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Grad Student Workshop: On Operations and Optionality / Sandro Mezzadra + Robert Meister

Political theorists Robert Meister and Sandro Mezzadra have uniquely advanced the study of capitalism and politics, but their considerable bodies of work have not often been placed in direct conversation with each other. 

Beginning with the “operations of capital” (Mezzadra/Neilson 2015) and the “option form of value” (Meister 2016), this graduate student designed workshop proposes to initiate this conversation by asking how these analytics resonate and differ in their shared aim to further our understanding of the abstract and material nature of global technologies of capital accumulation, and by inquiring into the political practices highlighted in and perspectives afforded by each approach. 

 

Light refreshments will be provided.  Seating is limited.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

 

Workshop Readings:

Meister
Liquidity” in Derivatives and the Wealth of Societies (eds. Benjamin Lee & Randy Martin), 2016.


Mezzadra
On the Multiple Frontiers of Extraction. Excavating contemporary capitalism” (with Brett Neilson), Cultural Studies, 2017.
Operations of Capital” (with Brett Neilson), South Atlantic Quarterly, 2015.

 

Supplementary Readings:

Meister
Liquidity, Value, and Wealth. Reconceiving Marx for an Era of Financialization” (forthcoming in Post-Modern Culture)
Is Justice an Option? Politics After Evil” (Draft)

Mezzadra
How Many Histories of Labor? Towards a Theory of Postcolonial Capitalism,” 2012.
The Topicality of Prehistory. A New Reading of Marx’s Analysis of ‘So-Called Primitive Accumulation’,” 2011.
An interview with Sandro Mezzadra (Interviewers: Sebastian Cobarrubias, Maribel Casa Cortes, John Pickles) in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 2011.

 

This event is free and open to the public.  If you need assistance to attend, please contact jhanchar@uchicago.edu