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International Conference. Views on the Commune of 1871 in France. New approaches and prospects.

Narbonne (Aude, France), City Hall – former Archbishop’s Palace
March 24-26, 2011

International Conference co-organised by the Centre de Recherche Espaces, Sociétés, Culture (CRESC, EA 2356, Université Paris 13 / PRES Sorbonne Paris Cité), the Commission Archéologique et Littéraire de Narbonne (CALN) and the Institut d’Histoire Sociale (IHS) – CGT of Aude

For the 140th anniversary of the Commune of 1871, an important conference will be held from 24 to 26 March 2011. Entitled “Views on the Commune of 1871 in France –. New approaches and prospects”, it means to bring forward the new works and original paths of research relating to The Commune of Paris, the Communes of the Province and the movements around The Commune which developed in France in 1871. This international symposium is the result of a unique collaboration between Paris 13-  PRES Sorbonne Paris Cité, a university of Ile-de-France (Paris area) and the research laboratory CRESC, the CALN, a learned institute created in 1833 and ISH-CGT, a militant institute of social history. It will be held in the town of Narbonne, which, in March 1871, witnessed the proclamation of a Commune.

This international symposium intends to focus on new approaches to the event and to open new prospects. Beyond questioning the contribution of modern research on the Communes of the province, it’s aim is to work at the margins of the global event so as to open new paths of research and to renew the national interpretation of the communalist movement inside an expanded geographical and temporal framework.

The choice of Narbonne meets the required objective: 40 years after the international Symposium organized in 1971 for the centenary of The Commune, researchers’ views on the Commune have changed. Holding this conference in Narbonne instead of Paris is also a symbolic way to insist on those changes: a greater attention will be given to provincial France, to the legacy left between 1848 and 1871, to the national dimension of the different “Communes”. This symposium will be an opportunity to highlight new research carried out on the anonymous actors of the Commune, the life in the different town districts, law and order, violence and the army, the cultural representations, the links between individual stories and collective history and eventually, the tensions between history and memory.

The members of the Scientific Committee of the conference and the speakers’ national as well as international fame turns this event into a powerful moment in this 140th anniversary; not only will speeches be delivered by renowned historians, but also by outstanding young researchers.

Lectures will be held in the two magnificent Synods’ Room and Consuls’ Rooms in the Archbishop’s Palace, now the City Hall, where the “Commune of Narbonne” was proclaimed on 24 March 1871.

Program and practical information are available on  or on the CRESC website:     

Free entrance, but registration required at

Steering Committee :
·         Marc César (CRESC, Université Paris 13)
·         Laure Godineau (CRESC, Université Paris 13)
·         Jacques Michaud (President of the Archaeological and Literary Commission of Narbonne)
·         Xavier Verdejo (Institute for Social History of the Aude)

Scientific Committee
·         Sylvie Aprile (Université de Lille 3)
·         Sylvie Caucanas (Departemental archives of the Aude)
·         Quentin Deluermoz (CRESC, Université Paris 13)
·         Laura Frader (Northeastern University – Boston, associate at the CES, Harvard University)
·         Jacques Girault (CRESC, Université Paris 13)
·         Christopher Guthrie (Tarleton State University)
·         Raymond Huard (Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3)
·         Laurent Mc Falls (Université de Montréal)
·         Rémy Pech (Université de Toulouse 2 – Le Mirail)
·         Alceo Riosa (Université de Milan)
·         Jean-Louis Robert (Université Paris 1)
·         Jacques Rougerie (Université Paris 1)
·         Jean Sagnes (Université de Perpignan)
·         Benjamin Stora (CRESC, Université Paris 13)
·         Robert Tombs (St John’s College, University of Cambridge)
·         Paul-Henri Viala (Archives of Narbonne)

·         City of Narbonne
·         Languedoc-Roussillon Region
·         General Council of the Aude
·         Agglomeration community of Grand Narbonne
·         Local and regional organizations of the CGT (represented by Mr. Patric Grèze)

Scientific partnerships
·         Archives of Narbonne
·         Departmental archives of the Aude
·         Université de Perpignan- Via Domitia
·         Université Montpellier 1
·         UMR FRAMESPA (Université de Toulouse 2 – Le Mirail / CNRS)
·         Research centre on intercultural relations in English and French speaking areas (CRIDAF), Université Paris 13 – PRES (Research and Upper Education Pole) Sorbonne Paris Cité
·         Association Maitron Languedoc-Roussillon (represented by Mr. Raymond Huard)

Marc César or Laure Godineau

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Roy Bhaskar


The Westminster International Law & Theory Centre cordially invite you to
a one-day workshop on:

THE LAW OF LAW: Dialectics and Research

Pravin Jeyaraj, School of Law, University of Westminster
Prof Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, School of Law, University of Westminster

Friday, 1 April, 2011

A one-day workshop to examine how different dialectical traditions have been applied to research in different legal and related non-legal disciplines. We aim to assert the relevance of various dialectical traditions – from its origin in ancient philosophies to its subsequent interpretation and reformulation by theorists such as Hegel, Marx, Luhmann and Bhaskar – to contemporary socio-legal and critical research and sketch potential future developments either confirming or moving away from this tradition.

Dr Brenna Bhandar (University of Kent)
Dr Alejandro Colás (Birkbeck University)
Dr Alex Fischer (SOAS)
Ms Kay Lalor (University of Westminster)
Professor Alan Norrie (University of Warwick)
Professor Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (University of Westminster)
Dr Joseph Tanega (University of Westminster)
Dr Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths College)

University of Westminster
The Boardroom, 309 Regent Street

Attendance is free, but places are limited
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Social Justice


Materialist Feminisms in an age of Neoliberalism; or, Would the critique of patriarchal capitalism please stand up?

A special issue of the online journal Politics and Culture (

***Please Note: In addition to article-length contributions, we also solicit shorter interventions, provocations, or position papers (1500-2000 words) for two themed discussions 1) experiences and direction from elders in this work and 2) experiences and demands from junior scholars.

Liberal inclusion. Globalization and neoliberal crisis. Neoconservative backlash. We know that feminism has had many lives. We are especially attuned to the forms of imperialist, settler and liberal “feminism” that have motivated a great many social projects, most recently the ostensible concern over the status of women in Afghanistan that has played so well as a rationale for war. And yet, we live amidst a rapidly accelerating culture of neoliberal individualism, combined with the virulent cult of persecuted white masculinity that marks the neoconservative shift, the backlash against supposed minority gains, and the dogged attack by the state and corporate elite on the material and social protections won through decades of struggle. The need for anti-capitalist feminist foment has never been so dire.

From early noted thinkers such as Lucy B. Parsons, Rosa Luxembourg and Emma Goldman, to Marxist Feminist scholars such as Maria Mies, Mariarosa Dalla Costa and Giovanna Dalla Costa, Angela Davis and Sylvia Federici, to anti-racist and anti-colonialist scholars such as bell hooks, Himani Bannerji, Patricia Monture Angus, Vandana Shiva, Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Andrea Smith, to theorists such as Zillah Eisenstein, Wendy Brown, and Nancy Fraser, “structuralist” or “materialist” feminisms draw a lineage that views economics, capitalism and political struggles specifically through the lenses of gender, race and class, and anti-imperialist, anti-patriarchal, anti-heteronormative and anti-racist agendas. While the distinctions are far too subtle and complex to enumerate here, critical to Marxist, socialist, anarchist, materialist and other kinds of structuralist feminism is the notion that ending gender-based oppression requires (among other things) a reckoning of capitalist, colonial and patriarchal histories and organizations of power. We invite a forward-looking conversation that draws trajectories in the body of work we might broadly think of as structural or materialist feminisms.

Topics for consideration may include:
* In a neoliberal age in which the ecological collapse wreaked by capitalism’s rapacious appetite appears as an urgent horizon framing cultural politics, what is to be gained or lost by prioritizing gender as a category of analysis? What is the task ahead for materialist feminism?
* The contemporary backlash
* Where is the work of structural feminism taking place? Do you observe or practice it in the university, in the streets, in your creative work, in your everyday life relations and survival?
* Identity politics vs. anti-capitalist struggle: whose schism?
* Women and the gift, women for the land, women and the spirit
* Queer materialisms
* Is there a materialist feminism outside of struggle? And is there a struggle?
* From “Marxist feminism” to transnational, anti-imperialist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist, anti-colonial feminist?  There is a story that has been told many ways many times and yet not told nearly enough: history and future of structural feminisms? Revisiting feminist theory, women’s studies, institutionalization, ghettoization, backlash, disciplinarity

****In addition to article-length contributions, we also solicit shorter interventions or provocations (1500-2000 words) for two themed discussions 1) experiences and direction from elders in this work and 2) experiences and demands from junior scholars.

Please send 200 word abstracts and/or short queries to Alyson McCready ( or Mary Ellen Campbell ( by April 1st, 2011.

Submissions will be expected May 15th, 2011.
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