Massimiliano Tomba

is a faculty member in the History of Consciousness department at UC Santa Cruz. He has taught Political Theory at the University of Padova (Italy). His research interests include Marxism, critical theory (especially the first generation of the Frankfurt School), and modern and contemporary political thought. His books include Krise und Kritik bei Bruno Bauer. Kategorien des Politischen im nachhegelschen Denken (2005); La vera politica. Kant e Benjamin: la possibilità della giustizia (2006); Marx’s Temporalities (2013); and Attraverso la piccolo porta. Quattro studi su Walter Benjamin (2017). Presently, he is working on a book titled Insurgent Universality.

Hans-Jürgen Krahl: New Emancipative Desires (1943-1970)

Hans-Jürgen Krahl: New Emancipative Desires (1943-1970)

  Anti-author­i­tar­i­an Move­ments in Late Cap­i­tal­ist Soci­ety Hans-Jür­­gen Krahl’s name is indis­sol­ubly linked to the Ger­man ’68. His death, fol­low­ing a Feb­ru­ary 1970 car acci­dent, was felt as an unde­ni­able loss for the eman­ci­pa­tion move­ment in the metrop­o­lis­es. “The short polit­i­cal biog­ra­phy of Hans-Jür­­gen Krahl, whose agi­tat­ing activ­i­ty and the­o­ret­i­cal work con­tributed sig­nif­i­cant­ly in deter­min­ing the pol­i­tics of the protest… Read more →

Deprovincializing Marx: On Harry Harootunian’s Reading of Marx

Deprovincializing Marx: On Harry Harootunian’s Reading of Marx

Harootun­ian empha­sizes the ten­sion between tem­po­ral­i­ties, where anachro­nisms can dis­turb the homo­ge­neous lin­ear time of cap­i­tal­ism and the nation-state, and can ori­ent the tra­jec­to­ry of polit­i­cal moder­ni­ty in a dif­fer­ent direc­tion. These anachro­nisms con­sti­tute pos­si­bil­i­ties for derail­ing the train of his­to­ry in anoth­er direc­tion.