Monthly Archives: March 2011






UKBA Border @ Gold.

BROADHEAD RHB 356 (domestic/EU students please come too!)


As most of you already know, the Goldsmiths senior management team is
treating international students in a dispicable way.

*SMT are co-operating with UK Border Agency, rather than guaranteeing the
safety and security of Goldsmiths students.

*International students are required to use a defunct, pointless online
registration, which will be a regular requirement. (Students at Queen Mary
are required to gather in a room and have their passports checked, a
likely next step for Goldsmiths).

*Many students don’t know about this requirement, and didn’t submit the

*SMT has made a list of these students, and is threatening to pass their
details on to UKBA this Friday 11th March.

*Previously, lecturers were requested to pass on the names of any
international students who missed 3 or more classes, and this information
would then have been passed onto UKBA who could then legally deport these
students (GUCU were successful in their non-compliance with this request).

WE WON’T COMPLY WITH THIS! It would really mean a lot for international
students to have support and for this issue to be brought into the wider
education movement.

Wages for Housework readings

Selma James and Dalla Costa (1972), The power of women and the subversion of the community (pdf)

Selma James et al. (1975), Sex, Race and Class

Ellen Malos (ed.) (1980), The Politics of Housework

Alice Kessler-Harris (1981), Women Have Always Worked: A Historical Overview

Selections from Leopoldina Fortunati (1995), The Arcane of Reproduction: Housework, Prostitution, Labor and Capital

Maria Mies (1998), Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale: Women in the International Division of Labour

Mariarosa Dalla Costa & Giovanna F. Dalla Costa (eds.) (1999), Women, Development and the Labor of Reproduction: Struggles and Movements

P. E. Perkins (2000), Feminist understandings of productivity (pdf)

Precarias a la Deriva (2006), A Very Careful Strike: Four hypotheses the commoner (pdf)

Kathi Weeks (2007), Life Within and Against Work: Affective Labor, Feminist Critique, and Post-Fordist Politics, ephemera (pdf)

P. Cunninghame (2009), Italian feminism, workerism and autonomy in the 1970s: The struggle against unpaid reproductive labour and violence, Mute Magazine

links kindly filched from our friends at Generation Online.


Wages for Housework G. W. F. Hegel Ludwig Feuerbach Karl Marx Alfred Sohn-Rethel Jean-Paul Sartre Antonio Gramsci Commodity Form Louis Althusser Nicos Poulantzas Georg Lukacs Uneven Development V. I. Lenin Productive/ Unproductive Labour Regis Debray C.L.R.James Lucio Colletti Immaterial Labour George Bataille Pierre Macherey Exodus Antonio Negri Dialectics Guy Debord Hasdai Crescas Andre Glucksmann Braudel - Annales School Saul Alinski Surrealism Aglietta - REGULATION SCHOOL POST MARXISM - Hindess  & Hirst Maurice Godelier Refusal (to work) I.I.Rubin International Situationists Roger Garaudy Resnick/Wolfe/ Rethinking Marxism Piero Sraffa Existentialism Alexandre Kojeve Etienne Balibar Maria Rosa Dalla Costa Silvia Federici


Internal Security

Meanwhile, in some countries, they even have a debate about Detention and the Internal Security Act (which has been mentioned before on this blog, here, and in the Weekly Worker, here).


Press Statement by SUARAM: 7th March 2011

Mission Report on Malaysia by Working Group on Arbitrary Detention:

Implement Recommendations Now!

The findings and recommendations of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) from its visit to Malaysia from 7 to 18 June 2010 have added to the long list of recommendations and concerns pertaining to the Malaysian government’s legislations, policies and practices of arbitrary detention. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) has despatched Ms Temme Lee, SUARAM Secretariat member to make interventions at the UN Human Rights Council after the mission report presented by the WGAD[1].  SUARAM supports the recommendations made by the working group to the Malaysian government.

“Classic Cases of Arbitrary Detention” under the ISA, EO, DDA, RRA

In their mission report, the WGAD states that it is “seriously concerned” about the existence and enforcement of laws which provide for detention without trial in Malaysia, namely the Internal Security Act (ISA), the Emergency (Public Order and Prevention of Crime) Ordinance (EO), the Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act (DDA), and the Restricted Residence Act.

“(These laws) impede the detainee’s right to a fair trial, consecrated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and by international human rights customary law. They also severely restrict detainees’ access to legal counsel.”

The working group has also stated its concern on the periodic review by the Advisory Board. The working group considers that an appearance before an Advisory Board does not fulfill minimal fair trial guarantees. Although detainees may appeal every six months to the Advisory Board on the preventive laws, the detainees are not notified of its recommendations, its recommendations are not binding and they are not made public. On the other, the defence lawyers may appear on behalf of the detainee, attend the hearing without access to all the documentation, including evidence, and have no right to call witnesses.

During the press conference held by the WGAD on 18 June 2010, its Chairperson-Rapporteur El Hadji Malick Sow stated that detentions under the ISA, the EO, and the DDA are “classic cases of arbitrary detention”. The WGAD also noted with concern that “thousands of people” are being detained under the EO and the DDA.

“Systematic” Detention of Refugees

Also of concern to the WGAD is the detention of refugees and asylum seekers. The WGAD’s Chairperson-Rapporteur has described the detention of refugees as “systematic”, noting that even refugees who are in possession of identity cards issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees are not exempt from arrests and detentions.

Malaysia’s non-ratification of the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees and non-recognition of the status of refugees and asylum seekers have resulted in the detention of many refugees under immigration laws in Malaysia for their alleged “illegal presence” in Malaysian territory. The WGAD notes that detainees who have served prison sentences under Immigration laws are often held in immigration detention centres for an indefinite period while awaiting deportation to their countries of origin.

Police Force: Excessive Power leads to human rights violations

The working group has also expressed concern over the excessive power given to the police force in Malaysia particularly under the preventive laws. The working group is of the view that the excessive power given to the police has led to their eluding the normal penal procedure for common crimes and offences. This has given an opportunity to the police and the Home Minister to detain persons without the need to sustain evidence or to probe penal responsibility. The Working group also concludes that the police often fail to inform the detainees about their rights to contact family members and to consult a lawyer of their choice.

The working group also raises serious concern about the deaths that occur during the police detention and while in police custody; the ill treatment and torture in police stations and detention centres in order to obtain confessions and incriminatory evidence.

Repeal All Detention-without-Trial Laws

On detention-without-trial laws, the WGAD unambiguously recommends that the ISA, the EO, the DDA, and the RRA be repealed. In the interim period, while the laws are in force, the working group has urged that the decisions by the non-judicial Appeals Advisory Board should be binding on the Home Minister, and decisions with regard to the Act should be subject to judicial review.

SUARAM thus calls upon the government to re-think the proposed amendments to all the detention-without-trial laws in the light of the latest WGAD’s recommendations. The ISA, the EO, the DDA, and the RRA must be repealed forthwith; the government should immediately end all arrests under the detention-without-trial laws, and release all those currently detained under these laws or charge them in a fair and open court.

End Detention of Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Other Vulnerable Migrants

On the detention of immigrants, the WGAD states that:

“Detention of immigrants should be decided upon by a court of law, on a case by case basis, and pursuant to clearly and exhaustively defined criteria in legislation, under which detention may be resorted to.”

The WGAD stresses that immigrants should have an effective remedy to challenge the necessity and legality of their detention at any time; that immigration detention should not be applied to refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable groups of migrants, including unaccompanied minors, families with minor children, pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, elderly persons, persons with disabilities, or people with serious and/or chronic physical or mental health problems.

The WGAD has also urged the Malaysian government to ratify the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees, a recommendation which has been made on numerous occasions by SUHAKAM as well as UN member states during the Universal Periodic Review of Malaysia in February 2009.

SUARAM strongly urges the government to immediately implement these recommendations and to   stop arresting refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable groups of migrants. The government should provide a concrete timeframe for the ratification of the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees.

Invite UN Experts in Other Areas Too

While Special Procedures Mandate Holders of the UN Human Rights Council can only visit a country with the host government’s invitation, SUARAM would like to point out that the WGAD had in fact made a request for a country visit to Malaysia way back in 2008. It was only in early 2010 that the Malaysian government officially and publicly confirmed its acceptance of the WGAD’s request to visit Malaysia.

To date, the Malaysian government has still not responded to eight pending requests by other Special Procedures Mandate Holders, namely the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders (request made in 2002); the Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples (2005); the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion (2006); the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants (2006); the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism (2005); the Independent Expert on Minority Issues (2007 and 2009); the Special Rapporteur on Racism (2008); and Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers (2009).

SUARAM therefore strongly calls upon the Malaysian government to extend standing invitations to all Special Procedures Mandate Holders of the UN Human Rights Council which have made requests for country visits to Malaysia as soon as possible.

Implement WGAD’s Recommendations Now!

Today, WGAD’s final report is being submitted to the UN Human Rights Council. The recommendations of the Working Group are clear enough for the government to make immediate human rights reforms.  The working group has also urged the Malaysian government to become a party to the main international instruments on human rights, particularly the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT), the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, (CERD), the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the Protocol there to, the Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Similar recommendations have already been made by other bodies such as the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM), the Royal Commission on the Police, and UN member states. As such, there is no justification for the government to delay implementing these recommendations immediately, especially when Malaysia currently has a seat in the Human Rights Council.

The Malaysian government’s attitude toward these recommendations of the WGAD will be an indication of either its commitment to human rights or otherwise, its sheer hypocrisy while sitting in UN Human Rights Council.

Released by, Nalini.E, SUARAM Coordinator

The Paper edition 0

…..start press… start…..start press… start…..

EDITION ZERO of The Paper is now available – to download the PDF 

In this issue:
– The Shoplifter’s Conundrum: Musings on a (non) scandal
– Post-fordist protest
– A retreat to be sure, but a retreat to the only possible victory
– Loveable and Capable
– We are political
– Dangerous Alliances: Class and the Student Movement
– Demonstrations and Diversions
– Libya’s Lost Promise
– Precariousness and the university
– DIY Guide No. 2: Police Guide To Facilitating Peaceful Protest

We have printed 2000 copies of Edition Zero – copies will be available in all good occupations, social centers, bookstores and a few universities too!

If you can help us distribute it please let us know 
If you want to contribute
to the next edition (with writing, editing or printing) send us an email on emailthepaper[at] – deadline for content is 16 March.
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Tracing a Line of Absence and Presence – ‘Cultural (De)Tourism’ with the University for Strategic Optimism

Friday 4/3/11,  5.00pm – 7.00pm, Meet at Goldsmiths RHB 300 and we’ll head to the station (probably get the train around half past)

Please bring an MP3 player with the tour pre-downloaded. MP3s are available at the UfSO blog here:

An audio-tour/seminar of, and on, the East London Line from New Cross to Dalston Junction and back. The audio tour seeks to explore the problematic relationships between academic research, cultural tourism and gentrification through a process of plagiarism, citation, performance & repetition.  How do aestheticised forms affect our pedagogical experience?

Our (de)tour tells stories, digs up old grievances, casts political aspersions and asks questions. It draws from folk history and psychogeography and draws attention to the processes of hegemony in a mass media of private property and privilege. In documenting or aestheticising a folklore are we always historicising it, alienating it from its origins? Or is our narrative merely the trace of an absence that is constantly being renegotiated through spheres of conflict, creativity, governance and iteration?

Come and listen, or else come and ignore or pull apart this narrative, shout it down and assert another.  Alternatively you can download and take the tour without the seminar discussion at any time.

(NOTE: the files are hosted on googledocs so hopefully they should be pretty easily accessible/downloadable, not sure if you need a google account to access things on googledocs but if you do and you don’t already have one I’ve created one you can use for this purpose:, password: de-tourism hopefully that should work).


Note to self – materials for talk on Education

Can’t cover everything, but here is a selection of stuff from the last year or more as a basis for a talk on education now:
General and preamble:
Sunbeams and Colonial Adjustments 

Dark Underbelly:
Soft underbelly:
(see also Guardian 2 March 2011 ed section – ideal school recipe by 7 year old kids)


Could someone elaborate on why this term jasmine revolution keeps coming up? I’m genuinely unsure what it means. It is near invisible in the UK, or at least to me, but comrades in Europe have been using it with regularity.. It refers also to China then? That is completely off screen here in the UK right now. Bahrain too has disappeared off radar. Is it that the revolutions only appeal when they smell of jasmine, and when its British weapons used to kill protesters etc, suddenly its all swept off screen (pruned, mulched, thrown in the compost bin of media history).
Appallingly, Stop the War coalition have only managed a statement on their website saying no to interference – the sort of calls for action, demonstrations, candle light vigils even that were held in the run up to the Iraq invasion are conspicuously absent for this one. Is it the smell of jasmine that makes this potential war sweet? A phony war if ever there was one – and with the ‘colonial machine’ (arms sales, oil, development agenda) ready to roll back into Egypt, Tunisia etc, all the more reason to take the stench of these rotting flowers to the doorsteps our own governments and television/journalists.
Comments welcome – these are questions, not answers.

Talk: The Teaching Factory, UEL 10.3.11

10 March 2011

The Teaching Factory

UEL Research in Anthropology Seminar Series

John Hutnyk, Goldsmiths, University of London

Room: WB 2.07
13:00 – 14.10

Series Convenor: Dr Narmala Halstead, Reader in Anthropology, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Docklands Campus. email: n.halstead[at]


University of East London, Docklands Campus

[It would be useful to have read chapter 16 of Marx's Capital beforehand]


Scattered Fragments

A Marx quote for the start of today’s lecture on Chapters 11-15.

In chapter 14 of Capital Marx offers an astonishing description of the co-operative work that must be assembled in making a timepiece, in this case a watch. I think it is significant that this is offered as an illustration of the division of labour, but that this is not yet industrial production. It is nevertheless worth reading in full (and aloud) for its alliterative rhetorical rhythm:

‘Formerly the individual work of a Nuremberg artificer, the watch has been transformed into the social product of an immense number of detail labourers, such as mainspring makers, dial makers, spiral spring makers, jewelled hole makers, ruby lever makers, hand makers, case makers, screw makers, gilders, with numerous subdivisions, such as wheel makers (brass and steel separate), pin makers, movement makers, acheveur de pignon (fixes the wheels on the axles, polishes the facets, &c.), pivot makers, planteur de finissage (puts the wheels and springs in the works), finisseur de barillet (cuts teeth in the wheels, makes the holes of the right size, &c.), escapement makers, cylinder makers for cylinder escapements, escapement wheel makers, balance wheel makers, raquette makers (apparatus for regulating the watch), the planteur d’échappement (escapement maker proper); then the repasseur de barillet (finishes the box for the spring, &c.), steel polishers, wheel polishers, screw polishers, figure painters, dial enamellers (melt the enamel on the copper), fabricant de pendants (makes the ring by which the case is hung), finisseur de charnière (puts the brass hinge in the cover, &c.), faiseur de secret (puts in the springs that open the case), graveur, ciseleur, polisseur de boîte, &c., &c., and last of all the repasseur, who fits together the whole watch and hands it over in a going state. Only a few parts of the watch pass through several hands; and all these membra disjecta come together for the first time in the hand that binds them into one mechanical whole (Marx Archive, compare Penguin:461, Deutsch:362 Progress Press:342)

Marx’s repetitions exceed to make the point. Tic Toc. There is something else to be found in the gears of the clock however. The wristwatch is an echo of the bracelet chain handcuff shackle that disciplines the slave and of the clock tower church bell that disciplines the agricultural worker in the field.

The question of discipline is strong in these pages. Ohh, look at the time – thanks to my Iphone alarm I shan’t be late. 4pm start BPLT.


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