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Capitalism

Capital’ Against Capitalism – New Website

Saturday June 25 -Central Sydney

It seems significant, and hardly coincidental, that the impasse that politics fell into after the 1960s and 1970s coincided with the eclipse of Marx and the research project of historical materialism. Social democracy, various left-wing melancholies and/ or the embrace of dead political forms has stood-in for these absent names. Returning to Marx, to Capital and to the various traditions tied-up with these names may present a way to cut across this three-fold deadlock.

The papers at Capital Against Capitalism will respond to contemporary politics from a range of historical materialist perspectives. We want to bring together the theoretical discussions and debates occurring in Capital reading groups, PhD study circles, and Marxist political organisations and networks. Our conjuncture – its manifold crisis – urges new analyses, new strategic orientations and the engagement of activists and academics alike on these questions.

‘Capital’ Against Capitalism: http://capitalagainstcapitalism.blogspot.com/

Provisional Timetable

SATURDAY JUNE 25 – CENTRAL SYDNEY

9.00 – 9.15
Welcome

9.15 – 10.45
Plenary 1 – AUSTRALIAN LABORISM
Speaker: Rick Kuhn, on his book, with Tom Bramble, Labor’s Conflict: Big business, workers and the politics of class (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
Respondents: Geoffrey Robinson and Tad Tietze

10.45 – 11.00
Short morning tea

11 – 12.30
Workshop 1A – MARXISM AND THEOLOGY
Roland Boer: ‘The Religion of Everyday Life’: Capital as Fetish
Tamara Prosic: Orthodox Christian Theology and Social Change
Remy Low: Religion and Revolutionary Praxis: Theologies of liberation in retrospect and prospect

Workshop 1B – READING CAPITAL IN OUR OWN TIME
Tom Barnes: From ‘surplus populations’ to informal labour: Is Capital relevant to class formation in the Global South?
Paul Rubner: Deciphering the Dialectic in Marx’s Capital
Mike Beggs: Zombie Marx and modern economics

12.30 – 1.15
Lunch

1.15 – 2.15
Workshop 2A – SOCIAL CHANGE
Jess Gerrard: Hegemony, Class and Culture
John Pardy: Patterns of schooling in Australia: Toward a historically materialist explanation.

Workshop 2B – TALKING REVOLUTION
Mark Steven: The Silliest Insurrection: On Marxism and the Marx Brothers
David Lockwood: Marxism and the Bourgeois Revolution

2.15 – 3.45
Workshop 3A – MARXISM AND LAW
Jess Whyte: Leaving the ‘Eden of the innate rights of man’: Marx’s Critique of Rights
Richard Bailey: Strategy, rupture, rights: law and resistance in Australian immigration detention
David McInerney: To read and speak the law: Althusser on Montesquieu

Workshop 3B – ACCUMULATION OF VALUE
Marcus Banks: How does workfare produce value?
Humphrey McQueen: Labour time
Ben Reid: Is there Australian Exceptionalism? Scenarios for capital accumulation and crises after the second great contraction

3.45 – 4.15
Afternoon tea

4.15 – 5.15
Plenary 2 – MARX’S CAPITAL
Speaker: Nicole Pepperell on the key ides of her PhD thesis and forthcoming book on Marx’s Capital (Brill/Historical Materialism Book Series 2011)
Respondent: Dave Eden

5.15 – 5.30
Wrap Up

More information

For more information contact:

Elizabeth Humphrys: lizhumphrys@gmail.com  

Jonathon Collerson: jonathoncollerson@gmail.com

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Student Rebellion

LONDON METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY IN OCCUPATION

Students at London Metropolitan University are occupying the Graduate Centre in opposition to the proposed closure of almost two thirds of the university.

The cuts at London Met are of an absolutely devastating scale and demand a response from across our movement. We encourage everyone to rush messages of support to wearelondonmet@gmail.com and to send representatives to the teach-in on Saturday:

We AreLondonMet – Education not Privatisation

Saturday May 7th, 10am-4pm

Graduate Centre, London Met University, Holloway Road

Followed by social in the Rocket Bar, to celebrate the winning the London Living Wage for all workers at London Met.

Flyer: http://www.londonmetunison.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/LonMetTeachInA5_HiRes-1.pdf
Draft Programme: http://www.londonmetunison.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/We-Are-London-Met-programme.pdf

This event is FREE and OPEN to all the community but PLEASE register in advance, by emailing  su@londonmet.ac.uk
For more info: http://www.wearelondonmet.wordpress.com

Ian Tomlinson Verdict Vindicates Protestors

The jury at the inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson has now found that he was unlawfully killed at the G20 protests, opening the door towards the possible prosecution of a police officer. Tomlinson’s death has exposed the violent and political way in which protests are often policed, and the subsequent lack of accountability on the part of the police stands in stark contrast to the harsh sentences often handed out to protestors. 

After the violent police tactics on the student demonstrations, the charging of Alfie Meadows and others, and the mass arrests of Fortnum & Mason occupiers, we need to remind the police that protesting against the government’s attacks on our education is not a crime.

Emergency Open Meeting – Stand Up To These Attacks On Our Right To Protest

Thursday 5 May, 6:30pm

Friends Meeting House,173 Euston Road,LondonNW1 2BJ

With some introductions by

ALFIE MEADOWS – arrested protester

JOHN McDONNELL MP

FORTNUM & MASONS OCCUPIER and defendant

NINAPOWER-SeniorLecturerRoehamptonUniversity

LAURIE PENNY – Journalist

CHARLIE VEITCH – Love Police

JIM WOLFREYS -LondonRegion UCU/Education Activist Network

UKUNCUT

Demonstration and press conference at the Fortnum & Mason hearing

Monday 9 May

9am demo followed by 9:30am press conference

City ofWestminsterMagistrates Court,70 Horseferry Road

For more information:

www.defendtherighttoprotest.org

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Defend-the-Right-to-Protest/178594298855659

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Antonio Negri

SELF ORGANISING III: COMMUNITY

Friday May 6th  2011
Venue: Lock Keepers Cottage, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, E1 4NS
Nearest Station: Mile End
Time: 5-7pm
Self-Organising: http://www.self-org.blogspot.com/

An encounter to muse and think together about external dynamics, political discourse and outreach; the role of the organizer when working with constituencies; issues of politicization, outreach, involvement and negotiation.

Conversations will be triggered by:

Doina Petrescu (Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée, Paris)

Doina Petrescu is an architect, co-founder together with Constantin Petcou of atelier d’architecture autogérée (aaa) in Paris and Professor of Architecture and Design Activism at the University of Sheffield. Her publications include Trans – Local – Act: cultural practices within and across (2010), Agency: Working with Uncertain Architectures (2009), Altering Practices: Feminist Politics and Poetics of Space (2007), Urban Act: a handbook for alternative practice (2007), Architecture and Participation (2005). During our session, Doina will speak about metropolitan commons and self-organised spaces.

Jane Wills (QMUL, London)

Jane Wills has research interests in low paid employment, migration, trade unionism and new forms of labour organisation, the living wage, community organising and political-economy. Her new co-authored book on low paid migrant labour in London entitled Global Cities at Work: new migrant divisions of labour was published by Pluto in 2010. Jane is convenor of the MA Community Organising and an active member of London Citizens.

RESOURCES:

C. Petcou, D.Petrescu, Acting Space
Published in Multitudes 3/ 2007, Urban/Act and included in the disobedience archive
http://www.disobediencearchive.com/texts/index.html

D. Petrescu, Jardinieres du commun
published in Multitudes 44/2010
http://multitudes.samizdat.net/Jardinieres-du-commun

and Trans-Local-Act.
C. Petcou, D.Petrescu, At the Ground Level of the City
Published in Multitudes 20/2005
http://multitudes.samizdat.net/Au-rez-de-chaussee-de-la-ville

and The Right to the City (Sydney, 2011)
What makes a biopolitical place?
A Discussion with Toni Negri, Constantin Petcou, Doina Petrescu, Anne Querrien, Paris – September 17, 2007
Published in Multitudes 3/ 2007 – In English: http://www.peprav.net/tool/spip.php?article59

***END***

‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com