Markus Kip, graduate student with CITY, and will be promoting the launch of the new book “Lumpencity: Discourses of Marginality / Marginalizing Discourses". Markus was a co-editor of this publication, which was a follow up to to a conference with the same held in March 2009. This event will be held on Friday, March 9th from 6:00pm-9:00pm at A Different Booklist (746 Bathurst Street).
While it has been fashionable to think that academic research benefits marginalized groups, representational and methodological choices have often served to produce and legitimize marginalizing practices. The contributions to this volume reveal how authors have sought to engage with and transform their scholarly repertoires into tools of analysis useful for political action. We hope to encourage scholars, activists, and activist-scholars to reflect upon the complementarity of their academic and activist praxis, and to remain committed to unsettling both disciplinary norms and institutional boundaries. This is a task of particular urgency given that scholars are experiencing more pressure than ever before to become the organic intellectuals of the status quo.