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Marx for Today


Marxism and Revolution Today
A weekend school hosted by International Socialism Journal

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September 2012

University of Westminster, Cavendish Campus, 140 New Cavendish Street,
Paddington, Greater London W1W 6UW (

In 1987, Bookmarks published Revolutionary Rehearsals, a collection of essays on France1968, Chile 1972-3, Portugal 1974-5, Iran 1978-9 and Poland 1980-1. Were a “second edition” to appear a quarter century later, what new experiences would need to be taken into account? This weekend school will explore some aspects of the revolutionary experience of the past 25 years.

Outline programme

Saturday 22 September

Registration: 10.00-10.30am

Session 1: 10.30am-12.30pm
Introductory themes: Neil Davidson and Alex Callinicos

Session 2: 1.30-3.30pm
The Arab Spring 2011-12: Anne Alexander and Dalia Mostafa

Session 3: 4.00-6.00pm
Eastern Europe 1989 and the “colour revolutions”: Gareth Dale and Megan Trudell

Sunday 23 September

Session 4: 10.30am-12.30pm
The overthrow of Apartheid in South Africa: Claire Ceruti

Session 5: 1.30-3.30pm
Latin America, 2000-2012: Jeffery Webber and Mike Gonzales
Session 6: 4.00-6.00pm
Contemporary problems of revolutionary politics: John Rose, Jonny Jones and Colin Barker

Admission: Waged £20, Unwaged £10
For further details of the weekend school, please contact Colin Barker

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UPDATE: 10th September 2012


PLEASE NOTE: The University of Westminster has had to cancel the booking for due to construction work overrunning. We are therefore moving the event to the London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray’s Inn Road, Holborn, London WC1X 8UE (near Kings Cross St Pancras station) The event is filling up, so email to reserve your space ASAP.



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Call for Papers

Radical Americas

Institute of the Americas, University College London

28-29 January 2013


“To be a radical is no more than… to go to the roots”. José Martí, “A la raíz” in Patria (26 August, 1893)

In recent years, a significant body of research has been undertaken into the various historical, political and social contexts in which political radicalism has developed throughout the Americas. However, little effort has been made to highlight the benefits of comparative or transnational approaches to these developments.

This event (at UCL’s new Institute of the Americas) will seek to address this problem by bringing a range of disciplinary and geographical perspectives to bear on the issue of radicalism in the Americas. It will consist of a two-day symposium designed to promote the existence of an international community of researchers whose work ranges in disciplinary focus from political science and international relations to history, literature, and cultural studies. A selection of papers stemming from the symposium will be submitted for a planned edited volume. In addition to the academic papers, there will be films, poetry and songs.

The proposed definition of “radicalism” is a broad one, encompassing both political radicalism as an object of study, and radical analytical approaches to societies and cultures of the Americas. We aim to begin with the democratic and republican radicalisms of the nineteenth century; to then move through the socialist, anarchist, communist, populist and social-democratic radicalisms of the early to mid twentieth century; finally, to confront identity politics, the New Left, social movements and contemporary state radicalisms.

The symposium aims to include papers ranging both geographically and temporally, and will encourage conversation between scholars working on specific national topics and those whose focus is comparative or transnational.


Subjects might include:

· State and non-state radicalisms

· Anti-imperialism and solidarity movements

· Radical populism in contemporary and historical perspective

· Race and radicalism

· Radical art, literature, music and architecture

· The Cold War

· Feminist and LGBTQ activism

· Anti-radicalism and the contested nature of radicalisms

· National and transnational labour movements


If you wish to give a paper, please send a proposal of no more than 300 words along with a short CV to the contact details below. Papers should be of 20 minutes duration. There will be a number of travel bursaries available for postgraduate presenters, and information about accommodation options will be available shortly.

The deadline for abstracts is 30th September 2012 but we strongly encourage an early response.


Conference Website:

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‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon:  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski:


Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas:


Online Publications at: