[OPE-L] CFP, Future in the Present: Occupying the Social Factory

From: glevy@PRATT.EDU
Date: Tue Dec 13 2005 - 22:19:07 EST

CFP Future in the Present: Occupying the Social Factory
Stevphen Shukaitis stevphen at autonomedia.org
Tue Dec 13 14:46:43 PST 2005

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:: Call for Contributions // Presentations // Provocations::
The Future in The Present: Occupying the Social Factory

May 2-4, 2006 - Digby House at Oadby, Leicester, UK

From everyday insurgencies to global antagonisms, recent decades have
borne witness to multiple and overlapping cycles of social struggle, as
well as attempts to incorporate these sources of social wealth and
creativity. From transformations in the circuits of global capital to the
morphing of state structures, border controls and forms of sovereignty,
the development of neoliberal governmentality has constantly run to catch
up with our multiplicitous desires to create new forms of self-determining
community and sociality. Multidirectional lines of command attempt to
recuperate innovations at the level of everyday life, while myriad
microrevolutions branch out, weave together new possibilities, and
sometimes directly attack the networks of control.

What is the meaning of autonomy today, both as a theoretical category and
as a practice? And what can the thought of refusal contribute to the
organization of refusals in our daily lives? How can we create forms of
antagonism directed against the lines of command that cut across the
economic and social fabric, and which seek to incorporate affective,
biological, and symbolic processes into forms of production? How can we
prevent our antagonism being subsumed into the working of power and turned
them against us? Rather than to creating overarching concepts that
describe a new historical epoch, what would it mean to look at the
specific modulations of how productive forces and regimes of command are
changing in response to the social creativity and struggles of political
actors? And what possibilities for political and social change are
contained within these transformations? This is to start from the multiple
inscriptions of power and resistance: from the bare life and bodies of the
migrant worker to the precarious temp employee, from the unwaged to
laborers in export processing zone archipelagos.

This gathering will attempt to break down the format and constraints of
the traditional academic conference as well as forms of theorizing
divorced from on-going social struggles and organizing. It will seek to
create a living dialogue and encuentro, a series of collisions of bodies
and minds, drawing from the history of autonomist politics and organizing,
to draw out possible directions for the future buried beneath the weight
of the present. Rather than fixing autonomous practices as objects of
study it will draw together theorists, organizers, and activists
considering questions of what class composition, insurgent sociality, and
autonomous political practice could mean today. Possible topics could
include but are not limited to:

- The reception of the immaterial labour and biopolitical production
- The social factory and the new forms of metropolitan strike.
- The refusal of work and the rise of cognitive proletariat.
- Constituent power, exodus, and non-state democracy.
- Gender, libidinal economy and affective labour.
- Formats of resistance: class, movement, multitude, network.
- Strategies of resistance: biopolitical weapons and radical imagery.
- San Precario, the precariat and the Euromayday.
- Digital commons, networked multitudes, knowledge economy.

Proposals for discussions, presentations, and panels of 500 - 1000 words
should be sent to futureinthepresent at refusingstructures.net by Friday
January 27th, 2006.

There will be an issue of the Commoner (http://www.commononer.org.uk)
released to coincide with the encuentro as well as several related print
publications that are being planned. For more information and for
registration details, please send a message to
futureinthepresent at refusingstructures.net or visit
http://www.refusingstructures.net/future.html. Registration before January
31st is highly encouraged.

Sponsored by the University of Leicester Management Centre
(http://www.le.ac.uk/ulmc) and Autonomedia (http://www.autonomedia.org)

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