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The Path of Everyday Revolution

The Path of Everyday Revolution

Are you looking for something?” The voice sounds less than welcoming. Standing in the backyard of an apartment house in the 4th district, I immediately feel like the intruder I obviously am. “Is this the entrance to Planquadrat?” I say, trying to act self-confident and pointing to a locked door in the fence. “How did […]

I’m Chicago, Hear me Roar: The Allure of the 1920s

I’m Chicago, Hear me Roar: The Allure of the 1920s

There is something about the roaring twenties that beguiles trend-stragglers; it’s hard not to be captivated by its lawlessness and sense of freedom, the lure of shady extravagance. Speeding down an empty highway, hopping a freight, all that matters is a good time and staying out of jail. It’s all so far from the conventional […]

Protest Song Contest 2013

The Rabenhof Theater and radio station FM4 sound the annual call for the Protest Song Contest, providing musicians with an outlet for their views. Participants submit new compositions as well as covers, but lyrics must be original. A jury selected 25 finalists to compete in the contest. On 12 February, the top 10 entries will […]

Empowering Change?

Empowering Change?

“We face a once-in-a-generation opportunity to empower people in our changing world.” These were not the words of a protester on Tahrir Square, Puerta del Sol or Wall Street, although they could have been. They were the words of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. On 16 Feb., Ban took to the red carpet podium in the […]

ACTA: Pandora’s Inbox

It was painfully cold on Saturday, 11 Feb. when several thousand people took to the streets of Vienna to protest the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had mobilised tens of thousands across Europe. ACTA is an international trade agreement to protect intellectual property rights on goods and on the Internet. Its rules apply equally […]

Burschenschafter Ball: With the Demonstrators

Burschenschafter Ball: With the Demonstrators

On 27 Jan. around 5:00 in the afternoon at Christian-Broda-Platz next to Westbahnhof, only a few hundred had gathered for one of three demonstrations against WKR ball approved by the Vienna police – one more starting at the University of Vienna and marching towards Heldenplatz on the Ringstraße, the main one taking Place on Heldenplatz […]

The Globalisation of Protest

The protest movement that began in Tunisia in January, subsequently spreading to Egypt, and then to Spain, has now become global, with the protests engulfing Wall Street and cities across America. Globalisation and modern technology now enables social movements to transcend borders as rapidly as ideas can. And social protest has found fertile ground everywhere: […]

Outrage and Action: the Youth

Outrage and Action: the Youth

The Austrian Student Union’s “Education Action Day” (Bildungsaktionstag) had been planned weeks in advance. When 18 Oct came, hundreds gathered outside the Ministry of Science on Minoritenplatz to demand more funding for Austria’s ailing universities, while plenary sessions at the Universities of Salzburg and Graz highlighted the issue ahead of Finance Minister Maria Fekter’s budget […]

Deconstructing the 99%

As protests erupt all over the world echoing the Occupy Wall Street movement, the democratic sentiment – the desire for more agency – is clear. The arguments and the passions behind them, however, are multi-layered and diverse. When the March on Wall Street began, it seemed like the long-awaited outcry that has been suppressed since […]

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