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ORGANIZING FOR THE POST-GROWTH ECONOMY

ephemera: theory & politics in organization

CALL FOR PAPERS: 15th February 2014: http://www.ephemerajournal.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/papers/EXTENDED_DEADLINE_ephemeraCFP_PostGrowth.pdf

Conference organizers: Ole Bjerg, Christian Garmann Johnsen, Bent Meier Sørensen and Lena Olaison

Conference date: 8-9 of May 2014

Conference venue: Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

 

Perpetual economic growth is an underlying assumption of the contemporary capitalist organization of society. The idea of growth is embedded not only in the corpus of economic thought but also in the institutions of the economy (Binswanger, 2013; Gorz, 2012). More recently, entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity have been seen as possible ways to solve the current economic and environmental crisis as well as to generate growth (Schaper, 2002). This is the case because entrepreneurship and innovation are portrayed as seeds of new initiatives and ideas that will boost economic development while simultaneously reduce its impact on the climate. Such a belief has produced new markets, such as carbon markets, and an emerging ‘climate capitalism’ (Böhm, Murtola and Spoelstra, 2012). At the heart of this logic is a faith in the individual economic actor, not least the entrepreneur, as a gifted individual with unique abilities (Shane, 2003). And it is evident that the current post-crisis discourse keeps its confidence in the emergent socially responsible economic actor who will contribute to the construction of a moral economy’ (Arvidsson, 2013).

This ephemera conference seeks to question the feasibility, moral legitimacy and sustainability of perpetual economic growth. Although contested, current political and popular beliefs tend to hold that the twin crises of economy and ecology are merely temporary, exceptional phenomena and that the global economy will soon bounce back to business as usual. However, others have suggested that we are in the midst of a paradigm shift in the nature of capitalism (Heinberg, 2011). Instead of using our energies to prevent this shift from happening it may be more fruitful to appreciate the opportunities for reflection that are offered by the crisis. On the one hand, we should learn from history and see that the history of capitalism is indeed the history of revolutions. This suggests that we indeed may be at the brink of a new phase in society where we experience a change in the underlying structures. On the other hand, we can explore new forms of economic organization that do not rest upon the condition of growth (Schumacher, 1973; Latouche, 2009; Eisenstein, 2011). Even though the prerequisite of growth has been subjected to criticism within economic theory (Herrera, 2011), we need to further explore its implications. Taken together, the challenge is, in other words, to imagine what a sustainable post-growth economy might look like (Gorz, 1999; Seidl, 2010; Paech, 2012).

If growth is intrinsic to the current capitalist organization of society, then we need to ask to what extent it is possible to image a system that does not presuppose perpetual growth. Is economy without growth a contradiction in terms? We can approach the seeming paradox of the post-growth economy by rethinking fundamental economic concepts in today’s capitalist society. Since the value of growth seems to be deeply embedded in many of the most basic economic concepts used today, we therefore need to reconsider from the perspective of a post-growth economy: What is a market without growth? What is the role of entrepreneurship? And consumption? What would constitute organization and work? What is money? And most importantly of all, what is economic growth? These questions may be approached theoretically by analysing their implicit assumptions connected with the paradigm of growth-oriented capitalism (e.g. Daly, 1996), or they may be explored empirically by studying actual practices of alternative economic organization (e.g. North, 2010), such as, for example, slow food movements and direct trade.

The aim of a conference on a post-growth economy is not solely or even primarily to produce new knowledge but instead to think about what to do with the knowledge that we already have. Certainly, the problem of growth is nothing new. Since at least the end of the 1960s, it has been known that the expansion of the capitalist economy would eventually run up against the natural boundaries of earth (Carson, 2000; Measows et al., 1972; Georgescu-Roegen, 1971). The most pressing problem today with regards to sustainability is not that we do not know what to do; rather, the problem is that even though we know very well what to do, we are still not doing it. In other words, we know very know that current level of pollution caused by fossil fuels is not sustainable from a long-term point of view. Yet, by maintaining the current level of production and consumption, we behave as if it is. There is therefore an aspect of cynicism, in Sloterdijk’s sense of the term, which needs to be addressed in relation to sustainability and contemporary capitalism.

The ambition of this conference is thus to bring together researchers, practitioners and activists who share an interest in the issue of economic growth and sustainability. We particularly welcome submissions that explore the paradoxes of a post-growth economy and the interrelated themes of sustainability and entrepreneurship, alongside an exploration of the cultural and political context out of which they have emerged.

 

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

* What is post-growth economy?

* What would count as work in a post-growth economy?

* What should management be like in a post-growth economy?

* What is the role of entrepreneurship in a post-growth economy?

* What constitute organization in a post-growth economy?

* What is the role of finance and debt in a post-growth economy?

* What would consumption be like in a post-growth economy?

 

Deadlines, conference fee and further information

The conference takes place at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, 8-9 of May 2014. The conference is organized by the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy. The conference is associated with the Sustainability platform and the Entrepreneurship platform at CBS.

The extended deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 February 2014. The abstracts, of no more than 500 words, should be submitted in the format of a Word document to the mail address: postgrowth2014 AT gmail.com. ephemera encourages contributions in a variety of formats including articles, notes, interviews, book reviews, photo essays and other experimental modes of representation. The conference fee has not been set yet, as it is dependent on the number of participants, but will be kept to a minimum, approximately €100. PhD candidates pay a reduced fee, most likely €50. Further information about the conference can be found on the conference website: http://www.ephemerajournal.org. If you have any queries, you can also contact one of the conference organizers: Ole Bjerg (ob.mpp AT cbs.dk), Christian Garmann Johnsen (cgj.mpp AT cbs.dk), Bent Meier Sørensen (bem.mpp AT cbs.dk), Lena Olaison (lo.mpp AT cbs.dk). Conference participants are encouraged to submit their contributions to the Special Issue on Post-growth economy in ephemera that will be published 2015.

 

References

Arvidsson, A. (2013) ‘The potential of consumer publics’, ephemera, 13(2): 367-391.
Binswanger, H.C. (2013) Die Wachstumsspirale: Geld, Energie und Imagination in der Dynamik des Marktprozesses. Marburg: Metropolis-Verlag.
Böhm, S., AM Murtola and S. Spoelstra (2012 eds.) ‘The atmosphere business’, ephemera, 12(1/2): 1-11.
Carson, R. (2000) Silent Spring. London: Penguin.
Daly, H. (1996) Beyond growth: The economics of sustainable development. Boston: Beacon Press.
Eisenstein, C. (2011) Sacred economics: Money, gift, & society in the age of transition. Berkeley, Calif.: Evolver Editions.
Georgescu-Roegen, N. (1971) The entropy law and the economic process. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press.
Gorz, A. (1999) Reclaiming work: Beyond the wage-based society. Cambridge, UK; Malden, MA: Polity Pressl.
Gorz, A. (2012) Capitalism, socialism, ecology. New York: Verso.
Heinberg, R. (2011) The end of growth: Adapting to our new economic reality. Forest Row: Clairview.
Herrera, R. (2011) ’A critique of mainstream growth theory: Ways out of the neoclassical science (-fiction) and toward marxism’, in P. Zarembka and R. Desai (eds.) Revitalizing marxist theory for today’s capitalism (research in political economy, Vol 27). Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Latouche, S. (2009) Farewell to growth. Cambridge, MA: Polity.
Measows, D., H. Meadows, D.L. Meadows, J. Randers and W.W. Behrens III (1972) The limits to growth: A report for THE CLUB OF ROME’S project on the predicament of mankind. New York: Universe Books.
North, P. (2010) Local money: How to make it happen in your community. Totnes: Transition Books.
Paech, N. (2012) Befreiung vom Überfluss: auf dem Weg in die Postwachstumsökonomie. München: oekom verlag.
Schumacher, E.F. (1973) Small is beautiful: A study of economics as if people mattered. London: Vintage.
Shane, S. (2003) A general theory of entrepreneurship. The individual-opportunity nexus, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Seidl, I. (2010) Postwachstumsgesellschaft: neue Konzepte für die Zukunft. Marburg: Metropolis.

 

Website: http://www.ephemerajournal.org/content/organizing-post-growth-economy

 

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Jacques Ranciere

Jacques Ranciere

2014 IIPPE ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The Crisis: Scholarship, Policies, Conflicts and Alternatives

The International Initiative for the Promotion of Political Economy

Fifth Annual Conference in Political Economy

September 16 – 18, Naples, Italy
The deadline for submission of proposals for papers and panels is 1 April 2014

Call for Papers: http://iippe.org/wp/?page_id=1943

Call for Papers

The economic crisis that started in 2007 has become the deepest global contraction since the Great Depression, and the economic recovery has been the slowest and weakest on record. The costs of the crisis include a wave of unemployment that may take another decade or longer to clear, and higher taxes and reduced public services for working people, such as healthcare and education, in order to bail out wealthy bankers and bondholders. A whole generation, especially the youth, has been blighted by the crisis, which has had devastating consequences for hundreds of millions of people across the world. Protests and violent conflicts have flared up on several continents, in particular in Southern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, which may develop into larger scale conflicts. From the viewpoint of political economy, the current strategy of ‘adjustment within neoliberalism’ is economically inconsistent, socially dysfunctional and politically intolerable:

* It is built on the premise that neoliberal capitalism is intrinsically stable, even though every finance-driven expansion since the 1970s has ended in a crisis requiring a large state bail-out. In other words, neoliberalism is dynamic only between crises, and it depends in boom and recession on extensive, supportive government intervention.

* It is built on a misguided position on the role of the government in the economy, which assumes that massive fiscal spending is appropriate to support finance in crises, while it is never appropriate for governments to spend even much smaller amounts to protect employment, incomes, living standards and public services, either in better times when obtaining government revenue would be easier or – even – as a more effective response to crises.

* It is also built on the notion that economic and social provision should be subjected to the self interests of the financial system, an unacceptable proposition in itself that becomes absurd when the financial system has clearly demonstrated that it has become highly dysfunctional under neoliberalism.

 

The Fifth Annual Conference in Political Economy will examine the global crisis from the complementary angles of scholarship, policies, conflicts and alternatives. Papers on all aspects of poitical economy are welcome, while those on these topics are especially encouraged.

Practical Information

IIPPE welcomes the submission of (a) proposals for panels (or streams of panels) and (b) proposals for individual papers (which IIPPE will group into panels).

All proposals can be submitted to either the Working Group coordinators or directly to the Conference Programme Committee, as indicated on the application form (see below). Any papers or panels which cannot be accepted by the Working Groups will be forwarded for further consideration by the Programme Committee, without prejudice.

Each proposal must be submitted through this application form (if your browser has problems with this link, please contact Niels Hahn,nh40@soas.ac.uk).

Note that an individual can normally only present only one paper at the conference, although multiple co-authorship is allowed. Please contact Al Campbell (al@economics.utah.edu) if there is a pressing case for someone to present more than once. On the Conference Programme onlythe designated presenter will be listed, and co-authors will only be listed on those papers submitted and posted on the IIPPE site.

The deadline for submission of proposals for papers and panels is 1 April 2014. Successful submissions will be confirmed by 1 May 2014. The deadline for registration for the Conference is 15 May 2014. The deadline for the submission of full papers, which will be posted on the IIPPE website, is 1 September 2014.

If you have any questions concerning your submission, please contact Al Campbell  (al@economics.utah.edu).

Local Organising Committee:

Pietro Masina (pietro.masina@gmail.com)

Michela Cerimele (michela.cerimele@gmail.com)

Lorenza Monaco (l_monaco@soas.ac.uk)

Conference Programme Committee:

Alfredo Saad Filho (as59@soas.ac.uk),

Al Campbell (al@economics.utah.edu)

Niels Hahn ( (nsc.hahn@gmail.com)

 

IIPPE: http://iippe.org/wp/

 

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Peter Hudis

Peter Hudis

ROOTING THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM IN THE TRANSCENDENCE OF ALIENATION

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013

6:00-8:00 PM

Westside Peace Center, 3916 Sepulveda Blvd., near Venice Blvd. (free parking in rear), Suite 101-102, press #22 at door to get into building, Culver City (LA area)

Speaker:

ALI KIANI, Iranian Marxist activist and translator

For centuries, capitalism has bred exploitation, dispossession, ecological destruction, and alienation. As Marx wrote concerning the slave trade, the “turning of Africa into a warren for the commercial hunting of black-skins, signalized the rosy dawn of the era of capitalist production.” These kinds of processes continue through today, as do protest, resistance, and revolution.  Therefore the question arises:  Is there an alternative to capitalism? For too long, the answer was posed in terms of state control of the economy, as in the Soviet Union. In the 21st century, radicals are looking beyond such false choices.  In this meeting we go directly back to Marx, whose writings on alienation have as their underlying principle the notion of non-alienated human relations in a new human society.

Suggested reading:

Ch. 1 of Peter Hudis’s MARX’S CONCEPT OF THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM:  “The Transcendence of Alienation in the Writings of the Young Marx”

[Copies available at a discount at the meeting]

[This is the first in a series of meetings on this topic — next one Jan. 19, same time and place — in preparation for the author’s visit to LA in spring 2014.]

Sponsored by the West Coast Chapter, International Marxist-Humanist Organization

More information: arise@internationalmarxisthumanist.org

http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org

Raya Dunayevskaya

Raya Dunayevskaya

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Knowledge

Knowledge

THE DYNAMICS OF VIRTUAL WORK: THE TRANSFORMATION OF LABOUR IN A DIGITAL GLOBAL ECONOMY

Sponsored by COST (European Co-operation in Science and Technology), Work Organisation Labour and Globalisation, Competition and Change and Triple C

To be held at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, September 3-5, 2014

Globalisation and technological change have transformed where people work, when and how. Digitisation of information has altered labour processes out of all recognition whilst telecommunications have enabled jobs to be relocated globally. But ICTs have also enabled the creation of entirely new types of ‘digital’ or ‘virtual’ labour, both paid and unpaid,  shifting the borderline between ‘play’ and ‘work’ and creating new types of unpaid labour connected with the consumption and co-creation of goods and services.  The implications of this are far-reaching, both for policy and for scholarship. The dynamics of these changes cannot be captured adequately within the framework of any single academic discipline. On the contrary, they can only be understood in the light of a combination of insights from fields including political economy, the sociology of work, organisational theory, economic geography, development studies, industrial relations, comparative social policy, communications studies, technology policy and gender studies

COST Action IS1202 brings together an international network of leading experts from 29 European Countries with researchers from other parts of the world to develop a multi-faceted approach to understanding these phenomena. This international conference will open up an interactive dialogue between scholars both inside and outside the network.

Papers drawing on theoretical, methodological or empirical research are welcomed on the following topics:

The new international division of labour
Restructuring of value chains – theoretical perspectives
Relocation or Global sourcing? New patterns of spatial mobility
Does ‘place’ still matter, and why?
Interactions between the gender division of labour and the spatial division of labour.
Changes in skills and occupational identities in the digital economy
The creation of new occupational identities and the disintegration of old ones
Reskilling or deskilling? New forms of Taylorisation or new opportunities for creativity?
Changing patterns of working time, work-life balance and gender division of labour
New forms of organisation inside and outside the workplace
Value creation in the Internet Age
The monetisation of the Internet – theoretical and methodological challenges
Commodification and value creation in online activities
‘Prosumption’, ‘co-creation’ and ‘playbour’: conceptualising the shifts between labour, consumption and leisure activities
Virtual work and immaterial production (including crowdsourcing, goldfarming and other forms of online work)
Policy implications of virtual work
Implications of virtual work for employment in creative industries
User-generated content – threat or opportunity for employment?
Implications of virtual work for work-life balance and equality
Regulation of work and industrial relations in virtual work environments (the global context)
Implications of virtual work for work-life balance and equality
Effects of virtual work on occupational profiles, skills and HR practices

The conference will be organised in four streams, with plenary sessions on each day.

All submissions will be subject to peer review.
Deadline for submission of extended abstracts: January 31st, 2014
Confirmation of acceptance: April 30th, 2014
Some scholarships may be available for attendees from Developing Countries.

The Dynamics of Virtual Work: http://dynamicsofvirtualwork.com/

The Conference website and Call for Papers: http://dynamicsofvirtualwork.com/call-for-papers/

 

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/virtual-work-conference-registrati200bon-now-open

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Education Crisis

Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 5th FEBRUARY 2013

EVENTS

GLOBAL LABOUR SPEAKERS SERIES, WINTER 2013: NURSING LABOUR PROCESS AND THE DEMAND FOR TEMPORARY FOREIGN NURSES IN NORTH AMERICA

Tuesday, February 5th
York University, Toronto
Ross Bldg., S701
2:30-4:30pm

Speaker: Salimah Valiani, Economist and Policy Analyst, Ontario Nurses’ Association

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SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE WORKSHOP – LEGAL ISSUES FOR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Friday, Feb. 15
9:30-4:00
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto (St. George subway station)

Instructor: Brian Iler, Iler & Campbell

Cost: $140 + HST; each additional participant from the same organization will receive a $15 discount, as will those who register for more than one workshop. Student rate available.

To register: complete the online registration form at: https://socialeconomy.wufoo.eu/forms/the-social-economy-centre-sec-workshop-option-2/ or contact Keita Demming at: secworkshops@gmail.com or at  416-978-0022

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CONFERENCE – BRIDGING EAST WITH WEST: ENGAGING DIALOGUE IN ADULT EDUCATION RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

Call for Papers and Presentations

The Fifth Asian Diaspora Pre-Conference
University of Missouri-St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri
May 30, 2013

The Fifth Asian Diaspora Adult Education Pre-conference, in conjunction with 2013 Annual Adult Education Research Conference, will be held at University of Missouri-St. Louis on May 30, 2013. This year’s theme is: Bridging East with West: Engaging Dialogue in Adult Education Research and Practice in the Global Context. The purpose of this pre-conference is to provide an opportunity in which individuals from both Asian ancestry and internationally can engage in dialogue about Eastern and Western perspectives on issues, concerns, and problems relevant to the adult education research and practice in the global context. This is an annual conference (now being restored from the 4th one held in 2008) that offers a forum for faculty and graduate students who are interested in researching, contributing to and learning about East and West to present their scholarship and research.

For more information:
Qi Sun, Associate Professor,
Adult and Postsecondary Education Program
Professional Studies Department
College of Education
University of Wyoming
Email: qsun@uwyo.edu
Tel: (307) 766-5517    

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NEWS & VIEWS

THE RISE OF THE PERMANENT TEMP ECONOMY

by Erin Hatton, New York Times

Politicians across the political spectrum herald “job creation,” but frightfully few of them talk about what kinds of jobs are being created. Yet this clearly matters: According to the Census Bureau, one-third of adults who live in poverty are working but do not earn enough to support themselves and their families.

Read more: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/26/the-rise-of-the-permanent-temp-economy/?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

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IN WALMART AND FAST FOOD, UNIONS SCALING UP A STRIKE-FIRST STRATEGY

by Jenny Brown, The Bullet

Small but highly publicized strikes by Walmart retail and warehouse workers last fall set the labour movement abuzz and gained new respect for organizing methods once regarded skeptically.

What’s the strategy behind the latest surprising wave of activism? Like most new organizing in the private sector, decades of attempts to unionize Walmart stores in the U.S. and Canada have been met with firings, outsourcing, and even closings.

So retail workers who staff the stores, warehouse workers who move Walmart’s goods, and even guest workers who peel crawfish for a supplier are ignoring the path laid out by U.S. labour law, in which workers sign a petition asking to vote on a union. Instead, they’re exercising their rights to redress grievances together, whether a majority can be rallied to support the effort or not.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/766.php

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ONTARIO ELEMENTARY TEACHERS CAN STRIKE WITH REPEAL OF BILL 115, THEIR LAWYER ARGUES

by Caroline Alphonso and Kate Hammer, Globe and Mail

There’s nothing stopping Ontario’s elementary teachers from going on strike now that a controversial piece of legislation has been repealed, according to lawyers for the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario.

Speaking before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, ETFO lawyer Howard Goldblatt, said now that the provincial government repealed Bill 115 – the legislation that imposed the terms of teachers’ contracts – negotiations can resume and the union is in a legal strike position.

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/ontario-elementary-teachers-free-to-strike-with-repeal-of-bill-115-their-lawyer-argues/article7855973/

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UNION DENSITY: WHAT’S LITERATURE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

by Nick Coles, Working-Class Perspectives

So union density in United States has declined yet again. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 11.3% of American workers now belong to unions…In times like these, it is useful to be reminded of what unions can be good for.  A labor history like From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend (2001) explains in readable style what it took to establish unions in the first place, while New York Times reporter Steven Greenhouse makes clear in The Big Squeeze: Hard Times for the American Worker (2008) why we need them now more than ever. Novels, too, can make the case for working people’s rights, through compelling fictional narratives that engage us with characters we care about. 

Read more: http://workingclassstudies.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/union-density-whats-literature-got-to-do-with-it/

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SENSE PUBLISHERS SERIES SPOTLIGHT – THE KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY AND EDUCATION

Series Editors:

– D.W. Livingstone, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada
– David Guile, Faculty of Policy and Society, Institute of Education, University of London

The aim of this series is to provide a focus for writers and readers interested in exploring the relation between the knowledge economy and education or an aspect of that relation, for example, vocational and professional education theorised critically.

The series includes the following books that were generated by the Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) completed WALL project (http://www.wallnetwork.ca).

The Future of Lifelong Learning and Work: Critical Perspectives, Peter Sawchuk (University of Toronto, Canada), D.W. Livingstone (University of Toronto, Canada) and Kiran Mirchandani OISE/University of Toronto, Canada) (Eds.)

Challenging Transitions in Learning and Work: Reflections on Policy and Practice, Peter Sawchuk (University of Toronto, Canada) and Alison Taylor (University of Alberta, Canada) (Eds.)

The Learning Challenge of the Knowledge Economy David Guile (University of London, UK)

The Knowledge Economy and Lifelong Learning: A Critical Reader, D.W. Livingstone (University of Toronto, Canada) and David Guile (University of London, UK) (Eds.)

Teacher Learning and Power in the Knowledge Society, Rosemary Clark (Ontario Teachers’ Federation, Canada), D.W. Livingstone (University of Toronto, Canada) and Harry Smaller (York University, Canada) (Eds.)

For more information: https://www.sensepublishers.com/catalogs/bookseries/the-knowledge-economy-and-education/

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JOBS

JOB POSTING – EDITOR/PUBLISHER, BRIARPATCH MAGAZINE

Are you passionate about independent media and social change? Are you a talented communicator with an entrepreneurial spirit, ready to take the reins of a respected Canadian magazine?

Briarpatch seeks a crackerjack Editor/Publisher to jointly oversee all aspects of producing a bi-monthly magazine. As one of two full-time staff in a horizontal, unionized workplace, the successful candidate and the current Editor/Publisher will be jointly responsible for dividing core editorial, organizational, and administrative tasks, and will report directly to a volunteer board of directors. How these tasks are divided will depend on the skills, experience, and interests of the successful candidate.

Application deadline is February 25, 2013.

For more information: http://briarpatchmagazine.com/announcements/view/job-posting-editor-publisher1

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HEQCO (HIGHER EDUCATION QUALITY COUNCIL OF ONTARIO) – SUMMER INTERN

HEQCO seeks skilled policy/education/social science students or graduates to join our small and dynamic research team. We are looking forward to the opportunity to help you enhance and develop knowledge and skills that will be useful for your career success; familiarize you with the opportunities that exist for careers in public policy research; and provide you with extensive knowledge in higher education and the post-secondary sector in Ontario. At the end of this opportunity you should be well placed to advance in your career.

As the Summer Research Intern, you will be involved in a number of research activities, in particular on a research project of your choice with a senior research member where you will be exposed to a variety of research techniques and problems in public policy research.

For more information: http://www.heqco.ca/en-CA/About%20Us/Career_Opportunities/Pages/Home.aspx

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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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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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Education Crisis

Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 16th DECEMBER 2012

EVENTS

12 DAYS OF ACTION TO STOP WAGE THEFT!

This holiday season the Workers’ Action Centre needs you to take action to stop wage theft.

Starting this week, we will profile 12 stories highlighting wage theft.
Please join us every day – we only need a minute or two of your time.

To find out more: http://www.workersactioncentre.org/12-days-of-action/

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RALLY FOR RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY

Protest at the at the Ontario Liberal Convention
1:00 pm
Saturday, January 26, 2013

Rally at Allan Gardens in Toronto (Jarvis & Carlton), followed by march to the Ontario Liberal Convention at Maple Leaf Gardens.

The Ontario government has been shut down while worker’s rights are under threat and cuts to jobs and services are hurting every community.

It’s time to defend everyone’s democratic and economic rights.

For details, visit: http://ofl.ca/index.php/campaigns/democraticrights

Rally hosted by the Ontario Federation of Labour.

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CLC WINTER SCHOOL 2013 – REGISTER ONLINE

The CLC Ontario Region’s 2013 Winter School will be held from March 3 to 8, 2013 at the CAW Family Education Centre in Port Elgin.

We are pleased to let you know that online registration is now available. In order to secure the space in your selected course, your payment must be received within 10 days of your online registration.

Register here: http://sms.clc-ctc.ca/imis15_prod_public/Core/Events/eventdetails.aspx?iKey=13ONS-WS&TemplateType=A

For further details and course descriptions, please read the Winter School 2013 brochure:
http://documents.clc-ctc.ca/ontario/2013-Winter-School-Brochure.pdf

If you need a hard copy of the brochure, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 416-441-3710 Ext. 222 or 221 or ontario@clc-ctc.ca

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SOCIAL ECONOMY WORKSHOP: FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IN COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

Presenter: Eric Plato, Director of Finance, Frontier College

Friday, Jan 11, 2012
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto, 252 Bloor Street West (St. George subway station).

– Do you find it difficult to put together a budget for a proposal?
– Do you ask yourself ‘what am I looking at?’ when someone gives you financial reports?
– Are you responsible for managing the finances for a project, but are not sure what that means?

If so, join us in this workshop to learn:
– How to put together a budget for an organization or project
– Methods to deal with overhead costs
– How to read financial reports
– How to monitor a budget

Cost: $140 + HST; each additional participant from the same organization will receive a $15 discount, as will those who register for more than one workshop. Student rate available.

To register: complete the online registration form here: https://socialeconomy.wufoo.eu/forms/the-social-economy-centre-sec-workshop-option-2/ or contact Keita Demming at secworkshops@gmail.com or at 416-978-0022

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HOLIDAY SALE AT PM PRESS – 50% OFF ALL BOOKS UNTIL DECEMBER 31
   
By using the coupon code below everyone gets a taste of being a Friend of PM (FOPM), isn’t it great? The other fantastic benefit, getting monthly shipments of every release while supporting radical writers, filmmakers, and artists, can be had by joining as a FOPM (which also makes a great gift).

From politics and the economy to prison abolition and parenting – we have books, CDs, and DVDs that span a wide assortment of topics and genres that we are offering to you at the phenomenal rate of 50% off list price through December.

To get your 50% discount at checkout, type in the coupon code: Holiday

This special offer does not have a minimum (or maximum) quantity required for getting the 50% discount, so strike while it’s hot!

Please also note: this special offer is not available for any further discount to resale customers or Friends of PM.

See more about the month long sale here: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=8s7txxcab&v=001BowwB-ubI_EvWD4wecYddZoDUVdiFALeIyA8MbCGsa0w83HvGUY9Xy3laa1YYZ5mTB3h7Y3GkuMY8kxyl5LPFdoMGod9LnWa6FoNvKmEtKQ%3D

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NEWS & VIEWS

BOOK REVIEW – PETE SEEGER: “YOU STICK TOGETHER ’TIL IT’S WON”

By Kim Ruehl, YES! Magazine

When a pair of writers expressed interest in publishing Pete Seeger: In His Own Words, one of Seeger’s first requests was “Don’t make me out to be a saint.”

Banjo in hand, Seeger has championed causes from labor to civil rights to the environment, revived our oldest folk songs, and co-authored new folk classics like “If I Had a Hammer,” so the impulse to portray him as saintly is understandable.

He has considered, at every turn, what it means to sing out in a world where the din of injustice is often deafening. But his songs assert that to sing is to recognize the power of one’s own voice, to declare and defend its worth.

Read more: http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/what-would-nature-do/pete-seeger-you-stick-together-til-its-won

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CORPORATE CANADA SHAPING INEQUALITY – CANADIAN CENTRE FOR POLICY ALTERNATIVES

The latest study from our Growing Gap project, “A Shrinking Universe: How concentrated corporate power is shaping income inequality in Canada”, links the rise of the richest Canadians with a shift toward more concentrated power within the country’s largest corporations. The study finds that effectively 60 Canadian-based firms are dominating the push for corporate profits, and are accelerating the trend toward inequality.

Read more: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/shrinking-universe

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THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE RAND FORMULA

By Evert Hoogers, Donald Swartz and Rosemary Warskett, The Bullet

It has been widely reported that Pierre Poilievre, the Federal Conservative MP for Nepean-Carleton, has launched a campaign to change the rules regarding the payment of union dues [See his November 2012 letter to his constituents]. The object of Mr. Poilievre’s ire is the “Rand Formula” – the union security clause found in most collective agreements and labour relations legislation in Canada. Under this formula, no employee in a unionized workplace is required to be a union member, but all have to pay union dues, with the employer deducting the money from the pay checks of all
employees and transferring it to the union.

This dues paying formula was created by Supreme Court Justice Ivan Rand in 1946 when settling a strike between the Ford Motor Company and its workers. At its core is the principle that all those who benefit from the negotiated collective agreement should pay union dues and that there should be no free riders.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/736.php

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SOVEREIGN DEBT CRISIS: OUR SUFFERING IS THEIR ABUNDANCE

By Jack Gerson, Facts for Working People

Even before Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp swallowed the Wall Street Journal, that newspaper was renowned for its free marketer editorials and opinion pieces. Not only has this policy remained intact under Murdoch, but also the coverage of news and features is now fully in line with the right-wing
editorial policy.

So I was quite surprised a week ago to find, tucked away on page A-11 of the November 30 edition, a piece by the WSJ’s Stephen Fidler that actually hinted at the identity of the real beneficiaries of the bailouts and debt crises:

“Despite the complications, this week’s deal on Greece’s debt points to an (almost) iron rule of sovereign-debt crises: Significant losses fall on taxpayers in creditor countries because debt originally extended by private creditors, one way or another, ends up on the balance sheet of the public sector.”

This sounds eerily like the searing indictment of the bailout in a recent book by York University professor David McNally:

“In short, the bad bank debt that triggered the crisis in 2008 never went away – it was simply shifted on to governments. Private debt became public debt. And as the dimensions of that metamorphosis became apparent in early 2010, the bank crisis morphed into a sovereign debt crisis. Put differently, the economic crisis of 2008-9 did not really end. It simply changed form. It mutated.”

Read more: http://weknowwhatsup.blogspot.ca/2012/12/sovereign-debt-crisis-our-suffering-is.html

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JOIN THE MAYWORKS BOARD OF DIRECTORS!

Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts is currently inviting applications to be considered for new Board members. We are a multi-disciplinary arts festival that celebrates working class culture. Founded in 1986 by the Labour Arts Media Committee of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, Mayworks is Canada’s largest and oldest labour arts festival. The Festival was built on the premise that workers and artists share a common struggle for decent wages, healthy working conditions and a living culture.

For more information on Mayworks Toronto, please visit our website: http://mayworks.ca/

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TEN THOUSAND AGHAST AS ‘RIGHT TO WORK’ PASSES IN MICHIGAN

By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes

Union protesters in front of the Michigan Capitol today knocked down an enormous tent erected by Americans for Prosperity, the Koch-brothers-funded group that helped bring right to work to the state. State troopers arriving on horseback were helpless, bringing to mind images of Humpty Dumpty and all the king’s men.

Several dozen protesters were sitting down in the Capitol Rotunda, risking arrest, and more were outside the governor’s office. Three school districts were forced to close schools because so many teachers called off for the day.

Four giant inflatable rats in the 10,000-person crowd were named for prominent Republican politicians and their richest backer.

But despite the anger and the chants, the legislature made it official.

Read more: http://labornotes.org/2012/12/ten-thousand-aghast-right-work-passes-michigan

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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

 

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/

 

Heathwood Press: http://www.heathwoodpress.com 

Crisis Theory

THE GREAT RECESSION: PROFIT CYCLES, ECONOMIC CRISIS – A MARXIST VIEW

An E-book

Author: Michael Roberts

At: http://archive.org/details/TheGreatRecession.ProfitCyclesEconomicCrisisAMarxistView

 

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/book-available-online-the-great-recession.-profit-cycles-economic-crisis-a-marxist-view-by-michael-roberts

 

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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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

 

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/

 

Heathwood Press: http://www.heathwoodpress.com 

 

Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory

Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory

MARXISM MATTERS

One-Day Conference

Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies

University of Sunderland

Tuesday 17th April 2012

Confirmed keynote speakers: Martin Barker and Ros Brunt.

As the economy has become increasingly named in public debate as the capitalist economy and conventional explanations of the economic crisis and its various social and cultural manifestations seem less and less convincing, Marxism has once again become visible as a viable mode of critical analysis. The aim of the conference is to revive interest in Marxism in work in film, media and cultural studies.  The conference will include papers on ‘race’ and social class, ESPN, the journalism of Marx and Engels, Christianity, the cuts, the Black Panthers, rational optimism, Media and Cultural Studies, social class, hip hop, the current crisis, Batman, Jazz, Treasure Island, Godard, digital Marx.

£60 for full-time staff

£30 for students and part-time staff

To register, please visit: http://onlinestore.sunderland.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?modid=1&prodid=0&deptid=70&compid=1&prodvarid=59&searchresults=1

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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

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Cognitive Capitalism

OPEN SCIENCE ECONOMY

Policy Futures in Educationwww.wwwords.co.uk/PFIE

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS for a special journal issue on the theme:

OPEN SCIENCE ECONOMY: CREATIVITY, COLLABORATION AND THE COMMONS

The open-science economy (OSE) is a rapidly growing sector of the global knowledge economy utilizing open-source models and its multiple applications (e.g. open access, open archiving, open publishing, open repositories) in distributed knowledge and learning systems. This rich-text, highly interactive, user-generated OSE has seen linear models of knowledge production give way to more diffuse, open-ended, decentralized, and serendipitous knowledge processes based on open innovation and technology.

These peer-to-peer distributed knowledge systems rival the scope and quality of traditional proprietary products through the diffusion speed and global access of open-source projects, especially in both software and open-source biology. OSE encourages innovation-smart processes based on the radical non-propertarian sharing of content, cloud data computing, and the leveraging of cross-border international exchanges and collaborations.

Furthermore, it encourages a culture of distributed, collaborative, decentralized model of research that is genuinely participatory, involving the wider public and amateur scientists along with experts in the social mode of open knowledge production. OSE provides an alternative to the intellectual property approach to dealing with difficult problems in the allocation of resources for the production and distribution of knowledge and information. Increasingly, portal-based knowledge environments and global science gateways support collaborative science.

Open-source informatics enables knowledge grids that interconnect science communities, databases, and new computational tools. Open science is seen as a means for revitalizing public institutions and for developing scientific creativity and innovation at a global level through international collaboration. This special issue explores the concept of “open science economy”, its dimensions and its significance.

Please send expressions of interest including a title and abstract to:
Professor Michael A. Peters at mpeters@waikato.ac.nz

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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

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

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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Aesthetics

MATERIALITIES: ECONOMIES, EMPIRICISM, AND THINGS

Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Annual Conference 2012
Hosted by the Department of Gender & Cultural Studies, University of Sydney
Dec 4th-6th (pre-fix pre-conference Dec 3rd)

‘Materialities: Economies, Empiricism, & Things’

Organising committee: Fiona Allon, Prudence Black, Catherine Driscoll, Elspeth Probyn, Kane Race & Guy Redden.

Call for Papers

Cultural studies has a long history of investigating material practices – indeed it was a founding tenet of British cultural studies – but recently a new turn or return to materialism seems to be emerging in the field.  What this materiality now means is still open, but we suggest that it flags a renewed interest in questions of how to study cultural objects, institutions and practices (methods), what constitutes matter and materiality (empiricism), and how things (humans and non-humans) are being reworked at a time of global economic, environmental and cultural flux.

Our keynotes have all directed critical attention to these questions – to the more-than-human, to new philosophies of matter, to the gendered material and economic circuits of media, and to ‘the heavy materiality of language’. We have invited them to help us in reinvigorating what cultural studies can do today. They include: Ross Chambers (Michigan), Katherine Gibson (UWS), Lesley Head (UoW), Bev Skeggs (Goldsmiths, London), and Sarah Whatmore (Oxford).

We encourage proposed panels and individual papers that engage with the wide spectrum of issues flagged by our title, including submissions that focus on:

· the crossing of science studies and cultural studies;

· questions of method;

· the relation between culture and economy;

· cultural histories of objects and forms;

· new ideas about empiricism;

· placing sexuality, gender and race within the more-than-human;

· the materiality of texts and genres;

· the future and the past of material cultural studies;

· environmental humanities and changing ecologies;

· cultural studies within the anthropocene;

· cultural relations with/in primary and natural resources;

· the new materiality of globalism

Papers and panels not focusing on the theme are also welcome.

Please send submissions to csaa.2012@gmail.com by August 24th and include your name and affiliation. Abstracts for papers should be 250-300 words. Panel submissions must include three individual abstracts, a panel title and a 100-150 word rationale for the panel as a whole.

We will advise all proposers of accepted papers within 4 weeks of this deadline. Please note that accepted presenters will need to register before their paper will be scheduled in the program.

There will also be a separate event, “Pre-Fix”, geared to the needs of postgraduates and early career researchers, on December 3rd. Details of this and the main conference will be on a dedicated conference website soon.

CSAA website: http://www.csaa.asn.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CSAA2012
Twitter: csaa2012

DR GUY REDDEN | Senior Lecturer
Postgraduate Coursework Convenor
Department of Gender and Cultural Studies
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry

THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
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Reviews Editor, Cultural Studies Review http://www.csreview.unimelb.edu.au/

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‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

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

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

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

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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Debt

LINKS UPDATE – 22nd AUGUST 2011

What’s new at Links: Marqusee on London riots, economy, Bolivia debate, Cuba, Agent Orange, Marxism, Venezuela CP, Palestine, Syria, Comintern, Baltics

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Mike Marqusee: Riots, reason and resistance

By Mike Marqusee

August 16, 2011 — “Criminality pure and simple” was British Prime Minister David Cameron’s initial verdict on the rioting. From the right came the mantra, “Down with sociology! Up with water cannon!” Don’t think but do act – harshly, punitively, peremptorily. In the wake of the riots, a powerful vested interest has been at work – a vested interest in people not making links, not searching for causes, not weighing contexts. Above all, an interest in derailing the growing resistance to the government’s austerity programme.

Read more

 

Martin Hart-Landsberg: The troubled US economy means a shaky world economy

By Martin Hart-Landsberg

August 15, 2011 — The US economy is in trouble and that means trouble for the world economy. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s Trade and Development Report, 2010, “Buoyant consumer demand in the United States was the main driver of global economic growth for many years in the run-up to the current global economic crisis.”

Read more

 

Bolivia: How Jeffrey Webber’s ‘From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia’ turns reality on its head

Review by Federico Fuentes

August 19, 2011 — The Evo Morales government recently celebrated its 2000th day in power inBolivia– a feat in its own right for a country that has had around 180 coups since 1825 – any serious attempt to explain the underlying dynamics of this decade long political process should be welcomed. Combining his academic research and extensive fieldwork inBolivia, Jeffrey Webber sets out to do exactly that in From Rebellion to Reform inBolivia. Unfortunately, the end result leaves a lot to be desired.

Read more

 

Cuba: Changes go deep — democratic reforms

By José Alejandro Rodríguez, Havana

August 17, 2011 — Apart from some exceptions, the powerful international media has ignored a recent Cuban parliamentary bill that would deepen democracy on the island. The reason is obvious: the news is not convenient. The initiative is made within socialist institutionalism, not in terms of the “transition” whose staging is highly anticipated and promoted by certain hegemonic interests in this world.

Read more

 

Victims of Agent Orange/dioxin: ‘Agent Orange in Vietnam was a crime against humanity’

Appeal of the Second International Conference of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin Hanoi, Socialist Republic of Vietnam

August 9, 2011 — The Second International Conference of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin, held in Hanoi from August 8 to 9, 2011, included participants from around the world: Agent Orange victims, victims of other toxic chemicals, scientists, lawyers and social activists. The conference is a significant and important historic event, marking the 50th anniversary of the first spraying of the toxic chemical Agent Orange (1961-1971) by the US forces inVietnam and Indochina.

Read more

 

Marxism has an ecological heart

By Ash Pemberton

August 13, 2011 — We all know there’s a big problem with the environment and it needs drastic action to fix it. So does a Marxist analysis of the problem bring anything new to the table?

Read more

 

Venezuela: Communist Party backs Hugo Chavez, builds workers’ control movement

By Rachael Boothroyd,Coro

August 10, 2011  – On August 7, the Venezuelan Communist Party (PCV) concluded its 14th congress in Caracas following three days of discussions. More than 526 national delegates and 43 international representatives attended the conference, which was convened in conjunction with the PCV’s 74th anniversary.

Read more

 

Does Palestinian Authority’s UN ‘statehood’ bid endanger Palestinian rights?

By Ali Abunimah

August 8, 2011 — The Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC), the steering group of the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign, has issued further guidance in the run up to the Palestinian Authority’s effort to gain UN membership for a “State of Palestine” in September.

Read more

 

The Syrian ‘common’: an uprising of the working society

By  Yassin Al Haj Saleh

August 14, 2011 — There is a Promethean dimension to the struggle ofSyria’s protesters to wrench politics away from the self-deifying cabal [who rule] and to attempt to extend politics to all Syrians. The young Marx, who loved grandiose expressions, described Prometheus as “the most noble martyr in the philosophical almanac”, because he stole the fire from the Olympian gods and gave it to humans. The gods punished him by sending the eagles of the Caucuses to tear at his liver forever. Like Prometheus, the uprising represents the most noble rebellionSyriahas known since its independence 65 years ago. Like Prometheus, the wrath of the divine cabal is directed against the rebelling multitude. It is murdered, defamed, called names and insulted by the lowliest forces and motives inSyria.

Read more

 

The Comintern’s unknown decision on workers’ governments

By John Riddell

August 14, 2011 — English-language discussion of the Communist International’s 1922 call for workers’ governments has been based on a preliminary draft that was significantly altered before its adoption. Below, probably for the first time in English, is the amended text that the 1922 congress actually adopted.

Read more

 

Baltic far right attempts to rewrite history

By Rupen Savoulian

August 12, 2011 — Early in August, a major World War II anniversary was marked in Europe; August 1 was the 67th anniversary of the heroicWarsawuprising by the Polish underground resistance movement against Nazi German occupation forces. I raise this anniversary to highlight the importance of commemorating the courageous struggles by the peoples oppressed by the Nazi regime, and to underscore the importance of historical debate for comprehending the tremendous social forces that have shaped the world today.

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No Future

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 4th JULY 2011

EVENTS

2011 SUMMER INSTITUTE: MEDIA, DEMOCRACY AND THE ECONOMY

July 24-30
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Our staff of progressive economists will lead you in a vibrant learning process in which you will gain the economic basics that you need to know to make your social change work more effective. In our classes on the U.S. and the International economies, you will deepen your understanding of how the economy works-or doesn’t. You will learn about the roots of the current economic crisis and assess current strategies to fix it, and we will explore the solidarity economy-strategies for a more just and sustainable world. 

Our approach is highly participatory and we recognize that we are all teachers and learners. No economics background is necessary.

To register and for more info: http://populareconomics.org/Summer_Institute_2011.html

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS – INTERNATIONAL CITIZENSHIP CONFERENCE: CITIZENSHIP KNOWLEDGES AND EDUCATION

October 7 & 8, 2011
Faculty of Education
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB, Canada

The Centre for Global Citizenship Education & Research (CGCER) invites proposals to participate in the CGCER International Citizenship Conference: Citizenship Knowledges and Education.  The conference aims to explore different conceptual, theoretical, and methodological understandings and practices of citizenship knowledges and citizenship education and as they influence the theory and practices of citizenship education in Canada and internationally.

Proposals for papers and posters are due: August 20, 2011.
Email: cgcer@ualberta.ca

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2012 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF CO-OPERATIVES: CANADA2012 WEBSITE LAUNCHED  

Canada now has a new website dedicated to the 2012 International Year of Co-operatives.

The site was created jointly by the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA), the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité (CCCM) and the federal government’s Rural and Co-operatives Secretariat. 

The site is aimed at both the co-op sector and the broader public: its features range from basic information about the co-operative business model and co-operatives in Canada to suggestions on how both individuals and organizations can get involved in the International Year.

Read more: http://www.canada2012.coop/

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QUÉBEC SOLIDAIRE: ON THE BALLOT AND IN THE STREETS

Friday July 8
7:00 PM
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham (at Bathurst subway)
Toronto

Founded in 2006 by activists from a range of radical left and social movement organizations, Québec Solidaire has built up its public profile around a variety of social, environmental and democratic issues. The party’s member in the Quebec parliament, Amir Khadir, was recently ranked as Quebec’s most popular political personality. In the latest poll, the party rose five points to 17% of voting intentions.

QS leading activist Benoit Renaud will  speak about the experiences of the party,  introduced by a GTWA member who closely follows Québec politics.

What accounts for the relative success of QS in today’s difficult political climate? What are the party’s future prospects? What are the specific factors influencing politics in Quebec, and are there connections between QS’s growing popularity and the NDP’s breakthrough in the recent federal election? Hear BENOIT RENAUD address these and other questions, and participate in the discussion to consider lessons for anti-capitalist projects like the GTWA.

For more information, visit: http://www.workersassembly.ca

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SCARBOROUGH IS AT STAKE: WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT IT?

Tuesday July 12, 2011
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Scarborough Civic Centre, Meeting Rooms 1 & 2
150 Borough Drive

Help develop a plan to advocate for social investment & improve communities across Scarborough.

Over the years, Scarborough’s poverty has become increasingly concentrated and racialized. Investment in Scarborough’s communities is a necessary part of the solution to this growing problem.

On July 12th, residents & community workers across Scarborough will come together to identify Scarborough’s most pressing issues, and develop a plan to address these issues and to advocate for social investment in Scarborough’s communities. Outcomes of this meeting will be action-oriented.
Please attend if you are willing to contribute to improving Scarborough’s communities and take stops to advocate for social investment in Scarborough.
 
Refreshments and TTC tokens provided. Child care only provided if requested in advance.

Sponsored by the Scarborough Civic Action Network. For more information on SCAN, please contact Jessica Roher by phone at (416) 321-6912 x 248 or by email at rjessica@agincourtcommunityservices.com

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NEWS & VIEWS

COULD ELECTION REFORM MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

By Harold Lavender, The Bullet

In the May Federal election, Stephen Harper won a majority government without winning a majority of the vote. Only 39.6 per cent of the population voted Conservative while 60 per cent voted against. Much discussion has focused on the election results and what to do about the Harper majority. But relatively little of this has focused on the electoral system.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/521.php#continue

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ONTARIO THROUGH THE CRYSTAL BALL

By Michael Mendelson, Caledon Institute

This paper is the text of an address delivered to Government of Ontario officials. While asked to speak about possible future trends in Ontario, Michael Mendelson focused his remarks not on familiar trends related to demography and technology but rather on events that we expect may not happen – or at least not in the form we predict. 

The paper considers three imminent threats of concern to Ontario. The first stems from the deepening Euro crisis and whether it will precipitate another global financial meltdown. The second threat is rooted in the economic policy paralysis in the US. Third, Ontario should be concerned about a potential credit collapse if the world commodities bubble begins to deflate.

Read more: http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/955ENG.pdf

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POVERTY REDUCTION DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE

From CLEO.net

The author of an opinion piece in the Toronto Star looks at poverty reduction measures in Ontario and concludes that government commitment matched by good policy can make a big difference in people’s lives.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1014913–poverty-reduction-does-make-a-difference

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UNIVERSITIES INCREASINGLY TURN TO CORPORATIONS FOR MUCH NEEDED CASH

By John Bonnar, rabble.ca

Thirty years ago, the Ontario government funded close to 80 per cent of the University of Toronto’s revenue stream. But for the first time this year, it will fund less than 50 per cent.

“Which fundamentally calls into question whether we (still) have public universities at all,” said Faraz Vahid Shahidi, a member of the University of Toronto General Assembly at a panel discussion last Saturday in Toronto.

With chronic underfunding in post secondary education, gaps have emerged that have been filled with soaring tuition fee hikes and private donations.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/johnbon/2011/06/universities-increasingly-turn-corporations-much-needed-cash

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INTERNATIONAL LABOR ORGANIZATION (ILO) ADOPTS LANDMARK CONVENTION ON RIGHTS
OF DOMESTIC WORKERS

Last month, at the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) 100th annual conference in Geneva, Switzerland, the global community took a major collective step towards achieving economic and social justice for some of the world’s most vulnerable workers with the overwhelming adoption of the ILO Decent Work for Domestic Workers Convention and accompanying recommendation. More than 80 per cent of the world’s governments, workers and employers voted in favor of the convention’s adoption.

In approximately 40 per cent of the world’s nations, the simple recognition of domestic work as work and domestic workers as deserving the same rights and protections that other workers enjoy flies in the face of exclusionary labour laws and social protection regimes.

Canada, unfortunately, is one such country.

Read more: http://nupge.ca/content/4371/ilo-adopts-landmark-convention-rights-domestic-workers?

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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.

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

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