Saturday, October 13, 2012

Time for a New State?/Vade Retro, Manchester, 14th November.


On November 14th I'll take part in an NSK seminar/Folk Art exhibition and club night taking place in Manchester. I'll be analysing NSK Folk Art and presenting key examples of the form.

Speakers: Alexei Monroe – author of Interrogation Machine: Laibach and NSK

Stevphen Shukaitis (University of Essex) – author of Imaginal Machines

Ian Parker (MMU) – author of Slavoj Zizek, a critical introduction

Michael Goddard (University of Salford) editor of Mark E Smith and the Fall: Art, Music and Politics

Chair: John Robb (Membranes/Goldblade/Louderthanwar)

Seminar in Lecture Theatre 5. Folk Art Exhibition in Geoffrey Manton atrium. Please arrive early to view the exhibition and receive passport authentication or temporary papers. This event is free, open to all and does not require pre-registration. For further information email Mike Tyldesley: M.Tyldesley[at]mmu.ac.uk

The event will be followed by an evening club night 'Vade Retro' featuring a special audiovisual set by Codex Europa. See the facebook page for details

Support Ian Parker!

A campaign to reinstate Ian Parker, co-director of Manchester Metropolitan University's Discourse Unit, which promotes "radical theory and practice" in psychology, has been launched by students and staff outraged at his exclusion from campus. 

Ian participated in the NSK State Dublin event in 2004 and was a key facilitator at the First NSK Citizens' Congress in 2010.

His suspension seems to have followed on from his raising legitimate concerns about workload and other issues. It seems horribly like an attempt to silence a radical, critical voice.

You can read the THES report on the story here.


Messages of protest can be sent to the Vice-Chancellor John Brooks (j.brooks@mmu.ac.uk) and the Head of the Department of Psychology Christine Horrocks (c.horrocks@mmu.ac.uk).
These messages can be copied as messages of solidarity to the MMU UCU chair Pura Ariza (p.ariza@mmu.ac.uk).


Update: Ian has now returned to work at MMU following the extensive campaigning against his suspension.