Mezzadra, Sandro

(Dipartimento di Scienze politiche e sociali, Università di Bologna)

At the Multiple Borders of Politics: In Search for the Subject of the Common

Drawing from a book I recently published with Brett Neilson (“Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor”), the presentation will start with a description of the multiplication and heterogenization of borders that characterize the contemporary world. It will then focus on the consequences of these processes for some of the most important political concepts that attempted to grasp political subjectivity in modern times – from the people to the nation, from citizenship to class. Against the background of contemporary theoretical debates surrounding these issues, the presentation will critically emphasize the need to investigate the production of subjectivity from the point of view of the operations of contemporary capitalism as well as of the new assemblages of power and law in the making. The concept of border struggles will be proposed at the end of the presentation in order to provide an angle on the necessity of imagining new forms of political subjectivity capable of “translating” multiplicity and heterogeneity into the material basis of a politics of the common.


Selected Publications: Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor (2013; with Brett Neilson); The Borders of Justice (2013; ed. with Étienne Balibar and Ranabir Samaddar); Crisis in the Global Economy: Financial Markets, Social Struggles, and New Political Scenarios (2010; ed. with Andrea Fumagalli).