global Crisis


December 3–5 2010

Part of 3CT’s Economy and Society Series

• Friday, December 3, 2010
• 8:45–9:30 Breakfast & Introductory Remarks
• 9:30–12:30Panel No. 1: Understanding the Crisis Historically

• Chair: William Sewell
• David Harvey
• Duncan Foley
• Beverly Silver
• Immanuel Wallerstein
• Discussant: Moishe Postone

• 12:30–1:30 Lunch
• 1:30–4:00 Panel No. 2: The Crisis and the Global South
• Chair: Lisa Wedeen
• Vivek Chibber
• Ho-fung Hung
• Claudio Lomnitz
• Achille Mbembe
• Discussant: John Comaroff

• Saturday, December 4, 2010
• 9:00–9:30 Breakfast & Introductory Remarks
• 9:30–11:45 Panel No. 3: The Financialization of Economic Life
• Chair: Paul Cheney
• James Galbraith
• Benjamin Lee/Edward LiPuma
• Greta Krippner
• Discussant: Gary Herrigel

• 11:45–12:45 Lunch

• 12:45–3:00 Panel No. 4: Neo-liberalism as Ideology and as Policy
• Chair: Jean Comaroff
• Neil Brenner/Jamie Peck/Nik Theodore
• Peter Evans/Bill Sewell
• Saskia Sassen
• Discussant: James Sparrow

• 3:00–3:15 Coffee Break

• 3:15–5:30 Panel No. 5: Unsettled Practices: Work and Expert Knowledge
• Chair: TBA
• Michael Hardt
• Richard Sennett
• Kaushik Sunder Rajan
• Discussant: Andreas Glaeser

• Sunday, December 5, 2010

• 10:00–12:30 Roundtable: Paths to the Future

This conference has been co-sponsored by the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Norman Wait Harris Fund, the History Department, the Anthropology Department, the Nicholson Center, the Social Sciences Division and the Political Science Department. For further information, please contact Anwen Tormey (

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The global economic and financial crisis has witnessed a deepening of interest in different forms of critical and radical thought and practice. This seminar will explore the new perspectives that have been opened up by interventions of contemporary Marxist theory in this political and theoretical conjuncture. It involves collaboration among Marxist scholars based in several London universities, including Brunel University, King’s College London, and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Guest speakers – from both Britain and abroad – will include a wide range of thinkers engaging with many different elements of the various Marxist traditions, as well as with diverse problems and topics. The aim of the seminar is to promote fruitful debate and to contribute to the development of more robust Marxist 
analysis. It is open to all.

Autumn Term Programme

9th November, 5pm
King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.04, Raked Lecture Theatre
Massimiliano Tomba (University of Padua)
The Historical Materialist at work: Re-reading “The Eighteenth Brumaire”

15th December, 5pm
King’s College London, Strand Campus, K.3.11 Raked Lecture Theatre
Peter D. Thomas (Brunel University)
Contours of Contemporary Western Marxism

The schedule for 2011 will be made available at a later date. Speakers will include David Leopold (Oxford), Esther Leslie (Birkbeck), Stathis Kouvelakis (King’s) and Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths).

For further information, please contact: Alex Callinicos, European Studies, King’s: Stathis Kouvelakis, European Studies, King’s: Costas Lapavitsas, Economics, SOAS: Peter Thomas, Politics and History, Brunel:

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