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Detroit

DETROIT: I DO MIND DYING

 

“First-rate and absolutely fascinating. This particular piece of American history has never been covered in such depth…everyone who is concerned with political change will learn a lot from this book.” —New York Times

 Detroit: I Do Mind Dying tracks the extraordinary development of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, as they became two of the most vital political organizations of the 1960s and 1970s. 

A classic widely heralded as one the most important books on the black liberation movement and labor struggles in U.S. history, this updated edition includes the original Foreword by Manning Marable and a new Preface by the authors, Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin.

 “A beautiful, riveting account of one of the most imporant radical movements of our century—a movement led by black revolutionaries whose vision of emancipation for all is sorely needed today.” 
—Robin D. G. Kelley 

http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Detroit-I-Do-Mind-Dying

Originally at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/detroit-i-do-mind-dying-new-edition-from-haymarket-books  

 

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

 

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REVIEW 31
Latest articles from Review 31, a new progressive literary magazine:

Ben Watson’s Adorno for Revolutionaries, review by Ian Birchall: http://review31.co.uk/article/view/16/it’s-the-song-i-hate 

John Green on the late Lucio Magri’s History of 20th Century Communism: http://review31.co.uk/article/view/15/retracing-a-century 

Jeff Heydon on Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism: http://review31.co.uk/article/view/22/the-boomerang-and-the-map 

Phil Jourdan on The Age of Nixon: http://review31.co.uk/article/view/27/the-power-of-culture 

Nina Power on Are You Working too Much? http://review31.co.uk/article/view/20/how-to-find-a-better-life 

….and much more!

Review 31: www.review31.co.uk

Published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/latest-articles-from-review-31-a-new-progressive-literary-magazine

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Hydra

THE MANY HEADED HYDRA 10 YEARS ON

Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker’s The Many Headed Hydra (2000) argued that during the colonial and commercial expansion in the Atlantic Ocean between c. 1640 and 1830 a revolutionary proletariat emerged. Waves of commodification in the Atlantic system – of land, goods and people – created a mobile, multi-ethnic workforce. Authorities attempted to control them, only to provoke new forms of resistance. Atlantic proletarians played their own distinct part in the Age of Revolutions and the abolition of slavery; they created their own forms of equality and freedom. A decade after the publication of that highly suggestive study, how does the thesis stand up?

At this conference to be held at Birkbeck, University of London in Thursday 12 April 2012, we will hope to explore the book’s central themes in the light of new research, as well as taking it into new areas. The book concentrated on the English-speaking Atlantic and we would particularly encourage papers dealing with the non-English Atlantic or similar developments in the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Pacific. We would hope papers pay attention to the intersections between class, gender and race. All sub-disciplinary perspectives – economic, social, cultural, political – are welcome.

Themes for papers could include:

·         The politics and ideology of the proletariat: abolitionism, revolutions and revolts, popular egalitarianism and democracy, radical religion.
·         Types of work and workers; changing work processes; migration and labour markets; industrial relations; work cultures.
·         Sites of struggle: the commons, the plantation, ships, factories. How did they structure workers’ experiences? Are particular types of resistance associated with them? Were there others?
·         Material and economic pathways: the role of oceanic trade routes, commodities, natural resources, technologies etc
·         Role of institutions (e.g. trading companies, guilds), States and Empires in creating and regulating the workforce; criminal justice and law; army and naval recruitment; taxation.
·         Comparative perspectives between different Atlantic Empires or with the Mediterranean, Indian and Pacific Oceans.
·         Long-term perspectives; sources & methodology; theory.

 
Call for papers deadline: January 1st 2012
Email: manyheadedhydra.2012@gmail.com

Organisers:

William Farrell, Schoolof History, Birkbeck, Universityof London: Email: wjb.farrell@gmail.com

Stephen Duane Dean Jr, Department of History, Kings College London: Email: stephen.d.dean@gmail.com

 

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Revolution

REVOLUTIONARY AFTERMATHS

“Revolutionary Aftermaths” – 2012 Conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) invites proposals for panels and individual papers at its annual conference to be held June 28-30, 2012 at the Hartford Marriott Downtown, Hartford, Connecticut – within two hours of Boston and New York. Proposals must be submitted via the on-line interface: www.shafr.org/conferences/annual/2012-annual-meeting/ by December 1, 2011 in order to receive full consideration.

The conference convenes in Hartford two hundred years after the start of the War of 1812 – a conflict often referred to as the second American Revolution, typically remembered for its origins in impressment disputes and trade embargoes and for its legacies for Native peoples and nation building. This anniversary invites reflection on the meanings of independence in an interdependent world, on the interplay between national self-assertion and imperial politics, and on U.S.-Canadian relations. The 1814 Hartford Convention, in which representatives from New England states considered seceding from the union that frustrated their commercial ambitions, brings to mind the importance of capitalist interests, the connections between seemingly domestic and foreign struggles, and the historical significance of polities other than nations. It shows, furthermore, how American engagement with the wider world could be either revolutionary or counter-revolutionary – or, as in the aftermath of the War of 1812, both simultaneously.

In encouraging proposals relating to “revolutionary aftermaths,” the Program Committee implies a broad definition of “revolution,” applying not only to political movements such as the U.S., French, Haitian, Mexican, Bolshevik, Chinese, Cuban, Iranian, and recent Middle Eastern revolutions, but also to developments such as the industrial, communications, transportation, consumer, and green revolutions. Keeping in mind the cataclysmic vision of modernization gone bad offered by Hartford resident Mark Twain at the close of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, we hope the conference will foster conversations on efforts to grapple with revolutionary changes as well as the ways we make sense of such changes across space and time.

Although the Program Committee will give preference to panels that address the “revolutionary aftermaths” theme, it also welcomes proposals on other topics pertaining to U.S. relations with the wider world, including (but not limited to) state-to-state relations, global governance, transnational movements, and histories of mobility, borderlands, and empire.

Since proposals for complete panels with a coherent theme will be favored over individual paper proposals, those seeking to create or fill out a panel should consult the “panelists seeking panelists” link on the SHAFR 2012 Annual Meeting web page. A complete panel usually involves either three papers plus chair and commentator (with the possibility of one person fulfilling the latter two roles) or a roundtable discussion with a chair and three to five participants. The Committee is open to alternative formats, which should be described briefly in the proposal. We request that applicants have no more than two roles at the conference, and only one presentation of their own research.

Graduate students and first-time participants are eligible to receive fellowships to subsidize the cost of attending the conference. Please see the announcements below for details and additional materials required. The application deadline is December 1, 2011.

All proposals should be submitted via the web at: www.shafr.org/conferences/annual/2012-annual-meeting/.

Applicants requiring alternative means to submit the proposal should contact program-chair@shafr.org.

SHAFR 2012 Program Committee
David Engerman and Kristin Hoganson, co-chairs

Divine Graduate Student Travel Grants
In 2012, SHAFR will offer several Robert A. and Barbara Divine Graduate Student Travel Grants to assist graduate students who present papers at the conference. The following stipulations apply: 1) no award will exceed $300 per student; 2) priority will be given to graduate students who receive no or limited funds from their home institutions; and 3) expenses will be reimbursed by the SHAFR Business Office upon submission of receipts. The Program Committee will make the decision regarding all awards. A graduate student requesting travel funds must make a request when submitting the paper/panel proposal. Applications should consist of a concise letter from the prospective participant requesting funds and an accompanying letter from the graduate advisor confirming the unavailability of departmental funds to cover travel to the conference. These two items should be submitted to divinegrants@shafr.org at the time the panel or paper proposal is submitted. Funding requests will have no bearing on the committee’s decisions on panels, but funds will not be awarded unless the applicant’s panel is accepted by the program committee in a separate decision. Requests must meet the Application deadline: December 1, 2011.

SHAFR Diversity and International Outreach Fellowship Program
SHAFR also offers competitive Diversity and International Outreach Fellowships that will cover travel and lodging expenses for the 2012 annual meeting. The competition is aimed at scholars whose participation in the annual meeting would add to the diversity of the Society. Preference will be given to persons who have not previously presented at SHAFR annual meetings. The awards are intended for scholars who represent groups historically under-represented at SHAFR meetings, scholars who offer intellectual approaches that may be fruitful to SHAFR but are under-represented at annual meetings, and scholars from outside the United States. “Scholars” includes faculty, graduate students, and independent researchers. To further acquaint the winners with SHAFR, they will also be awarded a one-year membership in the organization, which includes subscriptions to Diplomatic History and Passport. Applicants should submit a copy of their individual paper proposal along with a short cv (2-page maximum) and a brief (2-3-paragraph) essay addressing the fellowship criteria (and including data on previous SHAFR meetings attended and funding received from SHAFR). Please submit your application to diversityprogram@shafr.org. Funding requests will have no bearing on the committee’s decisions on panels, but funds will not be awarded unless the applicant’s panel is accepted by the program committee in a separate decision. Application deadline: December 1, 2011.

David Engerman and Kristin Hoganson
Email: program-chair at http://www.shafr.org

Visit the website at http://www.shafr.org/conferences/annual/2012-annual-meeting/

 

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BROWN-HARVARD CONFERENCE ON SLAVERY AND CAPITALISM

Brown-Harvard Conference on Slavery and Capitalism, April 7-9, 2011

This conference is intended to explore the centrality of slavery to national economic development in the decades between the American Revolution and the Civil War. Presentations will explore New England investment in the plantation economies of the Caribbean; the technological and managerial innovations in plantation management that coincided with northern industrialization; and the origins of modern finance and credit in the buying and selling of enslaved men and women and the crops they produced.

This new research suggests that the hotbeds of American entrepreneurship, speculation, and innovation might as readily be found in Mississippi or Virginia as in New York or Massachusetts. The issue is not whether slavery was or was not capitalist (an older debate), but rather the impossibility of understanding the nation’s spectacular pattern of economic development without situating slavery front and center.

The conference begins on Thursday, April 7th, with a keynote address by President Ruth Simmons of Brown University. Paper presentations will follow on Friday the 8th at Brown University. The conference then moves to Harvard for additional papers on Saturday, April 9th. This event is free and open to the public.

All the information (including the program and registration form) is here: http://brown.edu/web/slaveryconf/

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