• Well into the twentieth year of South Africa's democracy, the edifice of national liberation is creaking and groaning towards its succession. Forces set loose by its slow demise have variously been alleged to be inspired by foreigners, anarchic and frequently fascist. On 5 October 2014, the Tribe of Moles will be discussing what prospect for social change there is in this reinvigorated nationalism.


A Marxist experience of Foucault

Antonio Negri Colloque Marx-Foucault, Nanterre, 18-19 December 2014 Translation by Arianna Bove and Pier Paolo Frassinelli (Also published on generation online) 1. The question I will ask today is simple: how have I tried, how has it been possible, in my work, to read Marx with and after Foucault? I would like to present a … Continue reading

Nationalism, Populism, Fascism & the Common: Saturday 4 October, Google On Air Hangout

Follow remotely via Google On air Hangouts (morning) And in the afternoon Google on Air Hangout Programme for Saturday, 4 October:   10h30 – 11h00: Welcome and Introductions 11h00 – 11h45: Input – Lwazi Lushaba (nationalism) 11h45 – 12h30: Discussion 12h30 – 12h45: Break 12h45 – 13h45: Input – Peter Hudson (populism) 13h45 – 14h15: Discussion … Continue reading

Nationalism, Populism, Fascism and the Common

In debates and commentary about the current political conjuncture in South Africa, the terms ‘nationalism’, ‘populism’ and ‘fascism’ are frequently mobilised without proper clarification and interrogation. In taking forward our discussions about ‘the common’ in relation to political reconfigurations in contemporary South Africa, a tribe of moles has pulled together a day of critical reflection … Continue reading

Call: Race, Representation and the the Common

Tribe of moles will be hosting a second colloquium on 22/23 September this year. Picking up on some of the threads from last year’s discussions, we have decided to organise our programme around the themes, Race, Representation and The Common. One confirmed participant is Frank Wilderson, who some of you will remember from when he … Continue reading

Franco Barchiesi, “Against Job Creation. Precarious Work as a Challenge to Employment-Centered Normativity in Postcolonial Africa”

Below is the link to the paper I am presenting at the Global Labour University conference at Wits University (Johannesburg), September 28 – 30. It develops many of the themes discussed at the July workshop of the “Tribe of Moles”. It argues in particular against the policy obsession with “jobs” as a response to the … Continue reading

“Imagining the Patriotic Worker: The Idea of ‘Decent Work’ in the ANC’s Political Discourse”

Below is the link to a paper I’ve just written for the forthcoming conference on “100 Years of the ANC”, to be held in Joburg. It’s called “Imagining the Patriotic Worker: The Idea of ‘Decent Work’ in the ANC’s Political Discourse”. It discusses how normative ideas of employment as a conduit to rights and citizenship … Continue reading

An Operation Litter

Militants ‘rubbish’ Wits More here

“The Common in Revolt”, by Judith Revel and Antonio Negri

What follows is a quick, unrevised translation I did of a piece I’ve just noticed, in Italian, on the UniNomade website. I hope it’ll be of interest as it also speaks to themese discussed in our July 17 colloquium at Khanya College. Franco —- From UniNomade 2.0 (uninomade.org), August 13, 2011 THE COMMON IN REVOLT by Judith … Continue reading

Spinoza Now

Below are details of a book I highly recommend, especially to comrades who, at the “Tribe of Moles” colloquium, expressed interest in a political/methodological engagement with Spinoza-derived ideas of politics of immanence, forms of life, desire, and the relation singularity-multitude. Talking of which, I am reworking my paper for the colloquium, which I hope I … Continue reading

Notes on Panel 1

We’ve received extremely comprehensive and detailed notes on the first session from one generous participant. Others who participated should feel free to add to these (its on the wiki, which means once you register, you can edit the page yourself. Alternatively, send us your additions and we will publish them there).