MA Contemporary Art Theory: Special Subject 

Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths College, University of London


Week 1: What is postcapitalism?

Monday 7 November 2016

Week 2 – “A social and psychic revolution of almost inconceivable magnitude”: Countercultural bohemia as prefiguration

Monday 14 November 2016

  • Ellen Willis, “The Family: Love it or Leave it”, in Beginning to See the Light: Sex, Hope, and Rock-and-Roll, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012, pp149-168
  • Herbert Marcuse, “The Dialectic of Civilization” in Eros and Civilization, London: Abacus, 1972, pp68-83

Week 3 – From class consciousness to group consciousness

Monday 21 November 2016

  • Georg Lukacs, “The Standpoint of the Proletariat” from History and Class Consciousness(online at the Marxist Internet Archive, but split into three parts: Part 2 is here, Part 3 is here)
  • Nancy C. M. Hartsock, “The Feminist Standpoint: Developing the Ground for a Specifically Feminist Historical Materialism” in The Feminist Standpoint Revisited and Other Essays, Boulder, Colarado: Westview Press, 1998, pp105-132

Week 4 – “Union power and soul power”

Monday 28 November 2016

  • Jefferson Cowie, “Old Fashioned Heroes of the New Working Class”, Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class, New York and London: The New Press, 2010, pp23-75

Week 5 – Libidinal Marxism

Monday 5 December 2016

  • Jean-Francois Lyotard, “The Desire Named Marx” in Libidinal Economy, London: Athlone Press, 1993, pp95-149

Week 6 – Autonomia and the refusal of work

Monday 9 January 2017

Week 7 – The destruction of democratic socialism and the origins of neoliberalism: The case of Chile

Monday 16 January 2017

Week 8 – The invention of the Middle

Monday 23 January 2017

  • Carl Freedman, “Marx/Nietzsche/Freud/Nixon” in The Age of Nixon: A Study in Cultural Power, Winchester and Washington: Zer0, 2012, pp71-107
  • Penny Lewis, “Hardhats Versus Elite Doves: Consolidation of the Image” in Hard Hats, Hippies and Hawks: The Vietnam Antiwar Movement as Myth and Memory, Ithaca and London: ILR Press, 2013, pp159-185

Week 9 – Post-Fordism and New Times

Monday 30 January 2017

  • Stuart Hall, “The Meaning of New Times” in Stuart Hall and Martin Jacques eds, New Times: The Changing Face of Politics in the 90s, London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1989, pp116-136
  • Paolo Virno, all sections from “Beyond the coupling of the terms Fear/ Anguish” through to “Intellect as Score” in A Grammar of the Multitude: For an Analysis of Contemporary Forms of Life, New York: Semiotext(e), 2004, pp31-66

Week 10 – Technofeminism/ cyberfeminism

Monday 6 February 2017

  • Shulamith Firestone, “The Two Modes of Cultural History” inArmen Avanessian and Robin Mackay eds, #accelerate: The Accelerationist Reader (Urbanomic: Falmouth, 2014), pp109-13
  • Sadie Plant, all sections from “Cyborg Manifestos” through to “Cocoons” in Zeros and Ones: Digital Women and the New Technoculture, London: Fourth Estate, 1998, pp58-81

Week 11 – Accelerationism

Monday 20 February 2017

  • Fredric Jameson, “Utopia as Replication” in Valences of the Dialectic, London and New York: Verso, 2009, pp410-435
  • Nick Land, “Machinic Desire” in Fanged Noumena: Collected Writings 1987-2007, Falmouth: Urbanomic, 2012, pp319-344

Week 12: The network and its discontents (1): Hardt and Negri

Monday 27 February 2017

  • Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, “Beyond Capital?” inCommonwealth, Cambridge, Mass. and London: Harvard University Press, 2009, pp263-324

Week 13 – The network and its discontents (2): Peer to Peer

Monday 6 March 2017

Week 14 – Touchscreen capture

Monday 13 March 2017

Week 15 – Prometheus Reborn

Monday 20 March 2017


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