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:613-533-6000, ext 79685
Fax: 613-533-2986

Mac Corry Hall B413
Global Development Studies
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

Research Interests

These days I call myself an autonomy-oriented theorist and practitioner. I am interested in creating radical alternatives to the currently dominant global order, which can mean anything from ecologically-oriented rural intentional communities to protest-driven urban social centers.  But I am not very interested in ideological approaches to this work, which is why I don't call myself, say, "an anarchist". I am also a recovering high theorist. By which I mean, while I used to care very much about what Gilles Deleuze might have thought about Henri Bergson, this is no longer something I stay up at night worrying about. My own research, and that of those I work with, involves movement-based theorizing, which means that the issues and questions being pursued emerge out of communities in resistance, in creation, in joy, in struggle, and have meaning in and for those communities, as well as in the worlds of academic production (one hopes). The communities I am most closely involved with are joyful-militant anarchists and autonomist marxists, indigenous people(s) who would subscribe to what Tai Alfred and Jeff Corntassel call 'indigenism', and food sovereigntists.

As I still remember much of what I read when I was younger, I can probably be a help to anyone interested in radical social, political, and cultural theory. I know my feminism, post-/anti-colonialism, poststructuralism, and their modern antecedents.

Other Appointments

Associate Professor

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 can find it at

    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.