I’ll be back in Europe again soon! Hope to see you there!
Please check with local organizers for exact times and locations as there may be some changes.
April 20th – Berlin, Germany – Technische Universität Berlin
April 21st – Szczecin, Poland – University of Szczecin
April 23rd – Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde University
April 27th – Gothenburg, Sweden – University of Gothenburg
April 29th – Oslo, Norway – Rural Transformations Group, University of Oslo
April 30th – Oslo, Norway – Asian Studies Network, University of Oslo
May 6th – Tampere, Finland – Faculty of Education, University of Tampere
May 7th – Tampere, Finland – SPARG, University of Tampere
May 12th – Helsinki, Finland – A-ryhmä
May 14th – Tallinn, Estonia – Tallinn University
May 18th – Riga, Latvia – University of Latvia
May 21st – Łódź, Poland – Niebostan
May 23rd – Warsaw, Poland – Syrena
May 26th – Krakow, Poland – Massolit Books
May 28th – Budapest, Hungary – TBA
June 1st – Belgrade, Serbia – Okretnica
June 4th – Bucharest, Romania – MACAZ Bar Teatru Coop.
June 5th – Bucharest, Romania – MACAZ Bar Teatru Coop.
June 8th – Varna, Bulgaria – Федерация на Анархистите в България
June 11th – Skopje, North Macedonia – TBA
June 14th – Kotor, Montenegro – TBA
June 16th – Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina – University of Sarajevo
June 18th – Split, Croatia – Adria Art Annale
June 23rd – Celje, Slovenia – A-kolektiv Žarnica
June 25th – Munich, Germany – Urban Environments Workshop, Ludwig Maximilian University
New Book Coming Soon!
My new book, “Fuck Neoliberalism: Translating Resistance” is coming soon from PM Press!
“In a long history of ruination and destruction, neoliberalism is the most recent and virulent form of capitalism. This book is a call to action against the most persistent and pestilent disease of our time. Translated into over twenty different languages, the book offers a call to action that transcends local contexts and speaks to the violent global conditions of our neoliberal age.
Fuck Neoliberalism: Translating Resistance is a worldwide middle finger to the all-encompassing ideology of our era. The original essay sparked controversy in the academy when it was first released, and has since spread around the world as enthusiastic rebels translated it into their own languages. This book brings those translations together, accompanied with short essays from each translator that explain the reasons why they translated the text and describes the localised struggles against neoliberalism in their regions.
With translations into languages from across the globe, including Mandarin, German, Indonesian, Spanish, Hindi, Italian, Korean, and many more, this book highlights the international nature of resistance to the totalitarian ideology of neoliberalism.
Featuring a cover produced by renowned artist Ed Repka (a.k.a. the King of Thrash Metal Art), this internationalized, heavy-metal rant against the all-powerful ideology highlights a chink in its armour. When people across the world find a way to communicate a shared message and stand together, resistance can be both beautiful and inspiring.”
Preorders are coming soon! But more details can be found here…
Thanks to all the translators, including Kunaljeet Roy, Lyn Dawn, Morteza Gholami, Haris Tsavdaroglou, Jai Kaushal, Okty Budiati, Fabrizio Eva, Sayuri Watanabe, Ursula Brandt, Kanha Sok, Jane YeonJae Lee, Binod Neupane, Filip Brzeźniak, Eduardo Tomazine Teixeira, Patrik Gažo, Xaranta Baksh, Gustav Sjöberg, Gürçim Yılmaz, and Nezihe Başak Ergin for their hard work on this project, to Ed Repka for the amazing artwork, to Irina ModBlackmoon for the logo, and to James Proctor and all the good people PM Press for making it happen!
Two Fully Funded PhD Scholarships Available
Two Fully Funded PhD Scholarships to Study the Geographies of Homelessness, Veganism, Unschooling, or Heavy Metal Music at the University of Newcastle, Australia
Two Domestic (Australia) or one International PhD scholarships will be awarded to study at the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies under the direction of Professor Simon Springer in the Discipline of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Newcastle, Australia.
The successful applicant(s) must commence their studies between 01 January 2020 and 31 August 2020.
As per the University of Newcastle (UoN) funding guidelines, the scholarship(s) will provide an annual living allowance of $27,596 per annum (2019 rate – indexed annually). For international students, the scholarship covers the cost of tuition fees, and in some cases includes the cost of compulsory Overseas Student Health Cover. All domestic students have their fees covered by the RTP, to a maximum of 4 years for PhD candidates. There may also be opportunities for additional income through tutoring and marking.
Applicants must have a minimum of a BA Honours, and ideally a Master’s degree in Geography or a related field (i.e., Sociology, International Studies, Media Studies, Political Science etc.)
Please send a preliminary Research Proposal along with your CV to Professor Simon Springer at [email protected]
Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis with a deadline of 15 August 2019. Successful applicants will be notified in September 2019.
BROAD AREAS OF POTENTIAL INQUIRY
The actual focus of the project is up to the student to propose, where the location and details can change (i.e., you could study Death Metal in Finland, as opposed to Heavy Metal in Australia, or veganism from a perspective other than political ecology etc.), but I am committed to accepting a student or students whose interests align broadly with the following four areas:
Homelessness and Mutual Aid
While studies of homelessness are well represented in the social sciences, little attention is paid to the actual experience of being homeless. Focus on the daily lives, activities, and interactions of street-engaged peoples as they negotiate the everyday geographies of violence, stigma, exclusion, survival, and care is required if we are to present a more complete picture of what it means to be homeless. Greater insight into how homelessness is experienced is pivotal to any solution, which cannot be achieved without input from those most affected. By placing the voices of street-engaged peoples at the centre of our concerns, we begin to expose the invisibleness and silencing that characterizes the current moment of capitalism. Governments have largely failed to acknowledge how their social policies and political reforms underscore significant forms of social marginalization, and survival on the streets has meant that reciprocity and mutual aid are necessary strategies to counter the everyday structural violence that shades the lives of homeless peoples.
· What does mutual aid look like within homeless communities, and how does it structure their everyday negotiations of the city?
· How are organizations like Food Not Bombs contributing to building solidarity among street-engaged peoples?
· To equate homelessness with violence directly implicates the state, establishing a basis to explore non-state forms of reciprocity. How aware are homeless people of the state’s complicity in their situation?
· Homelessness is frequently depicted as an alienating experience, but what forms of connection, community, and care are being mobilized among street-engaged peoples? What lessons can society at large learn from these forms of organizing?
Vegan Political Ecologies
Veganism is undeniably on the rise. For many the move towards veganism is informed by an ethics of care that extends not only to other animals, but also to the wider biosphere. Given the extraordinary depletion of water resources, widespread deforestation, intensified climate change, pervasive pollution, and extreme violence that all flow from contemporary animal agriculture, for vegans, our current food practices represent nothing short of ecocide. Increasing deforestation, methane and ammonia emissions, overuse of antibiotics, and contamination of the water table with waste, are but a few of the deleterious effects of traditional animal agriculture. While a vegan diet doesn’t solve all of our problems, there are significant implications for reducing the effects of climate change and moving towards greater sustainability.
· What would a shift towards veganism look like in terms of the impacts on our environment?
· How are vegans advocating for such changes, and what forms of activism are effective?
· What constraints exist in shifting towards veganism in terms of political will, economic imperatives, and social attitudes?
· How does veganism intersect with capitalism, and is this compatible with a more sustainable local and global outlook?
Unschooling and the Possibilities of Childhood
Education in its idealized form is a process of self-discovery, an awakening to one’s potential, and a desire to see such abilities realized. For many parents and children this ideal increasingly takes the form of unschooling. Often maligned, unschooling is not anti-education, but rather a response to authoritative and coercive schooling structures, and is more appropriately considered as a form of child-led learning. To ensure the absence of coercion in education children need opportunities to explore for themselves, making their own decisions about what their interests are, and how those curiosities might be fulfilled. Presenting a broad range of opportunities is crucial, but the decision about what path to follow should be determined by the child. When bound to a classroom we often mistake obedience for education.
· Why are more people opting to homeschool their children?
· What motivates an unschooling approach?
· What geographies do children engage when learning is shifted from the classroom to the wider world?
· What has been the response to unschooling by state authorites and the wider community?
· How are social groups formed among unschooling families?
· What does a day in the life of an unschooling family look like?
· How do children respond to societal expectations when growing up as unschoolers?
The Geography of Heavy Metal
Heavy Metal is a global phenomenon, representing a major cultural trend for the past four decades. Numerous subgenres exist within the general framework of Heavy Metal, each representing unique subcultures. Many of these subgenres, such as Black Metal, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal evolved in specific geographical settings, often referred to as ‘scenes’. While unique scenes have evolved across the globe, the bulk of Heavy Metal’s bands have originated within countries in the northern latitudes. Australia is uniquely positioned within this global evolution, owing to its historical connection to the United Kingdom and shared cultural affinities with its colonial originator. While remote from the geographical heart of Heavy Metal culture, Australia has developed its own unique and passionate approach, producing a number of high profile bands.
· What sorts of lyrical themes have Australian Metal bands adopted? Are these culturally and geographically unique to the continent?
· What is the relationship between the cultural evolution of Heavy Metal in Australia and colonialism?
· Is Heavy Metal in Australia largely a white phenomenon? What has been the response to diversity within the scene?
· How is gender negotiated within the Metal scene in Australia?
· What sort of reputation do Heavy Metal fans have within the Australian context? Does this impact the types of spaces that Heavy Metal fans can utilize?
· How has the geography of Australia in proximity to other scenes contributed to or hindered its cultural uptake?
· What is it about Australian Heavy Metal that makes it distinctive?
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE
Built on the principles of equity, excellence, and engagement, the University of Newcastle has a reputation as a world-class institution making an impact within its own region, throughout Australia, and across the globe. Although having only recently turned 50, UoN is ranked in the top three per cent of universities worldwide, renowned for the quality and breadth of its research.
DISCIPLINE OF GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES & CENTRE FOR URBAN AND REGIONAL STUDIES AT UON
Geography and Environmental Studies at UoN is headed-up by world-class academics with a broad range of experience in Australia and internationally. A strong commitment to equity and social justice underpins the research of those working in the discipline. In the latest ERA Outcomes of the Australian Government, UoN was rated as “Above World Standard” in Human Geography. Through the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS) there is a strong collaborative research culture including a range of supports and opportunities for Higher Degree Research (HDR) students to become involved in.
NEWCASTLE, NSW, AUSTRALIA
Newcastle is Australia’s seventh largest city and the economic hub of the Hunter region. With a comparatively low cost of living and a favourable subtropical climate, Newcastle offers a desirable and welcoming community lifestyle with the city comforts of restaurants, cafes, art galleries, sporting facilities, and shopping centres. Newcastle is a centre for health, tourism, education, environmental services, manufacturing, and information technology. Home to both creative and sporting festivals, Newcastle has a vibrant artistic scene and offers many recreation opportunities, most notably, its world-class beaches. In 2011, Newcastle was selected as one of the top 10 cities in the world by Lonely Planet and has a well-deserved reputation as a great place to work and live.
Summer (Dec to Feb) 28°C
Autumn (March to May) 26°C
Winter (June to August) 18°C
Spring (Sep to Nov) 25°C
Simon Springer UoN Website: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/simon-springer
University of Newcastle: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/
Centre for Urban and Regional Studies at UoN: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/research-and-innovation/centre/curs/people
Graduate Research at UoN: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/research-and-innovation/graduate-research
Scholarship Information at UoN: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/research-and-innovation/graduate-research/future-students/scholarships#is
Newcastle Tourism: https://www.visitnewcastle.com.au/
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