Maurizio Lazzarato: Capital, Time, and Social Life in the Contemporary World

In this guest lecture, philosopher and sociologist Maurizio Lazzarato will discuss the major topics of his ongoing intellectual project: capital and debt, time and temporality, and the ways in which these forces structure the social world.

Introduced and organized by Bruce Barnhart, ILOS.

The lecture will be held in French with parallel English translation by Francie Crebs. Q&A to follow!

Maurizio Lazzarato is an Italian sociologist and philosopher, a researcher at Matisse/CNRS, Pantheon-Sorbonne University (University Paris I), and a member of the International College of Philosophy in Paris. Over the last decade, Lazzarato has published a series of books that, taken together, constitute one of the most insightful and provocative analyses of the ways in which capital shapes social life. 

In The Making of the Indebted Man (2012), Signs and Machines (2014), and Governing by Debt (2015), Lazzarato shows the way in which late capitalism shapes subjectivity from both within and without, using debt as a tool to form and discipline individuals and social formations.  Building on the work of Foucault, Deleuze, and Guattari, Lazzarato creates a Marxist theoretical framework that cuts to the heart of contemporary economic and social life. 

Lazzarato is one of the major figures of Italian post-workerist thought and of contemporary Marxist theory. His 1996 essay “Immaterial Labor” is a foundational text for thinking value and labor in the digital age. Lazzarato’s work crosses the boundaries between social theory, aesthetics, political science, and philosophy.

Open for all interested. Organized by Bruce Barnhart in the Literature, Rights, and Imagined Communities project, ILOS

Published Apr. 16, 2018 1:47 PM - Last modified Apr. 17, 2018 6:31 PM