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Marxism and Feminism

Marxism and Feminism

MARXISM AND FEMINISM

A new book edited by Shahrzad Mojab

See: http://www.zedbooks.co.uk/node/20825

Global events, from economic crisis to social unrest and militarization, disproportionately affect women. Yet around the world it is also women who are leading the struggle against oppression and exploitation. In light of renewed interest in Marxist theory among many women activists and academics, Marxism and Feminism presents a contemporary and accessible Marxist-feminist analysis on a host of issues. It reassesses previous debates and seeks to answer pressing questions of how we should understand the relationship between patriarchy and capitalism, and how we can envision a feminist project which emancipates both women and society.

With contributions from both renowned scholars and new voices, Marxism and Feminism is set to become the foundational text for modern Marxist-feminist thought.

Reviews

‘Marxism and Feminism is a serious, nuanced collection that covers a great deal of ground in a clear and concise way. The essays here represent a profoundly warm, human way of thinking through some of the toughest political problems of our age. It will be of great use to anyone thinking seriously about the relationship between Marx and feminism, not to mention gender, race, class, intersectionallity, patriarchy, work and many other key topics today.’
Nina Power, author of One Dimensional Woman

‘The relationship between Marxists and Feminists has always been problematic. But in these times of an ongoing crises of capitalism, when the whole world is looking for alternatives to the present destructive World System, Shahrzad Mojab’s Marxism and Feminism is especially necessary today. I hope that many women and men read it.
Maria Mies, author of Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale

‘Marxism and feminism are back! This book marks a refreshing return to basics after years spent in the wilderness of identity politics and the ‘cultural turn’. Offering a rich synthesis of the key concepts in both schools of thought, the book provides a valuable resource for rethinking Marxism, feminism, a renewed project for human emancipation and, yes… revolution.’
Radha D’Souza, University of Westminster

‘Marxism and Feminism is an outstanding contribution to the shared project of scholar-activists across diverse disciplines and movements. The collection is both the result of, and a significant contribution to, a (re)emerging conversation – one that attends to, as Shahrzad Mojab succinctly notes, ‘two major emancipatory projects.’ The keywords approach is inspired, providing breadth and depth in a single, accessible, and highly engaged volume.’
Abigail B. Bakan, University of Toronto

‘Reading this book made me aware of how much such a book is needed to awaken a dialogue between Marxism and feminism. I didn’t agree with all that I read, but that’s exactly what a book with this framework should do to awaken us.’
Dorothy Smith, University of Victoria

The Future Present

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

 

1 Introduction: Marxism and feminism

Shahrzad Mojab
Part One: Class and race in Marxism and feminism

2 Gender relations
Frigga Haug

3 The Marx within feminism
Frigga Haug

4 Building from Marx: reflections on ‘race’, gender and class
Himani Bannerji
Part Two: Marxist-feminist keywords

5 Democracy
Sara Carpenter

6 Financialization
Jamie Magnusson

7 Ideology
Himani Bannerji

8 Imperialism and primitive accumulation
Judith Whitehead
9 Intersectionality
Delia D. Aguilar

10 Labour-power
Helen Colley

11 Nation and nationalism
Amir Hassanpour

12 Patriarchy/patriarchies
Kumkum Sangari

13 Reproduction
Michelle Murphy

14 Revolution
Maryam Jazayeri

15 Standpoint theory
Cynthia Cockburn

16 Epilogue: gender after class
Teresa L. Ebert

Recommended reading
About the authors
Index

Critique of Political Economy

Critique of Political Economy

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Feminism

Feminism

Rosa Luxemburg

Rosa Luxemburg

CONFERENCE ON MARXIST-FEMINISM IN BERLIN

An historic conference on Marxist-Feminism that will be taking place in collaboration with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in Berlin next March 20-22, 2015.

The draft programme has just been posted: www.rosalux.de/marxismus-feminismus

 

Speakers include (among others) Frigga Haug, Gayatri Spivak, Saskia Sassen, Lynn Segal, Nira Yuval-Davis, Zilla Eisenstein, Helen Colley, Shahrzad Mojab, Cynthia Cockburn, Erica Burman.

The event will also include the launch of the new book from Zed Press, Marxism and Feminism, with Shahrzad Mojab, Helen Colley, Cynthia Cockburn, and Frigga Haug.

Registration is via the ‘Anmeldeformular’ in red at the bottom of the conference page.

Please distribute to all your interested networks.  This will be a very important event to discuss the resurgence of Marxist-Feminist thought in recent years.

Best wishes

Helen

Helen Colley, MA (Oxon), PhD
Professor of Lifelong Learning and Director of Graduate Education, SEPD, University of Huddersfield
Visiting Professor of Adult Education, OISE, University of Toronto.

 

The strength of Critique: Trajectories of Marxism – Feminism

International Congress

More than 40 years ago, feminists among Marxists in many countries spoke out. They criticized the concept of labour that was then commonly used in Marxism, they criticized value theory, views on domestic labour and the family, the way of dealing and interacting with each other and with the nature around us, on the economy and wars, visions of the future and the urge for liberation.
They triggered passionate debates – their criticism wasn’t totally ignored. But the work they have carried out on an international scale is far from complete. For some decades feminist Marxist debates subsided because neoliberalism, stumbling from one crisis to another, had brought other issues into focus.
Next year, in March 2015, we intend to pick up the threads. Many of those voices — and many who have since joined — will come together at a congress in order to investigate what has been left undone. We will discuss successes and defeats as well as new projects with the intention of finding out together what has been gained so far, what we need to continue working on, what new issues are on the agenda, and how we can bundle our energies to achieve worldwide resonance to our demand to intervene.
What remains as fundamental as almost half a century ago is that socialist feminists join forces internationally.

 

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Educating from Marx

Educating from Marx

 

Sara Carpenter and Shahrzad Mojab

Sara Carpenter and Shahrzad Mojab

FEMINISMS AND MARXISMS

Call for Papers: In the framework of the 9th Historical Materialism Conference, ‘Weighs like A Nightmare’, SOAS, Central London, 8-11 November 2012

Feminisms and Marxisms 

A new generation of anti-capitalist feminists has emerged in the last years across the world. Although not without tensions and disagreements, these new feminist currents have been in constant dialogue with different traditions of Marxism and the Marxist critique of political economy in areas ranging from social science, philosophy to art history. With the aim of providing a space for this dialogue, the 9th Historical Materialism conference inLondonwelcomes presentations exploring the synergies between the feminist and the Marxist critiques of capitalism in their various articulations. 

Paper proposals (between 200 and 300 words) should be submitted by registering at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences BEFORE 10 May 2012. Submissions will be peer reviewed. Please be aware that the conference is self-funded therefore we are unable to help with travel and accommodation costs.

Themes of particular interest for the conference include:

      Marxist and Socialist feminism in the 21st century

      The critique of the political economy of sex work

      Autonomia and Feminism: A legacy?

      Intersectionality theory and Marxism

      Feminist and Marxist critiques of liberal feminism

      Queer studies, LGBTQ and Marxism

      Feminist and Marxist critiques of gendered labour exploitation

      Feminist and Marxist critiques of racism and Islamophobia

      The political economy of gender and carceral detention

      Feminism, Marxism and art theory

      Women’s collectives and the contemporary art world

      Feminist, Marxism and the visual cultures of globalisation

      Gendered international migrations

      Commodification of care

      Social reproduction

Please note that the following donations are requested in support of conference costs:

£50 waged/15 unwaged on pre-registration
£75 waged / 25 unwaged at the door

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Educating from Marx

Educating from Marx

EDUCATING FROM MARX: RACE, GENDER, AND LEARNING – BY SARA CARPENTER AND SHAHRZAD MOJAB

Series: Marxism and Education

Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN-10: 0230115810

ISBN-13: 978-0230115811

270 pages; hardback

 

This text is an articulation of a renewed Marxist-feminist framework for adult education. In recent years adult educators have been working to develop an important body of literature on neo-liberalism, capitalism, and imperialism. Many of these analyses draw on various strands of Marxist theorizing. With the exception of Jane Thompson’s work as an early socialist feminist, a Marxist-Feminist framework has yet to be articulated for adult education. This text combines original empirical studies with literature review from critical adult education and feminist theory to examine the sites, theories, and practices of adult education from a Marxist-Feminist perspective.  

Contents:

PART I: MARXIST-FEMINISTS ORGANIZING KNOWLEDGE

Introduction: A Specter Haunts Adult Education: Crafting a Marxist-Feminist Framework for Adult Education & Learning; Sara Carpenter & Shahrzad Mojab

Ideology, Science, and Social Relations: A Reinterpretation of Marx’s Epistemology; Dorothy E. Smith

Building from Marx: Reflections on ‘Race’, Gender, and Class; Himani Bannerji

PART II: MARXIST-FEMINIST PRAXIS

Examining the Social Relations of Learning Citizenship: Citizenship and Ideology in Adult Education; Sara Carpenter

Learning to Mentor Young People: A Saintly Vocation or an Alienating Experience?; Helen Colley

Exploring the Social Relations of Class Struggle in the OntarioMinimum Wage Campaign; Sheila Wilmot

The Ideological Construction of ‘Canadian Work Experience’: Adult Education and the Reproduction of Labor and Difference; Bonnie Slade

PART III: MARXIST-FEMINISM, IMPERIALISM, AND CULTURE

Adult Education in/and Imperialism; Shahrzad Mojab

Materiality and Memory: A Marxist-Feminist Perspective on the ‘Cultural Turn’ in Adult Education; Tara Silver 

Epilogue: Living Revolution, Learning Revolution, Teaching Revolution; Shahrzad Mojab & Sara Carpenter

 

SHAHRZAD MOJAB Professor in the Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Canada.
SARA CARPENTER is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Adult Education & Counselling Psychology at theUniversity ofToronto’s OISE,Canada.

“Congratulations to the editors and other outstanding contributors to this exemplary text. The collaborative project that underpinned and drove the production of this work is clearly evident throughout: therefore, in one text we find the critically analytical/theoretical coherence one expects from a single-authored text with the added benefit of that coherence being brought to bear on a multiplicity of contexts that only a multiple-authored text can provide. An amazing contribution to critical revolutionary praxis inspired and informed by Marx” — Paula Allman, author of Critical Education Against Global Capitalism: Karl Marx and Revolutionary Critical Education

At Palgrave Macmillan: http://us.macmillan.com/book.aspx?isbn=9780230115811

At Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Educating-Marx-Learning-Marxism-Education/dp/0230115810/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1333664978&sr=1-1

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Paula Allman

SYMPOSIUM ON THE WORK OF PAULA ALLMAN

Marxism and Education: Renewing Dialogues XVI

A Day Seminar, 10.30 – 4.30

Saturday February 4th, 2012

University of London, Institute of Education

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The Drama Studio

 

SPEAKERS:

Sara Carpenter (University of Toronto)

Helen Colley (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Margaret Ledwith (University of Cumbria)

Peter Mayo (University of Malta)

Michael Neary (University of Lincoln)

Glenn Rikowski (University of Northampton)

 

This is an open seminar and tickets are free.

To reserve a place email: amaisuria@ioe.ac.uk    

Convenors: Tony Green, Alpesh Maisuria & Glenn Rikowski

 

Times Higher Education (Obituary): Paula Allman (1944-2011) – http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=418263&c=2   

 

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2ND INTERNATIONAL SUMMER INSTITUTE IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH: PUTTING THEORY TO WORK

Education and Social Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University, 18 – 22 July 2011

Summer Institute Director: Maggie MacLure

Plenary Keynote Speakers 2011:

DEBORAH BRITZMAN, York University, Canada
‘On matters of soft theory and affected belief: a psychoanalytic approach to the defense of theory’.

LINDA TUHIWAI SMITH, University of Waikato, New Zealand
‘Decolonizing research in new spaces with new possibilities’?

HARRY TORRANCE, Manchester Metropolitan University
‘Mixed methods research: what is the role of qualitative methods’?

LISA MAZZEI, Gonzaga University, USA
‘Plugging one text into another: thinking with theory in qualitative research’

HELEN COLLEY, Manchester Metropolitan University
‘Time, space and ethics: thinking through Marx’

KATE McCOY, State University of New York (New Paltz)
‘Heroin’s monstrous beauties: mark(et)ing affect and abject

KERI FACER, Manchester Metropolitan University
‘Democracy, education and reclaiming narratives of the future’

BILL GREEN, Charles Sturt University, Australia 
‘Emergent methodologies in educational research’

MAGGIE MACLURE, Manchester Metropolitan University
‘”The first secret of the stammerer”: writing without representing’

Putting Theorists to Work (Practical Sessions): Butler, Derrida, Braidotti, Lacan, Foucault, Bourdieu, Deleuze, and others.

Delegate-led sessions (optional): for delegates wishing to present their own research.

The Summer Institute will be of interest to qualitative researchers who are looking for stimulating engagements with theory, from doctoral students to more experienced researchers, across the social sciences, education, health and caring professions.

Standard delegate fee: £295
Email inquiries: SIQR@mmu.ac.uk
Information and registration: www.esri.mmu.ac.uk/siqr/about.php

A note from Maggie MacLure:

This is just to let you know that the keynote presentations from *last year’s* Summer Institute are downloadable, as audio-files, text and/or powerpoint presentations, from: http://www.esri.mmu.ac.uk/siqr/downloads.php 

Speakers include: Patti Lather, Stephen Ball, Neil Mercer, Erica Burman, Ian Parker, Nick Lee, Maggie MacLure, Bridget Somekh, Lorna Roberts, Liz Jones, Rachel Holmes.  

We still have some places available for this year’s event, so I have included the information again below.

Do circulate to anyone who might be interested.

Best wishes 

Maggie MacLure

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Critical Education Against Global Capitalism

CRITICAL EDUCATION AGAINST GLOBAL CAPITALISM – BY PAULA ALLMAN 

 Dear colleagues

 I’d like to draw your attention to the new paperback edition of Paula Allman’s ‘Critical Education Against Global Capitalism’ which is to be published by Sense Publishers any day now, price around £30.

This is a powerful text relating not only to adult education, about which it has much of importance to say, but also to the general context in which we live and work.

In particular, the new edition has an Afterword by the author in which she offers a detailed and up-to-date Marxist analysis of the current economic crisis and its causes, which is invaluable for helping us to link what is going on in our day-to-work with major global economic developments.  It is also an invaluable text for responding to the growing interest in Marxism among students and activists alike as it becomes ever clearer that capitalism, far from triumphing, is in catastrophic crisis.

Best wishes

Helen Colley

Critical Education Against Global Capitalism: https://www.sensepublishers.com/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=51&products_id=1122&osCsid=3202bf1d0434f6e0a9d0fb2fcd2ee3d0

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Critical-Education-Against-Global-Capitalism/dp/946091263X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1289034653&sr=1-1

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Helen Colley, Professor of Lifelong Learning, Education and Social Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University, 799 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 2RR, UK, Tel: +44 (0)161-247 2306, Research Centre Reception: +44 (0)161-247 2320

In support of Paula Allman’s book, Stephen Brookfield and John Holst have just published Radicalizing Learning: Adult Education for a Just World

The books links adult education to the creation of democratic socialism: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Radicalizing-Learning-Adult-Education-World/dp/0787998257

Testimonial
Paula Allman’s book is beyond doubt one of the most important and possibly THE most important of all contemporary texts in education. It will be a classic. I can’t think of an educational text that can match it in importance. Amazing! Peter McLaren, Professor, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, UCLA, author of Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, and The Pedagogy of Revolution

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