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Call For Papers: Climate Shange Stream at the Eleventh London Historical Materialism Conference, 6-9 November 2014

As business-as-usual continues, annual growth of global CO2 emission now three times higher than in the 1990s, it is becoming abundantly clear that the capitalist mode of production is unable to stave off perhaps the greatest challenge ever faced by civilisation: catastrophic global warming. Rather, it is hurling humanity into the fire with maximum force. Yet capital remains a non-entity in established climate change discourse and politics: unquestioned, unexamined, rarely as much as mentioned. This stream at the HM annual conference 2014 will seek to cast light on the many ways in which the workings of capital raise the temperature of our present and future. Marxist analysis has recently proved a fertile source of critique in this field, but much work remains to be done, on levels of theory as well as of urgent praxis.

What mechanisms are driving the ever-increasing combustion of fossil fuels? How can historical materialist approaches serve to identify the vested interests of business-as-usual? The ecological implications of capitalist development are only now becoming apparent: this might require a rethinking and recalibration of Marxist theories, from the founding fathers to more recent currents (e.g. autonomist Marxism, political Marxism, world-systems theory, feminist Marxism: what do they have to offer; how do they need to be updated?). Dangerous impacts of climate change have already become part of daily life, but they strike unevenly along lines of class, gender, race, location in the world-economy: can patterns of vulnerability be understood – and altered – without a little help from the Marxist tool-box? As people suffer from the heat, capital is not only surviving but thriving, developing new ways to profit from adaptation and false solutions. This calls for application of all the instruments of critical political economy. Given the speed with which the window for meaningful mitigation is closing, any break with current trajectories would certainly require dramatic upheavals: are some of the old precepts of revolutionary Marxism slated for an unexpected comeback? How, for instance, would it be possible to cut CO2 emissions by 5% per year – as science tells us is necessary – without comprehensive planning of the economy? While the scientific community rings the alarm bells ever louder, climate movements are spreading across the world, though nowhere as fast and extensively as needed. With COP-20 in Paris in 2015 on the horizon, strategies for more effective mobilisation should be on top of the agenda.

Although this stream focuses on climate change, that particular problem cannot be extricated from the ecological totality that is capitalism, and so we welcome contributions on related issues of ecology as well.

Themes of papers may include:

Global capital circuits and their dependency on fossil energy
The history of fossil fuel consumption and production
Urbanisation, global cities and global warming
Obstacles to a transition from fossil to renewable energy
Strategies for radical emissions reductions
The politics of international climate change negotiations
Planned economy as an emergency solution
Geoengineering, carbon trading and other capitalist forms of climate change management
Climate justice movements
Local environmental struggles worldwide and their links to climate justice
Ecologically unequal exchange and imperialism in a warming world
Uneven and combined development and vulnerability to climate change
Neoliberal capitalism as an ecological regime
Catastrophe as a category of Marxist thought / pitfalls of catastrophism
Working-class environmentalism, past and present
Climate change and gender
Peasants’ movements
Advances in ecological Marxist theory (second contradiction, metabolic rift, capitalism as world-ecology…)
Whatever happened to peak oil?
Climate jobs and trade union struggles
Revolutionary subjects in a warming world
Marxist perspectives on climate change science

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Nov 29-Dec 1, 2013
Toronto, Canada

Work in a Warming World (W3): a research initiative among academics and community partners is proud to announce its 1st International Conference.

We invite abstract submissions (deadline: Aug. 15) for panels and papers for a major international conference on the role of labour and work in the struggle to slow global warming.  The Conference is for labour and environmentalists, students, academic researchers, policy makers and the concerned public.

The 3-day Conference will explore 18 themes, creating a forum where researchers and unions can critically discuss particular topics, share knowledge and experiences, while also developing ties that will enable innovation and change. In addition to our keynote speakers—David Miller, Former Mayor of Toronto and President & CEO of WWF Canada and Philip J. Jennings, General Secretary of UNI-Global Union—we will be having a series of panel discussions and paper presentations. We encourage scholars, students and activists to submit abstracts for papers by following the submission guidelines/deadlines located on the W3 International Conference website.

For more information, please contact: Ann Kim (, T: 416.736.2100 ext. 44106.

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Join Cities of Migration for this free webinar to learn about groundbreaking initiatives in Wellington, New Zealand, and Vancouver, Canada, that are bringing new immigrant and indigenous communities together for intercultural learning and meaningful exchange as an essential part of newcomer settlement and welcome in these multicultural societies.

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Saturday, July 6
Metro Hall
55 John St., Room 308 (South-east corner of King and John, two blocks east of Spadina)

Engaging Girls, Changing Communities (EGCC), in collaboration with Working Women Community Centre, invites you to a youth symposium showcasing 13 youth led community projects.

EGCC is a community-based research in the Faculty of Education at York University, led by Dr. Nombuso Dlamini. It investigates how young women and girls engage in leadership and civic activities in new urban environments.

R.S.V.P by June 28th to Flavia Genovese at or by calling 416 736 2100 ext 44562.

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Thursday July 11, 6.30pm – 9pm and
Thursday July 25, 6.30pm – 9pm.

This workshop is designed to help you and your organization learn valuable steps, tools, techniques and approaches that will help you effectively plan and execute a winning campaign plan to help you achieve your policy goals.

Participants will learn the basic components of a campaign, how to choose a strategic campaign goal, choosing strategies and tactics that suit your goals, working with individuals and groups to build influence, and understanding the key ingredients of successful campaigns. It’s recommend that multiple people from one group attend the workshop as there will be ample time to strategize to achieve your goals.

Trainer: Jessica Bell is a facilitator and educator. She teaches advocacy and government relations at Ryerson University. She is the co-founder of Tools for Change, which provides skills-based advocacy training to Torontonians.  More information about Jessica is at

Cost: $25 for one session; $40 for two.  A discount rate is available if more than one person from a group attends.


Location: 60 Lowther Ave, Toronto (near St. George Subway)

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By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes

After years of downplaying strikes, the union that’s funding fast food organizing is now embracing the tactic. The Service Employees have underwritten short strikes by fast food workers in seven cities in the last two months—including the largest, in Detroit, where 400 workers walked out of dozens of restaurants and completely shut down three.

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By Michael Mendelson and Noah Zon, Caledon Institute

In this just-published Caledon/Mowat report, authors Michael Mendelson and Noah Zon assess the Canada Job Grant proposal and find it to be deeply flawed. Aside from additional cost of up to $600 million plus administrative expenses and jurisdictional issues, the Canada Job Grant is likely to deliver inferior results at higher costs, while remaining out of reach to many of the unemployed and underemployed Canadians it is intended to serve.

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By Michael Grabell, ProPublica

It’s 4:18 a.m. and the strip mall is deserted. But tucked in back, next to a closed-down video store, an employment agency is already filling up. Rosa Ramirez walks in, as she has done nearly every morning for the past six months. She signs in and sits down in one of the 100 or so blue plastic chairs that fill the office. Over the next three hours, dispatchers will bark out the names of who will work today. Rosa waits, wondering if she will make her rent.

In cities all across the country, workers stand on street corners, line up in alleys or wait in a neon-lit beauty salon for rickety vans to whisk them off to warehouses miles away. Some vans are so packed that to get to work, people must squat on milk crates, sit on the laps of passengers they do not know or sometimes lie on the floor, the other workers’ feet on top of them.

This is not Mexico. It is not Guatemala or Honduras. This is Chicago, New Jersey, Boston.

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By Saga Briggs, InformEd

Not so long ago, Google famously asked every job candidate for a transcript, G.P.A., and test scores before considering them for a position.

But as you might expect from a fundamentally data-driven company, Google regularly examines its own hiring methods, collecting and analyzing tremendous amounts of information from employees and adjusting its policies accordingly.

In 2011, Google released the results of a study called Project Oxygen, which showed that its old hiring model proved very little about a candidate’s potential for success.

“One of the things we’ve seen from all our data crunching is that G.P.A.’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless — no correlation at all except for brand-new college grads, where there’s a slight correlation,” said senior vice president for people operations Laszlo Bock.

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Our Times’ summer issue is full of interesting and invigorating reading. Journalist and communications strategist Sima Sahar Zerehi talks to Toronto & York Region Labour Council organizer Jennifer Huang, NOW Communications president and CEO Marie Della Mattia, OFL communications director Joel Duff, and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Ontario director Trish Hennessey about Canadian labour’s revitalized efforts at communicating with the Canadian public. We’re proud to be publishing Part 3 of our series about leadership, feminism and equality in unions in Canada, this time with a focus on revitalizing union women’s committees. And we bring you a day in the life of a recreation-centre director in this instalment of our Working for a Living series. Plus, our film and book reviews give you some excellent ideas for summer reading.

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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

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After Globalization
Eric Cazdyn and Imre Szeman

ISBN: 978-1-4051-7794-8 – Hardcover – 264 pages
May 2011, Wiley-Blackwell

In lively and unflinching prose, Eric Cazdyn and Imre Szeman argue that contemporary thought about the world is disabled by a fatal flaw: the inability to think “an after” to globalization. After establishing seven theses (on education, morality, history, future, capitalism, nation, and common sense) that challenge the false promises that sustain this time-limit, After Globalization examines four popular thinkers (Thomas Friedman, Richard Florida, Paul Krugman and Naomi Klein) and how their work is dulled by these promises. Cazdyn and Szeman then speak to students from around the globe who are both unconvinced and uninterested in these promises and who understand the world very differently than the way it is popularly represented.

After Globalization argues that a true capacity to think an after to globalization is the very beginning of politics today.

“Relentlessly, remorselessly, endlessly, we are told there is no alternative to globalization, whether our lecturers are bourgeois economists, progressive journalists, or imaginative litterateurs. Eric Cazdyn and Imre Szeman dare to go beyond the standard thinking of the day and query the very heart of mobile capital and its impact on daily life. Their alternative vision breathes new life into our sense of evolution and inevitability.” –—Toby Miller, author of Globalization and Sport and Global Hollywood

“Cazdyn and Szeman begin the with the idea that the current economic crisis has historicized globalization, turning it from a process that looked as inevitable as, say, global warming still does, into an episode in the history of capitalism: hence the possibility not just of more globalization but of an ‘after globalization.’ And hence also, they argue, the renewed possibility of an ‘after capitalism.’ In powerful critiques of what they describe as the common sense of capital today they sketch out the terms in which changes more radical than substituting generous and honest leaders for the greedy and dishonest ones we’ve currently got might begin to be imagined.” –—Walter Benn Michaels, University of Illinois at Chicago

Eric Cazdyn is Professor of Cultural and Critical Theory, Psychoanalysis, and Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. He is author of The Flash of Capital: Film and Geopolitics in Japan (2003) and the forthcoming book, The Already Dead: The New Time of Politics, Culture, and Medicine.

Imre Szeman is Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta. He is co-editor of Cultural Theory: An Anthology (Wiley-Blackwell 2010), author of Zones of Instability: Literature, Postcolonialism and the Nation (2003) and co-author of Popular Culture: A User’s Guide (2nd. ed. 2009).

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Ecology and Socialism featuring John Bellamy Foster and Chris Williams

24 October · 16:00 – 18:00
NYU Kimmel Center, rm 802
60 Washington Square
New York, NY

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Around the world, consciousness of the threat to our environment is growing. The majority of solutions on offer, from using efficient light bulbs to biking to work, focus on individual lifestyle changes, yet the scale of the crisis requires far deeper adjustments. Time still remains to save humanity and the planet, but only by building social movements for environmental justice that can demand qualitative changes in our economy, workplaces, and infrastructure.

*** John Bellamy Foster’s most recent book, The Ecological Revolution:Making Peace with the Planet, is a collection focusing on the ecological crisis, and includes essays on global warming, peak oil, species extinction, world water shortages, global hunger, alternative energy sources, sustainable development, and environmental justice. Foster argues that we have reached a turning point in human relations with the earth, and that any attempt to solve our problems merely by technological, industrial or free market means, divorced from fundamental social relations, cannot succeed.

*** Chris Williams is a Long-time environmental activist and Vice President of the Union of Adjunct Faculty at Pace University, where he teaches course in energy and the environment, physics, and chemistry. He is also the chair of the science dept at Packer Collegiate Institute. His first book is Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis.


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Issue 69 of ‘New Formations: A Journal of Culture/Theory/Politics’

Imperial Ecologies

Guest Editor: Ashley Dawson
New Formations 69 offers a timely and urgent set of contributions towards the development of ‘political ecology’. Despite a history of sporadic engagements, cultural theory and cultural studies has rarely dealt thoroughly with ecological issues, tending to retreat into its habitual scepticism regarding anything that might smell of naturalism. The fact that ecological questions frame all of the urgent political debates of our epoch, as well as animating some of the most dynamic areas of critical thought, surely means that this situation cannot continue. This collection begins to address the issues.


Jeremy Gilbert

Ashley Dawson
Introduction: New Enclosures

George Caffentzis
The Future Of ‘The Commons’: Neoliberalism’s ‘Plan B’ Or The Original Disaccumulation Of Capital?

Crystal Bartolovich
A Natural History Of ‘Food Riots’

Rob Nixon
Unimagined Communities: Developmental Refugees, Megadams And Monumental Modernity

Peter Hitchcock
Oil In An American Imaginary

Morten Tønnessen
The Global Species

Sian Sullivan
‘Ecosystem Service Commodities’ – A New Imperial Ecology? Implications For Animist Immanent Ecologies, With Deleuze And Guattari

Leerom Medovoi
A Contribution To The Critique Of Political Ecology: Sustainability As Disavowal

Brett Neilsen and Ben Dibbley
Climate Crisis And The Actuarial Imaginary: ‘The War On Global Warming’

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You can catch highlights for the Socialism 2010 Conference, as well as previous conferences, at the newly launched website We Are Many

Talks for this weekend’s conference in Chicago, including

* End the Siege of Gaza: Kevin Ovenden, Tariq Ali, Gilbert Achcar and Ahmed Shawki

* The Malthus Myth: Population, Poverty, and Global Warming: Ian Angus

* Imperialism and Resistance in Haiti: Roger Leduc and Ashley Smith

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The Geopolitics of Global Energy: International Competition, Rivalry and Conflict

The Geopolitics of Global Energy: International Competition, Rivalry and Conflict
An International Workshop on 28-29 May 2009, Birkbeck College, University of London

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In recent years questions surrounding energy security have become the focus of international security and global politics. A number of issues have been central to these debates:

    • The impact of high energy prices on economic development and 
political stability within states
    • The dependence of industrialised states on sources of energy from 
unstable geopolitical zones
    • The role of states in securing access to and control of energy 
    • The relationship between commercial energy producers and 
distributors to governments
    • The geopolitical consequences of the increased leverage of energy 
producing states
    • The international political and geopolitical consequences of the 
competition amongst states to secure access to and control of energy resources

This workshop brings together a number of international specialists on energy security and geopolitics in order to shed further theoretical and empirical light on contemporary resource competition and rivalry, especially – though not exclusively – between the West and its Eurasian contenders. In particular the workshop will compare and contrast the strategies and policies of states in the Europe, the Americas, East Asia and Africa, as both producers and consumers of energy. It seeks, additionally, to explore with greater rigour and precision the meaning and purchase of the ‘geopolitical’ turn in contemporary international studies.




Mark BASSIN, University of Birmingham – ‘Energy and the Geopolitics of Russian Neo-Imperialism’

Cyrus BINA, University of Minnesota, USA – ‘Oil: The Geopolitics of Energy in the Epoch of Globalization’

Klaus DODDS, Royal Holloway, University of London – ‘The Arctic in the Global Imagination: Geopolitics, Resources, and Environment’

Dominick JENKINS, formerly of Greenpeace, London – ‘Churchill, Oil and the Royal Navy’

Ray KIELY, Queen Mary, University of London – ‘Theories of Imperialism, Contemporary Geopolitics and the Rise of China’

Kees VAN DER PIJL, University of Sussex – ‘The West, Georgia and Russia-Rearticulating Politics and Economics’

Gonzalo POZO-MARTIN, School of Slavonic and East-European Studies, University of London – ‘Inflammable Politics: Russia, Ukraine and NATO Enlargement’

Sam RAPHAEL, University of Kingston – ‘US Empire and the Control of Oil: Lessons from the Caspian Basin’

Doug STOKES, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Kent – ‘Unpacking the Logics of the US Global Oil Order’

Javier VADELL, Catholic University, Belo Horizonte, Minais Gerais, Brazil – ‘The Chinese Economic Penetration of South America and the US Response’

Paris YEROS, Catholic University, Belo Horizonte, Minais Gerais, Brazil – ‘Emergent (Sub) Imperialisms: The New Scramblers for Africa’s Energy and Minerals’


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