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The Occupation Cookbook

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I just received this through email. It's very much worth posting here. This is a reaction on the strong process of blind marketization of European Universities.
Instead of nurturing universities a places of emancipatory, critical, innovative, original thought, they are becoming more and more places of teaching skills. Theory is being marginalized and with that professions are doomed to become instrumental tools of the market. What happens with the quality of professions? The answer lies at hand... Have a read at this. It is very interesting in any aspect. Theoretically as well as practically and as a document of historic movement within European Universities.

The Occupation Cookbook

or the Model of the Occupation of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb
Introductions by Marc Bousquet and Boris Buden
Translated from the Croatian by Drago Markisa
http://www.minorcompositions.info/occupationcookbook.html

The Occupation Cookbook is a “manual” that describes the organization of the student occupation of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences that took place in the spring of 2009 and lasted for 35 days. It was written for two reasons: to record what happened, and to present the particular organization of this action in such a way that it may be of use to other activists and members of various collectives if they decide to undertake a similar action.

What does it mean to “occupy” a school? A school occupation is not, as the corporate media like to portray it, a hostile takeover. A school occupation is an action by those who are already its inhabitants – students, faculty, and staff – and those for whom the school exists. (Which is to say for a public institution, the public itself.) The actions termed “occupations” of a public institution, then, are really re-occupations, a renovation and reopening to the public of a space long captured and stolen by the private interests of wealth and privilege. The goal of this renovation and reopening is to inhabit school spaces as fully as possible, to make them truly habitable – to make the school a place fit for living. – Marc Bousquet, from the Introduction

Cover and design by Dejan Krsic
Photos by Boris Kovacev

PDF available freely online (http://www.minorcompositions.info/occupationcookbook.html), discounts for ordering multiple copies.

Released by Minor Compositions, London / New York / Port Watson
Minor Compositions is a series of interventions & provocations drawing from autonomous politics, avant-garde aesthetics, and the revolutions of everyday life.
Minor Compositions is an imprint of Autonomedia
www.minorcompositions.info |info@minorcompositions.info

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