Category Archives: Crisis and the university

Using the work of Maurizio Lazzarato to understand subjection in the contemporary British university

Previously on this blog (here), I provided an account of Maurizio Lazzarato’s elegant, concise and persuasive book on debt. What I’d like to do here is take some of the main insights from two later works, Governing by Debt (Semiotext(e) / … Continue reading

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University of California and the criminalisation of dissent (letter appealing for support)

Dear Fellow Education Activists, I’m writing today with an impassioned and profoundly frustrated heart about what is happening on our campus at UC Berkeley, the so-called “home of the Free Speech Movement,” and beyond. It’s extremely important to share this story with … Continue reading

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Harvard Students Join the Movement

Over the last 10 days, Harvard students twice stopped business as usual at this richest of all US private universities.  An Occupy Harvard encampment of tents followed a large march of many hundreds through the campus protesting Harvard’s complicity in … Continue reading

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Protesting University of California students pepper-sprayed, November 18th.

In one of many spin-offs from Occupy Wall St. around the US, students at University of California, Davis campus, have been staging an occupation in particular protest against the cost of Higher Ed. Events took a decidedly unpleasant turn last Friday … Continue reading

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Greek Universities under threat

Those of you familiar with what is happening to British Higher Education (as a result of the coalition government’s application of their post-crisis shock doctrine to universities) will find what is contained in the following appeal all too familiar. Defenders of publicly … Continue reading

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After the winter of protest, what next?

Martin O’Shaughnessy For people looking to pick up an initial understanding of some of the politics of the ‘winter of protest’ a new book, Fight Back: a Reader on the Winter of Protest, edited by Dan Hancox, is an excellent … Continue reading

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The crisis and Higher Education

Working with the New Statesman, Documentary maker Michael Chanan has made a short film within which Terry Eagleton and others discuss competing understandings of the role of higher education. It can be found here. The same film-maker’s summary of reactions to … Continue reading

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