Thoughts on Argentina's Conjunctures :: Recuperating Work, Recovering Life (2005-2007)

Saturday, April 08, 2006

I am studying to be a part of the "precariate"

While the student and young workers' struggles against précerité continue in Paris, we too here in Ontario and the rest of Canada involved in teaching at the post-secondary level are caught in our own precarious work conditions. Here's a very cogent article by a sessional from Ryerson, Marusya Bociurkiw, on our plight: Toiling at sweatshop U: Part-time profs are like underpaid, overworked fast food workers

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

On the "soft revolution"

[A few brief thoughts from ongoing conversations I'm having with my dear compañeros, Greig de Peuter and Christine Shaw. Stay tuned for more....]

The soft revolution is a revolution against hardness. The soft revolutionary moment sees soft expressions caress the hard enclosures of empire in ways that melt these enclosures' hard edges with the humane counter-power of love. The soft revolution is intensely synaesthetic, fully immersive, deeply affectual. It revolutionizes all of our senses, breaking them free from the one-dimensional obligations that encase our everyday lives. By engaging with the the world and each other softly -- through our sexuality, affectivity, musicality, love, short, through our desires -- we open up our capacities to reverberate and resonate within one another. The soft revolution resonates love. To touch the world and each other softly is to engage in ways of experiencing that impale our hearts with the loveliness of life rather than the ugliness of death. The soft revolution affirms life.