"Strategies of Refusal: Explorations in Autonomist Marxism"
New York City, Fall, 2005

172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington

$25/50 sliding scale (Cash only)
- Please stop by the store with cash to guarantee your spot (the class will most likely fill up)
- Or to tentatively reserve a spot email:  Malav@bluestockings.com

Sundays 12–2 PM from October 9nd–December 4th
Instructors: Jack Z. Bratich & Stevphen Shukaitis

Since the publication of Hardt and Negri's Empire new attention has been brought to a previously ignored current of revolutionary theory and practice, namely that of autonomist Marxism. The attention paid to readings of Negri have tended to neglect the vast wealth of engaged theoretical reflection contained within the history of autonomist thought and organizing from which Negri's work emerges.

The course will begin to explore this future behind our backs focusing on key concepts and practices with autonomist Marxism such as class composition analysis, spatial articulations and enclosures, mobility and exodus, the refusal of work, affective labor, biopower, communication and information theory, and current developments in autonomist organizing such as those around precarious labor.

It will explore the writing of theorists as Mario Tronti, Paolo Virno, the Midnight Notes Collective, Harry Cleaver, Silvia Federici, Bifo, Leopoldina Fortunati, Ferrucio Gambino, Raniero Panzieri, Sandro Mezzadra, George Caffentzis, Maurizio Lazzarato, Mariarosa Dallacosta, Toni Negri, Félix Guattari, and Alisa Del Re.

Having at least a working knowledge of Marxist concepts (and a willingness to critique them) would be very helpful. A majority of the reading will be made available electronically and/or in scanned form.

For more information / readings:  http://www.refusingstructures.net/strategies.htm or email  strategies@refusingstructures.net