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potential

by Argos as You as Argos

...p involving a number of academics and students; and a cartel for theory organised by students as a rejoinder to the condescension of soft entry into texts via speed reading and introductory guides. These pockets were sites of potential, yet to see the threshold crossed from theory into practice. As well as these somewhat conscious pockets there existed — and continue to exist — innumerable unconscious pockets of resistance to power without any co...

...and the subsequent desire to regain fluency with our culture, our language, our histories and more. Since 2000 (the dates are very approximate), a new theme has been coming to conscious articulation. I call this the ‘creative potential’ paradigm. Here indigenous knowledge, of which mātauranga Māori is a part, is explored and considered on its own merits and not merely as a tool for ‘resistance’ or ‘speaking back’ to colonisation. My personal in...

...way to think’, my ‘real’ intention. Yet such an idea may always only be a supposition, radically unverifiable, because the only sensible form it takes is its appearance in literature, in language as literary. All language is potentially ‘non-serious’, potentially just literature, because it never is for sure the restitution of the ‘serious’, of something prior to language. Derrida thus identifies literature with the freedom of speech, the uncond...

1 The neoliberalised university embodies the destruction of the public sphere by capitalism. Spaces for heterogeneous thinking, for creative, critical, contested connections, and thus for potentially liberating work are being relentlessly foreclosed. Indeed, the very idea that we have the right to intellectual debate, collaborative inquiry and collective action within the university at times feels almost unthinkable. This is why it is important...

...tonomy?’ Counter to these concerns are the critical perspectives wherein culture, language and identity are understood to be assets, and knowledge creation and higher education are decolonised. Through these perspectives, the potential to expand how and what we know is brought into view. Genuinely belonging in the university is an ongoing challenge that Māori and Pasifika peoples continue to face. This paper addresses this challenge by criticall...

...ing history of this place might explain its rush and its interminable drive to make itself over. In such a location, a strategic plan might more wisely look around and behind itself for guidance and aspiration, drawing on the potential of the present-past—its lessons and patterns of value. Official Māori presence within the institution, the result of decades of struggle, remains circumscribed, partitioned, and endangered, such that an invaluable...

...gest that the focus should be on interstitial and symbiotic transformations, and on developing new forms in niches and margins; such reforms will ‘simultaneously make life better within the existing economic system and expand potential for future advances in democratic power’. Social movement actors are long versed in this type of behaviour. Women’s movements internationally, for instance, have set up refuges and rape crisis centres to help...

...l intelligence continues to break new ground. These challenges notwithstanding, there may remain limited scope for retention of those exemplary members of staff who are endowed with """ + random.sample( ["sufficient endowment potential", "prompt submission systems", "controlled core out- age requirements", "relevant experience in tracked changes"], 2) + """ and with the capacity to deliver programmed outputs at machinic speed. Meanwhile, it is ve...

...ept of] ‘heart’? B Heart would be such a good thing to be worth 20%! Do you really care about what you’re doing? It’s about what you want from a student body, but the things that could be encouraged through a rubric . . . the potential for that is so exciting. E I think social responsibility should be on it. Imagine the people who would come out of Elam . . . B So responsible! [laughs]...

...e between us. Everything was just always happening here and now. All these many gathered seemingly unimportant fragments constructed such a strong set of beliefs. I still find empty offices after hours exciting sites of potential, which they are....

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