Permanent Reproductive Crisis: An Interview with Silvia Federici

NY Wages For Housework Poster

On the occasion of the publication of an anthology of her writing and the accession of a  Wages for Housework NY archive at Mayday Rooms in London, Marina Vishmidt interviewed Silvia Federici on her extensive contribution to feminist thought and recent work on debt activism (with contributions by Mute, Mayday Rooms and George Caffentzis)

 

Event: Signal:Noise II

Ricardo Basbaum, 'Superpronoun: 9 Me-You Choreographies', diagram, 2003

Signal:Noise II

Friday 20 – Saturday 21 January 2012

The Showroom Gallery, 63 Penfold Street, London NW8

 

'If the path to freedom lies through prison, then we are ready to take it.' Here is the closing statement of Alexei Gaskarov, who is facing four years in prison for political protest in Russia.

The Difficult Theory of a Mad World

From its central question, 'what does critical theory have to do with the critique of political economy?', Werner Bonefeld’s new book, reviewed here by Chris Wright, develops a deep engagement with the Frankfurt School, Marx and a constellation of less translated critics of the value-form

 

I find it hard to tell you

’Cause I find it hard to take

Nymphomaniac: Sex Against Gender

Still from Nymphomaniac: Walther PPK

Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac considers the feasibility of love with men, and whether heterosexual fucking – or abjuring it – can be women’s self-propulsion into the making of history

 

Pedunculated Fandango

Acknowledging the trends of a new cultural-topological turn Jonathan Kemp reads Sha Xin Wei’s recent book on poiesis, enchantment and topology, inside out

 

I teach you the friend and his overflowing heart. But you must understand how to be a sponge if you want to be loved by overflowing hearts

Continuing Business By Other Means: Egypt's Military Economy

Former military commander el-Sisi is the new president of Egypt

While much analysis has emphasised the flexible, precarious and improvisatory subjectivities of neoliberal ‘post-fordist’ society, the post-crunch period demonstrates that militarism, graft, and un-free labour are just as crucial for contemporary accumulation. In a detailed analysis of the role of the army in the Egyptian economy, L.S.

Notes on Normcore

Normcore - return of the normal, with added exchange value

Written in a (normcore-appropriate) low fever, reading these notes over they seem mad enough to make some sense. A response to the great Tom Frank's analysis of normcore, and matters arising

 

MOOCs - Herding education to the slaughter?

Of MOOCs and über-menschen

Massively open online courses (MOOCs) have been sold as the future of higher education but there is more than a whiff of ‘primitive accumulation’ at the new frontier. Dominic Pettman examines the state-and-vulture-capitalist looting of ‘the last great unplundered resource’ and considers some other definitions of educational value

 

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