Joshua Clover on "Riot.Strike.Riot: The Era of Uprisings" with William Sewell

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 6:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Joshua Clover

Joshua Clover discusses Riot. Strike. Riot: The Era of Uprisings. He will be joined in conversation by William Sewell. At the Co-op RSVP HERE About the book: Ferguson. Tottenham. Clichy-sous-Bois. Oakland. In recent decades we have returned to an "age of riots" as the prominent form of struggle against the abuses of capitalism. This theoretical and historical account by award-winning poet Joshua Clover explores how riots, the leading form of protest in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, are supplanted by the strike in the early nineteenth century, and then re-emerged as the preeminent form in the early 1970s. From the early years of workers’ demands for increased wages through riots to recent social demands for economic equlity through occupations, Clover looks at historical moments like the economic crisis of 1968 and the decline of organized labor from the perspective of changes in protest tactics. As social unrest against government and corporate abuses continues to grow, this valuable history and theoretical framework will help guide future activists in their struggles for justice. About the author: Joshua Clover is a professor of Literature and Critical Theory at the University of California Davis. A widely published essayist, poet, and cultural theorist, his most recent books are Red Epic and 1989: Bob Dylan Didn’t Have This to Sing About. About the interlocutor: William Sewell is the Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Political Science and History at the University of Chicago.

Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637