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Wednesday 10 June 2020
Institute of Contemporary Arts
June 2023


This online course from 2019 outlines various historical examples of effective social movements that included mutual aid strategies, with a list of discussion questions for anyone interested in a deeper analysis of the syllabus.

This important read from activist, organiser and UK Mutual Aid member Eshe Kiama Zuri outlines the history of direct action, support and sustainability practiced by Black and working class communities. It raises critical questions regarding the rise of reactionary white, middle-class and anti-political ‘mutual aid’ in the face of Covid-19.

Bob Kaufman was born in New Orleans in 1925 and moved to San Francisco in the mid-1950s where he began writing poetry and became part of the Beat Generation. He is among the artists who conceived of ‘Afro-Surreal’, marrying the surrealist practice of automatic writing with the spontaneous composition of jazz.

Here Parul Sehgal presents two new long overdue translations of work by Hervé Guibert who died of AIDS aged 36 in 1991, which was also around the first time I encountered his work. It’s hard to believe it took until now to have his ‘breathtaking indiscretions’ translated.


Catch up on this week’s LSE discussion with Mike Davis and Jon Wiener, authors of the recently published Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties, who discuss their research on radical activism in L.A. with Robin D.G. Kelley and Glyn Robbins. Their book chronicles the city’s place in 20th-century history during a decade of change with a legacy strongly felt today.  

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