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Commons

Commons

AFFECTS AND AESTHETICS OF THE UNDERCOMMONS

Call for Papers: Affects & Aesthetics of the Undercommons
As part of the 8th Art of Management & Organization Conference
1st-4th September 2016 @ Bled, Slovenia
Conference theme: Empowering the intangible: exploring, feeling and expressing through the arts
See: http://www.artofmanagement.org/bled-slovenia-2016/

What affects circulate within the undercommons today (Harney & Moten, 2013)?

What is the relation between affective spaces and aesthetics in the construction of forms of collective intelligence and subjectivities, particularly in the ways this relation is worked with to expand forms of political action? The undercommons are organized through “engaging aesthetic rationality in the process of political transformation, of turning politics into art, everyday life into an aesthetically governed domain” (Katsiaficas 2001) – a “minor politics” (Thoburn 2003): one that is not based upon calling forth an already existing identity or position, but rather a politics based on a continual intensive and affective engagement of constant self-institution.

Might it be possible that we are already enmeshed in a world of unidentified autonomous organizations, a milieu of potential liberation that has remained imperceptible because of a narrow understanding of what organizations are? And might it not be that this imperceptibly, rather than being a condition to be addressed as a problem, could rather be part of building of what Robin D.G. Kelley and James Scott (2002) call an infrapolitical sphere: a space for politics coming out of people’s everyday experiences that do not express themselves as radical political organization at all.

As a conference stream “Affects & Aesthetics of the Undercommons” proposes to explore the these temporary and constantly shifting, yet always renewed, forms of organizing: the organizing that takes beneath and below as well as outside of formal organizations. These relations and their affectivity embody and express the movement of the social imaginary, or the constant process of becoming. Revolutions of everyday life, whether unseen or encoded in a hidden transcript, exists as a privileged location for political analysis and action precisely because it is where forms of collective intelligence, creativity, and social wealth are manifested.

Please send proposals / abstracts to s.shukaitis@essex.ac.uk by December 7th, 2015.
This stream is welcoming of non-standard forms of presentation, performance, and intervention.

Commons

Commons

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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ Academia: http://independent.academia.edu/GlennRikowski

Ruth Rikowski @ Academia: http://lsbu.academia.edu/RuthRikowski

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.co.uk/

Ruth Rikowski at Serendipitous Moments: http://ruthrikowskiim.blogspot.co.uk/

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images (3)POLITICS AND POETICS

Call for Papers, Presentations and Performances:

Politics and Poetics

The third symposium of the Leverhulme International Research Network ‘Imaginaries of the Future’

Queen’s University, Belfast, 19-21 January 2016.

Website: https://imaginariesofthefuture.wordpress.com/2015/09/17/cfp-politics-and-poetics-3rd-symposium-of-the-leverhulme-research-network/

What does it mean to think of politics as a poetics, and to do so through the prism of the expectant, the anticipatory, the Not-Yet, and the futural? The third symposium of the ‘Imaginaries of the Future’ International Research Network seeks to investigate the ways in which futures are both imagined and governed, projected, deferred and deterred, through different disciplinary formations, and to explore the effects of competing ways of conceiving futurity.

The ‘hope project’ at the heart of utopianism pursues a future transformed through collective agency, and develops an anticipatory register in which visions of competing futures are mobilized to orient such collective political agency. Conversely, in what ways are creative practices of agency obstructed, and how are visions of ‘the future’ deployed in reactive, prohibitory ways? How does the utopian anticipatory compare with other categories of futurity, such as precaution or pre-emption, risk or threat? How, then, can we theorize the ambivalence of the anticipatory, modes of capture and recuperation?

Symposium participants may interrogate utopianism itself, exploring the poetics of utopian desire, affect, and agency vis-à-vis the politics of contestation, challenge, and transformation. We may also consider the specificity of politics and poetics, and the relations of connectivity between these approaches. Is politics necessarily reducible to calculative and instrumental modes of grasping the future? Is poetics more attuned to the epistemological and ontological uncertainty of the future, to what has not and might not happen? Or, is there a politics to poetics, and a poetics to politics? How can engagement with poetics help map forms of relationality and connection, and what is the role of affect, emotion, memory in creating connections and preconditions for political agency? What might be the political valence of aesthetic and sensual categories of experience — touch, proximity, intimacy, harmony and dissonance? How might technological and cybernetic invention advance both human agential capacity, as well as contribute to a critique of the anthropocentrism of both politics and poetics? And can we think of ethics (say, the Levinasian encounter with the Other, or perhaps the Spinozist endeavour to enhance capacity, agency, connectivity, and joy) as a missing third term between poetics and politics?

We welcome proposals of 250-300 words in length from across the arts and humanities (and beyond) for papers, presentations or performances of up to 20 minutes in length. Please send all proposals to both s.mcmanus@qub.ac.uk and nathaniel.coleman@ncl.ac.uk

Utopia

Utopia

Bursaries

Five travel bursaries, two of up to £1000, and three of up to £350, will be awarded through open competition to individuals who promise to make a significant contribution to the work of the Network. The larger bursaries are intended for applicants traveling a significant distance to attend the symposium. We welcome submissions from all career stages including PhD researchers. Bursary recipients will be expected to contribute a piece of writing and/or embedded media to the Network blog, and will be invited to submit work to be considered for publication opportunities arising from the symposium.

To apply for a bursary, please send a CV along with your proposal to both s.mcmanus@qub.ac.uk and nathaniel.coleman@ncl.ac.uk by 30 October 2015

 

Dr Susan McManus

Lecturer in Political Theory

Politics, International Studies and Philosophy QUB.

Even Bigger Data

Even Bigger Data

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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ Academia: http://independent.academia.edu/GlennRikowski

Ruth Rikowski @ Academia: http://lsbu.academia.edu/RuthRikowski

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.co.uk/

Ruth Rikowski at Serendipitous Moments: http://ruthrikowskiim.blogspot.co.uk/

David Mabb

David Mabb

DAVID MABB

At the William Morris Gallery
Lloyd Park, Forest Road
Walthamstow, London, E17 4PP
020 8496 4390
London, United Kingdom
27 June to 27 September 2015

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm; free

William Morris and Russian artist El Lissitzky both wanted to change people’s lives through their art. Whilst Morris saw beauty in the past, Lissitzky sought a new visual language for the future.

In his latest work, British artist David Mabb celebrates the utopian ideas of these two men through their seminal book designs: Morris’s Kelmscott Chaucer and Lissitzky’s For the Voice, a revolutionary book of poems by Vladimir Mayakovsky considered one of the finest achievements in Russian avant-garde bookmaking.

Comprising 30 canvasses, Announcer takes over the gallery space, interweaving and contrasting the two designs so that Morris and Lissitzky’s graphic s are never able to fully merge or separate.

William Morris Gallery: http://www.wmgallery.org.uk/

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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ Academia: http://independent.academia.edu/GlennRikowski

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.co.uk/

SALVAGE

SALVAGE

SALVAGE

Salvage is a new quarterly magazine of politics, arts, culture and polemic. But magazines don’t come cheap…

For Issue 1 we’re asking for your help. For more information visit:

Salvage: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/salvage–3

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Issue 1 featuring Laura Oldfield Ford, Trish Kahle, Magpie Corvid, Rosie Warren, Joana Ramiro, Benjamin Kunkel, Alberto Toscano, Neil Davidson, China Mieville and more.

£10 / ISSN 2058-6361 / 1st May 2015

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The crisis of capitalism has been a crisis of its opposition. We stand in the rubble of the post-Left. The implosion has brought no victors but the predators…

With the financial crisis of 2008, it appeared to many that the neoliberal project would finally be laid to rest. The early signs – from Iceland to Greece, the Arab uprisings to Occupy – pointed to a renewed and reinvigorated left with the potential to break free from the ossified dogmas of the past and challenge the economic and political orthodoxy. Yet, seven years later and the neoliberal corpse staggers on while the Left, notwithstanding a few real glimmers of embattled hope, such as Syriza’s victory, lurches from one catastrophe to the next

Salvage Magazine is a new quarterly magazine of politics, art, culture and polemic aimed to debris neoliberalism. Founded in 2014 by Editors Rosie Warren and Jamie Allinson, Art Editor China Miéville, and Contributing Editors Richard Seymour, Charlotte Bence and Magpie Corvid, Salvage has drawn inspiration from the rise of intellectually, politically and culturally engaged publications on both sides of the Atlantic in the past decade,including Jacobin, Strike, n+1, New Inquiry and The White Review. ‘Intellectual and committed without being academic, dogmatic or philistine – and believing that serious content deserves the best design – its aim is to engage with the most pressing political and cultural questions of the day while advancing engagement and discussion on the left

Stridently internationalist and fearlessly political, Salvage issue 1 will feature a range of new and established writers, poets, activists and artists. It will include essays from some of the biggest names on the left: Magpie Corvid whores Marxism; Joana Ramiro reports from Greece; Jamie Allinson accelerates; Benjamin Kunkel defends the money-form; Rosie Warren objectifies women; China Miéville waxes Dystopian; Richard Seymour dissects Farrageism; Trish Kahle damns Missouri; Pablo Mukherjee submerges Modi; Alberto Toscano translates the forgotten genius of Salvage-Marxism; Kunle Wizeman is interviewed about the Nigerian political scene; Neil Davidson uncovers the Neoliberal gravediggers of capital; Morgan Merteuil builds the industrial struggle; Gareth Brown and Nicholas Beuret walk with the dead; Mark Bould roasts Milton Friedman; Mary Robertson rehouses Engels; Daniel Hartley communizes the Anthropocene.

With the poetry of:

Caitlin Doherty

Kunle Wizeman

With the artwork of:

Season Butler

Karen Mirza

Laura Oldfield Ford

With future projects by:

Jordan/a Rosenberg, Rob Knox, Charlotte Bence and many more.

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Of the £10,000:

£5000 will go on our first print run

£800 will pay our writers and artists

£3000 will pay our designer, Rupa, our accountant, Sylvia, and our videographer, Becky.

£1000 will pay the wages for a part-time admin assistant, John, at London living wage

£200 will pay for tote bags and merchandise

Anything we raise above £10,000 will help to pay for our launch and future events, and allow us to subsidise the next print run so that we can sell Salvage at the lowest price possible.

 

We will give you things for your donations.

 

£10 gets you

the first issue of Salvage & named thanks on our website

 

£15 gets you

the first issue of Salvage & named thanks on our website

& a tote bag

 

£20 gets you

the first issue of Salvage & named thanks on the website

& your issue signed & personalised by the founders

 

£25 gets you

the first issue of Salvage & named thanks on the website

& your issue signed & personalised by the founders

& a tote bag

 

£35 gets you

the first issue of Salvage & named thanks on the website

& your issue signed & personalised by the founders

& a tote bag

& a Salvage keyring

 

£60 gets you

the first issue of Salvage & named thanks on the website

& your issue signed & personalised by the founders

& a tote bag

& Salvage keyring

& named thanks on the inside

& a one year subscription to Salvage (four issues)

 

£150 gets you

(x 50)

The first issue of Salvage & named thanks on the website

& your issue signed & personalised by the founders

& a tote bag

& named thanks on the inside

& lifetime subscription to Salvage

or

(x 3)

The first issue of Salvage & named thanks on the website

& your issue signed & personalised by the founders

& a tote bag

& named thanks on the inside

& a one year subscription to Salvage (four issues)

& one of three dirty stories written by Magpie Corvid written for and about YOU

 

£300 gets you (x 3)

the first issue of Salvage & named thanks on the website

& your issue signed & personalised by the founders

& a tote bag

& named thanks on the inside

& a one year subscription to Salvage (four issues)

& one advance copy of Three Moments of an Explosion, China Miéville’s forthcoming short-story collection (publishing in July 2015)

 

£1000 gets you (x 1)

the first issue of Salvage & named thanks on the website

& your issue signed & personalised by the founders

& a tote bag

& named thanks on the inside

& a one year subscription to Salvage (four issues)

& a one-of-a-kind copy of the Subterranean Press limited edition of Perdido Street Station personally ‘Salvaged’ by China Miéville

 

First Published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/salvage-new-magazine-of-left-politics-art-culture-looking-for-funding

Salvaging, Steven Wilson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gl2OJe5TwdQ

Salvage Too

Salvage Too

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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ Academia: http://independent.academia.edu/GlennRikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ ResearchGate: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Glenn_Rikowski?ev=hdr_xprf

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.co.uk/

 

 

Social Alternatives

Social Alternatives

SOCIAL ALTERNATIVES – CALL FOR THEMATIC ISSUES

Dear Colleagues

Social Alternatives is seeking proposals from Guest Editors for Thematic Issues

Social Alternatives: http://socialalternatives.com/contributions

Social Alternatives is an independent, quarterly refereed journal which aims to promote and inform public debate, commentary and dialogue about contemporary social, political, economic and environmental issues.

Social Alternatives analyses, critiques and reviews contemporary social issues and problems. The journal seeks to generate insight, knowledge, and understanding of contemporary circumstances in order to determine local, national, and global implications. We are committed to the principles of social justice and to creating spaces of dialogue intended to stimulate social alternatives to current conditions.

Social Alternatives values the capacity of intellectual and artistic endeavour to prompt imaginative solutions and alternatives and publishes refereed articles, review essays, commentaries and book reviews as well as short stories, poems, images and cartoons.

The journal has grappled with matters of contemporary concern for three decades, publishing articles and themed issues on topics such as: peace and conflict, racism, Indigenous rights, social justice, human rights, inequality and the environment.

If you are interested please send expressions of interest to: julie.matthews@adelaide.edu.au or julie@socialalternatives.com

 

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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ Academia: http://independent.academia.edu/GlennRikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ ResearchGate: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Glenn_Rikowski?ev=hdr_xprf

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.co.uk/

Aesthetics

Aesthetics

THE POETICS OF FASCISM – ACLA 2014

American Comparative Literature Association

ACLA 2014: “Capitals”

NYU, New York City, March 20-23, 2014

DEADLINE November 15, 2013

The Poetics of Fascism

Fascist ideology comprises a multifaceted aesthetic-theoretical register. Due to its semantic density, fascism poses a challenge when we try to define it or map its spatial and temporal boundaries. While there are multiple and disparate fascist movements, as in the case of Italy, Germany, Japan, Romania, Spain and Latin-America, this panel inquires whether it is possible to identify a common mental and aesthetic structure among these instances as expressions of a “generic” fascism.
Walter Benjamin, for example, has defined the aestheticization of politics as the crux of the discursive and aesthetic structure of fascism. This, however, raises many questions. Is all aesthetic staging of politics necessarily fascist; or are alternate aestheticizations of politics possible? Conversely, can we identify instances of fascism that escape this definition of aesthetic form?
In addition, this panel invites commentaries on the utilization of post-fascist motives in political and literary theory today. Although discourses of biopolitics, posthumanism, and affect theory often overtly express their aversion towards fascism, it can be argued that they display elements which present striking similarities with the constitutive components of fascist ideology itself, such as the utopian dream of a new future species, the privileging of affective energies over cognitive and rational faculties, or the fusion of biological existence and political existence. What are the implications of these uncanny after-images of fascist ideology with and in contemporary theory? What are potential problems and incompatibilities in these theories? Can they, nevertheless, be effectively mobilized against fascist ideology today?

Topics include, but are not limited to:

–       Literature and Fascism
–       Cinematography and Fascism
–       Architecture and Fascism
–       the Dialectic of Enlightenment and Fascism
–       Capitalism and Fascism
–       Colonialism and Fascism
–       Gender and Fascism

Keywords: aestheticization of politics, aesthetics of resistance, capitalism, fascist imperialism, generic fascism, mass ornament, monumental politics

Please submit paper proposals (max. 250 words) via the ACLA 2014 website —

http://www.acla.org/acla2014/    
Deadline: November 15, 2013.

For questions concerning the panel please contact the organizers of the panel directly:
Esther Edelmann: eedelma2@jhu.edu and Jennifer Kang: kangx267@umn.edu

 

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-the-poetics-of-fascism-acla-2014

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo   

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

 

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

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

Education Crisis

Education Crisis

VOICES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE IN EDUCATION: A LITERARY ANTHOLOGY

*Call for Submissions*

*Voices for Social Justice in Education: A Literary Anthology*
Editors: Julie Landsman, Rosanna Salcedo, & Paul Gorski
Deadline for submissions: Midnight, January 15th , 2014

What we are looking for: Poetry (including spoken word), creative non-fiction, memoir, short stories, images of visual art, and other types of writing or visual art that paint a picture of what justice and injustice look like in our schools.

Please read this Call for Submissions fully and, if you choose to submit one or more manuscripts, email them as Word documents, */following the specifications below/*, to: *voices@edchange.org*

Stories make meaning for us. We can read “scholarly” articles, abstract theories, or collections of research and all of this is important. However, it is the stories, the poems, the music, the memoir, the essays, the fiction, that bring to life all of the information, all of the declarations about what is good, what is not working, what is needed. In this /Voices for Social Justice in Education/ anthology we desire writing that brings the reality of schooling to life. We want poems about 3rd period physics, short stories about recess in the second grade one hot spring afternoon. We want memoir about your best and worst teachers. We want essays about what is working now, at this moment, in your classroom—what makes a difference in the lives of your students, what is making your school a place that students want to be or don’t want to be. We want to know in vivid language, be it from memories or journal entries, in the form of spoken word or in a carefully constructed short story, what social justice means in schools today. What are your hopes and how do they play out? What matters to you when you walk in the door of your building, when you stand up in front of class, when you are late for your last class of the day?

We are writers ourselves. We love language and we know how powerful it can be, how it can move people, to reach those who can make change. We want your words, your language, your passion to help provoke that change.

Guidelines and Specifications for Contributors:
(1) Poets may submit up to 5 poems at once; please submit each in a separate document with your full contact information on /each one /(see #4 below)
(2) Prose writers may submit up to 15 pages
a) Times New Roman 12-pt font
b) Double-spaced
(3) Images of visual art should be submitted in .pdf or .jpg format
(4) Include author/artist name(s) and email address(es) /on each piece submitted/
(5) Remember, we are looking for work explicitly about /social justice in education and schools/, so great work about social justice that is not explicitly relevant to education schools will not be considered

*/Please feel free to share this Call for Submissions widely!/*

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a 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

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

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

Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 28th OCTOBER 2012

EVENTS

We Are Ontario – Putting Equity before Austerity Conference, Niagara Falls

Hosted by the Ontario Federation of Labour

November 9-11, 2012
Embassy Suites Niagara Falls – Fallsview
6700 Fallsview Boulevard, Niagara Falls, L2G 3W6

Contact – Janice Gairey – jgairey@ofl.ca or Paulette Hazel – phazel@ofl.ca
Phone – 416.443.7667 or 416.441.2731 x 667 Fax – 416.441.1893 Web-site:– http://www.ofl.ca

Background materials and registration forms are attached and also available online at – http://www.ofl.ca/index.php/equity2012

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Social Planning Toronto (SPT) Member Forum: 2013 City Budget

Friday, Nov. 30
Doors open 9am, 9:30am to 12pm
2nd floor auditorium, Metro Central YMCA (space is wheelchair accessible)
20 Grosvenor Street (Yonge & Wellesley)

Join us for our annual City budget forum! Come and learn about:

– the City of Toronto’s 2013 staff-recommended operating budget
– what the budget means for our communities
– opportunities to participate in the budget process

The forum will include a presentation on the 2013 City budget, remarks from our community panel, and a question / answer and discussion session with participants.

Speakers include:

– Mark Ferguson, CUPE Local 416
– Sonja Greckol and Lishai Peel, Toronto Women’s City Alliance
– Franz Hartmann, Toronto Environmental Alliance
– Rob Howarth, Toronto Neighbourhood Centres
– Linsey MacPhee, Toronto Drop-In Network
– Tim Maguire, CUPE Local 79
– Claire McWatt, Toronto Youth Cabinet
– Jane Mercer, Toronto Coalition for Better Child Care
– Neethan Shan, Council of Agencies Serving South Asians
– Michael Shapcott, Wellesley Institute
– Susan Wright, Toronto Arts Council

To register: http://spt2013budgetforum.eventbrite.com/#

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Book Launch – Raising the Workers’ Flag: The Workers’ Unity League of Canada, 1930-1936
By Stephen L. Endicott
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
http://www.utppublishing.com/Raise-the-Workers-Flag-The-Workers-Unity-League-of-Canada-1930-1936.html

The last time the Canadian working class faced a crisis as serious as this one – during the Great Depression of the 1930s – they emerged with a new form of working class organization and new tactics. It was then that industrial unionism exploded and along with it a new radicalism that included historic strikes, movements of the unemployed, political demands linked to struggles, and the famous sit-downs. The question confronting us today is what kind of new organizational forms and tactics-strategies might emerge from this crisis.

The past won’t give us answers, but it does carry clues. In this regard, a new book by Stephen Endicott is a very worthwhile read. It is about the Workers Unity League, which was established by Canadian Communists at the end of the 1920s and for six years led heroic strikes outside the existing unions and developed a militancy and class sensibility that was then collapsed into the unions it earlier fought. It mines new archival material from the RCMP and Communist Party and not only discusses the debates that led to the decision to operate outside of the existing unions and the
circumstances that led to an eventual reversal, but also – and especially important in the present context – the particular organizing strategies used at a time of great attacks on the working class while the official leadership of labour floundered.

The book launch is on November 14, 6-8pm at the Ben McNally Bookstore
366 Bay Street
Toronto, ON
Tel. 416-361-0032

This is a private book launch, so the store will be closed, but tell them you are there for the Stephen Endicott book launch.

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The Inner Activist: Building Personal Mastery

Sunday, December 2 to Saturday, December 8, 2012
The Haven, Gabriola Island

7-Day All Inclusive Package:
$2,250 – Early Bird / $2,500 – Regular

As a leader of change, you are invited to attend our Building Personal Mastery program. This is a rare opportunity to join a diverse group of change leaders in a 7 day (all-inclusive) residential program where you can rejuvenate and develop your emotional leadership capacity.

Join us December 2 – 8, 2012 and over the course of 7 days you will acquire Self-Knowledge and Personal Mastery Tools that will help you lead from your best self.

–  Discover how you get in your own way.
– What are the disconnects between your intention and what you actually do?
– Uncover root causes of limiting behaviours that don’t serve you personally or professionally.
– Connect with life serving goals that guide your day to day actions towards your highest aspirations.
– Understand your role in organizational challenges and team dynamics, and how to lead from your best self.

Leading social change is demanding: Understanding how your inner experience drives your behaviour is the cornerstone to success. In this program you will be invited to explore what makes you tick, particularly in stressful situations. What unrealized potential can you unleash? What is your learning edge that will help you become a more effective change leader?

For more info and to register: http://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1919&EID=9199

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Reviving Labour’s Image

February 22-23, 2013
Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in downtown Toronto

From Wisconsin to California and to Canada, the radical right has been eroding worker freedoms and union gains. And many people are acknowledging why the right’s on the move. The New York Times noted recently that in California prospects “are stronger” today to pass a referendum to curtail union political spending “because of a decline in the image of labor.”

You know, too, that a poor image means you have to work harder to get public support. With more membership and public sympathy, everything unions work for is easier, especially organizing – the front line in the struggle against the right’s anti-union movement. Your opponents are telling labour’s story, so everything you do is much more difficult.

But unions can improve their image, as more than 80 elected leaders, organizers, campaign staff, educators, media relations staff and others learned at September’s Reviving Labour’s Image training event.

You’ll learn how to think about labour’s image in a whole new way from Terry O’Reilly, see how to defeat workers’ fears about unions from psychologist Margo Watt, and see the impact of a union advertising campaign on labour’s image.

You will also delve into how to build and protect a “brand” image from brand advisor Dan Aronchick, pick up insights into persuading an audience on any screen – from Skype to CNN – from media consultant Allan Bonner, and hear about turning around a damaged image from consultant Robin Sears. You will come away with great new ideas and practical, affordable, real-world advice you can use in your job the day after.

For more info and to register: http://sgnews.ca/2012/10/reviving-labours-image-2013/

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NEWS & VIEWS

Mayworks Festival Open Call for Submissions 2013 Festival

Deadline: November 5, 2012

Mayworks Festival – Toronto is pleased to invite submissions for its 28th festival season. Applications are accepted from groups and individuals in a range of disciplines, including: visual art, music / poetry, film, video, interdisciplinary, and theatre.

Mayworks Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts festival that celebrates cultural production working class culture. Mayworks Festival seeks to showcase high calibre art by artists at all stages in their careers that are politically and socially engaged with labour realities.  We are especially committed to providing a platform to support the under-represented labor of indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, migrants, women, queer-identified people, people of color, and youth.

Our program committee is guided by our equity policy that recognizes the systemic discrimination and injustices faced by equity-seeking groups. Mayworks Festival is not a funding body, we work in partnership with unions and co-presenters to present events that fit our mandate. We are committed to paying artists’ fees.

Submissions will not be accepted after the deadline date: Nov. 5, 2012.
Proposals selected will be notified by email by December 2012. The festival dates (TBD) will be in early May 2013.

Questions about the application process, contact Dianah Smith at program@mayworks.ca
Organizations interested in co-sponsoring an event at Mayworks Festival, contact Nausheen Quayyum at outreach@mayworks.ca

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The Nature of the Beast: Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin on ‘The Making of Global Capitalism’

by Aaron Leonard, rabble.ca

Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin have just released their latest book, The Making of Global Capitalism. Aaron Leonard recently sat down with Panitch and Gindin in New York City to discuss their work.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/news/2012/10/nature-beast-leo-panitch-and-sam-gindin-making-global-capitalism

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Global Economic Crisis Shakes Old Paradigms

by Walden Bello, Toward Freedom

The world will soon enter the sixth year of the Great Recession, and there is no end in sight. In the United States, where stagnation continues to reign, some 23 million Americans remain out of work, are underemployed, or have simply dropped out of the labor force owing to frustration.

Read more: http://ca.mg4.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?.rand=1r1dqnsijkt2d

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Video: Understanding Marx Through Comedy

Here’s a decent comedic attempt to explain some of Marx’s basic ideas.

“Capitalism teaches the people the moral conceptions of cannibalism are the strong devouring the weak; its theory of the world of men and women is that of a glorified pig-trough where the biggest swine gets the most swill.” — James Connolly 1910

Watch the video: http://weknowwhatsup.blogspot.ca/2012/10/marx-through-comedy.html

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Video: Occupy Socialism

Alternatives to Economic Inequality, Imperialist War and Ecological Destruction

Ingo Schmidt is an economist, a writer, and a labour educator. He is the Coordinator of the Labour Studies Program at Athabasca University.

Part of the World Peace Forum Teach-In and produced by working TV.

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls151.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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Karl Marx

RETHINKING MARXISM 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS

Rethinking Marxism 2013: Surplus, Solidarity, Sufficiency

RETHINKING MARXISM: a journal of economics, culture & society is pleased to announce its 8th international conference, to be held at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst on 19-22 September 2013.

RETHINKING MARXISM’s seven previous international conferences have each attracted more than 1000 students, scholars, and activists. They have included keynote addresses and plenary sessions, formal papers, roundtables, workshops, art exhibitions, screenings, performances, and activist discussions.

Among the confirmed keynote events for Rethinking Marxism 2013: SURPLUS, SOLIDARITY, SUFFICIENCY are Katherine Gibson giving the inaugural Julie Graham Memorial Lecture, a series of panels engaging with and celebrating the different aspects of the work of Steve Resnick and Richard Wolff and an installation of the late artist Susan Kleckner’s work at Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, along with a series of conversations and film screening organized by Susan Jahoda and Jesal Kapadia.

In 2013, 5 years into the greatest economic and social depression since the Great Depression, and 4 years after the last international conference convened, we want to invite participants to explore and interrogate three keywords: SURPLUS, SOLIDARITY and SUFFICIENCY. We find these keywords to be particularly useful in critically engaging with our historical conjuncture from different perspectives. Needless to say, fellow participants who would like to bring in other concerns, other concepts, other debates and engagements into the mix should definitely feel free to do so. Our international conferences have always functioned as pluralistic and open platforms that represent the vast richness of the Marxian tradition. When we propose these keywords, we only intend them as possible provocations for scrutiny and invitations for engagement.

The keyword SURPLUS, as in surplus labor (whether it takes the capitalist value-form or the various non-capitalist forms in our contemporary economies) and surplus laborers (especially with skyrocketing unemployment), enables us to approach the causes, consequences and solutions to the current economic crisis by deploying Marxian vocabularies and frameworks. The keyword SOLIDARITY, on the other hand, makes possible reflections on how to do things differently—together, collectively, communally, whether it is the organization of a democratically run workplace, a journal, a conference, a neighborhood association, a political party, a social movement, an international solidarity effort, or a revolutionary insurgence. And finally, the keyword SUFFICIENCY opens to investigation the bipolar convulsions of growth (fetishism) and austerity, various logics of invidious (over-)consumption, and the ecological and social destruction unleashed by the acephalous and endless movement of the circuits of capital.

Rather than uncritically endorsing these keywords, we would like them to be both utilized and rethought in investigating the current economic and ecological crises and articulating new revolutionary imaginaries and vocabularies that will enable the work of enacting communism here and now.

For more information on the proposed theme, visit: http://www.rethinkingmarxism.org/sss

We encourage, however, scholars and students in all disciplines, activists and artists working in areas that intersect with Marxism to submit proposals on themes other than those proposed above. Participants can present in areas such as critical race theory, feminism, political economy, anarchist studies, cultural and literary studies, art and art criticism, literature and literary studies, queer theory, working-class and labor studies, postcolonial studies, geography and urban studies, psychoanalysis, social and natural sciences, philosophy, history, and around issues of class, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexuality, and disability. Historical analyses are especially welcome.

In addition to three plenary sessions, an art installation and screenings, there will be concurrent panels, workshops, and cultural events. We invite the submission of organized sessions that follow traditional or non-traditional formats (such as workshops, roundtables, and dialogue among and between presenters and audience) as well as individual presentations. Anyone engaging with Marxism in any discipline or form of activism is encouraged to submit paper and panel proposals. We also welcome video, poetry, performance, and all other modes of presentation and cultural expression.

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

Proposals for papers, films, or other formats should include:
* Paper title
* Presenter’s name and contact information (mail, email, phone, affiliations)
* Brief abstract (no more than 200 words)
* Technology/spacial requirements for the presentation

Proposals for panels should include:
* Panel title
* Name, contact information, and paper title for each presenter
* Brief abstract (no more than 200 words) explaining the panel’s focus
* Brief abstract for each paper (no more than 200 words)
* Names and contact information for any discussant(s) or respondent(s)
* Technology required by the presenters
* Title, contact, and address for any sponsoring organization or journal

If your paper or panel proposal is intended for the track on the work of Steve Resnick and Rick Wolff, please indicate this in your submission.

The appropriate preregistration fee must be paid with all proposal submissions. Unfortunately, any proposal not accompanied by the appropriate preregistration fee cannot be considered. Proposals that are not accepted will have their preregistration fees returned in full. If you are submitting a proposal for an entire panel, please make sure the preregistration fee for all members of the panel is paid.

The deadline for proposal submission is July 1, 2013.

Submissions should be sent to Vincent Lyon-Callo at Vincent.lyon-callo@wmich.edu.

To submit a proposal and to pay the preregistration fee, follow the instructions on the conference website: http://www.rethinkingmarxism.org/RM2013

REGISTRATION RATES

______ Regular Rate $125

______ Low-Income Rate $60

PUBLICATIONS

Selected papers, poems, art, and other forms of presentation from the conference may be published in RETHINKING MARXISM and/or in separate edited volumes of contributions.

VENDORS AND ADVERTISEMENTS

Literature tables and display areas are available to groups, vendors, and publishers at reasonable rates. Ad space in the conference program is also available at reasonable rates. All ads must be camera-ready.

ORGANIZERS & SPONSORS

This conference is organized by a committee composed of the members of Association for Economic and Social Analysis and the editorial board of Rethinking Marxism and sponsored by Association for Economic and Social Analysis (AESA) and Rethinking Marxism.

For more information, visit the conference website: http://www.rethinkingmarxism.org/RM2013

All inquiries concerning the conference can be addressed to Vincent Lyon-Callo at Vincent.lyon-callo@wmich.edu.

 

Originally published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-rethinking-marxism-2013-surplus-solidarity-sufficiency-amherst-ma-19-22-sept-2013

 

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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

‘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

 

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Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

Glenn Rikowski’s MySpace Blog: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski/blog

 

Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

 

Heathwood Press: http://www.heathwoodpress.com 

 

 

Inca

RADICAL AMERICAS

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.

Email: radicalamericas@gmail.com

Conference Website: http://www.community-languages.org.uk/radical-americas/

Originally at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-radical-americas-university-college-london-28-29-january-2013  

 

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‘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

 

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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

Hammer

Hammer

ON GIANT HAMMERS AND THE POETICS OF PROTEST

The El Martillo Project
Eclectic Electric Collective

In 2010 an inconspicuous looking suitcase was sent from Berlin to Mexico City containing a 39-foot tall inflatable silver hammer. Thus began El Martillo’s odyssey to protest the United Nations Climate Conference in Cancún. El Martillo’s short, but glorious life, climaxed when protesters from Marea Creciente (Rising Tide) stormed the conference complex fences, gigantic hammer above their heads. In full view of the press Mexican police tore the inflatable to pieces. Within an hour global the media corporations declared El Martillo a symbol of the climate changes protests as its image travelled across the world.

The El Martillo Project documents the whole process from its conception and construction to the media flurry it sparked off. Included are numerous full color images and documentation of the project; texts and analysis by David Graeber, Alex Dunst, and Cristian Guerrero; an interview with John Jordan from the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination; and a fold out technical manual and plan for creating giant inflatable hammers.

Initially inspired by the quote “Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it,” The El Martillo Project aims to inspire creative action and joyful disobedience.

Bio: Eclectic Electric is a German art collective operating at the borders of art and activism.
Eclectic Electric Collective: http://www.eclectic-electric-collective.blogspot.com
Video Trailer for the El Martillo action: http://vimeo.com/32073199

PDF available freely online (http://www.minorcompositions.info/?p=357)

Released by Minor Compositions, Wivenhoe / Brooklyn/ Port Watson
Minor Compositions is a series of interventions & provocations drawing from autonomous politics, avant-garde aesthetics, and the revolutions of everyday life.

Minor Compositions is an imprint of Autonomedia
http://www.minorcompositions.info  |minorcompositions@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)

 

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

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a 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

Victor Rikowski

‘THE LAMB’ BY WILLIAM BLAKE – SET TO MUSIC BY VICTOR RIKOWSKI

Back when I was in Havering Sixth-Form College, at the age of 17/18, I remember setting this poem by Blake to my own song. Although I haven’t played it since then, the tune always remains within my mind. This is a revisit to that song that I wrote 7/8 years ago now. This might not be exactly as it was then, but the opening tune is the one that stuck with me for all these years.

Victor Rikowski

Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee?
Gave thee life, and bid thee feed
By the stream and o’er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight,
Softest clothing, woolly, bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice,
Making all the vales rejoice? Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee? Little Lamb, I’ll tell thee, Little Lamb, I’ll tell thee:
He is called by thy name,
For he calls himself a Lamb.
He is meek, and he is mild;
He became a little child.
I a child, and thou a lamb.
We are called by his name. Little Lamb, God bless thee! Little Lamb, God bless thee!

Arrangement and performance by Victor Rikowski

It can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

 

‘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

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

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Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com