As announced by Lawrence Berg on CRIT-GEOG-FORUM, LEFTGEOG, etc., the ACME editorial collective has published a special issue on “Educational Struggles” which includes several articles on the UK student movement. Two articles are especially notable for me. Bruce Robinson writes on shortcomings of decentralized politics here, drawing inspiration from Lefebvre, in a book I’ve recently been re-reading:
“[ …] contestation and spontaneity – the force of the streets… this power, which lies outside of state power, was and remains the most real and active power… Such power however, has difficulty in constituting and affirming itself as power… How can a movement based on negation become a power? How can it move from contestation to institution?” (Lefevbre 1969, 82)
In the second article most notable for me, Kerry Burton et al (a collective author) writes of “storying” the 2010 occupation of Exeter. I found that Burton et al’s piece resonates with some arguments I’m developing on how activism, art, and literature can call forth “a political moment” in which what can and cannot be said about past and contemporary politics is redefined and in which new directions are opened for the writing and enactment of history (in my case, inspired by this excellent book by Premesh Lalu).