conference program


1:00-2:30  Registration

2:30-3:30 	Framing the Conference: A welcome from 
the organizers
Morgan Adamson, Cecilia Aldarondo, Randall Cohn, Noah Ebner, Nick Hengen, Elizabeth Johnson, Eli Meyerhoff, Sara Nelson (ComRAD, University of Minnesota)
3:45-4:15 	The University We Want I: Undergraduate Roundtable
Elise Schiffman, David Rittenhouse, Sofi Shank (University of Minnesota)

4:15-4:45 	Responding to the Universities We Want I: Discussion of statements 
with faculty & organizers

5:00-6:00 	The University We Want II: Faculty Roundtable 
Tim Brennan, Cesare Casarino, Eva von Dassow, Ron Greene, Stuart McLean, Bali Sahota, Simona Sawhney (University of Minnesota)

6:00-6:30 	Responding to the Universities We Want I: Discussion of statements 
with undergraduates & organizers
6:30-8:00 	Dinner - suggested at the Bedlam Theater


9:00-10:15 The Weight of Past Generations I: Histories and Futures of Struggle

Intellectual Proletarians: Early Academic Labor Struggles
Heather Steffen (Carnegie Mellon University)

               The Long Concatenation: Temporality, Revolution, and the Radical 
               Origins of Cultural Studies
               Randall Cohn (George Mason University, ComRAD)

Behind the University, the Service Entrance: Thinking About the Place of Service Work in Academic Capitalism
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein (New York University)

Late Capital, Late Crisis: A Brief History of University Restructuring
Noah Ebner (University of Minnesota)
10:30-11:30 The Weight of Past Generations II: UC  Uprisings and the Trappings of History

The Uses of “Our University”	
Brian Malone (University of California, Santa Cruz)

The Challenge: Framing a Radical Present in the University
Kate Woolse (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Toward a Radicalized Historicity: University Occupations as Spatial Practice, and the Problem of the Sixties Imaginary
Madeline McDonald-Lane (University of California, Santa Cruz)

11:30-12:45 Situating the university, situating struggle

University Reform in Finland: An Overview 
Antti Jauhiainen (University of Helsinki, Finland) & Juuso Tervo (University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland)

”Innovation University” - Notes on Struggle
Antti Jauhiainen (University of Helsinki, Finland) & Juuso Tervo (University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland)

               Rebuilding CUPE 3903: 'Bargaining from Below' after the 2008-2009 
               Ryan Toews (York University)

Worker and Student Movements at UW: Organizational Forms and New Narratives of the Budget
Cindy Gorn (University of Washington)

*Poster* French Universities and the Politics of Resistance and Resignation
Eli Thorkelson (University of Chicago)

12:45-1:45 Lunch

1:45-3:45  “Globalizing” the university, globalizing struggle 

From the Development University to the Global University: A Look at     
the University of Minnesota's Office of International Programming
Isaac Kamola (University of Minnesota)

A Letter from an Economic Exile: Or a Farce about Working Profs in Taiwan
Erick Heroux (National Chengchi University, Taipei)

               The Tower and the Hill: or Discursive Space and Political Strategy
               Nicholas Perrin (Teacher Support Staff Union, Vancouver, British 

               Spectacular Capitalism: The Olympics, Neoliberalism, and the             
               Dismantling of Public Education
               Myka Tucker-Abramson and Daniel Gladstone (Teacher Support Staff 
               Union, Vancouver, British Columbia)

Cognitive Capitalism, Labour Precarization and Social Conflicts Related to the Production and Use of Knowledge in the Public University in Mexico
Patrick Cuninghame (Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico City)

Memory, the media, and the building of a transnational student movement: the case of November 17
Stefania Milan & Lorenzo Zamponi (European University 
Institute, Florence, Italy)

4:00-5:15 	The University is Us: Evoking the Common on the Left, a roundtable discussion
Bruce Braun, Noah Ebner, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Johnson, Garnet Kindervater, Eli Meyerhoff (University of Minnesota)

5:30-7:30 	Crisis and the Battle Over the Common

Crises of Measure: Human Capital and the Bursting of the Higher Education Bubble
Morgan Adamson (University of Minnesota)

Institution of the Common
Gigi Roggero (Edufactory Collective)

From dealing to commoning: struggles in the edu-factory in a time of capitalist crisis  
Silvia Federici (Hofstra University) & George Caffentzis (University of Southern Maine)
The War on Terror and the Battle for the Global Common
David Downing (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)
             The Ruined Laboratory of Futuristic Accumulation
               Nick Dyer-Witheford (University of Western Ontario)
7:30       Dinner


9:00-10:30 	Reforming / Revolutionizing / Reenvisioning the University from Within and Without
             Time Keeping
Andrew Yale (Graduate Students United, University of Chicago)

               The Need for Policy
Jeff Williams (Carnegie Mellon University)

Against Grants
Joe Feinberg (University of Chicago)

The Problem of Tenure
Cecilia Aldarondo (University Minnesota)

Toronto Anarchist Free University
Erik Stewart (Toronto Anarchist Free University)

10:45-12:00 Building solidarity for a decade of struggle: an experiment in co-research across contexts: Counter Cartographies Workshop
3C – Liz Mason-Deese and Tim Stallmann (University of North     

12:00-1:30 Lunch with Film screening: Whose University Is It?
               with Alison Hearn (University of Western Ontario) and filmmaker John     

1:30-2:45	The Antioch Debacle and its Aftermath: Beyond the Corporate University, a panel
Kerstin Cornell, Chris Hill, Jean Gregorek, Tim Noble (Nonstop Institute of Yellow Springs)

3:00-4:30  Critical Considerations of Today’s Student Movements in California and Beyond

What is "Electro-Communism" and What is it Good For?
Kyle McKinley (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Think before you dance: An auto-ethnographic account of tensions within collaborations in the fight to save the University of California
Erin Ellison (University of California, Santa Cruz)

From Barricades to Commons, or, “Occupy, Everything?”: Horizons and Potentials of the California Student Revolts of 2009 and Beyond
Donald Kingsbury (University of California, Santa Cruz)

             Some Thoughts on Ethics Within the Topography of Class     
Robert Wood (University of California, Irvine)	 

4:45-6:00  Reflecting on Occupation

Theoretical Occupation and Occupation Theory
Malcolm Harris (University of Maryland) and Max Fox
(University of California, Santa Cruz)
             We Demand Nothing 
Jacob Blumenfeld (New School)

The Solidarity of the Shaken: Today’s University
Micah Murphy (New School)

6:15-7:45 	The University, the crisis, and the production of 
           the common

             Beneath the University: Hierarchization and the Production of the     
Anna Curcio (Edufactory Collective)

Organizing the Common
Malav Kanuga (City University of New York, Graduate Center & 
Bluestockings Workers Collective)

               Making our university: the connection of struggles and the production 
               of living knowledge
Claudia Bernardi (Edufactory Collective)

               The global university into the regionalization of the knowledge             
               production: some notes from Asia
Paolo Do (Edufactory Collective)

7:45-8:15  Edufactory Booklaunch - Toward a Global Autonomous 

8:15       Dinner / Reception / Dance Party

(workshop) sunday
Workshops in the morning will take place in the Social Sciences Building of the University of Minnesota, rooms 609, 614, and 445. See map for details on the location. 

10:00-11:15	 Practicing Engaged Scholarship and Pedagogy in     Today’s Universities (SST 609)
Tony Nadler, Raechel Tiffe, and Kaitlyn Patia (University of

10:00-11:15	 Workshop on African student movements and the struggle of African students against structural adjustment from the 1990s to the present (SST 614)
Silvia Federici (Hofstra University) & George Caffentzis 
(University of Southern Maine)

11:30-12:45	 Organizing for the Future, Learning from the (Recent) Past + Communications and Campus Activism from the Specific to the General (SST 614)
Peter Campbell, Rich Potter, Ingebert Floyd (GEO IFT/AFT 
Local 6300, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

11:30-12:45	 CARTOGRAPHY WITH YOUR FEET: Visioning the Midwest Radical Cultural Corridor on the Roads to the US Social Forum in Detroit (SST 609)
The Compass Group 
11:30-12:45 Harvesting Justice: Farmworkers, campus foodservice, solidarity, and the fight for fair food (SST 445)
Student Farmworker Alliance (Twin Cities)

12:45-1:15 	Wrap-up discussion and lunch back at the West Bank Social Center