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Meaghan Morris, "In Praise of Parochial Blockbusters" (seminar)

Stevenson Fireside Lounge Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College, Santa Cruz, CA

Noted film and cultural studies critic Meaghan Morris will give a seminar on the theme of "parochial blockbusters". The seminar will center on a discussion of her essay, "Transnational Glamour, National Allure: Community, Change and Cliché in Baz Luhrmann’s Australia", which is available for downloading at http://ihr.ucsc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Morris-Transnational-Glamour-final.pdf, and which should be read before the seminar. […]

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Pritam Singh: "Spatial Shift and Ecological Crisis: An Eco-Socialist Perspective”

Stevenson Fireside Lounge Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College, Santa Cruz, CA

A spatial shift has been taking place in global capitalism in the last few decades, in the form of declining importance of the older advanced capitalism and the rising importance of "emerging economies." The most dramatic representation of this shift is that China has recently overtaken US as the largest economy in the world. For […]

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Franco "Bifo" Berardi: "Social Morphogenesis: The Historical Transition from Revolution to Disentanglement"

Stevenson Fireside Lounge Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College, Santa Cruz, CA

The subject of this lecture comes from the recent experience of the Occupy movement against financial capitalism. It investigates the political and conceptual limits of these movements, and their inability to put an end to the financial aggression. Focusing on the main actors of the Occupy process – the precarious cognitive workers, embodying the Marx's […]

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Franco Berardi, Seminar Discussion: "Aesthetic Genealogy of Globalization"

Stevenson Fireside Lounge Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College, Santa Cruz, CA

Franco "Bifo" Berardi will be leading a seminar discussion based on "Aesthetic Genealogy of Globalization," an excerpt from his forthcoming book And – Phenomenology of the End. Participants are invited to read the text and join the discussion. The text can be downloaded at this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ax682ecxgn4jtzi/Franco%20Berardi%2C%20Aesthetic%20Genealogy%20of%20Globalization.pdf?dl=0.   This seminar is part of the series “What Is […]

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Warren Neidich on "Cognitive Capitalism"

Oakes College, Room 105 Oakes College,‎ 150 Heller Drive, Santa Cruz, CA

Warren Neidich is an artist and critic, editor of The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism (Archive Books, 2013). He will be speaking in Warren Sack's lecture course, and interested parties are invited to attend. Those who would like to participate in a further discussion with Neidich that afternoon should email wsack@ucsc.edu.

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Steve Wright: "The Political: Some Experiences from the Italian Operaismo of the 1960s and 1970s"

Stevenson Fireside Lounge Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College, Santa Cruz, CA

This talk will critically examine debates around 'the political' amongst the Italian workerists. While championing new understandings of class composition that challenged the traditional leninist separation of economic and political struggles, the workerists of the 1960s and 1970s nonetheless struggled to formulate an agreed approach to theorising and practicing 'the political'. The talk will seek […]

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Steve Wright seminar: “Revolution from Above? Money and Class Composition in Italian Operaismo"

Stevenson Fireside Lounge Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College, Santa Cruz, CA

Steve Wright will be leading a seminar discussion based on “Revolution from Above? Money and Class Composition in Italian Operaismo,” recently published in Marcel van der Linden and Karl Heinz Roth, Beyond Marx: Theorising the Global Labour Relations of the Twenty-First Century (Brill, 2013). Participants are invited to read the text and join the discussion. […]

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Ching Kwan Lee: "Buying Stability in China: Markets, Protests and Authoritarianism”

Stevenson Fireside Lounge Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College, Santa Cruz, CA

This talk outlines China’s trajectory of commodification and the counter-movements by state and society in the past quarter century. Unpacking the class specific dynamics and experiences of precarization, I discuss how the commodification of land, labor, housing and the environment has triggered collective struggles by farmers, workers and the middle class. To maintain social stability, […]

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Neferti Tadiar: "Next to Nothing"

Stevenson Fireside Lounge Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College, Santa Cruz, CA

This talk is a meditation on remaindered life, the unsubsumable, indivisible yet every-diminishing leftover of life-making practice for those who live in proximity to a social state of utter valuelessness. Drawing on diverse yet connected social contexts of redundant or superfluous populations, including undocumented immigrants, refugees, guest workers, and criminalized black and brown men and […]

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Jonathan Beller: "The Computational Unconscious"

Stevenson Fireside Lounge Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College, Santa Cruz, CA

Abstract: This talk understands the rise of Capitalism as the first digital culture with universalizing aspirations and capabilities, and recognizes contemporary culture, driven as it is by electronic digital computing, as something like digital culture 2.0. Rather than seeing this shift strictly as a break, we might consider it as one result of an overall […]

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