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Anarchist Studies Network Conference 2.0 – ‘Making Connections’
Loughborough University, UK
3rd-5th September, 2012

***Deadline for abstract submissions extended to May 1st, 2012***

Registration Packages Now Confirmed (scroll down for more)
Full contact details for panel organisers available at:
If you have a paper that doesn’t necessarily fit in the advertised panel streams, it will still be considered. See below for details.

We live in interesting times. The Arab Spring, Occupy X and anti-austerity protests are only the latest and most visible examples in a long tradition of grassroots social movements in which ordinary people create democratic alternatives to hierarchy and inequality. Here and everywhere, people are getting together and making connections between their own everyday experiences and wider patterns of relationships and power, official and unofficial. They (or we) are making connections with each other, personal and political. New patterns evolve as people experiment with different ways of organising, of relating, of connecting, of thinking. Scholars, artists and activists observe, theorise and participate in various ways, helping to make connections, both in social movements and in the movements of everyday life. Feminists, in particular, have foregrounded intersectional approaches to power, privilege and oppression. Race, class and gender; sexuality, ecology and (dis)ability; age, species and faith — each of these and more interconnect in numerous ways, both subtle and overt.

The Anarchist Studies Network is hosting a conference to acknowledge, celebrate and deepen these diverse efforts to understand and transform our world, our lives. We want this conference itself to be a space for making connections, both intellectual and personal. It will include a blend of more or less traditional panels, participatory discussions and experiential workshops, extended breaks and social events. This first call is an invitation to propose thematic streams, workshops or panel topics by those who are willing to take a role in organising them. Further calls will invite papers, participation, performance. We’re particularly keen to make connections across borders of identities, movements, disciplines and practices. We invite contributions from students, academics and unaffiliated researchers, activists and artists, health practitioners and care workers, trade unionists, community organisers and those without labels. Above all, we would like to nurture a convivial atmosphere in which to make connections with others, explore areas of both overlap and difference, create or simply meet, to learn and to share.

Our intention is for this to be a scholarly conference with a difference. Scholar means both student and teacher. By bringing together a diverse group of participants, who share in common a desire to learn and a commitment to acknowledging and creating alternatives to rigid hierarchies and exploitative relationships, we hope that each of us will have something to offer others and much to learn. The process of organising the conference is decentralised, with the conference initiators welcoming proposals from a diverse range of session organisers covering a wide variety of engaged and engaging topics. We also invite session organisers to consider playful, participatory and/or experimental panel and workshop formats. This might range from a traditional three paper panel followed by a discussion using alternative facilitation techniques (e.g., open space technology, fishbowl, or sitting in a circle with a facilitator) to more interactive workshop-style discussion or experiential sessions. Our intention is not to be transgressive for the sake of it, but to encourage a variety of methods in order to facilitate making connections.

20 Panel Streams and Workshops

Please contact the conveners with your paper/presentation abstracts (full details on the ASN website).

‘No Master But God’? Exploring the Compatibility of Anarchism and Religion. Convener: Alex Christoyannopoulos

Anarchism and Non-Domination. Convener: Alex Prichard

A workshop on workable anti-work utopias (working title). Convener: Peter Seyferth

Anarchism in different national contexts. Convener: Mari Kuukkanen

Anarchism and other animals – making connections across species boundaries. Conveners: Erika Cudworth and Richard White

Connecting Anarchism and Critical Management and Organisation Studies. Conveners: Thomas Swann and Konstantin Stoborod

Anarchism & Autonomism. Convener: Stevphen Shukaitis

Real Democracy and the Revolutions of our Time. Conveners: Laurence Davis and Peter Snowdon

Anarchism and War. Convener: Pietro di Paola

On Violence. Convener: Mohamed Veneuse

Anarchism and Education. Convener: Peter Jandric

Re-imagining Anarchism in America: A Critical Perspective. Convener: Jorell Meléndez

Anarchism and Disability. Conveners: Steve Graby, Anat Greenstein, Jess Bradley

Is anarchism Western? Anarchism and its challenges in a (post)colonial world. Convener: Gabriel Kuhn

Ontological Anarchism. Convener: Peter Hardy

Anarchist Publishing. Convener: Jason Lindsey

MethodBox Workshop. Conveners: Eleni Froudaraki and Isidora Ilic

***Other Sessions Confirmed***

‘Let’s Build it Together’: A Workshop on Protest Camps and Autonomous Politics Session Organisers: Anna Feigenbaum and Fabian Frenzel

Bodily Anarchy. Facilitator: Jamie Heckert

What now for workplace organising: Contemporary wobbly experiences. Convener, David Bailey

Film night and other social activities to be scheduled….

Nothing here that takes your fancy? Contact Chris Rossdale with your paper proposal for the open stream ( ).

Registration options:
Registration fees:
Full waged: £68
Low-waged: £38
Unwaged: £10

Registration will open in early May. Please check the ASN website for regular conference updates.

The registration fee covers the costs for lunches, snacks and refreshments on Monday 3rd, Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th of September, and contributes towards venue costs and bursaries. Full travel and accommodation bursaries will be made available on the basis of need. On registration you will be asked to detail your requirements and to ensure you keep all your receipts.

Accommodation costs are not included in the registration fee. A number of accommodation options are available:

On campus, Royce Hall (all B&B):
Single en suite    £44
Standard single with shared bathroom    £30

Premier Inn
Single en suite: £58 single occupancy based on B&B
Double en suite: £66.25 double occupancy   (B&B)

Ramada Inn
Single B&B: £50
Single, room only: £45
Double/twin B&B: £65
Double/twin, room only: £55

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From: David Berry:

Opportunity for PhD funding in anarchist history, politics or theory

Please circulate.

The Department of Politics, History & International Relations at Loughborough University (UK) is inviting applications for studentships (£13,290 per annum stipend for three years, plus tuition fees) to undertake doctoral research from October 2011 in any area related to the Department’s research interests.

Applications should be received by Monday, 7 March 2011. Priority will normally be given to UK/EU applicants. Where appropriate, you will also normally be expected to apply for Research Council studentships.

Dr Dave Berry, Dr. Alexandre Christoyannopoulos and Dr Ruth Kinna would like to hear from anyone interested in studying for a PhD in any area related to anarchist history, politics or theory.

Dave Berry is a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary European History. He has published primarily on the French anarchist movement, the contemporary alternative left in France and on Daniel Guérin. He is the author of A History of the French Anarchist Movement, 1917-1945 (Greenwood Press, 2002; AK edition 2009) and co-editor of New Perspectives on Anarchism, Labour and Syndicalism (CSP, 2010); he is an associate editor and reviews editor of ‘Anarchist Studies’ and a founder member of the Anarchist Studies Network (Specialist Group for the Study of Anarchism within the Political Studies Association –

Alexandre Christoyannopoulos is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. He has published on Tolstoy, non-violence and Christian anarchism, and is the author of ‘Christian Anarchism: A Political Interpretation of the Bible’ (Imprint, 2010), and editor of ‘Religious Anarchism: New Perspectives’ (Cambridge Scholars, 2009). He is the treasurer of the Anarchist Studies Network, an executive member of the Religion and Politics research committee of the International Political Science Association, and a member of a number of related academic associations.

Ruth Kinna is a Senior Lecturer in Politics. She has published on William Morris and Peter Kropotkin, and is the author of ‘Anarchism: A Beginner’s Guide’ (Oneworld, 2005; 2nd edn. 2009) and co-editor, with Laurence Davis of ‘Anarchism and Utopianism’ (Manchester UP, 2009). She is the editor of the journal ‘Anarchist Studies’ and is also a founder member and co-convenor of the Anarchist Studies Network.

The Department is home to an Anarchism Research Group (, and there are currently five PhD students in the Department working on aspects of anarchism: Cris Illiopoulos, working on Nietzsche and anarchism; Saku Pinta, who is completing a dissertation on convergences and divergences between anarchism and Marxism; Sureyyya Turkeli working on the historiography of anarchism; Matt Wilson working on anarchist ethics; and Gwen Windpassinger, working on queer feminist anarchism in Buenos Aires. Dr. Alex Prichard’s research on the political thought of P-J Proudhon was also completed at the Department and his thesis successfully defended in 2008.

If you would like to discuss a possible research project informally, please e-mail Alex (, Ruth ( or Dave (

For further information about the Department see:

For more specific information about postgraduate research in the Department, how to apply, etc, see:

Dr David Berry,
Senior Lecturer,
Department of Politics, History & International Relations,
Loughborough University,

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In association with the U.K. Anarchist Studies Network, the North American Anarchist Studies Network, and AK Press

This new book series, the first peer-reviewed English-language series in anarchist studies by a major international academic publisher, seeks to promote the study of anarchism as a framework for understanding and acting on the most pressing problems of our times. To this end, we invite proposals for original manuscripts that exemplify cutting edge, socially engaged scholarship bridging theory and practice, academic rigour and the insights of contemporary activism.

We welcome book proposals on a wide variety of subjects including, but not limited to the following: anarchist history and theory broadly construed; individual anarchist thinkers; anarchist-informed analysis of current issues and institutions; and anarchist or anarchist-inspired movements and practices. Proposals informed by anti-capitalist, feminist, ecological, indigenous, and non-Western or global South anarchist perspectives are particularly welcome. So, too, are projects that promise to illuminate the relationships between the personal and the political aspects of transformative social change, local and global problems, and anarchism and other movements and ideologies. Above all, we wish to publish books that will help activist scholars and scholar activists think about how to challenge and build real alternatives to existing structures of oppression and injustice.

All proposals will be evaluated strictly according to their individual merits and compatibility with the aims of the series. In accord with this policy, we welcome proposals from independent scholars and new authors as well as from those with an institutional affiliation and publishing record. Titles accepted for publication in the series will be supported by an engaged and careful peer review process, including impartial assessments by members of an international editorial advisory board consisting of leading scholars in the field.*

All books published in the series will be publicised widely and distributed internationally via co-operative arrangements among a prominent network of independent academic, activist, and publishing organisations, including Continuum Books, AK Press, the U.K. Anarchist Studies Network, the North American Anarchist Studies Network, and a range of other professional and activist groups and their associated websites and listservs. The general format of the series will be simultaneous hardback and paperback publication, with the latter priced affordably so as to reach as wide an audience as possible. All of the titles in the series will be published under a Creative Commons License (‘copyleft’). This distinctive feature of the series ensures that permission for non-commercial reproduction of the books will be granted by the publishers free of charge to voluntary, campaign and community groups.

We are currently seeking book proposals that fit the description above.

Please send proposals to one or more of the Book Series Editors: Laurence Davis (, Alex Prichard ( ), Nathan Jun (, and Uri Gordon ( Proposal guidelines may be downloaded from the Continuum website:

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Circulated by Jonathan Pugh, Director, The Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space” network:

Interdisciplinary Workshop on ‘Disciplining Dissent’, Verdon Smith Room, Institute for Advanced Studies, Royal Fort House University of Bristol, United Kingdom, 18-19 September 2009

Recent years have seen an upsurge of scholarly interest in the activities and significance of the activist groups and resistance movements which have come to be associated with ‘anti-globalisation’ politics.  Whilst analyses of the diverse assemblages, solidarity movements and activist networks involved in resisting neoliberal globalisation and promoting alternatives are an important addition to literatures on globalisation and global politics, there has been a tendency in some of this work to romanticise the activities and transformative capacities of these groups and networks.  What is often missing from the analysis is consideration of the formal and informal forms of discipline that operate towards, within and through resistance movements – be it through coercive repression, through interventions to co-opt social movements, or through the production of particular resisting subjects.

We are organising an interdisciplinary workshop at the University of Bristol on 18-19 September 2009 that will explore the different forms of discipline and power that operate towards, within and through contemporary resistance movements.  The workshop builds on a panel session at the British International Studies Association Annual Conference in Exeter in December 2008 and a collaborative workshop held at the International Studies Association Annual Convention in New York in February 2009 that explored these themes.  It will bring together scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds who share an interest in the ways in which contemporary forms of political dissent, such as those represented by ‘anti’- or ‘alter-globalisation movement(s)’, are both disciplined and disciplining.

Selected papers from the workshop will be published in a special issue of the journal Globalizations, which will be dedicated to the theme of Disciplining Dissent. 

The workshop fee is £30 (with a discounted rate of £20 for research students/low incomes) and includes lunch and refreshments on both days. 

For more details, and to download a registration form, please go to   Registration forms must be returned to Louise Chambers ( by Wednesday 19th August.  Places are strictly limited, and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Please contact Lara Coleman ( and Karen Tucker ( if you require any further information.

The workshop is generously supported by:

The Anarchist Studies Network:

The Global Insecurities Centre at the Department of Politics, University of Bristol:

Roberts Skills Fund ( University of Bristol )

The University of Bristol Alumni Foundation:

The University of Bristol’s Institute for Advanced Studies – Research Student Interdisciplinary Events and Fast -Track Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorship Schemes:

For “The Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space” network website:

For Radical Politics Today magazine:

For more on the book ‘What is radical politics today?’ published20in 2009 by Palgrave MacMillan:

Jonathan Pugh, Senior Academic Fellow, Director “The Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space” network, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, 5th Floor Claremont Tower, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, United Kingdom, Honorary Fellow, The Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster

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