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Feminism

ROOMS OF OUR OWN

CONFERENCE ON WOMEN’S SPACES

Women’s Spaces and Feminist Politics: yesterday, today and tomorrow

You are invited to a one-day conference organized by London Women and Planning Forum, Rooms of our Own and Women’s Studies without Walls

FRIDAY 16th MAY 2014, 9.30 for 10.0 – 5.0pm
@ Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Rd, E1 4NS 
Geography Department, First Floor, Room 126

This one-day conference will explore the role of women’s spaces in feminist politics, focusing on women’s centres and other women’s spaces in the past, present and future. During the 1970s there were autonomous women’s centres in most London boroughs and throughout the UK. They provided an exciting, safe and liberating environment for women to share thoughts and experiences and to campaign for change. Many of these centres were funded by local authority grants but as the grant-giving environment diminished most were forced to close. Some have survived by tendering for out-sourced council services such as domestic violence and rape counselling. Many have struggled against the conflation of feminist demands into a generalised equality agenda. During the past decade a new  generation of feminists has started to campaign against the objectification of women in the media, the expansion of pornography, sexism in the workplace and on the street, the lack of representation of women in public life and the sexualisation of young children. This new generation of feminists is largely organized via social media rather than in physical spaces. 

There will be four key sessions.

  1. Why “Women Only”?  Speakers on the history of women’s spaces, lesbian and separatist issues, cultural and religious diversity issues and requirements for women’s safety.
  2. Women’s Spaces past, present and future. A range of speakers looking at Women’s Centres that have closed, those that have survived and ideas for new forms for the future.
  3. Virtual women’s spaces. Speakers from organisations that organise almost exclusively online; benefits and problems.
  4. One hour discussion involving all the speakers and audience chaired by Woman’s Hour’s Jane Garvey, followed by a Networking session

We aim to organise another event following on from this Conference with the opportunity for much more discussion, networking and planning for the future.

Please go to Eventbrite to register: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/womens-spaces-and-feminist-politics-yesterday-today-and-tomorrow-tickets-11140033139

£38 for waged +booking fee

£8.50 for unwaged +booking fee  (if this is difficult for you, please email us)

Includes tea/ coffee throughout the day and a vegetarian lunch.
Please let us know if you have particular access and /or dietary requirements
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 6th May 2014
EMAIL CONTACT: womensspaces@gmail.com

Feminism

Feminism

 

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Dud Capitalism

Dud Capitalism

POLITICAL WEEKEND: HOSTED BY REVOLUTIONARY SOCIALISM IN THE 21st CENTURY

Political weekend: hosted by rs21

Saturday, 29 March 2014 at 11:00 - Sunday, 30 March 2014 at 17:00 (GMT)

GoldsmithsCollege, University of London

New Cross, London, SE14 6NW, United Kingdom

Book online: http://bit.ly/rs21weekend

Timetable: http://rs21.org.uk/timetable/

A weekend of discussion and debate on what it means to be a revolutionary socialist today: organised around three key panel discussions and a number of workshops. The weekend is organised by rs21, a new grouping of revolutionary socialists in Britain. This is our first major public event and we welcome participation from anyone who is interested in similar issues and has been asking similar questions.

The Panel sessions:

• Neoliberal capitalism and the state of struggle

• Marxist approaches to racism, sexism and oppression

• Revolutionary organisation and the working class

We will also be hosting a Question Time with figures from the movement including Mark Steel, Sara Bennett and Mike Gonzalez titled “How do we organise to transform the world?”

Workshops include:

• Social reproduction: what it is and why it matters

• Protest movements and united fronts today

• Shifts in reformism and reformist consciousness

• What is revolutionary leadership?

• Marxism at the margins: intersectionality and identity

• Anti-politics: responses to austerity from Occupy to Russell Brand

• How should revolutionaries organise?

• Racism, new and old

• Neoliberalism’s impact on the working class

Speakers include:

• Mark Steel Independent columnist and comedian

• Nina Power author of One Dimensional Woman

• Mike Gonzalez author of upcoming book on Venezuela

• Mireia Gargallo from the Spanish squares movement

• Neil Davidson author of How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions?

• Lucia Pradella from the Historical Materialism journal

• Ian Birchall biographer of Tony Cliff

• Estelle Cooch former deputy editor of the Socialist Review

• Dan Swain author of Alienation: An Introduction to Marx’s Theory

• Sara Bennett from Unite the Union executive (pc)

• Jonny Jones former deputy editor International Socialism journal

• Amy Gilligan from the National Union of Students executive

• Colin Barker author of Marxism and Social Movements

 

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Culture

Culture

ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT, CULTURE – CALL FOR PAPERS

The Institute on Culture and Society: The Banff Centre for the Arts — June 13-17, 2014

The Institute on Culture and Society (ICS) invites the submission of papers on topics related to Marxism, critical theory, and Marxist views of literature. Submissions are welcome from all humanities and social scientific perspectives. Full submission details can be found at the end of this call.

Supplementing an ongoing engagement with Marxism, ICS 2014 welcomes submissions on this year’s special topic: “Energy, Environment, Culture” (EEC). This topic aims to facilitate discussion that moves beyond standard disputes over energy politics in Canada in order to develop sophisticated knowledge about the global relations, ecological realities, social reproduction, and community impacts of energy.

From debates on harnessing wind and solar power to the environmental effects of the tar sands, energy and power have a complex and under theorized connection to culture, politics, and society. Energy is understood in economic terms as the name for an input into market activity that can take a variety of forms and which is necessary for steady-state growth. In environmental thought, too, energy serves as a placeholder for a range of activities, practices and objects with inconsistent theoretical and scientific content. In both cases, energy is seen as fundamental to social life, even if the depth of its significance to the operations of society, and its role in implementing and maintaining particular sets of relationships across diverse communities, is poorly understood. What insights can Marxism lend ecology? Further, what insights can a Marxist-Feminist political economy develop in ecological thought? Approaching these problematics from a humanities perspective, we suggest innovative workshop, panel, and paper proposals on any of the following:

Energy and Globalization
 - regional economies, energy distribution, and the political climate of international markets
– the transnational and global relationship between eastern, western and northern economies in Canada vis-à-vis Pacific and Southern American partners and cultures
– cultural symptoms of energy and globalization or internationalism
– cultural and environmental interactions in energy intensive regions
– the interregional and provincial flows created by energy infrastructures and cultural development

Energy and Ecology
– updates to the established approach to energetics
– “New Materialisms” and the renewed interest in non-human agency in ecological research
– redirections of familiar environment vs. economy binary
– the diverse materialisms that link economics, energy, and ecology

Ecology and Marxist Feminism
 - practical, community- driven knowledges about energy systems and sustainability
– primitive accumulation (as an ongoing process coterminous with capital accumulation), gender, and the environment
– the work of Mariarosa Dalla Costa, Maria Mies and Silvia Federici
– capitalism, gender, and ecology
– social reproduction and/as energy
– the new work on gender and reproduction coming out in the journals Endnotes and Lies

ICS is run in consecutive sessions to encourage a developing conversation and increase potential research outputs and collaboration. Toward this end, participants are strongly encouraged to stay for the entirety of the conference. Significant subsidies will be available to graduate students and the underemployed.

We welcome submissions of papers, panels, pecha kucha presentations, roundtables, reading groups, and more. Please submit proposals of no more than 400 words in length, including title and affiliation, to mlgics2014@gmail.com. Panel or roundtable proposals should be introduced by a 100 word rational. If geared towards a specific stream, submissions should indicate which stream it most strongly relates to.

All submissions must be received by the 14th of March, 2014.

Please let us know if you would be interested in having childcare arranged.

The Banff Centre is a world-renowned facility supporting the creation and performance of new works of visual art, music, dance, theatre, and writing.

ICS 2014 is sponsored by ARIEL, Mediations, Reviews in Cultural Theory, the Marxist Literary Group, The University of Alberta (U of A) Faculty of Arts, U of A English and Film Studies, U of A Kule Institute for Advanced Study, ConcordiaUniversity, St. Francis Xavier, YorkUniversity, and the Banff Centre.

 

The Banff Centre: http://www.banffcentre.ca/

 

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Education Crisis

Education Crisis

UNDERSTANDING FORCED MARRIAGE AND UNIVERSITY RESPONSES

Society for Research into Higher Education

Date – Thursday 8 May 2014: 11.30 – 15.45

Venue – SRHE, 73 Collier Street, LondonN1 9BE

Network – Access and Widening Participation Network

 

 

Understanding Forced Marriage: Khatidja Chantler

Drawing on the qualitative components of a research study completed in 2007, this paper presents four key challenges in the forced marriage debate. First, the study illustrates the problematic of defining forced marriage as a distinct and discrete category from arranged marriage. Second, current conceptualisations of forced marriage focus on consent at the entry point into marriage in contrast to survivors of forced marriage, and women’s organisations experienced in providing services to this group, both who attach equal importance to exiting (forced) marriages. Third, within the forced marriage debate, South Asian and Muslim communities are perceived as being largely responsible for forced marriages, whilst our research demonstrates that the range of communities in which forced marriage occurs is much wider. Fourth, forced marriage is often seen as a product of a ‘backward’ culture or religion and bound up with notions of ‘honour’. The narratives of survivors in our study illustrate a much more complex picture in which the interplay between culture, religion, poverty, gender, sexuality and state practices are highly significant in pathways to forced marriage. 

Khatidja Chantler is currently a Reader in the School of Social Work at the University of Central Lancashire, having previously worked at the University of Manchester. My key research interests are around ‘race’ and gender, particularly in relation to violence against women and their intersections with mental health. Prior to academia, I worked in social services and the voluntary sector settings and am also a qualified counsellor and supervisor. Publications include: British, European and International journal articles; book chapters and co-authored books: Attempted Suicide and Self-harm: South Asian Women (2001); Domestic Violence and Minoritisation (2002) and a  co-edited the book Gender & Migration: Feminist Interventions (2010). 

 

University responses to forced marriage and violence against women: Renate Klein and Marilyn Freeman
This talk examines how British universities address incidents of violence against female students, including forced marriage. Interviews with university staff members focused on whether cases of violence against women or forced marriage are coming to the attention of staff, whether staff members feel equipped to deal with them, and whether universities pursue systematic strategies to address theses issues. The goal was to identify what is working well, what could be better, and how universities could become more proactive. Findings suggest that comprehensive institutional responses are rare and that support for students depends largely on the initiative of individual staff members who may or may not have specialist expertise. Misconceptions about disclosure dynamics were common, in particular with regard to FM. In addition to the interviews, keyword searches of the public pages of university websites suggested that as a topic of research or teaching violence against women is often highly visible, whereas as an issue of university policy or governance it remains nearly invisible.

Renate Klein works for LondonMetropolitanUniversity and the University of Maine, USA, and co-ordinates a European research network on gender and violence. Her recent books include an edited international volume on Framing sexual and domestic violence through language (2013), Palgrave Macmillan, and a monographResponding to intimate violence against women: The role of informal networks (2012). CambridgeUniversity Press.

Marilyn Freeman is Emeritus Professor at LondonMetropolitanUniversity, and Co-Director of The International Centre of Family Law, Policy and Practice. Her specialist areas of research relate to international family law and include child abduction, relocation, and forced marriage.

 

Note: Unless otherwise stated SRHE events are free to members, there is a charge of £60 for non-members.

To reserve a place: http://www.srhe.ac.uk/events/

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Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism

Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism

NEW MARXIST PERSPECTIVES ON GENDER, RACE, AND COLONIALISM

International Marxist-Humanists Public Meeting in London

Thursday 7th November 2013, 7.30pm

The Artists Room, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square (Holborn Tube)

Convened by David Black

 

Speakers: 

Heather Brown on “Marx and the Dialectics of Gender and the Family” 
Kevin B. Anderson on “Marx and Said on Colonialism”
Peter Hudis on “Frantz Fanon as a Hegelian-Marxist” 

 

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Karl Marx

Karl Marx

HISTORICAL MATERIALISM CONFERENCE 2013 – PROGRAMME AND REGISTRATION

The latest draft programme (which is likely to be subject to considerable change between now and the conference) is now available online:  http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/annual10/HM2013Grid.pdf/view

If you haven’t already, please don’t forget to register for the conference online:  http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/annual10/register

Online registration will close at midnight on 5 November 2013. The recommended voluntary donation for registration on the door will be £25 for unwaged and £75 for waged participants.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Best wishes

The Editors


The Editors
Historical Materialism
Faculty of Law and Social Sciences
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
LondonWC1H 0XG

United Kingdom

historicalmaterialism@soas.ac.uk
http://www.brill.nl/hima
http://www.brill.nl/hm

 

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Janine Booth

Janine Booth

GUILTY AND PROUD OF IT! POPLAR’S REBEL COUNCILLORS AND GUARDIANS 1919-25

By Janine Booth

Merlin Press

In the aftermath of the First World War, thirty Labour councillors went to prison rather than accepting inequitable taxes.

With unemployment rising in 1921 in Bow, Limehouse, Millwall and Old Ford, Poplar Borough Council could not help provide relief drawing only on the limited wealth of one poor London borough. 

Poplar councillors, including future labour leader George Lansbury, demanded that rates from richer areas should help. Rich Kensington had a hugely greater rateable value and fewer jobless people; it could afford to pay more. So Poplar refused to pay over rates to the London County Council, and thus began the Poplar Revolt.

Drawing on archive research and on newspaper reports, this book tells the story of the support mobilised by Poplar Council. 

The story begins when newly-enfranchised working-class voters elected Labour to run the Council in 1919. For the next two years, it improved life for Poplar residents, coming into ever-increasing conflict with the central authorities and the local government funding system. 

The crisis came in 1921, when Poplar Council refused to levy a portion of its rates. Poplar’s fight took its Councillors to prison in September 1921. Released after one month, they continued to battle but the struggle lost momentum. The book ends with a survey of outcomes and considers how this story has meaning today. 

“In the 1920s, Poplar’s Councillors and Guardians chose to fight. Had they chosen differently, we would not even remember them.”

Booth has done Poplar proud with her immensely well researched, lively and readable account… The book is especially good at bringing to light many of the lesser known characters in the struggle. It also reflects critically on the lessons of Poplar, which still resonate today.’ — Labour Research.

ISBN. 9780850366945
2009 Paperback
Contents here …
Price:£12.95

Janine Booth

Janine Booth

Merlin Press: http://www.merlinpress.co.uk

Janine Booth lives in Hackney, east London. She is a member of the RMT trade union and of Workers’ Liberty. She contributes to the socialist feminist Stroppyblog and has been a socialist candidate for Hackney Council and the Greater London Authority.

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Raya Dunayevskaya

Raya Dunayevskaya

RECENT ARTICLES AND FEATURES IN THE INTERNATIONAL MARXIST-HUMANIST WEBZINE (August 2013)
http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/

EGYPTIAN MILITARY SEEKS TO EXTINGUISH REVOLUTION — by Kevin Anderson
The Egyptian military’s August 14 massacre of supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood marked a reach for total power. The complicity of some parts of the democratic movement has placed in jeopardy the entire revolutionary wave that has gripped the country since 2011.

REFLECTIONS ON TURKEY’S GEZI PARK PROTESTS? — by Onur Kapdan
Draws lessons from the Gezi Park protests as new type of horizontal social struggle that goes beyond earlier Turkish politics, whether leftist or nationalist; analyzes the ideological control mechanisms of Turkish capitalism under Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP).

HEGEL IN 10 MINUTES? — by David Black
This riff on Hegel took place at a fringe meeting of the Association of Musical Marxists during the Marxism 2013 conference in London in July. [Originally appeared on the AMM website.]

ROSA LUXEMBURG: INTERVIEW WITH LUXEMBURG SCHOLAR AND EDITOR, PETER HUDIS
Dr. Lenore Daniels, a columnist for “Black Commentator Magazine,” discusses Luxemburg’s legacy as an anti-imperialist thinker and interviews Peter Hudis, co-editor of “The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg” (2011). [Originally appeared in OpEdNews.]

ANALYSES OF 2013 IRANIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION? — by Frieda Afary
Persian and English-language analyses that have attempted to comprehend these events have ranged from a dismissal of the election process as a completely engineered one, to uncritical support for the election results. [Originally appeared in Iranian Progressives in Translation.]

HUSBY RIOTS: THE OTHER FACE OF SWEDISH SOCIAL DEMOCRACY EXPOSED? — by Ba Karang
The recent rioting in Stockholm over the police killing of a Portuguese immigrant was a manifestation of the growing inequalities in Sweden, a society once seen as synonymous with social democracy.

TWO POEMS ON REVOLUTION? — by Sam Friedman

IRANIAN INTELLECTUALS BREAK TABOOS? — by Frieda Afary
Mohammad Nourizad and Mohsen Makhmalbaf are both filmmakers.  Both were active supporters of the Iranian regime but later turned against the regime and became ardent advocates of human rights.  Now they have openly broken with another feature of their past:  prejudice against religious minorities. [Originally appeared in Iranian Progressives in Translation.]

WHITHER THE IRANIAN DEMOCRATIC OPPOSITION? — by Frieda Afary
Although the recent disqualification of two candidates Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei from the election is very significant and further reveals the intense power struggles within the regime, more significant are the defining issues that continue to fuel the grassroots discontent inside Iran. [Originally appeared in Iranian Progressives in Translation.]

*** OTHER LANGUAGES
MANY ARTICLES on our site have recently been translated from English into Persian, Spanish, and other languages. (See the Languages Pages.)

***RECENT BOOKS OF INTEREST:

MARX’S CONCEPT OF THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM ? by Peter Hudis 
Historical Materialism Series, now in paperback with Haymarket Books
MARX ON GENDER AND THE FAMILY: A CRITICAL STUDY ? by Heather Brown
Historical Materialism Series, now in paperback with Haymarket Books

REVIEWS of Heather Brown’s “Marx on Gender and the Family: A Critical Study”:
Sally Campbell, “Engels Revisited,” Socialist Review, Issue 138, March 20, 2013
Sheila McGregor, “Marxism and women’s oppression today,” International Socialism Journal, 10 April 13
Len T, “The ‘F-Word’: Marxism and Women’s Oppression Today,” International Socialist Network, July 2013
Lindsey German, Counterfire, July 2013

THE INTERNATIONAL MARXIST-HUMANIST is the webzine of the INTERNATIONAL MARXIST-HUMANIST ORGANIZATION (IMHO): http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/
Contact: arise@internationalmarxisthumanist.org 

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

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Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski 

 

Feminism

Feminism

FEMINIST RESEARCH CONFERENCE

Tuesday 23 July 2013, 0930-1630 – Docklands Campus, University of East London

This one day conference is designed for researchers, academics and PhD students with an interest in feminist theory for research.

The conference will include academics whose research work has covered various perspectives on feminist theory. In addition, there will be breakout groups where participants can choose to take part in discussions on women and the economy, intersectionality and reflexivity.

The day includes:
-    Input on feminist research from speakers.
-    Discussions on women and the economy, intersectionality and reflexivity.
-    Networking opportunities.

Speakers include Dr Kath Browne from the University of Brighton, Professor Yvette Taylor, Social and Policy Studies and  Head of the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University; Professor Christina Hughes of Warwick University. Professor Ann Phoenix from the Institute of Education will also be speaking.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

If you have any questions about the conference, please email: feministresearchconference@uel.ac.uk 
Booking can be made through the website: http://www.uel.ac.uk/feministconference

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

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Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

 

Education Crisis

Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 31st MAY 2013

EVENTS

TORONTO LAUNCH FOR “LE FOND DE L’AIR EST ROUGE” BOOKLET

Quebec student uprising – reflections from Montreal

Thursday, June 13, 2013
7:00pm, free !
Another Story Bookshop
315 Roncesvalles Ave.
Toronto, Ontario

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/312096858921044/

Presentations by:
* John Clarke – organizer with Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)
* Stefan Christoff – Montreal-based writer, musician and community activist. (Howl! arts collective)

An interactive discussion and sildeshow on the 2012 Quebec student uprising with Stefan Christoff, author of the recent booklet Le fond de l’air est rouge. Christoff, who was an active participant in the Quebec strike movement, has been heavily involved in social justice struggles in Quebec, Canada and internationally for over a decade.

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INJURED WORKERS’ DAY

Saturday June 1st
11am
Queen’s Park, Toronto

Celebrate and call for justice for injured workers!

Since 1983, injured workers and their allies have come together on June 1st to celebrate their achievements, and to invigorate the struggle for justice for injured workers. This year, we ask you to join us at Queen’s Park on Saturday June 1st to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Injured Workers’ Day, as we unite in our efforts to bring about a just compensation system that truly protects the rights of injured workers.

The past year has seen the implementation of some of the most draconian changes to the workers’ compensation system since it was first established in 1915. But in spite of these injustices, injured workers remain firm in their commitment to ensuring fair treatment for all current and future injured workers.

Join us on June 1st as we celebrate the history and accomplishments of the injured workers’ movement, and send a clear message that we demand justice for injured workers and for all workers.

http://www.injuredworkersonline.org

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PRESS CONFERENCE – “FOCUS ON WOMEN” REPORT

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
10:00 a.m.
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
350 King St. West, Toronto

On Tuesday, June 4 Canadian Unions for Equality on Screen (CUES) will hold a news conference to release Focus On Women 2013 – the ground-breaking study on gender (in)equality in the Canadian independent film and television production industry.

Presenters:
– Ferne Downey, ACTRA’s National President
– Rina Fraticelli, Executive Director, Women in View
– Dr. Amanda Coles, Report Author

The Focus On Women 2013 Report by CUES is the first comprehensive Canadian study of its kind. It examines employment of women at all levels of the screen-based production industry, both in front of and behind the camera – from production coordinators, grips, camera technicians and hairstylists to writers, directors and actors.

Focus On Women 2013 is the product of the efforts of representatives from industry guilds and unions including ACTRA, DGC, IATSE Locals 411, 514, 667, 669, 849, 873 and 891, NABET 700 – CEP, UdA and WGC working in collaboration with Rina Fraticelli of Women in View and Canadian academic, Dr. Amanda Coles of the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT).

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FORUM – THATCHER’S LEGACY

Thursday, June 13th
7:30 pm
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham St., Toronto

We are exceptionally pleased to invite you to a very special People’s Voice Forum – an evening of discussion with the British militant activist Liz Payne, entitled “Thatcher’s Legacy”, a withering critique of Britain’s ‘Iron Lady” from a working class and communist perspective.

About Liz Payne
In addition to her role of the Vice-chair and Women’s organizer of the Communist Party of Britain, Liz has a rich background of involvement in labour and people’s movements in the UK. She has been an active member of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), the National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher education (NATFHE) (recently renamed the  Association of Teachers and Lecturers), and UNISON, Britain’s huge public services union. She is currently the Secretary of Taunton and West Somerset Trades Council and a member of the South West Regional Council of the TUC (Britain’s main labour central).

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NEWS & VIEWS

‘PUSHED TO THE EDGE,’ SEATTLE’S LOW WAGE WORKERS JOIN SWEEPING MOVEMENT

By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams

In the seventh action in just eight weeks across the United States, fast food workers in Seattle are walking off the job Thursday joining a sweeping movement of low-wage workers who have been “pushed to the edge and are now taking a stand.”

“We work in one of the fastest growing industries in the nation, and our companies are making huge – even record – profits, but we barely earn enough to pay for basics like rent, food and transportation to and from work.” -Caroline Durocher, striking worker

Repeating the calls made by striking workers in other cities, the Seattle workers are demanding a living wage of $15 per hour and the right to form a union without intimidation.

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/30-7

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THE COST OF A BARGAIN

From The Maytree Foundation

As Alan Broadbent writes in this month’s Maytree Opinion, we all have become used to the notion that we can get most things cheap or free. But when we are faced with the true cost of things, we don’t like it. We only have to look at areas such as housing, transit or maintenance of public spaces to see what happens when we expect high quality while preserving the fiction that we can have things cheap.

Read more: http://maytree.com/spotlight/the-cost-of-a-bargain.html

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THE CASE FOR A CANADA SOCIAL REPORT

By Ken Battle and Sherri Torjman, The Caledon Institute

The demise of the National Council of Welfare, announced in the 2012 Federal Budget, has punched a huge hole in Canada’s social policy database. The Council’s annual Welfare Incomes and Poverty Profile reports have for decades provided invaluable information on welfare and low income. Rather than simply lamenting this loss, the Caledon Institute of Social Policy is acting to rescue this important data by taking over its preparation and distribution. The welfare and poverty information will form part of a new Canada Social Report.

Read more: http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/Detail/?ID=1011

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HEALTH CARE SPENDING IN ONTARIO CONTINUES TO DECLINE

By Doug Allan, The Bullet

Contrary to the hysteria from conservatives, health care spending continues to decline as a percentage of the provincial budget. Last year, health care accounted for 38.5 per cent of total expenditures, this year the government plans to bring it down to 38.3 per cent. This continues the trend downward since 2003/04 when health care accounted for 40 per cent of total expenditures.

The Ontario provincial Budget reports that program spending is going up an impressive sounding 2.99 per cent and health care spending is going up 2.3 per cent. Although that sounds like a larger than expected increase in these days of austerity, these figures are, unfortunately, misleading. The reason is that last year funding fell well short of the Budget plan and the government is now playing catch-up.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/826.php

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VIDEO – CSEW’S D’ARCY MARTIN GIVEN UNITED ASSOCIATION FOR LABOR EDUCATION’S 2013 LIFELONG ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Watch the video: http://vimeo.com/65786753

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education. For more information about this project, visit http://www.apcol.ca

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Aesthetics

Aesthetics

FEMINISMS AND MARXISMS

Feminisms and Marxisms: Connecting Struggles, Rethinking Limits
Call for Papers within the framework of the 10th Historical Materialism Conference, Making the World Working Class.
7-10 November 2013, London, SOAS.
Deadline: May 21

Abstracts for papers and panels should uploaded to:
http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/annual10/submit

(Visit http://feminismsandmarxisms.wordpress.com/)

Our present poses enormous political and analytical challenges to those committed to the struggle against the oppression and exploitation of women. It demands the creation of spaces for the development of an oppositional culture able to confront new forms of domination, rethink its own assumptions and foster serious political responses. One year ago Historical Materialism launched a call for papers on Feminisms and Marxisms with the aim to provide a space for a dialogue between Feminist and Marxist critiques of capitalism in their various articulations. The response to the call went beyond our most optimistic expectations, demonstrating the vitality and wealth of new research inspired by Marxist-Feminist approaches.

This call aims to build on last year’s discussions, giving voice to a new generation of anti-capitalist feminists and continuing a collective reflection about how Feminisms and Marxisms can together contribute to criticising and transforming the present. At this year’s conference, we aim to think beyond the issue of the compatibilities or tensions between Feminism and Marxism as separate traditions, and explore the way in which they provide the tools to intervene in contemporary debates about labour, oppression and power. We also hope to foster new approaches to old debates, from social reproduction to patriarchy, and advance the understanding of the historic limits and contemporary potentials of Marxist-Feminist theorisations of capitalism.

We welcome papers that address (but are not confined to) the following themes:
Marxist-Feminism in the 21st century
Social Reproduction Feminism and Intersectionality Theory
The Political Economy of Sex Work and Sex Workers’ Struggles
Class/Gender Intersections: Masculinities, LGBTQ, Queer Studies and Trans Politics.
Homophobia and Heteronormativity
Gendered Labour Exploitation
Feminist and Marxist critiques of Racism and Islamophobia
Marxist Feminism and Materialist Feminism
Securitization and Carceral Detention
Theories of Sexuality, Bodies, Embodiment
Feminisms, Marxisms and Art Theory
Gender, International Migration and the Political Economy of Care
Feminist-Marxist Critique of Sexual Violence
Diaspora, Indigeneity, and Solidarity in Marxisms and Feminisms
Inclusive Theories of Class and Resistance
Marxist-Feminist critiques of historical and 21st-century fascism
Feminism and Autonomist Marxism: Understanding the legacy
Marxism and Feminist economics

We welcome and encourage people to submit panel proposals. When you do so, please send an abstract of the general theme of the panel together with the abstracts of the individual papers in the panel. For individual paper proposals, it is helpful, although it is not necessary, to indicate the theme (above) to which your paper could contribute. This will help us to compose the panels.

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Feminism

Feminism

WORKSHOP ON FEMONATIONALISM

Amsterdam Research Center for Gender and Sexuality (ARC-GS)

Gender & Sexuality Workshop

“Femonationalism, civic integration and their discontents”

Sara R. Farris

(IAS, Princeton 2012-2013;

Sociology Department, Cambridge University, UK)

 

Discussant:

Saskia Bonjour

(LeidenUniversity, Institute for History)

 

Abstract

This paper presents the results of a study of the recent ‘civic integration’ turn in Europe and its emphasis upon women’s equality. Civic integration refers to the main principle guiding the common EU agenda for the integration of third country nationals (i.e., immigrants from the Global South). It emphasizes the need for immigrants to learn the language, history and values of the European country of destination in order for them to achieve successful integration. Civic integration programs put particular emphasis on gender equality, both in terms of promoting immigrant women’s participation in the EU labor market and in terms of presenting gender equality as one of the pillars of European values. By showing how the gender mainstreaming of integration programs is concretely implemented, particularly in countries such as the Netherlands, France and Italy, this paper will address the paradoxes lying at the heart of the European agenda on integration. In particular, such paradoxes will be addressed in terms of (a) the nationalist translation of EU supranational directives and the nationalist mobilisation of gender equality, or what I call Femonationalism, which have been deployed mainly in an Islamophobic manner; (b) the contradictions of ‘emancipatory liberal feminism’ which interprets women’s emancipation as women’s wage work ‘outside the household’; (c) the role of immigrant women and reproductive labor under neoliberalism. The paper will analyze these trends by means of the conceptual tools provided by the sociology of migration, political economy and feminist theory.

 

Date: Friday, March 15

Time: 10:30-12:30

Location: Bushuis, F0.22 (Kloveniersburgwal 48)

 

The workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

First published in: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/workshop-on-femonationalism-with-sara-r.-farris-amsterdam-15-march

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

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