From the Syllabus to the City and Back Again
The syllabus is a form of utopian publication. In the neoliberal university, it is a document making evidence of teaching and learning. It is a contract that draws disciplinary lines. In the right hands, it acts as a cover and allows for the possibility of study. Outside the neoliberal university, the syllabus projects a point of view, stages a debate, and charts a field of praxis. It is a vehicle for doing what the university ought to be doing but is not.
This zine was published on the occasion of Collective Question's residency at Wendy's Subway August 21-30, 2019.
Collective Question is a working group comprised of Julie Niemi, Steven Chodoriwsky, and Christopher Lee. They coalesced around research into Tolstoy College, an anarchist educational community within the University at Buffalo SUNY active between 1969 and 1985 that was invested in themes and questions of radicalism and oppression in America. The current research of Collective Question speculates on informal reconstitutions of the college and a reanimation of its spirit of studying together. They work by building, publishing, and talking with and through host/partner institutions and its publics. [publisher's note]