Archive for March, 2012

Occupy Bournemouth leaves university

28 March 2012

If you’re wondering what happened to the Occupy Bournemouth (University) episode, well, it has ended yesterday:

OCCUPY protesters yesterday ended their 18-day long protest at Bournemouth University. The group moved from their temporary home at the Talbot Campus entrance near the Boundary Roundabout shortly before bailiffs arrived at 2pm. It followed a hearing at Poole County Court where a district judge granted Bournemouth University a full injunction to exclude the protesters from university land. The judge also issued court costs against the protesters.

As far as I understand, there were two different legal proceedings, one brought by the owner of the land, Talbot Village Trust (which concerned the actual eviction), and the other concerned the above-mentioned injunction by Bournemouth University, to prevent the protesters from relocating to other parts of the campus.

Talbot Village Trust is a charity that was established in the 19th century by aristocrats to provide social housing for the poor in the area, so it is somewhat ironic that this time they were involved in chasing a protest movement off their land that also concerns itself with social and economic inequality.

Here are a few more articles on the key moments of the occupation:

Bournemouth Uni fences in protest – The Breaker

Protesters willing to leave ‘if Chancellor listens’ – The Breaker

Student union’s statement

UCU lecturers’ union motion

Occupy Bournemouth protesters to be evicted – BBC

28 March 2012


digital print
152cm x 106cm
© 2012 Tammy Lu

You are cordially invited to the opening reception:

Hatch: Tammy Lu and Crystal Bueckert

8 pm, Friday, March 30, 2012

Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada)

The exhibition will be open from March 30 to June 10, 2012.

Tammy Lu gratefully acknowledges the support of the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

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25 March 2012


In case you didn’t know, the Intro and contents of the French version of Latour’s Inquiry into the modes of existence is currently available on his website. I was already familiar with most of the arguments and material presented in the introduction as this is mostly stuff I have already heard in some of his recent talks and interviews. Some themes are presented in this talk from a 2006 seminar in which he discusses Irreductions 30 years later and puts it in perspective with his new work.

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Reviews of Harman and Latour

17 March 2012

In Volume 5, Issue 1, 2012 of the Journal of Cultural Economy:

  • Bruno Latour’s The Making of Law: An Ethnography of the Conseil d’État – by David Saunders
  • Graham Harman’s Prince of Networks: Bruno Latour and Metaphysics – by Chris Healy

Occupy comes to Bournemouth

12 March 2012

One thing I would have definitely not predicted about the likely evolution of the Occupy movement is that its next flashpoint would be my own town, the quiet seaside holiday resort of Bournemouth. But apparently after the protesters were evicted from the St Paul’s camp in London a few weeks ago, they somehow figured out that the Chancellor (a largely ceremonial role) of Bournemouth University is Lord Nicholas Phillips, who also happens to be the President of the UK’s Supreme Court. So last Friday they set up camp on the lawn at the rear entrance of Bournemouth University’s Talbot Campus, with one of their demands being a meeting with Lord Phillips.

This is happening literally on my doorstep, so on Sunday evening I grabbed my camera, got on my bike and paid a visit to the Occupy Bournemouth movement. There were two middle-aged guys busying themselves at the site, writing messages on the pavement with chalk, putting up posters, and setting up a tent, which one of them told me was going to be the “library,” where people will be able to educate themselves about the movement and other political matters. Both men had their Guy Fawkes masks resting on the top of their heads, ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. They were happy to put it on for me, and indeed whenever someone showed up with a camera, the masks came down. When I took a break from photographing and was chatting with one of the protesters, I saw from the corner of my eye that another protester also took a photo of me chatting to his comrade. I wouldn’t be surprised if I’ve turned up in one of their social media streams already.

The protester I was chatting to told me that today they found out that the piece of land they are occupying is owned by the local council, rather then Bournemouth University. He thought that was good news for them, as for some reason it would take longer for the council to evict them, than for the university. He also told me he came from the St. Paul’s camp, where he spent several months. “We are really big,” he said, “we are all over the world.”

The camp is situated right next to a busy roundabout (Boundary Roundabout), on the border that separates the towns of Bournemouth and Poole, and is very visible to passing traffic. Drivers periodically honked in support, as they glimpsed the camp’s banners asking them to do so. It is also right next to the footpath at the rear entrance of the campus, where thousands of students and staff pass by every morning and afternoon. It will be interesting to see the next move of the University and/or the Council. But my interlocutor gave me the impression that they were in for the long haul and the camp was only just in the initial stages of being constructed.

P.S. My blog post title and the first paragraph are somewhat misleading, as it suggests as if the Occupy movement had only just arrived in Bournemouth. But actually the Occupy movement has been around at least since November 2011, when they got evicted from outside the town hall, and there is another Occupy camp in Boscombe. Their Facebook page dates back to 21st October 2011. So I should have titled the post “Occupy comes to Bournemouth University.”

Update (13/3/2012):

Further coverage: Protesters ‘Occupy’ BU

Plus photo of the sign on the rear gate.

(Photos taken around 6pm on 11 March 2012. Click on Permalink for larger image, if you get the gallery view.)

Video of Isabelle Stengers’ keynote in Halifax

9 March 2012

On “Cosmopolitics: Learning to Think with Sciences, Peoples and Natures,” Halifax, Canada, March 5 , 2012. Thanks to dmf for the link. More details here.

9 March 2012

CfP on strategy and materiality

3 March 2012

Call for Papers: BRITISH JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT Special Issue on Strategizing Material & Materializing Strategy. The deadline for submission of papers is 30 January 2013. See the full call here [PDF].

The British Journal of Management is pleased to announce a special issue focused on strategizing material and materializing  strategy. Grounded in practice-based views of strategy,  this special issue will explore material practices associated with  strategizing: How are objects, artifacts, tools and other material resources used by practitioners to shape and enact organizational strategy?

Through research on the practice of strategy, scholars have already begun to explore material objects and strategy tools. One emerging stream of research explores how material objects, including the participants’ physical bodies, are used in strategizing. (…) A  second stream of research has investigated the role of strategy tools in materializing  strategy. (…) However, much more work  is  needed to advance this agenda, which is the purpose of this special issue.

Example topics

We  welcome  empirical  papers that provide new insight on strategizing material and materializing strategy. While organization scholars have traditionally privileged discourse (talk and text) as the empirical basis for their research findings, a growing number are turning their attention toward socio-materiality, which refers to the “inherent inseparability” of social and material aspects of organizational work (Orlikowski, 2008, p. 434). Sometimes material objects are treated as actors (e.g. Callon, 1986; Latour, 1987) or material objects and actors as entangled bundles (e.g. Leonardi,  2011). We invite diverse research methods, both qualitative and quantitative. We are open to innovative approaches, including action research, cognitive mapping, conversation analysis, video ethnography, simulation, and mixed-methods.

Relevant questions include:
•    How do managers use materials and tools to shape strategic processes and decisions?
•    What roles do different types of strategists play in creating, diffusing and/or using strategic materials and tools?
•    How does materiality constrain and/or enhance strategy practice?
•    How are participants’ physical bodies a resource and constraint for strategizing?
•    How do materials and tools gain legitimacy? How are they diffused within and  beyond organizations?
•    What types of materials and tools are used to shape the strategy process? How do they shape the strategy process?
•    What are the dynamics between strategy materials and strategy tools?
•    What are the dynamics between strategizing materials or tools and other elements of strategy practice (e.g. affect and emotion)?

Guest Editors: 

Stéphanie Dameron, Université Paris-Dauphine, France
Jane Lê, University of Sydney, Australia
Curtis LeBaron, Brigham Young University, USA