Extreme Civility: The Revolutionary Praxis in Tunisia and its Legacies

Discover the spontaneous practice that existed in various cities of Tunisia immediately after the fall of Ben Ali in January 2011. Explore the means by which people organized small committees to protect their neighborhoods, offered food and drinks to volunteers of these small committees; the forming of queues that were made to buy bread; or the practice of stopping at traffic lights, even if they were not working. Such acts functioned as social magnets and helped the structuring of a new temporary revolutionary, egalitarian social order. From this we can learn lessons of re-appropriating and reinventing new legitimate means of collective violence, away from state apparatae.

6pm Monday 25 July – Bankstown Arts Centre, 5 Olympic Parade Bankstown

Benoit Challand is currently Associate Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research, New York City. His talk is based on interviews conducted during and after the fall of the regime in Tunisia.



Negrophobia Worldwide: Dr Frederick Gooding Jr

A special presentation by Frederick Gooding Jr from Northern Arizona University.

Join us for an evening of provocation on transnational racial injustice.

6pm Thursday 28 July – Bankstown Arts Centre, 5 Olympic Parade Bankstown

Dr. Gooding is a faculty member in Ethnic Studies at Northern Arizona University (NAU). His research and teaching focus on African American History, Critical Race Theory as well as Media, Movies & Mainstream Sports. His recent publications include The Emperor’s New Clothes: Identifying Racism in Obama’s Post-Racial Society in the edited volume Re-vitalizing the American Dream: Essays on Barack Obama and You Mean, There’s RACE in My Movie? The Complete Guide to Understanding Race in Mainstream Hollywood.

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