I am very happy to announce that the new issue of the Pervasive Labour Union zine, 'Fed Up!', is finally(!) out and can be consulted here: http://ilu.servus.at/category/13-fed-up.html
Many thanks to contributors @eliotberriot, @Gargron , @decentral1se, @entreprecariat (and indirectly @rra and @fcr), @pip Julia Janssen, Inge Hoonte and Louisa Bufardeci, Gui Machiavelli, and Martin Schotten.
It is time for a new special issue of the Pervasive Labour Union zine! This issue, prepared by the collective Precademics 85.42.1, brings experiences of precarity in Greek academia to the fore.
"This is an attention-seeking act of Greek academic unions to make public and visible the precarious conditions they find themselves in. Far from being an academic aporia by our Greek colleagues, this is the past and future of academia itself." Leandros Kyriakopoulos
New essay: Seven theses on the Fediverse and the becoming of FLOSS
Recently, @rra and I have been working on an essay highlighting questions about the #Fediverse and how these are getting entangled with #FLOSS practices. From software production to structure and governance within alternative social media, online communities and politics.
The text follows a multi theses model, to map the different things we've been looking at and publish the current state of our research.
It is the closing chapter of a new publication from INC/Transmediale (https://networkcultures.org/blog/publication/the-eternal-network)
Feedback welcome. We're planning to publish an online version with more references!
📃 ✊ Feminist Data Manifest-No
Cifor, M., Garcia, P., Cowan, T.L., Rault, J., Sutherland, T., Chan, A., Rode, J., Hoffmann, A.L., Salehi, N., Nakamura, L. (2019). Feminist Data Manifest-No. Retrieved from: https://www.manifestno.com/.
For more info check the post from @dashie https://pleroma.otter.sh/notice/9psyHzcVnpUcYu6cK0
Download as PDF 👉🏻 https://networkcultures.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/TheEternalNetwork.pdf
Tomorrow at Varia we will be having an evening of documentary watching, thoughtful debate and musical performance!
We will be screening the documentaries "Alles Flex?" and "Call me Intern", both of which reflect on the devastating consequences caused by the ongoing flexibilization of both housing and work. To further clarify and present these topics, Abel Heijkamp, one of the filmmakers responsible for "Alles Flex?" and member of Bondprecaire Woonvormen, has kindly agreed to be present for a Q&A and conversation.
The second part of the program will be secured by Sam Kreuk, who will be presenting his solo project, City Dragon.
Location: Varia, Gouwstraat 3 (Rotterdam)
On the 8th of Feb, Hackers and Designers together with Read-in, me and @anglk will host a workshop on feminist strategies for searching in library catalogs @ the h&d studio in Amsterdam. More info here —-> https://hackersanddesigners.nl/s/Events/p/Workshop:_Repository_of_Feminist_Search_Strategies
“Artist-researchers Roel Roscam Abbing (@rra) and Aymeric Mansoux (@320x200) likewise critique universal openness in their analysis of an emerging internet infrastructure created by and for users: the #Fediverse.”
starting at 11:30am today #Transmediale
#fediale is where the heart is
What #Pixelfed instances do you recommend?
What #Pleroma instances do you recommend?
What #WriteFreely instances do you recommend?
What #MissKey instances do you recommend?
What #Friendica instances do you recommend?
What other #fediverse software should be introduced to newcomers?
This weekend Varia is hosting two gatherings that are both the start of a series:
Feminist Hack Meetings (on Saturday)
An informal first gathering of a series of research meetings that aim to explore the suggestions, urgencies and potentials of feminist hack & tech initiatives.
Read & Repair feat. The Bootleg Library (on Sunday)
Come and make yourself comfortable, read the books you never find time to read, browse/exchange/acquire parts from our electronics depot or use the quietness of the day to repair things that need fixing.
"Welcome to the Federation" is a workshop and Q&A session for people new to or already part of the #Fediverse. We will cover concepts such as the server-client model; on-line federation; discussions of different servers and communities; and last but not least allow those new to the idea to sign up on the Fediverse. The workshops also deal with how to run or join a Fediverse community, the challenges of federated social networking, and the wider impact the Fediverse has on free software production and its culture. The workshops are meant to be informal and semi-structured to allow for different levels of engagement and experience from the participants, but will nonetheless offer a high level of understanding."
Here are some very useful guides prepared by @cassolotl to help you get started on using #Mastodon:
How to find posts on other instances that haven't reached post.lurk.org yet:
You can broadcast content across the #fediverse by using hashtags. This is also a great way to discover new content: go to the search bar and type, for example, #ornitology. All posts containing that hashtag should now show up in a new column. If you are using the multi column interface this hashtag can also be pinned using the options on the top right of the column.
Consider writing an #introductions post so people interested in you or your work can find you!
You can invite people to lurk using invite codes: https://post.lurk.org/invites
We're not using vanilla mastodon but rather the Hometown mod by @darius (https://github.com/hometown-fork/hometown ) which allows for local-only posts, meaning they don't federate in to the wider network.
A Future with No Future: Depression, the Left, and the Politics of Mental Health
Mikkel Krause Frantzen
"Maybe a good place to start, then, with regards to the politics of depression, is to collectivize suffering, externalize blame, communize care. At this point, the question of responsibility returns in all its force. The neoliberal responsibilization of the depressed subject must be rejected, and, also, replaced by an idea of collective responsibility."
Adapted from Mikkel Krause Frantzen's book "Going Nowhere, Slow", "A Future with No Future: Depression, the Left, and the Politics of Mental Health" stresses the urgency of repoliticizing mental health within a neoliberal capitalist context that seeks to individualize, pathologize and cultivate guilt, thus obscuring systemic readings of depression.
students protest in France, suicide note, #LaPrecariteTue
In the past days there has been increasing student protests following the attempt of a student to set himself on fire (at time of writing state is 90% burnt, intensive care). The event is hardly visible in foreign media, so here is a rough translation of the letter/post he left.
(this is a rewrite from an earlier post, now behind a CW, as kindly suggested by someone)
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