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University of Alberta

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA / MA & PhD / ENGLISH & FILM STUDIES

The Department of English and Film Studies at the Universityof Albertainvites applications for its MA and PhD graduate programs. We are a large and diverse department, with internationally-recognized strengths in many fields, including Canadian Literature, Cultural Studies, 17th, 18th, and 19th century English literature, American Studies, and Modernism. We encourage innovative, interdisciplinary research, and we have a vibrant intellectual climate. Please check our Department Website and the Graduate Program section for a sense of the exciting work going on among our faculty, graduate students, and visitors.  This year we have hosted distinguished visitor Claire Colburn, Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, and a slate of speakers under the New Direction in Culture, Politics and Theory series. Recent distinguished visitors include Lauren Berlant, Mary Louise Pratt, Zacharias Kunuk, Patricia Yaeger, and Judith/Jack Halberstam. The Canadian Literature Centerbrings together “researchers, authors, publishers, collectors and the reading public to promote the strength and diversity of Canada’s written culture,” and the WRITE program holds dozens of readings each year as well as hosting the oldest Writer in Residence program in Canada. We are thrilled to have Richard Van Camp as Writer in Residence this year.  We also sponsor the new Banff Research in Culture program, an exciting residency program in which our graduate students are very active.

The advantages of studying at the U of A right now are great. We offer all incoming PhD students a four year package of funding, with minimum annual guarantees of $28,000 for PhD students and $18,000 for MA students. We also have very high success rates for SSHRC and other major scholarships: currently about half of our PhD students hold a major external award, including two Trudeau scholars and a Vanierscholar. We support student travel for research and conferences, and we have innovative program structures that allow students to pursue exciting and original research.  We have an active and very supportive Graduate Students of English Collective and a department culture that values graduate student participation.Edmonton, a lively city of one million people dubbed “the festival city” for its many arts festivals, is one of the most affordable cities in the country and is laid out around a beautiful river valley. Our department is consistently ranked as one of the top graduate programs in English inCanada. Our most recent unit review coined our new slogan:”This is where you come if you want to do innovative work.”

The application deadline for this year is January 7th. You can find application information and our “tips” for applying on our website. Please feel free to contact Corrinne Harol, Associate Chair, Graduate Studies (charol@ualberta.ca) if you have any questions about graduate study in English and Film Studies at the U of A.

 

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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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Capitalist Crisis

REMEMBER, REMEMBER THE 6th OF DECEMBER!

The 6th of December was not just yet another day!!

It was three years ago, on the night of the 6th of December 2008, when a cop killed (in the Exarchia district of Athens) the 15-years old anarchist Alexis Gregoropoulos. This was the drop that spilled the cup of state terrorism. Social revolt, nothing less, that was the only justified answer to the oppressive militarized forces deployed by bourgeois democracy to defend capitalist rule against what bourgeoisie considers to be, and treats as if it actually is, “internal enemy”: the proletarians created by its own neoliberal, oppressive policies. 

For more than a month, many thousands of people reclaimed the streets in all major cities of Greece, fighting back against police brutality, and calling into question the very reality of bourgeois political domination, by means of self-organized structures, popular assemblies, and generalized civil disobedience. It was not just an outbreak of youth rage, according to the way mainstream media presented the events, attempting to turn the attention of their consumers to the extensive damages in private and corporate properties caused by excessive rioting and street-fighting. It was, above all, a resurrection against the conditions that determine the everyday lived experience of workers, and particularly of young “flexible” precarious, unorganized, or poorly organized in unions, workers, in a conjuncture of time where capital tends to extend its domination over virtually all the aspects of social life.

On Tuesday, December 6, 2011, a demonstration organized to take place at the centre of Athens will mark  this year’s Anniversary of the December Revolt. Despite the fact that the ruling class has now established an openly authoritarian regime, appointing (this is the right word!) a non-elected “technocrat” government, so as to push ahead with so-called “reforms” depreciating directly and abruptly the value of labour power, both in Greece and in Europe (because Greece is the “pilot episode” of this global total class war), the revolutionary movement does not step back. And this is precisely what we should do everywhere, from Athens to London or Wisconsin: Not one step back!!!

If any comrades are interested to learn and to see more, I have attached to this message some links to texts and images concerning December Revolt and its aftermath:  

1) An article written by two members of OKDE-Spartakos (Greek Section of the Fourth International) six months after the revolt evaluating mostly the ensuing developments in the political climate:

Tassos Anastasiadis, Andreas Sartzekis: “Left perspectives of the December Revolt”, International Viewpoint, Online Magazine, 411, April 2009: http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article1645

2) A Declaration written by the Surrealist Group of Athens, released on the 11th day of December. Some days later, a group named “proletarians from Thessaloniki” on their own initiative translated the declaration into English.

Athens Surrealist Group: “The Ghost of Freedom always Comes with the Knife Between its Teeth”:
http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=945570

3)  A collection of writings concerning the revolt, prepared by USA-based comrades. Several declarations written at that time are included (among them is also the “official” translation of the declaration of Athens Surrealist Group), along with two texts, by the group TPGT (Ta paidia tis Galarias, or The Children of the Gallery) and the Blaumachen collective, that try to analyze the character and the content of the insurrection from a Marxist viewpoint:

“A Day When Nothing is Certain: Writings on the Greek Insurrection”: http://www.occupiedlondon.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/a-day-when-nothing-is-certain.pdf

4) Another very interesting Marxist analysis (regardless of possible disagreements) made by the Blaumachen collective:

“December 2008, Greece: An attempt to detect the power and the limits of our struggle”:
http://www.blaumachen.gr/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/December2008-BM3-ENG.pdf

 5) Another, more comprehensive, collection of translated texts and communiqués written during the revolt, prepared by a London-based collective. It contains also two chronicles of the events. The texts of this collection are highly indicative of the proletarian character of the revolt:

“Everyone to the streets: texts and Communiques of the Greek Uprising”:
http://www.alphabetthreat.co.uk/tothestreets/everyone_to_the_streets_paginated.pdf

6) A paper by the scholar and activist Stavros Stavridis, touching upon the collective appropriation of public space during and shortly after the revolt:

Stavros Stavridis: “The December Youth Uprising in Athens : Spatial Justice in a Possible City of Thresholds”: http://www.jssj.org/media/public_space_vo2.pdf

7) And for the end, some short footage from the 1st anniversary of December Revolt in Athens, showing Athens University’s new look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slB3UAALHRU&feature=related

Hasta la Victoria Siempre!!!!

You have my comradely, revolutionary greetings!

V.

 

**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)  

 

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

 

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Andrew Kliman

THE FAILURE OF CAPITALIST PRODUCTION: UNDERLYING CAUSES OF THE GREAT RECESSION

The Failure of Capitalist Production: Underlying Causes of the Great Recession
Andrew Kliman

Paperback | 9780745332390 | £17.99 / $29
Hardback | 9780745332406 | £60 / $95

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‘One of the very best of the rapidly growing series of works seeking to explain our economic crisis…The scholarship is exemplary and the writing is crystal clear. Highly recommended!’ – Professor Bertell Ollman, New York University, author of ‘Dance of the Dialectic’

‘Clear, rigorous and combative. Kliman demonstrates that the current economic crisis is a consequence of the fundamental dynamic of capitalism, unlike the vast bulk of superficial contemporary commentary that passes for economic analysis.’ – Rick Kuhn, Deutscher Prize winner, Reader in Politics at the Australian National University

‘Among the myriad publications on the present day crisis, this work stands out as something unusual. Kliman is an excellent theorist, and an equally excellent analyst of empirical data.’ – Paresh Chattopadhyay, Université du Québec à Montréal

The recent financial crisis and Great Recession have been analysed endlessly in the mainstream and academia, but this is one of the few books to conclude, on the basis of in-depth analyses of official US data, that Marx’s crisis theory can explain these events.

Marx believed that the rate of profit has a tendency to fall, leading to economic crises and recessions. Many economists, Marxists among them, have dismissed this theory out of hand, but Andrew Kliman’s careful data analysis shows that the rate of profit did indeed decline after the post-World War II boom and that free-market policies failed to reverse the decline. The fall in profitability led to sluggish investment and economic growth, mounting debt problems, desperate attempts of governments to fight these problems by piling up even more debt – and ultimately to the Great Recession.

Kliman’s conclusion is simple but shocking: short of socialist transformation, the only way to escape the ‘new normal’ of a stagnant, crisis-prone economy is to restore profitability through full-scale destruction of existing wealth, something not seen since the Depression of the 1930s.

ANDREW KLIMAN is Professor of Economics at Pace University, New York. He is the author of ‘Reclaiming Marx’s ‘Capital’: A Refutation of the Myth of Inconsistency’ and many writings on crisis theory, value theory and other topics.

Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
List of Tables
List of Figures

1. Introduction
2. Profitability, the Credit System, and the “Destruction of Capital”
3. Double, Double, Toil and Trouble: Dot-com boom and home-price bubble
4. The 1970s – Not the 1980s – as Turning Point
5. Falling Rates of Profit and Accumulation
6. The Current-cost “Rate of Profit”
7. Why the Rate of Profit Fell
8. The Underconsumptionist Alternative
9. What Is to Be Undone?

Bibliography
Index

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**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)  

 

‘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