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THE LEGACY OF C.L.R. JAMES – CONFERENCE

We are pleased to announce that the C.L.R James Legacy Project, in partnership with the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) will be hosting a conference on the Life & Legacy of C.L.R. James in London Saturday 13th April 2013. The format for the day is still to be planned and we invite anyone interested to:

– Send suggestions for presentations, papers and speakers. We already have some high profile speakers that have said they will present … more news to follow. We will also be showing films and launching some exciting new projects. We hope to document the conference by producing a book after the event. If you want to get involved then please let us know. 

– Volunteer time to help organise and publicise the conference.  

– Donate and/or help raise money to help make the conference a success. We currently have no funding to put on this event but are committed to it going ahead. If you would like to donate personally or help fundraise then please get in touch.
 
If you think you can help in any way to make this conference the success it deserves to be then please email: andrea@hackneyunites.org.uk.

 

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/conference-on-the-life-and-legacy-of-c.l.r.-james-london-saturday-13th-april-2013

 

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Christmas

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Black Power

THE FIRE EVERY TIME: REFRAMING BLACK POWER ACROSS THE TWENTIETH CENTURY AND BEYOND

 

A PUBLIC HISTORY CONFERENCE AND COMMUNITY GATHERING

 

On September 21st & 22nd, 2012, the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture will host a public history symposium and community event on the topic of “The Fire Every Time: Reframing Black Power Across the Twentieth Century and Beyond”.

 

RATIONALE

In his 1963 collection of essays, The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin reflected on the expulsion of African Americans from the “American Dream” of economic opportunity, political equality, and social belonging.   Rather than be daunted by what Baldwin called “the center of this dreadful storm, this vast confusion,” he connected the present and future struggles of Black people to their past:  “I know that what I’m asking is impossible. But in our time, as in every time, the impossible is the least that one can demand—and one is, after all, emboldened by the spectacle of human history in general, and American Negro history in particular, for it testifies to nothing less than the perpetual achievement of the impossible.”

In our contemporary age, where some have claimed the nation has achieved the “impossible” through the election of Barack Obama as the nation’s first African-American president, we ask scholars, activists, and artists to re-conceptualize the twentieth century through the lens of past, present, and future struggles for Black Power, which in the words of James Baldwin spread as a “fire” every time.

 

CONFERENCE AGENDA

The conference will feature two plenary panels, two roundtable panels, and fourteen paper presentation panels on such topics as policing, incarceration, higher education, Black arts and cultural institutions, the military, self-defense, images and iconography of the Black Panther Party, inter-racial alliances and “Rainbow” coalitions, religion, nationalism, trans-nationalism and global impact of Black Power, and film and documentary film-making.

 

PLENARY & ROUNDTABLE SPEAKERS

PLENARY Session: State of the Field
Yohuru Williams (Fairfield University), Peniel Joseph (Tufts University), Donna Murch (Rutgers University), Hasan Jeffries (The Ohio State University), Rhonda Williams (Case Western Reserve University).

PLENARY Session: Activists Then and Now
Cleveland Sellers (Voorhees College & Scholar Activist), Herman Blake (Medical University of South Carolina & Scholar Activist), Millicent Brown (Claflin University & Scholar Activist), James Campbell (Community Leader and Organizer), Osei Terry Chandler (Community Leader).

ROUNDTABLE: Reframing the Orangeburg Massacre: Protest and Police Reprisals
Cleveland Sellers (Voorhees College & Scholar Activist), Judy Richardson (Director & Former SNCC Activist), Jack Shuler (Denison University), Jack Bass (College of Charleston).

ROUNDTABLE Film Excerpt Screenings: Black Power on Film: Documentaries, Hollywood, and Filmmaking
Portia Cobb (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno (Director,Revolution ’67), Judy Richardson, (Former SNCC Activist & Film Director, Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968).

ROUNDTABLE: The Longue Durée: Black Power from the Nineteenth Century to the 1990′s
Van Gosse (Franklin Marshall College), Deborah Gray White (Rutgers University), Curtis Austin(The OhioStateUniversity).

 

“ORANGEBURG MASSACRE”

We will also feature a special roundtable on the “Orangeburg Massacre of 1968” during which three African American students were killed by state police in Orangeburg during a civil rights protest of a segregated bowling alley.  This event was quite similar to the KentState shooting of 1971, and yet received little national media attention.  We hope to rectify the media’s lack of attention by bringing together Dr. Cleveland Sellers, a protest organizer and now president of VoorheesCollege, with two recent and noted authors on the incident, namely Jack Bass and Dr. Jack Shuler, and a documentary filmmaker, Judy Richardson, who will show her film on the Orangeburg Massacre of 1968.   This promises to be a valuable and important discussion on a pressing matter of South Carolina’s history that has dominated the history books, but not public dialogue.

POLITICAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVISM

Although our community conference and gathering considers the history of African American politics and activism in Charleston, the Lowcountry, and beyond, we also consider how these topics have manifested in the contemporary world, a matter of pressing and national importance as the nation considers the reelection of the country’s first Black president.  Importantly, these scholars aim to create a dialogue with the audience that will think about how civil rights organizing and Black Power activism has fundamentally reshaped and broadened American democracy and citizenship for all peoples.

PUBLIC HISTORY AND COMMUNITY GATHERING

Altogether, we will bring together over 50 of the country’s top scholars on African American history and culture alongside activists and community members.  This represents a seminal gathering and a rare opportunity to create a memorable dialogue.  Far too often historians and scholars are seen as being removed from the general public and we hope to bridge that distance by creating a unique public history seminar and community gathering.  In addition to offering two-days of plenary speakers, roundtable panels, and presentations, this conference also features documentary film and a juried art exhibition. 

Please come join what will be an engaging conference and conversation.

 

For additional information contact:
Dr. Robert Chase
chasert@cofc.edu
843.953.7609

Conference Registration information

Hotel Information

 

For General Conference Information email: averyconferences@gmail.com

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/the-fire-every-time-reframing-black-power-across-the-twentieth-century-and-beyond-charleston-sc-21-22-september  

 

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Raya Dunayevskaya

WRITINGS OF RAYA DUNAYEVSKAYA

More than one hundred writings of the Marxist-Humanist philosopher Raya Dunayevskaya (1910-1987) that were printed in the paper she founded in 1955, News & Letters, are now available from News and Letters Committees at: http://newsandletters.org/WritingsofRD.asp

Dunayevskaya was one of Trotsky’s secretaries when he was in exile in Mexico. She broke with him over the Hitler/Stalin pact, and later founded News and Letters Committees, developing the philosophy she called Marxist-Humanism. Her books include Marxism and Freedom: from 1776 until today; Philosophy and Revolution: from Hegel to Sartre and from Marx to Mao; and Rosa Luxemburg, Women’s Liberation, and Marx’s Philosophy of Revolution.

A wide-ranging collection of documents from the Raya Dunayevskaya Collection that have appeared in the pages of News & Letters newspaper are available online. The writings, from the 1940s to the 1980s, include work on Marxian economics, Hegelian philosophy, women’s liberation, correspondence with Herbert Marcuse, Eric Fromm, and Adrienne Rich. Only a few of the subjects taken up include the Black liberation struggle in the United States, Che Guevara, the Cuban Revolution, France ’68, and Marxism as a philosophy of “Revolution in Permanence.”

Among the titles: “The Dialectic of Marx’s Grundrisse,” “The Black Dimension in Women’s Liberation,” The Philosophic Legacy of Karel Kosik,” Historic Roots of Israel-Palestine Conflict,” “Levi-Strauss and the Battle of Ideas,” “Rough Notes on Hegel’s Science of Logic,” “Recollections of Leon Trotsky,” “Tragedy of China’s Cultural Revolution,” “On C.L.R. James’ Notes on Dialectics,” “Remembering  Allende, 1973”.

The writings are listed in an index with direct links to the documents and can also be found in back issues of News & Letters to see them in the context in which they were printed.

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World Crisis

SSPT ANNUAL CONFERENCE: 16-17 JUNE 2011, UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX

‘FORMS OF DOMINATION AND EMANCIPATION’

STUDIES IN SOCIAL & POLITICAL THOUGHT (SSPT)

[T]he fact above all which so demoralizes the modern world [is] that the greater the efforts made, the more terrible are the new forms in which the old social problems reappear- C. L. R. James

Research students and scholars working in philosophy, social, political or theory more broadly construed are invited to submit an abstract of up to 400 words on any topic related to the conference theme ‘Forms of Domination and Emancipation’. Please ensure the abstract is prepared for blind review. Presentations will likely be 20-30 minutes in length.

Keynote speakers include Chris Arthur (ex-Sussex) on “Dialectic of Domination and Emancipation” and Stathis Kouvelakis (Kings College London) on “The Actuality of Revolution?”

Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in the Winter 2011 issue of Studies in Social & Political Thought.

The deadline for submissions is 15 April 2011

Notification of acceptance will be sent out within two weeks.
Abstracts or questions should be addressed to: sspt@sussex.ac.uk

Possible topics include but are not limited to:
Forms of domination – Capital; (neo-)Liberalism; Patriarchy; Imperialism and (neo-)Colonialism; Hegemony; Ideology; Biopolitics; Discipline; Governmentality; Psychology and Psychoanalysis; Legality and Legitimacy.

Forms of emancipation – Communism and Communization; Radical Democracy; the State; Politics of Difference, Otherness, Non-Identity; Anarchism; Multitude; Psychology and Psychoanalysis; New Social Movements.

Possible thinkers include but are not limited to:

Alain Badiou; Walter Benjamin; Judith Butler; Gilles Deleuze; Frantz Fanon; Michel Foulcault; Antonio Gramsci; G.W.F. Hegel; C.L.R. James; Freud and Lacan; Henri Lefebvre; Rosa Luxemburg; Karl Marx; Antonio Negri; Evgeny Pashukanis; Jacques Rancière; Edward Said; Early Frankfurt School; Neue Marx-Lektüre; Value-Form Theory; Théorie Communiste.

Some participants might also like to consider the relations between different thinkers and forms of domination and emancipation.

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World Crisis

Andrew Kiliman

ANDREW KLIMAN ON CAUSES AND IMPLICATIONS OF THE CAPITALIST CRISIS

July 8th London Forum

Andrew Kliman speaks on the Capitalist Crisis

Andrew Kliman, author of ‘Reclaiming Marx’s Capital’, will be giving a talk in London on Wednesday 8th on ’causes and implications of the capitalist crisis’. The meeting takes place from 8pm at the Lucas Arms, Grays Inn Road, near King’s Cross.

See: http://thecommune.wordpress.com/2009/07/04/july-8th-london-forum-kliman-speaks-on-the-capitalist-crisis/

Kliman, a member of the USA’s Marxist-Humanist Initiative, has argued that we have to see the current crisis as part of a wider structural crisis of capital, and moreover has argued that statist and Keynesian solutions to the crisis are a dead end for the working class. See our October interview with him here.

The meeting is being jointly hosted by The Commune and The Hobgoblin group.

Plenty of time for discussion

All welcome

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Civilization

Civilization

Re-imagining Western Civilization: On the 60th Anniversary of the Writing of C.L.R. James’s American Civilization

 

Conference

Friday 16 and Saturday 17 October 2009, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law

Dialogue with International scholars (including David Austin, Selwyn R. Cudjoe, Aldon Nielsen, Kent Worcester, Bryan Palmer and Frank Rosengarten) and launch of You Don’t Play with Revolution: The Montreal Lectures of C.L.R. James by David Austin (ed.)

Cost: $75 general and $25 for students/seniors/others
Includes all sessions, breaks, lunch and reception or $30 per day excluding reception.

Registration information at: http://www.commonlaw.uottawa.ca/james-registration or request a form by emailing clrreg@uottawa.ca

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