Special Issue of Workplace Journal on ‘Marx, Engels and the Critique of Academic Labor’

Karen Gregory and I have edited a special issue of Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, which focuses on the contribution that Marx and Engels' work can make to the critical study of academic labour. This is also something I explored in my earlier article for Workplace, 'Writing about academic labor'. In addition to editing the … Continue reading Special Issue of Workplace Journal on ‘Marx, Engels and the Critique of Academic Labor’

Communism in practice: Directly social labour

While reading this extract below from Peter Hudis' wonderful book, keep in mind the already existing practices of P2P production, such as free software and open education. As Michel Bauwens and others recognise, these are examples of a proto-mode of post-capitalist production. They conform to much of what Marx describes (below) as the features of directly social … Continue reading Communism in practice: Directly social labour

The general intellect, mass intellectuality, and the value-form

Source: Smith, Tony (2013) The 'General Intellect' in the Grundrisse and Beyond. In: In Marx's Laboratory. Critical Interpretations of the Grundrisse, Leiden: Brill. "I believe Virno and Vercellone understate the role of the general intellect in the era extending from the first Industrial Revolution to Fordism, while overstating its flourishing in contemporary capitalism. But they are surely correct to … Continue reading The general intellect, mass intellectuality, and the value-form

The co-operative university: Labour, property and pedagogy

I begin this article by discussing the recent work of academics and activists to identify the advan- tages and issues relating to co-operative forms of higher education, and then focus on the ‘worker co-operative’ organisational form and its applicability and suitability to the governance of and practices within higher educational institutions. Finally, I align the … Continue reading The co-operative university: Labour, property and pedagogy

A perverse society in which human relations take on the form of relations between things

Source: Peter Hudis (2014) Yes, there is an alternative - and it can be found in Marx. "...even in discussing the most initial phase of a new society, Marx envisions a far more radical and fundamental social transformation than has been envisaged by both his followers and critics. Communism for Marx couldn’t be further from … Continue reading A perverse society in which human relations take on the form of relations between things

Call for Papers: Marx, Engels and the Critique of Academic Labor

UPDATE 02/02/15 We've received and accepted some excellent responses to this CfP but we're hoping for more. Consequently, the deadline for abstracts has been extended until the 1st March. All other dates remain the same. If you're thinking of submitting an abstract please note that we're specifically looking for "...papers that acknowledge the foundational work of … Continue reading Call for Papers: Marx, Engels and the Critique of Academic Labor

Marx on co-operatives, political power, solidarity and knowledge

Karl Marx's Inaugural Address of the International Working Men’s Association, “The First International”, October 21-27 1864. (my emphasis) "But there was in store a still greater victory of the political economy of labor over the political economy of property. We speak of the co-operative movement, especially the co-operative factories raised by the unassisted efforts of a few … Continue reading Marx on co-operatives, political power, solidarity and knowledge

Writing About Academic Labour

This essay calls for a return to the labour theory of Marx, or rather to Marx’s negative critique of labour and its “pivotal” role in comprehending the political economy of higher education. It argues that a critique of capitalism and its apparent complexity must be undertaken through an immanent critique of labour, rather than from the standpoint of labour as has … Continue reading Writing About Academic Labour