Massimiliano Tomba

is currently a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, and in the fall will be 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.

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.