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Posted: December 11, 2017 in Academy, Brains, Politics, Research
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Posted: April 21, 2017 in Academy, Politics
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… one implication of this analysis is the need to continue to politicise and activate struggles against managerialism, and not always to subordinate those struggles to the more traditional ones of defending jobs, pay and pensions. I realise this might sound glib, when those traditional economic supports are under attack in so many places. but I think it is actually a crucial point: for the most part, labour struggles in most of the world have paid very little attention to the problem of managerialism except when this has become bound up with and subordinated to a struggle against austerity measures; and in almost all cases, struggles against managerialism have taken the form of defences of traditional professional privileges. This will not suffice. Managerialism must be opposed because it is one of the key strategies through which capital seeks to intensify exploitation of all members of a particular social field, not just public-service professionals, and it is on these terms that it should be opposed by explicit demands for more collaborative and co-operative modes of work. We should not be afraid to revisit the moment of autogestion, workers self-management and industrial democracy, of student demands for reforms more radical than a mere expansion of consumer choice in the curriculum: we’ve been told for long enough that these are anachronistic ideas which cannot work. It’s surely clear by now that these are the only ideas which might work.


Jeremy Gilbert, here.

Posted: July 1, 2015 in Brains, Politics

In the post-shock society, where alternative politics is relegated to the ghetto and official public life is concentrated on the affirmative rituals of representatives of power, the only way to break the situation of passivity and silence is – somehow – to practise this hysterical and obscene speech. There are no other tools to use. This is why actionism became the main artistic movement in Russia and always had a strong political spirit. All the actions that were produced during this period depended on public scandal to distort the surface of a fake ‘stability’.


Maria Chehonadskih: “What Is Pussy Riot’s ‘Idea’?

The bill passed by the Research & Technology Subcommittee includes massive cuts to social science at NSF.

The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act of 2014 (FIRST Act), which serves as reauthorization legislation for the National Science Foundation (NSF), includes a proposal to cut NSF’s Social, Behavioral and Economic (SBE) sciences directorate by more than $50 million—over 22 percent. The bill would also place a greater burden on NSF regarding its already-gold standard merit review process and require additional, potentially duplicative public disclosure of research grants.  Further, the bill seeks to micromanage the grant application process and limit the number of awards that can be made to principal investigators, undermining the merit review process that successfully determines the very best science worth taxpayer support.

The bill passed the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology on March 13 and will move on to consideration by the full Committee. Write to your House member now and ask that they oppose the FIRST Act.

Posted: September 6, 2013 in Academy, Politics

Independence of research funding critical.
Waste not, want not – the politics of why philosophy matters.

20 August

Posted: August 18, 2013 in Academy, Events, Industry, Politics


Posted: June 28, 2013 in Academy, Politics

This perspective that sees intellectual work as occurring primarily within academic settings, populated by pampered teachers and scholars, and political or activist work as situated in the so-called real world, filled with activists and members of the general public, severs ideas from power relations. This basic binary worldview obscures the complexities of engaging in intellectual activism in both social locations as well as the connections between them. Seeing only two choices limits our choices. Rather, because ideas and politics are everywhere, the potential for intellectual activism is also possible everywhere.

Patricia Hill Collins.