Capitalist Operations: Extraction, Finance, Logistics, & Infrastructure
Duke faculty and graduate students were welcomed at Capitalist Operations: Extraction, Finance, Logistics, & Infrastructure, a mini-seminar jointly offered by Michael Hardt (Literature, Duke University) and Sandro Mezzadra (Political and Social Sciences, University of Bologna). This seminar and Prof. Mezzadra's visit were jointly sponsored by the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Program in Literature, and the Bologna-Duke Summer School on Global Studies and Critical Theory. The seminar served, in part, to explore neoliberalism from a series of different angles in the attempt to make the concept and its associated practices more concrete. Each of the four meetings was dedicated to a single concept that offers a new perspective on the functioning of capital: extraction, finance, logistics, and infrastructure. In some respects, these concepts name longstanding processes of the capitalist relations of production that can today be recognized in a new light; in other respects, they name new processes that have only emerged or become dominant in recent years.