Murder-death-kill on the TV news

In order to feed Goldsmiths people and enthusiasm into the No Borders Camp at Gatwick (19-24 Sept), we want to organise a workshop at Goldsmiths the weekend before, called Migrating University (14-15th Sept). It will include a session which will be a walk along the route of the Battle of Lewisham 1977 30th anniversary of the NF march in our area (see pic), but also other topics, debates, themes of relevance… (watch this space).

But in the meantime, I am somewhat stuck on this task of writing a general blurb for the workshops. Stuck I guess until we have sentences on each of the proposed panels. Lazy of mind, I’ve been haphazardly thinking about a statement on what this could be all about. To what degree can we feed Goldsmiths people and enthusiasm into the No Borders camp at Gatwick anyway? And to what degree might Migrating University become a wider educational project in itself – something that happens in other locations later…?

Themes for Goldsmiths: Problems and issues to be addressed include asylum support, campaigns against detention, civil rights and surveillance, knowledge and the state; anti-racism, media racisms, xenophobia; militarism, patriotism; technology and activism; economic migration and coercion, immaterial and precarious labour; institutional support, the teaching factory; questions of Access (fees, credentialism, openness); idea of multicultural education (really multicultural education would imply students write in their own languages, or that ‘home’ students write in other languages [idealist]); open source and digital commons; transformation of the university from old collegiate model, through mass ed to corporate agenda; radicalism and dissent, public/community engagement with citadels of knowledge; critical curriculum, pedagogy; trades union, organisations, non-academic staff, local governance, NGOs, community involvement, outreach[?]; idea of critique (Kant) versus radical criticism of everything that exists (Marx)…

Since this is based in a university, even if we are looking towards the No Borders Camp proper, can we nevertheless bring the internationalism of left movements into the disciplinary formations of the academy? – in order to wake up to relevance and engagement rather than the old ivory indulgence of credentialism or the new commercial opportunism of the teaching factory?

Murder-death-kill on the TV news every night, detentions and the eclipse of civil liberty here, and bombing campaigns for democracy abroad. Quietism is not an option.

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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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3 Responses to Murder-death-kill on the TV news

  1. John Hutnyk says:

    See below, its as you might expect… but the press release gives some handy basics about the Detention facilities at Gatwick, which explains why the protest must go on regardless of Police/Council approval etc. j———- Forwarded message ———-From: g-anbc2007_press@riseup.net Date: Aug 20, 2007 1:07 AMSubject: [gccc] [Fwd: press release: Council refuses to cooperate with camp organisers]To: gccc@lists.riseup.net This was sent to quite a few local, regional and national media.—————————- Original Message —————————-Subject: press release: Council refuses to cooperate with camp organisers From: g-anbc2007_press@riseup.netDate: Sun, August 19, 2007 5:05 pmTo: g-anbc2007_press@riseup.net————————————————————————–For immediate release:Council refuses to cooperate with camp organisers20 August 2007Following a meeting between the Gatwick No Border Camp organisers and the Crawley Borough Council, the Council has sent a letter to the Camp groupsaying they cannot provide any land for the camp. The meeting, which washeld at Crawley Town Hall on Thursday, 16 August, discussed the plans and preparations for the Gatwick No Borders Camp, which will take place on19-24 September. Organisers had asked the Council to provide a suitableland to avoid any possible ‘troubles’. Police were also present at the meeting, represented by a Chief Inspector and another junior policeofficer.Crawley Council’s Community Safety Officer Don Edwardson said,”Unfortunately there are no municipal camping or caravan sites nor open spaces and parks within the town that could provide the facilities you areseeking. Neither am I in a position to provide you with the details of anyprivate or commercial landowners that you could approach.” A spokesman from No Border UK, the network organising the Camp, said:”It is obviously disappointing that the Council is not willing tocooperate with us but this was quite expected. We further expect them to make things harder for us by, for example, putting pressure on farmers sothat they refuse to rent their land. This has happened before with othercamps and it’s what the authorities do to silence protest or make it harder.”Both the Council and police, however, are still demanding that the Camporganisers ‘cooperate’ and inform them of their plans. The above-mentionedletter from Don Edwardson went on: “However, I am keen, as are the police, to be kept appraised of any developments regarding the camp. Perhaps youwould be good enough to let me and/or the police know when you have founda suitable location.”For further information, please contact: 078 0750 3282 (monitored during office hours)E-mail: g-anbc2007_press@riseup.netNotes for editors:1. A new purpose-built immigration detention centre is planned at Gatwick Airport as part of the government’s five-year strategy for asylum andimmigration. The prison, to be called Brook House, is due to open in 2008and will have a total capacity of 426 places for male and female detainees. It is being developed by BAA Lynton o3n behalf of the AirportProperty Partnership. BAA Lynton had developed the existing centre atGatwick, Tinsley House, in a similar way. The government has already seen the ‘benefits’ of locating ‘removal centres’ close to airports, withoperations at Colnbrook and Harmondsworth, near Heathrow, and TinsleyHouse at Gatwick.2. There are 10 so-called Immigration Removal Centres in the UK. Seven are run by private companies contracted by the Home Office’s Border andImmigration Agency (previously the Immigration and NationalityDirectorate), while three are run by the Prison Service. As of July 2007,these prisons have a total capacity of 2,506. However, the Labourgovernment, which inherited 700 places when it took office in 1997, isaiming for a total of 4,000 places. In addition, there are many so-calledShort-term Holding Facilities at many ports and airports throughout the country as well as at a number of Immigration Reporting Centres.3. The Gatwick No Border Camp will take place between 19 and 24 September,2007, near Gatwick, to try and stop the new planned detention centre, with planned demonstrations in Crawley, Croydon and at Tinsley House. The camp,the first of its kind in the UK, will also be an opportunity to exchangeideas and experiences, with numerous workshops, panels and other activities. See http://www.noborders.org.uk for further details.4. No Borders UK is network of groups and activists across the country whostand against all visible and invisible borders and migration controls and struggle for the freedom of movement for all people. There are currently 8such groups in Birmingham, Brighton, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Nottingham,Sheffield and Wales. The first UK-wide No Borders gathering was held on 11-12 March, 2006, in London. The global No Border network had existedsince 1999. The first ever No Border meeting was held in Amsterdam inDecember 1999, following the European Summit in Tampere in October that year, when coordinated actions and demonstrations took place in eightEuropean countries.—————–

  2. Anonymous says:

    Onthe Goldsmiths CCS Website:Migrating University – 14-15 September (venue tbc)In order to feed Goldsmiths people and enthusiasm into the No Borders Camp at Gatwick (19-24 Sept), we want to organise a workshop at Goldsmiths the weekend before, called Migrating University (14-15th Sept). It will include a session which will be a walk along the route of the Battle of Lewisham 1977 30th anniversary of the NF march in our area (see pic), but also other topics, debates, themes of relevance… (watch this space).Some weeks back we realised the No Borders Camp at Gatwick (www.noborders.org.uk) is an ideal opportunity for Goldsmiths University to rouse itself from sleepy London and show its solidarity with Britain’s new settlers, condemn the Governments asylum and detention practices, and expose the hypocrisy of having unregulated capital flow alongside racist fortress restrictions on people.So, let’s get Goldsmiths on the move.tent university, courses and workshops on race, migration, Multiculturalism, 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 for critical radical intellectual renewal drawing upon the vast creative and expressive resources of people’s movement(s) Themes for Goldsmiths workshops might include: asylum support, campaigns against detention, civil rights and surveillance, knowledge and the state; anti-racism, media racisms, xenophobia; militarism, patriotism; technology and activism; economic migration and coercion, immaterial and precarious labour; institutional support, the teaching factory; questions of Access (fees, credentialism, openness); idea of multicultural education (really multicultural education would imply students write in their own languages, or that ‘home’ students write in other languages [idealist]); open source and digital commons; transformation of the university from old collegiate model, through mass ed to corporate agenda; radicalism and dissent, public/community engagement with citadels of knowledge; critical curriculum, pedagogy; trades union, organisations, non-academic staff, local governance, NGOs, community involvement, outreach[?]; idea of critique (Kant) versus radical criticism of everything that exists (Marx)…

  3. Anonymous says:

    Chinese, German, Japanese, Malay, Polish and Turkish:不要扣留,不要遣送教育无边界,人人都有行动自由Keine Lager, keine Abschiebung,keine Bildungsgrenzen:Bewegungsfreiheit für alleMigrating University, am Goldsmiths,14.-15. September 2007Von Goldsmiths nach Gatwick拘留・追放反対;教育における境界廃止:全ての人に移動の自由をワークショップ:移動する大学於ゴールドスミス・カレッジ2007年9月14-15日ゴールドスミスからガトウィックへhentikan penahanan, hentikan deportasipendidikan tanpa sempadan, kebebasan bergerak untuk semuaMigrujacy UniwersytetZ Goldsmiths do GatwickPrzeciwko Zatrzymaniom, Przeciwko Deprotacjom, Przeciwko Granicom w Edukacji,Wolnosc Przemieszczania sie dla WszystkichMigrujacy UniwersytetOd 14go do 15go wrzesnia 2007Z Goldsmiths do GatwickOboz Bez Granic w Gatwick (www.noborders.org.uk) to swietna okazja dla GoldsmithsUniversity aby wybudzic sie ze spiacego Londynu i pokazac solidarnosc z nowymiprzybyszami do Wielkiej Brytanii, potepic rzadowe dzialania i rozporzadzenia dotyczaceuchodzctwa oraz uwidocznic hipokryzje nieuregulowanego przeplywu kapitalu orazrasistowskich ograniczen wzgledem ludzi.Tak wiec, Goldsmiths! Do boju!- uniwersytet namiotowy, kursy i szkolenia na tematy takie jak: rasa, migracje,wielokulturowosc, gender, media, kultura, literatura, muzyka, edukacja, dzialalnoscspoleczna i polityczna.- programy praktyczne i teoretyczne naucazne przez wykladowcow, pracownikow,absolwentow i uczniow Goldsmiths jak i zaproszonych gosci- demokratyczna i anty-elitystyczna organizacja administracyjna a nie dydaktycznafabryka o kapitalistycznym charakterze czyli nastawiona na zysk,- uczelnia otwarta dla wszystkich i walczaca o rownosc w edukacji- krytyczna, radykalna sanacje intelektualna opierajaca sie na kreatywnosci iekspresywnosci wynikajacej z wolnosci podrozy i przemieszczania sie.Göçen Üniversite: Goldsmiths’ten Gatwick’eAlıkonulup Nezaret Altına Alınmaya Hayır, Sınır Dışı Edilmeye Hayır;Eğitimde Sınırlara Hayır: Herkese Eşit ve Serbest Dolaşım Hakkı14-15 EylülGoldsmiths’te Göçen Üniversite;Goldsmiths’ten Gatwick’eBu etkinlik için destek ve beklenti düzeyi çok yüksek. Kampüste bir düş kırıklığı ve bıkkınlık havası hakim. Dolayısıyla aktivist olanakların araştırılması ve denenmesi icin büyük bir enerji potansiyeli var. Bu durum hem üniversite kurumunu her düzeyede bir “öğretim fabrikası” haline getirmeyi amaçlayan şirketvari yönetim anlayışının, hem de dünyanın her yerinde savaş tamtamları çalmakta olan neoliberal emperyalist düzenin getirdiği ve varolmak için ihtiyaç duyduğu sınırların ve bu sınırları koruyan anlayışın ortak bir sonucu. Üniversitenin sınırlara ilişkin oynadığı rollerden ve ürettiği sınırlardan bazıları şunlar: İnsanlar ve bilgi arasındaki sınırlar, çeşitli bilgiler arasındaki sınırlar , farklı arka planlardan gelen insanlar arasındaki sınırlar, öğrenciler arasındaki sınırlar, “deniz aşırı/yabancı” eğitim harcı ödemek zorunda olanlarla “yerli” ama yine de gereğinden fazla (endüstriyel kazanç amaçlı ve masrafları öğrenciler tarafından karşılanan eğitim??) harç ödemek zorunda olanlar arasındaki sınırlar…Ve tabii ki, öğretim elemanlarının moral ve motivasyonun gün geçtikçe daha çok ezilerek yok edilmesinde üniversitenin oynadığı rol…Bununla bağlantılı olarak eski “öğretim” ideallerinin fırsatçılık ve üretkenlik gibi değerler tarafından arka plana itilmesi, hatta rafa kaldırılması…Dışlamalar ve dışlanmalar…Irkçılık…Küresel öldür-katlet-parçala düzeni…Bizce bir araya gelip bu endişelerimizi paylaşmak ve yukarıda bahsi geçen sorunlara çözümler aramak için gereğinden de fazla sebep var. Yaptığımız son toplantıda etkinliğin tarihi, yeri, zamanı, ve programı hakkında kararlar aldık: Göçen Üniversite 5 ayrı panel ve “Lewisham Savaşı” yürüyüşünden oluşacak (bu yürüyüşü organize edecek olan insanlarla görüştük ve koordinasyon kararı aldık). Buna ek olarak kısa bir tanıtım yazısı taslağı hazırladık ve CCS’in internet sitesine koyduk; bir pankart hazırlamayı kararlaştırdık, gelecekteki toplantılar için bir oda ayırttık, arka yeşillikteki büyük çadırı kullanabilmek için üniversite yönetimiyle halen sürmekte olan pazarlığı başlattık, Joan Kelly’nin katılımını kesinleşirdik, No Borders Londra ve ana No Borders organizasyonlarıyla bağlantılar kurduk.Şu ana kadar etkinliğe katılımı kesinleşmiş kişiler şunlar: Ken Fero (Injustice filmi), David Graeber (activist, antropolog), Ava Caradonna (seks işçileri eğitim grubu), Susan Cueva (sendikacı), Sanjay Sharma (Multicultural Encounters adlı kitabın yazarı), Hari Kunzru (romancı), Mao Mollona (antropolog), Harmit Athwal (Institute of Race Relations), Katherine Mann (müzisyen), Paul Hendrich (korsan baba) ve Joan Kelly (sanatçı).Paneller ve program kesinleşmemiş haliyle aşağıdadır: 14 Eylül, Cuma10.15 – Açılış konuşması, bu toplantının Gatwick’te gerçekleşecek olan No Borders Kampı’na katılımı teşvik etmek amacıyla gerçekleştirildiğinin belirtilmesi – akşam yapılacak olan toplantının yer ve zamanının duyurulması.10.45-12.30 – 1. Panel – Açık üniversite, açık kaynak – (Brian)12.30-14.00 – Arka yeşillikte açık havada ya da yağmur durumunda çadırda piknik14.00-16.00 – 2. Panel – Radikal pedagoji/gayri-maddi emek – (Francisco)16.15-18.15 – 3. Panel – Seks işçileri için eğitim kampanyası, sendikalar, polis, “Injustice” filminin tanıtımı (Olivia)18.15 – Goldsmiths Tavern’ın üst katında Gatwick’teki kampa kollektif katılım hakkında toplantı 19.00-21.00 Singapur’dan Joan Kelly ile Goldsmiths Tavern’ın üst katında çalışma grubu (içki ve yemek).15 Eylül, Cumartesi10.15 – 2. gün açılışı10.30-12.30 – 4. Panel – Öğretim fabrikası/eleştiri/üniversite kurumunun kullanımı (John) 12.50-14.30 – 5. Panel – Yerel kampanyalar, LARAG, göç/alıkonulma/nezaret altına alınma, tutuklulara yardım (Cam)14.30 – Öğle yemeği15.00-18.00 – “Lewisham Savaşını” anma yürüyüşü: 1977’de National Front’a karşı gerçekleşen protesto mitinginin rotasında, o zaman mitinge katılmış kişiler eşliğinde yürüyüş. Başlangıç/buluşma noktası: Clifton Rise, New Cross. (ayrıntılı bilgi için Paul)Bir sonraki Göçen Üniversite organizasyon toplantısı 10 Eylül Pazartesi günü saat 16.00’da Goldsmiths Tavern’da gerçekleşecektir.

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