This article argues for a university that would be neither private nor public but common. After providing a definition of the common, this article proposes to counter the current and ongoing processes of privatization and corporatization of the (public) university through a lopsided double-pronged strategy: to work and struggle at once within and against the university as well as outside and beyond the university (where the outside and the beyond consist of alternative institutions for the production at once of common knowledge and of the knowledge of the common); further, more emphasis should be put on the outside and the beyond rather than on the within and against.
Farewell to the University (without Nostalgia); or, Thoughts on the Relation between the University and the Common
Cesare Casarino is professor of cultural studies and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota. He is author of Modernity at Sea: Melville, Marx, Conrad in Crisis (2002), coauthor (with Antonio Negri) of In Praise of the Common: A Conversation on Philosophy and Politics (2008), and coeditor of Marxism Beyond Marxism (1996) and Another Mother: Diotima and the Symbolic Order of Italian Feminism (2018). He is also a coeditor of the journal Cultural Critique.
Cesare Casarino; Farewell to the University (without Nostalgia); or, Thoughts on the Relation between the University and the Common. the minnesota review 1 November 2019; 2019 (93): 141–149. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00265667-7737381
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