GoingDigital!_PNL3: “The Making and Unmaking of Precarity. Transformations of Political Struggles in Neoliberal Age”

9th September, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (GMT +2)
Panel Chair: Laura Giovinazzi, Emiliano Esposito, Nicola Di Mauro
Link to the virtual room: https://meet.google.com/gxv-guru-ofi

[PDF of the program]


The panel aims to provide a nuanced reading of contemporary precarity unfolding its double face as set of processes of marginalisation and transformations of political struggles performed by individual and collective actors. The notion of precarity is difficult to summarise and be reconciled in the form of a contextualized and discrete concept belonging to a restricted disciplinary field. What it indicates, instead, is a complex mutation of subjectivity, a  ontinued restructuring of individual and collective formations that has taken place since the advent of the neoliberal age. The aim is to map these subjectivities in their embodied precarity and alternative and experimental strategies, as well as locating the diverse practices of struggle advanced by precarious agents/actors. The panel wishes to explore 1) the historical, racialised, capitalistic and material making of precarious conditions, 2) the (provisional) unmaking of precarity through the broad variety of resilience and resistance practices and 3) interferences between them (making and unmaking of precarity).
The general aim of this panel is to connect engaged scholars that focus on multiple forms of precarity and the political struggles performed by individual and collective actors from several fields of investigation; amongst which, for instance: social movements, governance, migration and citizenship, welfare, labour and the arts. In particular, the panel will gather studies on strategies and practices that are substitutive, complementary or counter-hegemonic to the neoliberal framework. Starting from the awareness that the forms of political mobilization and participation are radically transforming, the panel will answer to the following questions: what are the unconventional forms of political performance of precarious agents in the fields of social movements, governance, migration and citizenships, welfare, labour and arts? How do these unconventional forms of politics inform our conventional understanding of precarity, and the ways in which it is analysed in academic research?
The paper proposals should focus around innovative methods and analyses for framing, approaching and studying the phenomenon in question, favouring a historical perspective able to integrate also the comparative and interdisciplinary dimensions. The wider scope of this panel and its papers is to bring together analyses from different social disciplines engaging with the issues of social movements, governance, migration and citizenship, as well as those of welfare and changing labour contexts and the cultural dimension of precarity. Qualitative contributions that make use of mixed methods, aiding the analysis with quantitative methodology are also welcome. One of the scopes of this panel is to discuss diverse approaches’ contributions to our understanding of precarity in current socio-political contexts. It is hoped that this will help to shed light on the different forms and materializations that  ontemporary precarity and transformations of political struggles performed by individual and collective actors can take.

Emiliano Esposito
Deprivation-based squatting as embedded housing choice: material and immaterial dimensions of the pathways of squatters in public housing in Naples, Italy

Marilena Prisco
Indagine sui servizi autoprodotti nel contesto abitativo del rione “Lotto O” a Ponticelli attraverso le biografie degli abitanti

Gianni De Giglio
Il mutualismo conflittuale contro la precarietà e l’assenza di welfare a Bari. Le esperienze di Bread&Roses, VillaRoth e SfruttaZero

Francesco Sticchi
Class as an Event: Mapping Precarity in Contemporary Cinema and Television


Participation to the panel is free (no fee).