Published on Il manifesto on April 13, 2011 and titled
“L’ascesa in cattedra di un pensiero critico”.
The so-called Italian Theory and the revolt of living knowledge
by MATTEO PASQUINELLI
In a strange nemesis, likely not completely fortuitous, at the very moment of the crisis of the Anglo-American academia we witness the rising ‘hegemony’ of the Italian political philosophy over its departments. From London to California, the names of Antonio Negri and Paolo Virno, Christian Marazzi and Sandro Mezzadra, Maurizio Lazzarato and Franco Berardi Bifo, together with many others, are found as first references of many academic publications (indexed by the merciless algorithm of Google Scholar) and even in the catalogues of biennials (adopted by more mundane art critics). The state repression of the Italian anomaly in the ‘70s seems to be vindicated today by a fertile intellectual diaspora……………………