Occupying the Everyday

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“The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of pathological symptoms appear.”

Antonio Gramsci

The old neoliberal order is dying. The new, known so far as occupying, is underway. The pathological is everywhere: Berlusconi, Paterno, Cain…

Eighty-odd weeks ago, TNE launched, suggesting that there was a new everyday in the making but that it was not yet clear what it was going to be. Occupy has filled that blank. This is an ongoing call for a rotation of work about Occupy, for as long as the community wants to debate it.

The everyday Occupy: how is Occupying being practiced in your community/country/university? Who is occupying? Who isn’t?

Occupy space: what is the space being occupied? Public, private, public-private, something else?

Occupy theory: occupy theory is what we do as we occupy, its process and procedure. It is building, hacking, theorizing: is it a coincidence that the digital humanities has (re)discovered theory in the period of Occupy?

Occupy technology: OWS relies mostly on some very simple tools: Google docs, gmail, Google groups, Twitter. What other initiatives are there in occupying technology?

Occupy education: student debt, the college athlete as the one percent, horizontal teaching and research are all emerging as key themes of Occupy.

And more…whatever you need to say, think, discuss.

The New Everyday. Occupied.

Email to nm45{at}nyu.edu. All contributions accepted.