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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

News

14/09/2018

Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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Andrea Pirro has been recently appointed as new editor of the journal East European Politics published by Taylor and Francis.

31/08/2018

Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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Manuela Caiani has been awarded the Volkswagen Grant 2018 for the research project Popular Music as a Medium for the Mainstreaming of Populist Ideologies in Europe, that will be directed by Mario Dunkel (University Carl von Ossietzky of Oldenburg, Germany).

30/07/2018

ERC Starting Grant 2018 for Alice Mattoni

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Alice Mattoni, Research Fellow at COSMOS and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant 2018 for the research project BIT-ACT: Bottom-up initiative and anti-corruption technologies: how citizens use ICTs to fight corruption.

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

New Technologies as a Neglected Social Movement Outcome: The Case of Activism against Animal Experimentation

Manès Weisskircher
Based on novel empirical research, this paper analyzes a crucial and understudied case of a movement pushing for new technologies: the animal rights movement and its efforts to push for alternatives to animal experimentation.

Journal Article - 2018

Mobilizing in transnational contentious spaces: linking relations, emotions and space in migrant activism

Elias Steinhilper
The article illustrates how the transnational spaces most migrants inhabit can be politicized and transformed into particular social formations, for which the term ‘transnational contentious spaces’ is suggested.