Monthly Archives: March 2013

Brazil: A Landscape in Motion – workshop 22.5.2013

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Full details download here: Brazil_conference Program. 10am- 6pm.

VENUE BEN PIMLOTT LECTURE THEATRE BEN PIMLOTT BUILDING, Goldsmiths London SE14 6NW Centre for Cultural Studies | Goldsmiths University of London London SE14 6NW

ORGANIZERS Rosana Martins is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Cultural Studies, at Goldsmiths University, London. Holly Eva Ryan is a fourth year PhD student at the City University, London and visiting ERASMUS fellow at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

Talk: Braga 9.4.2013

‘Seems like the funky days, they’re back again’ - 1960s fashion and subcontinental politics in the 21st Century? – John Hutnyk
 
This talk will consider the resurgence of an Asia-inflected 1960s aesthetic and a thoroughly modern politics in the present. To what extent does a kaleidoscopic reference in fashion and sound make room for a political activism that owes more to street protest than an updated digital-cultural exoticism. The work of Sri Lankan musician M.I.A will feature, as will Frank Zappa and the Monkeys psychedelic era masterpiece ‘Head’.

2:30 9 April 2013

Location: Braga, North of Portugal, at the Gualtar campus of the University of Minho. The building is the Institute of Arts and Humanities (Instituto de Letras e Ciências Humanas – ILCH) and the room is the ILCH Auditorium.

The Malignant Teaching Factory

[Meant to put this up ages ago, after finishing the second half, but that is going so slow this just needs to be tucked away here out of sight (! - some of the phrasings of sentences used on this blog already have been quoted back to me recently in forums that, well, were a surprise)]

In a period of little over thirty years, higher education has ventured quite some distance from the old collegiate hierarchical system of privilege, scholarship and esoteric research. It has transformed, by way of Government policy, market demand, commercial opportunity and participant compliance into something quite unrecognizable. A global education industry, intertwined with business and investment, productivity targets, enterprise and creative accounting. Transactional rather than vocational, career rather than idea, commission rather than mission, we have seen the exchange of the old gown for the negotiated compact and a bottom-dollar traffic in interested investigation (e.g., product trials). Speculative education has replaced the old and frankly moribund idea of speculation as such.

There is nothing redemptive in harking back to the old ways. But it is unseemly that the privatized educational system of today has turned teachers into vendors, students into shoppers, researchers into hired mercenaries and senior colleagues into grotesque parodies of corporate greed. Too often otherwise admirable scholars become shiny-suited administrators, hawking student numbers and research contracts around as if they were baubles of divine election and not merely the last dusty job-lots of a faded glory now peddled out at cut price – everything must go! – discount rates for a shop-soiled emporium of decay.

How did it happen that an aspiration for education for all turned so quickly into a market fluctuation? The privatizating and commercial imperative shaping curriculum and content was not born fully formed in the current period, but has been a long time coming. Indeed, the history of the classroom could be construed as a struggle over just this. From the early efforts of the Factory Inspectors – Leonard Horner – and the imperative to school the great unwashed, all the better to fit them to machines – through to the idea of education as a vast instrument for class mobility, widening participation and access to employment – itself a mixed fortune.

In capital, volume one, chapter ten, Marx narrates a class struggle that continually impinges upon the question of education, though fittingly, the site of the action is the factory. The Factory Acts, of 1933, 1844, 1847, 1850 etc., were in effect an effort of the factory owners lobby to mitigate, undermine and evade the constraints imposed by a concerned, if ill-informed, philanthropic tendency in parliament. The Factory Inspectors, such as Leonard Horner, reported upon the conditions in the factories where children worked, sometimes 12 and more hours per day, and it is instructive to consider the elaborate machinations employed by the factory owners to circumvent requirements that these children receive a modicum of schooling. Two hours per week in the first instance (1833 Factory Act). Among the quaint lobbying practices the owners extended to the inspectors as they made their way to inspect the factories were invitations to dinners, visits to country club and horse gymkhanas, the comfort of suitable lodgings, and suitable carriage to the said inspections, including eminently helpful factory guides and fulsome explanations of any anomalies and answers to questions (Horner, Diary).

It then should be noted with no little irony that in the university today, and indeed throughout the education system, the descendents of the Factory Inspectors are guided just as much by the care with which managers attend to questions of presentation, access and quality assurance in a new era of evaluation. Aside from the media event that is an OffStead visit, in effect a form-filling excursive, and the Quality unit of the Department of Business Innovation and Sport, with Universities governed under the same budget lines as commerce and the Olympics, we are not dealing with inspections as such, so much as reports and tabulations – drawn up according to the new guidance whereby Government turns education into a vast factory-like programme, with productivity gains and training regimes of course factored in, and with global reach.

 

 

Context.

Maybe it makes sense to reflect, in the quiet aftermath of a period of activity, in order to gear up again for more, necessarily thinking this never stops, that the to and fro alternation of theory and praxis is never only rhetorical.

The protest at Millbank in 2010 was both organised and a surprise because it exceeded an official NUS-declared ‘end’ of the rally. The surprise was the palpable shared and active demonstration of intent that contagiously and somewhat spontaneously led thousands of protesters to the same end. Even if the Police also wanted to make a point about the erosion of their conditions under austerity, and so stepped back so as to underline by that withdrawal, the significance of their potential service as protectors of Capital.

Subsequent arrests were not as significant as the events – a raid on the headquarters of the ruling class party offices of course gathered world-wide attention – but less than ideal was the lack of support given to those arrested, and that as a response to austerity and education policy changes underway, this was all rather late.

In the December 2010 rallies, a massive success of mobilization and catching the mood of the nation. Significant positive media reportage in the run up to the rallies, though this turned towards a search for sensational images and descending into farce as the tactics of Police kettle and the staged sacrifice of a Police Van on Whitehall, and perhaps the Prince Consort and his ride in Regent Street were simply front page ‘splash’ journalism. On the one hand protesters learnt that a passive response to kettling at the beginning of the kettle was a trap, on the other hand multiple separate actions – University for Strategic Optimism, Precarious Workers Brigade etc – and groups leaving the rally to roam central London provoking multiple encounters did symbolically threaten and frighten those in charge of the Capital.

In the context of Tunisia and Egypt and the so-called Arab Spring, the March 2011 trades union called rally was too long in coming, and followed a predicted route, also for too long. That the anarcho bloc followed a visibly different route and tactic was impressive, and the proliferation of multiple groups and actions, despite co-ordination problems and sometimes lack of leadership or direction, including a foolhardy self-kettling media grab high-end shopping trip (Fortnum and Masons), meant that enthusiasm and attention were high. Much of this energy then took organisational form and coincided with a resurgence of zine and samizdat publications, citizen journalism and blog posts, public meetings and the like. The anti-cuts groups and the plethora of other campaigns and issues – libraries, interns, pensions – indicated a visible left culture ascending.

August 2011 – the culmination of the proceding year and undoubtedly London’s response to the counter-revolutionary machinations in Egypt, Libya,  etc., and a co-ordination of concerns about policing, deaths in police custody (the death of Smiley Culture was also part of the story, as well as the immediate catalyst of the Tottenham uprising, the killing of Mark Duggan), bank bail-outs, austerity, youth unemployment, ruling class privilege, and the arid cultural alienation not mitigated by endless television talent shows and vacuous celebrity tittle-tattle. The media sensation of burning buses and police vehicles, followed by ‘opportunistic forms of aggressive late-night shopping, leading to a heavy-handed and last-ditch severe law and order crackdown, especially after the protests moved towards slightly more affluent suburbs on the third day, like Ealing, still requires discussion. Three days in August showed how fragile the bourgeois social compact was, and the clean-up broom teams in Clapham and the subsequent hand-writing of press pundits, as well as the excessively harsh sentencing of offenders for very minor crimes, have not eroded expectations that this fragile compact will crack again. Considerable effort by researchers (the Guardian/LSE) and institutional programmes, youth, social care, police liaison, council (inner city cleansing) and local government does not, with the evidence of a double-dip recession and ongoing austerity still in place, mitigate the expectation that things will kick of again soon.

Subsequent rallies saw the mobile kettle tactic keep apart the Occupy movement, the Sparks, and the Trades Union rally. An aggressive campaign of overpolicing and militarisation of London in the lead up to the Olympiss, means public dissent takes different forms. This builds upon the need for organisation and the effervescence of new political thinking and critical experiments, in the groups that formed around Arts Against Cuts, UfSO, Precarious/Carrot Workers collective, The Paper, Anonymous, The Indignatios, the flourishing zine and samizdat culture, and the significant inter-relation between the Occupy movement and critiques of its neglect of race in its 99% slogan. The efforts of astute protesters to plan in an alternative and longer frame – rejecting the lesser austerity of the Labour Party, the merely reactive anti-cuts tailism of the Trotskyite Left or the rejectionist grunge-fashion posturing of the Anarchists there is a renewed will to build a communist future for London, Britain or Europe. More than Occupy, more than Uncut, more than a defence of the now corporatized University, more than an anarchist t-shirt slogan, more than a newspaper-seller from hell, more than a conference on ideas or a guest-speaker series, more than the talking heads of Marx Reloaded, more than a moan about the precariousness of all wage labour, more than this rotten system and its corrupt leaders, its greedy pampered bankers, its degenerate and deviously biased newspaper magnates, its criminal tax-avoiding luxury-yacht, racehorse owning ‘captains’ of industry, its mining industry-funded pompous bastard monarchy, its endless dull spectacle of Beckham and Circuses, its broken, abject, pointless routine of surplus and the wrong sort of excess. Everyone agrees Another world must be built, and in the last years its architecture has been put in place – the political events of the last two years point the way.

Pre-text.

 

The still slower work of reading to prepare and analysis is not to be dismissed as indulgence. There is no time for this now, the need to act is greater. Urgency, however, breeds contempt, half-cocked adventures that seem useful but end in recuperation, at best, reinforcing the repressive apparatus and defeat more often. A salutary reading of the Eighteenth Brumaire or Herr Vogt should temper any expectation that things were easy. If that were the case, by now word will have gotten round. It is no surprise that the ruling classes find organisation and mobilisation of their defences a matter of slow but deliberate decision. They have long practiced the forms at which their defence will proceed – from the manuals for counter insurgency – COIN – written to aid the military with ethnographic and sociological data, to the officer training schools that teach a total war against Islam scenario that entails the bombing of Mecca (May 10, 2012, Wired[1]). In the institutions that replicate the class hierarchy, through to the military budgets that approve tanks, warships, ground-to-air missiles and global weapons sales, the platitudes of humanitarian tolerance pale into comedy when we consider just how far Capital will go to defend the privilege of its best of all possible worlds.

It is important to take analysis and organisation together, asking what are the current conditions and what are the possibilities? What are the composition of class forces and their relations? What are the tactically vulnerable points at which the analysis of forces might open up potentials. An assessment of conditions is necessarily framed alongside questions of capacity – of what is, and what is needed.

Conditions:

Repressive state apparatus and global militarism

-       police power, terror war

-       security state, governmental/control society

-       global crisis, constant anxiety, volatility

Media Corral

-       infotainment as news, reality TV, celebrity, comedy, talent shows, sports

-       social network, capture of new media by corporates, privatisation

-       alternative low budget and low impact blogosphere, zine, samizdat Lefts

Corruption

-       weapons industry, lords of death

-       mining, climate, sweatshops,

-       border control, labour flow management, ethnic cleansing

Privatised Institutions

-       education geared to national industry

-       health in the lab-coat pocket of Big Pharma

-       transport and communications infrastructure automatised, digitised.

The repressive Police power and terror anxiety maintained by constant station announcements, overt Police presence, anniversary security scares – another underpants bomb, May 2012 – requires channelling hostility to cuts and austerity measures to protect banks and capital. Focus upon salaries of executives and shareholder meetings as if these were forums of democracy. Those who don’t have shares vote by remote for Britain’s Got Talent. Meanwhile, deportations, institutional racism, general racism, anti-Muslim and reinforced blanched hierarchies of opportunity, despite, or even reinforced by, liberal sentimentality.

Media narrowcasting under threat by new platforms and possibilities engenders a massive effort to monetise and control, and corral, the social network, itself already at the start a military asset. The prospect of critical journalism undermined by the appearance of even-handed reportage. A focus on excessive bonuses or expenses obscures the inequity of any bonuses or expenses for millionaire entrepreneurs at all – the creation of a climate of unfocussed public disapproval carefully managed so as to avoid focus upon war, mining, pollution, class, race or violent crimes. In the universities, the pressure for academics, and by extension students, at least student activists, the SU and postgrads, to themselves become the malignant and parasitic managerial class is operative here. Becoming self-regulating means complicity in several modes. The university now demands managers to present as petty bourgeois shop keepers, marketing specious wares; or as entrepreneurial visionary explorers tasked with terra-firming new vistas of corporate training, consultancy and product placement; as public brand-uni sprukers of tele-genic ‘ideas’ and Verso-controversy coffee chat radical publishing… etc. Privatisation as a system wide strategy is not examined by the episodic and sectoral focus of both mainstream investigators – Offcom, Offstead etc are not the investigators we need, trades union sectoralism is insufficient. The malignancy here is an emergent but hollow expertise of those who are not just measurers – if all they did was bean-counting we might more readily discount their dodgy deals.

Edit and destroy

So a big part of editing is jettisoning schematic routines from the word hoard that seem to have been dumped into a chapter for want of anything new to say. Out with them. Burroughs used to claim in interviews that you should get rid of the writing you think is your best. its not, its bad – the worst (imagine this with that midwestern drawl). I dunno if he really ment that, but if its good enough to say twice, then its probably worth just saying just the once – hence my irritation when I catch myself summarizing something I’d said before, and, worse, see it over and over in the ZZizzle. So, out damn spot, out. This para is hereby cut from Panto Terror today:

when Derrida does come to mention Marx in this book on Rogues – it is a surprise he takes so long – it is to call again for that New International that kept just one ‘spirit’ of Marxism while favouring the United Nations, declarations on Rights and the International Criminal Court Page 87. This is in not clearly, or even not in any way a spirit of Marx unless it be that spirit that appears as 4 gallons of Brandy exchanged for a bible or 2O yards of Linen in the opening 200 pages of Das Kapital. There is reason to be facetious – Derrida’s recommendations and the causes he supports, however worthy it might be to defend Mandela, do not appear Marxist in character. They do not depend upon any recognisably Marxist analytic

For all there is to learn from Derrida, banging on about him being a bourgeois French philosopher probably is a fairly mundane point, and I already made it in the Bad Marxism book. Snip snip snip – getting closer.

Gayatri Spivak: Du Bois and the general Strike (2nd of 3)

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Call for Papers: Common Ground 24-25 June 2013.

Common Ground – A Two-Day Conference organized by the Centre for Cultural Studies

24-25 June 2013. Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Call for Papers:

Postgraduates in the Centre for Cultural Studies are pleased to announce their annual conference. This year’s theme is Common Ground and we would like to invite papers, artistic presentations, workshops and panel proposals on all aspects of this topic.

This conference comes out of a shared frustration with the framing of canonical discourses. For every subject and object in the world, there is a linear story of its explanation– a forward-projecting narration of origins, development, transformation and signification. What is accomplished in this expository process is a reductivism that not only privileges particular modes of explanation, of knowing, but in doing so also neutralizes the grounds of subversive potential.  How can we explode these centralizing rationalities and reconfigure the conceptual space of knowing? How can we think critically about literal and metaphorical spaces and the accompanying temporalities which claim to bring individuals together and form alternative modes of collective being but simply end up privileging dominant, homogenising discourses of social control and organization?

Possible topics could include but are by no means limited to:

-       Privileging narratives

-       Writing and Rewriting History

-       Time, history and asynchronicity

-       Dissenting Voices

-       Homogeneity and hegemony

-       Interiority/exteriority

-       Discourses of Inclusion/Exclusion

-       The collective vs. the individual

-       Who are the 99%?

-       Nationalism and Identity

-       Digital Technologies and posthumanism

-       Crossing borders and limits

-       Institutional Critique

-       Spaces of convergence – the street, the square

-       Public vs. private spaces

-       Encounters, confrontations, conflicts

-       The production of difference

-       Subversive spaces and temporalities

Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and emailed to:

ccscommonground2013@gmail.com. Deadline for submissions is 26 April 2013. For more information please visit www.commonground2013.wix.com/conference

Communist Horizon – book talk 7pm today (19.3.13)

A book talk by Jodi Dean, author.

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The Communist Horizon charts the re-emergence of communism as a magnet for political energy following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the stalling of the Occupy movement.

Jodi Dean will introduce the book – 45 minutes approx – then answer questions from the audience, followed by wine reception and book signing. Lal salaam.


Event Information

Location: rm309, 3rd floor, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths
Cost: free
Department: Centre For Cultural Studies
Time: 19 March 2013, 19:00 – 21:00


For Further Details

E-mail: john.hutnyk

- See more at: http://www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=6283#sthash.ly0s3RBo.dpuf

THE CONDITION OF THE WORKING CLASS: 8 May 2013

Film A5 (Goldsmiths) flyerTHE CONDITION OF THE WORKING CLASS (82 mins)
A new documentary feature film by Michael Wayne & Deirdre O’Neill
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SCREENING FOLLOWED BY Q&A WITH DIRECTORS
Goldsmiths RHB Room 144, 6.30pm. Weds 8 May 2013.

Synopsis

Everything changes and yet everything stays the same. 1844: Friedrich Engels writes his book ‘The Condition of the Working Class in England’, a classic denunciation of the appalling living conditions for working people living at the heart of the industrial revolution in Manchester, England.  In 2012: a group of working class people from Manchester and Salford have the job of devising a theatrical show from scratch based on their own experiences and Engels’ book. They have 8 weeks before their first performance. The Condition of the Working Class follows the process from the first rehearsal to first night and situates their struggle to get the show on stage in the context of the daily struggles of working people facing economic crisis and austerity politics.

‘This is not a film, it’s a rehearsal for revolution’ – Film International.

“If you want to see how, fundamentally, the way people see and treat each other in Britain has not changed in over 160 years watch this film. Some things have changed. People have sewers now, £9 JSA a day, are taught to read, but not really to write or speak. We still look up and down at each other in ways we did then, betray ourselves through our accents, our dress  our work – if we can get a job. It might be theatre but it’s not acting. It’s a blow against the mean low money grabbers.”   -   Danny Dorling

See The Trailer for The Condition of the Working Class, a new documentary film directed by Mike Wayne and Deirdre O’Neill
at: http://www.conditionoftheworkingclass.info/about-2

Karl Marx 5 May 1818 – 14 March 1883

Asked to write a few paragraphs on Marx’s death anniversary for The People’s Daily (China)… (who knows if it will get in):
Karl Marx 5 May 1818 – 14 March 1883

130 years after Marx passed away his words are still relevant. His critical perspective and his depth of thought remain something from which we can learn. To teach Marx today, as we do at Goldsmiths, requires careful reading of his inspired, always interesting and yet often difficult and changing work. It is not enough to know just a few of the slogans of Marx and Engels, the reader must work to understand what his life’s effort was trying to achieve – a critique of political economy and a complete transformation of the social and economic exploitation of a brutal capitalism and emergent colonialism. So the reader must read Marx in his context then and in the reader’s context now – this of course changes the reader, as Marx also knew. Marx himself read widely, and wrote with humour, learning and passion. His texts remain essential for anyone who would grasp history, or know the current economic turmoil of our present world.

To remember Marx today is not only to memorialise an historical figure. Marx changed the way the world thinks. He is arguably the most important social scientist who ever lived, and yet his works can be reread anew and be found useful, in different ways, by each generation that follows. Marx changes with the times because his thought is rich, and his dialectical method is able to bend in ways that reveal the underpinnings of each fluctuation of political fortune. To read Marx thoroughly is an all-important formative moment for every scholar. There are other authors – Freud, Darwin, de Bouvoir – but who has really changed the world?
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In recent years another Marx emerges from the archives. More of his writing is translated and published (it is not all out even yet) and a more careful assessment of his concepts of subsumption, original accumulation, labour theory of value and composition of capital becomes possible. His work on credit, banks and fictitious money can help us understand the global crisis, and his notion of cycles and time of capital provides a welcome wider perspective. In Europe, as with elsewhere across our planet, political upheavals bring readers back again and again to Marx, as always because the books of Marx are not answers, but tools for making those answers. For the unity of the workers of the world, for the ‘ruthless criticism of everything that exists’ and for the redistribution of the surplus of production in a planned way to each according to their need. It would be a smart student who picked up the book of Capital of the first time, and joined with others in reading groups, seminars or college classes, to work out what all that fuss was about. Read Marx again, you have nothing to lose but your chains.
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- Professor John Hutnyk teaches the course Capitalism and Cultural Studies – a lecture course on Marx’s Capital – at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Stiegler special issue out now

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ANTI-WAR RETROSPECTIVE OF THE LAST DECADE – 15.3.13 Goldsmiths

Ten years since the invasion of Iraq, what is the state of the anti-war movement?

TriContinental Anti-Imperialist Platform

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TriContinental Anti-Imperialist Platform is a newly set up organisation that seeks to champion the causes of the peoples of the GlobalSouth through GlobalSouth Diaspora leadership for people-centred progress and the central challenges to the GlobalSouth which remains western military and cultural hegemony. On the panel at this event will be spokepersons of some of the countries and people impacted by imperialist wars. We will be reflecting on the failures, successes of the anti-war movement of the last decade, and the continuing challenges of the anti-war movement, especially in the light of the collapse of the anti-war movement especially in relation to the nato war on Libya, now Syria, Mali, Algeria and open imperialist war strategies of in relation to China, Russia (“pivot to Asia”) and other sections of the Global South which what passes as the anti-war movement in england fails utterly to address.

Location: 137a, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths College, University of London
Cost: free
Website: www.facebook.com/events/212155682257314/
Department: Centre For Cultural Studies
Time: 15 March 2013, 18:30 – 21:30

stream will be here at 6:30: http://www.gold.ac.uk/live-stream/high/

Algeria, Mali: Another Chapter in the “Global War On Terror”? SOAS 9.3.13

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Saturday March 9th at 4:30pm, Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

http://www.facebook.com/events/342192549223944/

 

http://www.opendemocracy.net/hamza-hamouchene/algeria-mali-another-front-in-%E2%80%9Cglobal-war-on-terror%E2%80%9D

As the dreadful hostage crisis at the BP-operated In Amenas gas plant in Algeria came to an end on January 19th, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron claimed, like George Bush Jr and Tony Blair before him, that the country faced an “existential” and “global threat” to “our interests and way of life”.

Ten years after the devastating war against Iraq and following the NATO onslaught on Libya two years ago; Western troops are again intervening in Mali to  “fight Islamist extremists”. These tragic circumstances seem to constitute a prelude for another calamitous front in the “Global War on Terror” in North Africa and the Sahel.

Are French military forces intervening to really liberate the Malian people from obscurantism or are these operations a pretext to safeguard and expand France’s influence and geopolitical and economic interests? Are we witnessing a new scramble for Africa as some observers suggested, to plunder the rich natural resources of the region?

Our panellists will examine the potential motives of the French intervention in Mali and place the Algerian hostage crisis in the context of the disastrous legacy of Western interventions in the Middle East and Africa. They will also attempt to analyse the situation in the light of the geopolitical ramifications of the “Arab Spring” uprisings and will explore what alternatives the people from the global south have, away from imperialist interventions and the status quo.

Panellists:
Sami Ramadani is a senior lecturer in sociology at London Metropolitan University. He writes and speaks widely on Middle East issues and is a Guardian contributor.

Explo Nani-Kofi is the Director of Kilombo Centre for Civil Society and African Self-Determination in Ghana and the Coordinator of Another World Is Possible Radio Programme on GFM in London.

Oualid Khelifi is an Algerian activist and journalist specialised in the Sahel, North and West African affairs. He writes for Ceasefire and African Energy.

Kevin Bismark Cobham is a Criminal law solicitor advocate, a community activist, member of the National African People’s Parliament Legal and Constitutional sub-committee, broadcaster: member of the Another World Is Possible Radio Collective.

 
Be numerous and See you there!


ASC Committee
Email: algeriasolidaritycampaign@gmail.com                                                       

STREET MUSIC: POEMS with Mike Marqusee Goldsmiths 21.3.13

Sorry to say this is Cancelled, we will try to reschedule.

One of Britain’s best-regarded social observers will be reading a selection from his recent collection of poetry.

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This deeply personal collection of poems from one of Britain’s most highly regarded left-wing writers and social observers represents the author’s first foray into verse and a landmark in his writing career.

Mike Marqusee was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City and emigrated to Britain in 1971, aged 18. Since the late 70s he has lived in and around North London and has been active in a variety of political and social causes and campaigns at local, national and international level.

As a member of the Labour Party for nearly twenty years, including a long stint as editor of the left-wing Labour Briefing, he was involved in the struggle against the takeover of the Party by the forces of ‘New Labour’. He finally resigned from the party in 2000. Since then, he has taken part in anti-war, pro-Palestinian and anti-cuts campaigns as well as continuing his long-standing engagement with south Asian politics and culture.

H is writing has covered a wide range of topics from cricket and music to the politics of identity and mass resistance. Mike’s well acclaimed books include: ‘REDEMPTION SONG: Mohammad Ali and the spirit of sixties’(1999); ‘CHIMES OF FREEDOM: The politics of Bob Dylan’s Art’ (2003); and ‘IF I AM NOT FOR MYSELF- Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew’(2008) amongst others.

For an archive of his work: www.mikemarqusee.com

Location: BPLT, Ben Pimlott Building, Goldsmiths University of London
Cost: free
Department: Centre For Cultural Studies
Time: 21 March 2013, 18:30 – 20:00

Note 33

Trinketization is both a reductive appropriation of everything to commodification, as if that were somehow the fully articulated explanation;

AND

Trinketization is the proliferation of theorizations of that commodity desiccation that atomises a paralyzingly abundant fascination and desire

Raminder Kaur’s “Atomic Mumbai: Living with the Radiance of a Thousand Suns” in The New Cross Review of Books.

Screen shot 2013-03-02 at 00.17.20My review of Raminder Kaur’s new book Atomic Mumbai

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