Edu-Factory Collective
Militant Chairs
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Written by Christopher Newfield   
Wednesday, 08 July 2009 07:51
Well more militant, anyway. I've reproduced redacted notes from a recent meeting on one UC campus of a meeting of department chairs. In my almost 20 years at UC, I've never heard of a chairs meetings that aired proposals for protests, labor actions, and flat opposition to UCOP policies.
"All the chairs agreed that the salary reduction plan must be deferred or postponed until it can be given full consideration. None were in favor of granting President Yudof the extraordinary emergency powers that he seeks. Everyone wished to know more about the rationale for the 8% salary reduction, since UCOP has given none, and there was concern about the possibility that this percentage could increase in size by early next year. There was also great concern that there is no mention in Yudof's plan of a restoration of salary levels after June 30, 2010.
Everyone agreed that the salary reduction would mean that faculty with options on the marketplace would likely leave, initiating a devastating cycle of decline for the University.
The Wave cannot be arrested – Our anti-G8 is now inside the offices of the Italian university deans.
Written by Anomalous Wave   
Monday, 06 July 2009 20:05
The Anomalous Wave cannot be arrested! Let's support the students against the repression of the italian governement!

Please sign and circulate the call in solidarity with the students arrested (add also your affiliation): 
At dawn this morning, in the framework of an investigation ordered by Torino's Public Prosecutor office, Italian police made dozens of unwarranted house searches against students and activists. 21 of them are under arrest: 15 in prison, 6 under house-arrest.

This is the unjust response of the government and the Public Prosecutor Giancarlo Caselli to the mass demonstrations in Torino on 18-19 May against the G8. This is a clear suspension of any form of democratic right: the charges don't justify remands after two months. Therefore, we are facing a direct attempt of intimidation against the Wave just a few days before the G8 in L'Aquila, a forum which clearly no longer has any democratic legitimacy now.
news from the Anomalous Wave- rector's office occupied
Written by edu-factory collective   
Monday, 06 July 2009 15:22
Last night 21 Italian students of the universities of Turin, Padua, Naples and Bologna have been arrested through a violent act of the Italian police. Sixteen students have been imprisoned, and other five have to stay under house arrest.

Moreover two social centres and several houses have been raided and searched in Turin, Padua and Naples. The students arrested are in charge of resistance to police and violence during the G8 University in Turin on May. The Anomalous Wave occupied the universities, took the streets and blocked the cities against the unsustainable and illegitimate G8 University Summit, and against the crazy policy of the Italian government. During those days, Turin’s University was animated by several debates and meetings in which edu-factory collective participated too.
[The perfect Wave. 10.000 against G8, charges and fight into the red zone]
Italian Police Against Anomalous Wave: Inspections and Arrests in Several Italian Cities
Written by Uniriot   
Monday, 06 July 2009 07:41
At break of the day, in several Italian cities police irrupted in students and activist places to make inspections and arrests.
The repressive operation is coordinate by the Turin's police and it refers on the last May 19th demonstration in Turin against the G8 University Summit. Police also irrupted in the Social Center Askatasuna in Turin and in Padua in the space where the independent Radio Sherwood is keeping the annual self-funding festival. 21 people have been arrested: 6 in Turin, 3 in Padua, 4 in Bologna, 1 in Naples and 1 in Milan. The charges are about resistance to police and damages. Right now police inspections are still going on. This is the police revenge against the Anomalous wave and the mafioso Italian government warning at the beginning of the anti G8 demonstrations in Italy.
Freedom for all, now! Uniriot

Bildungsstreik 2009
Written by Mo. (International Students Movement)   
Saturday, 27 June 2009 08:56
Educational Strike in Germany: Summary
Monday [15/06]:

"Campus-Camps" were set up on various campuses in about 15 cities the Institute for Philosophical studies in Heidelberg was occupied + later that day the Romanic Institute was occupied as well the main building of the Ruhr - University in Bochum was blocked by activists all entries of buildings on campus Grifflenberg of the University of Wuppertal were blocked by students the complete Otto-Suhr Institute for political sciences [which is part of the Free University Berlin] together with the Institute for Eastern European studies were occupied in Berlin the institute for architecture of the Technical University of Berlin sit-in (~ 30 people) blocking the entry of the state chancellery
Germany: strike of education
Written by Claudia Bernardi and Anna Curcio   
Thursday, 18 June 2009 14:40






News from Berlin - Thursday afternoon, 19th June: As a wave several hundred of Berlin students block the city against the German ministers meeting today. The students have occupied first the Ministry of Finance, then the City Hall and the train station in Alexander Platz. The protest and the metropolis block are still going on.

10 years of Bologna process - Belgrade students!
Written by Studenti Za Studente   
Sunday, 21 June 2009 10:02
In Serbia, the Bologna process came with an enormous rise of tuition fees from year to year, chaos in the system and impoverishment of the curriculum. For the tenth anniversary of Bologna declaration, the students of Belgrade universities organized a performance called "What is the price of knowledge?" in the main walking street in Belgrade.

While we were sitting on the street and studying, the passers-by were invited to put a price on particular types of knowledge - What is the price of the knowledge of sociology? What is the price of the skill of playing the piano? How much should knowledge cost for that guy in the green shirt, and how much should it cost for the girl wearing sandals? For us, the price of knowledge has been changing from year to year, getting higher and higher, although the knowledge itself stayed the same. People wrote down their prices on pieces of paper with a bar-code, and gave those to individual students. Most people, actually, thought that knowledge should be free.
The Post-Corporate University
Written by Clare Birchall and Gary Hall   
Thursday, 18 June 2009 12:47
We would like to bring to your attention an online experiment that is currently taking place titled The Post-Corporate University.
Edited and curated by Davin Heckman, it is the second volume in Culture Machine¢s Liquid Books series. The volume is available now online and is open for discussion, contributions and open collaboration. Please visit:

The Post-Corporate University starts from an assumption that the University is in crisis and that this crisis has been caused by the social and economic characteristics of neoliberalism. Asking the question, Is Another University Possible?, it provides space for multiple answers and interventions.
Please visit the site, read Davin Heckman¢s chapter, 'Neoliberal Arts and the 21st Century University', and contribute to the discussions, the bibliography and the book.


Global Struggles, crisis of the university and the creation of the common PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bildungsstreik 2009   
Sunday, 14 June 2009 14:54
Technische Universität Berlin, Hauptgebäude (main building), Room 2038
Thursday 18.6.09 at 18:30h.
Togehter with Anna Curcio, Claudia Bernardi and Gerald Raunig from the edu-factory network we will discuss about some specifix struggles and about global struggles in the crisis of the university in general.
Since 2 years the edufactory network analysis the neoliberal process of transformation of the universities. Activists, students and researchers from the whole world bring their knowledge of the global universities togehter, a special focus is on the struggles, strikes, actions and other conflicts at the universities.
In this disucssion we will also talk about the crisis of knowledge production, about the lousy labour- and living conditions of the workers and students who work in and around the university. The precarious life of knowledge workers after graduation from the university will be also part of the debate. Movements of migration, recruitment of students from abroad and the selections through racist and social status criterias should be also explored.
Together we want to talk about how the different global struggles can gain a more intensity through the link-up of the struggles and through the creation of the commons. Maybe the construction of a global autonomoes university makes the start: an open process, preferably free from hierarchies, with free science, free education and more liberated people.

Justice for SOAS Cleaners - Stop Deportations! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Justice for SOAS Cleaners   
Tuesday, 16 June 2009 11:33
SOAS directorate block occupied over brutal deportation of SOAS cleaners University cleaners who won living wage detained after dawn raid
Students and allies at the University of London¢s School of School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) have occupied the university today to protest against managers¢ attacks on migrant workers. Nine cleaners from the university were taken into detention after a dawn raid by immigration police on Friday. Five have already been deported, and the others could face deportation within days. One has had a suspected heart attack and was denied access to medical assistance and even water. One was over 6 months pregnant. Many have families who have no idea of their whereabouts.
The cleaners won the London Living Wage and trade union representation after a successful “Justice for Cleaners” campaign that united workers of all backgrounds and student activists. Activists believe the raid is managers¢ “revenge” for the campaign.
Scientific Community Teargassed in Brazil PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pablo Ortellado   
Sunday, 14 June 2009 13:25

120 professors and about 1,200 students and university workers were beaten and teargassed in the main campus of the University of São Paulo in Brazil last Tuesday (June 9).

Conflicts started after a one month strike of university workers whose employment status is being disputed due to a legal controversy over university autonomy to hire its workers without approval of state representatives. Over one thousand workers might loose their jobs. Workers started a strike on May 5 demanding the preservation of their jobs and other labor demands. On May 27, workers started to block the entrance of four university buildings because, according to them, university management was threatening workers who were using their legal right to strike. On June 1, administration called the military police to intervene. On June 4 professors joined the strike protesting police occupation of campus. on June 5, professors had a two hours meeting with management asking for a non-military solution to the labor conflict. However, common sense did not prevail and military police attacked a peaceful demonstration of students and workers yesterday (June 9). 120 professors were discussing the crisis when the meeting was interrupted by news of a police attack. A few minutes later teargas and concussion bombs exploded inside the building. Several of our colleagues and students were hurt. The academic community is shocked.
The crisis of Global University- press release PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sapienza on the Wave   
Thursday, 11 June 2009 00:11

On Thursday, June 11th at 2 p.m. in Room 2, at the Faculty of Humanities of La Sapienza University, there will be a transnational meeting titled “Global University: Labour, Struggles and the Common within the Crisis”, organized by Lettere in Onda, Edu-factory collective and Queen Mary University of London. 
The speakers of this meeting will be Andrew Ross (New York University), Morgan Adamson (University of Minnesota), Christofer Newfield (University of California - Santa Barbara), Pedro Barbosa Mendes (Uninomada- Brazil), Stefano Harney (Queen Mary University of London).
Also Dillip Kumar Dash, student of Hyderbrad University (India) and protagonist of contemporary conflicts in the universities of South Asia, should have been taking part at this meeting as international speaker.