“This book offers an expansive and inspiring examination of an issue crucially important to revolutionary practice and the struggles of all working class and oppressed people: how are humans’ understanding and perception of the world forged through class struggle? In it, Derek Ford brilliantly illuminates key insights of Marx and Engels’ work, as well as that of Louis Althusser, Henri Lefebvre, Paulo Freire, and many contemporary Marxist theorists. His far-reaching discussions of ideology, aesthetics, pedagogy, and the arts offer valuable tools for unlearning capital’s perceptual ecology and forging new worlds of sense and perception that concretely contribute to the communist struggle.”
-Jennifer Ponce de León, author of Another Aesthetics is Possible: Arts of Rebellion in the Fourth World War
“Ford expertly wields a robust analysis of sensory perception and perceptual mapping against the dominant aesthetic ecological regime which reigns as an extension of the dictatorship of capital and which is reproduced, according to Ford, pedagogically. What emerges from this exploration is essential reading for educators, organizers, and anyone interested in (un)learning the ideology and imposed sensorium of capital and, ultimately, in teaching the actuality of revolution!”
-Breht O’Shea, Revolutionary Left Radio
Exploring the nexus between aesthetics, pedagogy, and politics illustrates the central role education plays in reproducing injustice and inhibiting confidence in revolutionary struggle. Demonstrating how capitalism and its attendant forms of oppression are not merely cognitive but perceptual, Derek R. Ford proposes that revolutionary education demands the production of aesthetic experiences through which we sense the possibility and actuality of alternative worlds.
To create such encounters, Ford develops a praxis of teaching and a pedagogy of unlearning that, in our current conjuncture, creates conditions for encountering what Jennifer Ponce de León calls “an other aesthetics.” Mapping contemporary capital as a perceptual ecology of structures, social relations, beliefs, and feelings, Teaching the Actuality of Revolution: Aesthetics, Unlearning, and the Sensations of Struggle provides an extensive new set of concepts, practices, and readings for revolutionaries to better plan, enact, reflect on, and refine our organizing efforts.
Teaching the Actuality
Aesthetics, Unlearning, and the Sensations of Struggle
Derek R. Ford
The Collected Works
Socialist Education in Korea
RILEY SEUNGYOON PARK
DEREK R. FORD
Art and the Working Class
TAYLOR R. GENOVESE
Selected Works of Jose Carlos Mariategui
JOSE CARLOS MARIATEGUI
Peace, Land, and Bread
Peace, Land, and Bread
Peace, Land, and Bread
Peace, Land, and Bread
Peace, Land, and Bread
Capital in Pictures
Impossible to Believe
History and Critique of a Black Legend
SALVATORE ENGEL-DI MAURO
Change in the Global South
TYSON E. LEWIS
On Trade Unionism
Building a People's Art
The Journey of the Farmer's Rebellion
NOTES FROM THE ACADEMY
The Collision of Capital and Kosmos
Derek R. Ford
Derek R. Ford is assistant professor of education studies at DePauw University and an instructor with The People's Forum. In addition to running three book series, they're associate editor of Postdigital Science and Education and deputy editor of the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies. Additionally, Ford's an organizer with the ANSWER Coalition and the Indianapolis Liberation Center, and a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Ford's the education department chair at the Hampton Institute (a working-class think tank) and editor of LiberationSchool.org.
Taylor R. Genovese
Riley Seungyoon Park
Taylor R. Genovese is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology program at Arizona State University. His dissertation research examines the political continuities and ruptures between the constructed secularity of Silicon Valley technologists and Russian Cosmism—a nineteenth century politico-theology advocating a universal human program for overcoming death and resurrecting ancestors. Additionally, as an eclectic multimodal anthropologist, he tends to work simultaneously on a variety of different projects in a diversity of artistic and academic modes, using digital video, photography, and sound as methods and sites of inquiry for anthropological research.
Christian Noakes is an urban sociologist and geographer whose work is grounded in historical materialism and anti-imperialism. Much of his work looks at the relationship between capitalism and the built environment. Christian is an associate editor of Peace, Land, & Bread, and has contributed to several publications including the Industrial Worker, An Spréach, Marxism-Leninism Today, and Cosmonaut.
Riley Seungyoon Park is a Master' Student in psychology at the University of Indianapolis. Their research interests include looking at community-based psychotherapy from an anti-imperialist, disability justice, and abolitionist perspective. They have written for Hampton Institute. Park is an organizer for the ANSWER Coalition and the Indianapolis Liberation Center. They are a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and have been involved in the international Korean peace movement.
TEACHING THE ACTUALITY OF REVOLUTION BOOK TALK AND LAUNCH
Join us for an online book launch for Teaching the Actuality of Revolution: Aesthetics, Unlearning, and the Sensations of Struggle, with author Derek R. Ford. Exploring the nexus between aesthetics, pedagogy, and politics illustrates the central role education plays in reproducing injustice and inhibiting confidence in revolutionary struggle. Demonstrating how capitalism and its attendant forms of oppression are not merely cognitive but perceptual, Ford proposes that revolutionary education demands the production of aesthetic experiences through which we sense the possibility and actuality of alternative worlds. To create such encounters, they develop a praxis of teaching and a pedagogy of unlearning that, in our current conjuncture, creates conditions for encountering what Jennifer Ponce de León calls “an other aesthetics.” Mapping contemporary capital as a perceptual ecology of structures, social relations, beliefs, and feelings, Teaching the Actuality of Revolution provides an extensive new set of concepts, practices, and readings for revolutionaries to better plan, enact, reflect on, and refine our organizing efforts. Derek will be joined in conversation with political scholars and organizers Jennifer Ponce de León, Summer Pappachen, Gabriel Rockhill, Michelle Kurta, and Kym Smith.
Jennifer Ponce de León is an organizer and interdisciplinary scholar who works across studies of contemporary visual arts, literature, and performance; transnational Latinx and Latin American studies; and Marxist aesthetics and social theory, including anticolonial and postcolonial thought. She is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania where she is also faculty in Latin American and Latinx Studies and Comparative Literature and affiliated faculty in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and Cinema Studies. She is the author of Another Aesthetics is Possible: Arts of Rebellion in the Fourth World War.
Summer Pappachen is a second year PhD student at Northwestern University. She studies and teaches in political theory and international political economy, and researches in feminist theory and critical race theory. She has also written for Liberation School and Breaking the Chains magazine, and recently published a book chapter in Bioinformational Philosophy and Postdigital Knowledge Ecologies. Summer organizes with the Ana For Ward 45 campaign in Chicago, where they are fighting against police brutality, fascism, and corruption.
Gabriel Rockhill is a philosopher, cultural critic and activist. He is the Founding Director of the Critical Theory Workshop / Atelier de Théorie Critique and Professor of Philosophy at Villanova University. He has published nine books, as well as numerous scholarly and journalistic articles, including most recently Contre-histoire du temps present (2017; available in English as Counter-History of the Present), Interventions in Contemporary Thought (2016), and Radical History & the Politics of Art (2014). For more information: https://gabrielrockhill.com
Kym Smith is a mom, popular educator, organizer, cultural worker, southern scholar, trekkie and up and coming theologian. Born and raised in West Columbia, South Carolina, Kym loves reading, studying and learning and redefining what and who is an intellectual and what's considered theory.
Michelle Kurta is an educator, facilitator, and new mother working in the dynamic intersections between teaching/learning, healing, and liberation. Through her current collaborative project of Meaning Makers Collective, Michelle engages and amplifies insights and practices for disrupting the explicit and unconscious patterns of systemic inequity and attending to the wisdom of our bodies in service of personal and collective healing and transformation. Michelle earned a BA in Peace Studies from Goucher College, a Masters degree in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and an M.Ed. in Urban Education and Single-subject Teaching Credential from UCLA’s Teacher Education Program. Michelle taught Language Arts at the School for Visual Arts and Humanities in the LAUSD and has worked as a peer coach and facilitator of trauma informed and healing centered practices with K-12 educators.
Derek R. Ford is a teacher, educational theorist, and organizer currently working as an associate professor of education studies at DePauw University. They’ve authored 8 books, including Encountering Education: Elements for a Marxist Pedagogy and Politics and Pedagogy in the “Post-Truth” Era: Insurgent Philosophy and Praxis. In addition to their popular writing, which has appeared in outlets such as Black Agenda Report, Monthly Review, and Orinoco Tribune, they hosted the podcast series, Reading Capital with Comrades. Ford is the editor of Liberation School and associate editor of Postdigital Science and Education, as well as an organizer with the Indianapolis Liberation Center and ANSWER Coalition.
Maia Villalba (she, they) is a 21-year-old Chinese Cuban communist, organizer, and abolitionist from Lower Manhattan. At New York University, she concentrates in Social and Cultural Analysis at the College of Arts and Sciences and serves as the President of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Positive Club (SRH+). As an organizer, she develops political education and cultural programming to cultivate solidarity between the New York City community and the Young Lordes Collective, a local youth organization working at the intersection between activism and artistry. Featured in Vogue, Nowness, and Peace, Land, and Bread, Maia is a budding voice of contemporary communist scholarship from the Marxist-Leninist perspective. In her most recent work, Wretched Women: A Manifesto on Abolition, Anti-Globalization, and the International Struggle for the Commons, she exposes the dark underbelly of global corporate development and explains how social practices, acts of provisioning, and forms of peer governance offer practical tools of resistance against the forces of late stage capitalism. Her manifesto is set for publication by Iskra Books in 2023.
CO-SPONSORS AND ORGANIZERS
The Critical Theory Workshop/Atelier de Théorie Critique is a non-profit educational institution that seeks to bring affordable education with real use-value to a broad public. Originally founded in 2008 as a dual-language intensive summer research program in Paris, the Workshop has grown over the years. In addition to our in-person summer school, it offers an online summer program, seminars and symposiums in Philadelphia, as well as online courses and lectures. We have had the good fortune of working with a long list of prestigious invited speakers over the years, including figures like Domenico Losurdo, Geneviève Fraisse, Pierre Macherey, Jacques Rancière, Seloua Luste Boulbina, and Amy Allen. We have made our discussions with many of them available in our video archive as a free educational resource. You can find information about our 2023 workshop, including registration information here: https://criticaltheoryworkshop.com
The Hampton Institute is a working-class think tank founded in 2013. In contrast to traditional think tanks, we give a platform to working-class theorizations, analyses, and commentary. We are named as a tribute to former Black Panther Party member and revolutionary martyr, Fred Hampton, and also take inspiration from Italian Marxist theorist, Antonio Gramsci, and educator and philosopher, Paulo Freire. does not seek to provide specific policy analysis for political parties. We seek to build class consciousness. We seek to end oppressive systems like capitalism, white supremacy, and patriarchy. We seek the liberation of all and you can find us here: https://www.hamptonthink.org
The Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies is a peer-reviewed, open-access, and international scholarly journal that has, since 2003, worked to develop Marxist and other Left analyses and critiques of education. JCEPS seeks and publishes articles that critique global, national, neo-liberal, neo-conservative, neo-Fascist, New Labour, Third Way, postmodernist and other analyses of policy developments, as well as those that attempt to report on, analyze and develop Socialist/ Marxist transformative policy for schooling and education from a number of Radical Left perspectives, including Freirean, Communist, Marxist, anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic perspectives. JCEPS addresses issues of social class, ‘race’, gender, sexual orientation, disability and capital/ism; critical pedagogies, new public managerialism and academic/ non-academic labor, and empowerment/ disempowerment. You can find the journal here: https://www.jceps.org.
The People's Forum is a movement incubator for working class and marginalized communities to build unity across historic lines of division at home and abroad. We are an accessible educational and cultural space that nurtures the next generation of visionaries and organizers who believe that through collective action a new world is possible. You can find their work here: https://peoplesforum.org/
Iskra Books is an independent scholarly publisher—publishing original and diverse works of revolutionary theory, history, critique, and art, as well as edited collections, new translations, and critical republications of older works. Iskra seeks and publishes manuscripts grounded within the progressive and avant-garde dimensions of socialist and working class thinking—moving revolutionary and critical scholarship forward in innovative and practical ways, and pushing intellectual production outside of the academy and into the sphere of those actively engaged in real-world liberation struggles. Iskra publishes in critical times for a critical, revolutionary audience of organizers, educators, and comrades engaged in the heart of the struggle. We have nothing to lose but our chains; we have a world to win; and we publish for that world.
Midnight Books is a radical bookstore and community event space in Uptown Whittier, Southeast LA, California. Since our opening in January 2022, Midnight has participated in several labor campaigns, mutual aid distribution, educational reading groups and film nights, music, art, and more. Find them on Twitter at @MidnightBooksLA
May Day Books, located in the exciting West Bank community in Minneapolis, is a volunteer collective dedicated to selling left-wing literature. May Day provides a space for political education and camaraderie. We are a no-profit bookstore with a progressive educational mission, and provide quality political books to the public, both fiction and non-fiction, sold at discount rates of 15%-20% below cover price. Find them on Twitter at @maydaybooksmpls
In Encountering Education, Derek R. Ford develops new marxist pedagogical elements to advance the class struggle. Ford argues that the entire marxist project of establishing the dictatorship of the proletariat and creating a classless society entails an educational praxis that builds up disinterpellative encounters. Through an inventive reading of Marx, Althusser, Glissant, and others, they advance two dialectical pedagogical processes of inquiry and presentation, developing both-and the political relations between the two-through a range of theorists and situations. Encountering Education both illuminates the historical, political, spatial, technological, and sonic conditions of our struggle and assembles new pedagogical forms of reading, writing, listening, and learning through which we can encounter and realize an alternative social formation and, through the guidance of the Party, a new mode of production. Derek will be joined in conversation with Nazia Kazi, Jason Wozniak, and Kym Smith.
Derek R. Ford is assistant professor of education studies at DePauw University and an instructor with the People’s Forum. They’ve published eight monographs, the latest of which are Marxism, Pedagogy, and the General Intellect: Beyond the Knowledge Economy (2021) and Inhuman Educations: Jean-Francois Lyotard, Pedagogy, Thought (2021). In addition to running three book series, Ford is associate editor of Postdigital Science and Education and deputy editor of the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies. Ford’s an organizer with the ANSWER Coalition, a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, and the education chair at the Hampton Institute and the editor of Liberation School. Their popular writing has appeared in Monthly Review, Black Agenda Report, and elsewhere. He also hosted the podcast series, Reading Capital with Comrades.
Nazia Kazi is an anthropologist and educator based in Philadelphia. Her work explores the role of Islamophobia and racism in the context of global politics. She has lived in Dubai, New York City, and the Chicagoland area. She is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Stockton University in New Jersey, where she teaches courses on race, ethnicity, immigration, and Islam in the U.S. She is the author of Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics, out now in an expanded second edition from Rowman & Littlefield.
Jason Wozniak is assistant professor of educational foundations and policy studies at West Chetser University of Pennsylvania. Jason has published widely in both North and South America. He is completing his first book, provisionally titled, The Mis-Education of the Indebted Student. In addition, Jason is the founder and Co-Director of The Latin American Philosophy of Education Society (LAPES.org). For the past two years, Jason has been one of the lead researchers on Hacer Escuela/Inventing School: Rethinking the Pedagogy of Critical Theory, a sub-project of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant: Critical Theory in the Global South.
Kym Smith is an organizer with Party for Socialism and Liberation, outside liaison with Jailhouse Lawyers Speak SC and co-founder of the Soda City Bail Fund. She’s also a mom to an amazing kid, needy pitbull and self absorbed cat. You can learn more about Kym on episode 6 of “From Struggle to Militant: A Revolutionary Story” by Breaking the Chains magazine.
SOCIALIST EDUCATION IN KOREA BOOK TALK AND LAUNCH
This webinar, organized jointly by the International Manifesto Group, Peace, Land, and Bread, The People's Forum, and the Hampton Institute, will introduce and explore themes connected to the recently-published book Socialist Education in Korea, a volume of selected works on education by Kim Il Sung.
Publishing such a book is a controversial move in the United States. In fact, there's almost a proportional relationship between the demonisation of the DPRK and the level of ignorance one has about the state, the country, its government, its people and society, and its history. This is particularly striking given the recent interest in decolonial and anti-colonial education, in socialist and communist educational methods, and in socialism and communism more generally.
Socialist Education in Korea, edited by Riley Park and Cambria York, not only provides key insights into the socialist educational project in Korea—including its pedagogical philosophies and practices, organizations, purposes, government institutions, and more. It also helps provide a more accurate description of the DPRK's socialist project as articulated by the state's founder and, for almost five decades, central leader.
Our webinar features the editors of the book, along with longstanding Korea solidarity activists and experts in Korean history and politics.
Riley Seungyoon Park is a masters student in psychology at the University of Indianapolis. Their research interests center on community-based psychotherapy from an anti-imperialist, Marxist, and disability justice orientation. They co-edited Socialist Education in Korea: Selected Writings of Kim Il-Sung and have written other works on Korea for the Hampton Institute. Park is an organizer for the ANSWER Coalition and the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Since 2019, they’ve been a central people’s leader in various movements in Indianapolis, organizing around reproductive justice, the war on Black America, capitalism, and imperialism. Additionally, Park is active in the internationaal Korean movement for peace and reunification, participating in the Global Peace Forum on Korea in 2019 and, this month, was a part of the first U.S. delegation to visit Chongryon—the General Association of Koreans in Japan—since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Kiyul Chung is a lifelong fighter for Korean reunification and anti-imperialist causes more generally. He is the Editor-in-Chief at The 21st Century and a Visiting Professor at a number of universities, including Beijing’s Tsinghua University, Tokyo’s Korea University and Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung University. Earlier, he was also Visiting Professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Dr. Chung was born in Korea and left to pursue his graduate studies in the United States in 1980. He was based in the USA for the next quarter century, where he earned his MA and PhD degrees, and played a leading role in the progressive Korean community. He returned to Korea in 2005 as Adjunct Professor at the Methodist University and Senior Lecturer at Hanshin University, both in Seoul, but moved shortly to Beijing, to take up academic posts there. Dr. Chung was a key organiser of a 1989 international peace march for Korean reunification that aimed to march from the northernmost to the southernmost points of the Korean peninsula, but was prevented from crossing the DMZ by the US occupation forces and the south Korean authorities. He was also heavily involved with the Korea Truth Commission's International War Crimes Tribunal, held in New York in 2001.
Derek R. Ford is a teacher, educational theorist, and organizer currently serving as associate professor of education studies at DePauw University, USA. Ford's published eight monographs, including Encountering Education: Elements for a Marxist Pedagogy (2022) and Marxism, Pedagogy, and the General Intellect: Beyond the Knowledge Economy (2021). Ford organized the last U.S. delegation to the DPRK before the U.S.-imposed travel ban and, together with Kiyul Chung and Curry Malott, leads the only U.S. academic exchange program with Korea University in Japan.
Radhika Desai is Professor at the Department of Political Studies, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. She is the author of Geopolitical Economy: After US Hegemony, Globalization and Empire (2013), Slouching Towards Ayodhya: From Congress to Hindutva in Indian Politics (2nd rev. ed., 2004), Intellectuals and Socialism: ‘Social Democrats’ and the Labour Party (1994), a New Statesman and Society Book of the Month; and editor of Revitalizing Marxist Theory for Today’s Capitalism (2010) and Developmental and Cultural Nationalisms (2009). She is also the author of of numerous articles in Economic and Political Weekly, New Left Review, Third World Quarterly and other journals, as well as in edited collections on parties, political economy, culture and nationalism. She is now working on another book, The Making of the Indian Capitalist Class. Radhika co-edits the Future of Capitalism book series through Pluto Press with Alan Freeman. She serves on the Editorial Boards of: Canadian Political Science Review, Critique of Political Economy, E-Social Sciences, Pacific Affairs, Global Faultlines Research in Political Economy, The World Review of Political Economy, International Critical Thought, and Revista de Economía Crítica.
Keith Bennett is an active member of the International Manifesto Group and a consultant specializing in Chinese and Korean affairs. He is the Deputy Chair of the Kim Il Sung Kim Jong Il Foundation (KKF) and the Deputy Secretary General of the European Regional Society for the Study of the Juche Idea. He has closely followed events in Korea and the Korean road to socialism for nearly half a century and first visited the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in 1983 as a delegate to the World Conference of Journalists Against Imperialism. He has subsequently visited the country on some 50 occasions and was twice awarded the DPRK Order of Friendship by President Kim Il Sung. He has delivered papers on the Juche idea and on Korean reunification at conferences in Europe, Asia and Latin America.