Critical Theories of Contemporary Capitalism: Finance, Logistics, Extraction

New School for Social Research: Politics

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Theories of Capitalism

Spring 2018

Taught By: Mezzadra, Sandro

Section: A

CRN: 6313

Credits: 3

The course will start with a historical framing of the question regarding the peculiarity of contemporary capitalism, briefly considering some of the most influential classical approaches to the study of capitalism. It will subsequently focus on more recent debates and will examine several proposals to conceptually grasp the specific capitalist formation that began to take shape in the early 1970s. Such concepts as flexible accumulation and late capitalism, the knowledge economy and neoliberalism, cognitive and postcolonial capitalism, Empire and postfordism will be critically discussed. On the basis of this discussion the course will then examine recent developments in three key “sectors” of capitalist operations, i.e. finance, logistics, and extraction. Discussing both case studies and theoretical works regarding these developments the attempt will be made to take finance, logistics, and extraction as points of entry for a more general analysis of contemporary capitalism.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Politics (GPOL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:14pm 4/19/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 502

Date Range: 1/23/2018 - 5/8/2018