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<nettime> Rome feat London :: From Tute Bianche to the Book Bloc. The Italian movement and the coming European insurrection ::

*Sorry for any cross posting]*<>

 23rd February 2011 - 6 p.m. - London "From Tute Bianche to the Book Bloc:
the Italian movement and the coming European

What thread links the political experience of Tute Bianche with the Book
Blocs we have seen last autumn on the streets of Rome and London? What is
the link between the alter-globalisation movement of Seattle and Genoa and
the student and youth movements that are now setting Europe on fire?

These two movements belong to two very different historical and political
moments: that one exploded in the peak time of the expansion of
globalization, while the current one gives voice to a generational rebellion
against the crisis and the policies of austerity launched by most European
government. Also, while Tute Bianche practiced civil disobedience and used
shields and helmets as part of a long-term identity and political project,
the current student movements focus on multiplying conflict: from the
creation of Book Blocs to interrupting traffic on roads and stations, from
the occupation of universities and monuments to assaulting the palaces of

However, there are some elements of continuity as well: the relationship
between conflict and consensus, strong in the Tute Bianche experience, is
now re-emerging in the line of action of the student movement; the critique
of globalization of Genoa and Seattle returns today in the defense of the
welfare state against the infinite violence of banks. The utopian vigor of
the ?another world is possible? is now lost, but the awareness that another
world is necessary remains as strong within the systemic crisis of global

*Francesco Raparelli *was born in Marino (Rome) on 17th January 1978. He has
a PhD in philosophy from the University of Florence. His research spans from
philosophy of language to theory of sovereignty, from subjectivity in modern
political thought to the transformation of productive processes. He has
always been involved in Italian radical movements, from Disobbedienti and
Tute Bianche to the Onda movement in 2008, to the current wave of riots,
which started from La Sapienza University in autumn 2010. He is part of the
social centre Esc in Rome, of the editorial board of
of Global  <>and he is the director of the
free press DINAMO. In October 2009, his book on the recent history of
Italian student movements, La Lunghezza dell?Onda, was published by Ponte
alle Grazie.

*Marina Montanelli* was born in Formia (Latina) on 25 May 1985. She
graduated in philosophy of language at La Sapienza University in Rome and
she is now studying philosophy and critical theory. She has been active in
the Onda movement and she is now actively involved in the current student
uprising. She is part of the editorial board of

This event was organized by Daisy Jones (Courtauld Institute Student Union)
and Federico Campagna( <>Through
Europe), in collaboration with the Courtauld Institute, London.

The seminar will start at 6pm, on Wednesday 23 February 2011, in the Lecture
Theatre, Courtauld Institute, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN,
United Kingdom. This seminar is free.

Info here:<>

Hope to see you there!

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