Category Archives: Reading Material

Session 7 – Prof. Sandro Mezzadra (Università di Bologna) – From Social Struggles to Political Institutions? Processes of Institutionalization and Transformation of Social Movements between the Latin American and the European Experience

Wednesday 29th April 2015 – 5pm – Badia Fiesolana, Emeroteca
(Discussants: Cesar Guzman-Goncha, Daniela Chironi)

Sandro Mezzadra, Seizing Europe – Crisis Management, Constitutional Transformations, Constituent Movements, in Ó.G. Agustín – Ch. Ydesen (eds), Post-Crisis Perspectives. The Common and Its Powers, Frankfurt a.M., Peter Lang, 2013, pp. 99-118

A. Negri – R. Sanchez, The Left in Europe needs to be radical – and European, in The Guardian, 27.2.2015

Colectivo Situaciones, 19 & 20: Notes for a New Social Protagonism, Autonomedia, 2011 (Preface, The Ballade of Buenos Aires and Introduction)

J. Beasley-Murray, Post-Hegemony. Political Theory and Latin America, Minneapolis – London, University of Minnesota Press, 2010 (Introduction and Epilogue)


Session 6 – Prof. Sergio Bologna (independent) – Theory and practice of the Unionisation of the self employed in Europe and in the U.S.

Monday 8th April 2015 – 5pm – Badia Fiesolana –

Sergio Bologna’s Curriculum Vitae


Sergio Bologna – The freelancers’ movement: roots, nature, evolution – abstract_freelancer

Sergio Bologna – Workerism Beyond Fordism: On the Lineage of Italian Workerism

Manifesto dei Lavoratori Autonomi di Seconda Generazione

Further Reading Materials:

Irene Mandl, with Maurizio Curtarelli, Sara Riso, Oscar Vargas and Elias Georgiannis (2015): New forms of employment. Publications Office of the European Union: Luxembourg.

Session 5 – Prof. Antonio Negri – From the ‘Operaio Sociale’ to the Multitude: A Marxist Approach to Social Movements Theory?

28th January 2015 – Reading Materials

1. Acting in Common and the Limits of Capital (A. Negri)

2. Genealogy of Rebellion (A. Negri, from Commonwealth)

3. Negri Interview by ROAR

4. Italy, Operaism and Postoperaism: Entry in Blackwell Encyclopedia (S. Mezzadra)

5. Storming Heaven – Class Composition and Struggle in Italian Autonomist Marxism OCR (S. Wright)

Session 4 – Prof. Richard Bellamy – Yet another Gramscian Moment?!: Gramsci and the Crises of the 1920s, the 1980s and Now – READING MATERIAL

Reading Material from: Richard Bellamy, Croce, Gramsci, Bobbio and the Italian Political Tradition, ECPR Press, 2014

1. Chapter 8 – Gramsci, Croce and the Italian Political Tradition

2. Chapter 10 – A Crocean Critique of Gramsci on Historicism, Hegemony and Intellectuals

3. Chapter 13 – Which Socialism_ Bobbio on Marxism, Socialism and Democracy

“I am, or rather was, an expert on Gramsci, but Continue reading

Creditocracy and the Case for Debt Refusal

1. Ross, Andrew (2014), Creditocracy or Democracy?, Al Jazeera America,
2. Strike Debt (2014), Introduction to the Debt Resister’s Operations Manual,
Oakland: PM Press.
3. Ross, Andrew (2014), Introduction in Creditocracy and the Case for Debt
Refusal, New York and London: OR Books; pp.: 9-29.
Andrew Ross invites the seminar participants to peruse at will the Debt
Resister’s Operations Manual, which is available online at the following link:   Continue reading

D. della Porta, Social Movements in Times of Austerity: Chapters 2 and 3

Social Movements in Times of Austerity. Bringing Capitalism Back in Protest Analysis

Donatella della Porta (European University Institute And Scuola Normale Superiore)

Polity Press © Donatella della Porta


Chapter 1: The reemergence of a class cleavage? Social movements in times of austerity

Chapter 2: Social structure: old working class, new precariat, or yet something different?

Chapter 3: Identification processes: class and culture

Chapter 4: La llama democracia y no lo es: a crisis of responsibility

Chapter 5: Democracy is not a spectator sport: changing conceptions of democracy in social movements

Chapter 6: Bringing capitalism back in protest analysis? Some concluding remarks


Chapter 2

Social structure: old working class, new precariat, or yet something different?  Continue reading