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Situationism

ESSEX / BRIGHTON SEMINARS ON AESTHETICS & POLITICS 10/25-10/26

:: Curating Resistance :: Aesthetics & Ethics in Social Movement ::
:: October 25th, 2010:: University of Essex ::
:: Room 4.722 :: 1PM – 5PM ::
http://www.minorcompositions.info/curatingresistance.html

Participants: Gavin Grindon (Kingston) // Paul Halliday (Goldsmiths) // Antigoni Memou (University of East London) // Matthew Poole (Essex)

Avant-garde and social movement art production has long had a troubled and conflictual relationship with the museum and the archive. The call to abandon the gallery as a space for art separated from everyday life, one that all too often neutralizes the antagonistic energies of radical art, reverberates from Dada through Fluxus, the Surrealists to Reclaim the Streets. But in today’s post-Fordist creativity-fuelled economy, the call to end this division rings hollow precisely because it has already been accomplished: the energies of insurgent creativity are rendered into forms of dispersed production for the net economy. The surrealist invocation of the marvellous is today’s advertising copy. Joseph Beuys’ proclamation that “everyone is an artist” has been realized in perverse form as “everyone is a worker,” where relationality is ‘socially sculpted’ through the circuits of an always present network culture as opportunities for capitalist valorization: all YouWork and MyProfit.

What might there be that could avoid these tensions and contradictions, or at least begin to suggest ways to work through and against them? Where does one go when life itself is both a direct producer of value and the substance of artistic production? To a gallery of the streets? Or maybe a university of trash? Is the archive of the undercommons a pile of zines sitting at the back of the infoshop? A pile of fleshy tissue inscribed on by a Kafka-esque writing machine? Perhaps it is all and none of these things. Thus we return to the question of the archive and history not to catalog social movement artistic production for a gallery-morgue or the productivity of the metropolitan factory, but rather to consider what an ethics and aesthetics of developing a living archive of experience and knowledges that can feed back into and through the fabric of everyday life might be.

Sponsored by the University of Essex Management Centre (http://www.essex.ac.uk/ebs/research/emc).

For more information contact Stevphen Shukaitis (sshuka@essex.ac.uk).

Metropolitan Strategies, Psychogeographic Investigations
:: A Drifting Seminar :: Brighton, October 26th, 2010 ::
Starting @ the Cowley Club, 2PM
http://www.minorcompositions.info/brightondrift.html

The notion of psychogeography (as well as many other ideas of the Situationists) appears frequently within political and artistic discussions. Indeed, they circulate to the point of cliché, in the process becoming almost completely emptied of content. The derive is reduced to a leisurely stroll, perhaps accompanied with some secondary musings about the nature of the spectacle, a dash of literary activity, or perhaps some local history. This is a hollowing out of the concept. Psychogeography for the Situationists was primarily not an aesthetic activity, but more than anything a strategic approach to understanding the forces shaping the city and from those finding points of intervention in it. At times it verged on a nearly military framework, working to gain an intuitive understanding of the territory and its layering of images, affects, and circuits of capitalist valorization.

Today we find ourselves in a condition of ever intensified spectacular sociability: all of life put to work in webs of biopolitical production, overwhelming communicative and media flows, and the reshaping of the metropolis through culture led gentrification. More than ever well-developed psychogeographic investigations are needed to comprehend the shaping of the metropolis and the possibilities this offers for political action. But this is not a task for the carefree wanderings of the flaneur, but perhaps better suited for what Ian Sinclair has described as the superseding figure of the stalker, the one who knows where he is going, but not why or how.

The aim of this encounter is to draw together concepts from psychogeography and unitary urbanism with recent writings on the shaping of the metropolis today. And from this approach to understanding the changing nature of the city elaborate new political strategies. For instance, if the metropolis is a factory, how would it go on strike? If all of everyday life and communication is put to work, how can we throw down our tools? And if capital attempts to recuperate all forms of radical politics in order to turn them into new energies for continued accumulation, is a strategy of concealment or incomprehensibility one way to escape from these dynamics?

This event will not be based around formal presentations, but rather will rather take the form of a drifting seminar. Participants will be asked to read several pieces of text that will form the basis of discussion and exploration.

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Alain Badiou

ZIZEK AND BADIOU: WHAT IF ANTIGONE WERE A REFUGEE?

Dear Friends

It is our honor to invite you to celebrate the Freedom Theatre Jenin with us, on October 16th, in the Church of St. Paul the Apostle (Columbus Avenue at West 60th Street, New York) at 2pm!

Join us for a symposium with Professor Alain Badiou, Professor Slavoj Zizek & Filmmaker Udi Aloni, on the possibility of reading Antigone in the Jenin Refugee Camp, as well as for subsequent film screenings of Forgiveness & Arna’s Children.

The event is free and open to the public.

Please feel free to forward this invitation, and re-post it.

Yours,
Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre, Jewish Voice for Peace, Columbia University Press, Out@StPaul & Church of St. Paul the Apostle

What If Antigone Were A Refugee?

Saturday, October 16, 2010

@ Lincoln Center & Church of St. Paul The Apostle:

Alain Badiou, Slavoj Zizek & The Jenin Freedom Theatre

Venue: Church of St. Paul the Apostle

Columbus Avenue at West 60th Street

2pm:

Symposium: Prof. Alain Badiou, Prof. Slavoj Zizek & Filmmaker Udi Aloni.

Venue: Lincoln Center: Bruno Walter Auditorium

111 Amsterdam Avenue just south of 65th Street

6:15 pm screening:
Arna’s Children
Director, Juliano Mer Khamis.

8:30pm screening:
Forgiveness
Director, Udi Aloni.

Screenings followed by Q&A with directors

(r.s.v.p recommended at: antigoneinjenin@gmail.com)

In collaboration with: Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre, Jewish Voice for Peace, Columbia University Press, Out@StPaul & Church of St. Paul the Apostle

Open to the public free of charge

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New York City Celebrates Jenin:

Presenting Antigone in Jenin Refugee Camp & The Jenin Media Center and
Cinema School

October 16th:

On October 16, New York will be celebrating and promoting two
interconnected innovative projects:

Antigone in Jenin Refugee Camp:
Antigone in Jenin Refugee Camp is a fiction film set in the West Bank, Occupied Palestinian Territories, and based on the real-life stories of eight young students at the Freedom Theater, a theatre located in the heart of the Camp. Eight film students- four women and four men, between the ages of 19-32, ranging from secular-leftist to traditional-religious- have come together for a single project based on their own stories and struggles. They have already produced four short documentary films exploring the relationship of the Palestinian woman to her society. Now they join renowned filmmakers Juliano Mer Khamis and Udi Aloni, and prominent scriptwriter Alaa Hlehel, in order to make their first fiction film, Antigone in Jenin Refugee Camp.

The Palestinian Media & Talents Center:
The establishment of a media & talents center, a one-of-a-kind hub for young Palestinian creators, in which we will be able to create TV, Internet and cinema contents, from documentaries to miniseries and feature films. Serving all Palestinian artists from Gaza, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Israel and the Palestinian diaspora, the center aims to promote cultures of resistance without the supervision of any political parties.

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Work, work, work

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 3rd OCTOBER 2010

EVENTS

SEMINAR: THE TASKS OF THE CRITICAL SCHOLAR/ACTIVIST IN EDUCATION

with
Dr. Michael W. Apple, John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
1:00 – 2:00 pm
OISE Building – 252 Bloor Street West
Second Floor, Room 2-211

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CONFERENCE: THE RACE TO GLOBALIZE HIGHER EDUCATION

January 21-22, 2011
Sutton Place Hotel, Toronto, ON

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) will be holding “The Race to Globalize Higher Education” to bring together speakers and participants from universities, research institutes, government, and the private sector in Canada, the United States, and Australia.

The fee for those registering on or before October 30, 2010, is $350.00, which includes continental breakfasts, lunch, refreshments and all materials.  The registration fee after October 30, 2010 is $400.00. The student rate is $150.00.

To register, please visit: http://www.ocufa.on.ca/conferences.c2011reg.gk

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CALL FOR PAPERS, WORKSHOPS AND PRESENTATIONS: WHEN UNIONS MATTER MOST – OPPORTUNITIES FOR COLLABORATION AND SOLIDARITY

The Pacific Northwest Labour History Association’s (PNLHA) 43rd annual conference, presented in collaboration with the Simon Fraser University Centre for Labour Studies

June 17th – 19th, 2011
Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC

The labour movement goes far beyond unionized workers. Significant struggles for workers’ rights have always involved non-union sectors, both locally and internationally. Some collaborations have been highly successful, others have left lingering distrust.

This conference seeks to find the best historical models for organizing, strategic alliances and coalitions, and to connect these models with contemporary actions to consider how the labour movement can strengthen for the future.

We invite proposals for academic research, panels, individual presentations, interactive workshops, drama, music, art, memorabilia displays and other forms of presentation. Interactive sessions are preferred and the reading of papers is discouraged.

Proposal deadline is January 14, 2011.  Please send a short summary and list of all presenters to Ms. Joey Hartman, PNLHA BC Vice President, by email to pnlha@shaw.ca, or by mail to #2402 – 6888 Station Hill Drive, Burnaby, BC,
Canada, V3N 4X5.

For further information contact Joey Hartman at 604-540-0245. For updates, check our website: http://www.pnlha.org

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NEWS & VIEWS

STRIKING IN A TIME OF AUSTERITY: THE NOSM STRIKE IN NORTHERN ONTARIO

by Scott Neigh, The Bullet

The 150 members of Unit 2 of Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 677 have been on strike since August 16. The office, technical, and administrative workers at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) went on strike after almost a year of negotiations to try and achieve a first collective agreement. At the forefront of the struggle are basic quality-of-work and quality-of-life issues. But lurking in the background are larger questions of how workers in the broader public sector and their employers will position themselves with respect to the austerity agenda declared with such fanfare by world leaders at the G20 summit in Toronto in June, and affirmed in this year’s federal and provincial budgets by the Harper and McGuinty governments.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/417.php

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NEW REPORT REVEALS THE FUTURE OF LITERACY IN CANADA’S LARGEST CITIES

A new report from the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) provides an unprecedented look at the future state of adult literacy in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, from 2001 through 2031. 

Released to coincide with UNESCO International Literacy Day, The Future of Literacy in Canada’s Largest Cities uses statistical projections to generate literacy profiles for the country’s largest metropolitan areas. According to the report, the four cities will experience significant, above-average growth in the number of adults with low literacy in the coming decades.

Read more: http://www.ccl-cca.ca/CCL/Newsroom/Releases/20100908literacy2031.html

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REFORMER ELECTED TO HEAD ATU TRANSIT UNION

by Mark Brenner, Labor Notes

Larry Hanley was elected president today of the 190,000-member Amalgamated Transit Union, which organizes bus drivers in cities across the U.S. and Canada, by delegates to the ATU Convention.

Hanley helped found the Keep America Moving coalition to build support for mass transit. Labor Notes’ Mark Brenner interviewed Hanley this month about how he would run the ATU differently and organize transit workers together with community members.

Read more:
http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2010/09/reformer-elected-head-ATU-transit-union

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SOCIAL PLANNING COUNCIL: CALL OUT TO CANDIDATES AND ORGANIZATIONS TO ENDORSE THE TORONTO OPEN BUDGET INITIATIVE DECLARATION TODAY

Social Planning Toronto is working with the Toronto Open Budget Initiative (TOBI) to get the word out to Mayoral and City Council candidates – it’s time to open the City’s budget process! TOBI, a broad-based group of residents and community organizations, is working to make the City’s budget process more open, transparent, inclusive and participatory. At present, residents and groups have only two opportunities to weigh in on the City budget process, both after most of the real decisions have already been made. In response to the lack of opportunity for meaningful civic engagement on the City’s capital and operating budgets, members developed the TOBI Declaration of Principles, Values and Recommended Actions to improve the City’s budget process. Principles and values include: inclusiveness, accessibility, integrity and transparency, influence, accountability, and flexibility and transformation. Recommended actions include changes to the process that would have residents and groups have their say throughout the budget process, starting at the early formative stages.

Are you a candidate for City Hall or a worker, volunteer or board member from a community group? We need to hear from you! Check out our new website at http://www.torontoopenbudget.ca to read over the TOBI Declaration and send in the Statement of Support to endorse these ideas for change. Deadline for submitting endorsements is Wednesday, October 6. After October 6, TOBI will be publicly releasing the list of endorsers. Event details to follow.

For more information or to join TOBI, please contact Beth Wilson at beth@socialplanningtoronto.org or call (416) 351-0095 x257.

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10 WAYS TO SOLVE THE JOBS PROBLEM

Imagine a no-holds-barred “summit” that comes up with ideas to solve both our job and environmental problems. What might it come up with?

Read more:
http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/a-resilient-community/10-ways-to-solve-the-jobs-problem

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VIDEO: THE VALUE OF LIFELONG LEARNING

http://www.ccl-cca.ca/CCL/Newsroom/MultimediaCentre/AudioVideoArchive/LifelongLearning.html
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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

‘KNOWLEDGE WORKERS’ AS THE NEW APPRENTICES: THE INFLUENCE OF ORGANISATIONAL AUTONOMY, GOALS AND VALUES ON THE NURTURING OF EXPERTISE

Alison Fuller and Lorna Unwin
Vocations and Learning
Volume 3, Number 3, 203-222, DOI: 10.1007/s12186-010-9043-4
http://www.springerlink.com/content/qk662k1662437628/

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GENDER DIFFERENCES IN THE CORRELATES OF VOLUNTEERING AND CHARITABLE GIVING
Christopher J. Einolf
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 28 September 2010
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764010385949v1

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THE CHINESE REFORM EXPERIENCE: A CRITICAL ASSESSMENT
Martin Hart-Landsberg
Review of Radical Political Economics published 28 September 2010
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0486613410383954v1

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JOB POSTINGS

PROGRAM DIRECTOR, CHILD CARE CATERING
Real Food for Real Kids
Toronto, Ontario

Start date: November 1, 2010
Interviews: October 14-15, 2010
Hours per week: Full time
Compensation: Commensurate with experience & ability
Application Deadline: 12:00 noon on Oct 12, 2010

Real Food for Real Kids (RFRK) is Canada’s leading all-natural catering company for child care centres, schools and camps. Every day, we cook and deliver delicious meals and snacks to over 5,000 children throughout the GTA. We make food fresh from scratch using only natural ingredients, including as much local and organic food as possible.

About the Program Director for Child Care Catering:
You’ll take on responsibility for the development, growth, and delivery of
the child care catering program at RFRK.

We’re looking for a rare breed: part strategic superhero, part relationship builder, part manager, and all business (except when they’re not). Someone who can run a tight ship, but is loved by everyone sailing it. We need a problem-solver, cut-to-the-chaser, seasoned listener, and motivational speaker wrapped into one.

For more details and to apply: http://www.goodworkcanada.ca/greenjobs.php?id=12430

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EDUCATION COORDINATOR, NORTH YORK HARVEST FOOD BANK
Toronto, Ontario

North York Harvest Food Bank is one of Toronto’s largest food banks. An independent not-for-profit organization, we work with communities who face short-term emergencies and long-term poverty in northern Toronto.

Position Summary

The Education Coordinator develops and facilitates learning opportunities for North York Harvest stakeholders including visiting schools and corporate volunteer groups. These include Sort & Learn Tours which are conducted on-site and combine a classroom activity with a food sorting activity. We also offer off-site workshops for school and community groups.

Reporting Relationship: The Education Coordinator reports to the Senior Manager, Community Engagement.

Hours: 15 hours/week including some weekend or evening hours.

For more details and to apply:
http://www.goodworkcanada.ca/greenjobs.php?id=12415

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For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca.

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

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No Future

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