No Borders Gatwick

first notes for a Migrating University to be held at Gatwick International Airport amidst the No Borders Camp(link below)

The No Borders camp at Gatwick in september (19th-24th) is an ideal opportunity for the local uni to rouse itself from sleepy London and show its solidarity with Britain’s new settlers, condemn the Government’s asylum and detention practices, and expose the hypocrisy of having unregulated capital flow alongside racist fortress-europe restrictions on people.

So, let’s get Goldsmiths on the move.
– tent university, courses and workshops on race, migration, Muticulturilism, gender and sexuality, Media, culture, literature, music, activism and education etc.
– practical and theoretical programs, taught by current Goldsmiths and invited international(ist) professors, general staff, gaduates and students,all welcome.
– a non-elitist and democratic administrative structure, not a teaching factory governed by commodity servicing
– a fighting representative education union, open to everyone, no i.d cards
– for critical radical intellectual renewal drawing upon the vast creative and expressive resources of people’s movement(s)

please add things to this… and of course read the Invitation to the No Borders Camp proper

The No Borders Camp invite is here and No Borders proper is here.


About john hutnyk

Writer on culture, cities, diaspora, history, film, prisons, colonialism, education, Marxism. Studied and taught in Australia at Deakin and Melbourne Universities; and in the UK in Manchester University’s Institute for Creative and Cultural Research; before moving to Goldsmiths in 1998, and becoming Academic Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies in 2004-2014. Has held visiting researcher posts in Germany at the South Asia Institute and Institute fur Ethnologie at Heidelberg University, and Visiting Professor posts in InterCultural Studies at Nagoya City University Japan, Zeppelin University and Hamburg University, Germany, Sociology at Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, Turkey and at the Graduate institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. Immediate past adjunct Professor of RMIT University, Melbourne and GIAN Visiting Professor Jadavpur Uni Kolkata.
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6 Responses to No Borders Gatwick

  1. JB says:

    This is a great idea. Let’s take Goldsmiths along. Shame I haven’t finished my thesis yet – quite like the idea of having a viva in a tent.

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  3. Alpa says:

    Good idea. How about a goldies/worksshop or fest with speakers on relevant themes or is that not appropriate for such an ocassion?

  4. John Hutnyk says:

    Jul 8, 2007 (4 days ago)PUBLIC MEETING & BENEFIT PARTY FOR GATWICK NO BORDER CAMP, SATURDAY 21st JULY FROM 3pmfrom No Borders London by getonitSATURDAY 21st JULY3pm-midnightChat’s Palace Community Arts Centre42-44 Brooksby’s Walk, Homerton, London E9Nearest station Homerton Silverlink, buses 242, 276, S2 and W15A day & night of discussions, films, food and live music in solidarity withmigrants & refugees.3pm : ‘Underground Londoners’ – Film and talk from London’s tube cleaners,many of whom are undocumented migrant workers, about their campaign for aliving wage.4pm: Detainee Self-help Support Project: An insight into the UK immigrationdetention, struggles from the inside, and support and solidarity from theoutside, by ex-detained Kenyan asylum seeker and activist George Mwangi.5pm: Sink or Swim: Climate change and environmental refugeesThe small pacific island of Tuvalu is sinking – year by year, the low lyingisland is being washed away by rising seas caused by climate change.Eventually, the entire nation of Tuvalu will become refugees.Over half of the world’s refugees are displaced for environmental reasons -from floods caused by the felling of forests, to oil spills anddesertification. How the Global North consumes the world’s resources and thewaste and climate change this causes creates a huge number of refugees, manyof whom we then detain and deport for seeking a better life. This workshopwill explore the connections between climate change and migration, and thestate’s response.5.30pm: PUBLIC MEETING ABOUT THE GATWICK NO BORDER CAMP, to take place from19th-24th September 2007. Public meeting about the camp, and the campaignagainst the new asylum detention centre which is being built at Gatwick. This will be followed by a short film about a previous No Border Camp inWoomera (Australia).7pm-midnight: BENEFIT PARTY – food & musicMain stage: music fromSpanner (ska/punk)52 Commercial Road (post rock)plus more tbcRoom 2: Live acoustic music from:Ruth TheodoreGrizlaPlus more tbcEntry:Afternoon – free/donation7pm-midnight – £5 waged/ £3 unwaged/ free to asylum seekersMoney raised will go to GATWICK NO BORDER CAMP – 19-24 September 2007Part of a campaign to stop the new Gatwick detention

  5. arda says:

    this looks and sounds very exciting. you have recruited at least one person (an ex-goldsmiths) with your post. i’ll definitely be there this saturday to see what i can do.

  6. John Hutnyk says:

    Organising group for Migrating University:Click to join migrating_uni

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