Murder-death-kill on the TV news

In order to feed Goldsmiths people and enthusiasm into the No Borders Camp at Gatwick (19-24 Sept), we want to organise a workshop at Goldsmiths the weekend before, called Migrating University (14-15th Sept). It will include a session which will be a walk along the route of the Battle of Lewisham 1977 30th anniversary of the NF march in our area (see pic), but also other topics, debates, themes of relevance… (watch this space).

But in the meantime, I am somewhat stuck on this task of writing a general blurb for the workshops. Stuck I guess until we have sentences on each of the proposed panels. Lazy of mind, I’ve been haphazardly thinking about a statement on what this could be all about. To what degree can we feed Goldsmiths people and enthusiasm into the No Borders camp at Gatwick anyway? And to what degree might Migrating University become a wider educational project in itself – something that happens in other locations later…?

Themes for Goldsmiths: Problems and issues to be addressed include asylum support, campaigns against detention, civil rights and surveillance, knowledge and the state; anti-racism, media racisms, xenophobia; militarism, patriotism; technology and activism; economic migration and coercion, immaterial and precarious labour; institutional support, the teaching factory; questions of Access (fees, credentialism, openness); idea of multicultural education (really multicultural education would imply students write in their own languages, or that ‘home’ students write in other languages [idealist]); open source and digital commons; transformation of the university from old collegiate model, through mass ed to corporate agenda; radicalism and dissent, public/community engagement with citadels of knowledge; critical curriculum, pedagogy; trades union, organisations, non-academic staff, local governance, NGOs, community involvement, outreach[?]; idea of critique (Kant) versus radical criticism of everything that exists (Marx)…

Since this is based in a university, even if we are looking towards the No Borders Camp proper, can we nevertheless bring the internationalism of left movements into the disciplinary formations of the academy? – in order to wake up to relevance and engagement rather than the old ivory indulgence of credentialism or the new commercial opportunism of the teaching factory?

Murder-death-kill on the TV news every night, detentions and the eclipse of civil liberty here, and bombing campaigns for democracy abroad. Quietism is not an option.

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  • John Hutnyk  On 20/08/2007 at 4:20 am

    See below, its as you might expect…

    but the press release gives some handy basics about the Detention facilities at Gatwick, which explains why the protest must go on regardless of Police/Council approval etc.

    j

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: g-anbc2007_press@riseup.net < g-anbc2007_press@riseup.net>
    Date: Aug 20, 2007 1:07 AM
    Subject: [gccc] [Fwd: press release: Council refuses to cooperate with camp organisers]
    To: gccc@lists.riseup.net

    This was sent to quite a few local, regional and national media.

    —————————- Original Message —————————-
    Subject: press release: Council refuses to cooperate with camp organisers
    From: g-anbc2007_press@riseup.net
    Date: Sun, August 19, 2007 5:05 pm
    To: g-anbc2007_press@riseup.net
    ————————————————————————–

    For immediate release:
    Council refuses to cooperate with camp organisers

    20 August 2007

    Following a meeting between the Gatwick No Border Camp organisers and the
    Crawley Borough Council, the Council has sent a letter to the Camp group
    saying they cannot provide any land for the camp. The meeting, which was
    held at Crawley Town Hall on Thursday, 16 August, discussed the plans and
    preparations for the Gatwick No Borders Camp, which will take place on
    19-24 September. Organisers had asked the Council to provide a suitable
    land to avoid any possible ‘troubles’. Police were also present at the
    meeting, represented by a Chief Inspector and another junior police
    officer.

    Crawley Council’s Community Safety Officer Don Edwardson said,
    “Unfortunately there are no municipal camping or caravan sites nor open
    spaces and parks within the town that could provide the facilities you are
    seeking. Neither am I in a position to provide you with the details of any
    private or commercial landowners that you could approach.”

    A spokesman from No Border UK, the network organising the Camp, said:
    “It is obviously disappointing that the Council is not willing to
    cooperate with us but this was quite expected. We further expect them to
    make things harder for us by, for example, putting pressure on farmers so
    that they refuse to rent their land. This has happened before with other
    camps and it’s what the authorities do to silence protest or make it
    harder.”

    Both the Council and police, however, are still demanding that the Camp
    organisers ‘cooperate’ and inform them of their plans. The above-mentioned
    letter from Don Edwardson went on: “However, I am keen, as are the police,
    to be kept appraised of any developments regarding the camp. Perhaps you
    would be good enough to let me and/or the police know when you have found
    a suitable location.”

    For further information, please contact:
    078 0750 3282 (monitored during office hours)
    E-mail: g-anbc2007_press@riseup.net

    Notes for editors:

    1. A new purpose-built immigration detention centre is planned at Gatwick
    Airport as part of the government’s five-year strategy for asylum and
    immigration. The prison, to be called Brook House, is due to open in 2008
    and will have a total capacity of 426 places for male and female
    detainees. It is being developed by BAA Lynton o3n behalf of the Airport
    Property Partnership. BAA Lynton had developed the existing centre at
    Gatwick, Tinsley House, in a similar way. The government has already seen
    the ‘benefits’ of locating ‘removal centres’ close to airports, with
    operations at Colnbrook and Harmondsworth, near Heathrow, and Tinsley
    House at Gatwick.

    2. There are 10 so-called Immigration Removal Centres in the UK. Seven are
    run by private companies contracted by the Home Office’s Border and
    Immigration Agency (previously the Immigration and Nationality
    Directorate), while three are run by the Prison Service. As of July 2007,
    these prisons have a total capacity of 2,506. However, the Labour
    government, which inherited 700 places when it took office in 1997, is
    aiming for a total of 4,000 places. In addition, there are many so-called
    Short-term Holding Facilities at many ports and airports throughout the
    country as well as at a number of Immigration Reporting Centres.

    3. The Gatwick No Border Camp will take place between 19 and 24 September,
    2007, near Gatwick, to try and stop the new planned detention centre, with
    planned demonstrations in Crawley, Croydon and at Tinsley House. The camp,
    the first of its kind in the UK, will also be an opportunity to exchange
    ideas and experiences, with numerous workshops, panels and other
    activities. See http://www.noborders.org.uk for further details.

    4. No Borders UK is network of groups and activists across the country who
    stand against all visible and invisible borders and migration controls and
    struggle for the freedom of movement for all people. There are currently 8
    such groups in Birmingham, Brighton, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Nottingham,
    Sheffield and Wales. The first UK-wide No Borders gathering was held on
    11-12 March, 2006, in London. The global No Border network had existed
    since 1999. The first ever No Border meeting was held in Amsterdam in
    December 1999, following the European Summit in Tampere in October that
    year, when coordinated actions and demonstrations took place in eight
    European countries.

    —————–

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  • Anonymous  On 20/08/2007 at 9:00 am

    Onthe Goldsmiths CCS Website:

    Migrating University – 14-15 September (venue tbc)
    In order to feed Goldsmiths people and enthusiasm into the No Borders Camp at Gatwick (19-24 Sept), we want to organise a workshop at Goldsmiths the weekend before, called Migrating University (14-15th Sept). It will include a session which will be a walk along the route of the Battle of Lewisham 1977 30th anniversary of the NF march in our area (see pic), but also other topics, debates, themes of relevance… (watch this space).

    Some weeks back we realised the No Borders Camp at Gatwick (www.noborders.org.uk) is an ideal opportunity for Goldsmiths University to rouse itself from sleepy London and show its solidarity with Britain’s new settlers, condemn the Governments asylum and detention practices, and expose the hypocrisy of having unregulated capital flow alongside racist fortress restrictions on people.

    So, let’s get Goldsmiths on the move.

    tent university, courses and workshops on race, migration, Multiculturalism, gender and sexuality, Media, culture, literature, music, activism and education etc.
    practical and theoretical programs, taught by current Goldsmiths and invited international(ist) professors, general staff, gaduates and students,all welcome.
    a non-elitist and democratic administrative structure, not a teaching factory governed by commodity servicing
    a fighting representative education union, open to everyone
    for critical radical intellectual renewal drawing upon the vast creative and expressive resources of people’s movement(s)
    Themes for Goldsmiths workshops might include: asylum support, campaigns against detention, civil rights and surveillance, knowledge and the state; anti-racism, media racisms, xenophobia; militarism, patriotism; technology and activism; economic migration and coercion, immaterial and precarious labour; institutional support, the teaching factory; questions of Access (fees, credentialism, openness); idea of multicultural education (really multicultural education would imply students write in their own languages, or that ‘home’ students write in other languages [idealist]); open source and digital commons; transformation of the university from old collegiate model, through mass ed to corporate agenda; radicalism and dissent, public/community engagement with citadels of knowledge; critical curriculum, pedagogy; trades union, organisations, non-academic staff, local governance, NGOs, community involvement, outreach[?]; idea of critique (Kant) versus radical criticism of everything that exists (Marx)…

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  • Anonymous  On 07/09/2007 at 7:25 am

    Chinese, German, Japanese, Malay, Polish and Turkish:

    不要扣留,不要遣送

    教育无边界,人人都有行动自由

    Keine Lager, keine Abschiebung,
    keine Bildungsgrenzen:
    Bewegungsfreiheit für alle

    Migrating University, am Goldsmiths,
    14.-15. September 2007
    Von Goldsmiths nach Gatwick

    拘留・追放反対;
    教育における境界廃止:
    全ての人に移動の自由を

    ワークショップ:移動する大学
    於ゴールドスミス・カレッジ
    2007年9月14-15日
    ゴールドスミスからガトウィックへ

    hentikan penahanan, hentikan deportasi
    pendidikan tanpa sempadan, kebebasan bergerak untuk semua

    Migrujacy Uniwersytet
    Z Goldsmiths do Gatwick

    Przeciwko Zatrzymaniom, Przeciwko Deprotacjom, Przeciwko Granicom w Edukacji,
    Wolnosc Przemieszczania sie dla Wszystkich

    Migrujacy Uniwersytet
    Od 14go do 15go wrzesnia 2007
    Z Goldsmiths do Gatwick

    Oboz Bez Granic w Gatwick (www.noborders.org.uk) to swietna okazja dla Goldsmiths
    University aby wybudzic sie ze spiacego Londynu i pokazac solidarnosc z nowymi
    przybyszami do Wielkiej Brytanii, potepic rzadowe dzialania i rozporzadzenia dotyczace
    uchodzctwa oraz uwidocznic hipokryzje nieuregulowanego przeplywu kapitalu oraz
    rasistowskich ograniczen wzgledem ludzi.

    Tak wiec, Goldsmiths! Do boju!
    - uniwersytet namiotowy, kursy i szkolenia na tematy takie jak: rasa, migracje,
    wielokulturowosc, gender, media, kultura, literatura, muzyka, edukacja, dzialalnosc
    spoleczna i polityczna.

    - programy praktyczne i teoretyczne naucazne przez wykladowcow, pracownikow,
    absolwentow i uczniow Goldsmiths jak i zaproszonych gosci

    - demokratyczna i anty-elitystyczna organizacja administracyjna a nie dydaktyczna
    fabryka o kapitalistycznym charakterze czyli nastawiona na zysk,

    - uczelnia otwarta dla wszystkich i walczaca o rownosc w edukacji

    - krytyczna, radykalna sanacje intelektualna opierajaca sie n
    a kreatywnosci i
    ekspresywnosci wynikajacej z wolnosci podrozy i przemieszczania sie.

    Göçen Üniversite: Goldsmiths’ten Gatwick’e
    Alıkonulup Nezaret Altına Alınmaya Hayır, Sınır Dışı Edilmeye Hayır;
    Eğitimde Sınırlara Hayır:
    Herkese Eşit ve Serbest Dolaşım Hakkı

    14-15 Eylül
    Goldsmiths’te Göçen Üniversite;
    Goldsmiths’ten Gatwick’e

    Bu etkinlik için destek ve beklenti düzeyi çok yüksek. Kampüste bir düş kırıklığı ve bıkkınlık havası hakim. Dolayısıyla aktivist olanakların araştırılması ve denenmesi icin büyük bir enerji potansiyeli var. Bu durum hem üniversite kurumunu her düzeyede bir “öğretim fabrikası” haline getirmeyi amaçlayan şirketvari yönetim anlayışının, hem de dünyanın her yerinde savaş tamtamları çalmakta olan neoliberal emperyalist düzenin getirdiği ve varolmak için ihtiyaç duyduğu sınırların ve bu sınırları koruyan anlayışın ortak bir sonucu. Üniversitenin sınırlara ilişkin oynadığı rollerden ve ürettiği sınırlardan bazıları şunlar: İnsanlar ve bilgi arasındaki sınırlar, çeşitli bilgiler arasındaki sınırlar , farklı arka planlardan gelen insanlar arasındaki sınırlar, öğrenciler arasındaki sınırlar, “deniz aşırı/yabancı” eğitim harcı ödemek zorunda olanlarla “yerli” ama yine de gereğinden fazla (endüstriyel kazanç amaçlı ve masrafları öğrenciler tarafından karşılanan eğitim??) harç ödemek zorunda olanlar arasındaki sınırlar…Ve tabii ki, öğretim elemanlarının moral ve motivasyonun gün geçtikçe daha çok ezilerek yok edilmesinde üniversitenin oynadığı rol…Bununla bağlantılı olarak eski “öğretim” ideallerinin fırsatçılık ve üretkenlik gibi değerler tarafından arka plana itilmesi, hatta rafa kaldırılması…Dışlamalar ve dışlanmalar…Irkçılık…Küresel öldür-katlet-parçala düzeni…Bizce bir araya gelip bu endişelerimizi paylaşmak ve yukarıda bahsi geçen sorunlara çözümler aramak için gereğinden de fazla sebep var.

    Yaptığımız son toplantıda etkinliğin tarihi, yeri, zamanı, ve programı hakkında kararlar aldık: Göçen Üniversite 5 ayrı panel ve “Lewisham Savaşı” yürüyüşünden oluşacak (bu yürüyüşü organize edecek olan insanlarla görüştük ve koordinasyon kararı aldık). Buna ek olarak kısa bir tanıtım yazısı taslağı hazırladık ve CCS’in internet sitesine koyduk; bir pankart hazırlamayı kararlaştırdık, gelecekteki toplantılar için bir oda ayırttık, arka yeşillikteki büyük çadırı kullanabilmek için üniversite yönetimiyle halen sürmekte olan pazarlığı başlattık, Joan Kelly’nin katılımını kesinleşirdik, No Borders Londra ve ana No Borders organizasyonlarıyla bağlantılar kurduk.

    Şu ana kadar etkinliğe katılımı kesinleşmiş kişiler şunlar: Ken Fero (Injustice filmi), David Graeber (activist, antropolog), Ava Caradonna (seks işçileri eğitim grubu), Susan Cueva (sendikacı), Sanjay Sharma (Multicultural Encounters adlı kitabın yazarı), Hari Kunzru (romancı), Mao Mollona (antropolog), Harmit Athwal (Institute of Race Relations), Katherine Mann (müzisyen), Paul Hendrich (korsan baba) ve Joan Kelly (sanatçı).

    Paneller ve program kesinleşmemiş haliyle aşağıdadır:

    14 Eylül, Cuma

    10.15 – Açılış konuşması, bu toplantının Gatwick’te gerçekleşecek olan No Borders Kampı’na katılımı teşvik etmek amacıyla gerçekleştirildiğinin belirtilmesi – akşam yapılacak olan toplantının yer ve zamanının duyurulması.
    10.45-12.30 – 1. Panel – Açık üniversite, açık kaynak – (Brian)
    12.30-14.00 – Arka yeşillikte açık havada ya da yağmur durumunda çadırda piknik
    14.00-16.00 – 2. Panel – Radikal pedagoji/gayri-maddi emek – (Francisco)
    16.15-18.15 – 3. Panel – Seks işçileri için eğitim kampanyası, sendikalar, polis, “Injustice” filminin tanıtımı (Olivia)
    18.15 – Goldsmiths Tavern’ın üst katında Gatwick’teki kampa kollektif katılım hakkında toplantı
    19.00-21.00 Singapur’dan Joan Kelly ile Goldsmiths Tavern’ın üst katında çalışma grubu (içki ve yemek).

    15 Eylül, Cumartesi

    10.15 – 2. gün açılışı
    10.30-12.30 – 4. Panel – Öğretim fabrikası/eleştiri/üniversite kurumunun kullanımı (John)
    12.50-14.30 – 5. Panel – Yerel kampanyalar, LARAG, göç/alıkonulma/nezaret altına alınma, tutuklulara yardım (Cam)
    14.30 – Öğle yemeği
    15.00-18.00 – “Lewisham Savaşını” anma yürüyüşü: 1977’de National Front’a karşı gerçekleşen protesto mitinginin rotasında, o zaman mitinge katılmış kişiler eşliğinde yürüyüş. Başlangıç/buluşma noktası: Clifton Rise, New Cross. (ayrıntılı bilgi için Paul)

    Bir sonraki Göçen Üniversite organizasyon toplantısı 10 Eylül Pazartesi günü saat 16.00’da Goldsmiths Tavern’da gerçekleşecektir.

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