Novara is a new weekly show that engages with political theory, current affairs and cultural debate. It is hosted by activist and graduate student Aaron Peters on Resonance FM. Discussion ranges from political aesthetics and activism to social history, locating these debates within a topical context relevant for the listener.
Speaking with activists, commentators, academics and the every day men and women who participate and inquire, the show seeks to offer interpretations neglected by the mainstream. Be it talking to a squatter and anthropologist about reform of squatting law or a student and artist about protests against cuts to higher education, the show aims to provide incisive and critical voices about power and social change.
2011 has already been a momentous year in politics both in Britain and the wider world. Despite an abundance of content surrounding such events, original analysis can be hard to find. Novara offers a critical alternative to the assumptions that animate mainstream discussion whilst remaining accesible and germane.
The first show looked at the Spanish town square occupations and the occupation of Tahrir square as networked 'meme' with journalist Ryan Gallagher and the arts/ politics collective DSG. The following week the second show discussed the antagonistic relationship between liberal and democratic demands within the context of the recent European protests, particularly Spain, with Guy Aitchison, of OurKingdom, and Matt Hall, UCL graduate.
The name 'Novara' is the name of the city where the seminal Italian Workerist film 'The Working Class Goes to Heaven' is set. Novara Kollektiv were part of the political movement known as "autonomism", seeing labour, the working class and the acts of everyday people as the primary driver of human history, rather than capital.
Some of the guests you can look forward to over the following weeks include publisher and author Dan Hind, anarchist trade unionist Donnacha de Long, anthropologist David Graeber, author of 'Chavs' Owen Jones, academic Joss Hands and founder of Open Democracy and Charter 88 Anthony Barnett. Alongside them will be students, squatters, schoolkids and workers.
If you would like to get involved with the show - either by suggesting a topic or text for discussion or even coming on yourself - then please drop an e-mail to [email protected].
The show goes live every Tuesday from 2-3pm live on Resonance FM and is repeated on Fridays at 9pm. If in London you can catch it on radio at 104.4fm or online and worldwide here at the same time(s).
All shows along with synopses and biographies of participants are available here.