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Toward a Global Autonomous University: Cognitive Labor, The Production of Knowledge, and Exodus from the Education Factory
What was once the factory is now the university.
We started off with this apparently straightforward affirmation, not in order to assume it but to question it; to open it, radically rethinking it, towards theoretical and political research. The Edu-factory project took off from here….Edu-factory is, above all, a partisan standpoint on the crisis of the university…. The state university is in ruins, the mass university is in ruins, and the university as a privileged place of national culture — just like the concept of national culture itself — is in ruins.
We’re not suffering from nostalgia. Quite the contrary, we vindicate the university’s destruction. In fact, the crisis of the university was determined by social movements in the first place. This is what makes us not merely immune to tears for the past but enemies of such a nostalgic disposition.
University corporatization and the rise of a global university…are not unilateral impositions or developments completely contained by capitalist rationality. Rather they are the result — absolutely temporary and thus reversible — of a formidable cycle of struggles. The problem is to transform the field of tension delineated by the processes analyzed in this book into specific forms of resistance and the organization of escape routes.
This is Edu-factory’s starting point and objective, its style and its method.
- Introduction: All Power to Self-Education!
- Production of Knowledge in the Global University
- The Rise of the Global University
- Eurocentrism, the University, and Multiple Sites of Knowledge Production
- Global Assemblages vs. Universalism
- Management of Knowledge vs. Production of Knowledge
- Short–Circuiting the Production of Knowledge
Nirmal Puwar & Sanjay Sharma
- Conditions of Interdisciplinarity
- Hierarchies in the Market for Education
- Lean and Very Mean: Restructuring the University in South Africa
- Governmentality and Commodification: The Keys to Yanqui Academic Hierarchy
- The Social Production of Hierarchy and What We Can Do About It: Notes from Asia
- Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor
Sandro Mezzadra and Brett Neilson
- The Pedagogy of Debt
- Management’s Control Panel
- Cognitive Labor: Conflicts and Translations
- Report from the Greek Student Movement
- Practices of Radical Cartography
Counter Cartographies Collective
- Online Education, Contingent Faculty and Open Source Unionism
- Cognitive Capitalism and Models for the Regulation of Wage Relations
- Notes on the Edu–factory and Cognitive Capitalism
George Caffentzis and Silvia Federici
- Translation, Biopolitics and Colonial Difference
Naoki Sakai and Jon Solomon
- The Production of the Common and the Global Autonomous University
- A Hierarchy of Networks?
- The University and the Undercommons
Stefano Harney and Fred Moten
- Neoliberalism against the Commons
- The Autonomous University and the Production of the Commons
- From a Liberal Arts Student
- Conflicts in the Production of Knowledge
- The Global Autonomous University
- On the Institution of the Common
Toni Negri and Judith Revel
- The Corporate University and the Financial Crisis, What Is Going On?
Christopher Newfield & edu-factory Collective
Published by Autonomedia in 2009