Cosmopolitics #1

Recent event I contributed to in Naples.

Notes to come on ‘cosmopoetics’, opacity, spacetime mattering and the interminable crisis of racial capitalism.

COSMOPOLITICS#1

Round tables – Screenings – Dialogues

14-15 JANUARY 2019

4.15 Palazzo Giusso
Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”

Dip. Scienze Umane e Sociali

Société Réaliste, COSMOPOLITES DE TOUS LES PAYS ENCORE UN EFFORT photo: Nada Žgank

MONDAY 14

10.00 Silvana Carotenuto, “Cosmopolites de tous les pays, encore un effort!” 10.45 Screening: “Kosmos” by Reha Erdem (film, 2009)
Discussion
13.00-15.00 Lunch break

15.00 Andrea Cassatella, Al-Quds University, Bard College for Arts and Sciences East Jerusalem Decolonizing the Secular World Order: Derrida and the Theologico-Political Complex

  1. Methods: reflections on language and time to rethink knowledge production and the possibility of pluralism.
  2. Politics: exploring the political beyond secularism, specifically democracy and Islam.
  3. Context: thinking, writing and teaching in Palestine.

Discussion TUESDAY 15

10.00 Ashwani Sharma, University of East London
Fugitivity and (no)thingness: Black technics, urban aesthetics, subaltern cosmopolitical futurity

  1. Locating thought: notes on postcolonial tragedy and racial capitalism, diasporic urban spacetime, and the opacity of cosmo-politics to come.
  2. Audio-visual screenings:Flying Lotus, “Until the Quiet Comes”, dir Kahlil Joseph, 2012. (3’5”) Sampha, “Process”, dir Kahlil Joseph, 2018. (35’ 12”

3. Study and the Undercommons: audio-visuals and readings.

Discussion

13.00-15.00 Lunch break

15.00 Kosmopolis association (Napoli) presents: EXODUS – fuga dalla Libia radio-doc. by Michelangelo Severgnini and Piero Messina.

Final remarks

Andrea Cassatella is an Assistant Professor (Visiting) and Head of the Core Division at Al-Quds University, Bard College for Arts and Sciences, East Jerusalem, Palestine. Before joining Al-Quds Bard in 2017 he was a Lecturer at the University of Toronto, where he also completed his PhD studies in 2015. His research interests are in modern European philosophy and political theory as well as critical and decolonial thought. Cassatella’s work on Derrida, secularism, cultural translation has appeared in such journal as Contemporary Political Theory, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Bamidbar: Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Ratio Juris, and The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Thought. Prior to entering academia, he served as Community Service Officer for the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Bosnia Herzegovina and Djibouti.

Ashwani Sharma is a Principal Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of East London (UEL), UK. He is a member of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research at UEL, and is an editor of the radical cultural studies book series for Rowman and Littlefield. He teaches, researches and has published in the areas of race, postcolonialism, visual, urban and digital culture, as well as writing on open access publishing, and autonomous study and the university. He is completing a book on race, time and contemporary audio-visual culture, and co-edited Dis-Orienting Rhythms: The Politics of the New Asian Dance Music. Sharma is the founding co-editor of darkmatter journal http://www.darkmatter101.org , where he has edited numerous issues including on ‘Post-Racial Imaginaries’ and ‘The Wire.’ He is a member of the Black Study Group (London), and has been developing an archival project ‘Must We Burn Croydon?’ http://burncroydon.tumblr.com/. He blogs at tabula rasa https://tabularasa0.wordpress.com/, and writes and performs poetry. Sharma has worked in sound in film, TV and radio, and was an aeronautical engineer.

KOSMOPOLIS – the making of
Qui è il mondo. Da qui raccontiamo il mondo.
Kosmopolis is an Association that promotes services, products, devices and multimedia with the intention of acquiring, producing, classifying and disseminating informational formats on questions of integration, defence of human rights and local developments. With a focus on the Neapolitan context, it aims to implement its multi-cultural heritage; being a hub of multiservice for a multicultural society, it both addresses Italian citizens with cosmopolitan attitudes and migrants in the process of integration in the Italian society. Its goal is to report the local context to which its work is connected to international scenarios, by promoting the interconnectedness of the welcoming society and the communities of foreign origins.

Société Réaliste is a Parisian cooperative created by Ferenc Gróf and Jean-Baptiste Naudy in 2004. It works with political design, experimental economy, territorial ergonomics and social engineering consulting. Polytechnic, it develops its production schemes through exhibitions, publications and conferences. Société Réaliste is represented by several galleries and has presented their work in the frame of several collective exhibitions.

Société Réaliste has created a cognitive see-through model under the title of Jacques Derrida’s book Cosmopolites de tous les pays encore un effort!/ Cosmopolitans of all countries, yet another effort! The model is the result of the superimposition of the topographic forms of the 192 member-states of the United Nations. All these sovereign states were put on the same scale using only two main information: their specific shape and the location of their capital city, with the intention to produce the synthetic form of potentially any state. The result is an eroded square, the average capital city lying almost in the geometrical center of it, the chaos of the frontier lines covering nearly its entire surface. Parallelly to the calculation of the shape of a ‘model state’, Société Réaliste started to work on a textual corpus which incorporates all the national anthems of the aforementioned 192 UN member states. Using the English translation of every anthems, Société Réaliste established a global compilation of national(ist) vocabulary. All words are marked with the three letter ISO code of the corresponding country, for example SVN for Slovenia, FRA for France, HUN for Hungary, etc.

Cosmopolitans of all countries, yet another effort is a standard tombstone for any state. Presented vertically, one of its side is carved with the calculation method with the superimposition of all the national frontiers of the world and the emplacement of its 192 capital cities, while on the other side is carved a textual composition using the compiled adjectives of all 192 national anthems. The complete list of 1839 hymnic adjectives – which form line from the word ABLAZE from the Turkish anthem, to YOUTHFUL, from the Jordanian one – can be applied to any sovereignty of any time. This ephemeral monument stands in the confrontation between the majestic and ceremonious sculpture, the abstract figuration of the notion of state and the methodology of its construction. “Cosmopolitans of all countries”, yet another effort intends to evoke and to represent the necessary escape and excess from detention within historical forms of political domination and to remain in the same time the parody of a monument. For more information: http://www.societerealiste.net

READING LIST

Jacques Derrida, Cosmopoliti di tutti i paesi, ancora una sforzo!, Napoli, Cronopio, 1997. #A. Cassatella

Bibliographical References:

Jacques Derrida, “Faith and Knowledge. Two Sources of ‘Religion’ at the Limits of Reason Alone”, in Acts of Religion, ed. by Gil Anidjar, New York, Routledge, 2002, pp. 42-101.

_______________, “Différance.”, in Margins of Philosophy, trans. by Alan Bass, Chicago, The University of Chicago Press, 1982 (excerpt), p.13.

_______________, Monolingualism of the Other, or The Prosthesis of Origin, trans. by Patrick Mensah, Stanford University Press, 1996.

_______________, “To Arrive – At the Ends of the State”, in Rogues: Two Essays on Reason, trans. by Trans. by Pascale-Anne Brault and Michael Naas, Stanford University Press, 2005, pp. 141-159.

_______________, Rogues: Two Essays on Reason, trans. by Trans. by Pascale-Anne Brault and Michael Naas, Stanford University Press, 2005, especially chapters. 1-3, 8, pp. 6-41, 78-94.

#A. Sharma

Bibliographic References:

Karan Barad, “Quantum Entanglements and Hauntological Relations of Inheritance: Dis/continuities, SpaceTime Enfoldings, and Justice-to-Come”, Derrida Today 3.2, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2010, pp. 240-268.

Jacques Derrida, Rogues: Two Essays on Reason, trans. by Trans. by Pascale-Anne Brault and Michael Naas, Stanford University Press, 2005, especially chs. 8-10, pp. 78-109.

Nahum Chandler, X, The Problem of the Negro for Thought, Fordham University Press, New York, 2014 (especially pp.1-67).

Nahum Chandler, Towards an African Future: Of the Limit of the World, Living Commons Collective, 2013.

Stefano Harney and Fred Moten, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study, London, Minor Compositions, 2013, especially chapter 2, pp. 22-43 (available on line http://www.minorcompositions.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/undercommons-web.pdf ).

Fred Moten, “Notes on Passage” (chapter 10), Stolen Life, Durham, Duke University Press, 2018, pp. 191-212. AbdouMaliq Simone, “It’s Just the City after All”, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 40, 2016,

pp. 210-218.
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, “Forward: Cosmopolitanisms and the Cosmopoltical”, Cultural Dynamics, 24 2-3,

London, Sage, 2012, pp. 107-114.
Liquid Blackness Journal http://liquidblackness.com/publications/

Cosmopolitanism as…#

Critical

• Paul Rabinow, “Representations are Social Facts: Modernity and Postmodernity in Anthropology”, in Writing Culture. The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography, eds J. Clifford and G. E. Marcus, Berkley, University of California Press, 1986, pp. 234-261.

Anthropological

• Arjun Appadurai and Carol A. Breckenridge, “Why Public Culture?”, Public Culture Vol.1 Issue 1, 1988, pp. 5-9.

Discrepant

• James Clifford, “Travelling Cultures”, in Cultural Studies, eds L. Grossberg, C. Nelson, P. Treichler, New York, Routledge, 1992, pp. 96-116.

Comparative

• Bruce Robbins, “Comparative Cosmopolitanism”, Social Text, No. 31/32, Third World and Post- Colonial Issues, 1992, pp. 169-186.

Stoic/Emotional

  • Martha C. Nussbaum, “Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism”, in For Love of Country? ed. J. Cohen, Beacon Press Boston, 1996, pp. 3-20.
  • Martha C. Nussbaum, “Kant and Stoic Cosmopolitanism”, The Journal of Political Philosophy, Vol. 5, n. 1, 1997, pp. 1-25.Now (Revival)

• Timothy Brennan, At Home in The World, Cosmopolitanism Now, Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1997.

Beyond the nation

• Pheng Cheah and Bruce Robbins, Cosmopolitics. Thinking and Feeling Beyond the Nation, University of Minnesota Press, 1998.

Patriotic

• Kwame Anthony Appiah, “Cosmopolitan Patriot”, Critical Inquiry, Vol. 23, n. 3 (Spring 1997), pp. 617- 639.

Another

Vernacular and Feminist

Another Cosmopolitanism: Hospitality, Sovereignty, and Democratic Iterations, ed. R.

• Seyla Benhabib et al.,

Post, Oxford University Press, 2006.

• Pnina Werbner, “Cosmopolitanism, Globalisation and Diaspora, Stuart Hall in Conversation with Pnina Werbner”, in Anthropology and the New Cosmopolitanism. Rooted, Feminist and Vernacular Perspectives, Oxford, Berg Publishers, 2008.

• Filmed Conversation: “S. Hall on Cosmopolitanism” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcaGhyYvMl0

The Geographies of freedom

• David Harvey, Cosmopolitanism and the Geographies of Freedom, New York, Columbia University Press, 2009.

Scientific (The Science War)

• Isabelle Stengers, Cosmopolitics I, Minneapolis and London, University of Minnesota Press, 2010. Performative Discourse

  • Ivana Spasic, “Cosmopolitanism as Discourse and Performance: A View from the Semiperiphery” Revija Za Sociologiju 41, 3, 2011, pp. 269–290.
  • Nina Hoy Petersen, Ian Woodward, Zlatko Skrbis, “Gender Performance and Cosmopolitan Practice: Exploring Gendered Frames of Openness and Hospitality”, The Sociological Review, vol. 64, 4, 2016, pp. 970-986.Radical
  • James D. Ingram, Radical Cosmopolitanism, New York, Columbia University Press, 2014.
  • James D. Ingram, “Radical Cosmopolitanism and the Tradition of Insurgent Universality”, in ed. G.Delanty, Routledge International Handbook of Cosmopolitanism Studies: 2nd edition, New York Routledge,2019.

    Dissent

  • Tamara Caraus and Camil Alexandru Parvu, eds, Cosmopolitanism and the Legacies of Dissent, Taylor & Francis Ltd, 2014.
  • Tamara Caraus, Cosmopolitanism Without Foundations? Dan Lazea, 2015.
  • Tamara Caraus and Elena Paris, eds, Re-Grounding Cosmopolitanism: Towards a Post-FoundationalCosmopolitanism, New York, Routledge, 2016. Global ProtestIn Journal Globalizations, Issue 5: “Cosmopolitanisms and Global Protests” vol. 14, 2017:
    • S. A. Hamed Hosseini, Barry K. Gills, James Goodman, “Toward Transversal Cosmopolitanism:Understanding Alternative Praxes in the Global Field of Transformative Movements”, pp. 667-684;
    • Óscar García Agustín, “Dialogic Cosmopolitanism and the New Wave of Movements: From LocalRupture to Global Openness”, pp. 700-713;
    • Bogdan Popa, “Saying No to Guilt: Subaltern Cosmopolitanism and the Indebted Man”, pp. 762-775;
    • Camil Alexandru Parvu, “Contestatory Cosmopolitanism, Neoliberal Rationality and GlobalProtests”, pp. 776-791.https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rglo20/14/5?nav=tocListn

      Corporeal

      • Anjana Raghavan, Towards Corporeal Cosmopolitanism. Performing Decolonial Solidarities, London, New York, Rowman&Littlefield, 2017.

      Beyond

      • Ananta Kumar Giri, Beyond Cosmopolitanism, Towards Planetary Transformations, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

      As philosophy, refuge and destiny

• Agnes Heller, “Cosmopolitanism as philosophy, as refuge, as a destiny” Lectio Magistralis, Università degli Studi di Milano, October 2018. Trad. Laura Boella: https://it.gariwo.net/editoriali/cosmopolitismo- filosofia-rifugio-destino-19481.html.

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Study group on Black Aesthetics with Denise Ferreira da Silva

Recently participated in this event with Denise Ferreira Da Silva at the ICA London.

https://www.ica.art/on/learning/study-group-black-aesthetics-led-denise-ferreira-da-silva

Serpent-Rain-main

 

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Supreme Fiction

Remembering Mum – She would have been 84 on 28 Aug. Supreme Fiction, a poem I wrote at the time of her passing.

‘For each time, and each time singularly, each time irreplaceably, each time infinitely, death is nothing less than an end of the world.’ Derrida.

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(Narinder Sharma 1934-2013)

Mum liked stories, long ones, short ones, funny ones,
sad ones, the old ones were the best.

Halcyon days in the crisp Rawalpindi air, carefree
under the shadow of colonial rule. Partition trains soaked in bloody violence
never to forget.

Partying in the messes and verandahs of Delhi and Nasik, dressed to the nines,
smart officers ignored, proudly accompanying her daddy:
Major Lachman Singh Indian hockey player
1952 Olympic football team manger, buyer of boots in Helsinki.

Meeting the West Indian cricketers Walcott, Weekes, Worrell
sparkle in her eyes, histories unfolding
the past needs to be told, again and again, the past is the future
1962 monsoon wedding, welcome to Heathrow. 1963 snow, me.

Once upon a time…

Mum liked repeating tales ‘Mum not that one again, we’ve heard it
before, boring.’ Mum just carried on, with even more verve.

Diaries redundant, mum’s instant recall, birthdays, anniversaries,
oceans apart, histories together,
cards written, presents shipped.

Mum could talk, she talked to anyone, everyone, no one
to the end she spoke as if life depended upon words.

Recalling cold dark winter evenings, coal fires burning
heart-warming immigrant life, letters home.

Cosmopolitan living, monkey gods, Durga ma, fish and chips on Fridays, hi ram, It’s a knockout, laughing loud, Benny Hill and Norman Wisdom on the box, bhajans and Lulu. Carry on up the Khyber, It ain’t half hot mum. Nation time, ordinary lives.

Mum and dad hosts of Handsworth, alu paratha and tandoori chicken
little money, lots of joy, good times
time catches up, the past a lost image, photographs as frozen life.

Trauma repeated
dad lying down at the bus stop, mum’s despair.
time standing still. Nightmare
your nightmare, our nightmare

Gasping for life, fireworks burning bright, you left as dawn broke
the last breath ended our world,
your words live for eternity
now you are free to fly,
as little birds outside your window, till the end of time.

Mum so many stories still to be told. Tell us another one.

Shanti Shanti Shanti

(This poem was read at Narinder Sharma’s funeral on 16 Nov 2013)

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After (Post)colonial Tragedy – The Aesthetics of Eco-Planetary Futurity

Below is the abstract of a paper I will be giving at the ‘Crossroads in Cultural Studies 2018’ conference in Shanghai next week.

I’ve been interested in ecological and environmental issues for a long time. In the 1980s I thought the green movement was the future. Especially in the radical politics of the German Greens in the 1980s, embodied in the figure of Petra Kelly and others. (The Friends of the Earth in Camden didn’t cut it for me!). The focus was on linking the struggles of anti-racism and Third Worldism to the global/local ecological struggles.

This paper is an initial attempt to address again race and decoloniality by examining recent experimental film projects and how they rethink temporality in the wake of the failures of the postcolonial struggles of the 20th century. The focus on the ecological requires a rethinking of the histories of modernity, colonialism, capitalism and racism. The contention is that futures of the (decolonial) planet is only possible as a subaltern ecological struggle in where indigenous, women and the poor are central to social and economic justice. Radical aesthetics offer ways of thinking and re-imagining the times and places of cultural resistance.

After (Post)colonial Tragedy – The Aesthetics of Eco-Planetary Futurity

The mid 20thcentury optimism of Bandung and the project of Afro-Asian independence from (neo)colonialism has arguably been replaced by what David Scott has called ‘postcolonial tragedy’. For Scott ‘…tragic sensibility or tragic vision appears pre-eminently in moments of collision of in-commensurable historical forces—when, as Hamlet put it in his anguished cry, “the time is out of joint”…Thus, far from being a period of seamless succession or transition, decolonization might well be thought of as a disorienting, inconclusive moment of rupture especially conducive to tragic consciousness.’

This paper focuses on examining the ‘out of joint’ of the contemporary by considering a significant strand of global art and screen media, which is engaging with archives, memory and history to re-imagine the temporality of western modernity, capitalism and historicism. In particular by positing the relationship between (post)colonialism and modernity as an ‘ecological tragedy’, enables disjunctive, alternative, longer histories of environmental destruction, climate change, modern capitalism and racism to be envisaged.

By especially analyzing the essay film, as a dominant experimental global aesthetic, projects such as those of John Akomfrah’s, The Vertigo Sea(2015), and Purple(2017), Arjuna Neuman and Denise Ferreira da Silva’s Serpent Rain(2017), and The Otolith Group’s The Radiant (2012) are in which the relationship between slavery, colonialism, capitalism, racism, the environment and time are deconstructed. In these cultural works loss, pessimism, failures, deaths, disaster and mourning of tragic pasts are the constituting conditions for spatio-temporal ‘ruptures’ for a planetary futurity of hope and utopia.

Against the prevalent notions of Eurocentric conceptualization of the ‘Anthropocene’, this paper works towards re-thinking the reconfiguration of the spatio-temporal relationship between humans, non-humans, technology, and the earth through the prisms of the entangled planetary Global South and fugitive sites of subaltern political, ecological, economic and cultural resistance.

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Living the Dream

In memory of Ved Parkash Sharma (1927 – 1996)
 
The Ganga rushing through the land
Sheets of rain cutting the oppressive humidity,
Orange men scavenging for souls.
Tears flowing
Ashes in hand.
 
Dad was an Albion man,
Home in the black country
Never to return.
 
Remember those summer days –
Dudley Zoo and Blackpool Pier.
The odd pint of Guinness with his spars.
No dreams of gold in the mother country
Only small brown envelopes on Fridays.
 
ICI, Dunlop, GKN don’t remember.
Empires crumbling, workers welcomed.
Invisible men to the end.
Dirty jobs to do, lives to be lived
Love to be found, friends to be made.
 
‘Smelly coolie’, ‘fucking Paki’.
They are just jealous.
Be wise. Dad knew much, said little.
Look them in the whites of their eyes
This is home.
Stand and deliver. Laugh out loud.
 
Tears flowing, memories flooding.
‘Is this all he’s worth?’
Holy men with calculators
Standing guard on the river’s edge, soiled with foreign currencies.
Ashes escaping in the torrent
Holding back the rage and sorrow.
 
England’s dreaming again.
Time to go, forget the gods
No sacred cows, only polluted rivers
And temples to the rich.
 
Back in Handsworth Park,
Haridwar, another time, another place
Another life.
 
A poem I wrote in Aug 2013 remembering dad who tragically passed away on 3 May 1996. He would have been 91 years on 27 July 2018 this year.
 
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Dis-Orienting Rhythms: The Politics of the New Asian Dance Music

PDF of the whole book.

http://www.darkmatter101.org/site/2009/03/08/dis-orienting-rhythms-the-politics-of-the-new-asian-dance-music/

 

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Beholder Halfway #12 – Black Study Group: Notes on Music and Money

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Creating Interference

I’m involved in organising this event co-ordinated by Roshini Kempadoo at the University of Westminster.

See https://creatinginterference.wordpress.com/ for a full programme.

Creating Interference: making art, developing methods, re-imagining histories/memories
Monday 18th June, Tuesday 19th June, Regent Street Cinema and Regent Street Campus, University of Westminster, London

Creating Interference is an international screening programme, symposium and network of researchers, artists and critics who creatively respond to and critically engage with memories and historical narratives.

Our aim is to develop, explore and identify creative strategies to disrupt knowledge conventions and dominant discourses of the past. The screenings and symposium presents a range of international contemporary artists, critics and scholars, whose works focus on:

– contemporary visual and particularly screen-based artworks as catalysts to archive practice

– decolonial methodologies as critical engagements to existing historical material/spaces and as visual strategies for creating cultural interventions

Film Screenings and launch of Creating Interference network

Monday 18th June 2018 from 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Regent Street Cinema and Regent Street Campus, University of Westminster, London.

Creating Interference launches an evening of screenings and performance by contemporary artists of international standing, whose work explores these critical strategies in original and thought provoking ways.

Artists in the programme include:

Zineb Sedira, Wangechi Mutu, Keith Piper, Naeem Mohaiemen, Onyeka Igwe, Anuka Ramischwili-Schäfer, Uriel Orlow, Erika Tan, Mohau Modisakeng, Nguyen Trinh Thi, Ana Vaz, Larry Achiampong, Arjuna Neuman and Denise Ferreira da Silva. 

Creating Interference symposium

Tuesday 19th June from 9:30am – 6:30pm, Regent Street Campus, University of Westminster, London.

Among the exciting contributions are keynote speakers Christopher Cozier, artist, curator and co-director of Alice Yard art project space, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Karen Salt as an interdisciplinary scholar in transnational American Studies and Afrodiasporic studies, University of Nottingham.

We invite you to the symposium, screenings and network as a way to debate, develop methodologies, publish and explore a range of artistic and scholarly works that challenges, asks questions and informs.

The price for the event (both days including reception and lunch) is £10 for full-time waged and £5 for concessions. The event is free to staff and students of the University of Westminster. 

Creating Interference is in association with Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) and the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM).

Please register early to avoid disappointment.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creating-interference-making-art-developing-methods-re-imagining-historiesmemories-tickets-44809135330?internal_ref=login

Creating Interference planning team:

Roshini Kempadoo, Reader and CREAM researcher, author of Creole in the Archive: Imagery, Presence and the Location of the Caribbean Figure (2017) and principle researcher for Creating Interference; Ashwani Sharma, principal lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, University of East London and co-editor of the online journal darkmatter; A’Ishah Waheed, co-founder of Patchwork Archivists and contributor to Skin Deep Magazine; Barby Asante, Artist, curator, educator and CREAM PhD researcher; Melanie Keen, Director of Iniva; Lucy Reynolds, CREAM researcher, curator and co-editor of The Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ); and Bisan Abu Eisheh, Artist and CREAM PhD researcher.

 

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Alien Time

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Speaking at this symposium. My talk entitled ‘sonic black holes/fugitive spacetime/(im)possible mourning.

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Reclaiming the University

A short note i wrote on fb:

https://reclaimingouruniversity.wordpress.com/

This is an interesting initiative challenging the neoliberal university from within the Univ of Aberdeen. For those of us interested in a future for UEL perhaps we need to put together our own manifesto down similar lines. Otherwise the future, if we have one, looks bleak. We need to challenge, resist, disrupt and refuse the agendas been offered to us, and imagine and present progressive alternatives.

As Harney and Moten say in the Undercommons ‘the only possible relationship to the university today is a criminal one.’ Either we fight or accept the decline of what was once a radical, innovative and challenging place for students and staff.

 

 

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