Digital Capital Reading Group

Anglia Ruksin University, East Rd, Cambridge – Helmore Buliding Room 115 


Week 1: Capital after Capital -­‐ Tue 4 October 2011, 5.30 PM


Karl Marx, The ‘Fragment on Machines’, in the Grundrisse. Reading Here

Paolo Virno, ‘Ten Theses on the Multitude and Post-­‐Fordist Capitalism’, in Grammar of the Multitude. Reading Here


Week 2: Wages and Labour Time -­‐ Tue 18 October 2011, 5.30 PM

Karl Marx, Capital volume 1, chapters 19-­‐22. Readings here:  Ch 19 – Ch 20 – Ch 21 – Ch 22

Matteo Pasquinelli, ‘Google’s PageRank Algorithm: A Diagram of the Cognitive Capitalism and the Rentier of the Common Intellect’. Reading Here


Week 3: Forms of Life and Biocapital -­‐ Tue 1 November 2011

Karl Marx, Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844 (excerpts – sections on ‘Estranged Labour’ p322 , ‘The Relationship of Private Property p334’, ‘Private Property and Labour’ p.341, ‘Private Property and Communism p.345’ Page numbers are from the Penguin edition of Marx Early Writings, PDF version Here

Kaushik Sunder Rajan, Biocapital: The Constitution of Postgenomic Life Chapter 3, plus coda. PDF version Here


Week 4: Infrastructure -­‐ Tue 15 November 2011

Karl Marx, Capital volume 1, chapters 31-­‐33

Ch. 31: Genesis of the Industrial Capitalist
Ch. 32: Historical Tendency of Capitalist Accumulation
Ch. 33: The Modern Theory of Colonisation

Susan Buck-­‐Morss, ‘Envisioning Capital: Political Economy on Display’, in Critical Inquiry 21:2 (Winter 1995). PDF Here


Week 5: Manifestos -­‐ Tue 29 November 2011

KM and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto Here

McKenzie Wark, A Hacker Manifesto (Chapters 1 & 2: Abstraction and Class pp1-19) Here

Dmytri Kleiner, The Telekommunist Manifesto (The Client-Server Capitalist State & Manifesto of Telekommunisten Network pp8-28) Here


Full reading schedule schedule Here