Call for submissions: Lived Space

… It is with these implications that in late May the Québec National Assembly voted in favour of Bill 78 (‘An Act to enable students to receive instruction from the postsecondary institutions they attend’), imposing draconian limitations on freedom of speech and civil liberties. This law had the intention of dissipating a three-month student strike against tuition fee hikes imposed by the provincial government in their March 2011 budget. Through this exceptional law, the university revealed itself again as a fortress of the free market. It is in this enclosure of the ‘right to education’ that police officers were seen escorting students to classes where teachers stood dazed before them. How are we to understand the rhetoric of these spaces of exception, where the appearance of inclusivity within a shared right or common good meet the exclusionary reification of the free market’s enclosures?

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