From our friends at Anticapitalist Initiative
“VIDEO: JAIRUS BANAJI ON THEORY, NEOLIBERALISM, AND THE LEFT
In the second of our Radical Voices interview series we spoke to Marxist scholar Jairus Banaji, author of “Theory as History”, about the impact of neoliberalism on every aspect of our lives, the role of theory in radical politics, and how to reconstruct a new left today.”
In the past several months students at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center and other CUNY campuses have worked on several projects that approach knowledge production from an emancipatory departure.Many of these initiatives began in the fall of 2011 when CUNY students from different campuses across the largest urban university system joined forces with Occupy Wall St.
In a beautifully written piece published inThe Advocate , the campus newspaper, you can familiarize yourself with some of the strategies of resistance practiced by students and faculty. For others struggling across public and private campuses against austerity, this synthesis piece might be of help with some ideas. Here is the original article titled “On the City as University: Occupy and the Future of Public Education”
Here are some interesting quotes that jumped out of the page:
Harvey demonstrates the reflexive power in embracing our entire cities as universities when he says: “The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city.”
This work must also boomerang back into the academy walls in the process of ultimately decentering university spaces as the sole, tightly guarded sites where knowledge is made and trafficked. Each conference is a space to differently occupy, establish networks, and debate living strategies. Each thesis and dissertation is an opportunity for multi-author, multi-modal scholarship to be evaluated by a committee of peers. Cross-department/cross-borough gatherings and actions can replace the vacuous insularity of academia.
Academia has a role to perform in Occupy’s future, but one that employs both a step forward and a step aside. Academia must cede intellectual space for community members—the exiles of our current university systems—to raise their own critical voices while we listen and learn. And academia must also reconcile its own demons of the past 30+ years of significant yet extremely disillusioned and defensive theoretical positions.
For more information about the Occupy CUNY movement check out the occupycuny news blog: http://occupycunynews.org/
See you in the streets.
The Thesis Whisperer is a really great blog about PhD life, trials and travails.
Check it out and I hope that it is as useful for you as it is for me:
The Thesis Whisperer
The blog :transportgeo: would like to state its commitment to inventive, exploratory and experimental scholarship.
These are a few of the upcoming posts in the works for readers, scholars and followers of :tg:
- Banlieues, French urbanism and accessibility
- Freeway Revolts in the US
- Railroad Workers in the Russian Revolution of 1905
- The struggle for justice in Palestine
- Marx and Engels on the Means of Communication
- Transport Workers in the Egyptian Revolution
- Transport Workers and the End of South African Apartheid
- Transit Riders Unions Across the US
View of the Forth Rail Bridge under construction, from the north west.
Photograph by Evelyn Carey, in the records of the British Railways Board
(NAS reference: BR/FOR/4/34/223), courtesy of British Rail Board (Residuary) Ltd
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