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

Friday, June 10, 2005

My new blog

Welcome to my blog Thoughts on Argentina's Conjunctures, a running archive of my observations, ruminations, and emerging links about the socio-political conditions of my native country, Argentina, and especially its nascent experiments with workers' control. Some of you might have been readers of my old blog Technology, Community, and the Self. After a year's hiatus from the blogosphere I've decided to get back into blogging once again. The past year and a half was very eventful for me: I successfully completed my MA thesis in August, 2004, finished my first year of my PhD and begun my second, met a plethora of new friends in Toronto (my new city of residence), co-founded a critical pedagogy education program called The Toronto School of Creativity and Inquiry with my good friends Greig de Peuter and Christine Shaw, co-curated an art show on critical mapping with TSCI, and even published a few things (a book chapter and a few articles). I'll be sharing some of these experiences on this blog and another blog on more general themes of interest to me over the next few months.

For those of you that don't know me, I'm a jogger, a frustrated soccer player, a becoming socio-political organizer, a new student of social justice and philosophy, a constant traveler, an Italo-Argentinean-Canadian, a former accordion player and singer, a wannabe academic, and a PhD candidate in Social and Political Thought, York University, Toronto, Canada. You can read up on my academic interests and check out some of my writing at my permanent website.

For those of you that do know me, I plan on reposting all of the entries from my old blog dating back to the early days of 2003 on the other, more general blog that I will be setting up in 2006. I'll also be publishing my MA thesis chapters on that blog over the coming months. In addition to the insights, thoughts, and observations from my recent trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina in July/August, 2005 and some of the details of my ongoing imminent transformation into known, unknown, expected, and unexpected dimensions of selfhood, this blog documents some key aspects of my emerging PhD dissertation research on the socio-historical and phenomenological roots of workers' control in Argentina.

My recent trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina (July/August, 2005): What did I do in Buenos Aires last summer? I took part in the Argentina Autonomist Project's "Organize, Occupy, and Produce: The Factories, Streets, and Dreams" summer internship program. In addition to participating in the program, getting better acquainted with radical social movements, and indulging my own autobiographical interests in the country of my birth, my experiences in Argentina were central to a directed readings on worker's control for my PhD coursework with York University professor David Noble and, ultimately, will prove extremely useful for my PhD dissertation work. While in Buenos Aires, I took courses on the history of the new social movements in Argentina (at the University of Buenos Aires) and interned at a reclaimed factory (Artes Gráficas Chilavert), while also getting reacquainted with my family and friends. This was a trip that will most likely inform my future academic work. In addition to my course work and my internship tasks, I interviewed a broad cross-section of Argentineans concerning their own situated experiences of the volatile but ever-hopeful socio-political realities of the country, especially over the past few years. I also did several personal phenomenologies of my own experiences of the streets, the homes, the neighbourhoods, the people, and the shop floors of Argentina, describing as best as I can the feelings of return, of home, of the alien, of democratic participation, social renewal, and whatever else Argentina threw my way.

I've posted some of these phenomenologies "of the moment," key themes from my interviews, other observations of Argentina, and my ongoing process of becoming on this blog. I'll be posting more over the next little while. So, stay tuned!