For this episode, Suchitra Vijayan spoke to activist and theorist A.K.Thompson
A.K. Thompson got kicked out of high school for publishing an underground newspaper called The Agitator and has been an activist and social theorist ever since. Currently a Professor of Social Movements and Social Change at Ithaca College, his publications include Sociology for Changing the World: Social Movements/Social Research (2006), Black Bloc, White Riot: Anti-Globalization and the Genealogy of Dissent (2010), Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle (2016), Spontaneous Combustion: The Eros Effect and Global Revolution (2017), and, most recently, Premonitions: Selected Essays on the Culture of Revolt (2018). Between 2005 and 2012, he served on the Editorial Committee of Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action.
A.K. Thompson's 5 objects:
My high school uniform
Shakespeare my butt by the lowest of the low
Tompkins Square Park
The "we are winning" photo from Seattle
Benjamin's essay on the concept of history