Platform - Shanghai

Participants: Ien Ang / Venzha Christiawan / Christopher Connery / Mauricio Corbalan / Paul Gladston / Anna Greenspan / Xin Gu / Anja Kanngieser / Maurizio Lazzarato / Isaac Leung/ Geert Lovink / Angela Melitopoulos / Sandro Mezzadra / Brett Neilson / Justin O’Connor / Ned Rossiter / Ranabir Samaddar / Shveta Sarda / David Teh / Tim Winter / Giovanna Zapperi / Manuela Zechner / Soenke Zehle

Transit Labour #2

Kernow Craig January 16, 2011

Image: Kernow Craig

When jurisdiction can no longer be aligned with territory and governance does not necessarily assume liberalism, there is a need to rethink the relations between labour, mobility and space. Bringing together researchers from different parts of the world to discuss and pursue various paths of investigation and collaboration, the Shanghai Transit Labour Research Platform moved between online and offline worlds. Sometimes sequestered in seminar spaces and at other times negotiating the city and the regulatory environment, the participants drifted toward a collective enunciation. We could say this was about the
production of new kinds of labouring subjectivities that build connections between domains which are at once becoming more irreconcilable and more indistinct: life and work, public and private, political and economic, natural and cultural.


Download a PDF of the Transit Labour Digest #2 here:
transit_labour-digest_2-web.pdf (2.8 MB)

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Shanghai platform statement

Coordinator June 03, 2010


Over the past several years, efforts to integrate invention, innovation and creativity into the core of economic production have been gaining momentum in China. These measures have been pushed by a combination of state and commercial capitalism, as well as growing social and cultural acceptance of entrepreneurial ventures. Shanghai in particular has taken up an ambitious program, with the intention to take a leading role in developing the creative and knowledge sectors within China as a means by which to ‘upgrade’ its economic structure. The evolution of creative, cultural and knowledge sectors accompanies, and has been accompanied by, accelerated urban development, new trends in higher education, increased rural to metropolitan migration, an influx of foreign ‘experts’ and new circuits of international trade. An emphasis on immaterial production has emerged within this configuration of China’s labour landscape. This is not to say that manufacturing has been superseded. Rather, new combinations of manufacturing and immaterial labour are forming and becoming part of cross-border constellations involving economic infrastructures built on the logistical organisation and management of human mobility, waste and service sectors, transport and urban regeneration.

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Shanghai Mappings

Anja Kanngieser July 05, 2011

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From Cultural Flows to Logistical Circuits

Brett Neilson October 01, 2010

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From Statistical to Logistical Populations

Stefano Harney September 26, 2010

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City of Other People's Dreams

Justin O'Connor September 25, 2010

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