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...ublic forums, creating infrastructure to support it, and establishing policies that sustain it’. PILLARS OF SUPPORT Successful nonviolent movements analyse the various segments of society (pillars) that keep a power structure intact (supported). Once identified, those pillars can be dissected into their component parts, identifying specific individuals or groups that make up that pillar. Nonviolent movements plan for ways to weaken and...

...nce. The teach-in constituted a ‘site', a part of the world apart from the world, ‘at the edge of the void', which, while being within the contemporary situation of capitalist democracy, managed to avoid the overbearing power structures of that situation. A site has some degree of autonomy as a place from which the contingency and precarity of the existing order can be seen, yet a site is itself contingent and precarious. The teach-in was such a...

...emic life is an important part of more ambitious projects to remake the university. We need better for our students, and for ourselves. 2 What is to be done? By analysing and problematising these changes within the organising structures of our academic lives, we can regain agency and critical traction within our institutions, locally and collectively. We want to build alternatives, non-monologic and non-administered worlds both inside and outside...

...a also concerns himself with plagiarism. Derrida’s early essay on Condillac, The Archaeology of the Frivolous, argues that Condillac’s duplicity of terms, his imagining as retracing the connection of ideas, and his repetitive structure of knowing gives rise to ‘a metaphysics of plagiarism’. Derrida reproduces Condillac’s own note against plagiarisers from the Essay on the Origin of Human Knowledge: I ought to warn that many writers have cop...

...rgency This student protest movement constitutes a foundational dislocating event in Chilean society. It is foundational in the sense that, from its very emergence, it has been propositional, rejecting the binary rubrics that structure typical political, economic and generational debate. These are the same rubrics that place powerful financial and political elite coalitions in constant opposition to debilitated unions and activist groups, with bo...

...for, what it is doing—is all thinking that manufactures the site as an institution before-the-fact. As a thinking system, the University Specific is no more than the accumulated thinking actors and their thinking activities, structured as they are by categories and stratifications that are bestowed by the University Generic and then re-thought—as legitimated categories of knowledge or standing or practice—by institutional individuals. In this sc...

...understanding of learning? A Learning takes the verb form of education—it’s just something that happens—but education describes the way things are arranged outside of the act. And if you’re having to determine those sorts of structures yourself, then it becomes really clear that for education to work there has to be a teacher-student relationship, there’s some kind of authority there. You have to agree to sit down and listen to somebody else. An...

...-subsidise the research activities upon which the ‘excellence’ of their reputations will be calculated, universities are widening the gulf between research and pedagogy through two-tier academic employment contracts. The very structures of the buildings we inhabit are coming to enshrine this ever more hierarchised system: teaching bunkers below, research cages fitted with hamster wheels above. In these circumstances, it isn’t simply a matter of i...

...s he has lived it in the past years, he needs to display this sign. The sign means that he officially, publicly declares that he has accepted his role in the University, and that he is ready to live in harmony with it and its structures. Rewriting Havel, this is the message that the Lecturer conveys as he displays the sign: ‘I, the [Lecturer] XY, work here, and I know what I must do. I behave in the manner expected of me. I can be depended upon a...

...e university must make itself lean, stripping away the bulges and excesses and stragglers: the research that isn’t sufficiently lucrative, the baggy employment contracts with too many ‘conditions’, the unwieldy administrative structures, the students who perhaps need a university education the most. It loses much in its desire to move so fast. Introduction The University of Auckland was founded in 1883 as a constituent college of the University...

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