[URBANTH-L] ANN: Studies in Transversality: Militant Research (Goldsmith College, UK)

Angela Jancius jancius3022 at comcast.net
Thu Oct 1 10:35:37 EDT 2009

Studies in Transversality: Militant Research
hosted by Micropolitics Research Group

Tuesday October 13th
PUBLIC LECTURE by Colectivo Situaciones (Buenos Aires)
17.00 - 19.00
Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre, Goldsmiths College

Wednesday October 14th
PUBLIC SEMINAR with A Traversad por la Cultura (Madrid), Colectivo 
Situaciones (Buenos Aires), Euromayday Hamburg, S.a.l.e. (Venice), 
Universidad Nomada (Barcelona),  and many others.
14.00 - 19.00
RHB room 342 (in red brick main building), Goldsmiths College

Studies in Transversality is a series of encounters between researchers, 
cultural workers, and organisers who are concerned with the contexts and 
consequences of their practices beyond their respective fields of 
specialisation, and who wish to open new lines of subjectivation.  This 
session is the first of the year and brings together the practices of 
Colectivo Situaciones (Argentina), and a number of groups who are 
researching and organising around questions of creative labour, knowledge 
production and contemporary social movements in the UK and Europe today. 
Working through the notion of militant research, the session aims to examine 
the separations between university based academic research, cultural 
workers, and activists, the reason why these separations exist, and to share 
the working methods of these groups.

About Militant Research
Militant research is a concept-tool that works on the premise that all 
interpretation of the world is linked to some kind of action. Related to 
practices of co-research and institutional analysis, militant research 
proposes that all new knowledge production affects and modifies the bodies 
and subjectivities of those who have participated. Rather than use research 
as a tool to categorise and separate knowledge from practice, militant 
research operates transversally, becoming part of the process that organises 
relationships between bodies, knowledge, social practices and fields of 

See Marta Malo de Molina's two recent articles on militant research at:

Colectivo Situaciones is a collective based in Buenos Aires. Emerging from 
Argentina's radical student milieu in the mid 1990s, they have developed a 
long track record of intervention in Argentine social movements, including 
work with the unemployed workers' movement of Solano, HIJOS, the 
organization of the children of the disappeared during the dictatorship and 
Creciendo Juntos, an alternative school run by militant teachers. Their 
books and pamphlets are dialogues with social movements, activists and many 
other groups, and explore the question of power, tactics of struggle, and 
how to think about revolution today. In addition to their publishing work, 
they are also working in a collectively run, alternative school. In a note 
printed on the back of many of their books, they describe their work as 

.we intend to offer an internal reading of struggles, a phenomenology and a 
genealogy, not an "objective" description. It is only in this way that 
thought assumes a creative, affirmative function, and stops being a mere 
reproduction of the present. And only in this fidelity with the immanence of 
thought is it a real, dynamic contribution.

For published texts in Spanish and English, see:

About Micropolitics Research Group
The Micropolitics Research Group investigates the forces and procedures that 
entangle artistic production and the flexible subjectivities of its 
producers into the fabric of late capitalism.  Based primarily in London, 
the group carries out analysis of issues ranging from the production of 
subjectivity in creative work, diplomacy, institutional analysis, radical 
pedagogy and concrete situations of free labour, 'carrot work', and creative 

Goldsmiths College, University of London, Lewisham Way, New Cross SE14 6NW
New Cross or New Cross Gate RAIL, or buses: 21, 53, 453, 171, 172, 36, 436
Directions and Campus Map: http://www.gold.ac.uk/find-us/

This event is supported by: London Centre for Arts and Cultural Exchange, 
Goldsmiths Department of Art Research Support Award, and Goldsmiths College 
Research and Knowledge Transfer Award

Stevphen Shukaitis

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