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Christian Fuchs – “Reading Marx’s ‘Capital’ in the Information Age”

On March 29th at 2 pm, Prof. Christian Fuchs (University of Westminster) will present a paper entitled “Reading Marx’s ‘Capital’ in the Information Age”.

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This talk will focus on the relevance of Marx’s theory in contemporary capitalism. First, it will discuss aspects of communication in Marxist theory. Second, the focus will be on how to theorise communication based on Hegel and Marx. Third, the talks will analyse digital labour in contemporary capitalism. Fourth, it will point out the importance of Marxist ideology critique in an increasingly authoritarian form of capitalism. Fifth, the presentation will engage with some causes of the contemporary capitalist crisis from a Marxian critical political economy perspective. Sixth, the conclusion will focus on the question how socialism can today pose a viable alternative to capitalism.

Christian Fuchs is a professor at the University of Westminster, where he is the Director of the Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies and the Director of the Communication and Media Research Institute. He is co-editor of the journal tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique (http://www.triple-c.at) and as executive committee member of the European Sociological Assocation (ESA) the conference committee chair of the ESA 2017 conference “(Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities” (http://esa13thconference.eu/). His research focuses on contemporary critical and Marxist theory as well as critical digital and media sociology. @fuchschristian http://fuchs.uti.at

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Publications

Monograph - 2018

Social Movements and Civil War : When Protests for Democratization Fail

Donatella della Porta, Teije Hidde Donker , Bogumila Hall , Emin Poljarevic
This book investigates the origins of civil wars which emerge from failed attempts at democratization. The main aim of this volume is to develop a theoretical explanation of the conditions under which and the mechanisms through which social movements' struggles for democracy ends up in civil war.

Monograph - 2017

Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis

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Out now "Social movements and referendum from below", the first book that bridges the gap between social movement studies and research on direct democracy. It draws on social movement theory to understand the nature of popular mobilisation in referendums using unique case studies such as the referendum on independence in Scotland, the consultations on independence in Catalonia, the Italian referendum on water, the referendum on the Troika proposals in Greece and the referendum on the debt repayment in Iceland.