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STATE POWER AND DEMOCRACY: BEFORE AND DURING THE PRESIDENCY OF GEORGE W. BUSH

A new book by Andrew Kolin

Palgrave Macmillan

January 4th 2011

$85 Hardcover

ISBN 978-0-230-10935-3

Contact: Alaina Kunin, Publicist: T 646-307-5659, E alaina.kunin@palgrave-usa.com

Torture. Secret Prisons, Wiretaps on Americans. Even with a new president in the White House, daily headlines contain disturbing revelations about how theUnited Statesconducts itself in the “war on terror”. While other books have analyzed specific, shocking issues about the war on terror, there is a surprising disconnect in them: they don’t connect the actions with the George W. Bush administration to those of previous administrations. This book is the first to do that. It shows that the bush police state didn’t commence when Bush was inaugurated. It proves, instead, that the seeds of an American police state can be traced all the way back to the founding of the republic.

Praise for State Power and Democracy:

“Since the tragic events of 9/11, the United Sates has gutted its democratic ideals in the name of security while increasing its authoritarian tendencies as part of the war on terror. This book not only rigorously takes note of how the Bush administration (and increasingly the Obama government) undermined any promise of a democracy in the United Statesbut also vividly illustrates the long trajectory of authoritarian practices and punishing policies that have been deeply ingrained in American history. Andrew Kolin provides both a powerful warning and a wake-up call about the death of democratic ideals in the United States.” — Henry Giroux, Chair, English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University and author of Hearts of Darkness: Torturing Children in the War on Terror

“Andrew Kolin exposes the persistent efforts of autocrats to suppress popular democracy. His treatment is wide-ranging, historically informed, and most relevant to the police-state transgressions occurring in today’s America.” — Michael Parenti, author of God and his Demons and Contrary Notions

“This compelling book traces the assault on democracy and the rise of a police state that reached its zenith in the George W. Bush administration. From the war on communism to the war on terror, our government has used surveillance, preventive detention, torture, and a climate of fear to consolidate its power and neutralize dissent. Under the guise of nurturing democracy at home and abroad, the U.S.government has actually undermined it. Required reading for all who seek to recapture our democracy.” — Marjorie Cohn, Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and author of Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Defied the Law

Growth of State Power and the Assault on Democracy * Eroding Democracy in a Time of Crisis * Accelerating the Assault on Democracy * Absolute Power at the Expense of Democracy * A Police State * Actions Taken Against Enemies of the State * Exporting An American Police State * The Future?

Andrew Kolin is a Professor of Political Science at Hilbert College. He is author of The Ethical Foundations of Hume’s Theory of Politics (1990); One Family: Before and During the Holocaust (2000); and State Structure and Genocide (2008).

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GILBERT ACHCAR – US SPEAKING TOUR

 Gilbert Achcar

The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives (Macmillan/Metropolitan Books, New York; Saqi Books, London, 2010)

Speaking Tour in US Universities, November 8-17

Nov. 8, 5pm, New York University, NYU

http://www.nyu.edu/gsas/dept/neareast/whatsnew.upcoming.html

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Nov. 9, 6pm, with Amira Hass, Columbia University, New York

http://www.mei.columbia.edu/flyers/Achcar-Hass%20Flyer.jpg

Nov. 10, 6:30pm, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick

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Nov. 11, 7pm, Yale University, New Haven

Nov. 12, 1pm, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

http://cmes.hmdc.harvard.edu/node/2141

Nov. 15, 6pm, University of Chicago

http://cis.uchicago.edu/events/2010-2011/101115-achcar.shtml

Nov. 16, 4pm, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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Nov. 17, 7pm, University of Wisconsin, Madison

http://www.kulone.com/US/Event/1393759-Gilbert-Achcar-Talk-The-Arabs-and-the-Holocaust

Gilbert Achcar
Professor of Development Studies & International Relations
University of London – School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Russell Square – Thornhaugh Street
London WC1H 0XG
Phone +44 (0)20 7898 4557
Webpage: http://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff30529.php
Latest book: http:// us.macmillan.com/thearabsandtheholocaust
http://www.saqibooks.com/saqi/display.asp?isb=9780863566394
Most recent review in English: http://www.economist.com/node/16789290

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ARABS AND ISRAELIS FACING THE HOLOCAUST AND THE NAKBA

LONDON MIDDLE EAST INSTITUTE

School of Oriental and African Studies

TUESDAY EVENING LECTURE PROGRAMME ON

THE CONTEMPORARY MIDDLE EAST: AUTUMN 2010

The LMEI’s Tuesday Lecture on 19 October will take the form of a panel debate on the subject of Gilbert Achcar’s book The Arabs and the Holocaust, please see below for details.

ORGANISED IN ASSOCIATION WITH SAQI BOOKS

Arabs and Israelis Facing the Holocaust and the Nakba

Gilbert Achcar, SOAS

Nur Masalha, Centre for Religion and History and the Holy Land Research Project, St Mary’s University College, University of Surrey

Idith Zertal, Institute for Jewish Studies, University of Basel

Chair: Deniz Kandiyoti, SOAS

Tuesday 19 October – 6.00pm

Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS

All Welcome

This lecture is free and there is no need to book.

Tea and biscuits are available from 5.30pm in the Brunei Suite

For further information contact:

The London Middle East Institute at SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street,

Russell Square, London, WC1H OXG, T: 020 7898 4330; F: 020 7898 4329,

E: lmei@soas.ac.uk, W: www.lmei.soas.ac.uk

Participants:

Idith Zertal is an Israeli historian and essayist, professor of contemporary history and senior research fellow at the Institute for Jewish Studies at the University of Basel. Previously she has been teaching at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and the Hebrew University Jerusalem. Her works include From Catastrophe to Power, Holocaust Survivors and the Emergence of Israel (1996, 2000); Lords of the Land: The War Over Israel’s Settlements in the Occupied Territories, 1967-2007 (co-authored with Akiva Eldar, 2005, 2007); and Israel’s Holocaust and the Politics of Nationhood (2005, new ed. 2010, original ed. in Hebrew in 2002), which has been published in eight languages. In 2005 she co-edited and co-authored Hannah Arendt: A Half Century of Polemics, a collection of essays by Israeli scholars on Arendt’s political thought.

Nur Masalha is a Palestinian historian, currently Professor of Religion and Politics and Director of the Centre for Religion and History and the Holy Land Research Project at St Mary’s University College, London, and Professorial Research Associate, Department of History, SOAS. He has also taught at Birzeit University, Palestine, and is the editor of Holy Land Studies: A Multidisciplinary Journal. He authored and edited many books, including Expulsion of the Palestinians: The Concept of ‘Transfer’ in Zionist Political Thought, 1882-1948 (1992); A Land Without a People (1997); Imperial Israel and the Palestinians (2000); The Politics of Denial: Israel and the Palestinian Refugee Problem (2003); Catastrophe Remembered (2005); and The Bible and Zionism: Invented Traditions, Archaeology and Post-Colonialism in Palestine-Israel (2007).

Gilbert Achcar is Professor of Development Studies and International Relations in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS. He grew up in Lebanon and moved to Europe in 1983. Before joining SOAS in 2007, he taught and researched at the University of Paris-VIII and the French-German Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin. His works includeThe Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder (2002, 2nd ed. 2006), published in 13 languages; The 33-Day War: Israel’s War against Hezbollah in Lebanon and Its Consequences (with Michel Warschawski, 2007); Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy, co-authored with Noam Chomsky (2007, 2nd ed. 2008). His latest book, The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives, came out recently in Beirut, Cairo, London, New York and Paris.

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Gilbert Achcar
Professor of Development Studies & International Relations
University of London – School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Russell Square – Thornhaugh Street
London WC1H 0XG
Phone +44 (0)20 7898 4557
Webpage: http://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff30529.php
Latest book: http://us.macmillan.com/thearabsandtheholocaust
http://www.saqibooks.com/saqi/display.asp?isb=9780863566394
Most recent reviews: http://www.economist.com/node/16789290
http://www.laviedesidees.fr/Hitler-the-Arabs-and-the-Jews.html
Forthcoming event: 
http://www.soas.ac.uk/lmei/events/cme/19oct2010-arabs-and-israelis-facing-the-holocaust-and-the-nakba.html

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ERNEST GELLNER: AN INTELLECTUAL BIOGRAPHY

A NEW TITLE FROM VERSO

By JOHN A. HALL

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“Ernest Gellner was a great twentieth-century intellectual, and John Hall’s fine biography conveys a vivid sense of the man and of the extraordinary range of his ideas, while commenting with great intelligence upon them. A must read.” Michael Mann, Professor of Sociology, UCLA

“The authentic voice of Ernest Gellner: honest, cool and reasonable. Mr. Hall is to be congratulated for reminding us of how much we miss it today.” WALL STREET JOURNAL

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Ernest Gellner (1925–95) was a multilingual polymath and a public intellectual who set the agenda in the study of nationalism and the sociology of Islam. Having grown up in Paris, Prague , and England , he was one of the last great Jewish thinkers from Central Europe to experience directly the impact of the Holocaust.

His intellectual trajectory differed from that of similar thinkers, both in producing a highly integrated philosophy of modernity and in combining a respect for nationalism with an appreciation of the power of modern science.

Gellner was a fierce opponent, in private as well as in public, of such contemporaries as Michael Oakeshott, Isaiah Berlin , Charles Taylor, Noam Chomsky and Edward Said. As this definitive biography shows, he was passionate in the defence of reason against every form of relativism – a battle that his intellectual inheritors continue to this day.

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Praise for ERNEST GELLNER: AN INTELLECTUAL BIOGRAPHY:

“This is a fascinating biography of one of the seminal and most interesting thinkers of the later twentieth century … John Hall has done a great deal to make clear the complex background and underlying motives of this remarkable man and thinker.” Charles Taylor, Professor Emeritus at McGill University in Montreal

Praise for Ernest Gellner:

“Gellner’s world is austere. But therein lies its attraction. Not much real comfort for our woes is on offer; the consolations peddled in the market are indeed worthless. What Gellner offered was something more mature and demanding: cold intellectual honesty.” John A. Hall

“A university don and intellectual of the first rank, Mr Gellner understood the needs of the press. He loved public debate and infuriated less nimble opponents with cutting wit and memorable epigrams. He poured out articles and books – more than twenty by one count – routinely apologising: ‘I’ve written another; I just couldn’t help it.’“ THE ECONOMIST

“As a philosopher Ernest Gellner was a maverick and a gadfly. Yet neither of these quite captures the uniqueness of his subversiveness.” Steven Lukes, Professor of Sociology, New York University

“Ernest Gellner was a scholar in the classic mould, whose intellect and influence could not be confined within national boundaries or within the bounds of any one academic discipline.” Edward Mortimer, Foreign Affairs Editor of the FINANCIAL TIMES

“Although known primarily as a philosopher, Gellner had a vertiginous perspective on life. He expanded his interests into the fields of anthropology and social and political theory, exposing with a dazzling and at times controversial lucidity the patterns by which modern society has been shaped.” TIMES

“David Glass, the sociologist, once said “with a touch of irritation”, that he wasn’t sure whether the next revolution would come from the right or from the left; but he was quite sure that, wherever it came from, the first person to be shot would be Ernest Gellner.” The GUARDIAN, obituary of Ernest Geller.

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JOHN A. HALL is the James McGill Professor of Comparative Historical Sociology at McGill University in Montreal . His previous books include Powers and Liberties; Liberalism; Coercion and Consent; Intern ational Orders; and (with Charles Lindholm) Is American Breaking Apart? He taught at the Central European University in the early 1990s, when Gellner had returned to Prague, and gained an appreciation at that time of his background in Central Europe .

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 602 6 / $49.95 / £29.99 / CAN$62.51 / Hardback / 400 Pages

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THE ARABS AND THE HOLOCAUST

Gilbert Achcar: The Arabs and the Holocaust

London Review Bookshop – Tuesday 21 September at 7.00 p.m 

The conflict in Israel-Palestine is a war not only over land, but over narratives, and, not least, competing claims of victimhood, pitting refugees from Nazi Europe against Palestinian refugees of the Nakba. Not surprisingly, each side has sought to deny the significance — even the very reality — of the other’s tragedy.

In recent years, Holocaust denial has been on the rise in the Arab-Muslim world, with the disintegration of the ‘peace process’, and Israel’s unconditional defenders in the West have sought to characterise Arabs as inveterate anti-Semites, bent on Israel’s — even the Jewish people’s — destruction.

In The Arabs and the Holocaust, Gilbert Achcar sets the record straight, providing the first systematic analysis by an Arab intellectual of Arab responses to the Nazi extermination of European Jewry. Adam Shatz, a senior editor at the LRB, will chair a discussion of Gilbert Achcar’s work with a panel including Achcar himself, Karma Nabulsi, Fellow in Politics, St Edmund Hall, Oxford University and a former PLO representative, and Jane Caplan, St Antony’s College, Oxford.

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Capitalist Crisis

CRISIS OF CAPITALISM

Rethinking Marxism: A journal of economics, culture & society

Vol. 22 No. 2
APRIL 2010

http://www.rethinkingmarxism.org

IN THIS ISSUE:

Editors’ Introduction (Full Text)

SYMPOSIUM: CRISIS OF CAPITALISM

The Economic Crisis: A Marxian Interpretation – Stephen Resnick & Richard Wolff
Like most capitalist crises, today’s challenges economists, journalists, and politicians to explain and to overcome it. The post-1930s struggles between neoclassical and Keynesian economics are rejoined. We show that both proved inadequate to preventing crises and served rather to enable and justify (as “solutions” for crises) what were merely oscillations between two forms of capitalism differentiated according to greater or lesser state economic interventions. Our Marxian economic analysis here proceeds differently. We demonstrate how concrete aspects of U.S. economic history (especially real wage, productivity, and personal indebtedness trends) culminated in this deep and enduring crisis. We offer both a class-based critique of and an alternative to neoclassical and Keynesian analyses, including an alternative solution to capitalist crises.

What’s in It for Us? Rethinking the Financial Crisis – Randy Martin
In the aftermath of the financial meltdown, much attention has been given to capital’s crisis. For labor, the crisis augurs more than loss of home, job, or further deterioration of social infrastructure. The evident failure of financial knowledge has wider implications for the purported sovereignty of the professional managerial class in what has been called a knowledge society. Knowledge production has been subordinated to capital yet yielded no mastery of its conditions. Rather, the mutual indebtedness that is a feature of the crisis references an underlying socialization of risk and the work that goes into making it that should properly be the basis for a re-enchantment of socialism.

The Bull-of-Last-Resort: How the U.S. Economy Capitalizes on Nationalism – David Brennan
The dramatic purchase of corporate equities by the U.S. government in 2008 marks a distinct change in the way crises are handled. While many fear that this represents a move toward socialism, others look forward to the progressive possibilities. This paper argues that the policy of massively purchasing stocks is an attempt to provide support for equity values when no other bull could be found. This policy was used because high share values provide important class conditions of existence for capitalist exploitation today. As a consequence, the move to “nationalize” is viewed here as an attempt to protect the capitalist status quo. In this regard, the goals of current government policy are no different from past interventions.

The Green Economy: Grounds for a New Revolutionary Imaginary? – Boone Shear
In this essay I report on and briefly consider the composition, goals, and practices of some social actors in the green economy movement in Massachusetts, where I live. While cognizant of elite interests and state power that are working to shore up capitalist relations of production, I choose to amplify some of the openings and possibilities for intervention and transformation in the green economy rather than focusing on critique or (the very real) possibilities of cooptation and complicity. In doing so I hope to underscore the importance of the following questions: What new discursive formations are emerging from green economic imaginings? How are discourses constructed and contested and what new subjects are being produced in relation to a green social imaginary? Under what conditions are non-capitalist desires being created? What are the possibilities for a new left historical bloc?

2008: A New Chapter for U.S. Imperialism – Antonio Callari
This essay argues that the current economic crisis normalizes a transformation of the U.S. imperialist structure of surplus “accumulation.” Whereas the prior form of imperialism worked to create the conditions for surplus value production within the United States, the new imperialism works to channel globally produced surplus back to it. And whereas the prior form of imperialism was characterized by relatively high labor-power values in the United States, the new imperialism is characterized by a lowering of the value of labor power. The current economic crisis works to normalize this lowering of the value of labor power in the United States. It is this lowering of the value of labor power that sets the conditions for class struggle over the foreseeable future and thus the terms for Marxian theoretical and political work.

Mortgage Stakeholders, 2008 – Damon Rich & Larissa Harris
Red Lines Housing Crisis Learning Center is an exhibition developed between 2006 and 2008 at MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies by artist and designer Damon Rich. An idiosyncratic history of American home finance realized in outsized objects, models, photographs, found artifacts, text, and video documents, the exhibition opened at MIT in September 2008 in the midst of the global crisis spurred by some of its subject matter, and travelled to the Queens Museum of Art in Spring 2009. As in his work with the education non-profit Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), which he founded in 1997, Rich,who was trained as an architect and works as an urban designer, asked a question about the built environment–in this case, how is it paid for?–in order to tell a story about race, class, private capital, and public power in the United States.

Betting the House – Anette Baldauf
Since spring 2008, an unprecedented housing crisis has left the front yards of U.S. single-family homes littered with “For Sale” signs, foreclosure notices, and dead flowers. The crisis has emptied out entire neighborhoods in Florida, California, Arizona, and Nevada, destroying years of sustained community building. What is happening in the United States of America? How is it that mostly ethnic minorities and women are stripped of their minimal savings, and why is such a vast rip-off possible? If so many Americans are now dispossessed, relocated to shantytowns, or worse, dumped onto the street, why aren’t they marching on Wall Street? And, finally, are Marxist theorists able to make sense of this tragedy?

As the World Turns: Globalization, Consumption, and the Feminization of Work – Drucilla K. Barker and Susan F. Feiner
It is widely argued that global imbalances are the cause of the financial crisis. Political imbalance (the United States as dominant world force) mirrors economic imbalance (the debt-financed consumption sprees of the past three decades). There is, however, a missing (third) term—gender, which is constitutive of the economy both discursively and materially. Gender, in this sense, is a governing code that feminizes women as well as economically, racially, and culturally marginalized men. The feminization of labor made the consumption patterns of the elite possible and naturalized the type of hegemonic masculinity that characterized the international finance system.

Collaborators in Crisis – Harriet Fraad
This article explores the roots of U.S. passivity as the recent economic crisis loots American lives. It looks at four collaborators in this crisis. One is the recent capitalist economic breakdown. A second is the end of traditional gender roles and marriage. A third is the fall in participation in collectives of almost all kinds. The fourth is the anesthetizing of Americans with psychotropic drugs. I also explore ways to reactivate Americans.

Tragedy and Farce in the Second Great Depression: A Marxian Look at the Panic of 2008 and its Aftermath – Asatar Bair

Capitalism in Crisis

In this essay I recount some of the farcical things that were said about the economic prospects of the United States at the end of the great housing boom and the peak of the stock market in 2007; then I turn to a discussion of the causes of the Panic of 2008, examining the relation between productive and unproductive labor in the economy. I discuss the explanations according to which the Panic and subsequent Second Great Depression are blamed on neoliberal ideology. I critically examine the call for a Keynesian solution of government regulation and stimulus, counterposing it to a Marxian strategy of class transformation.

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:

Beyond Equality
David M. Bholat
My paper explores the character of Marx’s critique of equality as an ideal and the salience this critique has for progressives today. I suggest a reading of Marx different from the standard Marxist critique of liberalism as an emancipatory but unrealized set of ideals whose primary function in capitalist society is to conceal its conditions of inequality and unfreedom. Rather, I argue that Marx gestures at the limitations of liberal ideals, and shows why they are logically compatible with capital. This means that progressives are tasked with transcending, rather than merely appropriating, ideals such as freedom and equality.

REMARX

Task of the Dreamer
Marc Kaminsky
The incidents in this short story are refracted through the shattered sensorium of a traumatized but ethically intact survivor of the Holocaust. His narrative kaleidoscopically reconfigures horror and everyday life, nightmare and history, the gates of a Jewish ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland and a checkpoint at the border between Israel and Palestine during the First Intifada. His act of witness defends the specificity of the human being, the other, in the face of the reasons of state and the abstractions of ideology.

REVIEW

Marx is Back: The Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe (MEGA) Project
Marcello Musto
After years of neglect, a definitive edition of Marx’s collected works is once more under way. Included are not only the published works of Marx and Engels, but all known correspondence and numerous notebooks of excerpts that are foundational for understanding the development of Marx’s thought. As a result of this project, a different and less dogmatic Marx emerges.

http://www.rethinkingmarxism.org

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MARXISM 2010

http://www.marxismfestival.org.uk

Central London 1-5 July

SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK, JOHN HOLLOWAY & ALEX CALLINICOS discuss the idea of communism

BEN FINE, COSTAS LAPAVITSAS, ALFREDO SAAD-FILHO, GUGLIELMO CARCHEDI, ANDREW KLIMAN, JOSEPH CHOONARA, GRAHAM TURNER on dimensions of the economic crisis

Prospects for the Middle East considered by SHLOMO SAND, author of the acclaimed book The Invention of the Jewish People; GILBERT ASHCAR, author of The Arabs and the Holocaust; HAIFA ZANGANA, author of City of Widows: An Iraqi Woman’s Account of War and Resistance; GHADA KARMI, author of Married to Another Man: Israel’s Dilemma in Palestine

Marxist philosopher ISTVAN MÉSZÁROS speaks on alternatives to parliament

US academic HESTER EISENSTEIN, author of Feminism Seduced, joins NINA POWER, author of One Dimensional Woman, and Socialist Review editor JUDITH ORR to discuss the challenges facing the struggle for women’s liberation.SHEILA ROWBOTHAM speaks on new book Dreamers of a New Day: Women who Invented the Twentieth Century.

PETER THOMAS presents his roadmap to Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks

DANNY DORLING speaks on his book Injustice: Why Social Inequality Persists

Panel on civil liberties with solicitor GARETH PEIRCE, former Guantanamo Bay inmate MOAZZAM BEGG and GERRY CONLON of the Guildford Four. JOHN HENDY QC discusses the anti-union laws.

Guardian feature writer GARY YOUNGE, TARIQ ALI and RICHARD SEYMOUR of Lenin’s Tomb speak on racism, Islamophobia and identity.

Authors and academics: OWEN HATHERLEY (Militant Modernism), ALBERTO TOSCANO (Fanaticism), G M TAMÁS, SHEILA COHEN (Ramparts of Resistance), JANE HARDY (Poland’s New Capitalism), GARETH DALE(Popular Protest in East Germany 1945-1989), KEVIN DOOGAN (New Capitalism?), NEIL DAVIDSON (Discovering the Scottish Revolution 1692-1746), COLIN BARKER, PAUL BLACKLEDGE (Reflections on the Marxist Theory of History),MARTIN EMPSON (Marxism and Ecology), JONATHAN NEALE (Stop Global Warming, Change the World), CHRISTIAN HOGSBJERG, JOHN ROSE (Myths of Zionism), PETER HALLWARD (Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide and the Politics of Containment)

Trade unionists MARK SERWOTKA (general secretary PCS), JEREMY DEAR (general secretary NUJ), KEVIN COURTNEY (deputy general secretary NUT)

Politicians TONY BENN, JEREMY CORBYN MP, CHRISTINE BUCHHOLTZ (Die Linke Bundestag member).

Join thousands of others at Europe’s biggest festival of radical ideas—featuring over 200 meetings, debates, film screenings, and musical performances.

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SITES OF CONFLICT: PSYCHO-POLITICAL RESISTANCE IN ISRAEL-PALESTINE

15th & 16th October 2009, Birkbeck College, University of London

This conference addresses the remarkable projects of groups in Gaza, Israel and the West Bank involved in joint resistance to ongoing military conflict and occupation. Working for mental health and human rights on the front lines of military aggression, internal group violence, systemic interference with basic human rights, brutalization on many fronts and deep pessimism on all sides, speakers will address any and all resources for combined resistance and shared hope, whether close to home or coming from abroad.

Themes include:
*Survival and Non-Violent Resistance in Gaza and the West Bank
*Psychoactive Political Resistance in Israel.
*Possibilities and Limitations of Therapeutic Approaches to Conflict Resolution.
*The Politics of Apology and other forms of Acknowledgement
*Denial in the Face of Atrocity
*Mental Attrition of Activists
*Diasporic and all other forms of Support for Peace from Afar.

Speakers Include: Mohamed Altawil; Nissim Avissar; Jessica Benjamin; Tova Buksbaum; Bea Campbell; Stan Cohen; Stephen Frosh; Uri Hadar; Seamas Heaney; Samah Jabr; Adah Kay; Ghada Karmi; Yehudit Keshit; Moshe Landsman; Tony Lerman; Sheila Melzak; Rateb Abu Rahmeh; Jacqueline Rose; Jihan Salem; Andrew Samuels; Eyad el Sarraj; Lynne Segal; Hassan Ziyada; Felicity de Zulueta.

Cost: Standard – £70 Birkbeck staff/All students/Unwaged/Hard-up/One day – £35

Registration & information: tba http://www.bbk.ac.uk/bisr/news/Psychopolitical
Booking: J.Eisner@bbk.ac.uk

Sponsored by: Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust; FFIPP-UK; IJV.

Burning Memories: Sacrifice & the Unconscious in History

Wednesday 14th October 7.30pm Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ

Speakers: Uri Hadar, Stephen Frosh, Eyad El Saraj Chair: Lynne Segal

Memory of historical events is necessarily collective, but acquires personal characteristics that are of the same nature as individual memory in general. This idea is illustrated through memories of holocaust survivors as they construct themselves in a particular biography of an Israeli child. Holocaust memories are then connected to the ethos of military strength in Israeli society, which ethos undertakes to transform the historical marking of the Jews as victims, sacrificed by the nations on the altar of ethnic power. This is where the Palestinians enter the unconscious Israeli narrative, allowing the movement of the Jew away from the position of the sacrificed. The theme of sacrifice conversion marks itself in historical events such as the Naqba and the recent attack on Gaza. The talk examines the manner in which these themes feed into personal memory systems and reconstructs the workings of memory through the entire historical cycle.

£10 waged £5 unwaged

Please pay at the door.

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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