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1. ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR/MUTE MAGAZINE DISCUSSION, 4-6pm, Saturday 24th October, London 

Capitalism’s Present Crisis – How Will It End? 

The capitalist system is facing years of crisis and social instability. This raises two questions: 

1) What caused the crisis? Was it ‘greedy bankers’, the natural tendencies of the capitalist system, or the resistance of the working class? 

2) How will the crisis end? Will it be with more state regulation, more cuts in living standards or with working class revolution? 

The London Anarchist Bookfair and Mute Magazine have invited three speakers to debate these issues: 

Paul Mason, a presenter on BBC’s Newsnight, and author of Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed

John Holloway, author of Change The World Without Taking Power <> and Crack Capitalism (forthcoming). 

William Dixon, Mute Magazine contributor. 

The discussion will take place at the Skeel Lecture Theatre, Anarchist Bookfair, Queen Mary & Westfield college, Mile End Road, London E1, Mile End tube. 

For further information on the Anarchist Bookfair, including a roster of many other talks, go to: 

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7-9pm, Monday 26th October, London 

At the height of the anti-capitalist movement, John Holloway’s book Change The World without Taking Power<>provoked an international debate*. Eight years later, after the failure of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, combined with the failure of the capitalist economy, anti-capitalism is back on the agenda. 

John Holloway will introduce his forthcoming book, Crack Capitalism, followed by a discussion on how we can change the world without repeating the tragedies of twentieth century socialism. 

Come and join the debate. 

*To read the debate around the book Change The World Without Taking Power, go to: 

VENUE: The Octagon Room*, Queen’s Building, Queen Mary & Westfield College, Mile End Road, London E1, Mile End Tube. (The event will be followed by a social at the Half Moon pub, 213-233 Mile End Road, London E1) 

*NB There is a small chance that the room in which the event is held may be altered. Check for up to date information closer to the date. 

Supported by Mute Magazine (mute AT and the Queen Mary & Westfield School of Business and Management

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15th & 16th October 2009, Birkbeck College, University of London

This conference addresses the remarkable projects of groups in Gaza, Israel and the West Bank involved in joint resistance to ongoing military conflict and occupation. Working for mental health and human rights on the front lines of military aggression, internal group violence, systemic interference with basic human rights, brutalization on many fronts and deep pessimism on all sides, speakers will address any and all resources for combined resistance and shared hope, whether close to home or coming from abroad.

Themes include:
*Survival and Non-Violent Resistance in Gaza and the West Bank
*Psychoactive Political Resistance in Israel.
*Possibilities and Limitations of Therapeutic Approaches to Conflict Resolution.
*The Politics of Apology and other forms of Acknowledgement
*Denial in the Face of Atrocity
*Mental Attrition of Activists
*Diasporic and all other forms of Support for Peace from Afar.

Speakers Include: Mohamed Altawil; Nissim Avissar; Jessica Benjamin; Tova Buksbaum; Bea Campbell; Stan Cohen; Stephen Frosh; Uri Hadar; Seamas Heaney; Samah Jabr; Adah Kay; Ghada Karmi; Yehudit Keshit; Moshe Landsman; Tony Lerman; Sheila Melzak; Rateb Abu Rahmeh; Jacqueline Rose; Jihan Salem; Andrew Samuels; Eyad el Sarraj; Lynne Segal; Hassan Ziyada; Felicity de Zulueta.

Cost: Standard – £70 Birkbeck staff/All students/Unwaged/Hard-up/One day – £35

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Sponsored by: Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust; FFIPP-UK; IJV.

Burning Memories: Sacrifice & the Unconscious in History

Wednesday 14th October 7.30pm Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ

Speakers: Uri Hadar, Stephen Frosh, Eyad El Saraj Chair: Lynne Segal

Memory of historical events is necessarily collective, but acquires personal characteristics that are of the same nature as individual memory in general. This idea is illustrated through memories of holocaust survivors as they construct themselves in a particular biography of an Israeli child. Holocaust memories are then connected to the ethos of military strength in Israeli society, which ethos undertakes to transform the historical marking of the Jews as victims, sacrificed by the nations on the altar of ethnic power. This is where the Palestinians enter the unconscious Israeli narrative, allowing the movement of the Jew away from the position of the sacrificed. The theme of sacrifice conversion marks itself in historical events such as the Naqba and the recent attack on Gaza. The talk examines the manner in which these themes feed into personal memory systems and reconstructs the workings of memory through the entire historical cycle.

£10 waged £5 unwaged

Please pay at the door.

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Canada International Conference on Education (CICE-2010), April 26-28, 2010, Toronto, Canada: 

The CICE is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education. The CICE promotes collaborative excellence between academicians and professionals from Education.

The aim of CICE is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various educational fields with
cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap, promote research esteem and the evolution of pedagogy. The CICE 2010 invites research papers that encompass conceptual analysis, design implementation and performance evaluation. All the accepted papers will appear in the proceedings and modified version of selected papers will be published in special issues peer reviewed journals.

The topics in CICE-2009 include but are not confined to the following areas:
*Academic Advising and Counselling
*Art Education
*Adult Education
*APD/Listening and Acoustics in Education Environment
*Business Education
*Counsellor Education
*Curriculum, Research and Development
*Competitive Skills
*Continuing Education
*Distance Education
*Early Childhood Education
*Educational Administration
*Educational Foundations
*Educational Psychology
*Educational Technology
*Education Policy and Leadership
*Elementary Education
*Geographical Education
*Geographic information systems
*Health Education
*Higher Education
*Home Education
*Human Computer Interaction
*Human Resource Development
*Indigenous Education
*ICT Education
*Internet technologies
*Imaginative Education
*Kinesiology & Leisure Science
*Language Education
*Mathematics Education
*Mobile Applications
*Multi-Virtual Environment
*Music Education
*Physical Education (PE)
*Reading Education
*Writing Education
*Religion and Education Studies
*Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)
*Rural Education
*Science Education
*Secondary Education
*Second life Educators
*Social Studies Education
*Special Education
*Student Affairs
*Teacher Education
*Cross-disciplinary areas of Education
*Ubiquitous Computing
*Virtual Reality
*Wireless applications
*Other Areas of Education

Immportant Date:
Research Paper, Case Study, Work in Progress and Report Submission Date: December 15, 2009 
Notification of Paper, Case Study, Work in Progress and Report Submission Date: December 28, 2009
Author(s) and Participant(s) Registration: January 15, 2010 
Early Bird Attendee registration: January 15, 2010 
Late Bird Attendee registration: Febuary 15, 2010
Conference Dates: April 26-28, 2010 

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The Internet

The Internet



Social Data and Social Networking: Connecting Social Science Communities across the Globe
1-4 June 2010
Ithaca, NY, USA

IASSIST 2010, the 36th Annual Conference of the International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology (IASSIST) will be hosted by the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER) and Cornell University Library (CUL) and will be held at Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York, USA, on 1-4 June 2010.

The theme of this year’s conference is Social Data and Social
Networking: Connecting Social Science Communities across the Globe. 

Social science has begun to feel the impact of the dramatic shift in communication patterns globally, where social networking and other digital media trends are changing how social scientists study the world around them.  This theme is intended to stimulate discussion about the impact of social networking on the creation, collection, sharing, storage, preservation, dissemination, confidentiality, licensing of, and access to data.  Of particular interest is how social connectivity has facilitated multi-site and cross-national social science research.

A webform for submission of proposals will be available on the conference web site: from 12 October 2009.

Deadline for submission: 30 November 2009.

Notification of acceptance: 1 February 2010.

For more information about the conference, including travel and accommodation, see the attached PDF Call for Papers or visit the conference web site at: .

IASSIST is an international organization of professionals working in and with information technology and data services to support research and teaching in the social sciences. Typical workplaces include data archives/libraries, statistical agencies, research centers, libraries, academic departments, government departments, and non-profit organizations, see for further information.


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Anarchist Bookfair 2009

Anarchist Bookfair 2009



Saturday, 24th October 2009, from 10am to 7pm

Books – Meetings – Workshops – Food – Films – Creche … and More!

As capitalism collapses around us in the market of ideas the anarchist pound is bouyant and the 28th London Anarchist Bookfair is back at Queen Mary College in London’s East End. A big thank you to everyone who helped make last year’s bookfair run smoothly and to you all for respecting the space.  Last year we have 38 meetings, 90 stalls, an all day cabaret starring assorted ranters, poets, singers and comics; all day film showings and, two kids spaces. We are planning more of the same in 2009.

Stalls will again be split between the Great Hall and the Octagon room, which means that there will be more space and the whole bookfair will be wheelchair accessible. Please contact the info stall for wheelchair lift passes if you need one. If you have any other access requirements, please let us know in advance if possible so we can meet your needs. If you are Deaf and require BSL interpreting and/or speech-to-text provision, please give us as much notice as possible and we will do our best to organise these.

To discuss any specific access needs, please contact us at: At the bookfair please go to the info stall for further details.

Next to the Octagon room will be an all day tea, coffee and snack stall (until 6pm).

The creche will be signposted, and the ‘older kids room’ is also in the basement below the Octagon Room.

We have loads going on – see the rest of the website, for a run down of the meetings and other events. More will be added as we get nearer to October.

Please don’t forget this is all organised by a small collective – so any help would be very much appreciated. This year, more than ever, we need your donations to break even – the room and table hire have gone up and we may be over a grand down again. So, any donations or funds from benefit gigs would come in very handy.

Getting to the venue: The venue for this year’s London Anarchist Bookfair, for the 3rd year running, is Queen Mary & Westfield College, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS.

If you are coming by public transport the following buses stop near the college on Mile End Road: 25; 205; 339.

If you are coming by tube the two nearest stations are Mile End (central line / Hammersmith & City line or District line) or Stepney Green (Hammersmith & City line or District line). From Mile End tube come out of station and turn left. Walk along Mile End Road until you get to Harford Street and entrance to venue is opposite Harford Road. From Stepney Green tube come out of station and turn left. Walk along Mile End Road and venue entrance is on your left opposite Harford Road.

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Victor in Wales

Victor in Wales



Call for papers

Theorising Wales: Gender, Culture and Politics

International Conference, 12-14 July 2010

CREW (Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales)

C-SCAP (Centre for the Study of Culture and Politics)

GENCAS (Centre for Research into Gender, Culture and Society)

In collaboration with the Richard Burton Centre, all at Swansea University

Keynote speakers:

Simon Brooks (Cardiff University)

Glenn Jordan (University of Glamorgan)

Gerardine Meaney (University College Dublin)

Chris Weedon (Cardiff University)

Daniel Williams (Swansea University)

Wales is a multiplicity of ideas, visions and imaginings from within and without. Different forms of politics appeal to and promise different versions of Wales. Literature (in both languages) writes and rewrites dozens more. Histories contest them. And the varieties of everyday lives of people in Wales, their labour, leisure, dreams and anxieties always exceed the capacity of any scholar, writer or government minister to catch and contain them.  

A range of theoretical approaches which address issues of gender, language, race, sexuality, (post)colonialism and (post)nationalism have begun to enrich and contest our concepts of nation and culture.  This conference seeks to further the theorisation of Wales and Welsh cultural studies and cultural politics and to encourage reflection and self-reflexivity in the theories we adopt and adapt.  The value and challenges of post-national and transnational models will also be interrogated. Papers which discuss the potential and problems of moving beyond nation-based theories are welcome.

Themes of papers might include:

Writing Wales (Post)colonial Wales Beyond the nation? Nation and Gender Family Wales Gender and history Languages in Wales 

Consuming Wales Digital Wales Singing Wales Welsh economies Ideologies of Wales  Wales and/on TV Queering Wales

Religious Wales Governing Wales Filming Wales Sporting Wales Virtual geographies England’s Wales Wales in the world

Welsh capitalism Welsh socialism Metropolitan/rural Wales Imaging Wales Cultural economies   Cultural policies Tourist Wales 

Creative Wales, Imperial Wales 

Please submit abstracts (400 words) to by Monday 4 January 2010.  Papers may be submitted and delivered in Welsh or in English.

Organisers Kirsti Bohata (, Alan Finlayson ( and Brigid Haines (,

The conference will be held at the University of Wales Conference Centre, Newtown, Mid-Wales

Conference Website in Welsh –

Conference Website in English –


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Damcaniaethu Cymru: Rhyw, Diwylliant a Gwleidyddiaeth

Cynhadledd ryngwladol, 12-14 Gorffennaf 2010

CREW (Canolfan Ymchwil i Lên ac Iaith Saesneg Cymru)

C-SCAP (Canolfan Astudio Diwylliant a Gwleidyddiaeth)

GENCAS (Canolfan Ymchwil Rhyw, Diwylliant a Chymdeithas)

mewn cydweithrediad â Chanolfan Richard Burton, i gyd ym Mhrifysgol Abertawe


Simon Brooks (Prifysgol Caerdydd)

Glenn Jordan (Prifysgol Morgannwg)

Gerardine Meaney (Coleg Prifysgol Dulyn)

Chris Weedon (Prifysgol Caerdydd)

Daniel Williams (Prifysgol Abertawe)

Mae Cymru yn frith o wahanol syniadau, gweledigaethau a llawn dychymyg y tu mewn a’r tu allan. Mae gwahanol fathau o wleidyddiaeth yn apelio at wahanol fersiynau o Gymru ac yn arddel gwahanol fersiynau o Gymru. Mae llenyddiaeth (yn y ddwy iaith) yn ysgrifennu ac yn ailysgrifennu llawer mwy. Mae hanes yn eu herio. Ac mae’r amrywiaethau o fywydau bob dydd pobl yng Nghymru, eu gwaith, hamdden, breuddwydion a phryderon bob amser yn mynd yn drech na gallu unrhyw ysgolhaig, ysgrifennydd neu weinidog llywodraeth i’w dal a’u cynnwys. 

Mae ystod o ddulliau damcaniaethol sy’n mynd i’r afael â materion rhyw, iaith, hil, rhywioldeb, (ôl)wladychiaeth ac (ôl)genedlaetholdeb wedi dechrau cyfoethogi a herio ein cysyniadau o genedl a diwylliant.  Mae’r gynhadledd hon yn ceisio ymhelaethu ar ddamcaniaethu Cymru ac astudiaethau diwylliannol Cymru a gwleidyddiaeth diwylliannol ac annog myfyrdod ar y damcaniaethau rydym yn eu mabwysiadu ac yn eu haddasu.  Fe fydd gwerth y modelau ôl-genedlaethol a thraws-genedlaethol yn cael eu tafoli.  Croesewir papurau a fydd yn trafod potensial a pheryglon yr ymdrechion presennol i fentro y tu hwnt i ffiniau theoriau yn seiliedig ar y cysyniad o genedl.

Gallai themâu’r papurau gynnwys:

Cymru’n Ysgrifennu  Cymru (ôl)wladychol Tu hwnt i ‘genedl’ Cenedl a Rhyw

Teulu Cymru Rhyw a hanes Iaith yng Nghymru Defnyddio Cymru

Cymru Ddigidol Canu Cymru Economïau Cymru Ideolegau Cymru

Cymru ac / ar y teledu Cymru Hoyw Cymru Grefyddol Llywodraethu Cymru

Cymru Byd Ffilm Cymru Byd Chwaraeon Rhith ardaloedd Cymru a Lloegr

Cymru yn y byd Cyfalafiaeth Cymru Sosialaeth Cymru Cymru fetropolitanaidd / wledig

Delweddu Cymru Economïau a pholisïau diwylliannol Cymru Dwristiaidd  Cymru Greadigol 

Cymru Imperialaidd 

Cyflwynwch grynodebau (400 o eiriau) i erbyn dydd Llun 4 Ionawr 2010.  Gellir cyflwyno ac anfon papurau naill ai yn Gymraeg neu’n Saesneg.

Trefnwyr Kirsti Bohata (, Alan Finlayson ( a Brigid Haines (,

Cynhelir y gynhadledd yng Nghanolfan Gynadledda Prifysgol Cymru, y Drenewydd, Canolbarth Cymru


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Verso Books and the Brecht Forum welcome

Zizek: First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

7:00 PM / Wednesday October 14, 2009, the Cooper Union, Great Hall, New York

Advance Registration:  

Pay what you can: $10 / $15 ($15 admission includes a copy of Zizek’s newly-released First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

Called “the most dangerous philosopher in the West,” Slavoj Žižek is today’s most controversial public intellectual. His work traverses the fields of philosophy, psychoanalysis, theology, history and political theory, taking in film, popular culture, literature and jokes—all to provide acute analyses of the complexities of contemporary ideology as well as a serious and sophisticated philosophy. The author of over 50 books, his forthcoming First as Tragedy, Then As Farce will be published in October.

Slavoj Žižek’s provocative prose has challenged a generation of activists and intellectuals. Now “the Elvis of cultural theory” will make a major New York City appearance on October 14 at the Great Hall in Cooper Union. Zizek’s talk—“FIRST AS TRAGEDY, THEN AS FARCE”—will frame the current global crisis, with an accessible analysis of how we moved from the tragedy 9/11 to the farce of the financial meltdown.

First as Tragedy, Then As Farce (Verso Books; $12.95; Pub October 19, 2009) asks whether we are prepared now that history has forced itself upon us, first with the attacks of September 11, 2001 and more recently with the financial meltdown of 2008. While figures on the Right and Left alike now descry the years of irrational exuberance that propped up the housing bubble, few have come to understand the deadlock that binds us. A call for the Left to reinvent itself in the light of our desperate historical situation, First as Tragedy, Then As Farce declares that “the time for liberal, moralistic blackmail is over.”



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The Incident

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Housmans – a radical bookseller since 1945

I went to Housmans in Caledonian Road last Wednesday. It’s my favourite bookshop in London. The atmosphere more than anything else grabs me. Of course, I bought some books! I invested in Zones of Proletarian Development by Mastaneh Shah-Shuja (OpenMute, London, 2008) and the classic A Vindication of the Rights of Man by Mary Wollstonecraft.

If my readers come from outside of London and visit the capital, yes, you can visit the British Museum, the London Eye etc., but I would recommend a visit to Housmans too!

The web site for the bookshop is:

Wednesdays at Housmans: On Wednesdays at the bookshop there are free weekly talks and book signings. Check the website for details.

Housmans Bookshop & Stationers, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9DX, tel: 0207 837 4473, email: 

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Ruth at UEA

Ruth at UEA

Ruth Rikowski News Updates Progression 32



Ruth Rikowski’s 32nd News Update is now out. There are many exciting items, but one I am particularly interested in concerns the next MERD seminar.

The Marxism and Education: Renewing Dialogues (MERD) seminars were founded by Glenn Rikowski and Tony Green and were run by them both at the Institute of Education, University of London, from 2002-2007: MERDs I – X.
For more information about these events, see our website –

MERD XII is being convened by Joyce Canaan, Tony Green, my good friend Richard Hatcher and Alpesh Maisuria. It will take place at the University of London Institute of Education on Saturday 21st November 2009. Whilst it is great that this initial impetus is now being built on by Cannan, Green, Hatcher and Maisuria, it is unfortunate (and is historically misleading) that the publicity for MERD XII does not include this basic information about the founders, and where to obtain information about the first ten MERD seminars. As Ruth says: “Hopefully, this anomaly will be rectified in future publicity.”

For details on this item and to view the other items, see:

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