Craig Bellamy on 28 Aug 2000 11:33:45 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] Call for Australian Responses to Globalisation

Hi All,

This is a copy of an email I have been sending around Australian Universities calling for Australian academics to respond to globalisation by posting an article on the Internet.

Dear Colleagues,

As you may know, there is a large civic demonstration planned for Crown Casino in Melbourne on September 11 (S11).
The movement's plan is to disrupt the World Economic Forum (WEF), a meeting of some of the world's most powerful business leaders (that include MicroSoft's Bill Gates). This may be the start of a large anti-globalisation movement that has gained momentum in North-America and Europe.

There is much indication that the movement is being organised via the Internet through web pages and discussion lists. The weekend's newspapers had numerous articles about the use of the Internet, and there are a number of other journalists who have indicated that they are writing articles about the political use of this medium. The protesters have targeted the WEF because it is perceived as one of the unaccountable bodies with a strangle hold over our present period of globalisation.

The problem that many individuals see, is that there is little intellectual and historical contribution to the understanding of globalisation for both the movement and the broader press. I urge you as informed citizens to make timely contributions to the discourse on globalisation via the Internet page that I have set up at:

The contributions can be in any form and of any length and of any standard, and the content will not be edited. You do not by any means have to indicate that you support the movement, this is simply and exercise in the greater understanding of globalisation. There is every indication that members of the press and the broader public will read you contributions and your ideas will help prevent misinformation filling what could become an intellectual void.

Thanking you in timely anticipation,

Craig Bellamy
RMIT University