Mute: Is the University a Factory?

Out now – Mute
Susan Kelly reviews Gerald Raunig’s recent book on the industrialisation of knowledge and creativity. She questions how accurate the metaphor of ‘factory’, with its associated figure of the wage-labourer, really is in these individualising and precarious times.

Nicely engaged piece… as the snippet below indicates…

“In reading Raunig’s book I was perhaps inevitably forced into a reckoning and a recounting of my own experiences of this same recent period of change in London. This experience of university occupations, temporary squats, waves of demonstrations, local borough politics, smaller micropolitical groups, and the Occupy movement as it was incarnated at St. Paul’s, was incredibly inspiring for many of us in this city. But it also painfully laid bare the depths and complexity of our entanglement – and complicity – in both the macro and micropolitical regimes of neoliberalism, our failure to make any real gains in these years as well as the intense battles we face if we are to get any traction in our struggles. In other words, I approach Raunig’s book not only through a theoretical reading, but also through a common grappling with these experiences of struggle and transformations.”

Read on

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About Virality

Tony D. Sampson is Reader in Digital Culture and Communications at the University of East London. A former musician, he studied computer technology and cultural theory before receiving a PhD in sociology from the University of Essex. His publications include The Spam Book, coedited with Jussi Parikka (Hampton Press, 2009), Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Neuroculture (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) and Affect and Social Media (Rowman and Littlefield, due 2018). He is organizer and host of the Affect and Social Media conferences in the UK, a co-founder of Club Critical Theory and Director of the EmotionUX Lab at UEL. He occasionally blogs at: https://viralcontagion.wordpress.com/ Full academic profile: https://www.uel.ac.uk/Staff/s/tony-sampson
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