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7th Annual Conference
5- 6 March | Brunei Gallery | School of Oriental and African Studies – London

Organised by SOAS Palestine Society and hosted by the London Middle East Institute

For over a century, Zionism has subjected Palestine and Palestinians to a structural and violent form of destruction, dispossession, land appropriation, and erasure in the pursuit of a new colonial Israeli society. Too often, this Palestine ‘Question’ has been framed as unique; a national, religious, and/or liberation struggle with little semblance to colonial conflicts elsewhere. The two-day conference, Past is Present: Settler Colonialism in Palestine, seeks to reclaim settler colonialism as the central paradigm from which to understand Palestine. It asks: what are the socio-political, economic and spatial processes and mechanisms of settler colonialism in Palestine, and what are the logics underpinning it? By unearthing the histories and geographies of the Palestinian experience of settler colonialism, this conference does not only chart possibilities for understanding Palestine within comparative settler colonial analyses. Rather, it also seeks to break open frameworks binding Palestine, re-align the Palestinian movement within a universal history of decolonisation, and imagine new possibilities for Palestinian resistance, solidarity and common struggle.

Day One: Saturday, 5th March 2011

Registration and Refreshments: 9.00-9.30

Opening and Keynote: 9.30-10.15
Hassan Hakimian – London Middle East Institute

Not Another Racism: Zionism, a Logic of Elimination
Patrick Wolfe – La Trobe University

Session One – Empire, Settler Colonialism and Zionism: 10.45-12.15

Chair: Nelida Fuccaro – School of Oriental and African Studies

Playing the Zionist Card: The British Empire and the Middle East
John Newsinger – Bath Spa University

Literature of Settler Societies: Albert Camus, S. Yizhar, and Amos Oz
Gabriel Piterberg – University of California, Los Angeles

The Settler Colonialism Paradigm and its History in Revolutionary Palestinian Resistance Literature: Poetry and Politics
Naseer Aruri – University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Refreshments: 12.15-12.30

Session Two – Zionism Destroys to Replace: 12.30-14.00

Chair: Laleh Khalili – School of Oriental and African Studies

The Palestinian Labour Market and the Politics of Zionist Settler Colonialism
Gershon Shafir – University of California, San Diego

The Erasure of the Native
Ilan Pappe – University of Exeter

The Second Phase of the Settler Colonial Conquest of Palestine: The 1967 Allon Plan and the Search for a Zionist ‘Settlement’
Gilbert Achcar – School of Oriental and African Studies

Lunch: 14.00-14.45

Session Three – Zionism Controls the Native: 14.45-16.15

Chair: Ruba Salih – School of Oriental and African Studies

Chronicles of a Cultural Destruction: The Appropriation of Palestinian Knowledge during the 1948 War
Gish Amit – Ben-Gurion University

Indigenous Citizens and the Contradictions of Status amongst Palestinians in Israel
As’ad Ghanem – Ibn Khaldun, The Arab Association for Research and Development

Frontier Wars and Robotic Colonisation
Eyal Weizman – Goldsmiths College

Refreshments: 16.15-16.30

Session Four – A Political Economy of Settler Colonialism: 16.30-18.00

Chair: Elisa van Waeyenberge – School of Oriental and African Studies

A ‘Bad Lot’? Palestinian Businessmen and the British Colonial State
Sherene Seikaly – American University of Cairo

The Exploitation of the Palestinian Economy by Israel
Shir Hever – Alternative Information Center

Palestinian Capitalism, Regional Accumulation Processes and Implications for Liberation Strategy
Adam Hanieh – School of Oriental and African Studies

Day Two: Sunday 6th March 2011

Registration and Refreshments: 10.30-11.00

Keynote: 11.00-12.00

Letter from Gaza: On Colonialism, Capitalism and Resistance
Rabah Mohanna – Palestinian Legislative Council, Gaza

Session Five – Indigenous Life and the Reverberations of Settler Colonialism: 12.00-13.30

Chair: Lori Allen – University of Cambridge

Counterfeit Citizenship: On the Politics of Property in Nahr El-Bared
Monika Halkort – Queen’s University, Belfast

Ethnic Cleansing in the Naqab: The Razings of the Bedouin Village of Al-‘Araqib
Mansour Nsasra – University of Exeter

Policing, Self-Policing and Indigenous Collaboration
Mouin Rabbani – Institute of Palestine Studies

Lunch: 13.30-14.30

Session Six – Overcoming Zionism, Dismantling Settler Colonialism:  14.30-16.00

Chair: Jan Jananayagam – Tamils Against Genocide

Decolonising Settler Colonialisms
Lorenzo Veracini – Swinburne University of Technology

The Power and Pitfalls of a Support Movement: Campaigning Against the Jewish National Fund
Selma James – International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

Towards Common Liberation
Mezna Qato – University of Oxford

Refreshments: 16.00-16.15

Roundtable – Unsettling (Settler) Colonialism: 16.15-18.15


Please note SEATS ARE LIMITED – book in advance

Price: £30 (£20 concessions, and £40 organisations) – all tickets include lunch and refreshments

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By cheque: Send cheques payable to SOAS Palestine Society with attached note of email address to: SOAS Palestine Society, Thornhaugh Street, London, WC1H 0XG

SOAS Brunei Gallery
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Denis Mäder, Fortschritt bei Marx (Progress in Marx). Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2010, pp. 367

ISBN 978-3-05-004916-8

In the 20th century, both Marxists and their opponents took it for granted that Marx’s work contains an elaborate theory of history rooted in a decidedly optimistic mindset. This theory was usually considered to be essentially a sketch of an ideal future society – a theory of salvation merely dressed up as science. It is all the more surprising, therefore, that Marx’s thoughts on progress have so far not been the subject of a thorough investigation.

Denis Mäder’s study analyses the modern idea of progress and the way in which it is being discussed today. This analysis serves as the background to a reconstruction of the original concept of progress that emerges as a result of Marx’s critical confrontation with his own philosophical milieu (especially with Hegel, the Hegelians, and Proudhon).

Progress is the historical movement of goodness. Yet, for the dialectician Marx there can be no progress without opposition. He sees in progress the possibility of positive development without, however, obliterating alternative or contradictory forms of development.

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Insights on Methods from the Anti-Poverty Community Organizing & Learning (APCOL) Community University Research Alliance (CURA)

Monday, February 7, 2011
4:30 p.m.
Faculty of Social Work, 246 Bloor St West, Room 548
(St. George subway, Bedford exit; next to OISE)

with Grace-Edward Galabuzi & Peter Sawchuk
Ryerson University & OISE, University of Toronto

A seminar sponsored by the Cities Centre’s Community Development Collaborative Program & the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s Chow Yei Ching Chair in Housing

The Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning Community University Research Alliance (2009-2014) seeks to apply the methodologies of participatory action, community-based case study research to the study of activism in Toronto to explore the processes of participation, non-participation and past-participation. In this session co-leaders of the CURA will outline for discussion the community-based research process and partnership dynamics involved in the research. Preliminary case study findings will also be presented.

APCOL is a project of the Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW), OISE/UT.



CEDAW for Change

One Week Institute

May 16-20, 2011

Directed by Alda Facio, LLP and Martha Morgan, JD

Sponsored by Centre for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE), Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT)

Offered in Association with IWRAW-AP

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with Sharon Wood & Trish Krause, The Belmont Group

Friday, January 28, 2011
9:30 am-4:00 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto (St. George subway station), Room – TBA    
This session will cover basic marketing concepts, including segmentation, targeting and positioning, as they apply to non-profit and other social-purpose organizations. Workshop design will ensure practical applications, participant involvement in small group discussion and problem solving related to content and their own organizational needs, as well as allowing participants’ an opportunity to network. The presenters will survey participants in advance of the session to ensure the design and content is targeted to audience needs.

Participants will have the opportunity to…

* Apply marketing concepts to challenges facing their own organization
* Explore specialized applications of marketing in social purpose organizations related to such issues as branding, social marketing, volunteer recruitment and resource development (scope of applications to be determined by participants’ needs)

By the end of the workshop, participants will understand how to bring the course learning together to create a practical marketing plan for their organization/issue.

Cost: $140 + HST. Each additional participant from the same organization will receive a $15 discount. A limited number of spaces are available to students at a discounted rate.

To register: Access the online registration form at or contact Lisa White at, or 416-978-0022.



Six Week Institute

May 2 – June 10, 2011

Directed by: Alda Facio, LLP with Debby Danard, PhD candidate; Mary Eberts LLB, LSM, LLM; Angela Lytle, MEd; Angela Miles, PhD; Martha Morgan, JD

Sponsored by: Centre for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE), Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT)

Offered in Association with Fundación Justicia y Género, Costa Rica

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In five open study sessions, “Extracting Profits” will discuss patterns of oppression and resistance in Latin America and the Caribbean. The sessions, held from February to May, include readings, brief presentations, and small-group discussions in an informal and spontaneous atmosphere. No registration – everyone welcome.

Sundays, 2 p.m.-4 p.m, OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

1. February 6: Mexico and the Burden of “Free Trade”: NAFTA, capitalist devastation, and community resistance, OISE, Room 5150

2. February 27: Bolivia and the Right to Water
The Bolivian people have taken their “water wars” to the world stage

3. March 20: Haiti and the Struggle for Food Sovereignty
A story of pigs and rice – how Haitians were robbed of their own food supply

4. April 10: Mining in Central America
Canadian corporations at war against rights of indigenous peoples

5. May 15: ALBA and CETA: Fair Trade vs. “Free Trade”
Canada’s trade agreements violate popular rights; ALBA is based on solidarity.

Organized by Toronto Bolivia Solidarity, an action group of OPIRG–Toronto
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ISBN 9781552664025
February 2011
by D.W. Livingstone, Dorothy E. Smith & Warren Smith

In the 1980s, following decades of booming business, the global steel industry went into a precipitous decline, which necessitated significant restructuring. Management demanded workers’ increased participation in ever more temporary and insecure labour. Engaging the workers at the flagship Stelco plant in Hamilton, the authors document new management strategies and the responses of unionized workforces to them. These investigations provide valuable insights into the dramatic changes occurring within the Canadian steel industry.

”Manufacturing Meltdown explains what has happened to our manufacturing, our jobs, our future and our country. This is something that needed telling and this book tells it very well.” – Bob Sutton, former recording secretary, United Steelworkers Local 1005 and editor of SteelShots

Order from: Brunswick Books Ltd., 20 Maud St. Suite 303, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2M5, t- 416.703.3598 f- 416.703.6561 or
Also available at your local independent bookstore or order online from



Toronto, January 18, 2011

As the economic crisis continues, governments and employers are bringing in austerity measures, lowering our living standards and working conditions. A number of unionized workplaces are particular targets, and have the potential to become key centres of resistance. This forum considers the strategies and political approaches needed to win and is a build-up for the January 29th/30th Workers’ Assembly Labour Conference.

Introduced and moderated by Carolyn Egan, USW Local 8300. Presentations by:

* Mark Ferguson, President of the City of Toronto Municipal Workers Local 416 (bargaining with the new Rob Ford administration in Toronto who has threatened to privatize garbage services);
* Gary Howe, Vice-President of Local 1005 Hamilton Steelworkers (facing a lockout and concession demands at US Steel);
* Marion Pollack, National Representative with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, based in Ottawa. She is a long time activist in the union and in progressive movements.

Organized by the Labour Committee of the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly

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The Canadian Labour Congress has filed an Access to Information request to find out who lobbied the federal Finance Minister and his department against proposals that would enhance the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans.

Last summer Jim Flaherty said that improving the CPP was the best way to ensure the retirement security of Canadians but the minister has now changed his mind in favour of vastly inferior private sector plans. The financial services sector was lobbying hard prior to the finance ministers meeting in Kananaskis in December.

The CLC filed two access requests in late December 2010, and they ask for both internal government and external lobbying materials related to the CPP and private sector Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPPs). High management fees charged by banks and insurance companies can reduce pension savings by more than 50 per cent. The CPP is a far better option.

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by Royce Millar and Clay Lucas, The Age (Victoria, AU)

Victorians are being slugged more than $1 billion a year for Melbourne’s privatised train and trams, six times more than the architects of the system forecast 11 years ago.

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by Nigel Roy Moses, Memorial University

This article examines young women’s activism in the (Canadian) National Union of Students (NUS) from the time that the national student organization regrouped in 1972 to the endorsement of the NUS Declaration of the Rights of the Woman Student in 1979. The focus is on the problems NUS women faced, the solutions and organizational structures they devised, and how they helped transform the social organization of NUS to better represent their interests. This work makes an important contribution to our knowledge of Canadian student organizing and the women’s movement. Youth activists guided by a particular set of anti-patriarchal cultural orientations and values not only had a profoundly transformative effect on student organization, but were among the social agents producing a much broader social transformation.

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HAMILTON, ON, Jan. 20 /CNW/ – Who says labour songs are dead? The Ontario Public Service Employees Union has produced a music video with recording artists Teresa Healy and Tom Juravich to highlight the exodus of Ontario’s home care professionals from an unstable work environment.

The song, “What Will You Do When I’m Gone?” was written by Healy and Juravich for a 2008 rally in Hamilton following news that the Victorian Order of Nurses and St. Joseph’s Home Care were dropped from a competition to provide visiting nursing services in the city. Both agencies had close to a century of history in Hamilton.

As a result of the rally, a new moratorium was begun and the Hamilton competition cancelled.

The video is being distributed to media outlets this week and on-line.

OPSEU has produced a web site to host the video which includes a “making of” documentary, background information, a free download of the song, links to the artists’ sites and a form where patients, families and workers can leave their own stories behind.

The site is located at A French version of the site is also available at

For more information or to set up interviews with the artists, contact Rick Janson at 416-443-8888 ext 8383 or 416-525-3324 (Cell).




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.

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Dear Colleague,

I am pleased to announce that Queen Mary’s Centre for the Study of Global Security and Development will be hosting a symposium on ‘Uneven and Combined Development and Contemporary World Politics’ on Wednesday, Februaury 9, 2011 between 2-6pm.

The programme is below. If you wish to attend please contact Rick Saull – – in advance of the symposium.

Rick Saull
Director, Queen Mary, Centre for the Study of Global Security and


Wednesday, February 9, 2-6pm (room Arts G.02), Queen Mary, Mile End Campus, London, E1 4NS


Session 1, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Alex Anievas (Cambridge)
‘Origins and Extensions of Uneven and Combined Development in the History and Theory of International Relations: The Case of the First World War’ This paper aims to contribute to recent debates on ‘international historical sociology’ specifically regarding the potential utility of Leon Trotsky’s concept of uneven and combined development (U&CD) in advancing a theory of modern inter-state conflict. The paper first re-examines recent debates over the theoretical status of U&CD considering, in particular, the various socio-historical and spatial registers covered by the idea as deployed by the different positions within the debates. Considering the possible benefits and pitfalls of stretching the concept to a generalized theory of ‘the international’ throughout history, the paper argues that a central challenge remains. This regards the development of a sufficiently historically-differentiated conception of ‘unevenness’ and ‘combination’-one capable of theorizing the radical historical disjuncture represented by the international relations of capitalist modernity while nonetheless capturing aspects of inter-societal relations common to all historical epochs and thus forming a crucial causal element in the transition to capitalism itself. Developing such a perspective, a theory of U&CD could take up John Hobson’s (and others) charges of ‘Euro-centricism’ with a more historically-sensitive interpretation of the internationally-pressurized multiple paths to capitalist modernity and their crucial ‘feed-back’ effects in restructuring processes of inter-state competition. Drawing on and further contributing to the theory, the second half of the paper sketches an alternative approach to the causes of the First World War distinctively combining ‘geopolitical’ and ‘sociological’ modes of explanations into a single framework. This highlights how the necessarily variegated character of interactive socio-historical development explains the inter-state rivalries leading to war. Contextualizing the sources of conflict within the broad developmental tendencies of the Long Nineteenth century (1789-1914) and their particular articulation during the immediate pre-war juncture, the paper aims further develop the theory of U&CD in and through the rich empirical terrain of the pre-war period thereby providing a much needed empirical contribution to recent debates.

Ben Selwyn (Sussex)
‘Trotsky, Gerschenkron and the Political Economy of Late Capitalist Development’
The study of late capitalist development is often characterised as a battle between protagonists of market-led vs state-led development. For the latter position, Alexander Gerschenkron looms large, as one of the most significant theorists of state-led development under conditions of relative backwardness. There are striking similarities between Gerschenkron’s explication of the advantages of backwardness and Trotsky’s concept of uneven and combined development and the privilege of backwardness. (These similarities have been commented upon often but rarely subject to closer comparison): Indeed, both men share a common problematic – the comprehension of how economically backward countries could skip stages of development in order to join the ranks of economically advanced countries. This paper compares their conception of this problematic and illustrates how in a number of areas the two are complementary. These are: Their rejection of unilinear patterns of capitalist development, their appreciation of the role of states and institutions in facilitating late development, and their understanding of development as a disruptive social process.  However, in crucial areas the two diverge. These are: Their comprehension of international economic and political relations, the role and position of labour in late development, and ultimately, the potential for late capitalist development to unleash social upheavals and further, non-capitalist transformations. Overall, I suggest how Trotsky and Gerschenkron’s approaches can complement each other, but that ultimately they represent fundamentally opposed approaches to human development.

Coffee Break, 3.30pm – 4.00pm

Session Two, 4.00pm – 6.00pm

Mick Dunford (Sussex)
‘Combined and Uneven Development: A Geographical Perspective’

John Hobson (Sheffield)
‘What’s at Stake in the Neo-Trotskyist Debate? Towards a Non-Eurocentric Historical Sociology of Uneven and Combined Development’
This piece seeks to advance what is being termed ‘third wave historical sociology of IR’ (HSIR). In particular I consider how a third-wave ‘non-Eurocentric’ HSIR could be developed by entering into the extant internecine debate that is raging within the newly emergent neo-Trotskyist school of HSIR. At one extreme lies Justin Rosenberg who argues that the concept of uneven and combined development (U&CD) should be historically generalised while the majority position insists that U&CD is specific only to the modern capitalist era (e.g., Ashman, Davidson, Allinson and Anievas). Here I provide some support for the Rosenberg position, by arguing that failure to historically generalise the concept beyond modern capitalism leads into the cul-de-sac of Eurocentrism. As a counter, I spend the majority of the piece sketching the outlines of a non-Eurocentric theory of U&CD by considering the ‘rise of the West’ as a case of a late-developing civilization; and in the process sketching the basis for an adequate third-wave non-Eurocentric HSIR.

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Marxism and Art


Hervé Hubert-Klein
Art, Psychoanalysis and Revolution
From 29 January to 25 February 2011

Opening Saturday 29th of January at 6.00pm

The artist and psychoanalyst H. Hubert-Klein introduces his artistic work and discusses his conceptions in a roundtable conversation

Underdog Art Company
384, Old Kent Road, SE1 5AA
London, United Kingdom

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Critical Marxist Review of Class and Society

145-157 St John Street, London EC1V 4PY, United Kingdom


Dear Friends and Comrades,

I am writing to you with regard to a new project I have undertaken to appeal for help.

The Future Present is a critical Marxist journal will be launched shortly.  Though published in London, England The Future Present is being published in close cooperation with comrades from as far apart as Ukraine, Russia, Bosnia and Scotland.  We are pleased to have the extensive participation of Marxists from Ukraine, and also other countries of the former USSR and Yugoslavia and future issues we will  give voice to the discussions and debates of these comrades who are struggling to overcome the legacy of Stalinism.

In the pilot issue of The Future Present we publish for the first time in English a range of articles both contemporary and historical. These address a number of questions of fundamental importance.  The includes reclaiming communism for today, the national question and possibility of a global revolutionary strategy in the 21st century.

In the pilot issue is published an exclusive translation of the essay by the Russian Marxist theorist Aleksandr Tarasov World Revolution 2.  This is accompanied by a range of articles on the question of communism and the national question with publication for the first time in English of articles by Lev Yurkevych and his polemics with Lenin from 1914 and 1917.  

In forthcoming issues we shall continue this work with including an examination of the problem of counter revolution arising from within the revolution itself.  Work has already begun on new translations of rare texts by Volodymyr Vynnychenko, The Revolution in Danger (1920) and Bolshevist Bonapartism by Ivan Maistrenko (1948).  It is hoped also to include English translations of the documents of the opposition Democratic Centralist faction in the Russian Communist Party (Bolsheviks). 


The Future Present is an initiative which depends entirely on its readers and supporters.  It is in serious need of funds to ensure the new initiative gets going and can sustain itself.  Please show your solidarity with The Future Present by making a donation, no matter how small it can help a great deal with this new journal of critical Marxism and contributing towards a new emancipatory communism for the 21st century. 

A cheque can be made to The Future Present at the above address or for transfers account details can be supplied on request.  Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

Yours in solidarity

Chris Ford


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