Les Back: Academic Diary, or Why Higher Education Still Matters (2016)

13 May 2022, dusan

“Les Back has chronicled three decades of his academic career, turning his sharp and often satirical eye to the everyday aspects of life on campus and the larger forces that are reshaping it. Presented as a collection of entries from a single academic year, the diary moves from the local to the global, from PowerPoint to the halls of power. With entries like Ivory Towers and The Library Angel, these smart, humorous and sometimes absurd campus tales not only demystify the opaque rituals of scholarship, they offer a personal route into the far-reaching issues of university life. From the impact of commercialisation and fee increases to measurement and auditing research, the diary offers a critical diagnosis of higher education today. At the same time, it is a passionate argument for the life of the mind, the importance of collaborative thinking and why scholarship and writing are still vital for making sense of our troubled and divided world.”

Publisher Goldsmiths Press, London, 2016
Open access
ISBN 9781906897581, 1906897581
xiii+258 pages

Reviews: Rose Deller (LSE Review of Books, 2016), Andrew Robinson (Times Higher Education, 2016), Rosalind Gill (Int’l J Politics, Culture, and Society, 2018), Bridget Hanna.

Book website (archived)

HTML (PubPub)

Julietta Singh: No Archive Will Restore You (2018)

9 June 2019, dusan

“At once memoir, theory, poetic prose, and fragment, No Archive Will Restore You is a feverish meditation on the body. Departing from Antonio Gramsci’s summons to compile an inventory of the historical traces left in each of us, Singh engages with both the impossibility and urgent necessity of crafting an archive of the body. Through reveries on the enduring legacies of pain, desire, sexuality, race, and identity, she asks us to sense and feel what we have been trained to disavow, to re-member the body as more than itself.”

Publisher Punctum Books, Nov 2018
3Ecologies Books/Immediations imprint
Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 License
ISBN 9781947447851, 1947447858
114 pages

Review: Daphne Sidor (Lambda Literary, 2018).
Interview with author (Women & Performance, 2017)
Interview with author (Daniel Berti, RVA Mag, 2019)


PDF (5 MB)
See also music playlist compiled by author

In Solidarity with Library Genesis and Sci-Hub (2015) [EN, IT, BR-PT, SK, ES, DE, FR, BG, RO, SC, UA, RU, HI, CN, HU, BE, LT, SL]

1 December 2015, dusan

Sharing knowledge is now an act of civil disobedience.

Released 30 Nov 2015

In solidarity with Library Genesis and Sci-Hub (English, custodians.online, 30 Nov 2015). Copy. TXT version.
In solidarietà con Library Genesis e Sci-Hub (Italian, trans. Rete della Conoscenza, 1 Dec). Copy.
Em solidariedade com Library Genesis e Sci-Hub (Brazilian Portuguese, trans. Dimas Gomez, 1 Dec). Copy.
V solidarite s Library Genesis a Sci-Hub (Slovak, trans. Monoskop, 1 Dec). Copy.
En solidaridad con Library Genesis y Sci-Hub (Spanish [MX], trans. Rafael Mondragón, 2 Dec). Copy, Audio (voices: Adriana & Iván, 8 Dec).
En solidaridad con Library Genesis y Sci-Hub (Spanish [PE], trans. Giancarlo Sandoval, 2 Dec)
Solidaridad con Library Genesis y Sci-Hub (Spanish [PE], trans. Carlos Maza, 2 Dec)
In Solidarität mit Library Genesis und Sci-Hub (German, trans. Paul Feigelfeld, 2 Dec)
En solidarité avec Library Genesis et Sci-Hub (French, trans. Bertrand Marilier, 2 Dec)
В солидарност с Library Genesis и Sci-Hub (Bulgarian, trans. Neda Genova, 2 Dec). Copy.
Solidari cu Library Genesis şi cu Sci-Hub (Romanian, trans. SorinDănuţ, 2 Dec)
Za slobodan pristup znanju: solidarnost sa portalima Library Genesis i Sci-Hub (Serbo-Croatian, trans. Milica Jovanović/SHARE Foundation, 3 Dec). Copy.
На знак солидарности з ресурсами Library Genesis та Sci-Hub (Ukrainian, trans. Спільне/Commons, 3 Dec). Copy.
В знак солидарности с ресурсами Library Genesis и Sci-Hub (Russian, trans. hwait, Пиратская Церковь, 6 Dec).
लाइब्रेरी-जेनेसिस और साई-हब से संघीभाव में (Hindi, trans. Shveta Sarda, 6 Dec).
声援Library Genesis 和 Sci-Hub (Chinese, trans. Bruce Ding, 7 Dec).
声援 Library Genesis 和 Sci-Hub (simplified Chinese, trans. Yuk Hui).
聲援 Library Genesis 和 Sci-Hub (traditional Chinese, trans. Yuk Hui).
Szolidaritás a Libgen és a Sci-Hub oldalakkal (Hungarian, trans. Ivácson András Áron, 13 Dec).
У знак салідарнасці з Library Genesis i Sci-Hub (Belarusian, trans. Volnaja Dumka, 13 Dec).
Vienijantis su Library Genesis ir Sci-Hub (Lithuanian, trans. Linas Jankauskas, 30 Apr 2016).
V podporo Library Genesis in Sci-Hubu (Slovenian, Humanistična postaja, 31 May 2016)

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