Autonomia Reading Group

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Autonomia: A Reading Group

The group will run on four consecutive Tuesdays, 7-9 throughout October and early November. Tuesdays, 11th October, 18th October, 25th October and 1st November.
Venue: Transmission Gallery, 28 King Street, Glasgow, Scotland, G1 5QP


Week 1, Tuesday 11th October, 20011, 7.00-9.00pm
Maurizio Lazzarato, Immaterial Labour. In, Michael Hardt and Paolo Virno, eds, Radical Thought in Italy: A Potential Politics, Theory Out of Bound Series, Minnesota Press, 1996.

Week 2, Tuesday 18th October, 2011, 7.00-9.00pm
Paolo Virno, Ten Theses on the Multitude and Post-Fordist Capitalism. In, Paolo Virno, A Grammar of the Multitude, Semiotext(e) Foreign Agents Series, 2004

Week 3, Tuesday 25th October, 2011, 7.00-9.00pm
Wu Ming Foundation, Fetishism of Digital Commodities and Hidden Exploitation: The Cases of Amazon and Apple, Wu Ming Foundation blog, 2011

Week 4, Tuesday 1st November, 2011, 7.00-9.00pm
Sylvia Fedrici, Feminism and the Politics of the Commons, The Commoner Journal, 2011


‘Bifo’ Berardi, Anatomy of Autonomy, In, Italy: Autonomia. Post-political politics.Ed. Sylvere Lotringer and Christian Marazzi, Semiotext, 1980, pp.148-170

Karl Marx , Fragment on Machines, Grundrisse, pp.690-712

Autonomia: A Reading Group

The group will run on four Tuesdays, 7-9pm, throughout July and early August. Tuesdays 5th July, 12th July, 26th July and 2nd August. – note changed date for two last readings!

Venue: The Free Hetherington, 13 University Gardens, Glasgow University, Glasgow.

Autonomy is a concept much discussed, but perhaps less well understood. This may well be due to the relative neglect of autonomist thought in the UK compared to other European countries such as Italy, France and Greece. This reading group aims to make inroads into that neglect by exploring in detail four classic texts from the movement of Italian Autonomist Marxism; a movement widely considered as the most advanced expression of autonomist thought in the 20th century.

The reading group will explore key selections from Mario Tronti, Antonio Negri, Mariarosa Dalla Costa and Sergio Bologna. We introduce a broad sweep of theoretical innovation from 1964 to 1977, covering such key ideas as the mass worker; the refusal of work and the autonomy of the class; the critique of the Keynesian planner-state; feminism, reproduction and the social factory, and class composition as a mode of radical research and transformative activity.

The group is not afraid to be caught learning: our aim is to encourage an open collective learning process for working through some of the fundamental texts of autonomism and autonomia. The group aims to develop deeper critical engagement with some of what we regard as the most important revolutionary writing of the last century. To make the discussion more participatory, reading the texts before each session is encouraged, but this is not mandatory. The group is open to all.


Week 1 Tuesday, 5th, July, 2011, 7.00-9.00pm:
Mario Tronti, The Strategy of Refusal, Italy: Autonomia. Post-political politics. Ed. Sylvere Lotringer and Christian Marazzi, Semiotext,1980,pp. 28-35.

Week 2 Tuesday, 12th July, 2011, 7.00-9.00pm:
Toni Negri, Keynes and the Capitalist Theory of the State Post-1929, Revolution Retrieved: Selected Writings on Marx, Keynes & New Social Subjects, 1967-1983. Ed. Ed Emery, London: Red Notes, 1988.

Week 3 now changed to Tuesday, 26th July, 2011, 7.00-9.00pm:
Mariarosa Dalla Costa and Selma James. The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community, Bristol: Falling Wall Press, 1972. With an introduction by Selma James (optional).

Week 4 now changed to Tuesday, 2nd August, 2011, 7.00-9.00pm:
Sergio Bologna, The Tribe of Moles, Italy: Autonomia. Post-political politics. Ed. Sylvere Lotringer and Christian Marazzi (New York: Semiotext, 1980), 36-61.


Sylvere Lotringer and Christian Marazzi, eds. Italy: Autonomia. Post-political politics. Ed. Sylvere Lotringer and Christian Marazzi, New York: Semiotext, 1980.

Harry Cleaver. Introduction, Reading Capital Politically, Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1979, pp.3-66. link

Steve Wright, Storming Heaven: Class Composition and Struggle in Italian Autonomist Marxism, Pluto Press, 2002. link

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