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Hugo Chavez

HUGO CHAVEZ MEMORIAL LECTURE

REGISTER TODAY: The Inaugural Hugo Chávez Memorial Lecture with Tariq Ali, Thursday February 20, 7pm (Doors 6.30pm)

You are invited to the Inaugural Hugo Chávez Memorial Lecture, which will be given by Tariq Ali on Thursday February 20.

Doors will open at 6.30pm for a prompt 7.00pm start at the Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London, W1T 5DL.

This event is by pre-registration only so please RSVP by registering via Eventbrite as soon as possible here

You can also invite your friends & share the event on Facebook here

Organised by the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign (www.venezuelasolidarity.co.uk)

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World Crisis

SPRING & SUMMER EVENTS AT BOOKMARKS BOOKSHOP

From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia

With Jeff Webber

Tuesday 12 April, 6.30pm
Evo Morales rode to power on a wave of popular mobilisations against the neoliberal policies enforced by his predecessors. Yet many of his economic policies bare striking resemblance to the status quo he was meant to displace.
Based in part on dozens of interviews with leading Bolivian activists, Webber examines the contradictions of Morales’ first term in office.
Jeffery R. Webber teaches at the University of Regina in Canada. He has taught at several institutions in Canada, Europe, and Latin America, where he conducts field research. Webber is a member on the editorial boards of Historical Materialism, Latin American Perspectives, and New Socialist.
The event is free to attend, but please contact us to reserve your place: events@bookmarks.uk.com 020 7637 1848

Islamophobia and the Role of the Intellectual
With Hamid Dabashi & a speaker from Unite Against Fascism (UAF)
Monday 9 May, 6.30pm
Dabashi’s book ‘Brown Skin, White Masks’ picks up where Frantz Fanon left off. He extends Fanon’s insights as they apply to today’s world. Dabashi shows how intellectuals who migrate to the West are often used by the imperial powers to misrepresent their home countries. Just as many Iraqi exiles were used to justify the invasion of Iraq, Dabashi demonstrates that this is a common phenomenon, and examines why and how so many immigrant intellectuals help to sustain imperialism.
Hamid Dabashi is professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York and the author of 18 books and countless articles. His books include ‘Theology of Discontent’ (1993), ‘Iran: A People Interrupted’ (2007), ‘Islamic Liberation Theology: Resisting the Empire’ (2008) and ‘Brown Skins, White Masks’ (2011)
Hamid Dabashi is on a short speaking tour of Europe. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear him, and ask questions, in the relaxed atmosphere of Bookmarks Bookshop.
The event is free to attend, but please contact us to reserve your place: events@bookmarks.uk.com 020 7637 1848

We Sell Our Time No More: Workers’ Struggles Against Lean Production in the British Car Industry
With Paul Stewart
Wednesday 11 May, 6.30pm
This is the story of struggles against management regimes in the car industry in Britain from the period after the Second World War until the contemporary regime of lean production.
Told from the viewpoint of the workers, the book chronicles how workers responded to a variety of management and union strategies, from piece rate working, through measured day work, and eventually to lean production beginning in the late 1980s.
Paul Stewart is Professor of the Sociology of Work and Employment at Strathclyde University. He has been researching and writing on the automotive industry for many years and was joint convenor of the Automotive Workers Research Network.
The event is free to attend, but please contact us to reserve your place: events@bookmarks.uk.com 020 7637 1848

Liberate Your Mind
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Punk Embrace

WORKERS’ AND PUNKERS’ UNIVERSITY’S INTERNATIONAL DAY SCHOOL 2011

A project in collaboration with East East: Partnership Beyond Borders Program
Metelkova, Ljubljana, 27th April – 2nd May 2011

Self-Management: The aim of the school will be to explore the relevance of the concept of workers’ self-management today – in a contradictory historical moment, when the search for an alternative to a capitalist mode of production is becoming more and more urgent and when there are self-management experiments emerging in places, where capitalist organization of production had the most devastating consequences (for example during Argentina’s financial collapse or in the deindustrialized zones of China and Russia), while at the same time capital itself tries to both cut the costs of management and to discipline the work force by utilizing certain technologies of organization of production reminiscent of self-management – and to critically examine the history of theories and practices of self-management, especially its Yugoslav version.

Main topics of the School: Yugoslav self-management: Was Yugoslav self-management a part of or an alternative to actually-existing socialisms? What was the relation between the workers’ councils movement in Hungary, Poland and Czechoslovakia and Yugoslav self-management? What were the theoretical and political foundations of Yugoslav self-management? What was the relation between various failed European uprisings, based on workers’ self-management, before the Second World War and strivings for self-management in Eastern European socialism after the war?

Self-management today: Theory and practice of workers’ takeovers of factories and companies in Latin America and postsocialist countries, self-management as a part of Bolivarian ‘socialism for 21st century’, social-democratic and corporatist models of self-management (Sweden, Spain, Japan), autonomous communities and autonomous zones.

Theories of self-management: Self-management and Marx/Marxism, relations between socialist economic theories and social regimes on the one hand and self-management on the other, polemical engagements between Rosa Luxemburg and Lenin and between humanist Marxism and dialectical materialists, the role of the concept of class struggle in theories of self-management.

Politics of self-management: Communism as an association of free producers (self-management as a basic form of organization of communist society), the question of abolishment of classes and the state (self-management as a form of post-class and unhierarchical organization of production), the question of party and political representation (self-management as a form of also political and not only economical organization), the question of democracy (and economic democracy).

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Working languages of the school will be ex-YU languages and English.

Each speaker will have 30 minutes available for a talk and 10 for a discussion.

Submission guidelines: submissions for presentations should include paper abstracts of max. 200 words, half a page CV, affiliation and contact details.

Submissions deadline: submissions of abstracts are expected by April 10, 2011.

Acceptance decisions will be communicated to the submitters by April 20, 2011.

We especially encourage participants from Central-Eastern Europe and the Balkans to apply.

Travel and accommodation costs will be covered for the selected participants (all the details will be communicated after the selection directly with the selected participants).

Please send inquiries to:
E.mail: primoz.krasovec@gmail.com

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Evo Morales

THE REFORM OF THE BOLIVIAN STATE

Out now!

The Reform of the Bolivian State: Domestic Politics in the Context of Globalization
by Andreas Tsolakis

First Forum Press/Lynne Rienner Publishers (Boulder, CO)
393 pages
ISBN: 978-1-935049-27-2

“A remarkably sophisticated study of the transnationalization of class and state in Bolivia. Tsolakis makes a valuable theoretical contribution to the literature.”—Henk Overbeek, VU University, Amsterdam

“Innovative and novel…. A substantial contribution to the scholarship on Bolivia.”—John Crabtree, University of Oxford

Description:
In 2005, two decades after President Victor Paz Estenssoro’s New Economic Policy heralded the beginning of a profound transformation for Bolivia, violence had become endemic in the country, economic growth was weak, and political corruption was flourishing. Evo Morales was elected to the presidency in a climate of intense social conflict and disorder, promising to deconstruct the entire political and economic edifice so painfully built since 1985. Andreas Tsolakis investigates Bolivia’s trajectory since 1985 in the context of the country’s deepening integration into the world market.

From a historical materialist perspective, Tsolakis assesses why neoliberal restructuring efforts failed, as well as the implications of the continuing internationalization of the Bolivian state for Morales’s reform program and his foreign relations in Latin America and beyond. He provides both a nuanced analysis of collaborative practices among transnational social forces and an up-to-date, critical analysis of the Morales administration.

About the author:
Andreas Tsolakis is a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Warwick and an analyst at the Fundación Secretariado Gitano in Madrid.

Contents:
·         Bolivia’s Political Trajectory Since 1985
·         The Impact of the National Revolution
·         Transnational Forces and Global Restructuring
·         The Internationalization of the Bolivian State
·         Polyarchy in Bolivia
·         Evo Morales, the MAS, and Elite Resistance to Change
·         The Bolivian Case and Beyond
·         Appendices

More information at: https://www.rienner.com/title/The_Reform_of_the_Bolivian_State_Domestic_Politics_in_the_Context_of_Globalization

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Imperialism

IMPERIALISM, EMPIRE AND GENOCIDE

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Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London

Workshop Series: ‘Imperialism, Empire and Genocide’ 14th March 2pm-4pm

Venue: Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London

The British Empire seems to be making a come back. Historians, politicians and journalists now speak about the positive aspects of colonialism and empire. During a state visit to East Africa in 2005 the then Chancellor Gordon Brown, commented that Britain must stop apologising for its colonial past and, instead, celebrate its achievements. He said, ‘I’ve talked to many people on my visit to Africa and the days of Britain having to apologise for its colonial history are over. We should celebrate much of our past rather than apologise for it.’ Some scholarly work has followed the fashion suggesting that empire is more necessary in the 21st century than ever before. The new approach to the British Empire insists that we must undertake a balance view of the positive contributions made to instilling democratic values, development and political institutions. 

This series of workshops will take a different approach. Speakers will shed light, empirically and conceptually, on the tortured relationship between empire and modernity, colonialism and progress, disclosing the story and contemporary legacy of colonial genocide, imperial conquest and environmental destruction.

Speakers: Professor John Newsinger, Richard Gott and Dr Tom Lawson.

Professor John Newsinger (Professor of Modern History at Bath Spa University), Author of The Blood Never Dried: A People’s History of the British Empire, Orwell’s Politics, United Irishman, Rebel City, Dangerous Men: The SAS and Popular Culture, British Counterinsurgency (new edition 2012). John Newsinger will examine histories of the British Empire, the uses to which they have been put and the crimes they neglect and leave out.

Richard Gott (former Latin America correspondent and features editor for The Guardian, currently an honorary research fellow at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London). Author of Hugo Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution (2005),Cuba: A New History (2004). Richard Gott will be talking about his most recent book, to be published in the autumn, entitled “Britain’s Empire: Resistance, Repression and Revolt”. The book is conceived as a revisionist history of Empire, written from the perspective of the subject peoples.

Dr Tom Lawson (Reader in History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Winchester). Author of The Church of England and the Holocaust: Christianity, Memory and Nazism (2006) and Debates on the Holocaust (2010). Tom Lawson will be talking about his latest research into the colonisation of Tasmania where the British government is often portrayed as the benign protector of the Aborigines, unable to curb the destructive urges of the settler population. However Tom will argue this paper argues that what amounted to a genocidal policy was both formally approved in Downing Street, and emerged from an imperial culture that began at home.

This is a free event, however, to confirm attendance please email Ms Olga Jimenez, Events Manager
olga.jimenez@sas.ac.uk

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