[AktiviX-request] Re: [AktiviX-discuss] aktivix and academic/activist projects: principled objections?

Josh Robinson jmr59 at hermes.cam.ac.uk
Sat Dec 17 15:11:09 UTC 2005

On Sat, 17 Dec 2005, GarconDuMonde wrote:

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> hi,
> slowly catching up with emails...
>>>> there is currently a request on aktivix-request at lists.aktivix.org for a
>>>> list to be used by a group who are working in universities doing
>>>> research related to activism - and who want to use their work to funnel
>>>> resources into projects like aktivix.
> "research related to activism" i.e. not activism.

I don't think there's such a simple divide. This may be in part my trying 
to convince myself that my PhD and the related research is itself an 
activist project (and this is a contention that I'm prepared to argue at 
as much length as people want) -- it's not simply the case that funding to 
be a student gives me time which I can then spend 'doing activism'; 
rather, the work I do is a fundamentally important part of (although not 
the sum-total of) my activism.

FWIW, Aktivix already hosts lists for the Autonomous Study Project -- a 
(broadly) research and learning collective that is involved in researching 
a whole bunch of stuff to do with politics, intellectual property, 
'culture', technology. Most (but not all) of whom have some sort of 
connection with one or other academic institution in Cambridge. If there's 
to be a dividing line between the two projects, I'd like to see the 
rationale for its existence.


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