Cultures of Economies Research Group

A project of the University Program in Cultural Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

John Pickles
Lawrence Grossberg






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Current Schedule


April 5, 2006 (Wednesday). Bourdieu on the Tyranny of Markets and Social Struggle in Europe.
Discussion around Pierre Bourdieu's Acts of Resistance: Against the Tyranny of Markets (New Press: New York, 1998) and  Firing Back: Against the Tyranny of the Market 2 (New Press: New York,2003).
204 Saunders Hall, 5.00 – 8.00 pm. 

March 30-31, 2005
(Thursday/Friday). Various events with kanarinka. Founder of the Institute for Infinitely Small Things, iKatun, Corporate Commands, and other activist art groups based in Boston. kanarinka (Catherine D'Ignazio) is a new media artist who creates collaborative experiments in public spaces both online and offline using old calculus texts, techniques from cartography, and the participation of the general public. Her current project, "The Institute for Infinitely Small Things," is a research organization that supports various ways of going on expeditions in the world to find and create infinitely small things. By conducting microperformative interventions and supporting research into infinitely small things, "The Institute for Infinitely Small Things" creates experimental social and political spaces for members of the public to imagine new forms of resistance to the current condition of Empire. kanarinka is also Co-Director of iKatun, a collaborative group of artists and technologists, and the Associate Director of Art Interactive, Boston's premier new media arts space. She is a regular contributor to GlowLab, a collective of artists interested in psychogeographic practices. kanarinka has been commissioned by and the 7a*11d International Performance Art Festival. Her work has been shown at MASSMoCA and the DCKT Contemporary Gallery in NYC among other locations. kanarinka is a 2005 candidate for an MFA degree in Studio Art from the Maine College of Art.


Recent Projects:

Institue for Infinitely Small Things

March 21, 2006 (Tuesday). Jason Read (University of Southern Maine) 'The Micropolitics of Capital and the Production of Subjectivity' 7.00-8.30pm 204 Saunders Hall.

In his writing, Dr. Read engages with Spinoza, Foucault, Althusser, Negri, Virno, Tronti, and Deleuze among others. He is the author of The Micropolitics of Capital. Marx and the PreHistory of the Present (2003) and has also published in Rethinking Marxism(on Hardt & Negri, Spinoza, and Marx), borderlands e-journal (on Deleuze & Guattari's reading of Marx, and a review of Balibar's most recent book), and an essay on subjectivity in the 2002 special issue of Pli on Foucault. His most recent essay on Althusser and Foucault has just appeared in latest special issue of borderlands e-journal (2005):

Jason Read. 'A Fugitive Thread: The Production of Subjectivity in Marx'.

PLI: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy. Volume 13 (2002): Foucault: Madness/Sexuality/Biopolitics, pp. 126-144.

Available from Michal Osterweil <>

Jason Read. 'A Universal History of Contingency: Deleuze and Guattari on the History of Capitalism'.Borderlands e-journal 2 3 (2003)

Jason Read. 'Writing in the Conjuncture. Review of: We, the People of Europe?: Reflections on Transnational Citizenship by Etienne Balibar.'

Borderlands e-journal 3 1 (2004)

Jason Read. 'The Antagonistic Ground of Constitutive Power: An Essay on the Thought of Antonio Negri.'

Rethinking Marxism 11 2 (Summer 1999): 1-17.

Participants may also want to read Angela Mitropoulos's review:.
The micro-physics of theoretical production and border crossings. A review essay. Jason Read, 
The Micro-Politics of Capital: Marx and the Pre-history of the Present (New York: SUNY Press, 2003). 
Borderlands e-journal 3(2) 2004:

 Fall Schedule 2005


Cultures of Economies Reading Group Meetings Fall Semester:
October 105.00-7.00pm
(Monday) 213 Saunders Hall
Jason Read's The Micropolitics of Capital.
(SUNY Press, pp.1-60) and Jason Read. A Universal History of Contingency: Deleuze and Guattari on the History of Capitalism Borderlands e-journal. Volume 2 Number 3, 2003

October 25 5.00-7.00pm: (Tuesday) Jason Read. The Micropolitics of Capital


October 27 and 28 (Thursday and Friday) Seminars with Derek Gregory to discuss The Colonial Present (Blackwell, 2004). TBA

Spring Schedule 2005


February 11, Michael Hardt. Michael Hardt's recent writings deal primarily with the political, legal, economic, and social aspects of globalization. In his books with Antonio Negri he has analyzed the functioning of the current global power structure (Empire, 2000) and the possible democratic alternatives to that structure (Multitude, 2004). Many of his seminars focus on the work of important figures in the history of critical theory and political theory, such as Marx, Jefferson, Gramsci, Foucault, Deleuze, and Guattari. He also works on modern Italian literature and culture.


March 11, Andrew Ross. Professor of Comparative Literature, American Studies Program. Major Interests: labor and work; urban and suburban studies; intellectual history; social and political theory; science; ecology and technology; cultural studies. His recent books include No-Collar: The Humane Workplace and its Hidden Costs (Basic Books, 2002); The Celebration Chronicles: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Property Value in Disney's New Town (Ballantine, 1999); Real Love: In Pursuit of Cultural Justice (NYU Press, 1998); No Sweat: Fashion, Free Trade and the Rights of Garment Workers (1997, Verso).


March 31, George Yúdice. George Yudice is Director of the Privatization of Culture Project for Research on Cultural Policy at New YorkUniversity, which offers a Rockefeller Foundation sponsored Residency Fellowship Program. He is also Director of the Inter-American Cultural Studies Network, whose purpose is to engage scholars, intellectuals, activists and artists in North-South dialogue on the role of cultural work in furthering citizen participation in aesthetic, political, social, and economic matters. His research interests include cultural policy globalization and transnational processes, the organization of civil society, the role of intellectuals, artists, and activists in national and transnational institutions. He is author of The Expediency of Culture: Uses of Culture in the Global Era and We Are Not the World: Identity and Representation in an Age of Global Restructuring. He is also co-editor (with Jean Franco and Juan Flores) of On Edge: The Crisis of Contemporary Latin American Culture (1992) and co-editor of the "Cultural Studies in the Americas" book series with the University of Minnesota Press. For the past five years he has been conducting research on systems of support for art and culture in the US, in several Latin American countries and in international institutions. He is a member of the Social Text collective, and an advisory editor for Cultural Studies and Topia.


January 18, 5.00-6.45pm (Tuesday). Mapping economies

(i) Neva R. Goodwin, Oleg I. Ananyin, Frank Ackerman, and Thomas E. Weisskopf. (1997) Economics in Context: The Need for a New Textbook.

(ii) Paul Ormerod (2004) "Neoclassical economic theory: a special and not a general case" in Edward Fullbrook, A guide to what's wrong with economics (Anthem Press), 41-46.

(iii) Edward Fullbrook (2003) "A brief history of the post-autistic economics movement" in Edward Fullbrook.  The Crisis in Economics.  (Routledge).

(iv) Andrew Sayer. 2001. For a Critical Cultural Political Economy. Antipode 33(4): 687-708.

(v) Paul Dugay and Michael Pryke. 2002. Cultural Economy: an introduction. Cultural Economy. Sage, pp. 1-12.

(vi) Philip Mirowski. Cracks, Hidden Passageways and False Bottoms: The Economics of Science and Social Studies of Economics.

Introduction to The Effortless Economy of Science? Duke University Press.

(vii) Ronen Palan and Angus Cameron  'Empiricism and Objectivity: Post-Structural Empiricism and the Imagined Economies of Globalization'. 

Working Paper No. 4. University of Lancaster Cultural Political Economy Research Cluster.


February 1, 5.00-6.45pm (Tuesday)

Tony Lawson’sReorientingEconomicsI. (Routledge 2003)

(i) Symposium on‘Reorienting Economics’ Part I (Tony Lawson) post-autistic economics review. #28: 25 October 2004.


February 15, 5.00-6.45pm(Tuesday)

Tony Lawson’sReorienting Economics II. (Routledge 2003)

(ii) Symposium on‘Reorienting Economics’Part II (Tony Lawson) post-autistic economics review. #29: 6 December 2004.


March 1, 5.00-6.45pm(Tuesday)

The Post-autistic economics movement I

The Post-autistic economics movement:


March 15, UNC Spring Break

Note: Meeting on Friday March 11:

March 11, Andrew Ross, Selections from No-Collar: The Humane Workplace and its Hidden Costs (Basic Books, 2002) and No Sweat: Fashion, Free Trade and the Rights of Garment Workers (1997, Verso).


April 12, 5.00-6.45pm (Tuesday)

Wolff and Resnick.  Economics: Marxian versus Neoclassical I

Karl Marx. The method of political economy. Grundrisse. Translated into English 1973.

Stuart Hall. 2003. Marx’s Notes on Method: A ‘Reading’ of the ‘1857 Introduction’. Cultural Studies. 17-2 (March 2003): 113-149.



April 26, 5.00-6.45pm(Tuesday)

Wolff and Resnick.  Economics: Marxian versus Neoclassical II. Economics: Marxian versus Neoclassical I

Doug Henwood. ‘Marxing up the Millenium’ (1999 mimeo) and 'Lenin in Essen':

Workshop on Methods: David F. Ruccio.
David F. Ruccio teaches in the Department of Economics and Policy Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He is the editor of Rethinking Marxism: A Journal of Economics, Culture, and Society. His books include Postmodern Moments in Modern Economics (Princeton University Press, 2003), Postmodernism, Economics, and Knowledge (Routledge, 2001), and Economic Representations: Both Academic and Everyday.