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Public lecture Michael Hardt: “What to Do in a Crisis”

Public Lecture during Intensive Programme (Theme of week: Cosmopolitanism and Social responsibility)

What to Do in a Crisis” 

The lecture will take as point of departure some of the forms of resistance that have emerged in the current economic crisis, such as the defense of labor union rights in Wisconsin and the occupations of Madrid's Puerta del sol and Athen's Syntagma Square in Spring 2011.  The ultimate goal is to recognize some of the ways that it is changing what it means to be "the Left."

Michael Hardt, Ph.D.,
born in Washington DC in 1960, is a political philosopher and literary theorist currently based at Duke University, North Carolina. Michael Hardt's recent writings focus primarily on deciphering various aspects of globalization through the style of writing he defines as eclecticism – or bringing together in one place and connecting the ideas of various thinkers such as Karl Marx, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Antonio Gramsci and Thomas Jefferson. His most famous works, Empire (2000) and Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire (2004) were written in collaboration with Antonio Negri and, according to some, became major events in political and critical theory.

In 2009, these two works will be accompanied by the next part of the trilogy entitled Commonwealth. Michael Hardt is also the author of Gilles Deleuze: An Apprenticeship in Philosophy (1993), Labor of Dionysus: A Critique of the State Form (co-written with Antonio Negri, 1994), Radical Thought in Italy (coedited with Paolo Virno, 1996), and The Jameson Reader (with Kathi Weeks, 2000).

The public lecture is free of charge. We recommend however that you register, by sending an email to:

On the 27th of January Michael Hardt will take part in a seminar together with Tine de Moor and Rosi Braidotti. For more information click here.


Startdatum en tijd: 26/1/2012 13:30
Einddatum en tijd: 26/1/2012 15:00
Locatie: Kromme nieuwe Gracht 80, room 006