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George Katsiaficas

I have been active in social movements since 1969 when I participated in the anti-Vietnam movement. For 11 years, I worked in Ocean Beach, California (as described at the end of Andre Gorz's book Ecology as Politics) in a radical countercultural community that fought against war, police brutality, and rape as we built up a network of alternative institutions (free school, food store, bookstore/cultural center and others). After living in Berlin and learning first-hand about the autonomous movement there, I wrote The Subversion of Politics: European Autonomous Social Movements and the Decolonization of Everyday Life. For years, I was active for the cause of Palestinian rights. A graduate of MIT and UCSD (where I studied with Herbert Marcuse and wrote The Imagination of the New Left: A Global Analysis of 1968. In 2018, a new and thoroughly revised edition was published as The Global Imagination of 1968: Revolution and Counterrevolution (PM Press). I taught at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston over a 30-year span.

Beginning in 2001, I did research at the May 18 Institute at Chonnam National University in Gwangju, South Korea, especially focusing on the 1980 uprising, and wrote about Korean social movements in Asia's Unknown Uprisings (Volume 1 on Korea; Volume 2 on 9 other places in Asia).

For 6 six years, I was editor of New Political Science and brought many unknown issues into public view, with special issues on the Sudan and one on the Black Panther Party (published as a book by Routledge--Liberation, Imagination and the Black Panther Party--coedited with Kathleen Cleaver.) A peace advocate by nature, I am also unwilling to tolerate injustice and work incessantly for the realization of my ideals.