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...nditional university is based on ungrounded performative speech acts, speech acts based neither on previously existing institutionalised sanctions, nor on the authority of the ‘I’ who utters the speech act. For Derrida, it is literature that manifests this unconditionality as the extreme expression of the right to free speech, ‘as the right to say everything publicly, or to keep it secret, if only in the form of fiction’. To...

...e today is the place of a broader process of financialisation that was set in train in the early 1970s and is today pivotal to the economic and social realities of capitalist economies. A significant and flourishing scholarly literature now documents the profound historical depth of finance and with this the dynamics of credit and debt. This literature makes clear that finance is not a dusty numerical technology nor a logic of abstraction d...

...ack scholars established spaces for teaching ‘black studies’, challenging racism, disadvantage and colonisation within academia and more broadly. Social movement and non-violent conflict literature suggests that the ‘activist academic’ will have to participate in acts both of commission and omission. Staff and students already practice a range of acts of commission. We make submissions to our own insti...

If I were to wish for something, I would wish not for wealth or power but for the passion of possibility, for the eye [. . .] that sees possibility ever. — Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or The many worlds of the pluriversity The name Argos, allied in Greek mythology with the epithet panoptes (all-seeing) as Argus panoptes, implies an unwearying watcher, and, as the primordial 'lord of the neatherd' (herdsman), the very name of the land he watc...

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