2+2=5: The University and the Secular Crisis

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The short feature that will precede the main (B-movie lol-fest) of my inaugural. Maybe on Blue Monday 2013. To be taken with Radiohead, 2+2=5 (The Lukewarm), for instance here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lstDdzedgcE

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2+2=5: The University and the Secular Crisis

  1. 1. 2+2=5: The University and the Secular Crisis Professor Richard Hall t: @hallymk1 e: rhall1@dmu.ac.uk w: richard-hall.org
  2. 2. 1. Our labour and our society are folded inside a systemic, historical crisis of capitalism. This secular crisis demands a political return. 1. Historical, socialised value is being accumulated through commodification and coercion. There is no alternative. 1. The University is a central site of struggle over our past, in our present, and for our future. What is to be done?
  3. 3. Are you such a dreamer To put the world to rights? I'll stay home forever Where two and two always makes a five 2+2=5 (The Lukewarm). 2003. Radiohead.
  4. 4. It's the devil's way now There is no way out You can scream and you can shout It is too late now Because you have not been paying attention 2+2=5 (The Lukewarm). 2003. Radiohead.
  5. 5. pay attention
  6. 6. there is no alternative
  7. 7. Debt is a way of life. "Anyone put off... university by fear of... debt doesn’t deserve to be at university in the first place” Michael Gove, quoted at Next Left: http://bit.ly/foMuBQ
  8. 8. See: http://zd.net/oE0oq3
  9. 9. “At the heart of it all is a new sociological type: the graduate with no future”. Mason, P. 2010. why it is kicking off everywhere
  10. 10. This presentation is unlicensed. This presentation wants to be free. This presentation contains no Fluoxetine, Amitriptyline or Lorazepam. It is not to be taken once-a-day with water. This presentation will not give you a future that works. This presentation is against silence and silencing. This presentation wants to believe that 2+2 might equal 4. This presentation thinks that we should all watch: http://bit.ly/137PaHD This presentation wants to know, what do you want to be?

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