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Robert Meister and Sandro Mezzadra

On Operations and Optionality

Friday, April 14, 2017, 4:00pm

Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, Wilder House

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.

Workshop Readings:

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

Sandro Mezzadra, “On the Multiple Frontiers of Extraction. Excavating contemporary capitalism” (with Brett Neilson), Cultural Studies, 2017.

Sandro Mezzandra, “Operations of Capital” (with Brett Neilson), South Atlantic Quarterly, 2015.


Supplementary Readings:

Robert Meister, “Liquidity, Value, and Wealth. Reconceiving Marx for an Era of Financialization” (forthcoming in Post-Modern Culture)

Robert Meister, “Is Justice an Option? Politics After Evil” (Draft)

Sandro Mezzadra, “How Many Histories of Labor? Towards a Theory of Postcolonial Capitalism,” 2012.

Sandro Mezzandra, “The Topicality of Prehistory. A New Reading of Marx’s Analysis of ‘So-Called Primitive Accumulation’,” 2011.

Sandro Mezzandra, An interview with Sandro Mezzadra (Interviewers: Sebastian Cobarrubias, Maribel Casa Cortes, John Pickles) in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 2011.