I’m Nick Mirzoeff, a writer, teacher and critic in the areas of visual and cultural studies.
With this project, I intend to write and think about Occupy each day of 2012. It is a challenge to myself to continue the work that the Occupy movement has begun in rethinking our political economy and culture.
Following the evictions of November 2011, many people have assumed that the Occupy movement is “over.” Others have argued that it will have to develop a traditional hierarchical leadership or create a relationship to the Democractic Party (in the US) or other established vertical organizations.
While I think that many of us in the movement would find such outcomes disappointing, there’s no point in pretending that there are not serious difficulties ahead. This durational project is designed in part to generate persistence with this challenge from my own perspectives: critical visuality studies, cultural politics, the political economy of climate change and the transforming of both political and intellectual practice.
I’m using this blog as its home, rather than a public platform like Facebook, so that it can appear as a continuous project and so that readers can visit it occasionally, rather than having it pushed towards them every day. That said, anyone who wants to get it on a daily basis can sign up for email or RSS delivery on the home page.
Please feel free to comment on the project as a whole or any individual post: I’ll do my best to reply as soon as possible.