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Jacques Ranciere

STAGING THE PEOPLE: JACQUES RANCIÈRE AND BRUNO BOSTEELS IN CONVERSATION

September 18, 2012
The Kitchen
Staging the People: Jacques Rancière and Bruno Bosteels in Conversation

The last two years have seen cataclysmic global uprisings and mass protest, from the demonstrations in Tahrir Square to the ongoing student strikes in Montreal. In this time of political upheaval, three pivotal texts from philosopher Jacques Rancière deliver striking insight into the constructions of social movements and the representations of the people who form them.

Proletarian Nights and Staging the People (volumes 1 and 2) comprise essays from the 1970s that mark the inception of the distinctive project that Jacques Rancière has pursued across forty years, with four interwoven themes: the study of working-class identity, of its philosophical interpretation, of “heretical” knowledge and of the relationship between work and leisure. Newly translated and republished, these books remain uncannily relevant as protestors across the globe continue to push toward new formations of radical democracy and redistribution.

On September 18, Jacques Rancière and Professor Bruno Bosteels (author of Marx and Freud in Latin America) will discuss these early works, investigating Ranciere’s expansive endeavor to understand the failures of May ’68 and chart the dissonance between the actual history of workers’ social movements and the theory that is grafted to it.

Free and open to the public, but seating is limited and will be given on a first-come-first-served basis.

7.00pm – 8.00pm
The Kitchen
512 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States of America

http://www.versobooks.com/events/498-staging-the-people-jacques-ranciere-and-bruno-bosteels-in-conversation

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/staging-the-people-jacques-ranciere-and-bruno-bosteels-in-conversation-nyc-18-september

 

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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)  

 

‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

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

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

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Revolt!

REVOLUTIONS

Revolutions: Call for Articles and Open Space
Pieces for this Feminist Review
Special Issue, No. 106, February 2014
CALL FOR PAPERS

Revolutions as a deliberately open special issue title references revolution as a phenomenon, social movement or form of transformation both contemporarily and historically. The editors are particularly interested in highlighting the difference it makes to the theory or practice of revolution to consider gender, or to gender to consider ‘revolution’. We want to ask not so much ‘what about the women?’ (although this remains an important question), but ‘what kind of revolution can or cannot attend to gender relations?’ The title also references changes that might be made in the world that might not usually be thought of as revolutionary, and our plural form ‘revolutions’ stresses both different forms (including counterrevolution) and the effects of and contests within revolutionary practices. Where does activism end and revolution begin? How might that distinction itself be gendered? 

In this special issue, we hope to explore the gendered nature of revolutions of a variety of kinds, some but not all of which might also be called feminist, and to situate the question of revolutions in historical and cultural context, making it a question rather than a presumption: revolutions? Revolutions as a term has a further openness that may not reference recent or past social movements, even where contested. It may refer to the transformation or return (in altered form) of ideas, to the phrase that ‘what goes around comes around’. In this sense our pluralisation resists an easy periodisation of revolution as well as the assumption that we already know what a revolution is when we see one, what makes a revolution gendered or feminist, or who its proper subject is. Revolution is always a relationship, always one with actors who exchange fantasies and desires as well as strategies and practices.

Themes under this framework may include but are not limited to the following:
* Interrogations of the concepts of ‘revolution’ and ‘feminist revolution’
* Case studies theorizing gender and revolution in original ways
* Innovative theoretical and historical approaches to gender and revolution
* Intersectional, transnational and/or comparative approaches to (en)gendering revolution
* Engagement with gendered symbolization within revolutions, including masculinity and femininity, motherhood, fatherhood and nation
* The impact and affects of revolution, including feelings of rage, disillusionment, joy, and forms of attachment
* Inclusion and exclusion of particular bodies (e.g. racialised and queer) in revolutionary movements/moments
* Counter-revolution and post-revolution, their impact on e.g. women’s participation and gender relations
* Revolutionary icons, their roles and relations to e.g. race, gender and class
* Interrogation of the subject and object of revolution

Special Issue Editors: Carrie Hamilton, Clare Hemmings and Rutvica Andrijasevic

Deadline for first drafts of papers marked clearly ‘REVOLUTIONS’ submitted online and following Feminist Review guidelines by: Friday, 14 December 2012.

The editors are happy to discuss possible papers informally with potential contributors. Please contact: c.hamilton@roehampton.ac.uk; c.hemmings@lse.ac.ukr.andrijasevic@le.ac.uk

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/revolutions-call-for-articles-and-open-space-pieces-for-this-feminist-review  

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

 

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Revolution

AUTUMN EVENTS AT BOOKMARKS

 

The Cinema of Globalisation & Labour with Tom Zaniello

Thursday 13 September, 6.30pm, £2*

As part of the London Labour Film Festival, American author Tom Zaniello will be discussing radical cinema with a focus on films addressing globalisation and the working class wordwide. He addresses themes of neocolonialism, the growth of migratory labour, and movements to counter or protest its adverse effects. Looking at films from The Constant Gardener to Dirty Pretty Things and Syriana, Zaniello provides an inviting and accessible introduction to left-wing cinema today.

Tom Zaniello is the author of Working Stiffs, Unions Maids, Reds and Riffraff: An Expanded Guide to Films about Labor and The Cinema of Globalisation: A Guide to Films about the New Economic Order. Read Tom Zaniello’s blog on the cinema of labour and globalisation, featuring a great selection of reviews http://tzaniello.wordpress.com

Venue: Bookmarks Bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QE

Please contact us to reserve a place on 020 7637 1846 or events@bookmarks.uk.com

*£2 redeemable against any book purchase on the night

 

Irregular Army: How the US Military Recruited Neo-Nazis, Gang Members and Criminals to fight the War on Terror with Matt Kennard

Tuesday 18 September, 6.30pm, £2*

Since the launch of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars the US military has struggled to recruit troops. It has responded by opening its doors to neo-Nazis, white supremacists, gang members, criminals and the mentally ill. Based on several years of reporting, Irregular Army includes extensive interviews with extremist veterans and leaders of far-right hate groups—who spoke openly of their eagerness to have their followers acquire military training for a coming domestic race war. As a report commissioned by the Department of Defense itself put it, “Effectively, the military has a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy pertaining to extremism.”

Irregular Army connects some of the War on Terror’s worst crimes to this opening-up of the US military.

Matt Kennard is a journalist based in London. He has worked for the Financial Times in Washington, New York, and London, and has written for Salon, the Chicago Tribune, and the Guardian. 

Venue: Bookmarks Bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QE

Please contact us to reserve a place on 020 7637 1846 or events@bookmarks.uk.com

*£2 redeemable against any book purchase on the night

 

European Revolutionaries and Algerian Independence 1954 – 1962 with Ian Birchall

Thursday 27 September, 6.30pm, £2*

2012 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Algerian independence.

National liberation was achieved after an exceptionally bitter war lasting seven-and-a-half years, though it was not recognised as a war by the French authorities, who treated Algerian combatants as criminals.

Ian Birchall introduces the first full account of how revolutionary socialists gave solidarity with the Algerian Independence struggle. From encouraging desertion from the French Foreign Legion to the actions of militants at Renault-Billancourt.  

Venue: Bookmarks Bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QE

Please contact us to reserve a place on 020 7637 1846 or events@bookmarks.uk.com

*£2 redeemable against any book purchase on the night

 

Shalom Comrade: A Musical Event with the London Klezmer Quartet

Monday 8 October, 6.30pm, £5 (advance booking strongly advised)

Join the London Klezmer Quartet and the founders of Jewish Socialist Magazine for an exploration of Jewish music, cultural and political life in the

Soviet Union before World War II. With Julia Bard and David Rosenberg.

“Dynamic and authentic.” Time Out, London

“The London Klezmer Quartet brims with musicality and elicits every emotion possible in my soul… I want to laugh, I want to cry, but most importantly I want to dance!” Amy Ray, Indigo Girls

Venue: Bookmarks Bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QE

Please contact us to reserve a place on 020 7637 1846 or events@bookmarks.uk.com

 

Liberate Your Mind!

Bookmarks Bookshop

1 Bloomsbury Street

London

WC1B 3QE

020 7637 1848

http://www.bookmarksbookshop.co.uk

 

Follow us on twitter: @bookmarks_books

See our book of the month on the website!

 

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/autumn-events-at-bookmarks

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

 

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Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 10th SEPTEMBER 2012

EVENTS

Book Launch: Post-Colonial State in the Era of Globalization: Historical, Political and Theoretical Approaches to State Formation
by Tariq Amin-Khan

Mon. Sept. 10, 4 p.m.
Oakham Lounge, Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould (Dundas subway)

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Funeral for Collective Bargaining Rights
Mon. Sept. 10, 7 p.m.
Queens Park

Gone but not Forgotten: Labour Rights in Ontario. First we mourn, then we fight! Devastated by a far-reaching anti-worker bill set to pass legislature early next week, rank and file education workers will convene a funeral for collective bargaining rights on the lawn of Queen’s Park. Workers and friends are invited to join us as we reflect on our loss and ready ourselves for the future. Please wear appropriate funeral attire. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to an organization, of your choice, that defends workers or quality public education.

https://www.facebook.com/events/205393162924472/

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Group Decision Making Workshop

Saturday, September 15
1 – 5 p.m.
At U of T

From hierarchy to consensus, choose the decision-making structure that’s right for your social change organization.  Learn techniques that can help you address some common decision-making problems and bring about organizational change.

http://www.toolsforchange.net/2012/08/01/group-decision-making-workshop

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I Am a Revolutionary
A one-day conference on radical activism

Saturday, September 15
12:30 pm – 4 pm

http://rabble.ca/whatsup/i-am-revolutionary-one-day-conference-radical-activism

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Request for Proposals: Research in Work and Learning 2013

We are delighted to invite proposals for RWL8 2013, entitled “The visible and invisible in work and learning”. This international conference hosted at the University of Stirling (UK) is concerned with such questions as: What knowledge, which actors, and what parts of the environment are most visible? What and who remains invisible? When do actors become aware of invisible infrastructures? And what research methods and analytical approaches can make the invisible visible?  The confirmed keynotes are Dr Linda Cooper (University of Cape Town), Professor Barbara Czarniawska (University of Gothenburg), and Professor Tom Devine (University of Edinburgh).

We are inviting proposals for individual papers, symposia, round tables, and poster presentations.  All abstracts and proposals will be reviewed. In addition, we offer the opportunity of having your final paper refereed. 

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 October 2012, and we will notify you of acceptance by 30 November 2012.  Full details of how to submit your proposal are on our website, along with further information:  http://www.stir.ac.uk/schools/education/researching-work-and-learning

If you have any queries, please contact us at: rwl2013@stir.ac.uk

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United Association for Labor Education (UALE) 2013 Annual Conference: Across boundaries, what are workers saying and doing?

April 17-20, 2013
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In a world which sometimes divides us, the world of work affects us all. It is a world in which working people face trying economic times, inequitable labor policies, and systemic attacks on workers and their human rights. Dedicated to progress, growth, and hope for the labor movement, the United Association for Labor Education (UALE) invites labor educators and those who value labor education to look beyond the boundaries we may perceive and come together in Toronto, Ontario Canada for a conference that values workers and worker education.

UALE welcomes proposals for paper presentations, panels, research projects, workshops, demonstration teaching sessions, and other activities which value what workers are saying, what workers are doing, and that generally support the labor movement or contribute to the art of labor education.

http://uale.org/conference/conference-2013

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NEWS & VIEWS

Interviewed: David Harvey on Rebel Cities
By Chris Carlsson

Introduction by Neal Gorenflo, Publisher of Shareable

One of the legacies of socialist “Red Vienna” in the 1920s is a huge stock of quality housing owned by the city available at below-market rates. This not only makes affordable housing widely available, it keeps a lid on overall housing prices. This undoubtedly adds to the appeal of prosperous Vienna, voted as the world’s most livable city in 2011.

Even though this historical anecdote is relevant today, considering the damage done by a speculative housing market run amok, we never hear about it. Mainstream discourse about cities is dominated by free-market, pro-growth ideas that has continued unabated even after the flaws of capitalism were made glaringly obvious by the 2008 financial meltdown.

http://www.shareable.net/blog/interviewed-david-harvey-on-rebel-cities

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The Truth about the “Crisis” in education
by People for Education

There has been a lot of talk in the media about discussions between the province, teachers and school boards. In some cases the information has been misleading.

Teachers’ contracts expired on August 31st, but it is very common for bargaining to start in earnest only at the end of a contract. In these cases, everyone keeps working under the terms of the old contract, no one goes on strike, teachers (for the most part) do not get salary increases and
students are not affected.

http://www.peopleforeducation.ca/pfe-news/the-truth-about-the-crisis-in-education/

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New Book – Breaking Free: A facilitator’s guide to participatory action research practice

Breaking Free is a practical guide to facilitating self-directing educational processes into participatory action research (PAR) enabling average people to contribute what they can as active participants in research projects. As such, it is designed primarily for these participants rather than the academic researcher in order to introduce participants to authentic contributions they can make as activists in knowledge-making processes. At the same time, Breaking Free guides academic researchers towards helpful practices enriching their often times lonely and isolated existence created by a false sense of “objectivity.” A hands-on practical yet disciplined approach to facilitating PAR prepares readers to craft their own individual Guide as they prepare for the PAR life. This opens up the world of knowledge-making to people long silenced by forces intent on controlling knowledge for the educated elite. Breaking Free invites people to contribute as they can and be recognized for this contribution.

http://www.lulu.com/shop/timothy-pyrch/breaking-free-a-facilitators-guide-to-participatory-action-research-practice/paperback/product-20113382.html

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Chicago Teachers Draw a Line
by Lee Sustar, The Bullet

Can the scrappy band of outsiders that now heads the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) lead the kind of high-stakes fight that most labour unions have ducked? That question looms large — not just for the city’s teachers, students and their parents, but for the entire labour movement. Because while both private- and public-sector unions are taking a pounding across the U.S. with layoffs, pay cuts and pension rollbacks, the CTU is gearing up for a showdown with America’s most politically connected mayor, Rahm Emanuel — and it will come to a head in September.

http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/690.php

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education. For more information about this project, visit http://www.apcol.ca

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

 

 

 

 

Revolt

2011-2012: YEARS OF REVOLUTION AND RADICAL PROTEST

Saturday, September 22, 2012

2:00 PM

 

2011-12: YEARS OF REVOLUTION AND RADICAL PROTEST

Speakers: Barbara Epstein and Kevin Anderson

 

The Arab revolutions of 2011-12 have ushered in an era of upheaval and social protest around the world, as seen especially in the Occupy movement. Kevin Anderson will discuss in brief the achievements and the contradictions of the Arab revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria, including their emergence as a new type of revolution, the dangers of authoritarianism (both nationalist and Islamist), and possibilities for the future.  Barbara Epstein will give a brief survey of the formation, rise, and decline of Occupy Oakland, address the ways in which it took the same path, and faced the same problems, as OWS and other Occupy movements, and the ways in which its development was unique; and she will open up a discussion of where we go from here.

Kevin Anderson teaches in the Departments of Sociology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies at UC Santa Barbara and is the author of Marx at the Marginsand the co-author of Foucault and the Iranian Revolution.

Barbara Epstein teaches in the History of Consciousness Department at UC Santa Cruz, and writes about social movements. Her books include The Minsk Ghetto, 1941-1943:  Jewish Resistance and Soviet Internationalism and Political Protest and Cultural Revolution: Nonviolent Direct Action in the 1970s and 1980s.

Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave.Oakland, CA94609

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/2011-12-years-of-revolution-and-radical-protest-oakland-ca-22-september

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

 

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