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CRISIS, RESISTANCE, AND PROSPECTS: THE ARAB REVOLUTIONS AND BEYOND

Call for Papers:

This concerns everyone.” (May 1968 Graffiti)

Crisis, Resistance, and Prospects: The Arab Revolutions & Beyond

Political Science Department, York University, Toronto

March 1, 2 & 3, 2013

The Crisis, Resistance, and Prospects: The Arab Revolutions & Beyond Conference is being planned as a three-day event and is scheduled to take place on March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd 2013.

The objective of this conference is to provide a critical intervention that seeks to challenge the dominant neo-liberal interpretation of the Arab Spring and the concomitant reductionist tendency to explain this transformative process as one resulting from liberal democratic triumphalism, social media, and youth movements. Rather, this conference is designed to introduce a dialogue that highlights the multifaceted, complex, and contradictory dimensions of the significant historical transformation and social struggle that is ongoing in the Middle East and North Africa. The introduction of this dialogue will be achieved through providing an exploration and analysis of the following themes: Democracies, Social Movements, and Political Power; New Media and Cultures of Resistance; The Social Question; Capital, State, and Internationalization; and Imperialism & Anti-Imperialism.

Interested participants are invited to submit conference paper proposals that engage topics such as the following:

“Humanitarian Intervention” in Libya; tolerated suppression in Bahrain and Yemen; and Western-supported civil war incitement and escalation of violence in Syria · Foreign intervention in Syria and its implications · Urban Geopolitics · & the Militarization of City Spaces, e.g. Aleppo, Benghazi, Cairo, Manama Inter · & Intra Superpower Rivalries: BRICS, US, Canada & EU/NATO Dictatorships without Dictators? · The Long Road to Change: From Arab Revolutions to Socialisms? · Counter-Revolutions and the Militarization of Popular Struggle · Resource Imperialism · Privatization of State Violence: Private Security Firms · & Mercenaries? · GCC: Gulf Monarchies · & and the Potential Intensification of the Crisis · Antiwar and Anti-Imperialist struggles · Democratic Carrots and Economic Sticks: Debt, Fiscal Discipline, and International Investment · Tahrir Square Everywhere: Globalization of the Arab Revolutions · What type of democracy: liberal-, basis-, grassroots-, participatory-, socialist? · Crisis of which Left or Crisis as Opportunity for the Left? · New forms of political and social participation, organization, and representation: women, the unemployed, and the urban poor · The New Patriarchy: The Emergence of Conservative Political Forces and the Question of Gender Equality · Turkish, Iranian, and/or Israeli influence and the Arab Revolutions · The role of Social Networks and New Media in the Arab Revolutions · Popular culture/resistance · Foreign media coverage of the Arab Revolutions · The social question: the role of peasants, workers, social categories, and middle classes in the Arab Revolutions · Displacements: Refugees and Migrations · Environmental Justice issues · Back to the Future: Primitive Economic / Political Accumulation ·

Participants who are interested in presenting at this conference are asked to observe the following deadlines:

January 15, 2013: Abstracts due for paper/presentation proposals ·

February 1, 2013: Notification of acceptance for presentation at the conference ·

February 15, 2013: Final papers/presentations due ·

Note: All abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. Please indicate with the submission of your abstract if you will require multi-media support and/or technical services. Final papers should be submitted using Times New Roman, 12 point font in PDF form. Each participant will be given approximately 15 minutes to present. Select conference papers will be chosen to be included in an edited book that is planned to be published following the conference proceedings. Financial assistance for travel and accommodations will be provided as per available funding. If you would like to participate but are not able to physically attend, arrangements can be made to participate via SKYPE.

Please refer to the following website for more information regarding the conference and to upload proposed abstracts: http://www.arabrevolutions2013.com

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Capitalism

THE ELLEN MEIKSINS WOOD READER

Now Out! The Ellen Meiksins Wood Reader 

http://www.brill.com/ellen-meiksins-wood-reader

Edited by Larry Patriquin, NipissingUniversity

 

Volume: 40

Series: Historical Materialism Book Series

ISSN: 

1570-152

ISBN: 9789004230088

Publication Year: 2012

Edition info:  1

Version: Hardback

Publication Type: Book

Pages, Illustrations: xiii, 335 pp.

Imprint: BRILL

Language: English

Ellen Meiksins Wood is a leading contemporary political theorist who has elaborated an innovative approach to the history of political thought, the ‘social history of political theory’. She has been described as the founder, together with the historian Robert Brenner, of ‘Political Marxism’, a distinct version of historical materialism which has inspired a research program that spans a number of academic disciplines. Organized thematically, this Reader brings together selections from Wood’s groundbreaking scholarship, published over three decades, providing an overview of her original interpretations of capitalism, precapitalist societies, the state, political theory, democracy, citizenship, liberalism, civil society, the Enlightenment, globalization, imperialism, and socialism

Readership

All those interested in the history and theories of capitalism, socialism, imperialism, Marxism, liberalism, social classes, democracy, civil society, and citizenship.

 

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

Introduction: The ‘Method’ of Ellen Meiksins Wood

1. Capitalism
The ‘economic’ and the ‘political’ in capitalism
Class-power and state-power
Feudalism and private property
Capitalism as the privatisation of political power
The localisation of class-struggle
England vs. the dominant model of capitalism
The bourgeois paradigm
Begging the question
Opportunity or imperative?
The commercialisation-model
Marx on the transition
Towns and trade
Agrarian capitalism
Market-dependent producers
A different kind of market-dependence?
Competitive markets

2. Precapitalist Societies
Class and state in China and Rome
Rome and the empire of private property
The city-states of Florence and Venice
Master and slave vs. landlord and peasant
Free producers and slaves
Slavery and the ‘decline’ of the Roman Empire
The ‘logic’ of slavery vs. the logic of capitalism
The ‘slave-mode of production’
Agricultural slavery and the peasant-citizen
The nexus of freedom and slavery in democratic Athens

3. The State in Historical Perspective
Class and state in ancient society
The emergence of the polis in ancient Athens
The ‘essence’ of the polis
Class in the democratic polis
Village and state, town and country, in democratic Athens
The rise and fall of Rome
The culture of property: the Roman law
From imperial Rome to ‘feudalism’
Absolutism and the modern state
The idea of the state
The peculiarities of the English state
Contrasting states: France vs. England

4. Social and Political Thought
The social history of political theory
Political theory in history: an overview
Plato
The Greek concept of freedom
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
John Locke
Revolution and tradition, c. 1640–1790

5. Democracy, Citizenship, Liberalism, and Civil Society
Labour and democracy, ancient and modern
From ancient to modern conceptions of citizenship
Capitalism and democratic citizenship
The American redefinition of democracy
A democracy devoid of social content
From democracy to liberalism
Capitalism and ‘liberal democracy’
Liberal democracy and capitalist hegemony
The idea of ‘civil society’
The civil-society argument
‘Civil society’ and the devaluation of democracy

6. The Enlightenment, Postmodernism, and the Post-‘New Left’
Modernity vs. capitalism: France vs. England
From modernity to postmodernity
Modernity and the non-history of capitalism
Themes of the postmodern left
Enlightenment vs. capitalism: Condorcet vs. Locke
Enlightenment-universalism
The periodisation of the Western left
Left-intellectuals and contemporary capitalism

7. Globalisation and Imperialism
Globalisation and the nation-state
Nation-states, classes, and universal capitalism
The indispensable state
Precapitalist imperialism
The classic age of imperialism
Globalisation and war
Globalisation and imperial hegemony
The contradictions of capitalist imperialism

8. Socialism
The end of the welfare-state ‘compact’
There are no social democrats now
Market-dependence vs. market-enablement
Left-strategies of market-enablement
The political implications of competition
The working class and the struggle for socialism
Class-conflict and the socialist project
Socialism and democracy
The state in classless societies
Liberalism vs. democracy
‘Universal human goods’
The self-emancipation of the working class
The socialist movement
Democracy as an economic mechanism

Bibliography of Works by Ellen Meiksins Wood, 1970–2012

References
Index

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THE GLOBALISATION LECTURES

2012-2013

Organised by the Department of Development Studies

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

University of London

Convenor: Professor Gilbert Achcar

Wednesday 31 October, 6:30pm – Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

GLOBALISATION IN TIME: BETWEEN THE CAMERA AND THE CLOCK

 MARCUS VERHAGEN

Art historian and critic, Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Goldsmiths College, University of London

Wednesday 28 November, 6:30pm – Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

WHICH DEMOCRACY FOR A MULTIPOLAR WORLD?

CHANTAL MOUFFE

Professor of political theory and director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster

Wednesday 6 February, 6:30pm – Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

IS ISLAMISM THE ARAB DESTINY?

AZIZ AL-AZMEH

CEU University Professor, School of Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies, Central European University, Budapest

Wednesday 6 March, 6:30pm – Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

WOMEN AND THE ‘ARAB SPRING’: LESSONS FROM IRAN?

HAIDEH MOGHISSI

Professor and Trudeau Fellow, Department of Equity Studies, York University, Toronto

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Globalization

Global Capitalism

THE MAKING OF GLOBAL CAPITALISM

September 27th, 2012 7:30 PM

BOOK PARTY/FORUM
The Making of Global Capitalism
Leo Panitch & Sam Gindin with Doug Henwood

Panitch and Gindin’s newest book offers a significant rethinking of the development of global capitalism. Focussing on the American state, they argue that its distinctiveness rests in its capacity to identify the interests of its own capital with that of capital in general, while restructuring other states to the end of spreading capitalist social relations and preventing economic crises from interrupting capital’s globalizing tendencies. Examining recent economic crises, the authors identify social conflict occurring within, rather than between, states, producing political fault-lines replete with possibilities for the emergence of new movements to transcend capitalist markets and states.

Leo Panitch, Sam Gindin and Doug Henwood will participate in the panel discussion. Reception to follow.

Sam Gindin is the Packer chair in Social Justice in the Department of Political Science at York University in Toronto. His books include In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives, and The Terrain of Social Justice.

Leo Panitch is Professor of Political Science at York University, Canada, and an editor of The Socialist Register. His publications include A Different Kind of State? (with Greg Albo and David Langille) and Working-Class Politics in Crisis.

Sliding scale: $6/$10/$15
Free for Brecht Forum Subscribers

 

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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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Revolution

AUTUMN EVENTS AT BOOKMARKS

 

The Cinema of Globalisation & Labour with Tom Zaniello

Thursday 13 September, 6.30pm, £2*

As part of the London Labour Film Festival, American author Tom Zaniello will be discussing radical cinema with a focus on films addressing globalisation and the working class wordwide. He addresses themes of neocolonialism, the growth of migratory labour, and movements to counter or protest its adverse effects. Looking at films from The Constant Gardener to Dirty Pretty Things and Syriana, Zaniello provides an inviting and accessible introduction to left-wing cinema today.

Tom Zaniello is the author of Working Stiffs, Unions Maids, Reds and Riffraff: An Expanded Guide to Films about Labor and The Cinema of Globalisation: A Guide to Films about the New Economic Order. Read Tom Zaniello’s blog on the cinema of labour and globalisation, featuring a great selection of reviews http://tzaniello.wordpress.com

Venue: Bookmarks Bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QE

Please contact us to reserve a place on 020 7637 1846 or events@bookmarks.uk.com

*£2 redeemable against any book purchase on the night

 

Irregular Army: How the US Military Recruited Neo-Nazis, Gang Members and Criminals to fight the War on Terror with Matt Kennard

Tuesday 18 September, 6.30pm, £2*

Since the launch of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars the US military has struggled to recruit troops. It has responded by opening its doors to neo-Nazis, white supremacists, gang members, criminals and the mentally ill. Based on several years of reporting, Irregular Army includes extensive interviews with extremist veterans and leaders of far-right hate groups—who spoke openly of their eagerness to have their followers acquire military training for a coming domestic race war. As a report commissioned by the Department of Defense itself put it, “Effectively, the military has a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy pertaining to extremism.”

Irregular Army connects some of the War on Terror’s worst crimes to this opening-up of the US military.

Matt Kennard is a journalist based in London. He has worked for the Financial Times in Washington, New York, and London, and has written for Salon, the Chicago Tribune, and the Guardian. 

Venue: Bookmarks Bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QE

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European Revolutionaries and Algerian Independence 1954 – 1962 with Ian Birchall

Thursday 27 September, 6.30pm, £2*

2012 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Algerian independence.

National liberation was achieved after an exceptionally bitter war lasting seven-and-a-half years, though it was not recognised as a war by the French authorities, who treated Algerian combatants as criminals.

Ian Birchall introduces the first full account of how revolutionary socialists gave solidarity with the Algerian Independence struggle. From encouraging desertion from the French Foreign Legion to the actions of militants at Renault-Billancourt.  

Venue: Bookmarks Bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QE

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Shalom Comrade: A Musical Event with the London Klezmer Quartet

Monday 8 October, 6.30pm, £5 (advance booking strongly advised)

Join the London Klezmer Quartet and the founders of Jewish Socialist Magazine for an exploration of Jewish music, cultural and political life in the

Soviet Union before World War II. With Julia Bard and David Rosenberg.

“Dynamic and authentic.” Time Out, London

“The London Klezmer Quartet brims with musicality and elicits every emotion possible in my soul… I want to laugh, I want to cry, but most importantly I want to dance!” Amy Ray, Indigo Girls

Venue: Bookmarks Bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QE

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Liberate Your Mind!

Bookmarks Bookshop

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London

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020 7637 1848

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Global Capitalism

SPECTRUM JOURNAL OF GLOBAL STUDIES CONFERENCE

Reminder:  CALL FOR PAPERS

First Spectrum Journal of Global Studies Conference: ‘Historical Sociology, Historical Materialism and International Relations’

This is a reminder that the deadline to propose a paper or panel for the November 2012 Spectrum Journal of Global Studies Conference is 1 July, 2012.

The Spectrum Conference will be held in Ankara, Turkeyat the Middle East Technical University from 2-3 November 2012.

Proposals are invited on the conference theme Historical Sociology, Historical Materialism and International Relations.

Featured speakers at the conference will include in alphabetical order:

Adam Morton, University of Nottingham, U.K.

Bastiaan van Apeldoorn, VU University of Amsterdam, Netherland

Benno Teschke, University of Sussex, U.K.

Gonzalo Pozo, University College, London, U.K.

Hannes Lacher, York University, Canada

Jonathan Joseph, Rutherford College, University of Kent, U.K.

Kamran Matin, University of Sussex, U.K.

Neil Davidson, University of Strathclyde, U.K.

Stephen Hobden, Universityof East London, U.K.

Please see the conference website for application and information:

www.spectrumjournalofglobalstudies.net/conf

Guidelines for Participants:

The discipline of International Relations (IR) known as an ‘American’ social science has in the last decade or so been discovering the importance of alternative forms of explaining international relations. More so than any other field of social science, IR has been dominated by positivist conceptions of scientific inquiry. However recent approaches in the philosophy of sciences as well as the sociological turn in IR has changed the boundaries, assumptions and methodologies of our discipline.  Critical realism as an alternative to positivist as well as post-positivist understandings of social science is increasingly becoming the dominant form of philosophyzing about IR. Historical sociological approaches are taking over the static, ahistorical forms of theorizing. Marxist social theory has become more and more relevant to explain the current of changes in the international system. Internationalisation of capitalism has made the concerns of Marxism increasingly relevant to understand and explain the ‘international’. Recent controversies on the relation between the state system and capitalist mode of production have made important contributions to understand the link between what is traditionally understood from international relations and capitalist relations of production. These efforts have to go on as there are yet many other untouched aspects of international relations that require desconstruction and dereification. This conference attempts to further our understanding of the links between historical sociology, critical realism and Marxism. Empirical works combining the insights of Marxist historical sociology and historical materialism with that of international relations is particularly wellcome. We are extending an invitation to all researchers to present research that adress the following issues and similar topics.

How does a historical materialist geopolitics adress the traditional issues of IR?

1.    Geopolitics of state formations

2.    What is the relation between the state system and capitalism?

3.    In what ways does critical realism help Marxism to analyse the international?

4.    What are the limits and the potentials of the theory of combined and uneven development to explain the international?

5.    Historical matarialist analysis of international law

6.    Contemporary forms of imperialism

7.    International state apparatuses and their role in the reproduction of capital

8.    Marx’s method and the world market

9.    Global protest movements and the Arab Spring

10.  Gramscian analysis of global transformations

11.  Historical Sociology of the Middle East and the Balkans

We hope to see both individual papers and panels discussing these themes from different disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.

We encourage scholars from all around the world to participate in this exciting attempt to link our conceptions of praxis and change with that of what constitutes the ‘international’.

Most papers presented in the conference will later be published in a special issue of the Spectrum or in a separate book.

We look forward to welcoming you all at METU in Ankara.

Check back often for updates through out the coming months!

Inquiries to the program chairs should be directed to: spectrumconference@spectrumjournal.net

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Books

Books

THE POLITICS OF POSTCOLONIALISM

The Politics of Postcolonialism: Empire, Nation and Resistance
Rumina Sethi

Paperback | 9780745323633 | £17.99 / $28
Hardback | 9780745323640 | £60 / $90

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ADOPTED ON 20 UNIVERSITY COURSES

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‘This book develops an argument that is both even-handed and radical. Rumina Sethi explores the history and the difficulties of post-colonial theory and without jettisoning its value she urges quite fresh thinking about its political and social implications.’ — Dame Gillian Beer, King Edward VII Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge

‘Rumina Sethi challenges postcolonial critics to put their feet back on the ground and to link the postcolonial once again to the political activism by which it has always been inspired.’ — Robert J.C. Young, Julius Silver Professor of English & Comparative Literature at New York University

‘”If postcolonial studies is to be relevant today,” Rumina Sethi argues, “it must become the voice of the people and theorize about movements against globalization, not become part of its grand design.” Her critical analysis of the “politics of postcolonialism” and the lack of constructive dialogue with the Marxist perspective, interweaving with analysis of globalization and the state of “postcoloniality,” seeks to overcome the academic ossification of concepts that should be integrated with social change and activism.’ — Noam Chomsky

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In a period of global restructuring, unrestricted capital has eroded the traditional distinctions between nations and nationhood. In ‘The Politics of Postcolonialism’, Rumina Sethi devises a new form of postcolonial studies that makes sense of these dramatic changes.

Returning to the origins of the discipline, Sethi identifies it as a tool for political protest and activism among people of the third world. Using a sophisticated mix of spatial theory and local politics, she examines the uneven terrain of contemporary anti-capitalism and political upsurges in Africa, Asia and Latin America, emphasising postcolonial politics, dissent and resistance. Her analysis shows that as the traditional means of direct political control have largely lost their hold, postcolonial cultures, now dominated by neoliberalism, need to seek fresh ways to express their discontent.

This original and persuasive work frees the discipline from its current preoccupation with hybridity and multiculturalism, giving students of politics, cultural studies and international relations a new perspective on postcolonialism.

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RUMINA SETHI is a Professor in the department of English and Cultural Studies at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. She is the author of ‘Myths of the Nation: National Identity and Literary Representation’ (1999). She wrote her doctoral thesis atTrinityCollege,Cambridge, and was a British Academy Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford. She was awarded the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in 2006.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgements

1. Postcolonialism and its Discontents: An introduction
2. The End of the Nation?
3. Globalization and Protest
4. The United States and Postcolonialism
5. Conclusion: New Directions

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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Money MenaceTHE EVIL AXIS OF FINANCE

THE EVIL AXIS OF FINANCE: THE US-JAPAN-CHINA STRANGLEHOLD ON THE GLOBAL FUTURE (Clarity Press, 2012)

Richard Westra, Graduate School of Law, Nagoya University, Japan

 

The story Westra tells of international economic depredation and humanity’s stolen future is truly chilling. From its Wall Street command centre, and funded by Japan and China, the United States ensnares the world’s states and people in a sinister, rigged, zero-sum game. This game, played for the narrowest of ends and to the benefit of an international cohort of uber-rich, traps humanity in a twilight zone of long decay, with its major players intent on preventing a more equitable international order from emerging from the detritus. We ignore the arguments of “The Evil Axis of Finance” at our peril.

 

INTRODUCTION: THE STANGLEHOLD ON THE GLOBAL FUTURE

CHAPTER ONE: THE ‘FREE WORLD’ DESIGN FOR PROSPERITY

 Constituents of a New Real Economy

 The Golden Age Algorithm

CHAPTER TWO: JAPAN AND CHINA IN THE FUTURE PERFECT TENSE

 Anticommunism and the Rebirth ofJapanin the ‘Free World’

 ‘Free World’ Exclusion and the Rise of Mao ZedongChina

CHAPTER THREE: FROM GOLDEN AGE TO GLOBALIZATION

 What Goes Up…

 The US at the Global Crossroads, But Hardly Sinking Down

CHAPTER FOUR: IDLE MONEY IS THE DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND

 ‘Resident Evil’

 ‘Fists Full of Dollars’

CHAPTER FIVE: ROTATING MELTDOWNS

 ‘Banksta’sParadise’

 ‘For a Few Dollars More’

CHAPTER SIX: THE CHAINS OF CHINA

 The Chinese Connection

 Charles Dickens Meets Henry Ford at the Pearl River Delta

 Red Queen, White Queen

CHAPTER SEVEN: THE ARMAGEDDON TRIFECTA

 The Tea Party is Over

 The End of Food

 No ‘Day After Tomorrow’

CONCLUSION: WHITHER THE EXITS?

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Evil-Axis-Finance-US-Japan-China-Stranglehold/dp/0932863906/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1330663805&sr=1-1

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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  

 

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Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski

TRADE UNIONS, FREE TRADE AND THE PROBLEM OF TRANSNATIONAL SOLIDARITY

Workshop at Nottingham 2/3 December 2011 – Papers now Available!

Resistance against free trade agreements has increased since the demonstrations at the WTO ministerial conference inSeattlein 1999. Positions by trade unions on free trade agreements are, however, ambiguous. While trade unions in the North especially in manufacturing have supported free trade agreements to secure export markets for ‘their’ companies, trade unions in the Global South oppose these agreements, since they often imply deindustrialisation.

Academics, trade union researchers and social movement activists met in a two-day workshop, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ) at the School of Politics and International Relations/University of Nottingham, on 2 and 3 December 2011 to discuss these issues in detail. The purpose of the workshop was to understand better the dynamics underlying free trade as well as explore possibilities for transnational solidarity between labour movements in the North and South. The papers of the workshop can be downloaded below:

Panel 1 – Conceptual and methodological considerations
Panel 2 – Free trade and particular sectors
Panel 3 – European trade unions and free trade
Panel 4 – Free trade negotiations
Panel 5 – Free trade and the Global South
Panel 6 – Resistance to free trade agreements and the quest for alternatives

Original source: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/now-available-contributions-from-decembers-trade-unions-free-trade-and-the-problem-of-transnational-solidarity-workshop-at-nottingham

The Battle in Seattle: Its Significance for Education, by Glenn Rikowski (London, Tufnell Press, 2001)

From the publishers: http://www.tpress.free-online.co.uk/seattle.html

“It’s a wonderful outline of the new anti-capitalist activity It pulls together all aspects of changes to all levels of education, as it is drawn into the profit business ­ and ever further away from wider concepts of education.” — Caroline Benn, Hillcole Group of Radical Left Educators, and President of the Socialist Education Association

“This is essential reading for all those the world over who have been driven to the margins of existence by forces of the current phase of capitalism – globalisation. It helps to understand the forces hiding behind bodies such as the World Trade Organisation that drive us relentlessly towards giving up control over our minds and bodies. This booklet looks particularly at the dangers facing education systems from the global search for mega profits. It also shows that people’s resistance can make a difference in snatching control over their lives.” — Shiraz Durrani, Information for Social Change

“Glenn Rikowski vividly demonstrates the centrality of education in capitalist globalisation. With precision and utmost clarity, he also details the historical background to ‘The Battle in Seattle’ as well as the other mass demonstrations against global capitalism and its agents of destruction. Rikowski’s seminal text is destined to become essential reading for critical/radical educators and political activists, but it should be read by everyone who is concerned with, and about, the future of education indeed, the future of humanity.” — Paula Allman, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Nottingham, and author of Critical Education Against Global Capital: Karl Marx and Revolutionary Critical Education

“Glenn Rikowski has produced a brilliant and I believe historical landmark in Left education.” — Peter McLaren, University of California, Los Angeles, and author of Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, and the Pedagogy of Revolution

“I felt compelled to grab the red flag and take to the streets as I worked through Glenn Rikowski’s well documented exposé of what the World Trade Organisation is up to and its plans for education. But Glenn’s analysis is much more than a clarion call. It anchor’s that call in solid theory and critique so that my immediate response can now be matched by informed and focused action. An activist’s true handbook.” — Helen Raduntz, University of South Australia

Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Battle-Seattle-Significance-Education/dp/1872767370/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1333617350&sr=1-3

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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

Antonio Negri

ANTONIO NEGRI: MODERNITY AND THE MULTITUDE

Just out from Polity Press:

Antonio Negri: Modernity and the Multitude
by Timothy S. Murphy

The Italian philosopher and militant Antonio Negri has been a provocative and controversial figure for over forty years. He has been a professor of law at the University of Padua, a labor organizer in the Veneto, a political prisoner in Rome, a member of Italian parliament, a political refugee in Paris and most recently, as a consequence of the success of his book Empire (written in collaboration with American Michael Hardt), an internationally influential theorist of globalization. He has written over forty other books, which have been translated into dozens of languages, and his work has challenged orthodoxy in intellectual history, political science, labor relations, theology, and literary and cultural studies.

This book is the first comprehensive study of Negri’s work in any language. It follows the development of Negri’s critical framework and theoretical innovations from his early work as a historian of legal philosophy in the Fifties, through his period of intense and unconventional leftist activism during the Sixties and Seventies and his imprisonment and exile during the Eighties and Nineties, culminating in a clear, thorough and evenhanded account of his important contributions to the emerging study of – and struggle over – globalization. The book also includes discussions of Negri’s critics and the reception of his work at each stage.

“Murphy’s book provides a thorough and thoughtful engagement with Negri’s work, covering everything from the early works on Hegel and Kant to the recent political debates on Empire. Besides covering works that have yet to be translated into English, its principal strength is the way in which it synthesizes politics and philosophy, demonstrating how Negri engages politics through philosophy and vice versa. It is no exaggeration to say that this book will fundamentally change the debate on Negri’s work.” — Jason Read, University of Southern Maine

“Sympathetic but not uncritical, carefully exploring the interplay of text and context, Tim Murphy’s book promises to become the standard introduction to this exciting and controversial thinker.” — Steve Wright, Monash University

“Murphy’s book is remarkable, at once an overview of Negri’s work while also providing a detailed analysis of its mainsprings. There has been nothing like this book, written in English of course, but with a mastery of the Italian source material, and with an ear deeply attuned to the thought of a truly great and creative Marxist thinker.” — Kenneth Surin, Duke University

 

Original source: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/out-now-antonio-negri-modernity-and-the-multitude

 

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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, northWales)  

 

‘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

 

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THE POST-COLONIAL STATE – TARIQ AMIN-KHAN

Global Capitalism

 

http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415891592/

New book on the Post-Colonial State:

Tariq Amin-Khan, The Post-Colonial State in the Era of Capitalist Globalization: Historical, Political and Theoretical Approaches to State Formation. New York: Routledge, 2012.

ISBN 978-0-415-89159-2.

 State formation in post-colonial societies differed greatly from the formation of the Western capitalist state. The latter has been extensively studied, while a coherent grasp of the post-colonial state – despite the recent ethnographical explorations – has remained elusive. Amin-Khan provides a critical, historical and contemporary understanding of post-colonial state formations in Asia andAfrica, and articulates how this process differed for Latin American states.

 A common signifier of the post-colonial state is the retention of the unitary colonial state structure by its ruling classes. This legacy has reinscribed the colonial-era social relations in post-colonial societies, and consolidated the power of the ‘overdeveloped’ civil and military bureaucracy. At the same time, the US was able to remove ‘nationalist’ leadership in Africa and Asia to create client post-colonial states that have remained beholden to Western states, transnational corporations and international financial institutions.

The analysis of these developments shows that the vast majority of post-colonial states have remained proto-capitalist – with feudal landholders and bureaucratic elite having a stranglehold on state power. In contrast, those few countries (India, South Africa and others) that have emerged as capitalist post-colonial states have been able to partly shake off the colonial legacy and loosen the noose of imperialist domination. The final two chapters ground theory by concretely analyzing the nature and development trajectories of the states of India and Pakistan as two distinct examples respectively of capitalist and proto-capitalist states – which can be generalized as the two state forms prevalent in post-colonial societies.

Original source: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/now-out-tariq-amin-khan-the-post-colonial-state-in-the-era-of-capitalist-globalization

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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  

 

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

The Island

‘LAND OF DESTINY’ – A FILM BY BRETT STORY

The Committee on Globalization and Social Change Presents

Brett Story – Filmmaker and Geographer, University of Toronto

Land of Destiny (80 minutes, 2010)

Friday, March 2nd, 2012 | 6.30 – 8.30 pm

Segal Theatre, The CUNY Graduate Center

365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY10016

A hard-working petrochemical town is rocked by revelations that its workers suffer an epidemic of cancers. But even more terrifying is the looming spectre of deindustrialization and joblessness.

Retired pipefitters serving fries, basement musicians, boilermakers and volunteer firemen, heartbroken widows and an optimistic mayor – the lives of a diverse medley of characters intersect to reveal the dramas and contradictions of an industrial town out of sync with a post-industrial economy. In the rich fabric of the city’s landscape – rows of boarded storefronts, the bright sprawl of petrochemical plants and the swollen rooms of hospital wards and crowded bars – one finds a microcosm of the 21st century. A portrait of a working-class city in paralysis and a meditation on work and place in the modern economy, Land of Destiny offers an intimate story about work, struggle, and
survival.

Brett Story is a writer, organizer, and independent documentary filmmaker based out ofToronto. She is currently working toward a PhD in geography at the University of Toronto, conducting a project about the relationship between prisons and cities.

Free and open to the public
The Committee on Globalization and Social Change Email: globalization@gc.cuny.edu
Website: http://globalization.gc.cuny.edu

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘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, northWales)  

 

‘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

 

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