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Utopia

THE SPECTRE OF UTOPIA: UTOPIAN AND SCIENCE FICTIONS AT THE ‘FIN DE SIÈCLE’ – BY MATTHEW BEAUMONT

PETER LANG – International Academic Publishers are pleased to announce a new book by
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Matthew Beaumont 
THE SPECTRE OF UTOPIA: Utopian and Science Fictions at the “Fin de Siècle”

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2012. XII, 307 pp.
Ralahine Utopian Studies. Vol. 12
Edited by Raffaella Baccolini, Joachim Fischer, Tom Moylan and Michael J. Griffin

pb. ISBN 978-3-0343-0725-3
CHF 63.00 / €(D) 47.50 / €(A) 48.80 / € 44.40 / £ 40.00 / US-$ 66.95
€(D) includes VAT – only valid for Germany  /  €(A) includes VAT – only valid for Austria  

In the late nineteenth century, a spectre haunted Europe and the United States: the spectre of utopia. This book re-examines the rise of utopian thought at the “fin de siècle”, situating it in the social and political contradictions of the time and exploring the ways in which it articulated a deepening sense that the capitalist system might not be insuperable after all. The study pays particular attention to Edward Bellamy’s seminal utopian fiction, “Looking Backward” (1888), embedding it in a number of unfamiliar contexts, and reading its richest passages against the grain, but it also offers detailed discussions of William Morris, H.G. Wells and Oscar Wilde. Both historical and theoretical in its approach, this book constitutes a substantial contribution to our understanding of the utopian imaginary, and an original analysis of the counter-culture in which it thrived at the fin de siècle.

Contents: 
Utopian fiction – Science fiction – Disaster fiction – Radical publishing – Feminism – Socialism – Occultism.

“Matthew Beaumont is one of the most brilliant of the younger generation of English critics. His work on late Victorian culture puts him among the most suggestive and original scholars of the period. While focused on Bellamy, this wide-ranging study encompasses a rich variety of authors and intellectual currents, all dealing with the elusive but utterly essential idea of utopia. In its theoretical sophistication and historical depth, Beaumont’s work is both innovative and illuminating” (Terry Eagleton, Distinguished Professor of English at Lancaster University and author of ‘Trouble with Strangers’ and ‘Why Marx Was Right’)

“So much has been written about Looking Backward and late nineteenth-century utopian literature that one wonders if these topics can ever come to us fresh again. Beaumont answers this question by placing Bellamy’s utopia within significant yet rarely studied publication and reception contexts, such as the London Bellamy Library books series designed to educate working-class readers, and by presenting utopia as a constructively troubling spectre, a ghost evaluating the readers’ present by haunting them with a sense of the absence of a suppressed better world existing somewhere between possibility and impossibility. Thus Beaumont does refresh utopia for us” (Kenneth Roemer, Piper Professor, University of Texas at Arlington and author of ‘The Obsolete Necessity: America in Utopian Writings, 1888-1900’ and ‘Utopian Audiences’)

“This is a rich and provocative book in which Beaumont challenges conventional readings of utopian writing at the turn of the twentieth century. Written with insight and clarity, it provides fresh perspectives and unsettles old certainties. It is essential reading for anyone concerned with the cultural context of the time” (Ruth Levitas, Professor of Sociology, University of Bristol and author of ‘The Concept of Utopia’)

Matthew Beaumont is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at University College London.

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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)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

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Utopia

SOCIAL HISTORY 6 (2011) IS ONLINE

 Liebe Leserin, lieber Leser,

Heft 6 (2011) der Zeitschrift Sozial.Geschichte Online steht ab heute (wie immer frei) zur Verfügung. Hier können die Texte als pdf. heruntergeladen werden.

The new issue of Social History online is online. Please use the following link: http://duepublico.uni-duisburg-essen.de/servlets/DocumentServlet?id=26797

Best regards,
Max Henninger / Peter Birke

Inhalt / Contents

Forschung / Research

Wang Kan, Collective Awakening and Action of Chinese Workers: The 2010 Auto Workers’ Strike and its Effects

Peter Birke, Diese merkwürdige, zerklüftete Landschaft: Anmerkungen zur „Stadt in der Revolte“

Emiliana Armano, Notes on Some Features of Knowledge Work: A Social Inquiry into Knowledge Workers in Turin

Diskussion / Discussion

Tobias Mulot, Coyotismus: Die konstituierende Kraft der Flucht. Anmerkungen zu Escape Routes

Zeitgeschehen / Current Events

Gregor Kritidis, Die Demokratie in Griechenland zwischen Ende und Wiedergeburt

Karl Heinz Roth, Griechenland und die Euro-Krise

Kristin Carls / Dario Iamele, Stop that train – Entwicklung und Aktualität der No-TAV-Bewegung gegen die Hochgeschwindigkeitstrasse Turin–Lyon

Manal Tibe, Notes on the Situation in Egypt Since Mubarak’s Resignation

Jahrestage / Anniversaries

Gisela Notz, Soziale und politische Gleichberechtigung für alle Frauen. Zur hundertjährigen Geschichte des Internationalen Frauentags in Deutschland

Tagungsberichte / Conference Proceedings

Torsten Bewernitz, Strikes and Social Conflicts in the 20th Century, Lissabon, 16.–20. März 2011

Matthias Möller / Sonja Nielbock / Andrea Papst / Nicole Vrenegor, Recht auf Stadt – Vier Fragen und vier Perspektiven. Anmerkungen zu einem Kongress in Hamburg

Tagung / Conference

Labour Beyond State, Nation, Race: Global Labour History as a New Paradigm, University of Kassel, 26 November 2011

Rezensionen / Book Reviews

Jan Ole Arps, Frühschicht. Linke Fabrikintervention in den 70er Jahren (Mischa Suter)

Andrej Holm / Dirk Gebhardt (Hg.), Initiativen für ein Recht auf Stadt. Theorien und Praxis städtischer Aneignungen (Florian Hohenstatt)

Daniel Heintz, Tierschutz im Dritten Reich (Mieke Roscher)

Ralf Hoffrogge, Richard Müller. Der Mann hinter der Novemberrevolution (Dario Azzellini)

Ilse Lenz (Hg.), Die Neue Frauenbewegung in Deutschland. Abschied vom kleinen Unterschied (Kirsten Achtelik)

 

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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)  

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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The Metaphysics of Capital

MODERATION AND REVOLUTION – BY ANDREA MICOCCI

Andrea Micocci
Moderation and Revolution
Lexington Books
1-800-462-6420
http://www.LexingtonBooks.com
978-0-7391-6718-2
324 pages

Endorsements:
Alex Callinicos:
“In this remorseless critique of modern ideologies Andrea Micocci targets what he calls the metaphysics of capitalism informing them. Up-ending our normal assumptions, he argues that it is the true revolutionaries who champion individuality and toleration against the homogeneizing tendencies of capitalism. This is a powerful challenge to the common sense of both the status quo and its conventional critics”.

Mino Vianello:
“This is a daring book that one may like or not like, but represents in the clearest way capitalism’s convoluted nature while explaining with extreme clarity the perverse mechanisms of its resilience. The author brilliantly holds the reader’s attention through a journey in the history of ideas to come to the conclusion that moderation is the bond that keeps us socially and culturally tied, whereas revolution means individual emancipation. “Revolution” is the non-violent quest for individual freedom in a materialistic sense and in Micocci’s view has nothing to do with the bureaucratic and totalitarian organization propaganized at the time of the Soviet Union. This book dispels many misconceptions and popularly held beliefs and is recommended to unprejudiced readers”.

ABOUT THE BOOK
Moderation and Revolution asks how we can resolve conflict from the capitalist worldview. It exposes the intellectual basis of contemporary capitalism as a logically flawed dialectic that prevents both revolutionary options in theory and also, in practice, the evolution of capitalism itself towards the revolutionary outcomes outlined by Smith and Marx. As a consequence, it practices intolerance – disguised as tolerance – towards radical thinking, which explains its propensity to war and the fascistic features of its economics and politics. True revolution, on the other hand, is radically tolerant of the presence of the other and therefore non-violent at the core.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andrea Micocci teaches at the Jean Monnet Faculty of Seconda Università di Napoli (SUN), San Leucio (CE), and Link Campus University of Malta,Rome.

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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)  

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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Frantz Fanon

IS FANON FINISHED?

Call for Participants: Is Fanon Finished?

30-31 March 2012

The American University of Paris invites proposals for a two-day interdisciplinary conference that aims to gather critical and experimental ‘translations’ of Fanon’s ideas into the present.

This is a conference organized by the Master of Arts in Cultural Translation Program at AUP with the support of Academic Affairs, the Master of Arts in Middle East and Islamic Studies Program, the Master of Arts in Global Communications Program and the Master of Arts in International Affairs Program.

This year, the 50th anniversary of his death and of the publication of The Wretched of the Earth, Frantz Fanon’s life, work and contemporary relevance have been widely discussed. The proliferation of celebrations, conferences, exhibitions and publications in itself expresses an apparent necessity: we must understand where we stand on Fanon if we are to grasp our present. To some he constitutes the archetypal ‘Black Atlantic’ subject, one of the first to articulate the effects of colonialism and racism on occupied peoples; to others, he is an advocate of violence as the only means for those subjugated to gain psychical and territorial independence. To all, it appears he is a figure with whom we must reckon. Yet the modes of commemoration and tribute run the risk of monumentalizing Fanon’s contribution, packaging and parking it in a suspended moment in time.

What is it exactly that we want to hear Fanon say? How does his work resonate through contemporary events, objects or circumstances? Starting from the understanding that extensive work has been done recently to articulate and place his writing and practice as psychiatrist, black revolutionary and anti-colonial theorist, we would like to focus here on ‘testing’ his ideas against the present. What is translatable and what must be discarded? As a writer thoroughly ensconced in his own context, is there anything to actualize from his praxis? His multiple geographies (Martinique, France, Algeria, Tunisia, Ghana), his anticipation of the problems faced by postcolonial states, and his configuration of a universal free subject, tend to speak more easily across the half century that divides him from us than do his normative views of sexuality or his conception of a future that could only come from a violent breaking with the past. But have we really finished following through his lines of thought?

In the spirit of his praxis as keen observer of and actor in the present, we would like to invite speakers to focus on a specific aspect of Fanon’s work that traverses their own work and context, be it academic, artistic, activist, or a mix of the three. How do Fanonian themes help clarify, or instead obscure, a sense of our own situatedness in the present?

We aim to organize this conference as a series of panels that open out onto discussion and debate amongst speakers, and with active participation from our graduate students here at AUP.

We invite speakers to address issues related, but not limited, to the following themes:

–       The Arab Revolutions and non-violence
–       Fanon as writer and witness: speaking for the other(s)
–       Imagining a non-Eurocentric universality
–       Rethinking African nation-states or a default panafricanism
–       Urban cities of the Global South: locating agency
–       France and Algeria: 50th anniversary of independence
–       Applying a Fanonian method to contemporary forms of cultural resistance
–       “Fortress France” or the metropolis occupied by the ex-colonies
–       Palestine as last colonized territory
–       The Occupy movements as inspired by a South to North circulation of ideas
–       The effectiveness of violence as an engine of political change
–       Why teach Fanon today?

Please send an abstract (350 words) and a short biography to fanon.at.aup@gmail.com no later than 1 February 2012. Registration is free.

Organizing Committee: Sousan Hammad, and Lisa Damon

For enquiries, contact: Fanon.at.AUP@gmail.com

 

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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, northWales)  

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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

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Socialism and Hope

MAJOR OCCUPY ORGANIZERS TO KICK OFF LEFT FORUM 2012

Friday, March 16th 6:30 pm
Pace University’s Schimmel Theater
1Pace Plaza, New York

With:

Rose Anne DeMoro

Marina Sitrin

William Strickland

William Tabb

 

Left Forum 2012

Occupy the System: Confronting Global Capitalism

RoseAnne DeMoro is executive director of the National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union of nurses. DeMoro is also executive director of the California Nurses Association, which is well known for igniting the campaign that upended one of the world’s most famous celebrity politicians, Arnold Schwarzenegger, dropping his public approval from 70% to 35% in the polls. Under DeMoro’s stewardship, NNU and CNA is also renown as the leading national advocates of single payer/Medicare for all healthcare reform. Over the past year, NNU has led a national campaign calling for a tax on Wall Street also known as the Robin Hood tax and has supported the Occupy Wall Street movement with nurses first aid stations from New York to San Francisco.

Marina Sitrin has been active in occupy movements worldwide. She is the editor of Horizontalism: Voices of Popular Power inArgentina and author of Everyday Revolutions: Horizontalism and Autonomy inArgentina (forthcoming). She is a lawyer and postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Globalization and Social Change at the City University of New York. She is also a student, teacher, dreamer and militant. Her books touch upon issues of state practices of cooptation and repression in relation to social movement mobilizations to build autonomy and direct democracy.

William Strickland spent his early years of political activism working as the Executive Director of the Northern Student Movement, the northern analogue of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee; working for the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party; and working on theHarlem rent strikes in the 1960s. During this time, Strickland also worked with Malcolm X, whom he knew from his childhood days. A graduate of Boston Latin School, Harvard College, Harvard University, he currently is the Director of the Du Bois Papers Collection at W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he also teaches political science.

William Tabb is the author of The Restructuring of Capitalism in Our Time (Columbia University Press, 2012), Economic Governance in the Age of Globalization (Columbia University Press, 2004), and The Amoral Elephant: Globalization and the Struggle for Social Justice in the Twenty-First Century (Monthly Review Press, 2001). He taught economics at QueensCollege and economics, political science and sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He was the Visiting Scholar at Kansai University Osaka, Japan and the Visiting Professor Economics at University of California, Berkeley. He was also founding host and for many years did the “Behind the Economic News” program at WBAI Pacifica Radio.

Left Forum 2012 
March 16th-18th
Pace University’s Schimmel Theater
1Pace Plaza,New York,New York

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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)  

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Michael A. Lebowitz

ONLINE DISCUSSION OF ‘BEYOND CAPITAL’ – BY MICHAEL LEBOWITZ

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MONTHLY REVIEW
An Independent Socialist Magazine and Press

Announcing this online discussion group from our friends at essential discussions:

Essential reading from MR Press author Michael A. Lebowitz, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada

Beyond CAPITAL: Marx’s Political Economy of the Working Class (2003 Palgrave Macmillan)
Winner of the Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize 2004
http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?is=0333964306

Few authors provide the clarity of vision and practical lessons offered by Michael A. Lebowitz. His writings give us both strategic and tactical applications that will be of value to everyone interested in building a viable alternative to the dangerous and destructive capital system. Lebowitz demonstrates the forms of struggle that allow the reader to understand the importance of moving beyond capital with clarity and practicality. The development of worker control, community control, and self-management by the 99% will strengthen the necessary subjective and objective power of the people and start the process of building socialism in our time.

In mid-January 2012 essential discussions will start on-line discussions of this important work by Michael A. Lebowitz. There will also be a discussion group meeting in the Boston area. If you are interested in participating in these discussions, contact essential discussions at 617-731-8725 or emailikurki2@verizon.net

Also available:
The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development
by Michael A. Lebowitz

Build It Now: Socialism for the 21st Century
by Michael A. Lebowitz

And coming soon:

The Contradictions of “Real Socialism”: The Conductor and the Conducted
by Michael A. Lebowitz

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Monthly Review
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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)  

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Work

ESRC SEMINAR ON GLOBAL LABOUR REGUALTION

ESRC Seminar Series ‘Beyond Labour Regulation’
Constructing Research Agendas

Monday January 16th 2012, The Boardroom, College Building, Middlesex University, Hendon, London NW4 4BT, 10am to 5 pm

This ESRC Seminar Series hosted by Middlesex University has brought together academics and practitioners to examine changing global regulation of labour standards. The seminars were organised by a team at Middlesex University including Professor Martin Upchurch, Professor Richard Croucher, Elizabeth Cotton and Professor Joshua Castellino. Professor Miguel Martinez Lucio Manchester University) and Dr. Conor Cradden (University of  Geneva) helped with organisation at the Liverpool and Geneva seminars respectively. Our first seminar took place at Middlesex University, London in January 2010 and examined the problems of Contract and Agency labour.

Participants included academics, practitioners from General Union Federations, and activists within global supply chains. The second seminar, on Migration and Labour Regulation, was held in the Liverpool in the International Slavery Museum in September 2010. Speakers included representatives of major institutions concerned with migration and migrant workers, migrant worker groups, and academics. Case studies were presented of problems facing migrant workers from across the world. The third seminar was on the problems of labour regulation caused by Private Equity, and was held in June 2011 at the Universityof Geneva. Our final seminar will be held at Middlesex University, London on January 16th 2012, and will attempt to bring together previous seminar participants and others interested in collaborating with new research to explore further areas of ‘beyond labour regulation’.

Research Agendas Seminar: Monday January 16th, 2012
‘What We Should be Researching and Why’

Panel Discussion led by

Miguel Martinez Lucio (Professor of International HRM at Manchester University), and co-editor with Luis Enrique Alonso of Employment Relations in a Changing Society, Palgrave, 2006.

Kevin Doogan (Professor of European Policy Studies at the University of Bristol), and author of New Capitalism, The Transformation of Work?, Wiley, 2009

Julie Froud (Professor of Financial Innovation at Manchester University) and co-author of Financialization at Work, Routledge, 2008

Joshua Castellino (Professor of Law at Middlesex University) and co-author of Minority Rights in Asia, OUP, 2006

Sonia McKay (Professor of European Socio-Legal Studies at London Metroolitan University) and author of Refugees, recent migrants and employment: challenging barriers and exploring path ways, Routledge, 2008

Plus Practitioner Forum, with invited speakers from NGOs, trade unions, and policy organisations in the field of global labour regulation.
If you are interested in attending the seminar, please contact Professor Martin Upchurch (m.upchurch@mdx.ac.uk) or the Seminar Series administrator Denise Arden (d.arden@mdx.ac.uk).

There is no registration fee, refreshments for the all day seminar will be provided, but please book places in advance: http://www.globalworkonline.net/blog/beyondlabour/

Martin Upchurch
Professor of International Employment Relations
Middlesex University Business School
The Burroughs
Hendon
London NW4 4BT
07545 487952
m.upchurch@mdx.ac.uk<mailto:m.upchurch@mdx.ac.uk>
Global Work and Employment Project (GWEp)
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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)  

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Theodor Adornon

5th INTERNATIONAL CRITICAL THEORY CONFERENCE OF ROME

CALL FOR PAPERS
5TH INTERNATIONAL CRITICAL THEORY CONFERENCE OF ROME

May 7-9, 2012
John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago

The John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago is hosting the fifth international conference on Critical Theory of Rome, which will be held at its campus in Rome, Italy – Via Massimi 114/A.

The conference will examine the importance and the developments of the Frankfurt School by addressing both the philosophical tradition of the early stages of Critical Theory – and in particular the works of Walter Benjamin, Theodor W. Adorno, Max Horkheimer and Herbert Marcuse – as well as the application of their theories to our contemporary society.

In order to reflect the wide range of topics addressed by Critical Theory, the conference will cover different aspects of philosophical reflection on justice, politics, aesthetics, sociology, technology,  literature and any other relevant field of study.

The conference will be held at the Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago on May 7-9, 2012.  It will begin on Monday morning and end by Wednesday afternoon (with a welcoming reception on the evening of Sunday, May 6).  During the sessions, each speaker will have 30 minutes. All presentations will be made in English.

Coordinator: Stefano Giacchetti Ludovisi, Loyola University Chicago, JFRC

Keynote speakers:
Idit Dobbs-Weinstein, Vanderbilt University
Andrew Feenberg, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
Alessandro Ferrara, University of Rome, Tor Vergata
James Gordon Finlayson, University of Sussex
Stefano Petrucciani, University of Rome, La Sapienza
Henry Pickford, University of Colorado, Boulder
David Schweickart, Loyola University Chicago

If you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel (of up to 5 speakers), please submit a 1-2 page abstract by February 2, 2012 (including name, eventual institutional affiliation and mailing 
address).  Abstracts should be submitted by email.  Decisions regarding the program will be made by the end of February 2012.

To submit an abstract, or for more information, contact: Stefano Giacchetti Ludovisi, PhD – stefano.giacchetti@tiscali.it ; Tel: (+39) 06-81905467

Conference fees: 80 Euro; Free for undergraduate students.

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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)  

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Merchant Bankers

PROPOSAL FOR PANELS ON MARXIST POLITICAL ECONOMY AT THE CONFERENCE OF THE AHE, FAPE AND IIPE – PARIS 5-8 JULY 2012

From the World Association for Political Economy (WAPE)

The World Association for Political Economy invites scholars of Marx and Marxism to submit papers on ‘Marxist political economy’ to be discussed at the forthcomingParisconference of the AHE, FAPE and IIPPE which will be held from 5th-8th July. This large conference of critical and heterodox economist is an excellent opportunity to develop, in discussion with Marxists and those interested in Marx’s ideas, knowledge and understanding of Marx’s ideas and their relevance in the current turbulent world economic situation.

Papers on any issue relevant to the topic ‘Marxist Political Economy’ are welcome. Abstracts of 500 words or less, with a title, indicative bibliography and the name and institutional affiliation of the author, should be submitted to Xiaoqing Ding at wape2006@gmail.com and to Alan Freeman at afreeman@iwgvt.org on or before 18th January.

Authors will be notified of acceptance for inclusion in the WAPE panels by 25th January. Any proposal not accepted can thus be sent to the organizers of theParisconference by their deadline of 31st January, to be considered for inclusion in the general conference.

WAPE seeks to collaborate with all those attending the conference who contribute in the general area of Marxist political economy, and invites those who have already submitted proposals to contact it, with a view to working to arrange joint panels.

WAPE, registered in Hong Kong, China, is an international academic organization founded on an open, non-profit, and voluntary basis by Marxian economists and related groups around the world. Its mission is to utilize modern Marxian economics to analyze and study the world economy, reveal the law of development and its mechanism, and offer proper policies to promote economic and social progress on the national and global level, so as to improve the welfare of all the people in the world. The last five WAPE forums were successively held in Shanghai, Shimane, Beijing, Paris, Suzhouand Amherstduring 2006-2011. The next conference is to be held in Mexico Cityfrom May 25th-27th 2012. For more information, see http://www.wrpe.org/

 

Regards

Alan Freeman (afreeman@iwgvt.org)

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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)  

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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Aesthetics

KOSMOPROLET ISSUE 3

Kosmoprolet #3  is now available in print. 

The Editorial can be found in English here: http://www.kosmoprolet.org/english

Contents:

  • Editorial
  • Arabischer Frühling im Herbst des Kapitals
  • Jenseits der Agrarrevolution
  • Schranken proletarischer Emanzipation. Zur Kritik der Gewerkschaften
  • Fragebogen zur Leiharbeit
  • Der Existenzialismus als Zerfallsprodukt revolutionärer Theorie
  • Zwischen Arbeiterautonomie und Kommunisierung.
  • Eine Kritik an den “28 Thesen zur Klassengesellschaft”
  • Über die Kommunisierung und ihre Theoretiker
  • Proletarische Bewegung und Produktivkraftkritik

 

Addendum, 13.50 GMT, 28th December 2011: There is a translation app on this journal’s site which allows you to read the content in English. It works really well. … Glenn

**END**

‘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)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

The Lord Rookwood

FOREST ROOTS CHRISTMAS PARTY

Dear Forest Roots Folk

Spending the holiday slumped in front of the tele? Eaten too many Christmas goodies?  All shopped out at the sales? Help is at hand. Why not come along to the Forest Roots Christmas Party this Friday, 30th December at the Lord Rookwood, 314 Cann Hall Road,E11 3NW where you can sit back, relax and let us entertain you.

We’ll be singing songs old and new with The Flats Family Band at full strength. Coxy and his band will be there as well as Stan Gordon and other surprise guests and local performers.

Starts 8.30pm

Stay forever young
Jenny and Caroline

Country, Folk, Blues and Beyond

Acoustic Music

Free entry and a Whipround

The Lord Rookwood pub: 314 Cann Hall Road, Leytonstone, London, E11 3NW

The Lord Rookwood: http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/28/28333/Lord_Rookwood/Leytonstone

The Lord Rookwood is well known for its jazz club, see: http://www.ents24.com/web/venue/London/The-Lord-Rookwood-30777.html

General Information about the Lord Rookwood: http://www.allinlondon.co.uk/clubs_bars/venue-4608.php

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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)  

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

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Our Universities

THE UNIVERSITY IS OURS!

Edufactory

The University is Ours!

Friday, December 2, 2011  

A Conference on Struggles Within and Beyond the Neoliberal University
April 27-29, 2012
Toronto, Ontario

The university belongs to us, those who teach, learn, research, council, clean, and create community. Together we can and do make the university work.

But today this university is in crisis. The neoliberal restructuring of post-secondary education seeks to further embed market logic and corporate-style management into the academy, killing consultation, autonomy and collective decision-making. The salaries of university presidents and the ranks of administrators swell, but the people the university is supposed to serve — students — are offered assembly-line education as class sizes grow, faculty is over-worked, and teaching positions become increasingly precarious. International students and scholars seeking post-secondary or graduate education are treated as cash cows rather than as people who might contribute to both research and society. Debt-burdened students are seen as captive markets by administrators, while faculty is encouraged to leverage public funds for private research on behalf of corporate sponsors.

The attack on what remains of public education has been total. Over the last year we have witnessed the closure of humanities programmes, further tuition hikes, the replacement of financial support with loans, union lockouts, and the accelerated development of private, for-profit universities. Yet at the same time we have seen growing waves of struggle against these incursions, as students, staff and faculty in Europe, Latin America, and across the Middle East organize, occupy and resist the transformation.

Our struggles are not limited to the university, but are a part the widespread resistance against the neoliberal market logic subsuming all sectors of our society. The university is a key battleground in this struggle, and a point of conjuncture for the various labour, economic and social justice struggles that face all of us – workers and students alike. Crucially, these struggles occur on stolen indigenous lands and manifest through colonialism, racism, sexism, homophobia, ablism and other forms of oppression that hurt and divide us and that shape what sorts of knowledge are considered valuable.

We cannot cede the ideal of the university as a site for struggle and debate. We cannot permit the dissolution of proliferating research, ideas and innovations free from the demands and control of the market. We cannot watch as universities are degraded into a mere site for corporate or state-sponsored research and marketing. The time to mobilize is now!

This conference will connect and chart the varied struggles against neoliberal restructuring of the university inNorth Americaand beyond. We envision a series of debriefings on experiences of resistance, the creation of a cartography of local and global struggles, and a strategizing session for students, teachers, workers and activists. We aim to develop a North American network of struggles.

We encourage presentations that raise questions and generate dialogue among the rest of the participants. Ideally, submissions will indicate the specific outcomes they hope will emerge from the discussion. We encourage participation from those with first-hand experience of these crises, and those engaged in the fight for free and public post-secondary education, especially student groups and trade unions.

For a better future for all – join us!

POSSIBLE THEMES:

ü        Mapping the terrain of campus struggle inCanadaandNorth America

ü        Connecting with and learning from global struggles

ü        Waged and unwaged labour in the university

ü        Abolition of student debt

ü        The university and the occupy movement

ü        The cultural politics of the neoliberal university

ü        The death of the humanities

ü        Militarization of the university

ü        Intersections of university struggles other fights against oppression

ü        Environmental justice

ü        Beyond public education

ü        Radical pedagogy

ü        Academic freedom

ü        The politics of research funding

ü        The economics of the neoliberal university

ü        University and student governance

ü        The undergraduate experience of neoliberalism

ü        Alternative/free/autonomous universities

ü        Organizing the education factory

ü        The suppression of on-campus dissent and organization

Please email submissions to universityisours@gmail.com by January 16th.

Also,if you would like to attend the conference, please RSVP to the same address so organizers can plan for numbers.

This conference is organized by the Edu-factory Collective in collaboration with theUniversityofToronto General Assembly.

Edufactory: http://www.edu-factory.org/wp/

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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)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

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

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

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