Protesting Inequality: Occupy & Beyond

Marina Sitrin and W.J.T. Mitchell discussed the current conditions of social protest around the world

141014 Occupy graphic_5A conversation with Marina Sitrin, co-author of They Can’t Represent US! Reinventing Democracy From Greece to Occupy,  and UChicago professor W.J.T. Mitchell, co-author of Occupy: Three Essay in Disobedience, on the many protest movements that have arisen in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis.

Marina Sitrin is a writer, lawyer, teacher, organizer, militant and dreamer.  An active participant in and reporter on Occupy Wall Street, she has written (with Dario Azzellini) They Can’t Represent US! Reinventing Democracy From Greece to Occupy (2014) Verso Books and Occupying Language: The Secret Rendezvous with History and the Present (2012) Zucotti Park Press.

Her previous books include Everyday Revolutions: Horizontalism & Autonomy in Argentina (2012), published by Zed Books.  Her scholarship and journalism has appeared in: The International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Znet, Yes! Magazine, Tidal, The Nation, Dissent!, Upping the Anti, Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, alternet.org, and Prensa Latina, among others. She has a JD in International Womens’ Human Rights from CUNY Law School and  a PhD in Global Sociology from Stony Brook University.

W. J. T. Mitchell is Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago and also editor of the interdisciplinary journal, Critical Inquiry, a quarterly devoted to critical theory in the arts and human sciences. A scholar and theorist of media, visual art, and literature, Mitchell is associated with the emergent fields of visual culture and iconology (the study of images across the media).  He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Morey Prize in art history given by the College Art Association of America. His publications include: What Do Pictures Want? (2005); Art and the Public Sphere (1993); and The Politics of Interpretation (1984).

He recently published Occupy: Three Inquiries in Disobedience (University of Chicago Press, 2014) along with Michael Taussig and Bernard Harcourt.

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