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Hubert Harrison

HUBERT HARRISON EVENT IN LONDON

Karia Press
Presents An “In Tribute” Event
Featuring A Presentation
By Dr. Jeffrey B. Perry
Based on his Biography
Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918

During Discussion he will be able to refer to:
Theodore W. Allen’s works:
The Invention of the White Race …

@ Centerprise
136-138 Kingsland Road
Dalston, London, E8 2NS
Friday, 20th May, 2011
7:30 – 10:00PM
Donations: £3.00

Restaurant on site

Bookings, and other information from: Karia Press: kariapress@yahoo.co.uk, Tel. 0750 4661 785

Books will be available for sale at the event.

If you wish to order a copy(ies) of the book(s) in advance, please email or call for availability and prices.

To get to the venue:
London Overground: Dalston Kingsland or Dalston Junction.
Buses: 149, 76, 243, 67, 236.

Background Information on Hubert Harrison

Hubert Harrison, (1883-1927) was an immensely skilled writer, orator, educator, critic, and political activist who, more than any other political leader of his era, combined class consciousness and anti-white-supremacist race consciousness into a coherent political radicalism. Harrison profoundly influenced “New Negro” militants, including A. Philip Randolph and Marcus Garvey, and his synthesis of class and race issues is a key unifying link between the two great trends of the Black Liberation Movement: the labour and civil-rights-based work of Martin Luther King Jr. and the race and nationalist work associated with Malcolm X.

Harrison played unique, signal roles in the largest class radical movement (socialism) and the largest race radical movement (the New Negro/Garvey) movement of his era. He was the foremost Black organizer, agitator, and theoretician of the Socialist Party of New York, the founder of the “New Negro” movement, the editor of the “Negro World,” and the principal radical influence on the Garvey movement.

He also helped transform the 135th Street Public Library into an international center for research in Black culture (known today as the world-famous Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture). His biography offers profound insights on race, class, religion, immigration, war, democracy, and social change in America.

About the Author

Jeffrey B. Perry is an independent, working class scholar who was formally educated at Princeton, Harvard, Rutgers, and Columbia Universities. He was a long-time (33 years) activist, elected union officer with Local 300, and editor for the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (Division of LIUNA, AFL-CIO, CTW).

Dr. Perry preserved and inventoried the Hubert H. Harrison Papers (now at Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library) and is the editor of A Hubert Harrison Reader (Wesleyan University Press, 2001). He is also literary executor for Theodore W. Allen, author of The Invention of the White Race [2 Vols., Verso, 1994 and 1997), and edited and introduced Allen’s Class Struggle and the Origin of Racial Slavery: The Invention of the White Race.

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GHETTO AND WITHIN: CLASS, IDENTITY, STATE AND POLITICAL MOBILISATION

My latest book is out:

Ghetto and Within: Class, Identity, State and Politics of Mobilisation

By Ravi Kumar

Aakar Books: Delhi

ISBN 978-93-5002-069-2

Aakar Books: http://www.aakarbooks.com

This work is an effort to understand and explore the linkages between the process of ghettoisation, identity formation and the political economy of capitalism. Through fieldwork in the city of Delhi it looks at how a particular form of identity politics sustains the process of ghettoisation of a community and creates a situation which downplays the need for a class based mobilisation. It argues that identity politics need to be seen in conjunction with the way class formation and class politics within a particular community unfolds itself. This framework allows us to not only understand the larger issues such as that of communal politics but also provides us insights into the way differential perceptions about ‘violence’ are forged within a community. It seeks to explore how class antagonism becomes a non-issue because the social identity dominates the discourse.  

“Ravi Kumar’s exploration of identity formation in the context of community offers the reader an important analysis of how class and religion can influence residential decisions, and paints a careful picture of how seemingly homogenous communities when seen from the outside are actually multi-layered social structures. This is an important work, taking on the common view that a ghetto represents socially imposed separation of minority groups, highlighting instead a process of defensive isolation from a hostile environment and demonstrating how class-based social reproduction within this microcosm of society is also a site of political struggle for change. Ghetto and Within is an important read for any student of social mobilization providing important lessons about identity politics and resistance” — David Fasenfest, Wayne State University, and Editor, ‘Critical Sociology’.

“Ravi Kumar argues convincingly that, in a world ‘where the rule of capital has penetrated every sphere of our existence’, a consideration of class dynamics must be central to a full understanding of religious ghettos in modern India” — Mike Cole, Author of ‘Critical Race Theory and Education: A Marxist Analysis’.

Ghetto and Within is a lucid examination of the political economy of identity formation. Examining the social, political, economic and historical processes of ghetto formation, the book makes a powerful case for ghettos as internal relations that are constitutive products of the crisis of capitalism. It is a book relevant to the serious conflicts of our time as these are imbricated in capitalist social relations. And it will help point towards avenues of transformation” — Peter McLaren, University of California, Los Angeles.

“This is an important contribution to and contextually located Marxist analysis of how religion, communalism, collective religious identity suppress and displace consciousness of exploitation based on class. It is important in the global analysis of the empirical and analytical and political relationships between identitarian consciousness and class consciousness. This analysis has resonance not just within the Muslim ghettos of India, but within religious, ‘racial’/ethnic ghettos globally, in Harlem New York, in the ex-mill towns of northern England, and wherever ghettos of space are reinforced by ghettos of the mind that prioritise culturalist analyses at the expense of materialist analyses, consciousness and solidaristic, class-based political action” — Dave Hill, Chief Editor, ‘Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies’.

Ravi Kumar is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He worked on the ‘Dynamics of Identity Formation: The Political Economy of Backward Castes in Bihar’ for his doctorate, and has written over a dozen articles on education, communalism and politics. His publications include The Politics of Imperialism and Counterstrategies (co-edited, Delhi, Aakar Books, 2004); The Crisis of Elementary Education in India (edited, New Delhi, Sage, 2006); Global Neoliberalism and Education and Its Consequences (co-edited, New York, Routledge, 2009). His specialisation is social movements, identity politics, social theory and sociology of knowledge. He is co-editor of Radical Notes, an online journal.

Ravi Kumar, Ph.D. || Assistant Professor || Department of Sociology || Jamia Millia Islamia University || Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Marg, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi – 110025
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Georg Lukacs

LUKACS, REIFICATION AND CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE PROLETARIAT

Marx and Philosophy Society

Symposium on Georg Lukács’s ‘Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariat’

2-6pm, Saturday February 6, 2010, at the London Knowledge Lab, 23-29 Emerald Street, London WC1

Speakers:

Gordon Finlayson
Tim Hall
Michalis Skomvoulis

Gordon Finlayson is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sussex and is the author of many books and articles on the Frankfurt School.

Tim Hall is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of East London. His article ‘Reification, Materialism & Praxis: Adorno’s critique of Lukács’ is forthcoming in Telos (2010) and he is the co-editor of The Fundamental Dissonance of Existence: New Essays on the Social, Political and Aesthetic Theory of Georg Lukács (New York, Continuum: 2010).

Michalis Skomvoulis is a PhD student at the University of Paris 1: Panthéon-Sorbonne and has written extensively on Lukacs.

The English translation of Lukács’s essay is available at: http://www.marxists.org/archive/lukacs/works/history/index.htm

Attendance is free and open to all. To register e-mail Meade McCloughan: m.mccloughan@ucl.ac.uk

Directions and map: http://tinyurl.com/ywmsvc  

Tube stations: Holborn and Russell Square

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