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ROME

REVOLUTION AND RESTORATION

Historical Materialism Rome Conference 2015

17-18-19 September 2015, Roma Tre University

CALL FOR PAPERS

D​EADLINE: 26.03.2015

Details: https://hmrome2015.wordpress.com

Two hundreds years after the Vienna Congress, a new strategy of restoration has imposed itself at the core of Europe. The process of reorganization of class power, which started in the 1970s, has stabilised after the 2007-2008 crisis on the basis of austerity policies, the dismantling of workers’ rights and the welfare state , the contraction of democratic space, and punitive restrictions on the right to protest. We know the 1815 restoration was a reaction to the revolutionary conquests of 1789; can we say something analogous about this new restoration? Does this latter amount merely to a response to the attack launched by the subaltern classes in the ’60 -’70? Can we define neoliberalism, as David Harvey suggests, as the ‘restoration of class power?’.

What deserves further exploration is the extent to which neoliberal restoration has acquired the offensive and constitutive dynamic traditionally linked to the concept of ‘revolution’. The interrelation between restoration and revolution emerges, in part, from the composition, nature and unfolding of the struggles that characterize our times: urban movements claim ing a ‘right to the city’, border conflicts, migrant struggles, the constellation of Arab ‘springs’, independent and conflictual trade unionism, experiments in workers’ self-management, feminist, queer and decolonial movements, rural, indigenous and environmental struggles .

Can these new struggles contrast the neoliberal manipulation of those democratic forms that emerged from the post-war compromise between labour and capital, and between direct and representative democracy? Can new subjectivities, new rights from below, new institutions offer any foothold for detaching the idea of ‘revolution’ from its absorption by the mechanism of ‘restoration’? Within this complex and stratified framework, it is crucial to take-up the traditions of Marxist theory – from the in-depth analysis of Bonapartism by Marx and Engels to Workerism, passing through Gramsci and the reflections on the appropriation and subordination of anti-colonial movements – that have distinguished themselves by their capacity to interrogate the deep connection between revolution and restoration in the history of the capitalist social totality.

Separate calls go out for the following streams (click on titles for full CFPs):

Marxism and Philosophy: The Italian Debate and its International Effects

New World Disorder: Crisis, Conflicts and Transformations of Class Struggles 

Powers, Organizational forms, New Institutions

​T​he Right to the City

We welcome abstract proposals on these themes or any others, in all disciplines, from all continents and from all perspectives within Marxism.

Please send your 200 words abstracts to: hmrome2015@gmail.com

IMPORTANT: if you apply to any of the 4 strands listed above, add the title of the strand in your email subject.

First Published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/historical-materialism-rome-conference-2015-call-for-papers

Neoliberalism

Neoliberalism

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‘Human Herbs’ – a song by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ Academia: http://independent.academia.edu/GlennRikowski

 

Time and Space in the Social Universe of Capital’ – by Michael Neary and Glenn Rikowski, now at Academia: http://www.academia.edu/10545768/Time_and_Speed_in_the_Social_Universe_of_Capital

 

Kshama Sawant

Kshama Sawant

ANGELA DAVIS, HARRY BELAFONTE, CORNEL WEST, KSHAMA SAWANT, AMY GOODMAN, DAVID HARVEY, AND STANLEY ARONOWITZ TO SPEAK AT LEFT FORUM 2014

Left Forum 2014

May 30th – June 1st

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York

524 West 59th Street New York, NY, 10019

Left Forum is the largest annual conference in the United States of the broad spectrum of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, organizations and the interested public. Each year thousands of conference participants come together in New York City to discuss pressing local, national and global issues; to better understand commonalities and differences, and alternatives to current predicaments; or to share ideas to help build social movements to transform the world. This year’s theme is “Reform and/or Revolution: Imagining a World with Transformative Justice.” Panels can be proposed until the deadline of April 27th.

 

Propose a panel or workshop

http://www.leftforum.org/panels/instructions

 

Download Call for panels

http://www.leftforum.org/content/left-forum-2014-conference-theme

 

2014 Theme

http://www.leftforum.org/content/left-forum-2014-conference-theme
Left Forum Newsletter

http://www.leftforum.org/files/newsletter/Left-Forum-Newsletter-2013.pdf
Register for the conference here

http://www.leftforum.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=126823&qid=418374

 

Left Forum: www.leftforum.org

David Harvey

David Harvey

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‘Human Herbs’ – a song by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

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Neoliberalism

Neoliberalism

THE MAKING OF GLOBAL CAPITALISM: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF AMERICAN EMPIRE

By Sam Gindin and Leo Panitch

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NEW FROM VERSO

http://www.versobooks.com/books/1527-the-making-of-global-capitalism

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WINNER OF THE 2013 DEUTSCHER MEMORIAL PRIZE

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“Lucid and indispensable guides to the history and practice of American Empire.”

– Naomi Klein, award winning journalist and author of THE SHOCK DOCTRINE

“The most important leftist book of the year, and probably the decade.”– THE STRANGER

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The all-encompassing embrace of world capitalism at the beginning of the twenty-first century was generally attributed to the superiority of competitive markets. Globalization had appeared to be the natural outcome of this unstoppable process. But today, with global markets roiling and increasingly reliant on state intervention to stay afloat, it has become clear that markets and states aren’t straightforwardly opposing forces.

In this groundbreaking work, Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin demonstrate the intimate relationship between modern capitalism and the American state. THE MAKING OF GLOBAL CAPITALISM identifies the centrality of the social conflicts that occur within states rather than between them. These emerging fault lines hold out the possibility of new political movements that might transcend global markets.

THE MAKING OF GLOBAL CAPITALISM, through its highly original analysis of the first great economic crisis of the twenty-first century, identifies the centrality of the social conflicts that occur within states rather than between them. These emerging fault lines hold out the possibility of new political movements transforming nation states and transcending global markets.

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“Combining the ferocity of investigative reporters, sophisticated skills in interpreting the historical archive, and a profound grasp of theory, Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin provide an astonishingly illuminating account of the making of global capitalism through the organization of a global financial system under US hegemony since World War II. If we are, as it seems, destined to live under the dictatorship of the world’s central bankers then it is vital for everyone to know how this came about and what the current fault lines might be that hold out prospects for strong anti-capitalist struggles to emerge. A must read for everyone who is concerned about where the future of capitalism might lie.”

– David Harvey, CUNYGraduateCenter, author of A BRIEF HISTORY OF NEOLIBERALISM

“Left-leaning intellectuals examine the exceptional role of the United States in the development of global capitalism …. [a] densely detailed work.”– KIRKUS REVIEW

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Sam Gindin is the former Research Director of the Canadian Autoworkers Union and Packer Visiting Chair in Social Justice at YorkUniversity. Among his many publications, he is the author (with Greg Albo and Leo Panitch) of IN AND OUT OF CRISIS: THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL MELTDOWN and LEFT ALTERNATIVES.

Leo Panitch is Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy and Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at YorkUniversity. Editor of THE SOCIALIST REGISTER for 25 years, his many books include WORKING CLASS POLITICS IN CRISIS, A DIFFERENT KIND OF STATE, THE END OF PARLIAMENTARY SOCIALISM, and AMERICAN EMPIRE AND THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF GLOBAL FINANCE.

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Paperback / ISBN: 9781781681367 / $19.95 / £12.99 / $22.95CAN / 464 pages

Also available as an Ebook

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For more information on THE MAKING OF GLOBAL CAPITALISM: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF AMERICAN EMPIRE or to buy the book visit: http://www.versobooks.com/books/1527-the-making-of-global-capitalism

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo   

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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David Harvey

David Harvey

CITIZENSHIP, ORIENTALISM AND THE COMMONS

 

Dear All

OECUMENE PROJECT and TEATRO VALLE OCCUPATO would like to make you aware of a 4-Day Seminar Event to be held at Teatro Valle in Rome:
CITIZENSHIP, ORIENTALISM AND THE COMMONS
25th – 28th September 2013

The event takes theatre to be a laboratory for the performances of critical political imaginaries on citizenship. Its conceptual core is a dialogue and translation between art, politics, and economics with a critical reflection on acts and practices of public engagement, common property, debt, and co-work. Bringing together scholars, artists and activists the event explores participatory forms of knowledge production, livelihood, civic action and resistance in and outside Europe through collective rehearsals, discussions and staged film performances. The Teatro Valle Occupato becomes our stage in which such political, ethical and aesthetic experiments are tested and played out.

Main speakers (there will be short commentaries and plenty of discussion time):

COSTAS DOUZINAS, DAVID HARVEY, and ENGIN ISIN.

The event is free and open to the public.
A pdf of the programme is available here: http://www.oecumene.eu/files/oecumene/Oecumene%20Project%20-%20Teatro%20Valle%20-%20ENG.pdf

Webpage (English): http://www.oecumene.eu/events/citizenship-orientalism-and-the-commons

Webpage (Italian): http://www.teatrovalleoccupato.it/lotte-spaziali-una-settimana-seminari-workshop-performance-dal-22-al-28-settembre-2013

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Dr Andrea Mura
Oecumene Project
The Open University
Faculty of Social Sciences
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Direct +44 (0) 1908 659 304
http://www.oecumene.eu/people/andrea-mura

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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A Crisis of Capital

A Crisis of Capital

‘CAPITAL AGAINST CAPITALISM

NOW ONLINE OPEN ACCESS

SPECIAL ISSUE ON ‘CAPITAL’ AGAINST CAPITALISM: NEW RESEARCH IN MARXIST POLITICAL ECONOMY 

Journal of Australian Political Economy (JAPE) 
Issue no 70, Summer 2012/13

http://australianpe.wix.com/japehome#!current/c1cok

The special issue includes:

– Introduction by Elizabeth Humphrys and Jonathon Collerson (Guest Editors)
– Mike Beggs on zombie Marx and modern economics
– Humphrey McQueen on the ‘massiness’ of capital and David Harvey
– Thomas Barnes Damien Cahill overview recent Australian scholarship on class
– John Pardy looks at class and schooling in Australia
– Marcus Banks provides a Marxist analysis of Workfare
– Elizabeth Humphrys looks at unfree labour in the early Australian colonies and whether the colonies can be considered ‘capitalist’ from inception
– Mike Donaldson writes on socialist strategy, modes of production and social formations in ‘Capital’
– Thomas Barnes looks at Marxism and informal labour
– Alan Freeman asks how to integrate financialisation into Marxist accounts of the rate of profit
– Jean Parker looks at neoliberalism through the prism of Marx
– Don Munro looks and land and ‘Capital’
– Richard Westra writes on ‘Capital’ as dialectical economic theory
– Andy Higginbottom looks at ‘structure and essence’ in ‘Capital’ Vol 1 — extra surplus-value and the states of capitalism

 

First published: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/jape-2014-special-issue-on-capital-against-capitalism-new-research-in-marxist-political-economy

 Capitalism 3

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 17th NOVEMBER 2012

EVENTS

FREE SCREENING OF “DEBTOCRACY”

Friday, December 7, 2012
7:30pm until 10:00pm
Centre of Gravity Circus Training Studios
1300 Gerrard Street East, Toronto

Event organized by: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Cinema.Politica.Danforth

“Debtocracy” (Greek: hreokratía) seeks the causes of the debt crisis and proposes solutions sidelined by the government and the dominant media.

Aris Chatzistefanou and Katerina Kitidi discuss with economists, journalists and intellectuals from all over the world, who describe the steps that led Greece to the current debt trap – to debtocracy. The documentary follows the course of countries like Ecuador, which created Audit Commissions, and tracks the similar process in Greece.

Debtocracy features the academics David Harvey, Samir Amin, Costas Lapavitsas and Gerard Dumenil; the philosopher Alain Badiou; the head of Ecuador’s Audit Commission Hugo Arias; the president of CADTM Eric Toussaint; journalists like Canadian Avi Lewis (co-creator of the documentary “The Take”) and Jean Quatremer; as well as public figures like Manolis Glezos and Sahra Wagenknecht (from the German party Die Linke).

To be followed by a panel discussion!

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BOOK LAUNCH OF “MONSTERS OF THE MARKET: ZOMBIES, VAMPIRES AND GLOBAL CAPITALISM”

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
7:30pm
The Gladstone Hotel (in the Ballroom)
1214 Queen Street West, Toronto

A night to celebrate the launch (in paperback) of David McNally’s “Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism” and the book’s receipt of the 2012 Deutscher Prize. With MCs Faria Kamal and Alan Sears, remarks from Himani Bannerji and talk and short reading by David.

Drawing on folklore, literature and popular culture, this book links tales of monstrosity from England to recent vampire- and zombie-fables from sub-Saharan Africa, and it connects these to Marx’s persistent use of monster-metaphors in his descriptions of capitalism. Reading across these tales of the grotesque, McNally offers a novel account of the cultural economy of the global market-system.

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BOOK LAUNCH & PUBLIC LECTURE – “SEX, RACE AND CLASS: THE PERSPECTIVE OF WINNING (A SELECTION OF WRITINGS 1952-2011)”

Monday Nov. 26
7:00 p.m.
George Ignatieff Theatre
Trinity College, 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto

In 1972, Selma James set out a new political perspective. Her starting point was the millions of unwaged women who, working in the home and on the land, were not seen as “workers” and their struggles viewed as outside of the class struggle.

For James, the class struggle presents itself as the conflict between the reproduction and survival of the human race, and the domination of the market with its exploitation, wars, and ecological devastation. She sums up her strategy for change as “Invest in Caring not Killing.”

This selection, spanning almost six decades, traces the development of this perspective in the course of building an international campaigning network.

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CANADIAN LABOUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: TORONTO

November 24-25, 2012
2:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave., Toronto
   
Take in a series of labour-related films at CLiFF-Toronto, a film festival that seeks to tell the stories of workers (unionised and non-unionised) and those who seek justice on the job and dignity in their workplace. The festival is platform for stories that have been made into films, but cannot find an audience beyond the film makers’ own circle of influence.

The film We Are Wisconsin (http://wearewisconsinthefilm.com/) will be playing on Saturday, November 24.

Additional films are also being shown on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2, 2012.

Download the program for a full list of films and for alternate locations: http://labourfilms.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/TorontoProgram22OctB.pdf

Further details are available on the CLiFF website: http://labourfilms.ca/

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TALK: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF THE NEW ATTACK ON CANADIAN UNIONS

Monday, Dec. 3
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Ross Bldg., Room S674 (Verney Room)
York University, Toronto

With Andrew Jackson, Packer Chair for Social Justice, York University

Part of “Dispatches from the Global Labour Movement” series, sponsored by York University’s:
– The Centre for Research on Work and Society
– Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy
– Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender and Work
– Work and Labour Studies Program
– The Department of Political Science
– The Department of Social Science

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NEWS & VIEWS

CHORUS OF WARNINGS GROW: ‘SAY NO TO US AUSTERITY’

by Common Dreams staff

As President Obama and Washington lawmakers embarked on fiscal negotiations to address federal budget concerns and the impacts of a stubborn economic recovery, nearly 350 prominent economists, under the banner “Jobs, Not Austerity,” issued a statement warning that the “obsessive concern with cutting deficits that has infected both parties” is a serious threat to making sound economic policy decisions in Washington.

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/11/16-7

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TOP LABOUR STORIES THIS WEEK: FROM EUROPE’S GENERAL STRIKE TO MIGRANT WORKERS’ PLIGHT IN CANADA

by Lori Theresa Waller, rabble.ca

It’s been a significant week for the labour movement worldwide, with an unprecedented multi-national general strike yesterday in Europe. So we feel like it’s an appropriate time for us to launch a new weekly feature, recapping the top stories from the labour movement. Each week top labour
stories will be compiled and summarized by our new labour reporter, Lori Theresa Waller. If you have a suggestion for next week’s list, contact lori@rabble.ca

 

Read more: http://rabble.ca/news/2012/11/labour-news-round-weeks-top-stories

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VIDEO: LARRY ROUSSEAU AT OFL EQUITY CONFERENCE

by rabbleTV

Larry Rousseau speaks at Ontario Federation of Labour’s Equity Conference
9-11 November 2012.

Watch the video: http://rabble.ca/rabbletv/program-guide/2012/11/best-net/larry-rousseau-ofl-equity-conference

For more information, please visit http://ofl.ca/index.php/equity2012/ and http://psac-ncr.com

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HOW CHICAGO TEACHERS GOT ORGANIZED TO STRIKE  

by Labor Notes

The seven-day Chicago Teachers Union strike in September beat back a mayor bent on imposing very bad “education reforms.” But how? The win was possible because of years of patient organizing, focused on getting members to step up.

Read more: http://labornotes.org/2012/10/how-chicago-teachers-got-organized-strike
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INTERNS, UNITE! (YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE – LITERALLY)

by Greig de Peuter, Nicole Cohen, Enda Brophy, Briarpatch Magazine If decent, full-time work is getting harder to come by, the same can’t be said for internships, whether unpaid or barely paid.

Unpaid interns frequently perform work that used to be done by entry-level paid staff, and are also denied access to labour protections and benefits extended to traditional workers. More importantly, few people can afford to work for free. If doing an unpaid internship persists as an obligatory rung on today’s shaky career ladder, the professions drawing on this system will be transformed to favour those from wealthier backgrounds. Beyond parents (not all of whom can remortgage to support their 22-year-old’s cashless gig in an expensive city), subsidies come from personal loans or part-time jobs. “Paying your dues” is a lazy cliché rather than an ethical argument for why it’s acceptable for young people to donate their labour. From street protests to online campaigns, the emerging intern activism is one part of the wider effort by fresh actors to reformat labour politics for precarious times.

Read the full story here: http://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/interns-unite-you-have-nothing-to-lose-literally

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education. For more information about this project, visit http://www.apcol.ca

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

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

 

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Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

 

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Andrew Kliman

RADICAL INTERPRETATIONS OF THE PRESENT CRISIS

November 14th, 2012

8-10:30PM

WollmanHall
Eugene Lang Building, 6th floor
65 W 11th St
New York, NY10011

WITH: LOREN GOLDNER | DAVID HARVEY | ANDREW KLIMAN | PAUL MATTICK

The Present Crisis

The present moment is arguably one of unprecedented confusion on the Left.  The emergence of many new theoretical perspectives on Marxism, anarchism, and the left generally seem rather than signs of a newfound vitality, the intellectual reflux of its final disintegration in history.  As for the politics that still bothers to describe itself as leftist today, it seems no great merit that it is largely disconnected from the academic left’s disputations over everything from imperialism to ecology. Perhaps nowhere are these symptoms more pronounced than around the subject of the economy.

As Marxist economics has witnessed of late a flurry of recent works, many quite involved in their depth and complexity, recent activism around austerity, joblessness, and non-transparency while quite creative in some respects seems hesitant to oppose with anything but nostalgia for the past the status quo mantra, “There is no Alternative.”  At a time when the United States has entered the most prolonged slump since the Great Depression, the European project founders on the shoals of debt and nationalism.  If the once triumphant neoliberal project of free markets for free people seems utterly exhausted, the “strange non-death of neo-liberalism,” as a recent book title has it, seems poised to carry on indefinitely.  The need for a Marxist politics adequate to the crisis is as great as such a politics is lacking.

And 2011 now seems to be fading into the past.  In Greece today as elsewhere in Europe existing Left parties remain largely passive in the face of the crisis, eschewing radical solutions (if they even imagine such solutions to exist).  In the United States, Occupy has vanished from the parks and streets, leaving only bitter grumbling where there once seemed to be creativity and open-ended potential. In Britain, the 2011 London Riots, rather than political protest, was trumpeted as the shafted generation’s response to the crisis, overshadowing the police brutality that actually occasioned it.  Finally, in the Arab world where, we are told the 2011 revolution is still afoot, it seems inconceivable that the revolution, even as it bears within it the hopes of millions, could alter the economic fate of any but a handful.

While joblessness haunts billions worldwide, politicization of the issue seems chiefly the prerogative of the right.  Meanwhile, the poor worldwide face relentless price rises in fuel and essential foodstuffs. The prospects for world revolution seem remote at best, even as bankers and fund managers seem to lament democracy’s failure in confronting the crisis. In this sense, it seems plausible to argue that there is no crisis at all, but simply the latest stage in an ongoing social regression. What does it mean to say that we face a crisis, after all, when there is no real prospect that anything particularly is likely to change, at least not for the better?

In this opaque historical moment, Platypus wants to raise some basic questions:

* Do we live in a crisis of capitalism today and, if so, of what sort — political? Economic? Social?

* Why do seemingly sophisticated leftist understandings of the world appear unable to assist in the task of changing it?

* Conversely, can the world be thought intelligible without our capacity to self-consciously transform it through practice?

* Can Marxism survive as an economics or social theory without politics?

* Is there capitalism after socialism?

From: Radical Interpretations of the Present Crisis: http://newyork.platypus1917.org/11-14-2012-radical-interpretations-of-the-present-crisis/

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Thanks to Ross Wolfe for alerting me to this important event: Glenn Rikowski

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David Harvey

Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 10th SEPTEMBER 2012

EVENTS

Book Launch: Post-Colonial State in the Era of Globalization: Historical, Political and Theoretical Approaches to State Formation
by Tariq Amin-Khan

Mon. Sept. 10, 4 p.m.
Oakham Lounge, Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould (Dundas subway)

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Funeral for Collective Bargaining Rights
Mon. Sept. 10, 7 p.m.
Queens Park

Gone but not Forgotten: Labour Rights in Ontario. First we mourn, then we fight! Devastated by a far-reaching anti-worker bill set to pass legislature early next week, rank and file education workers will convene a funeral for collective bargaining rights on the lawn of Queen’s Park. Workers and friends are invited to join us as we reflect on our loss and ready ourselves for the future. Please wear appropriate funeral attire. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to an organization, of your choice, that defends workers or quality public education.

https://www.facebook.com/events/205393162924472/

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Group Decision Making Workshop

Saturday, September 15
1 – 5 p.m.
At U of T

From hierarchy to consensus, choose the decision-making structure that’s right for your social change organization.  Learn techniques that can help you address some common decision-making problems and bring about organizational change.

http://www.toolsforchange.net/2012/08/01/group-decision-making-workshop

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I Am a Revolutionary
A one-day conference on radical activism

Saturday, September 15
12:30 pm – 4 pm

http://rabble.ca/whatsup/i-am-revolutionary-one-day-conference-radical-activism

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Request for Proposals: Research in Work and Learning 2013

We are delighted to invite proposals for RWL8 2013, entitled “The visible and invisible in work and learning”. This international conference hosted at the University of Stirling (UK) is concerned with such questions as: What knowledge, which actors, and what parts of the environment are most visible? What and who remains invisible? When do actors become aware of invisible infrastructures? And what research methods and analytical approaches can make the invisible visible?  The confirmed keynotes are Dr Linda Cooper (University of Cape Town), Professor Barbara Czarniawska (University of Gothenburg), and Professor Tom Devine (University of Edinburgh).

We are inviting proposals for individual papers, symposia, round tables, and poster presentations.  All abstracts and proposals will be reviewed. In addition, we offer the opportunity of having your final paper refereed. 

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 October 2012, and we will notify you of acceptance by 30 November 2012.  Full details of how to submit your proposal are on our website, along with further information:  http://www.stir.ac.uk/schools/education/researching-work-and-learning

If you have any queries, please contact us at: rwl2013@stir.ac.uk

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United Association for Labor Education (UALE) 2013 Annual Conference: Across boundaries, what are workers saying and doing?

April 17-20, 2013
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In a world which sometimes divides us, the world of work affects us all. It is a world in which working people face trying economic times, inequitable labor policies, and systemic attacks on workers and their human rights. Dedicated to progress, growth, and hope for the labor movement, the United Association for Labor Education (UALE) invites labor educators and those who value labor education to look beyond the boundaries we may perceive and come together in Toronto, Ontario Canada for a conference that values workers and worker education.

UALE welcomes proposals for paper presentations, panels, research projects, workshops, demonstration teaching sessions, and other activities which value what workers are saying, what workers are doing, and that generally support the labor movement or contribute to the art of labor education.

http://uale.org/conference/conference-2013

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NEWS & VIEWS

Interviewed: David Harvey on Rebel Cities
By Chris Carlsson

Introduction by Neal Gorenflo, Publisher of Shareable

One of the legacies of socialist “Red Vienna” in the 1920s is a huge stock of quality housing owned by the city available at below-market rates. This not only makes affordable housing widely available, it keeps a lid on overall housing prices. This undoubtedly adds to the appeal of prosperous Vienna, voted as the world’s most livable city in 2011.

Even though this historical anecdote is relevant today, considering the damage done by a speculative housing market run amok, we never hear about it. Mainstream discourse about cities is dominated by free-market, pro-growth ideas that has continued unabated even after the flaws of capitalism were made glaringly obvious by the 2008 financial meltdown.

http://www.shareable.net/blog/interviewed-david-harvey-on-rebel-cities

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The Truth about the “Crisis” in education
by People for Education

There has been a lot of talk in the media about discussions between the province, teachers and school boards. In some cases the information has been misleading.

Teachers’ contracts expired on August 31st, but it is very common for bargaining to start in earnest only at the end of a contract. In these cases, everyone keeps working under the terms of the old contract, no one goes on strike, teachers (for the most part) do not get salary increases and
students are not affected.

http://www.peopleforeducation.ca/pfe-news/the-truth-about-the-crisis-in-education/

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New Book – Breaking Free: A facilitator’s guide to participatory action research practice

Breaking Free is a practical guide to facilitating self-directing educational processes into participatory action research (PAR) enabling average people to contribute what they can as active participants in research projects. As such, it is designed primarily for these participants rather than the academic researcher in order to introduce participants to authentic contributions they can make as activists in knowledge-making processes. At the same time, Breaking Free guides academic researchers towards helpful practices enriching their often times lonely and isolated existence created by a false sense of “objectivity.” A hands-on practical yet disciplined approach to facilitating PAR prepares readers to craft their own individual Guide as they prepare for the PAR life. This opens up the world of knowledge-making to people long silenced by forces intent on controlling knowledge for the educated elite. Breaking Free invites people to contribute as they can and be recognized for this contribution.

http://www.lulu.com/shop/timothy-pyrch/breaking-free-a-facilitators-guide-to-participatory-action-research-practice/paperback/product-20113382.html

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Chicago Teachers Draw a Line
by Lee Sustar, The Bullet

Can the scrappy band of outsiders that now heads the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) lead the kind of high-stakes fight that most labour unions have ducked? That question looms large — not just for the city’s teachers, students and their parents, but for the entire labour movement. Because while both private- and public-sector unions are taking a pounding across the U.S. with layoffs, pay cuts and pension rollbacks, the CTU is gearing up for a showdown with America’s most politically connected mayor, Rahm Emanuel — and it will come to a head in September.

http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/690.php

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education. For more information about this project, visit http://www.apcol.ca

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

 

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Education Crisis

HISTORICAL MATERIALISM VOLUME 20 ISSUE 2 (2012)

See: http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/1569206x/20/2;jsessionid=6ivqnb6165k0.x-brill-live-01

Volume 20, Issue 2
ISSN : 1465-4466
E-ISSN : 1569-206X

Articles

History versus Theory: A Commentary on Marx’s Method in Capital
Author: David Harvey
pp. 3–38 (36)

On Marxism’s Field of Operation: Badiou and the Critique of Political Economy*
Author: Gavin Walker
pp. 39–74 (36)

Who Is ‘The Prince’?: Hegel and Marx in Jameson and Bhaskar
Author: Alan Norrie
pp. 75–104 (30)

Intervention

Neo-developmentalism: Beyond Neoliberalism? Capitalist Crisis and Argentina’s Development since the 1990s
Author: Mariano Féliz
pp. 105–123 (19)

Archive

E.V. Ilyenkov and Creative Soviet Theory: An Introduction to ‘Dialectics of the Ideal’
Author: Alex Levant
pp. 125–148 (24)

Dialectics of the Ideal (2009)
Author: Evald Ilyenkov
pp. 149–193 (45)

Review Essays

The Necessity of Art, Ernst Fischer, with an Introduction by John Berger
London: Verso, 2010
Author: Jeffrey Petts
pp. 195–209 (15)

Beyond Black and White: Transforming African-American Politics, Manning Marable, Second Edition, London: Verso, 2009
Author: Paul M. Heideman
pp. 210–221 (12)

Imperialist Canada, Todd Gordon, Winnipeg: Arbeiter Ring Publishing, 2011
Author: Henry Heller
pp. 222–231 (10)

Machiavellian Democracy, John P. McCormick, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011
Author: Filippo Del Lucchese
pp. 232–246 (15)

Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism

Falsificationism
Author: Wal Suchting
pp. 247–251 (5)

Notes on Contributors
pp. 253–254 (2)
Back Issues
pp. 255–256 (2)

 

Originally at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/historical-materialism-20.2-now-out  

 

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ANTIPODE FOUNDATION SCHOLAR-ACTIVIST PROJECT AWARDS

The Foundation expects to allocate each successful application up to £10,000 (or equivalent) to support collaborations between academics, non-academics and activists (from NGOs, think tanks, social movements, or community grassroots organisations, for example) which further radical analyses of geographical issues and engender the development of a new and better society. The Awards are aimed at promoting programmes of action-research, participation and engagement, cooperation and co-enquiry, and more publicly-focused forms of geographical investigation.

See http://antipodefoundation.org/scholar-activist-project-awards/ for more.

Antipode Foundation Regional Workshop Awards

The Foundation expects to allocate each successful application up to £10,000 (or equivalent) to fund events (including conferences, workshops, seminar series, summer schools and action research meetings) which further radical analyses of geographical issues and engender the development of a new and better society.

See: http://antipodefoundation.org/regional-workshop-awards/ for more.

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Applications for this first round of awards must be in by 30 June 2012. Forms are available from and should be returned to Andy Kent (antipode@live.co.uk), who is more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

Antipode Foundation: http://antipodefoundation.org/

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Marxism and Education

Marxism and Education

MARXISM 2012 TIMETABLE

Marxism 2012 – Timetable now out

5-9 July, University College London and Friends Meeting House, central London

Full timetable, including over 200 meetings out now

Speakers include: David Harvey, Gary Younge, Tariq Ali, Leila Khaled, Tony Benn, Robert King Wilkerson, Owen Jones, Nick Davies, Gigi Ibrahim, Hossam el-Hamalawy, George Galloway, Istvan Meszaros and more…

Go to www.marxismfestival.org.uk for more info and tickets

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Aesthetics

REVIEWS IN CULTURAL THEORY

Dear All

We’re writing to announce the publication of several new reviews accessible at reviewsinculture.com. We’d also like to invite you to contribute to RCT by offering to review one of the books listed in the latter half of this message.

New Reviews

The Pig Stays in the Picture: Visual/Literary Narratives of Human-Animal Intimacies: Susan McHugh. Animal Stories: Narrating Across Species Lines. University of Minnesota Press, 2011. 280pp.

No Exit? Imagining Radical Refusal: Simon During. Exit Capitalism: Literary Culture, Theory, and Post-Secular Modernity. Routledge, 2010. 280 pp.

Architectural Positions: Pier Vittorio Aureli. The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture. MIT Press, 2011. 251 pp.

Pattern Pre-Recognition: Richard Grusin. Premediation: Affect and Mediality in America after 9/11. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 208 pp.

Reading Age and Disability in Film: Sally Chivers. The Silvering Screen: Old Age and Disability in Cinema. University of Toronto Press, 2011. 213 pp.

The Meaning of Christ and the Meaning of Hegel: Slavoj Žižek and John Milbank. The Monstrosity of Christ: Paradox or Dialectic? Ed. Creston Davis. MIT Press, 2009. 320 pp.

Affecting Feminist Subjects, Rewriting Feminist Theory: Clare Hemmings. Why Stories Matter: The Political Grammar of Feminist Theory. Duke University Press, 2011. 272 pp.
Books Available for Review

In addition to inviting reviewers for the books listed below, we also welcome proposals for longer review essays, focusing on recently published (2012-) titles. If you are interested in contributing a review or a review essay to RCT, please write to us at editors@reviewsinculture.com.

Charles R. Acland. Swift Viewing: The Popular Life of Subliminal Influence. Duke University Press, 2012.

Giorgio Agamben. The Kingdom and the Glory: For a Theological Genealogy of Economy and Government. Trans. Lorenzo Chiesa and Matteo Mandarini. Stanford UP, 2011.

Alain Badiou. Trans. Gregory Elliott. The Rebirth of History: Times of Riots and Uprisings. Verso, 2012.

Lauren Berlant. Cruel Optimism. Duke University Press, 2011.

Bruno Bosteels. Badiou and Politics. Duke University Press, 2011.

Susan Brown, Jeanne Perreault, Jo-Ann Wallace, and Heather Zwicker, eds. Not Drowning But Waving: Women, Feminism and the Liberal Arts. University of Alberta Press, 2011.

James V. Catano and Daniel A. Novak, eds. Masculinity Lessons: Rethinking Men’s and Women’s Studies. John Hopkins University Press, 2011.

Eric Cazdyn. The Already Dead: The New Time of Politics, Culture, and Illness. Duke University Press, 2012.

May Chazan, Lisa Helps, Anna Stanley, and Sonali Thakkar. Home and Native Land: Unsettling Multiculturalism in Canada. Between the Lines Press, 2011.

Rey Chow. Entanglements, or Transmedial Thinking about Capture. Duke University Press, 2012.

Jean Comaroff and John L. Comaroff. Theory from the South: or, How Euro-America is Evolving Toward Africa. Paradigm, 2012.

William E. Connolly.  A World of Becoming. Duke University Press, 2011.

Grant H. Kester. The One and the Many: Contemporary Collaborative Art in a Global Context. Duke University Press, 2011.

Vicky Kirby. Quantum Anthropologies: Life at Large. Duke University Press, 2011.

Tonya K. Davidson,OndinePark, and Rob Shields, eds. Ecologies of Affect: Placing Nostalgia, Desire, and Hope.  Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2011.

Kit Dobson and Áine McGlynn, eds. Transnationalism, Activism, Art. University of Toronto Press, 2012.

Boris Groys. Introduction to Antiphilosophy. Verso, 2012.

David Harvey. Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution. Verso, 2012.

Sharon Patricia Holland. The Erotic Life of Racism. Duke University Press, 2012.

Andrew Karvonen. The Politics of Urban Runoff: Nature, Technology and the Sustainable City. MIT Press, 2011.

Garry Neil Kennedy. TheLastArtCollege:Nova ScotiaCollegeof Art and Design, 1968-1978. MIT Press, 2012.

Katie King. Networked Reenactments: Stories Transdisciplinary Knowledges Tell. Duke University Press, 2012.

Michael G. Lacy and Kent A. Ono, eds. Critical Rhetorics of Race.New York University Press, 2011.

Stephanie Li. Signifying Without Specifying: Racial Discourse in the Age of Obama. Rutgers UP, 2011.

A. Ricardo López and Barbara Weinstein, eds. The Making of the Middle Class: Toward a Transnational History. Duke University Press, 2012.

Lucio Magri. The Tailor of Ulm: Communism in the Twentieth Century. Verso, 2012.

Walter D. Mignolo. The Darker Side of Western Modernity: Global Futures, Decolonial Options. Duke University Press, 2011.

Nicholas Mirzoeff. The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality. Duke University Press, 2011.

Martha Nussbaum. The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age. Harvard UP, 2012.

Elizabeth A. Povinelli. Economies of Abandonment: Social Belonging and Endurance in Late Liberalism. Duke University Press, 2011.

S.S. Prawer. Karl Marx and World Literature. Verso, 2011.

Jacques Rancière. Staging the People: The Proletarian and His Double. Verso, 2011.

Jacques Rancière. The Intellectual and His People: Staging the People, Volume 2. Verso, 2012.

Sherene Razack, Malinda Smith, and Sunera Thobani,eds.Statesof Race: Critical Race Feminism for the 21st Century. Between the Lines Press, 2011.

Mark Rifkin. The Erotics of Sovereignty: Queer Native Writing in the Era of Self-Determination. University of Minnesota Press, 2012.

Gayle S. Rubin. Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader. Duke University Press, 2011.

Peter Sloterdijk. Bubbles: Spheres Volume I: Microspherology. Trans. Wieland Hoban. Semiotext(e), 2011.

Joe Soss, Richard C. Fording, and Sanford F. Schram. Disciplining the Poor: Neoliberal Paternalism and the Persistent Power of Race. University of Chicago Press, 2011.

Joan Wallach Scott. The Fantasy of Feminist History. Duke University Press, 2012.

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. An Aesthetic Education in the Era of Globalization. Harvard UP, 2012.

Bernard Stiegler. The Re-Enchantment of the World: The Value of the Human Spirit vs Industrial Populism. Trans. Trevor Arthur. Continuum, 2012.

Tiqqun. Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl. Trans. Ariana Reines. Semiotext(e), 2012.

Jini Kim Watson. The NewAsianCity: Three-Dimensional Fictions of Space and Urban Form. University of Minnesota Press, 2011.

Robyn Wiegman. Object Lessons. Duke University Press, 2012.

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