Archives for September 2012

Front Lines Back Yards

This text explores the imagery of race, and nation that has historically been associated  with populist narratives of ‘Little Englandism’. It was originally given to a conference ‘Front lines, Backyards’  that I organised at the Institute of Education in  London in 1997 and published in a special issue of New Formations, co-edited with Bill Schwartz  the following year. The full text is available here:  Front Lines Back Yards This video presents highlights of the conference, with contributions from the main speakers, interviews with delegates, and presentations from some of the poets and artists who took part.

Beyond Storm and Stress Some reflections on War, Modernity and Youth after 9/11

In the West, during the ‘heroic’ 19th century   phase of nation and empire building ‘youth’  was placed rhetorically and actually in the front ranks of violent confrontation. Young men were cast as the main protagonists of class war and civil war, not to mention the ‘war of generations’, the struggle of the forces of modernity against tradition. In the process young women were effectively sidelined.

Phil Cohen Curriculum Vitae

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Phil Cohen Biography

Phil Cohen  was born in 1943 into a medical family and the blitzing of London by V2 missiles. He  has spent  much of his life attempting to recover from these two experiences and from his mis-education at expensive private schools in London.  He went up to Cambridge  to read history and anthropology but quickly  got caught up in the excitement and craziness of the times, dropped out and  became involved in various counter-cultural movements, including the London Street Commune squatters and community action in Covent Garden and Kings Cross.  He wrote a book, with the late Dave Robins  about some of these experiences :Knuckle sandwich: Growing up in the working class city (Penguin 1978).  At about this time he gave a talk to the Centre of Contemporary Cultural Studies in Birminghham about youth subcultures and working class community in east London, triggered by his local encounters with skinhead gangs. The [Read More…]

Olympic Dreams and Nightmares

This gallery of 192 images  contains the following sections: Mix n Kitsch Scenes from the Tempest The Nay Sayers :images of protest The Anti-Industrial machine The Ceremonies-inter-ludology Carrying the torch- Ideal worlds and imaginary cities Dialectics of the Enlightenment It is designed as a visual essay to compliment Part two of ‘On the Wrong Side of the Track?’   Download the PowerPoint here:  Olympic Dreams and Nightmares.  Please note that depending on your connection speed the download may take some time due to the size of the file.  To view the media, the gallery above contains the same slides.

East London – A Journey through the Ruins

A Journey through the Ruins of East London.   Download the PowerPoint here: Journey Through the Ruins.  Please note that depending on your connection speed the download may take some time due to the size of the file.  To view the media, the gallery above contains the same slides.