From Empire to Commonwealth: Communist Theory and Contemporary Praxis

University of Wollongong 25 – 26 November 2010

Conference Programme (PDF: Programme)

Thursday 25 November

9:00 – 9:20 Registration
9:20 – 9:30 Welcome – Dave Eden
9:30 – 10:30 Autonomy and Love (Chair: Elizabeth Humphrys)

Dave Eden

Of Screams and Cracks: The Promise of Negative Autonomism

Nick Southall

Time for Revolution: The Power of Love

10:30 – 11:00 Morning Tea (provided)
11:00 – 13:00 Social Movements in Japan (Chair: Alexander Brown) 

Risa Tokunaga, Sonomi Suzuki & Nozomu Shibuya

Linking Struggles Against Expropriation of the Common: Okinawa, Tokyo and Freeter Activism

Takuro Higuchi

Global Activist Networks in Asia: Global Continuation and Evolution in Japan

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch (provided)
14:00 – 15:00 Precarity and Commons (Chair: Mark Gawne) 

Alexander Brown

Precarious Times: The Immanence of Proletarian Struggle

Annette Maguire

Precarity and the Recombinant Culture of the Commons

15:00 – 15:30 Afternoon Tea (provided)
15:30 – 16:30 Beyond Biopolitics (Chair: Rachel Rowe) 

Angela Mitropoulos & Melinda Cooper

Panel Discussion

Friday 25 November

9:00 – 10:00 Education (Chair: Annette Maguire) 

James Pollard

Education Under the Regime of Border Security: Notes for a Pedagogy of Liberation

Sam Russell

Subverting the Research Framework

10:00 – 11:00 Social Movements in Australia (Chair: Dave Eden) 

Elizabeth Humphrys

The Noughties: The Rise and Fall of the Global Justice Movement in Australia

Ella Ryan

The Alyawarr People’s Walk-off: Creating Action Spaces for Social Justice

11:00 – 11:30 Morning Tea (provided)
11:30 – 13:00 Discussion (Chair: Nick Southall)  

Towards an Autonomous Research Network (based on proposal)

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch (provided)
14:00 – 15:00 Affect, Production, Exchange (Chair: Ella Ryan) 

Mark Gawne

Composition of Affective Labour and Technologies of Affect

Dave Eden

The Gravity of Value: A Critique of the Absence of Exchange in Post-operaismo Thought

15:00 – 16:00 Final Wrap-Up Discussion (Chair: Dave Eden)