Dr Stevphen Shukaitis

Senior Lecturer
EBS - Organisational Studies and Human Resources
Dr Stevphen Shukaitis
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    +44 (0) 1206 874283

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    EBS.3.42, Colchester Campus

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    You can find details of Academic Support hours on the EBS UG and PG information page on Moodle or by calling EBS Student Services on 01206873911



  • BA, Sociology & Journalism (East Stroudsburg University)

  • MA, Sociology (New School for Social Research)

  • PhD, Social Theory & Analysis (Queen Mary, University of London)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

cultural production and contemporary capitalism

social theory

artistic labour

social and political imaginaries

communication technologies

avant-gardes and aesthetics

continental philosophy

social movements

intellectual and social history

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Management and the Cultural Industries (BE418)

  • Management, Society and New Forms of Work (BE435)

  • Business Ethics (BE439)

  • Creativity and Organisation (BE465)

  • Crisis of the American Idea (CS261)

  • Dangerous Ideas: Essays and Manifestos as Social Criticism (CS301)

  • Student Success Tutorial (BE916)

Previous supervision

Tyler James Hinson
Tyler James Hinson
Thesis title: From Affect to Value: Towards a Deleuzian Approach to Creative Production and Control in Late Capitalism
Degree subject: Management Studies
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 5/6/2018
Amir Elmi Keshtiban
Amir Elmi Keshtiban
Thesis title: Leadership, Leaderlessness and Leaderless Groups. the Case of the Occupy London Movement
Degree subject: Management Studies
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 7/3/2018
Christopher Collier
Christopher Collier
Thesis title: A Transformative Morphology of the Unique: Situating Psychogeography's 1990S Revival
Degree subject: Art History and Theory
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 16/6/2017


Journal articles (29)

Shukaitis, S., (2019). Individuals Against Individualism: Art Collectives in Western Europe (1956-1969). ART HISTORY. 42 (1), 184-188

Shukaitis, S., (2019). Delirium and Resistance: Activist Art and the Crisis of Capitalism. ART HISTORY. 42 (1), 184-188

Shukaitis, S. and Figiel, J., (2019). Knows no weekend: the psychological contract of cultural work in precarious times. Journal of Cultural Economy, 1-13

Gilman-Opalsky, R. and Shukaitis, S., (2018). Spectral Compositions in a Time of Revolt. ASAP/Journal. 3 (2), 313-331

Shukaitis, S. and Figiel, J., (2015). The Factory of Individuation: Cultural Labor and Class Composition in the Metropolis. South Atlantic Quarterly. 114 (3), 535-552

Shukaitis, S., (2015). Spaces of Collaboration: An Interview with Ken Vandermark. Seisimopolite: A Journal of Art & Politics

Shukaitis, S., (2015). What Are You Reading For? Modes of Critique, Modes of Production. Cahiers de l?idiotie. 6, 266-277

Shukaitis, S., (2014). ‘Theories are made only to die in the war of time’: Guy Debord and the Situationist International as strategic thinkers. Culture and Organization. 20 (4), 251-268

Shukaitis, S., (2014). Learning Not to Labor. Rethinking Marxism. 26 (2), 193-205

McKenzie, J., Edkins, T. and Shukaitis, S., (2014). Revisiting Jon McKenzie?s Perform or else: Performance, labour and pedagogy. ephemera theory & politics in organization. 14 (3), 525-543

Figiel, J., Shukaitis, S. and Walker, A., (2014). The politics of workers' inquiry. ephemera theory & politics in organization. 14 (3), 307-314

Shukaitis, S. and Figiel, J., (2013). Metropolitan Strategies, Psychogeographic Investigations. Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies. 13 (6), 536-543

Shukaitis, S., (2013). We hate the users. An Interview with UBERMORGEN. Mute Magazine

Shukaitis, S., (2013). Can the object be a comrade?. ephemera: theory & politics in organization. 13 (2), 437-444

Shukaitis, S., (2013). Recomposing precarity: Notes on the laboured politics of class composition. ephemera theory & politics in organization. 13 (3), 641-658

Feigenbaum, A., Shukaitis, S., Barbagallo, C., Brekke, JK., Buck, M., Heckert, J., Kanuga, M., Rekret, P. and Stephens, J., (2013). Writing in a movement: a roundtable on radical publishing and autonomous infrastructure. Interface: a journal for and about social movements. 5 (1), 253-271

Shukaitis, S., (2012). Symphony of the Surplus/Value : Notes on labour, valorization and sabotage in the metropolitan factory. Performance Research. 17 (6), 48-55

Shukaitis, S., (2012). Below the Perceptible, the Political?. Rethinking Marxism. 24 (3), 424-427

Lim, M. and Shukaitis, S., (2012). Editorial. Culture and Organization. 18 (5), 341-343

Shukaitis, S., (2011). In, Against, and Beyond the Empire Trilogy. Journal of Communication Inquiry. 35 (4), 328-334

Shukaitis, S., (2011). Fascists as Much as Painters: Imagination, Overidentification, and Strategies of Intervention. The Sociological Review. 59 (3), 597-615

Shukaitis, S., (2011). Fascists as much as painters: imagination, overidentification, and strategies of intervention. The Sociological Review. 59 (3), 597-615

Shukaitis, S., (2010). Affective Labor and Social Movements. Przeglad Anarchistyczny - The Anarchist Review. 11

Shukaitis, S., (2010). Sisyphus & the Labor of Imagination: Autonomy, Cultural Production and the Antinomies of Worker Self-Management. Affinities: A Journal of Radical Theory, Culture and Action. 4 (1)

Shukaitis, S., (2009). Space is the (Non)Place: Martians, Marxists, and the Outer Space of the Radical Imagination. The Sociological Review. 57 (1_suppl), 98-113

Shukaitis, S. and Graeber, D., (2009). Practice as a form of knowledge, knowledge as a form of action. The Anarchist Review. 9

Shukaitis, S., (2009). Space is the (non)place: Martians, Marxists, and the outer space of the radical imagination. The Sociological Review. 57 (S1), 98-113

Shukaitis, S., (2008). Dancing Amidst the Flames: Imagination and Self-Organization in a Minor Key. Organization. 15 (5), 743-764

Shukaitis, S. and Lichtenfeld, R., (2002). Tragedy of the common: Markedness and the creation of mundane tragedy. Journal of Mundane Behavior. 3 (3)

Books (4)

Shukaitis, S., (2019). Combination Acts. Notes on Collective Practice in the Undercommons. Autonomedia. 9781570273551

Shukaitis, S., (2016). The Composition of Movements to Come: Aesthetics & Cultural Labor After the Avant-Garde. Rowman & Littlefield International. 9781783481736

Shukaitis, S., (2016). Gee Vaucher: An Introspective. Minor Compositions. 0948252464. 9780948252464

Shukaitis, S., (2009). Imaginal Machines: Autonomy & Self-Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Life. Autonomedia. 9781570272080

Book chapters (7)

Shukaitis, S., (2015). Icons of Futures Past: IRWIN, Neue Slowenische Kunst, and the Spiritual Politics of Artistic Provocation. In: NSK from Kapital to Capital: Neue Slowenische Kunst - The Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia. Editors: Badovinac, Z., Čufer, E. and Gardner, A., . MIT Press. 9780262029957

Shukaitis, S., (2015). Power, Knowledge, Hatred: Notes on Antagonism & Autonomist Epistemology. In: Bad Feelings. Editors: Art Against Cuts and Power, N., . Bookworks

Shukaitis, S., (2014). Art Strike. In: Truth is Concrete - a Handbook for Artistic Strategies in Real Politics. Editors: Malzacher, F. and Herbst, S., . Sternberg Press

Shukaitis, S. and Figiel, J., (2013). Politics, Arts and Markets. In: The Routledge Companion to Arts Marketing. Editors: O'Reilly, D., Rentschler, R. and Kirchner, T., . Routledge. 20- 28. 978-0-415-78350-7

Heckert, J., (2011). Anarchism & Sexuality. In: Anarchism and Sexuality: Ethics, Relationships and Power. Routledge. 45- 66. 9780203828441

Shukaitis, S. and Kanngieser, A., (2010). Cultural Workers, Throw Down Your Tools, The Metropolis Is On Strike. In: Critical Cities: Ideas, Knowledge and Agitation from Emerging Urbanists vol. 2. Editors: Naik, D. and Oldfield, T., . Myrdle Court Press,. 64- 75. 978-0-9563539-1-7

Amster, R., (2009). Contemporary Anarchist Studies. In: Contemporary Anarchist Studies: An Introductory Anthology of Anarchy in the Academy. Routledge. 166- 174. 0203891732. 9780203891735

Exhibitions (3)

Vaucher, G. and Shukaitis, S., Gee Vaucher: Introspective. Collage, painting, video, sculpture, archival materials

Shukaitis, S., #WorldsUpsideDown. Painting, video, participatory installation

Shukaitis, S., Stop the City… Revisited. Archival materials, installation, live event

Other (3)

Shukaitis, S., (2015).No Stars, no Solos ? just Sound, Motion, and Energy: an Interview with John Gruntfest,Mute Magazine

Shukaitis, S., (2015).From Nation Time to management time,The Wire

Shukaitis, S., (2015).Cognitive Capitalism & the Limits of Sabotage,Frisk Flugt: Sabotage (OVO Press)

Grants and funding


Firstsite Industrial Challenge

University of Essex


The Metropolitan Factory: The Labour of Self-Management in Creative Clusters

The British Academy

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EBS.3.42, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

You can find details of Academic Support hours on the EBS UG and PG information page on Moodle or by calling EBS Student Services on 01206873911