“Our profession does not easily accommodate resignation”

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

I’ve been spending more time lately with La Ronde Infinie des Obstinés, the Infinite Rounds of the Stubborn, the little group which, in spite of all instrumental considerations, persists in marching every Monday in front of the Ministry. I said in my previous post about them that I was going to translate their tract, so […]

Race, French national identity, and disciplinary politics

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

I saw the following statements posted on Sauvons l’Université. I have, of course, no personal knowledge of the facts of the situation, but it’s a culturally interesting scenario: Academics solicited for participation in a “debate” about “national identity” (nov-dec. 2009) Mail addressed to a teacher-researcher at a university in Nantes Monsieur, […] In the framework […]

A university call to arms after an unsuccessful strike

Friday, October 9th, 2009

A question that has interested me since my arrival in France has been the following: how do participants in last spring’s university protests sustain their political hopes in light of the seemingly limited success of their actions last spring? I asked around last June about this and got some nebulous answers about how you just […]

The Infinite Rounds of the Stubborn

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

One day a few weeks ago I stopped by a political demonstration against the French university reforms. The organizing group, La Ronde Infinie des Obstinés, specializes in what are essentially indefinitely long circular marches, rather after the pattern of a vigil. Their name amounts to “the infinite rounds of the stubborn,” though someone tried to […]