Museum – Jonathan Silver
Imagine news emerged that 18,000 undiscovered historical artefacts relating to Manchester had been illegally taken out of the
country by a museum in North Africa. We can only think what
the response in the city would be in such circumstances. Political
leaders would demand the return of the stolen goods, public protests would break out, and commentators would call such an act
barbaric, immoral and a cultural crime. If such a scenario seems
unlikely, then this is precisely what happened in Egypt at the end
of the nineteenth and
in Mexico City (Velázquez 2014:
103). La Polvorilla already has about 3,000 people involved in its
“In 1995, Cooperativa Acapatzingo, encompassing 596
families of informally employed people purchased in instalments an abandoned mine used as a rubble depot to build
their homes on the premises” (UN Habitat 2004). The value of
land was very low and the area was situated at the periphery
of the city amid an amorphous urban sprawl characterized by
lack of urban installations and very poor housing conditions.
Being a politically oriented initiative based on
(as in politics) it is not that a different
kind of work will replace the burden of exploitative labor but a
lack of work, a suspension of work, an inactivity which actually
de-activates the conditions of exploitation and control.
On a certain level a de-activation of prevalent conditions of
capitalist ethos and corresponding governance conditions took
place during the “Sitting is a Verb” project. The construction of
the chairs was not really a burden but a choice and the emblematic conditions of play characterized the forms of collaboration
which were unfolding
Inclusivity and changing
[T]he constraints to cyberactivism are largely those that hobble other political involvement: commitment, time, money, expertise . . . those who may
benefit the most from counterhegemonic uses of the Net may have the least
access to it. (Warf and Grimes 1997: 270)
In addition to the paradox surrounding their use of computers, environmentalists face problems in gaining access to CMC. Access is obviously a
prerequisite for the use of the technology, but the ways in which activists
organise their access can reflect
state-societies (Giddens, 1998).
Gerhard Schröder’s apparent embracing of the individualism and ‘workfare’
(Jessop, 1994) strategy of Blair’s ‘Third Way’ in his ‘Neue Mitte’ concept may
be read as indicative of an acceptance of the necessary restructuring
imperatives of a global economy.
Yet, when we explore the debate taking place within and outside German
state-society it becomes clear that the representation of Germany as a rigid
and inflexible political economy in need of radical restructuring is by no
means uncontested. An effective counter to neo-liberal claims
), is another politics of life possible?
These are the questions that my research group is addressing in our programme of research on ‘The Urban Brain’. 2 This research programme was initiated in 2013 with a grant from the Transformative Research Scheme of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which enabled us to hold four international workshops and develop the framework for international collaborations around the theme of mental health, migration and the megacity. The first substantive research project focuses on rural-to-urban migration in Shanghai
Nodes, ways and relations
Maps, mappings, cartographies; (dis)orientations for the everyday, obdurate
disciplinary motifs of and for geography, maligned and admired in variable
measure. Cartography; a science and set of practices once pertaining to sovereign power alone, yet now increasingly diffuse in its geographic reach and
performance. Nonetheless, whether rendered through hegemonic, quotidian
or hybrid assemblages, mapping remains resolutely (geo)political at a range
of disparate registers; statist to somatic. Elsewhere, I have used
resonate in relation to a variety of philosophical and political systems.
‘Listening’ is a relatively small word for a dauntingly complex series of propositions and possibilities.There are numerous ways in which humans may listen, and
numerous disciplines and theories for which listening constitutes a key category
within a wider discursive system. Among other things, ‘listening’ connotes an ability and a practice that is at once physiological, psychological, philosophical, sociological, technological, musicological and cultural-historical. It is
Images of the ‘Jungle’ in Breach by Olumide Popoola and Annie Holmes
, emphasis original). In other words, the collection narrates the borderscape aesthetically, not only thematically or politically, suggesting that the border and borderscape are tropes that are materialised in the genre. Breach 's insistence on problematising the concept of borders is evident in the fact that the stories in the collection have been written by two authors, Popoola and Holmes. While they have not been written jointly, the book is arranged in a way where borders between the individual writers are made invisible: the opening page of each story mentions only
The need to mobilise participation for environmental activism reflects a
broader issue for society, that of how participation in political life can be
encouraged (Walters 2002). In chapter 3 the emphasis by many environmental groups on participatory democracy and the difficulties in practising such ideals through their own organisational forms were explored.
This chapter continues that theme, but more closely examines how participation in activism (rather than in just CMC use) is encouraged, and the
the value of CMC specifically to this endeavour.