Research Refusal: New issue of APRJA

We are pleased to announce the publication of the latest issue of the free online open access journal, A Peer-Reviewed Journal About Research Refusal edited by Christian Ulrik Andersen & Geoff Cox. With contributions from CSNI researchers Marloes de Valk and Rosie Hermon, and with further contributions from Gabriel Pereira; Dusan Cotoras Straub, Joaquín Zerené Harcha & Diego Gómez-Venegas; MELT (Loren Britton & Isabel Paehr), and Nothing Happening Here (Kelsey Brod, Katia Schwerzmann, Jordan Sjol, Alexander Strecker, Kristen Tapson).


Writing in 1965, Mario Tronti’s claim was that the greatest power of the working class is refusal: the refusal of work, the refusal of capitalist development, and the refusal to bargain within a capitalist framework. One can see how this “strategy of refusal” has been utilised in all sorts of instances by social movements, but how does this play out now in the context of wider struggles over autonomy today – not just in terms of labour power and class struggles; but also intersectional feminism and queer politics; race and decolonialism, geopolitics, populism, environmental concerns; and the current pandemic? In what ways does a refusal of production manifest itself in contemporary artistic, political, social, cultural, or other movements? And, how might a refusal of certain forms of production come together with a politics of care and “social closeness” – also when thinking of how research itself might be refused?

The publication follows an online workshop, organized by Digital Aesthetics Research Center (DARC), Aarhus University and Center for the Study of the Networked Image (CSNI), London South Bank University, in collaboration with transmediale festival, Berlin. 

RESEARCH REFUSAL — APRJA, Vol 10, No. 1 (2021)
ISSN: 2245-7755
Editors: Christian Ulrik Andersen and Geoff Cox
Published by: Digital Aesthetics Research Centre, Aarhus University, and transmediale
CC license: ‘Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike’