Toward a Global Autonomous University: Cognitive Labor, The Production of Knowledge, and Exodus from the Education Factory | Left Wing Books


Toward a Global Autonomous University: Cognitive Labor, The Production of Knowledge, and Exodus from the Education Factory

188 pages
$21.60 (CAD)

What was once the factory is now the university.

We started off with this apparently straightforward affirmation, not in order to assume it but to question it; to open it, radically rethinking it, towards theoretical and political research. The Edu-factory project took off from here….Edu-factory is, above all, a partisan standpoint on the crisis of the university…. The state university is in ruins, the mass university is in ruins, and the university as a privileged place of national culture — just like the concept of national culture itself — is in ruins.

We’re not suffering from nostalgia. Quite the contrary, we vindicate the university’s destruction. In fact, the crisis of the university was determined by social movements in the first place. This is what makes us not merely immune to tears for the past but enemies of such a nostalgic disposition.

University corporatization and the rise of a global university…are not unilateral impositions or developments completely contained by capitalist rationality. Rather they are the result — absolutely temporary and thus reversible — of a formidable cycle of struggles. The problem is to transform the field of tension delineated by the processes analyzed in this book into specific forms of resistance and the organization of escape routes.

This is Edu-factory’s starting point and objective, its style and its method.


  • Introduction: All Power to Self-Education!

    Edu-factory Collective

  • Production of Knowledge in the Global University
  • The Rise of the Global University

    Andrew Ross

  • Eurocentrism, the University, and Multiple Sitesof Knowledge Production

    Amit Basole

  • Global Assemblages vs. Universalism

    Aihwa Ong

  • Management of Knowledge vs. Production of Knowledge

    Sunil Sahasrabudhey

  • Short–Circuiting the Production of Knowledge

    Nirmal Puwar & Sanjay Sharma

  • Conditions of Interdisciplinarity

    Randy Martin

  • Hierarchies in the Market for Education
  • Lean and Very Mean: Restructuring the Universityin South Africa

    Franco Barchiesi

  • Governmentality and Commodification: The Keysto Yanqui Academic Hierarchy

    Toby Miller

  • The Social Production of Hierarchy and What WeCan Do About It: Notes from Asia

    Xiang Biao

  • Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor

    Sandro Mezzadra and Brett Neilson

  • The Pedagogy of Debt

    Jeffrey Williams

  • Management’s Control Panel

    Marc Bousquet

  • Cognitive Labor: Conflicts and Translations
  • Report from the Greek Student Movement


  • Practices of Radical Cartography

    Counter Cartographies Collective

  • Online Education, Contingent Facultyand Open Source Unionism

    Eileen Schell

  • Cognitive Capitalism and Models for the Regulationof Wage Relations

    Carlo Vercellone

  • Notes on the Edu–factory and Cognitive Capitalism

    George Caffentzis and Silvia Federici

  • Translation, Biopolitics and Colonial Difference

    Naoki Sakai and Jon Solomon

  • The Production of the Commonand the Global Autonomous University
  • A Hierarchy of Networks?

    Ned Rossiter

  • The University and the Undercommons

    Stefano Harney and Fred Moten

  • Neoliberalism against the Commons

    Jason Read

  • The Autonomous University and the Productionof the Commons

    James Arvanitakis

  • From a Liberal Arts Student

    Erik Forman

  • Conflicts in the Production of Knowledge

    Universidad Experimental

  • The Global Autonomous University

    Vidya Ashram

  • On the Institution of the Common

    Toni Negri and Judith Revel

  • The Corporate University and the Financial Crisis, What Is Going On?

    Christopher Newfield & edu-factory Collective