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CRISIS, SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND REVOLUTIONARY TRANSFORMATIONS
Interface: a journal for and about social movements

Volume two, issue one:

Crises, social movements and revolutionary transformations. The third issue of Interface, a peer-reviewed e-journal produced and refereed by social movement practitioners and engaged movement researchers, is now available at http://www.interfacejournal.net on the special theme of ‘Crisis, Social Movements and Revolutionary Transformations’.

Interface is open-access, global and programmatically multilingual. Our overall aim is to “learn from each other’s struggles”: to develop a dialogue between researchers and practitioners, but also between different social movements, intellectual traditions and national contexts.

This issue of Interface includes 28 pieces. There are a number of writings on the theme and other peer-reviewed articles:

* John Charlton, “Another world was possible”? Anti-capitalism in the year 2000

* Colin Barker, Crises and turning points in revolutionary development: emotion, organization and strategy in Solidarnosc, 1980

* Kirk Helliker, The state of emancipation: with, within, without?

* Samuel R Friedman, Sociopolitical and philosophical questions of organization in making a human society

* Jean Bridgeman, A matter of trust: the politics of working-class self-education

* Alfredo Duarte Corte, Pensar las luchas autónomas como potencia, pensar la autonomía como categoria abierta (Autonomous struggles as power; autonomy as an open category)

* Peter Waterman, Labour at the 2009 Belém World Social Forum: between an ambiguous past and an uncertain future

A special section dialogue is devoted to David Harvey’s essay Organizing for the anti-capitalist transition, with responses from six writers: Willie Baptist, AK Thompson, Benjamin Shepard, Laurence Cox, Anna Selmeczi, Marcelo Lopez de Souza

Action notes and event analysis from:

* Anne Elizabeth Moore on The outdoor games of the 2009 Winter Olympiad at Washington Park

* Maria Kyriakidou on “Another world is possible as long as it is feminist too”: dissenting acts and discourses by Greek leftist feminists

* Beth Gonzalez and Walda Katz-Fishman on New openings for movement and consciousness in the US

Key documents: Producción colectiva, En boca de todos: apuntes para divulgar historia (Everyone’s talking about it: notes on disseminating history)

This issue’s reviews includes the following titles:

* The will of the many: how the alterglobalisation movement is changing the face of democracy

* Chains of Babylon: the rise of Asian America

* Rise of the Ku Klux Klan: right-wing movements and national politics

* Zones of proletarian development

* Black flame: the revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism

* Contesting patriotism: culture, power and strategy in the peace movement

* Networking futures: the movements against corporate globalization

A call for papers for issue five (Vol 3/Issue 1) of Interface is now open, on the theme of ‘Repression and Social Movements’ (deadline November 1 2010). We can review and publish articles in Afrikaans, Catalan, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Maltese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Zulu. Full details at: http://interface-articles.googlegroups.com/web/3%20-%20CFP%205.pdf  

Issue 4 on ‘Voices of dissent: activists’ engagements in the creation of alternative, autonomous, radical and independent media is due to be released in November 2010.

Interface is keen to find IT collaborators who can help us make our site more useful and accessible to movement activists, and translators to support our multilingual project; for more details see: http://www.interfacejournal.net/2009/01/looking-for-it-activist-allies.html  

We are also looking for activists or academics interested in helping out, particularly with our African, Arab world, South Asian, Spanish-speaking Latin American, East and Central European, and Oceania / SE Asian groups. For details please see: http://www.interfacejournal.net/2008/03/editorial-contacts.html  

Please forward this to anyone you think may be interested.

Interface: ISSN 2009 – 2431

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Crisis Theory

Just Space

SPACES OF ALTERITY

Conference: Call for Papers

Spaces of Alterity: Conceptualising Counter-Hegemonic Sites, Practices and Narratives

University of Nottingham, UK
28th-29th April 2011

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

China Miéville and Dr. Alberto Toscano

This two day international conference for postgraduate and early career researchers explores interdisciplinary conceptions and representations of radical, counter-hegemonic space.

As concerns grow over such issues as spatial privatisation, commodification and homogenisation, surveillance, extra-legal spaces, social and political ‘non-spaces’, and the loss of common or public spaces, so too a plethora of interventions—across genre and disciplinary boundaries—have been launched in opposition to these trends. Examples are diverse, and can be found, for example, in literary studies of estranging narratives in contemporary fiction; spatial representations in film, TV and new media; the creation of critical spaces of alterity in political activism (such as semi-autonomous zones); psychogeographical spatial strategies, and philosophical and theoretical conceptions of counter-hegemonic space.

We invite proposals for papers of 20 minutes from candidates across the arts and humanities, welcoming individual papers as well as group panels that respond to these and other conceptions of counter-hegemonic “Spaces of Alterity”. Possible research questions include, but are not limited to:

    • What estranging utopian, dystopian, post-apocalyptic and science fiction spaces of alterity are being utilised in contemporary aesthetic and cultural productions, e.g. film, literature, TV, art, computer games?
    • How do these narratives travel across media and what changes occur when they are adapted, reworked and transformed? What research questions are raised by such collaborations, transmissions and intermedial dialogues?
    • How can we approach traditionally-understood print and audio-visual texts in relation to virtual spaces of alterity, such as fan-based communities, social networking sites and other sites developed through user-generated content (UGC)?
    • What are the relationships between textual spaces of alterity and non-textual forums, communities and dialogues?
    • What physical spaces of alterity are being constructed in contemporary urban environments?
    • How are such spaces critical, oppositional or subversive and how do they draw on the contributions of local communities and organisations?
    • How do spaces of alterity which are informed by traditionally-understood “texts” function on the Internet and how can they inform our understanding of filmic, visual and literary textual methodologies and approaches?
    • What forms can counter-hegemonic, avant-garde, or ‘subtractive’ spaces—which can be spatial, but also temporal or conceptual—take?
    • What political, artistic, or scientific practices can such spaces foster? How does distance from institutions help form alternative political, literary and artistic practices?

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be sent by email as a Word attachment to spacesofalterity@gmail.com by Wednesday 3rd November 2010 and should include name, affiliation, e-mail address, title of paper and 4 keywords.

Conference website: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/cultural-studies/research/conferences.aspx

Speakers:

China Miéville is a distinguished “Weird Fiction” novelist, activist, and lecturer in creative writing at the University of Warwick. His publications include King Rat (1998), Perido Street Station (2000), and Iron Council (2004). In 2010 he won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for an unprecedented second time with his latest novel, The City and the City (2009).

Alberto Toscano is senior lecturer in Philosophy at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has published extensively on social and political subjectivity, biopolitics, and the philosophy of Alain Badiou. His most recent work is Fanaticism (2010, Verso)

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Global Capitalism

THE GEOPOLITICS OF CAPITALISM

International Socialism Journal Seminar Series

The Geopolitics of Capitalism

With Gonzalo Pozo Martin (International Socialism and Historical Materialism journals)

Tuesday 8 June, 6.30pm

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Russell Square Campus, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG, Room B102 (Brunei Gallery building, first floor) MAP

Free entry / All welcome

For more details contact isj@swp.org.uk or call 0207 819 1177

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