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  • Dalli all'untore!
  • Packt den Giftsalber!
  • Get the Quacksalber!
  • Beyond the Breakdown
  • Jenseits des Zusammenbruchs
  • Más allá del colapso
  • Pandemie Locali: un mosaico di voci in un presente improvviso
  • Lokale Pandemien. Ein Mosaik von Stimmen in einer unvorhersehbaren Gegenwart
  • Local Pandemics: a mosaic of voices in a sudden present
  • Pandemias locales: un mosaico de voces en un presente improvisado
  • Ese rebelde. Cambiar la vida y no sólo salvarla
  • Dieser Rebell. Das Leben verändern, es nicht nur retten
  • That Rebel. To change our life and not just save it
  • Empieza el siglo XXI: el derecho a vivir
  • Der Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts: Das Recht auf Leben
  • The twenty-first century begins: the right to live
  • COVID-19 and Circuits of Capital
  • Covid-19 und die Kreisläufe des Kapitals
  • On Quarantines, Oikonomia and the Clinamen
  • Über Quarantänen, Oikonomia und das Clinamen
  • Sobre cuarentenas, oikonomía y el clinamen
  • It’s the capitalism, stupid! La fine della pandemia ...
  • It’s capitalism, stupid! Das Ende der Pandemie ...
  • ¡Es el capitalismo, estúpido! El fin de la pandemia ...
  • Más que renta básica. Una renta de emancipación
  • Mehr als Grundeinkommen: Ein Einkommen zur Emanzipation
  • More than basic income. An income of emancipation
  • Più che basic income. Un reddito di emancipazione
  • To Quarantine from Quarantine
  • In die Quarantäne aus der Quarantäne
  • A la cuarentena de la cuarentena
  • Aprendiendo del virus
  • Vom Virus lernen
  • Learning from the Virus
  • Aufnehmen statt sterben lassen!
  • Refugees welcome! Don’t shoot!
  • ¡Bienvenidos refugiados! ¡No disparen!
  • Una politica delle lotte in tempi di pandemia
  • Eine Politik der Kämpfe in Zeiten der Pandemie
  • Politics of struggles in the time of pandemic
  • Una politica de las luchas en tiempos de pandemia

Online events on the struggles for a free education:
April 20, 2021 - Interlinked Struggles: University Protests in Athens, Budapest and Munich
March 23, 2021 - Interlinked Struggles: University Protests in Austria, 2009 and Today

16 04 21

Depuis une dizaine de jours, plusieurs lieux culturels sont occupés pour exiger notamment le retrait de la réforme de l’assurance chômage. Cette mobilisation répond à la colère et parfois au désespoir de millions de travailleurs privés d’emplois en France. Alors que sur la dernière année écoulée, les associations caritatives ont recensé plus de 1 million de nouveaux pauvres et une augmentation d’environ 30% du nombre de bénéficiaires de l’aide alimentaire, le gouvernement persiste à imposer une réforme du chômage aussi injuste que cynique. D’après la plupart des estimations, celle-ci conduira à une baisse drastique du montant des allocations pour au moins 830 000 personnes. Les travailleurs les plus fragiles sont parmi les plus impactés par la réforme : L’allocation chômage d’un(e) salarié(e)  payé(e) au SMIC s’élèvera désormais à 667 euros (au lieu de 985 euros selon les règles de calculs de 2017). Cette réforme sera complétée en octobre 2021 par un durcissement des conditions pour ouvrir ses droits.

Brice Le Gall 26 03 21

In the afternoons she* takes notes on the social, affective and political impact of the pandemic in Greece, while her* body, her* friends, her* lovers and fellow accomplices are affected in many ways. As the lockdown months go by she* feels an urgency to tackle the challenges of the recent political and social order directed against the bodies. At the moment greek society experiences not only a deep social division due to the perennial austerity but also a “new” political order coming forth through the impacts of the pandemic.

Sofia Bempeza, Diana Manesi 15 03 21

Mit Aesthetics of the Commons haben Cornelia Sollfrank, Felix Stalder und Shusha Niederberger einen Band herausgebracht, der eine spezifische Lücke in der reichhaltigen Literatur zu Commons schliesst.

Gerald Raunig 11 03 21

We protest against the arrest of Ahmed Samir Santawy. Ahmed is a second-year student in the MA Sociology/Social Anthropology program at the Central European University (CEU) in Vienna. His research focuses on women's rights, including the history of reproductive rights in Egypt.
Sign the petition:

24 02 21

Soeben bei transversal texts erschienen: Ungefüge, der zweite Band von Gerald Raunigs 'Maschinischer Kapitalismus und molekulare Revolution', sowie das von Monika Mokre und Niki Kubaczek herausgegebene Die Stadt als Stätte der Solidarität.

08 02 21

Im Sommer dieses Jahres plant eine Delegation von 120 Zapatistas aus Mexiko, die meisten Frauen, begleitet von 40 Vertreter*innen des Indigenen Nationalkongresses und indigener Umweltorganisationen, Europa zu bereisen. Die Zapatistas wollen mit dem ›Europa von unten‹ zusammentreffen – also mit kapitalismuskritischen Menschen, Gruppen und Initiativen, die ebenfalls an einer anderen Welt mitbauen.

zapatouraustria 01 02 21

In Aufnahme und Weiterführung ihrer früheren militanten Forschung mit dem queer-feministischen Kollektiv Precarias a la Deriva und anderen aktivistischen Zusammenhängen der Sorgepraxis formuliert Marta Malo sieben Thesen zu einer radikalen Praxis der Sorge in der Mehrzahl.

Marta Malo 28 01 21

The Parasitic Folding


Humans-as-Animals, States and Machines that Come from the Outside: Homologies between a Virus and Finance

The public and all but violent reaction of readers and theorists alike to the positions of Giorgio Agamben on the measures of the States amidst a pandemic as a state of exception and on the condition of fear that becomes a necessary component to collective panic concerns the hitting of a limit. It is the limit of the living, of living individual experience and of the collective desire for the preservation of our existence. It is this very desire that the positions of Agamben bypass as well as subsume into the politics of security and the state of exception, thus expunging its autonomy. However, the object “epidemic” also comes from a space beyond that of politics, from the animal non-human, and forces us to turn our gaze towards the threshold of the living, while, despite a shared political experience imposed by the epidemic, we find ourselves, as individuals, each “confronted with the adverse values of disease and of death, through which life is confirmed, in the form of an affirmation of negation that expresses the fundamental impulse that drives every living to persevere in its being” (Macherey)

Marios Emmanouilidis 12 12 20

The Austrian turquoise-green government plans a comprehensive amendment of the Austrian Universities Act (Universitätsgesetz, UG). In the middle of the Corona crisis roughly 150 changes are to be rushed through.
With this open letter, we call on the Austrian Federal Government to immediately abort the amendment of the Universities Act. We, lecturers and students at Austrian universities alike, reject the projected changes. Numerous other people also support our open letter.

Sign the petition:
List of initial signators via:

24 11 20

[1] Sie fragt ihn, was er gerade machen würde und er erzählt ihr von dieser Geschichte, die auseinanderfällt und dabei immer mehr Fußnoten hinterlässt, zu einem Textkörper, der zu imaginieren bleibt. Sie ist sich der Bedeutung von Fußnoten nicht sicher und fragt ihn, ob Fußnoten Brunnenvermeldungen seien. Sogleich merken sie, dass mit dem Wort Brunnenvermeldungen etwas nicht stimmt, und brechen in Lachen aus. Sie kennen das schon: ein Wort aus einer anderen Sprache hat sich in ihre deutschsprachige Unterhaltung hineinübersetzt.

Eran Schaerf 30 10 20

Open Call to participate in the queer-feminist Festival Aphrodite* 2020 with films/videos by women* and LGBTQI*+ artists from the Balkan countries who live or have lived in Greece.

30 10 20

Μore than 160 Greek and international organizations,  academics and other actors from all over Europe urge the Greek authorities to revoke decision to close dignified alternatives in accommodating refugees οn Lesvos.

30 09 20

Autorin Sofia Bempeza präsentiert das bei transversal texts erschienene Buch im Wiener Depot im Gespräch mit Tyna Fritschy. Im Zürcher Les Complices* diskutiert die Autorin mit Kerstin Schroedinger; im Anschluss findet ein Screening (She Said von Susan Stein) statt.

Aufgrund der Covid-19-Präventionsmaßnahmen und beschränkter Platzzahl ist für beide Präsentationen eine Anmeldung nötig.

22 09 20

The artist and filmmaker Oliver Ressler ( has started a YouTube Channel with his films on global capitalism, forms of resistance, social alternatives, racism and the climate crisis. He will add one film every week, available for free. There will be 31 films altogether.
Subscriptions and sharing:

15 09 20

At a time when 12,500 refugees and asylum seekers are wandering homeless on the roads and hills of Lesbos, when those intoxicated and injured in the fire in Moria are prevented by the police from reaching the hospital in Mytilene, when solidarity groups bringing basic necessities are blocked by the forces of order or attacked by far-right groups, when the Greek government‘s only response to this emergency is national-security
We, as European citizens, can no longer remain silent.

12 09 20

En octubre de 1974, Michel Foucault visitó la Universidad del Estado de Guanabara (que después sería la de Río de Janeiro) en Brasil, donde dictó una serie de seis conferencias en el Instituto de Medicina Social. En la segunda de ellas, titulada «Nacimiento de la medicina social» (Foucault, 2001b), es donde aparece por primera vez la noción de biopolítica. El concepto no era de su invención, lo tomó prestado del filósofo sueco Rudolf Kjellén, y tampoco fue una categoría de batalla al interior de su obra, puesto que lo abandonó muy temprano para dar paso a la idea de gubernamentalidad.

Patricio Lepe-Carrión 27 08 20

Inmitten der Krisen und Bedrohungen der liberalen Demokratie entwickelt Isabell Lorey eine Demokratie im Präsens, die politische Gewissheiten ebenso aufbricht wie lineare Vorstellungen von Fortschritt und Wachstum. Mit ihrer queer/feministischen politischen Theorie formuliert sie eine grundlegende Kritik an maskulinistischen Konzepten von Volk, Repräsentation, Institution und Multitude. Und sie entfaltet einen originellen Begriff von präsentischer Demokratie, der auf Sorge und Verbundenheit, auf der Unhintergehbarkeit von Verantwortlichkeiten beruht – und ohne vergangene Kämpfe und aktuelle Praktiken sozialer Bewegungen nicht zu denken ist.

24 08 20

En estas semanas se están aclarando los envites políticos de la pandemia del coronavirus, no sólo en el Reino de España, sino en Europa y en el sistema atlántico. Lo que era probable se está confirmando: bajo los diferentes estados de alarma, las medidas de confinamiento y la gestión de la “desescalada”, las élites están aprovechando el recurso a la fuerza mayor para imponer sus agendas de acumulación extractiva de capital; para eliminar contrapesos democráticos; para introducir medidas de restricción de la protesta y de ejercicio de un biopoder “soberano” tanto sobre quienes pueden y tratan de conservar su salario volviendo al trabajo, arriesgando su salud y la de los demás, como sobre quienes quedan fuera del acceso a rentas salariales o rentas del trabajo durante la pandemia.

Raúl Sánchez Cedillo 03 08 20

We are extremely upset and concerned by the recent news about the arbitrary dismissal of the artist, researcher and weaver Elvira Espejo Ayca as the Director of the Museo Nacional de Etnografía y Folklore (MUSEF) and the writer, curator and philosopher Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz from his position as Director of the Museo Nacional de Arte (MNA), both in La Paz, Bolivia. We would like to publicly express our disagreement with this decision, taken by the current Bolivian government and executed through the Fundación Cultural del Banco Central de Bolivia and its newly appointed President, the scholar Guillermo Mariaca. We would like to point out that this decision undoes and interrupts the remarkable work both institutions have been developing under the leadership of Espejo and Hinderer, who are celebrated nationally and internationally for their work with programming, research, conservation and education, and for their defence of the museum as a tool for the transformation of society, and as a platform for public service.

27 06 20

This interview with Oliver Ressler provides the context for a huge debate around his piece “Oil Spill Flag” that was on display on a flagpole in front of Tromsø Kunstforening (Norway).

Oliver Ressler 25 06 20

if we can't have çay together, it’s not my revolution

Es ist nicht meine Revolution, wenn wir keinen Çay zusammen trinken können

Sketches towards a transnational politics of anti-racist friendship, and the struggle for the common among unequals.

The process of building the common takes place as an ongoing engagement with the question of how to wrest the possibility of this common from its impossibility.

Newroz Duman / Niki Kubaczek 23 06 20

The phrase “corona-crisis” is these days on everyone’s lips, and understandably so. We are faced with a deadly disease that, only a few months ago, was completely unknown and has in the meantime dramatically changed the lives of hundreds of millions of people across the world. They, no doubt, feel the crisis firsthand, but do they—do we?—really know what it means to be “in crisis”?

Boris Buden 23 06 20

transversal texts veröffentlicht den einschlägigen Text von Maurizio Lazzarato im 'Around the Crown'-Issue des transversal Webjournals, deutsch, italiano, español:

Maurizio Lazzarato 21 05 20

The enclosure that will be loosened today in Malaga is the most visible and palpable, but it is not the only enclosure from which we suffer. They are many, of very distinct kinds, and none is characterized by its easy legibility. We feel them, we suffer from them, but not very often do we identify them. For this, we need tools. What enclosures are we referring to if we can already move around, if we can go to bars and museums, if we can vote and protest (this only a bit), if we can meet?

Kike España 19 05 20

Es lebe der 1. Mai,
es lebe der Widerstand, es lebe der Kampf um ein anderes besseres Leben auf diesem Planeten für alle jetzt, jetzt alles für alle!

Rubia Salgado 01 05 20

It becomes impossible to think when COVID-19 turns into a synonym for one’s own death or, worse, for the death of a loved one or the hundreds of thousands of strangers, which is also painful. Uncertainty and anxiety cloud understanding and stifle speech. In spite of this, it is essential to think and to listen.

María Antonia González Valerio and Rosaura Martínez Ruiz 16 04 20

Raúl Sánchez Cedillo's contribution to the "Technecologies"-issue of the transversal web journal is now available in English.

The transdividual network system is as much a thing as a subject, and thus it cannot be defined by an opposition or dialectic between subject and object. As an assemblage of bodies and machines, algorithms and ideas, it is an inseparable subject-object, a production of subjectivity intimately tied to the forms of political expression of the contemporary multitude.

09 04 20

I am not sure that the best approach to analyzing the current state of liberties and rights in Spain, Europe, and increasingly the rest of the world is that of the rule of law and its enforcement during this pandemic and after it. In the first place, because we immediately arrive at an impasse: the state of alarm (and increasingly, of exception) has been declared in conformity with the constitutional procedure set out in the corresponding organic law. The same could happen with the legal declaration of the state of siege or of exception if there is an absolute parliamentary majority that approves it.

Raúl Sánchez Cedillo 05 04 20

I will dedicate the following lines to introduce my own ranking of universities, the JER™ (Jeffrey Epstein Ranking) of university funding. It is a classification based on my monitoring of the donations that several universities accepted from the financial circle nurtured by Jeffrey Epstein since the early 90s until the end of 2017. I will start explaining where the JER™ comes from, what it is and how it is calculated; then I will present the capital findings extracted from it and I will conclude with some recommendations for university public policies.

Florencio Cabello 04 04 20

#PandemieLocali is a collection of short videos about the pandemic #Covid19 made in the distance, in order to connect points of view, places, experiences and perspectives on the edge of this sudden present. The idea comes from the need and desire to share doubts and questions in order to compose a collective reflection capable of showing the ambivalences, complexities and possibilities of this moment. We share here the first interviews, to which others will be added, and some reflections on our work.

Chopin 02 04 20

And it happened. The same body that just days ago filled the streets, that went on feminist strike, the one that danced at a party, that produced discourse, orgasms, and life, is today under suspicion. Because it transmits everything – culture, defenses, affects – its capacity to carry and spread a virus poses it as an enemy. Obligatory social isolation, disengagement, red zone, quarantine, cancellation, ban, shutdown, geo-reference, state of exception, swift security measures, national networks, a matter of the state. The army policing the virus, the police patrolling meetings, preventative quarantine, biopolitical control; the virus is a terrorist organization, and every being a suspicious cell. Many of us have been talking about the body; about its centrality and about its neglect; about the necessity of liberating and listening to it, or of disciplining and controlling it, depending on the ideology. Now, when the entire situation is organized around it, we have no fucking idea what to do with it.

Lucía Naser 02 04 20

COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the second severe acute respiratory syndrome virus since 2002, is now officially a pandemic. As of late March, whole cities are sheltered in place and, one by one, hospitals are lighting up in medical gridlock brought about by surges in patients.

Rob Wallace, Alex Liebman, Luis Fernando Chaves, Rodrick Wallace 01 04 20

All of a sudden, what we have been thinking for the last fifty years has to be rethought from scratch. Thank god (is god a virus?) that we have an abundance of extra time now because the old business is out of business.

Franco „Bifo“ Berardi 31 03 20

Every day and in every emergency, unwaged or low waged caregivers, urban and rural, mostly women, often immigrant women, struggle to protect and care for people of every age and condition. But this work is kept invisible and therefore there is never a relief package from governments for caregivers, only more work, especially with the advent of Covid-19.
Sign the letter

Global Women’s Strike (GWS) and Women of Colour GWS 29 03 20

Below are two texts. Most of the first, “Against Quarantine,” was written in late January and originally published in New Inquiry in mid-February. The second, much shorter text was written in mid-March as a postscript to Contract and Contagion: From Biopolitics to Oikonomia (2012).

The first text addresses the growing recourse by governments to quarantine measures. It argues that quarantines are ineffective in slowing the spread of the virus, but nevertheless effective in promoting a racialised understanding of health and disease and, moreover, one that converges with both privatised healthcare and authoritarian governance.

Angela Mitropoulos 28 03 20

… until we no longer have to.” That’s what we have always said. In times of “emergency”, this wording can be expanded to an appeal: “You have to join in!”

#besetzenLive 28 03 20

La gestión política de las epidemias pone en escena la utopía de comunidad y las fantasías inmunitarias de una sociedad, externalizando sus sueños de omnipotencia de su soberanía política.

Paul B. Preciado 28 03 20

With this pandemic, the 21st century begins. A century in which defending the right to live will be a priority.

Montserrat Galcerán Huguet 24 03 20

In May of 1743, a vessel from Corfu carrying bodies of dead crew members who had died of a mysterious disease arrived in Messina.  The ship and cargo were burned, but cases of a strange new disease were soon thereafter observed in the hospital and in the poorest parts of the town; and in the summer, a frightening plague epidemic developed, killing forty to fifty thousand people, and then disappeared before spreading to other parts of Sicily.

Catherine Malabou 23 03 20

It happened as it was to be expected: Four years of standing on the sidelines have resulted in a catastrophe. 40,000 human beings, penned up in hopelessly overcrowded EU-hotspot centres like Moria on Lesvos Island, living under squalid living and hygienic conditions, will soon face the deadly disease. 18 03 20

An initiative to respond to the political and social impact of COVID-19 and the accompanying measures – digitally and on site. 17 03 20

A prolonged wait at the pharmacy, a long queue before entering a supermarket. Experiences like this, today increasingly common, can help us to see how the spreading of Coronavirus is transforming our society. Yet, more precisely, the global pandemic, and the measures put in place by the Italian government to attempt to counteract it, are in fact merely exacerbating tendencies that have already existed for a while.

Sandro Mezzadra 14 03 20

Get the Quacksalber!

Dalli all'untore!

Packt den Giftsalber!

Or the return of the infamous pillory in the time of digital quarantine

First premise. We are not conspiracy theorists. Second premise, just to avoid misunderstanding. We are aware of the current medical emergency and convinced that we need to change our habits. With this in mind, we have decided to cancel events and concerts, to do our part to prevent the situation from worsening in the face of an already ailing health system. We are also organizing a relief action for the most affected people in the city, especially the elderly. All this is okay, we know it and we are doing it. And yet…

Laboratorio Occupato Morion 12 03 20

IV International Symposium
Barcelona, postponed to Oct, 2020

MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona
Coordinated by Christian Alonso (University of Barcelona)
Keynote by Gerald Raunig (Zürich University of the Arts, eipcp European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies)
Deadline for submissions: February 28th, 2020, 8pm GMT

13 02 20

A new monograph on neoliberalism, the state and affective labour by Otto Penz and Birgit Sauer. The book Governing affects explores the neoliberal transformation of state governance in Europe towards affective forms of dominance, exercised by customer oriented neo-bureaucracies and public service providers.

11 02 20

Oliver Ressler is one of 90 people who participated at a blockade of Bílina coal mine in Northern Bohemia in the Czech Republic in June 2018, against who the company Severočeské doly (“North Bohemian Coal Mines”) filed a lawsuit at the City Court in Chomutov. With legal repression, they think they can silence protests against coal mining.
There is a fundraising campaign running to cover the cost of the court case and attorneys, so please feel free to share and donate:

Oliver Ressler 20 12 19

Am sagenumwobenen 31. Dezember 1999 soll an mehreren Orten zugleich ein Institut gegründet worden sein, das nie Institution werden wollte. Mitten aus der entstehenden Bewegung, die sich im „Feber Null“ zu Gegenschwarzblau und den Donnerstagsdemos ausweiten sollte, entstand das European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies. 56 Ausgaben des multilingualen Webjournals transversal, 30 Bücher von transversal books, an die 20 Konferenzen und Workshops, 11 mehrjährige und unzählige kleine Projekte in verschiedenen Teilen Europas später ist es Zeit für ein Fest. Zum 20-jährigen Jubiläum des eipcp feiern wir am 14. Dezember in der Kunsthalle Exnergasse im WUK „Party like its 1999“.

14 12 19

Die edu-factory war ein translokales Projekt zur Krise der Universität und zu neuen Praxen selbstorganisierter Wissensarbeit. Anfangs als Mailinglist gegründet, entwickelte sie sich inmitten der Universitätsbesetzungen der Jahre 2008 und 2009 zu einer Diskursmaschine mit zahlreichen internationalen Meetings, mit Buchpublikationen und einem eigenen Webjournal. Alle Macht der selbstorganisierten Wissensproduktion versammelt Dokumente der Bewegungsgeschichte eines transnational organisierten Netzwerks für Forschung, Bildung und Wissensproduktion am Anfang des 21. Jahrhunderts.

01 12 19

Repair Matters

ephemera. theory & politics in organisation, volume 19, number 2 (2019) - edited by Valeria Graziano and Kim Trogal

This special issue is interested to map the ways that repair can contribute to organisational models alternative to those centered around growth.

13 10 19