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Jul
19

Summer 2016 in Europe: A Look Back– The Kenneth Surin Column

 We are back in the Empire, or more precisely, the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, having spent 7 weeks in Europe (or “Yurp” as that fake Texan Dubya Bush used to call it). Europe– Paris, London, Lesvos, and Rome were our destinations—is troubled, although its splendours (the small bookshops and cafes and pubs) are still […]

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Jul
18

“People on the Move”: Europe’s Refugee Crisis Seen from Lesvos by Duke Professor, Kenneth Surin

I am in Lesvos to take part in the “Crossing Borders” conference, involving both activists and intellectuals, and dealing with the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe. The conference is organized by the Cooperative Institute for Transnational Studies in conjunction with the University of the Aegean. It is impossible to sit at a […]

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Jul
16

GCAS-AMEU Theology Summit: “Insurrectionist Politics & Theology” A Report

Several leading scholars and activists descended on Maribor, Slovenia where we held a Summit (July 13-14) to discuss key concepts in the fields of philosophy, political theology, religion, and culture. In all, a dozen scholars presented on topics from ecology, democracy, queer studies, immigration, Latin American theology, intersectionality, the trinity, social activism and more. It […]

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Jul
04

Review of Bordering/debordering International Conference

This weekend, GCAS and the University of Primorska hosted the bordering/debordering International Conference, an event we were proud to help organize. The conference took place at Hotel Spik in Gozd Martuljek on the border of Slovenia, Italy and Austria. The conference’s theme was more concrete than, perhaps, its name would suggest: Speakers at the conference […]

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Jul
03

LABOUR’S “CRISIS OF ANTISEMITISM”? A RED HERRING? by Kenneth Surin Duke University

For a few weeks the UK rightwing press was in a froth over “antisemitism” in the Labour Party. Even papers not supposedly trapped in the right’s ideological maws, such as the Guardian and Independent, succumbed, nearly all treating this purported “crisis” as if its basis was a matter of solid and incontrovertible fact. While it […]

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Jun
27

BREXIT– HOWL OF FRUSTRATION AGAINST THE RULING CLASS? Prof. Kenneth Surin, Duke University

The Brexit decision in last week’s UK referendum was never the outcome of anything resembling a debate– the ensuing fallout, full of twists and zig-zags, reversals and retractions, recriminations and finger-pointing, indicates this more clearly with each passing hour. Brexit was of course a loose configuration spearheaded by the right, lacking even a moderately thought-out […]

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Jun
26

Community: Relocating Desire for a Better World

One of my favorite activists and writers in the 20th century was Dorothy Day who once said, “The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?” A revolution of the heart is not for Day a simple form […]

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Jun
16

Where we are: Some thoughts on Maribor

By Ben Zitsman Photo Credit: Tyler Robertson: http://www.twowheeltravelblog.com/2012/09/05/so-you-want-to-bike-tour-slovenia/   Of course Maribor isn’t Europe’s best-kept secret. Whatever secrets Europe may have, I’m pretty confident none of them are cities of 80,000. For years, people in Maribor have been drinking coffee, stubbing their toes, arguing with their friends, buying condoms, feeding pigeons– in short, living–and, were you […]

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