Nothing to Lose but Our Fear, Resistance in Dangerous Times with Fiona Jeffries

2015 07 Apr
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Nothing to Lose but Our Fear, Resistance in Dangerous Times with Fiona Jeffries

As the Egyptian revolution gained momentum in the winter of 2011, a common refrain echoed across Cairo’s Tahrir Square: “The wall of fear came down!” Mass protests against fear and authoritarianism have also rumbled across the aggrieved streets and plazas of Tunis, Athens, Madrid, New York City, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Delhi, and beyond. While the scale of these new uprisings may be unprecedented,the refusal of fear is not unique to our time.

Nothing to Lose but Our Fear brings together an international group of scholars and activists (Marcus RedikerSilvia FedericiDavid HarveyNandita SharmaJohn HollowayLydia CachoSandra MoranGustavo Esteva, and Wendy Mendezand asks them how can we think critically and act productively in a world awash in fear. Their conversations with Fiona Jeffries provoke consideration of the often hidden histories of people’s emancipatory practices and offer reflections that can help us understand the conjuncture of systemic fear and resistance.

7 PM
Tuesday, April 7 2015
Octopus Books Centretown
251 Bank St. 2nd Floor, Ottawa 

This book launch is co-sponsored by The Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University.

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About the Author

Fiona Jeffries holds a PhD in Communication Studies and did post-doctoral studies at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the City University of New York. She has been involved in numerous alternative media and grassroots social justice projects. She teaches in the Human Rights program at Carlton University and is a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities at Simon Fraser University.


“Multi-faceted, insightful, global: Fiona Jeffries’ conversations with some of our best contemporary theorists, activists, historians (and frequently all three at once) confront fear head-on and come out fighting. In-depth conversations tackle some of the thorniest topics confronting activists and theorists today: how best to understand the state? How best to fight against it? What types of global thinking and resistance can help us to think—and act—otherwise.” – Nina Power, author of One-Dimensional Woman

“An eloquent and urgent book. Fiona Jeffries has assembled some of our planet’s most important thinkers, who help us figure out the present in order to imagine a better future.” – Greg Grandin, author of The Empire of Necessity

“Machiavelli told the rulers, “It is better to be feared than loved.” Ever since, rulers have devised methods of achieving fear while destroying love among the ruled. Here, like a family album of loved ones, is a collection from nine accomplished, active radicals whose biographical background helps introduce figures of resistance from our collective memory—the pirate, the migrant, the witch, the communard, the mother, the dispossessed, the Other—who recuperate our dignity through laughter, courage, truth, and indignation.” – Peter Linebaugh, author of Stop, Thief! The Commons, Enclosure, and Resistance

“This book is a stimulant for hope. Passionate, positive, and practical, it suggests new ways to change our world.” – Joanna Bourke, author of Wounding the World: How Military Violence and War-Play Invade our Lives