Materialities and Imaginaries of Informational Capitalism

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  • Course: CS 400B – Senior Seminar Materialities & Imaginaries of Informational Capitalism. by Andrew Herman

Course Description

"This seminar explores contemporary theories and empirical studies of information based capitalist social formations. Our concerns will be with the how such social formations are materially constituted as articulations of technologies of production, coordination, and collaboration, and animated by cultural imaginaries of social being, belonging and becoming. We will examine several specific topics where the materialities and imaginaries of informational capitalism converge and comprise spatio-temporal folds of everyday life: the histories of the Internet as capitalist mythos; new forms and practices of “immaterial labour” that are now central to the accumulation of capital; the infrastructures of connectivity and network sociality and their registers of materiality; intellectual properties of informational capital as code, conduct and commons; and resistances to the enclosure(s) of the commodity circuit of informational capital."


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