Alberto Toscano

teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he co-directs the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought. He is the author of Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea, and Cartographies of the Absolute (with Jeff Kinkle). He is a member of the editorial board of Historical Materialism and is series editor of The Italian List at Seagull Books.

Limits to Periodization

Limits to Periodization

Can the riots real­ly express and expli­cate our his­tor­i­cal moment, serv­ing as the “holo­graph­ic minia­ture of an entire sit­u­a­tion, a world-pic­ture?” What I want to address here is the over­ar­ch­ing prin­ci­ple that gov­erns the com­po­si­tion of the book’s var­i­ous con­cep­tu­al ele­ments, and which in the final analy­sis is Clover’s name for the­o­ry: peri­odiza­tion.

Lineaments of the Logistical State

Lineaments of the Logistical State

Lin­ea­ment. noun. GEOLOGY. A lin­ear fea­ture on the earth’s sur­face, such as a fault. “State space sub­or­di­nates both chaos and dif­fer­ence to its implaca­ble logis­tics.” – Hen­ri Lefeb­vre, “Space and the State” (1978) Logis­ti­cal revolts Some­times, we have to look in unlike­ly places for news that can nour­ish a rad­i­cal polit­i­cal imag­i­na­tion.1 World Car­go News, for instance: Accord­ing to The Strike Club,… Read more → 

The Intolerable-Inquiry: The Documents of the Groupe d'information sur les prisons

The Intolerable-Inquiry: The Documents of the Groupe d’information sur les prisons

We are for­tu­nate to now have in a French edi­tion a col­lec­tion of the five book­lets pro­duced by the GIP between Feb­ru­ary 1971 and Jan­u­ary 1973 – Intolérable, num­bers 1 through 4, and a col­lec­tion of pris­on­ers’ demands – com­bin­ing ques­tion­naires and inquiries on prison con­di­tions, texts and dec­la­ra­tions from prison upris­ings, reports by prison psy­chi­a­trists, a dossier on the killing of George Jack­son and the black prison move­ment in the US, and cor­re­spon­dence and infor­ma­tion about the wave of sui­cides in French pris­ons.