“Are your children old enough to learn about May ’68?’: Recalling the radical event, refracting utopia and commoning memory” (article, chapter, interview)

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Fifty years ago this month a series of uprisings, occupations, strikes, protests and struggles rocked the world. Their aftermath has arguably defined the politics, culture and the economics of the last half-century. Numerous authors have argued that, in response to these events, capitalism reconfigured itself towards financialization and debt, towards more “flexible” neoliberalism, towards precarious work and life, towards neocolonial rule, and towards a false and commodified notion of “diversity.”

  • In 2011, I published an academic essay title “‘Are your children old enough to learn about May ’68?’: Recalling the radical event, refracting utopia and commoning memory” in the journal Cultural Critique (#78) a PDF of which can be downloaded here.
  • In 2012, CS Soong of the was kind enough to interview me about that article for KPFA’s fabulous radio program Against the Grain. An MP3 of that interview can be found here: https://kpfa.org/episode/77167/.
  • In 2014, I summarized some of the themes in the article and interview as a readable chapter in my 2014 book Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Captialism, Creativity and the Commons titled “The enclosure of history, the debt of the past, the commons of memory,” available as a PDF here.
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