Revisiting the Riot Discussion and Launch

Revisiting the Riot Discussion and Launch

The Center for Place, Culture and Politics via zoom

Thursday, April 29, 7pm EST

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Earlier this year, the journal Theory in Action released a special issue entitled Revisiting the Riot: 10th Anniversary of AK Thompson’s Black Bloc, White Riot, (Vol. 14, No. 1). Join contributors Robert F. Carley, Benjamin S. Case, Clare O’Connor,  Heath Schultz, and Claryn Spies as they share their analyses and debate the implications of Thompson’s work for our new era of global uprisings.

Moderated by Peter Hitchcock

Commentary by AK Thompson


About the Contributors:

Robert F. Carley is Associate Professor of International Studies at Texas A&M University, College Station. He is the author of Culture and Tactics: Gramsci, Race, and The Politics of Practice (2019), Autonomy, Refusal, and The Black Bloc: Positioning Class in Critical and Radical Theory (2019), and Collectivities: Politics at the Intersections of Disciplines (2016).

Benjamin S. Case is an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an affiliate with the Resistance Studies Initiative.

Clare O’Connor is a Ph.D. candidate in the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California. She is the co-editor of Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle (2016). Between 2007 and 2012 she served on the Editorial Committee of Upping The Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action.

Heath Schultz is an assistant professor of art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga  His writing has been published in LateralRadical TeacherParallax, and the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. His work has been shown at the New Zealand Film Archive, Visual Arts Center (Austin), Experimental Response Cinema, and elsewhere.

Claryn Spies holds a B.A. in Political Studies and Philosophy from Bard College and an M.A. from Binghamton University’s Program in Social, Political, Ethical and Legal Philosophy, and is currently a Ph.D. student in Philosophy at Villanova University in Philadelphia.

Peter Hitchcock is Professor of English at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is also on the faculties of Women’s Studies and Film Studies at the GC. He is the author of six books, including The Long Space, for Stanford University Press and Labor in Culture for Palgrave.  He has also co-edited and introduced three books, Biotheory, The Debt Age, and The New Public Intellectual.  Recent publications include, “Exceptional Biometrics” in Valur Ingimundarson and Svenn M. Jóhannesson, eds., Liberal Disorder, States of Exception, and Populist Politics. London: Routledge, 2021; “’The Collier’s Small, Mean Head’” Symplokē 28: 1-2, 2020; “Literature of the World, Unite!” in Jeffery Di Leo, ed., Philosophy as World Literature.  London: Bloomsbury, 2020; “Canons and Canonicity in Anglophone Literature” in Stefan Helgesson et al.  Handbook of Anglophone World Literatures.  Berlin: De Gruyter, 2020; “Cyborg Affect and the Power of the Posthuman in the Ghost in the Shell Franchise” in Christopher Breu and Elizabeth A. Hatmaker, eds., Noir Affect. New York: Fordham University Press, 2020; “A World in ‘Small Hands’?  Globalization as Risk and Rights” in Alexandra S. Moore and Samantha Pinto, eds, Writing Beyond the State.  London: Palgrave, 2020; “Commonists Like Us” minnesota review, 93 (2019); “Novelization in Decolonization, or, Postcolonialism Reconsidered” in Simon Ferdinand, Irene Villaescusa-Illan, and Esther Peeren, eds. Other Globes: Past and Peripheral Imaginations of Globalization.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019; “History and Class Struggle” in Jeff Diamanti, Andrew Pendakis and Imre Szeman, eds.  The Bloomsbury Companion to Marx.  London: Bloomsbury, 2019; and “Resistance is Futile: The Cultural Politics of Transformation in the Digital Age.” The Comparatist 42 (2018).

AK Thompson got kicked out of high school for publishing an underground newspaper called The Agitator and has been an activist and social theorist ever since. Currently a Professor of Social Movements and Social Change at Ithaca College, his publications include Sociology for Changing the World: Social Movements/Social Research(2006), Black Bloc, White Riot: Anti-Globalization and the Genealogy of Dissent (2010), Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle (2016), Spontaneous Combustion: The Eros Effect and Global Revolution (2017), and, most recently, Premonitions: Selected Essays on the Culture of Revolt (2018), Between 2005 and 2012, he served on the Editorial Committee of Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action.


This event is cosponsored by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, Graduate Center, CUNY, and Theory in Action.  It is free and open to the public.