Joshua Clover is the author of seven books including Riot.Strike.Riot (Verso, 2016), which has been translated into six languages. Scott and Joshua talk about proletarian resistance to the capitalist economy through struggles against circulation of commodities and to fix their prices (riots) and struggles against exploitation and to set the price of wages in the workplace (strikes), how these methods are not as indistinguishable as we are told and the future of struggle against capitalism and extraction, for a new communist world. Transcript PDF (Unimposed) Zine (Imposed PDF) Joshua also has the forthcoming book Roadrunner coming from Duke University Press. It’s about exactly what you think it’s about (but, if you’re not familiar with or from Boston, or haven’t ever seen a Stop&Shop at midnight from the beltway, it’s about placing one particular song from one particular band within a wide and fascinating context. This’ll be out in September!) Here are some relevant links from Clover: "I think the best writing on the George Floyd Uprising has been by Idris Robinson, How It Might Should Be Done, and Shemon and Arturo, Theses on the George Floyd Rebellion. I am always trying to get people to read the poetry of Wendy Trevino and Juliana Spahr, both of whom take riots and insurrections as a main topic. Both of the books linked too are free. Speaking of riots, people should always read Gwendolyn Brooks, RIOT. I am always trying to get people to read Red Skin, White Masks by Glen Coulthard, which is a theoretical consideration on Indigenous struggle that eventually arrives at the fact and the logic of land blockades; it was written before Standing Rock. I mentioned the work of Charmaine Chua on logistics, circulation, and decolonial struggle; here’s one useful essay. Here is a link to the book I have coming out soon. Here is a link to the Introduction if anyone wants a sample." Announcement Support Uprising Prisoner David Elmakayes, who is being charged because of his participation in last summer's George Floyd uprisings in Philadelphia, needs money to hire a new attorney. Currently, his public defender is trying to get him to snitch on other defendants to benefit his own case and David wants no part of it.
We are joined by UC Davis professor of literature and critical theory, JOSHUA CLOVER, who is also a communist and the author of several books including RIOT STRIKE RIOT: THE NEW ERA OF UPRISINGS (Verso, 2016). This conversation begins with the street protests that have erupted across the US in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many other black Americans at the hands of the police. It then expands to encompass digital platforms, definitions of violence and property, the promise of communes, and the caveats of UBI, giving a trans-historical view of revolutionary resistance at the hinge points of political transformation.For more: https://english.ucdavis.edu/people/jclover https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/4734-66-days https://www.versobooks.com/authors/2018-joshua-cloverClarification: At 21:55, Clover refers to the Civil Rights Act (re the 1968 MLK Jr. riots). This is technically accurate, and it was officially known as the Civil Rights Act of 1968. But that risks confusing it with the far more well-known Civil Rights Act of 1964, which is why the 1968 act is more popularly know as the Fair Housing Act.
Episode 1: The New Age of Riots, with Joshua Clover
Critical Theory: The Podcast
Episode 1: The New Age of Riots, with Joshua Clover. In the first episode of Critical Theory: The Podcast, Professor Bernard E. Harcourt (Columbia University) and Professor Joshua Clover (UC Davis) discuss Clover's new book Riot. Strike. Riot. (Verso, 2016), its implications for a critical practice of revolt, and the frontiers of contemporary critical thought. Clover provocatively opens his book: “Riots are coming, they are already here, more are on the way, no one doubts it. They deserve an adequate theory.” This podcast explores that theory and the broader question of the relationship between thought and action. Join us for a stimulating hour on The New Age of Riots.
Episode 91: Des Têtes Vont Tomber (w/ special guest Joshua Clover)
Trillbilly Worker's Party
Professor Joshua Clover (@joshuaclov3r) stops by to talk Gilets Jaunes, rioting, class struggle in the 21st century, and the challenges of the next 50 years. Check out the professor's book here: https://www.versobooks.com/books/2084-riot-strike-riotAnd subscribe to our Patreon here: www.patreon.com/trillbillyworkersparty
Riot. Strike. Riot: Joshua Clover and Nina Power on the New Era of Uprisings
London Review Bookshop Podcast
Baltimore. Ferguson. Tottenham. Clichy-sous-Bois. Oakland. Ours has become an 'age of riots' as the struggle of people versus state and capital has taken to the streets. In this podcast listen to award-winning poet and theorist Joshua Clover and writer and philosopher Nina Power unpick a new understanding of this present moment and its history. Rioting was the central form of protest in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and was supplanted by the strike in the early nineteenth century. It returned to prominence in the 1970s, profoundly changed along with the coordinates of race and class. Historical events such as the global economic crisis of 1973 and the decline of organized labor, viewed from the perspective of vast social transformations, are the proper context for understanding these eruptions of discontent. As social unrest against an unsustainable order continues to grow, how can future antagonists be guided in their struggles toward a revolutionary horizon? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Wednesday Reading SeriesJoshua Clover is the author of two books of poetry and two of cultural history and theory. His new book of poetry, Red Epic, is forthcoming from Commune Editions (spring 2015) and a book on the political economy of struggle, Of Riot, will be published by Verso in spring 2016. His column “Pop & Circumstance” appears monthly in The Nation, and he has completed collaborative work including articles and essays, book manuscripts, and conference organization with Jasper Bernes, Aaron Benanav, Juliana Spahr, Chris Chen, Annie McClanahan, Louis-Georges Schwartz, Tatiana Sverjensky, and Chris Nealon. He is a founder of the 95¢ Skool and Durruti Free Skool, and recently co-organized the Poetry and/or Revolution conference. He is a professor of English Literature at the University of California Davis; in Spring, he will convene a Residential Research Group on culture and finance capital at the University of California Humanities Research Institute.
Episode 41 is a recording of a reading given by two phenomenal poets, Joshua Clover and Megan Kaminski, on April 16th, 2014, in Lawrence, Kansas, on the University of Kansas campus. Joshua Clover is the author of two books of poems, The Totality for Kids (University of California Press) and Madonna anno domini. Joshua writes the column Pop & Circumstance for The Nations, and teaches at the University of California Davis. Megan Kaminski is the author of Desiring Map (Coconut Books) and seven chapbooks of poetry, most recently Wintering Prairie (Dusie). Megan is an assistant professor of poetry writing at the University of Kansas, and she curates the Taproom Poetry Series in downtown Lawrence, KS.