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<nettime> [LUM 2011 – 2012] Common Property Appropriation and expropriation in the global crisis

[LUM 2011 ? 2012] *ESC* atelier - Rome

*Common Property*

*Appropriation and expropriation in the global crisis*

This year the Free Metropolitan University (LUM) of Rome proposes a
research seminar whose title is deliberately provocative: how is it
possible to transform the private into common? Is it possible to make a
positive use of the concept of property by movements that claim a radical
transformation of the present? How can we break the enclosures of
knowledge, imagination and production? In this framework, which kind of
theoretical instruments are useful to define what the common is?

The methodology adopted is inductive: we will start from the experiences
and struggles of schools, universities, theatres and public spaces to
re-think few hypotheses for the present. These struggles are close to the
property issue at the philosophical, sociological, economical and juridical

Focusing on the concept of property and the techniques of appropriation and
expropriation, we will trace its genealogy: from the enclosures of the
seventeenth century and the English revolution to the present. In the
context of the global economic crisis, how to qualify the property? What
are the current techniques that, time ago, Marx called ?primitive
accumulation?? We will analyse the social resistances within the present
regime of property to clarify the differences between *property* and *use*,
*new enclosure* and *free access*.

According to Harrington ?power follows property?: we are aware that each
kind of property corresponds to a specific power, and that the affirmation
of the common property and the common use of material and immaterial things
involves a constituent power (what Spinoza called ?the power of multitude?).

In this research we will focus on the bodies liberated from the
appropriation of the bio-medical power and from the sexual normative,
analysing the sabotage of individual and national debt that governments of
austerity want us to pay.

The ?Italian Third Republic ?of the President Napolitano, the technocrats
and the ECB are imposing new political practices and analysis. In this
context, it is decisive for the movements to place actions in a constituent
terrain, focusing on the fundamental aspects of the challenge. It is not a
coincidence that the privatization is at the core of reforms imposed
through continuous shocks by financial markets and the ECB. Regarding
Italy, after the winning referendum about the water as a common good on
12th of June, the immediate answer was a downgrading by rating agency and
the imperative for further privatization of services (health, education,
retirements) imposed by the ECB.

Thinking about a new Republic of movements, it is strategic to focus on new
political practices as well as a new statue of property beyond the
classical dichotomy public/private, in the midst of the singularity
produced by cooperation: the common property.


[All events will start at 5 pm with live TV streaming]**

* *

1. *Juridical definition* ?Ugo Mattei (25 November)

*2. Power* ? Augusto Illuminati (2 December)

*3. Bios and copyright* ? Elena Gagliasso and Michele Surdi (3 February)

*4. Welfare* ? Alessandro Pandolfi (17 February)

*5. Genealogy of the Republic* ? Beppe Caccia (2 March)

*6. Uses and Access* ? Marco Bascetta (16 March)

*7. Ethos* ? Paolo Virno (30 March)

*8. Finance* ? Christian Marazzi (13 April)

*9. Debt* ? Maurizio Lazzarato (27 April)

*10. Transindividual Right* ? Federica Giardini (11 May)

*11. Constitutional Transitions** *? Francesco Brancaccio (18 May)

*12. Common* ? Michael Hardt (25 May)**

** After socialism* ? Alexei Penzin (date TBD)

** Body* ? Beatriz Preciado (date TBD)

** The events of 3rd of February and 17th of February will be held at the
Occupied Palace of Cinema ? Hall Vittorio Arrigoni (Square Sanniti in San

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