Into a logistical world: platform capitalism, digital labor, and platform labor
The talk will start by discussing the development of logistics over the past decades and by explaining the crucial role it plays in the working and logics of contemporary capitalism. It will then focus on the emergence of digital platforms and “platform capitalism” in the wake of the financial crisis of 2007/2008. Digital platforms will be described as instantiations of a logistical rationality, and their operations will be critically discussed from the angle of their implications in a wide range of fields (from urban spaces to governmentality, from social reproduction to lifestyles). The last part of the talk will be dedicated to the issue of labor, with a focus on the different although connected notions of digital and platform labor. The very idea of a “standard” labor relation is challenged and tested by the operations of digital platforms, which also provide a lens for an analysis of the transformations currently reshaping labor writ large.
With the participation of Sandro Mezzadra (University of Bologna) and Giulia Scotto (Fellow Roma Calling 2020/2021).