The talk will start with a quick review of the measures taken by governments in different parts of the world to manage the Covid-19 pandemic. The question of public health will be discussed as well as the organization of economic activities particularly focusing on so-called “essential sectors.” In the second part of the talk I will flesh out the most relevant trends that characterize the development of capitalism in the current conjuncture, foreshadowing a post-pandemic capitalism. In doing that I will focus on the reproduction and mutations of biopolitics also with respect to migration. An analysis of emerging forms of labor and social struggles will conclude the talk.
Sandro Mezzadra is a professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Bologna. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Border as Method (2013), which has been translated into Slovenian. He is also a member of the international editorial board at Časopis za kritiko znanosti (Journal for the Critique of Science).
The lecture will be held in English and will be moderated by Nejc Kralj, a member of the ILS programme committee. It will be streamed on YouTube.