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Anarchism

BLACK FLAME: REVOLUTIONARY CLASS POLITICS OF ANARCHISM AND SYNDICALISM

South African author @ London book event, 10th December: BLACK FLAME: revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism

Lucien van der Walt, of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, will speak on “Black Flame: the revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism

Co-authored with Michael Schmidt, also of Johannesburg, ‘Black Flame’ examines the anti-authoritarian class politics of the anarchist/syndicalist movement, and its 150 years of popular struggle on five continents.

An  indispensable conceptual and historical roadmap, with close attention to Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America, looking at its:
·   Opposition to hierarchy, capitalism and the state
·   Strategy: building revolutionary counter-power
·   History: labour, community, anti-imperialism
·   Agenda: participatory, cooperative economics
·   Revolutions: Mexico, Spain, Ukraine, Korea
·   Revival: today’s struggles

DATE: 2pm, Saturday 10th of December
PLACE: Freedom Bookshop
Angel Alley
84b Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7QX
Directions:
http://www.freedompress.org.uk/news/wp-content/uploads/Freedom-map11.gif

MORE @ http://black-flame-anarchism.blogspot.com

This groundbreaking volume has been praised by reviewers as “deeply impressive”, “fascinating, revealing and often startling”, “a grand work of synthesis”, “remarkable” “outstanding”, “inspired” and “a welcome antidote to Eurocentric  accounts”.
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REVIEWERS SAY:

·   “one of its distinctive contributions is its global scope… their book is brilliant and thought-provoking … a valuable study for activists, students and academics alike…” (Mandisi Majavu, Africa Project for Participatory Society, ‘ZNET’)

·   “deserves to be read by all those on the Left seeking to understand anarchism’s diverse contributions to democratic socialist thinking and practice …” (Devan Pillay, ‘Amandla’)

·   “illustrates the universality of anarchism, which until now, other literature has not done … countless examples of  large movements globally from Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Cuba and the United States, to South Africa, Egypt, Korea and Japan … Spain, Italy, Russia, the UK and Ireland …” (Mandy Moussouris, ‘South African Labour Bulletin’)

” extraordinary …  succeeds in bringing anarchist ideas into vivid relief in their historical contexts … shows the increasing relevance of an anarchist critique for our own time” (Martin Miller, Duke University, author of ‘The Russian Revolution’, ‘Kropotkin’) 

·   “a fascinating account of the often obscured history of anarchists, their organisations and history. There is much to commend in the book …” (Leo Zeilig, ‘International Socialism’)

·   “the depth and breadth of the research  are impressive, the arguments sophisticated, and the call to organize timely …” (Mark Leier, ‘Labour/Le Travail’)

·   “If you have a passing interest in radical politics, get this book. If you have an interest in anarchism, get this book …” (Deric Shannon, ‘Interface: a journal for and about social movements’)

·   “fascinating, revealing and often startling …” (Alan Lipman, anti-apartheid exile, author of ‘On the Outside Looking In: colliding with apartheid and other authorities’)

·   “useful and insightful …  a  grand work of synthesis  … an excellent starting point…” (Greg Hall, ‘WorkingUSA’)

·   “Brilliant  … outstanding … Do yourself a favour and buy it now!” (Iain McKay, author of ‘The Anarchist FAQ’, volume 1)

·  “considerable scholarship and deep reflection  … remarkable … powerful and lucidly written  …” (Jon Hyslop, University of Witwatersrand, author of ‘The Notorious Syndicalist: JT Bain, a Scottish rebel in colonial South Africa’)

·   “an outstanding contribution   …  unique in examining anarchism from a worldwide perspective instead of only a west European angle …” (Wayne Price, author of ‘The Abolition of the State: anarchist and Marxist perspectives’)

·   “a must for everybody interested in nonauthoritarian social movements … ”  (Bert Altena, Rotterdam University, author of ‘Piet Honig, Herinneringen van een Rotterdamse revolutionair’)
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Michael  Schmidt is a Johannesburg-based investigative journalist/ journalism trainer and activist, with experience in Chiapas, civil war Guatemala, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Rwanda, Darfur, and Lebanon.

Lucien van der Walt teaches at the University of theWitwatersrand. Winner of the 2008 international ‘Labor History’ dissertation and the 2008/2009 CODESRIA Africa thesis awards, his extensive publications include (with Steve Hirsch) ‘Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1880-1940’ (Brill 2010).

 

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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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Alain Badiou

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BADIOU STUDIES

Please advertise widely!
THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BADIOU STUDIES – CALL FOR PAPERS NOW OPEN
www.badioustudies.org
Call for Papers: Badiou Now!

The inaugural issue of the IJBS will be dedicated to the idea of ‘Badiou Now!’ Why? Because Badiou’s philosophical interest is fundamentally contemporary and political. The notion of Badiou Now! captures the urgency that Badiou sees in combating the ‘Thermidorian’ spirit, reactive and obscurantist subjects that deny the necessity of rupture, events, acts, new truths, who replace action with political apathy, and radical democracy with a return to ‘pure’ transcendental notions. In contrast to the Evental-negating/denying subject, Badiou is concerned with the question of how to maintain fidelity to the event, while remaining aware of competing subjective forces and of the materialist dialectical need for endless events, for perpetual breaks and splits, which promote the present as future. The first issue then, will seek proposals that address the role of Badiou’s thought in building a 21st century conception of human organization.

Prospective articles should be in the range of 6,000-8,000 words, prepared for blind review, and accompanied by an abstract of not more than 250 words. Abstracts should be submitted no later than the 12th of January 2012. Full articles should be sent by the 31st of March 2012.

Authors should follow the standard guidelines for online submission, and are required to register with the journal in order to submit their work. In line with the ethos of the IJBS, we will accept articles in supported world languages, although an English abstract is required for all submissions.

Contact emails: Michael J. Kelly Michael.kelly@badioustudies.org
Arthur James Rose Arthur.rose@badioustudies.org

THE IJBS
The International Journal for Badiou Studies is an international, peer-reviewed, open-source journal dedicated to the philosophy and thought of, and surrounding, the French philosopher Alain Badiou. The IJBS is dedicated to original and critical arguments that directly engage with the works of Badiou, as well as pertinent intellectual colleagues and related concepts. The aim of the IJBS is to develop a clear and transparent site for scholars interested in these ideas to come together from around the world to share their research and develop productive dialogues.

 

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Jaguar in Rain Forest

PEOPLE AND NATURE

Please visit http://peoplenature.org, a new site aiming to “promote discussion about human society and its interaction with nature”.

The focus is on developing socialist ideas and interpretations of the people-nature relationship, the way it is ruptured by capitalism and how it may be transformed by movements towards communism.

 

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Sociology

KEY ARTICLES IN BRITISH SOCIOLOGY

Key Articles in British Sociology: Celebrating BSA Publishing!

2011 is the 60th anniversary of the BSA – and it’s not over yet!  In December, we are celebrating our long tradition of the publishing the best of sociology with Key Articles in British Sociology: BSA 60th Anniversary Special Collection.  This online collection is a celebration of classic and contemporary articles from the stable of BSA journals: Cultural Sociology, Sociological Research Online, Sociology and Work, Employment and Society. We have gathered together an impressive live of some ofBritain’s leading contemporary sociologists to select and reflect on those articles from BSA journals that they see as particularly significant.

Read Professor Geoff Payne’s comments on Class Analysis, Diane Reay on A New Social Class Paradigm, Professor Sandra Walklate on Crime and Deviance; and Dale Southerton on Consumption.  We’ll be posting more in the coming weeks so keep visiting the site to see contributions on Family, Leisure, Nationalism, Sport, Urban Sociology and more.

View the collection now and add your comments on the best of BSA articles: www.sagebsa.co.uk

 

Best wishes,

Alison Danforth

Publications Officer

The British Sociological Association

+44 (0)191 383 0839

Visit our website at http://www.britsoc.co.uk

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Education and Capitalism

CRITICAL STUDIES IN EDUCATION – CALL FOR PAPERS

CALL FOR PAPERS
Please circulate within your networks

CRITICAL STUDIES IN EDUCATION
An international peer-reviewed journal
3 issues per annum
ISSN 1750-8487 (print)   1750-8495 (online)
Published by Routledge

Critical Studies in Education is one of the few international journals solely devoted to a critical sociology of education. Two questions frame the journal’s critical approach to research: (1) whose interests are served by current social arrangements in education and, (2) from the standpoint of the least advantaged, what can be done about inequitable arrangements? Informed by this approach, articles published in the journal draw on post-structural, feminist, postcolonial and other critical orientations to critique education systems and to identify alternatives for education policy, practice and research.

The journal welcomes submissions of the highest quality and importance, which make original theoretical and/or empirical contributions, and are aimed at moving the field forward. Submissions may be focused on education policy and/or practice (including pedagogy) across formal education contexts (e.g. schooling, vocational and further education, higher education) as well as informal settings (e.g. television, communities, the internet). Submissions typically focus on power relations associated with gender, class (/poverty), ethnicity and the reproduction of disadvantage.

CALL FOR PAPERS
While submissions that meet this general brief are most welcome, we are also seeking papers in line with the following theme:

CRITICAL VISIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION
Increasingly, education is being reduced to what can be measured, often in quantitative terms that do not adequately capture all there is to education and which are then used to compare students, institutions and nations. At the same time, we live in a world that is becoming increasingly complex where these accounting systems do not seem adequate. In this context, how can we create spaces for different imaginations for education? How can we create opportunities for education to be different?

Articles addressing the following topics are especially welcome:
•       How can education researchers contribute to what counts as evidence in contexts of policy and practice?
•       What kind of education research do we need to respond to the pressing issues of our times, such as climate change, terror and financial crises?

Manuscripts can be submitted to Critical Studies in Education online by visiting http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rcse

For more information and a sample copy of the journal, please visit our website at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcse20/current

Sincerely
Professor Trevor Gale | Editor in Chief
Critical Studies in Education Editorial Office

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Karl Marx

MARX’S 1844 PARIS MANUSCRIPTS: E-BOOK

A note to draw your  attention to the following e-book of Marx’s 1844 Paris Manuscripts. The unique feature of this e-book (and why it is in this format) is that the hypertext and screen layout follows the original unusual design and pagination created by Marx. For example a typical page will be landscape in three columns, which is ideally seen on a PC screen.

Requirements are a PC (not mac) running windows XP (or later), mobipocket reader (free download from the site). The reader functions in a similar way to Acrobat PDF reader.

See: http://www.mobipocket.com/en/eBooks/eBookDetails.asp?BookID=263810

From: Iona TEDMAN gitedman@wanadoo.fr

 

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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)

 

‘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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski