Contexts for Distraction (abstract)

abstract for an article with Tom Henri:

This paper discusses the events of August 2011 through our reading of a series of reports and responses by academics and commentators. These are critically and collectively evaluated as lacking insofar as we see the deployment of gang-talk, the promotion of role models, narrow-cast notions of race and platitudes about the justice system as a distraction from wider issues. Providing context for ‘reading’ the riots/uprisings, we suggest that at stake in each case we see the limits of a scholarly commentary that remains unprepared to address the conflict and turmoil of ‘Big Society’ austerity thinking.

Keywords: gangs, race, violence, complicity, distraction, crisis

“Problematising the History of Literary Culture in India: The Case of Indian English Literature”. 7.12.12

Professor G. N Saibaba

Ram Lal Anand College, University of Delhi

“Problematising the History of Literary Culture in India: The Case of Indian English Literature”.
Assistant Professor at the Department of English, Ram Lal Anand College, University of Delhi.
Social Activist and public intellectual.
Specialisation on Disciplinary rise of Indian English and Literary Cultures in India.
Goldsmiths College, Laurie Grove Baths, Room G3 1PM Friday 7th December 2012
All welcome

Rave Against the Machine – Bosnia

Richard Rudy and co used to come show this film in my class at Goldsmiths every year. Just watched it again and it holds up. Click the pic to watch (24 mins)


Rave Against the Machine 2004 

During the Bosnian conflict in the 1990s the population of Sarajevo spent almost four years under seige. This is the story of how a troubled group of young friends strove to keep their sanity through the music they made; parties they organised; and radio they broadcast. We trace the story of Radio Zid, the wartime voice of Sarajevo. Using archive footage we visit the underground Club Obala, where partygoers found refuge and rehabilitation from shellfire. We follow anarchic bands and see the introduction of dance music through English visitors ‘Desert Storm’. With the end of the war we hear of U2’s visit and the present polarisation between the Bosnian progressive music scene and the pop-ethnic hybrid ´turbofolk´ music. The present outcome is that those pioneers of then and now are sidelined by the rest of society. Perhaps most surprising of all is the revelation that life under seige was much better than nowadays… life was cheap but by the same token that much sweeter and more vital.



Cork International Film Festival – Audience Award for Best International Short

Special Mention, Filmstock, UK?

Raindance, UK

Filmmakers’ Biography Richard Rudy (Co-Director) Graduated from Wimbledon School of Art, London in 1995, specialising in photography. A post as runner at The Mill Facilities House, London followed during which time he began writing and developing his own scripts and started production on numerous short films. His directing and editing credits include short films, both DV and film, and music videos. Rave Against the Machine represents his first foray into documentaries. James Harvey (Co-Director) Graduated with a BA (Hons) in Film and Television from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1998. Since then he has been working within the industry in various capacities from production running to third assistant directing. He has been writing and developing his own scripts since university and has directed several shorts. Rave Against the Machine also represents for James his first experiences of documentary film making.