Following the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture conversation on 31 March, theorist and writer Massimiliano Mollona will give a lecture at the KU Leuven (on the Brussels campus).
The lecture will discuss the notion of the "precariat" as a widespread condition of economic and political dispossession, and look at some urban commons, which have recently emerged in Europe, as struggles to assert alternative forms of social and economic value.
Admission is free, no need to register.
Massimiliano Mollona is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London, London. He is a graduate of Economics at Bocconi University, Milan, with a major in Organizational Behavior, and completed an MS and PhD in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics, London. Mollona has a mixed disciplinary background in anthropology, film, and economics. His area of interest lies in film, visual, and political anthropology, avant-garde and experimental cinemas, the politics of realism, and the anthropology of work and organizations—especially of class and social movements. In 2000, he wrote and directed Steel Lives, a film about a community of steelworkers in Sheffield in the post-Thatcher era, which was followed by his book Made in Sheffield: An Ethnography of Industrial Work and Politics (2009). Mollona has published extensively on political anthropology and film and is regularly invited to speak at various gallery exhibitions, juries, festivals, and workshops in the UK and abroad, including: re-projecting (london), The Showroom, London, 2013; “Short on Work” session, Il Festival della Filosofia, Modena, 2013; “Freethought I: Economy of crisis” workshop, Steirischer Herbst Festival, Graz, 2012; “Images of work—Art, Activism, and Anthropology in Film,” Gasworks Gallery, London, 2011 (with Ingela Johansson); and Maya Deren: 50 Years On, British Film Institute, London, 2011. He is currently researching cooperativism and the new economies of crisis in Europe. Mollona lives and works in London.