‘The Production of Living Knowledge’ with Gigi Roggero and Stanley Aronowitz

The Center for Place, Culture and Politics and The Center for the Study of Culture, Technology and Work Presents


The Production of Living Knowledge:

The Crisis of the University and the Transformation of Labor

in Europe and North America

Join author Gigi Roggero with respondent Stanley Aronowitz for a discussion of the book.

Thursday, May 3rd,  6:00pm
The Sociology Lounge, 6th Floor Room 6112
The Graduate Center, CUNY 365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016


New student struggles in the U.S. and across the world have revealed a simple truth about the university system: It is a key site of production, but also of conflict and transformation, within “cognitive capitalism”—a regime in which knowledge has become increasingly central to processes of global capitalist expansion. Based on extensive fieldwork carried out through the activist method of conricerca, or “co-research,” wherein both knowledge and political subjects are produced in common, Roggero’s book situates the crisis of the university and the changing composition of its labor force against the backdrop of the global economic crisis. Roggero produces a distinctly transnational and methodologically innovative critique of the global university from the perspective of what he calls “living knowledge.”

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Gigi Roggero is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Politics, Institutions, and History at the University of Bologna. He was involved in the journal ‘Posse’, and ‘Precarity Webring’, and he is a regular contributor to Il Manifesto. Currently, he is a member of the editorial board of WorkingUSA, and the collectives Edu-factory, the militant research network Uninomade, and the Knowledge Liberation Front.

Stanley Aronowitz is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at CUNY Graduate Center, and Director of The Center for the Study of Culture, Technology and Work. He is author or editor of twenty-five books including: Against Schooling: For an Education that Matters (2008); How Class Works (2003); The Jobless Future (1994, with William DiFazio); and False Promises: The Shaping of American Working Class Consciousness (1973, 1992).

For more information and additional links, see the This Is Forever website.

One thought on “‘The Production of Living Knowledge’ with Gigi Roggero and Stanley Aronowitz

  1. Janet Rosemary Jones

    I find the Production of Living Knowledge fascinating reading. I am a Doctorate study looking at how Undergraduates are taught Sociology via Critical Pedagogy. I have met Gigi and spoken to him during a Skype interview – his level of knowledge and insight is amazing. In addition Gigi freely gave me his time and support – it was wonderful to have a conversation with him.Is there anyone else researching something similar to me? If so it would be good to share your thoughts regarding the Production of Living Knowledge


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