Latest Blog Posts

  • gnd

    2019 Election: From Anti-politics to a Green New Deal?

    I participated in a really enjoyable interview with Teishan Ahearne for Earth Matters (3CR and syndicated nationally on community radio) on the recent Australian election. We talked anti-politics, climate action, Adani and Western Sydney. We asked what way forward in an era of anti-politics? You can listen to our discussion here.

    Read More

  • art and industry bridge

    Podcast: The Bridge

    Last year Sarah Gregson took part in a Symposium on the West Gate Bridge, as part of the Art & Industry Festival. The festival commissioned a podcast, The Bridge, which was produced by Overland magazine and Witness Performance. The podcast is co-hosted and produced by Ben Keene, from Witness Performance, and Jacinda Woodhead, from Overland. It was mixed by, and […]

    Read More

  • radio adelaide

    Anti-politics and post-election audacity

    I did a short interview (11 mins) with Peter Burdon on the federal election result, anti-politics, and where to from here for social change. You can listen via the Radio Adelaide website.

    Read More

  • Kevin 07

    We live in anti-political times

    This post was first published at Overland Journal. *** For many, the victory of the Liberal Party on the weekend was crushing. Enthusiasm for an ALP victory was widespread in labour, union and progressive political circles, and clearly this was misplaced. Of course, the final result should not have come as a complete shock given the […]

    Read More

  • Hawke

    Hawke’s Complicated Legacy

    When I was in grade five there was a vote in class. We were asked, who do you want to win the election, Hawke or Fraser? Only one child in that working class school in Hoppers Crossing voted for the Liberals, such was the hope and desire of working class families for political change. I […]

    Read More

  • egg boy

    The Tally Room: Anti-politics & the 2019 Australian Election

    This week I joined Ben Raue on his podcast The Tally Room, along with William Bowe (@PollBludger). We discussed anti-politics and the 2019 Australian election, in particular what seats are worth watching this Saturday. Egg Boy graphic: Sebastian White  

    Read More

  • west gate geelong advertiser

    The West Gate Project

    Sarah Gregson and I have published a new website, to report on our research into the West Gate Bridge collapse in 1970 and its aftermath. We will add more of our work over time, and have created a resources page collecting together a range of materials on about the disaster and response to it. If […]

    Read More

  • books

    How Labour Built Neoliberalism

    In December I was delighted to launch my first book, How Labour Built Neoliberalism, published with Brill’s Studies in Critical Social Sciences Series. From the cover blurb: Why do we always assume it was the New Right that was at the centre of constructing neoliberalism? How might corporatism have advanced neoliberalism? And, more controversially, were […]

    Read More

  • IMG_8515

    Queerstories podcast: My Tabloid Life

    I recently spoke at Queerstories in Sydney, about social movements, Andrew Bolt and the wonder that is great friends. Indeed, the photo above is of my friends thinking I’m hilarious. You can listen to the episode online here, or through the embedded link below. *** Queerstories is an LGBTQIA+ storytelling night programmed by Maeve Marsden, with […]

    Read More

  • westgateexhibitbook1-image1-small

    WHS and the West Gate Collapse

    Last week Sarah Gregson presented a paper on our behalf, based on our research into the collapse of the West Gate Bridge in Melbourne in 1970. The disaster killed 35 workers, and injured many more. Its legacy continues to this day, including the annual memorial held on 15 October and the digital commemoration on the West […]

    Read More

  • antonio-gramsci-graffiti

    Thesis Eleven Special Issue: On ‘heroic fury’ and questions of method in Antonio Gramsci

    I was most pleased to see our special issue of Thesis Eleven — On ‘heroic fury’ and Antonio Gramsci — published this week. Edited by Ihab Shalbak and myself, it has articles by Peter Thomas, Phil Roberts, Andreas Bieler, Adam Morton, as well as ourselves. This volume has had a long gestation and I’m particularly indebted to […]

    Read More

  • QS_Landscape_working_Crop

    Queerstories: 6 July 2018

    On Friday 6 July I’ll be speaking at Sydney’s Queerstories. A keen audience member, I’ll be performing this time around and telling a short story. Maeve Marsden, the host and producer, describes the event like this: It involves ‘reflections on lives well lived and battles fought, pride, prejudice, love and humour. The LGBTQI community has […]

    Read More