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Date(s) - 08/12/2023
6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Birkbeck Clore Management Centre

The Trust is delighted to announce that this year’s Amiel & Melburn lecture will be given by Michael Hardt of Duke University. Hosted by the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Hardt’s lecture will draw from his latest book, The Subversive Seventies – a bold reconstruction of the history of revolutionary politics in the 1970s. The event will be followed by a drinks reception and will be live streamed for those outside London.

This event has now passed but you can watch a recording via this link

Michael Hardt ‘The Subversive 1970s: The End of Mediation and Experiments in Autonomy’

In the 1970s activists in several countries conceived as “the end of mediation” the fact that protest and other forms of contestation were no longer being addressed with reforms by the state and other social institutions. One response to this situation was to experiment with autonomous forms of organization, both in factories and in various sectors of social reproduction and development. This lecture will explore what relevance these experiences of the 1970s hold for political possibilities today.

Michael Hardt teaches political theory in the Literature Program at Duke University.  He is co-author of several books with Antonio Negri, including ‘Empire’.  His most recent book is ‘The Subversive Seventies’.  Together with Sandro Mezzadra he hosts The Social Movements Lab.

The event is a lecture followed by a wine reception.

Doors open: 5.45 pm
Talk starts: 6.15 pm

The annual lecture is organised by the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and supported by Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust.

This event is free and open to all but registration is required. Please click on the ‘book your place’ link at the top of the page to secure your place.

Michael will be speaking at an all day Culture, Power, Politics symposium, The Radical 1970s to coincide with his new book the following day on 9th December at Birkbeck. More details here