Saturday, May 26, 2012

Promotional Film for '1839: The Chartist Insurrection' - by David Black and Chris Ford


This film was first shown at the book launch for 1839: The Chartist Insurrection, by David Black and Chris Ford, on 18th May 2012 at the Workers’ Educational Association, Clifton Street, London.

There is also a Foreword to the book, by John McDonnell MP.

I bought a copy of the book at the launch and finished reading it about an hour ago. It’s an accessible, well-researched and exciting book. It has a narrative style which the general reader, or those with little knowledge of Chartism, should find appealing. The many illustrations and the well-crafted covers (back and front) add to its aesthetic appeal. It is especially useful for history teachers (for GCSE and above) and A-level and undergraduate history, politics and sociology students. I will be using parts of it for my History of Childhood module and a new module I aim to develop on the History of Education. This is an important book, and deserves to be widely read --- Glenn Rikowski, London, 26th May 2012.

The promotional video, ‘1839: The Chartist Insurrection’ (which is also excellent for history teachers and students) can be viewed at:  

Music to the film was by David Black. It was produced by Go Canny Films.

1839: The Chartist Insurrection, David Black and Chris Ford, Unkant Publishing, ISBN: 978-0-9568176-6-2, Published: April 2012, 268pp

'This book assists us greatly in understanding the potential for future challenges to the system' --- John McDonnell MP

'In retrieving the suppressed history of the Chartist Insurrection, David Black and Chris Ford have produced a revolutionary handbook' --- Ben Watson

See Unkant Publishing: 




An earlier blog on this topic can be found at:


‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon:  

Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski:

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski:  

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

All that is Solid for Glenn Rikowski:  

The Flow of Ideas:

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon:  

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Doing and Undoing Academic Labour


Conference 2012
Doing and Undoing Academic Labour
June 7, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Learning Landscapes (MB1019)
University of Lincoln

In recent decades, a wealth of information has been produced about academic labour: the financialisation of knowledge, diminution of professional autonomy and collegiality through managerialism and audit cultures; the subsumption of higher education into circulations of capital, proletarianisation of intellectual work, shift from dreams of enlightenment and emancipation to imperatives of ‘employability’, and experiences of alienation and anger amongst educators across the world.

This has also been a period of intensifying awareness about the significance of these processes, not only for teachers and students in universities, but for all labour and intellectual, social and political life as well. And now we watch the growth of a transnational movements that is inventing new ways of knowing and producing knowledge, new forms of education, and new possibilities for pedagogy to play a progressive role in struggles for alterantives within the academy and beyond.

Yet within the academy, the proliferation of critical work on these issues is not always accompanied by qualitative changes in everyday practice. The conditions of academic labour for many in the UK are indeed becoming more precarious and repressive – and in unequal measure across institutions and disciplines, and in patterns that retrench existing inequalities of gender, physical ability, class, race and sexuality. The critical analysis of academic labour promises much, but often remains disconnected from the ways we work in practice with others.

This conference brings together scholars and activists from a range of disciplines to discuss these problems, and to consider how critical knowledge about new forms of academic labour can be linked to struggles to humanise labour and knowledge production within and beyond the university.

Contributions from:
Mette Louise Berg
Rob Coley
Anna Curcio
Richard Hall
Maria Do Mar Pereira
Dean Lockwood
Andrew McGettigan
Justine Mercer
Sara Motta
Adam O’Meara
Gigi Roggero
Howard Stevenson

Public / Free / Open
This conference is public, free and open to everyone. Please register so we know how many people will be attending. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Dr. Sarah Amsler at

Getting here
Doing and Undoing Academic Labour will be held in Learning Landscapes, MB1019, the University of Lincoln. 

Link to Conference:

‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon:  
‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon:  

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski
All that is Solid for Glenn Rikowski: