Department of Global Development Studies


Global Development Studies

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Richard Day

Associate Professor, Global Development Studies

PhD. Sociology, Simon Fraser University

Phone: 613-533-3301
Fax: 613-533-2986

Mac Corry Hall B401
Global Development Studies
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

Research Interests

These days I call myself an autonomy-oriented theorist and practitioner. I live on a small island, and the communities I am most closely involved with are off-the-grid, experimental, joyful-militant-anarchist, and resurgent indigenous.

Current Projects


I am inspired by people who know how to grow vegetables throughout the winter, keep fruit and nut trees alive in spite of a changing climate, and whack and can a deer ... generally, those who are finding ways to fly beneath the radar, and rise above the mayhem, of a collapsing 'civilization'.

Supervisory Interests


As I will no longer be an employee at Queen's University after June 2019, I am not able to accept any new graduate students.


Other Appointments


Associate Professor, Department of Sociology


Selected Publications


  • For the best indication of the work I've done in anarchist/autonomist theory, please see Gramsci is Dead: Anarchist Currents in the Newest Social Movements. Pluto Press (UK) / Between the Lines (Canada) / University of Michigan Press (US), 2005.
    The book is available in pdf format online, for free, at (even though it is not published by Verso! I am honoured) Look down - way down...

    For a response to a number of critics of Gramsci Is Dead, see "Walking Away From Failure: A Response to AK Thompson (and Others)' in Upping the Anti #4. May 2007.

    Some other people are happy/upset because they think I am a 'postanarchist'. I would tend to doubt that, but I am in the reader:

    'Hegemony, Affinity, and the Newest Social Movements: At the End of the 00s' in D. Rouselle & S. Evreyyan (eds.) The Postanarchism Reader. London: AK Press, 2011.
  • I am also involved in thinking and acting through something called anarch@indigenism. To get an idea of what this means, please see the 2011 issue of the Affinities journal (which I edit) on this topic.

    You could also check out the following articles:

    (With Adam Lewis). 'Radical Subjectivity and Post-Identity Politics' in R. Taforodi (ed.) Subjectivity in the 21st century: Cultural, philosophical, and Political Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming in 2012, we hope.

    "Angry Indians, Settler Guilt, and the Challenges of Decolonization and Resurgence" in K. Ladner and L. Simpson (eds.) This is an Honour Song: Twenty Years Since the Blockades. Winnipeg: Arbeiter Ring, 2010.

    (With M. Abdou and S. Haberle): "Grassroots Multiculturalism" in S. Bolaria and S. Hier (eds.) Racism, Identity, and Justice: Dialogue on the Politics of Inequality and Change . Halifax: Fernwood Press, 2009.
  • I have been active for many years in the world of radical/alternative/anarchist pedagogies, and retain a strong interest in such projects. Some relevant publications:

    (With J. Kabo and C. Baillie) "Engineering and Social Justice: How to help students cross the threshold," in Practice and Evidence of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education,Vol. 4, No. 2, October 2009.

    (Co-edited with Mark Coté and Greig dePeuter). Utopian Pedagogy: Radical Experiments against Neoliberal Globalization.Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007.

    'The University as Anarcho-Community, in I. Angus (ed) Anarcho-modernism: Essays in Honour of Jerry Zaslove, Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2001.
  • I am also working on a documentary video/website called 'The Equation of Insurrection.' This is an exploration of some iconic insurrections of the late 20th/early 21st centuries, composed primarily of video interviews with movement participants and commentators in Oaxaca, Chiapas, Buenos Aires, Bolivia, Cairo, Turkey.