Michael Hardt at e-flux
Sunday, May 12, 6 pm
On the occasion of Rossella Biscotti’s The Trial, join us for a talk by Michael Hardt. Having co-written with Antonio Negri the trilogy of books beginning with Empire in 2000, the political philosopher and literary theorist will discuss the significance of Autonomia Operaia in relation to contemporary struggles to shape democracy in our present time. Has the Occupy movement informed or shifted our conception of what the multitude can mean and how it assembles? How has the legacy of 1960s and 70s Italian political thought allowed us to discover emancipatory potentials within informal, caring, or even artistic labor?
Michael Hardt is a political philosopher and literary theorist currently based at Duke University, North Carolina. His recent writings focus primarily on deciphering various aspects of globalization in dialogue with the ideas of various thinkers such as Karl Marx, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Antonio Gramsci and Thomas Jefferson. His most famous works, Empire (2000), Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire (2004), and Commonwealth (2009) were written in collaboration with Antonio Negri and, according to some, became major events in political and critical theory. Hardt and Negri’s most recent publication, Declaration (2012), analyses the legacies and challenges posed by the cycle of struggles that began in 2011, including the indignados in Spain and Occupy in the US. Michael Hardt is also the author of Gilles Deleuze: An Apprenticeship in Philosophy (1993), Labor of Dionysus: A Critique of the State Form (co-written with Antonio Negri, 1994), Radical Thought in Italy (coedited with Paolo Virno, 1996), and The Jameson Reader (with Kathi Weeks, 2000).