One of these days when I finally feel like I’m ahead of the curve on at least some of the things I have on my plate (and when I’ve stopped mixing my metaphors) I’d like to work up some of the following. And so, notes to self.

First, a course on Italian marxism and Italian social movements, political organizations, and social unrest in the 1960s and 1970s.

Second, some essays…. One, an essay taking on the post-operaismo ideas of real subsumption and postfordism. They may be best done as two different pieces (one on real sub and one on postfordism). On real sub, I’d like to do a marxological section about uses of the term, a historical section showing in some detail how the periodization used by at least some of the post-operaists is misleading, and perhaps a final political section about the stakes (liquidationism and spontaneism, IMHO). On post-fordism, that’d involve reading the regulation school in more depth and reading the history of fordism, with a similar structure to the real sub essay. I’d also like to do a historical essay on capitalism and biopolitics, to go with my basically totally theoretical essay on Negri and Foucault, biopolitics and periodization. I’d also like to get a better handle on Foucault in order to extend the foucaultogical (ha! say that ten times fast!) bit of the aforementioned theoretical essay. I’d like to write another essay or two on all this, on precarity. That’d mean I think delving back into the precarity debates and movements to be able present something like a systematic or at least partially synoptic take on those debates, then again have a theoretical discussion taking aim at the precarity-as-epoch point followed by a historical take on the same point (the latter would involve among other things a discussion of risk, private and public insurance, and welfare; industrial injury, and industrial relations in unionized and non-unionized sectors over time; it’d a lot of work but it could stand as a comparative piece – talk about the US then talk about say, Italy). Finally, it’d be fun to take the same approach to theoretical and periodizing stuff on the professional worker, mass worker, socialized worker, etc – a theoretical discussion on hegemony and class vanguards and subalternity plus the move from “this figure was hegemonic” to “this figure typified the era” to the implied “all workers at that time were of this sort” in some uptakes of this stuff; followed by historical demonstration that all of this didn’t break cleanly into the same lines in all places within capitalism. As part of this it’d be neat to puzzle through Gisela Bok’s book in Italian.

Advertisements