Past: Radical Geographers and Anticapitalist Politics

Saturday April 13, 2013
The Public School
Los Angeles
951 Chung King Road, 90012

6. The Public School | Photo: JulieFaith (Courtesy of Flickr).

Organized and facilitated by Colectivo Acratas LosAngeles & Llano Del Rio Collective

Curated by the Protest Camp Research Collective and the AAG Subconference with visiting international scholars and activists &

Protest Camp Research Collective “Protest Camps & Experiments in Alternative Worlds”

The Protest Camps Research Collective came together around our interests in protest camps, autonomous organising, direct action and alternative world making. The project came out of our own participation and interests in protest camping. Meeting in tents, training sessions and by conference coffee tables, our network has grown to include scholars from different countries, disciplines and stages in their careers. Together, we work to create a welcoming and nurturing research environment, building some of the changes we want to see in university life and beyond.

Sam Halvorsen “Occupy London Research Collective”
Sam Halvorsen has been actively involved in the Occupy movement, and is also undertaking a PhD in geography at UCL looking at how Occupy London is part of autonomous social movements centred on the subversion of space. More broadly he is a militant researcher inspired by and involved in diverse projects to create the worlds we want to live in.

Etienne Turpin “Dual City: Kota-Kampung”
Etienne Turpin is, itinerantly, a teacher, writer, editor and curator. He is a principal investigator of Architecture + Adaptation: Design for Hypercomplexity at the University of Michigan’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies and a contributing editor of the journal SCAPEGOAT: Architecture | Landscape | Political Economy. Through these and other collaborative efforts, Etienne works to assemble worlds that can sustain passion, pleasure, and conviction. His project for inquiry and assembly is

Lisa Hirmer “Marginalia”
Lisa Hirmer is an artist/writer based in Guelph, Ontario. She is co-founder (along with Andrew Hunter) and current principal of DodoLab, an experimental research collective that engages and responds to the public’s relationship with contemporary issues. She is also a photographer and writer producing work that emerges from her background in architecture.

Fabian Frenzel “Value Struggles in the City”          
Fabian Frenzel is a lecturer in political economy and organisation at Leicester University, School of Management. His interest in protest camp stems from research on the role of leisure and travel in social movement activism. He is a co-author of the forthcoming book Protest Camps (Zed).

Anja Kanngieser “Voicing Worlds”
Anja Kanngieser is a researcher in political geography, holding an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London.  With a background in performance and communication/sound studies her interests intersect contemporary labour, voice, technology, collaboration and social movements. Her first monograph, Experimental Politics and the Making of Worlds, will be released by Ashgate in Summer 2013. She works extensively in community and DIY radio in London and Australia and facilitates workshops within social movements on listening and communication.

Mara Ferreri “QMary Countermapping Project”
Mara Ferreri is affiliated with Queen Mary University of London. She researches practices of temporary vacant space occupation. The QMary Countermapping was set up in 2010 by a group of students, staff and researchers at Queen Mary University, together with members of the Counter-Cartography Collective, to map the ways in which migration, border technologies, surveillance and monetary flows intersect with the university as our place of work and study.


Anna Feigenbaum “Mapping Tear Gas” 
Anna Feigenbaum is a fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis and a Lecturer in Media and Politics at Bournemouth University in the UK. She researches and writes about technological innovation and communication in social movements. She is co-author of the forthcoming book Protest Camps (Zed) and leads training workshops on creative resistance & collaboration. @drfigtree

Morgan Buck and Malav Kanuga “Common Notions”
Drawing from a variety of autonomist political traditions, Common Notions is a publishing and programming project that aims to aid in our collective reading of contemporary social struggles as they formulate new directions for living autonomy in our everyday. In NYC, they work closely with Bluestockings Bookstore and 16 Beaver, as well as nationally with publishers such as PM Press, AK Press, Autonomedia, and artist cooperative Justseeds. As a publisher, they seek to translate, produce and circulate the tools of knowledge-production utilized in movement-building practices in an effort to generalize common notions about the creation of other worlds beyond capitalism.

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