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Call for Papers

Working USA special issue

Issue Editors:

Maurizio Atzeni, Loughborough University, UK;

Immanuel Ness, Brooklyn College, CUNY, New York City;

Interpretations of global labour in the age of neoliberal capitalism urgently demands robust and critical historical and comparative analysis. For decades, research on labour collective organisation has focused almost exclusively on workers collectively employed on a stable basis in industrial settings or in the public sector, defended by collective bargaining, represented by trade unions and inserted within relatively stable systems of industrial relations. This view however it has always failed to take into account the transformative potentialities of that vast, rich and meaningful array of ‘precarious’ work experiences and relations that allow the production and re-production of capital as a whole.

Women’s labour in the sphere of social reproduction, low-waged workers who work outside conventional work as subcontractors in global production chains or in the informal economy of the global cities or as crowd workers in the digital economy, migrant workers whose exploited work often lays at the margin of legality, new groups of dispossessed people forced into the labour market, are categories of workers traditionally excluded and neglected by the labour relations literature as labourers; often considered unproductive, unregulated, and thus unrepresentable. Considering the speed of development and intensity of integration of global capitalist processes and the political turn to neoliberalism, which have brought about new (or refreshed old) paradigms to increase workers’ productivity and profits, absent has been the signal importance of these ‘invisible’, precarious workers, today representing not just the vast majority of workers in the global South but also increasingly shaping the social landscape of cities across the world.

Broadening research on this underworld of precarious and not represented workers is important to understand one fundamental dimension of the process of capital accumulation in the global age but it also helps to address deep theoretical concerns, put in evidence by heterodox Marxist currents across the social sciences, originating from the use of narrow conceptions about work and workers:

  • The conventional notion of the working class, based on the industrial, waged worker, has been questioned for not considering how different labour regimes co-exist and contribute to the development of capitalism as a system, especially women engaged in social reproduction.
  • The social organisation and militancy of workers it has been reduced to workers’ resistance to official strikes organised by representative trade unions, the ‘institutionalised form of resistance’, leaving aside the rich history and tradition of workers’ self-organisation. This remains crucial today in framing precarious workers organisation and in setting possibilities for transformative agency.
  • Geographically research concentrated on struggles at the workplace without considering the linkages of these with broader struggles over workers’ daily lives.

In the past 30 years, one sided views of labour has been explicitly based on the political role assigned to the industrial workers. Either from a revolutionary or a reformist perspective this particular section of the working class was considered central to any transformative politics. The advent of neoliberalism has swept away many of the elements upon which this centrality was built, leaving a tabula rasa, politically and theoretically speaking. From an empirical point of view, diversity, heterogeneity, unevenness, unpredictability characterise most workers’ struggles of the 21st century.

Against this theoretical and empirical gap in knowledge, the aim of this special issue is twofold.

It aims to offer insights on the daily lives, organization and resistance of precarious workers, intending these in broader terms, as employed in a range of different sectors, geographical and spatial landscapes, economic environments, and regulatory employment regimes.

It aims to produce new knowledge into the connections between these different workers’ struggles and the specific socio-economic, historical and productive context in which have developed.

Within these aims and considering the scope of the journal, we seek submissions from any social sciences discipline concerned with the study of workers and labour using a range of empirical and methodological analyses. The editors however would especially welcome papers that reach theoretical insights in addressing the relevance of certain groups of workers’ experiences or develop their arguments through comparative/historical analysis; focus on global cities and diverse employment regimes, workplaces and daily lives experiences; consider the experiences of workers in strategic sectors of the economy (distribution, transportation, knowledge economy); search for connections of workers struggles in different locations across the global production chain;  or offer insights on new forms of organizing and resistance


DUE DATE FOR ABSTRACTS OF 750-1000 WORDS: 15 September 2014

WORD LENGTH: 6000-10,000 words


PUBLICATION DATE: September 2015




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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Steelworkers Hall
25 Cecil Street, Toronto

6 pm:  Cocktails
7 pm: Dinner
8 pm: Awards

Silent Auction
Four Course Dinner – East African Community Association (Veggie, Vegan, Gluten Free Options)
Entertainment by Friends of Mayworks

Award Winners will be announced the first week of November! Deadline for nominations is October 25. See for details.

Tickets: $50 each; $25 students, unemployed/underemployed
There are a limited number of subsidized tickets available
Don’t miss out!! Book your tickets today!!

To pay for tickets online please visit to find the “Donate” button on the bottom left hand corner of the page. You will receive an email confirmation of your donation of $50 or $25 as well as your ticket information. To book your tickets or to request a ticket order form, please call 416.561.3163 or email



Tuesday, Oct. 1
7 p.m.
519 Community Centre Ballroom
519 Church St., Toronto

This special event commemorates 10 years since the passing of Greg Pavelich, an out proud gay activist, labour rights supporter and teacher among many other community development roles. To recognize his numerous contributions to the LGBTQ communities, Queer Ontario hosts this Public Forum on Education, a topic Greg was so passionate about.

Topics to be discussed:
– Updating Sex Ed. Curriculum
– Post-Secondary Education of Professionals (Teachers) on Queer Issues
– One School System for Ontario
– Implementation of Bills 13 and 33

Michelle Bourgeois (Ontario Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf), Mark Daye (Toronto Centre Candidate, Green Party of Ontario), Gary Kinsman (Queer Liberation and Anti-Capitalist Activist, Academic and Author), J Wallace (Gender Based Violence Prevention Program – TDSB) Moderator: Nick Mulé (Chairperson, Queer Ontario)



94 minutes, 2013
Ken Loach, director

Friday, October 4
7 p.m.
OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Room 2-214
(St. George Subway Station)

Everyone welcome. $4 donation requested.

1945 was a pivotal year in British history. The unity that carried Britain through the war allied to the bitter memories of the inter-war years led to a vision of a better society. The spirit of the age was to be our brother’s and our sister’s keeper. Director Ken Loach has used film from Britain’s regional and national archives, alongside sound recordings and contemporary interviews, to create a rich political and social narrative.

“The achievements of the ‘45 Labour government have largely been written out of our history. From near economic collapse we took leading industries into public ownership and established the Welfare State. Generosity, mutual support and co-operation were the watch words of the age. It is time to remember the determination of those who were intent on building a better world.” – Ken Loach, director

Leading off the discussion will be Toronto SA member Valerie Lamb, who grew up in England in the 1940s and 50s, and Barry Weisleder, Canada editor of SA newspaper.

Presented by Toronto Socialist Action, or call 416-461-6942 or 647-986-1917



Rebuilding the “We” – This is What Solidarity Looks Like

October 7 – 11, 2012
Ryerson University, Toronto

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Saturday, Oct 19
7:00 pm
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham St. (Bathurst & Bloor), Toronto

Talks by Sam Gindin and David McNally. First of a 3-part series organized by the Education Committee of the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly (GTWA).




Edited by Manny Ness, with a foreword by Staughton Lynd

“This remarkable international collection shows working-class power being built from the ground up by rank-and-file workers self-organizing to create new forms of autonomous, democratic organizations. Grounded in a reclamation of histories from earlier struggles, a strong critique of bureaucratic unionism, and an unapologetically anti-capitalist framework, it offers fresh, compelling analyses, vital conceptual tools – and hope – for the local and global fight for freedom from exploitation, today and tomorrow.” – Aziz Choudry, Assistant Professor, Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University

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A new CCPA (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) report tracks the affordability of university education across Canadian provinces. The study looks at trends in tuition and compulsory fees in Canada since 1990, projects fees for each province for the next four years, and ranks the provinces on affordability for median- and low-income families using a Cost of Learning Index.

Average tuition and compulsory fees in Canada have tripled since 1990, and according to the study, Ontario is the province with the highest fees and will see its tuition and other fees climb from $8,403 this fall to an estimated $9,517 in 2016-17. Newfoundland and Labrador remains the province with the lowest compulsory fees of $2,872 this fall, rising to an estimated $2,886 in 2016-17.

Read the full report, Degrees of Uncertainty: Navigating the changing terrain of university finance, to find out more:



In our third installment of the Unifor Interview Series with union leaders, staff, and rank-and-file members, we speak with Roxanne Dubois about Unifor’s Community Chapters. Roxanne is a staff member of the CEP and now Unifor, and is a former chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students. She presented a discussion paper on community chapters at the Unifor convention.

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The labour movement has a long history of working alongside or against a wide variety of other social and political movements: from the anti-Fascist popular front to the Latin American solidarity campaigns of the 1970s and 1980s, from the women’s movement to LGBTQ movement today, from anti-nukes to environmental movements, from human rights campaigns in the 1940s and 1950s to Idle No More today. The Alberta Labour History Institute (ALHI) conference of 18-21 June, 2014, wants to investigate this past, present and future of labour’s interaction with other social movements in Canada and beyond.

We are looking for people or groups interested in taking part in one of four categories on the theme of labour’s interaction with other social movements, past, present and future. We encourage papers and presentations from any perspective, including those that may be critical of labour in the past or present. We also encourage potential presenters to take a broad view of social movements, defining them as you like.

The categories are:
– Academic presentations of 15-20 minutes of length by students, established academics or others.
–  Oral history participants who want to tell their own story on the theme in 10 minutes.
– Films up to 20 minutes in length.
– Museum-style displays that can be shipped to Edmonton and put up for public display during the length of the conference.

Interested presenters should send a statement of interest or abstract and brief bio or c.v. to by 15 November, 2013 for inclusion in the program. All proposals will be peer-reviewed by a panel of academics and labour activists, and selected presenters will be informed by the end of November.



Sponsored by the Mayworks Festival for Working People and the Arts

Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts is inviting nominations for the 2013 Min Sook Lee Labour Arts Awards. The awards are given by Mayworks to recognize significant contributions to the arts and labour movement in three categories:

– Labour Activists who have used the arts to promote the values of the labour and social justice movements;
– Artists who have captured the values of labour and social justice in their art;
– Labour unions who have used the arts to engage their membership in different ways, for example in strike prep, or for picket lines or campaigns.

Deadline to submit nominations: October 25, 2013

Download the Nomination Form at: and submit by the above deadline. Please email for more information.




Responsibilities include teaching graduate level courses in the ALD Program, advising graduate students, and supervising student internships, portfolio projects and doctoral dissertations. The ALD faculty seeks an individual who will expand and/or add strength to our existing competencies. 

Minimum Qualifications:
– Earned Doctorate in Adult Education and/or related field by August 2014, with research interests in one or more of the following areas: adult learning and development, critical/participatory pedagogy, training and instructional design, technology and adult learners, adult literacy, medical education, online learning, and/or other related areas.
– Experience in teaching and/or working with adult learners
– Evidence of capacity for scholarly activity
– Experience teaching and/or developing online instruction

November 15, 2013 is the closing date for applications. For more info, visit:



The Adult and Lifelong Learning faculty are seeking candidates to fill a 100% Assistant Professor, 9-month tenure-track position in our program. We welcome candidates who embrace the scholar-practitioner approach to integrating theory, research, and practice with teaching and professional service. The ideal candidate will demonstrate significant experience working with diverse adult populations and agencies that administer adult and lifelong learning programs, possess highly developed research and teaching skills, and be able to partner with individuals and organizations to provide outreach and applied research opportunities for students and faculty.

Minimum Requirements:
– An earned doctorate in adult and lifelong learning or related discipline.
– Demonstrated record of peer reviewed publication.
– Ability to teach graduate students using online technologies.
– Demonstrated proficiency in research methodology and the ability to supervise dissertation research.
– An explicit and comprehensive research agenda related to adult and lifelong learning.

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The School of Industrial Relations at University of Montreal (École de relations industrielles de l’Université de Montréal – ERIUM) invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level with tenure to begin June 2014. One position with a specialisation in Human Resource Management and the other with a specialisation in Labor Relations.

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ERIUM is one of the major centres for the study of work and employment in North America, bringing together specialists in the areas of human resource management, labour relations, labour law, labour economics, public policies on work and employment, health and safety at work, and comparative employment relations. The teaching staff is made of 24 full-time professors and 20 sessional or part-time adjunct staff. ERIUM offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs all specialised in Industrial Relations to more than a thousand students (675 undergraduate; 375 graduate).

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Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education. For more information about this project, visit

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Working USA:  The Journal of Labor and Society
Call for Papers: “Building International Labor Solidarity”

Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society will devote a thematic issue to Building International Labor Solidarity, which will be published in early 2014.  The thematic editor is Kim Scipes of Purdue University North Central who will work closely with Working USA editor, Immanuel Ness.

As new labor movements emerge in Africa, the Middle East, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania, we seek essays that focus on research that is designed to build international labor solidarity with these and other workers.  The editors seek in-depth, critical description and analyses of efforts motivated by the rise of workers movements that engage in transnational solidarity, as well as articles that examine imperial and global power efforts to control, guide, and circumscribe them. Historical examples must retain focus that refract on today’s problems and concerns. Paper proposals are encouraged that address labor unions and workers’ movements in the United States and beyond, but priority will be given to research across the developed-developing country divide, or among developing countries of the Global South.

Proposals for papers in the journal should be submitted by August 15, 2013, with a length of 250-500 words.  Final papers will be peer-reviewed by referees appointed by the editorial board, and should not exceed 7,500 words.  For author guidelines, go to the following website:


Papers must be received by October 15, 2013.  E-mail for questions or submissions: and

Book Project
Concurrently, the editors of the special issue are separately publishing a collection on Building International Labor Solidarity, for which they are seeking submissions.  Contributors can submit papers to both the journal issue and the book, but they must be separate essays.  This will supplement issues addressed in the journal and go beyond them.  Each chapter can reach 10,000 words, and focus on practical, on-the-ground experiences and critical reflections on the subject.  This collection is planned as an activist-oriented project, and we are looking for accounts that address
specific issues raised in the practice of or literature about building international labor solidarity that examine the history and unfolding of events.  Again, priority will be given to work across the developed-developing country divide, or among developing countries/Global South.

Proposals for chapters in the collection should be submitted by September 15, 2013, with a length of 250-500 words.  Chapters are due by June 1, 2014, and authors should check with either editor about their proposed papers.

Immanuel Ness, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, New York, USA, Email:

Kim Scipes, Purdue University North Central in Westville, Indiana, USA,


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Fifty key figures on the left, including China Miéville, Lindsey German, Ken Loach, Suzi Weissman, Michael Yates and Immanuel Ness, have backed a Pluto Press campaign urging activists fighting for the 99% to draw inspiration from the lives and writings of three giants of 20th century political change: Leon Trotsky, Rosa Luxemburg and VI Lenin. The Get Political campaign statement ( contends that ‘It will not be a simple thing to win the battle of democracy … Luxemburg, Trotsky and Lenin were among the most perceptive and compelling revolutionaries of the 20th century. The body of analysis, strategy and tactics to which they contributed was inseparable from the mass struggles of their time. Critically engaging with their ideas can enrich the thinking and practical activity of those involved in today’s and tomorrow’s struggles for a better world.’


‘The Occupy movement and the anti-cuts movement have made a huge impact in a short space of time, but we must build on these successes in order to advance struggles of the future. By engaging with the lives and ideas of Lenin, Luxemburg and Trotsky, activists will find vital analyses and organisational strategies which can help us overcome setbacks and cause a leftward shift of the political mainstream.’ – PAUL LE BLANC, author and co-ordinator






Leon Trotsky

Writings in Exile
Leon Trotsky, edited by Kunal Chattopadhyay and Paul Le Blanc
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‘This bracing book provides theoretical nourishment for our times, just as millions take to the streets worldwide demanding a just economic system. Leon Trotsky hit the world stage as President of the St. Petersburg Soviet in the 1905 Russian Revolution and he continues to educate and inspire. His flame refuses to be extinguished.’ – Suzi Weissman, Professor of Politics, Saint Mary’s College of California

‘Leon Trotsky’s ideas inspired Minnesota teamsters and Bolivian miners, Filipino peasants from Mindanao and rebel students in the Latin Quarter, New York intellectuals and French Surrealist poets. Thanks to the initiative of Kunal Chattopadhyay and Paul Le Blanc, some of the most important writings from this period are now available in one volume; considered with an open and critical mind, they will certainly provide precious tools for a Socialism of the 21st Century.’ – Michael Löwy, Emeritus Research Director in Social Sciences at the National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris

V.I. Lenin

Revolution, Democracy, Socialism: Selected Writings

V.I. Lenin, edited by Paul Le Blanc

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‘We desperately need the resurrection and revival of the kind of strategic thinking and principled commitment that Lenin epitomised in the era of 1917, and all that it promised.  For those interested in this rebirth of the politics of alternative to capitalism, Paul Le Blanc’s account of the democratic, socialist, and revolutionary Lenin will prove indispensable.  Reading it is a reminder that what is, need not be, and that what has, seemingly, failed, can be reconstituted anew.’ – Professor Bryan Palmer,TrentUniversity


Rosa Luxemburg

Socialism or Barbarism: Selected Writings
Rosa Luxemburg, edited by Paul Le Blanc and Helen C. Scott
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‘Rosa Luxemburg has never been more relevant!  Here, at last, in a single volume is an accessible introduction to one of the most important radical political thinkers of the 20th century with analysis and insight for a new generation of activist.’ – Elaine Bernard, Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School
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Special Issue on Labor and Punishment

WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society is calling for papers for a special issue devoted to labor and punishment. Scholars interested in being considered for this special issue should submit a paper to the journal by December 1, 2011.

The US has seen explosive growth in its prison population, ushering in a historically unprecedented era of mass incarceration. On any given day, more than two million individuals are incarcerated (either in jail or in prison) and as many as seven million individuals – roughly one out of every thirty-one adults – are under some form of correctional supervision (either incarcerated, on probation or on parole). Rates of incarceration among black men are particularly staggering: although they constitute less than ten percent of the U.S. population, they represent over thirty-five percent of the country’s population behind bars. Given the devastating social and economic consequences of incarceration, it is no exaggeration to say that the prison both reflects and reproduces racial and class inequality. These facts have inspired a resurgence of critical attention in a wide array of disciplines to the causes, contours and consequences of America’s imprisonment binge.

This special issue of WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society will examine the wide-ranging implications of these trends for work, labor markets and the labor movement. It will both foreground the ways in which the politics of punishment are enmeshed with the politics of labor and shed a long overdue spotlight on the plight of some of society’s most vulnerable workers (incarcerated and formerly-incarcerated). The guest editors of this issue will consider original empirical papers on a wide array of topics that address the intersection of labor and punishment.

Examples of possible topics include, but are not limited to:
• The experiences of formerly-incarcerated individuals in the labor market and in the workplace • Collaboration or conflict between prisoner “re-entry” and movements for workplace justice • Prison guards’ unions and the politics of imprisonment • Criminal background checks, employer discrimination and “ban the box” initiatives • Historical or contemporary analyses of prison labor • Organizing and collective actions of prisoners (protests, labor strikes, hunger strikes, riots) • Case studies of targeted apprenticeship or job-training/job-placement programs for formerly incarcerated individuals • Socialist alternatives to ending incarceration and prison labor

To be considered for this special issue, please email a copy of your paper to Gretchen Purser (, Daisy Rooks ( and Immanuel Ness ( by December 1, 2011.

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From: Brooklyn Graduate Center For Worker Education:

Join us in celebrating a book event for

Ours to Master and to Own: Worker Control – From the Commune to the Present

By Immanuel Ness & Dario Azzellini (Eds.)

June 23rd at 6pm
Brooklyn College Graduate Center (CUNY)
25 Broadway, 7th fl New York, NY 10004

From the dawning of the industrial epoch, wage earners have organized themselves into unions, fought bitter strikes, and have gone so far as to challenge the very premises of the system by creating institutions of democratic self-management aimed at controlling production without bosses. Looking at specific examples drawn from every corner of the globe and every period of modern history, this path breaking volume comprehensively traces this often under-appreciated historical tradition.

Ripe with lessons drawn from historical and contemporary struggles for workers’ control, Ours to Master and to Own is essential reading for those struggling to bring to birth a new world from the ashes of the old.

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The Center for Economic Research and Social Change,, and our projects Haymarket Books and the International Socialist Review are sponsoring and are featured in several panels at this year’s Left Forum:

The following panels are sponsored by the International Socialist Review or Haymarket Books or feature a Haymarket Book author.

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Also, check out Socialism 2011, July 1-4, Chicago, sponsored by CERSC.  More info at:

An Eyewitness Report: The Revolution in Egypt
Sponsored by: International Socialist Review
Ahmed Shawki – International Socialist Review
Anand Gopal – independent journalist, reports for Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal
Mostafa Omar – International Socialist Organization
Sharif Abdel Kouddous – Democracy Now!
Ayman Mohyeldin – Al Jazeera English Correspondent
Jennifer Roesch – International Socialist Review, Chair
**Ahmed Shawki is the author of Black Liberation and Socialism
**Mostafa Omar is a contributor to The Struggle for Palestine

Capital’s War on Labor, Labor’s Civil Wars
Sponsored by: Haymarket Books; Labor Notes; Monthly Review Press; National Union of Healthcare Workers
Ellen David Friedman – International Joint Center for Labor Research, Sun Yat-sen University, Labor Notes
Jon Flanders – IAM/RWU
Michael Yates – Monthly Review
Sal Rosselli – NUHW
Steve Early – Former Communications Workers of America organizer
**Steve Early is the author of Civil Wars in US Labor

Capitalism and Education: A Marxist Discourse on What We’re Fighting Against and What We’re Fighting For
Sponsored by: International Socialist Review
Brian Jones – Grassroots Education Movement,
Jean Anyon – CUNY Graduate Center
Jeff Bale – Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University
Megan Behrent – International Socialist Organization, Grassroots Education Movement
Sarah Knopp – member of United Teachers of Los Angeles
**Sarah Knopp and Jeff Bale are the authors the forthcoming Capitalism and Education from Haymarket Books

The Betrayal of Haiti
Sponsored by: Haiti Liberte and The International Socialist Review
Ashley Smith – International Socialist Review, UNAC
Edna Bonhomme – International Socialist Organization,
Kim Ives – Haiti Liberte
Ray Laforest – Union organizer
Roger Leduc – Haitian Coalition to Support the Struggle KAKOLA, University of London-Goldsmiths

The Left Challenge to the Democratic Party
Dan La Botz – Solidarity and the Socialist Party; Buckeye Socialist ] Network
David McReynolds – Socialist Party
Gloria Mattera – Gloria Mattera
Howie Hawkins – Green Party
**Howie Hawkins is the editor of Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate

The Left Debates the Democratic Party

Sponsored by: New Politics and Socialist Worker
Carl Davidson – Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism,
Erin Chun – Solidarity
Lance Selfa – Author, The Democrats: A Critical History; columnist, Socialist; International Socialist Organization
Michael Hirsch – Democratic Socialists of America
**Lance Selfa is the author of The Democrats: A Critical History

Understanding and Responding to the Tea Party Threat
Sponsored by: Black Agenda Report
Glen Ford – Black Agenda Report
Lance Selfa – ISO/Socialist Worker/International Socialist Review
Pam Chamberlain-Political Research Associates
Paul Street – Independent author and essayist
**Lance Selfa is the author of The Democrats: A Critical History

Lenin’s Marxism
Chris Cutrone – The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Ian Morrison – Platypus Affiliated Society
Lars T Lih – Independent Researcher
Paul Le Blanc – LaRoche College
**Lars Lih is the author of Lenin Rediscovered:  What is to be Done? In Context

Obama’s Imperial Policy in the Middle East and South Asia
Sponsored by: United National Antiwar Committee
Anand Gopal – and Reporter for Wall Street Journal
Ashley Smith – International Socialist Review, UNAC
Issam Aburaya – Seton Hall University
Michael Schwartz – Stony Brook University
* Saadia Toor-Action for a Progressive Pakistan, Pakistan Solidarity Network, Staten Island College
**Michael Schwartz is the author of War Without End: The Iraq War in Context

Creating Leverage: Non-Electoral Strategies for Change in the Obama Era
Kevin Young-SUNY Stony Brook
Michael Schwartz – SUNY Stony Brook
Michael Zweig – Center for Study of Working Class Life – SUNY Stony Brook
Steve Early – Former Communications Workers of America organizer, Author, Embedded With Organized Labor
Tod Ensign – Citizen Soldier
**Michael Schwartz is the author of War Without End: The Iraq War in Context
**Steve Early is the author of Civil Wars in US Labor

Taking Back The Teamsters & Telephone Worker Unions: Case Studies in Rank-and-file Insurgency – Then and Now
Sponsored by: Labor Notes; Verso
Dan La Botz – Solidarity and the Socialist Party, Buckeye Socialist Network
Pam Galpern – Labor Notes
Steve Early – Former Communications Workers of America organizer
**Steve Early is the author of Civil Wars in US Labor

What’s The Matter With Organized Labor Leaders?
Christian Parenti – CUNY
Mark Brenner – Director of Labor Notes, East Coast Office
Robert Fitch – Professor, LaGuardia Community College
Sheila Cohen – University of Hertfordshire, UK
Steve Early – author, Embedded With Organized Labor: Journalistic Reflections on the Class War at Home
**Steve Early is the author of Civil Wars in US Labor

Capitalism’s Terminal Crisis : Economic Causes, Ecological Consequences, Radical Responses Sponsored by: Praxis
Bertell Ollman – Department of Politics, New York University
Michael Lowy – New Anti-Capitalist Party, Paris
Richard Greeman – Victor Serge Foundation, Montpellier, France
Robert Fitch – New Politics
**Michael Lowy is the author of The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx and The Politcs of Combined and Uneven Development: The Theory of Permanent Revolution

Developing Capitalist Countries and Sustainability
Michael Lowy – CNRS in Paris
Nancy Holmstrom – Left Forum and EIN Eco-socialist International Network
Pritam Singh – Oxford University
Richard Smith – Historian and Independent Scholar
**Michael Lowy is the author of The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx and The Politcs of Combined and Uneven Development: The Theory of Permanent Revolution

Roundtable: The Anticapitalist Left in the World Today
Baris Karaagac – Praksis – Turkey, Fudan University, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju
Johanna Brenner – Solidarity; Sociology, Portland State University
Marcello Musto – York University, Toronto, Canada
Michael Krätke – Sozialistische Politik und Wirtschaft – Germany
Michael Löwy – Contretemps – France
Richard D. Wolff – New School, Rethinking Marxism
Seongjin Jeong – Marxism 21, South Korea
Shuangli Zhang – Contemporary Marxism Review, China
Teivo Teivainen – Globalizations, Finland, USA
**Michael Lowy is the author of The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx and The Politcs of Combined and Uneven Development: The Theory of Permanent Revolution

Excluded Workers: Building a Labor Movement for the Twenty-First Century
Erica Smiley – Jobs with Justice
Frances Fox Piven – CUNY Graduate Center
Harmony Goldberg – CUNY Graduate Center
Linda Abad – Damayan Migrant Workers Association
Premilla Nadasen – Queens College
Saket Soni – New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice
**Frances Fox Piven wrote the introduction for The Lean Years and The Turbulent Years, A History of the American Worker

Howard Zinn: Toward a Politics of Solidarity Within the Academy and Among the Citizenry
Adam Silver – Boston University
Ambre Ivol – La Sorbonne Nouvelle
Christopher Robinson – Clarkson University
Frances Fox Piven – CUNY Graduate Center
Joshua C. Yesnowitz – Boston University
Stephen Bird – Clarkson University
**Frances Fox Piven wrote the introduction for The Lean Years and The Turbulent Years, A History of the American Worker

Leadership and The Limits of Demands: The 2010 Daniel Singer Millennium Prize
Frances Fox Piven – CUNY Graduate Center
Kim Moody – University of Hertfordshire, UK
Sheila Cohen – Work and Employment Research Unit, University of Hertfordshire
Suzi Weissman – Saint Mary’s College of California, Critique
**Frances Fox Piven wrote the introduction for The Lean Years and The Turbulent Years, A History of the American Worker

The Future of American Liberalism?

Sponsored by: Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture
Benjamin Barber – Demos
Frances Fox Piven – Political Science and Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center
Gregory Smulewicz – Zucker
Stanley Aronowitz – Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center
**Frances Fox Piven wrote the introduction for The Lean Years and The Turbulent Years, A History of the American Worker

The Tea Party and the Media
Frances Fox Piven – CUNY Graduate Center
Glen Ford – Black Agenda Report
Laura Flanders – GritTV
Peter Dreier – Occidental College
Richard Kim – The Nation
**Frances Fox Piven wrote the introduction for The Lean Years and The Turbulent Years, A History of the American Worker

How to Achieve Solidarity in the Electoral Arena – A Debate
Howie Hawkins – Green Party
Margaret Kimberley – Black Agenda Report
Ralph Poynter – Lynne Stewart Defense Committee
Steve Cobble – Progressive Democrats of America
**Howie Hawkins is the editor of Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate

Lessons From the Third-Party Campaign Taill: What’s It Like To Be A Green, WFP, or Vermont Progressive Party Candidate

Sponsored by: WorkingUSA
Howie Hawkins – Green Party
Martha Abbot – Vermont Progressive Party
Rand Wilson – Working Families Party–Massachusetts
**Howie Hawkins is the editor of Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate

The Resistance Dilemma in Latin America: Relationships Between Social Movements and States
Sponsored by: Toward Freedom
Adrienne Pine – American University
April Howard – Upside Down World
Ben Dangl – Toward Freedom
Gabriela Uassouf – School of the Americas Watch
Marina Sitrin – Writer, Lawyer, Teacher
**Ben Dangl is the author of El Precio del Fuego: Las luchas porlos recursoo naturales y los moviemientos sociales en Bolivia

Worker control and factory occupations, global South and North
Sponsored by: Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society
Dario Azzellini – Johann Kepler University
Immanuel Ness – Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society
James Gray Pope – Rutgers University Law School
Kari Lydersen – Journalist and Author
Marina Sitrin – SUNY Old Westbury
Peter Knowlton – United Electrical Workers
**Immanuel Ness and Dario Azzellini are the authors of the forthcoming Ours to Master and to Own: Workers’ Control from the Commune to the Present

Venezuela and the Chavez Government: Advances and Shortcomings
Dario Azzellini – Johannes Kepler Universität, Austria
Isabel Delgado – Ministry of Basic Industries and Mines, Venezuela
Mark Weisbrot – Center for Economic and Policy Research
Steve Ellner – Universidad del Oriente
**Dario Azzellini, along with Immanuel Ness, are the authors of the forthcoming Ours to Master and to Own: Workers’ Control from the Commune to the Present

Left Strategies to Exit the Crisis?
Sponsored by: Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
Christina Kaindl – Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
Florian Moritz – Member of the German Bundestag
Gar Alperovitz – Democracy Collaborative
Immanuel Ness – Brooklyn College, CUNY
**Immanuel Ness, along with Dario Azzellini, are the authors of the forthcoming Ours to Master and to Own: Workers’ Control from the Commune to the Present

An “Ethnography” of The US Congress
Sponsored by: The Brooklyn Rail
Arthur Delaney – Huffington Post
Glenn Thrush – Politico
Max Blumenthal – The Nation Institute
Ryan Grim – Huffington Post
**Max Blumenthal is a contributor to Midnight on the Mavi Maramara

Capitalism, Climate Change and Social Conflicts
Brian Tokar – Director of the Vermont-based Institute for Social Ecology
Chris Williams – Pace University, Chemistry and Physical Science
Younes Abouyoub – Visiting researcher at Columbia University
**Chris Williams is the author of Ecology and Socialism

Learning from the Tea Party
Sponsored by: The Indypendent
Abby Scher – Independent Journalist and Sociologist
Arun Gupta – Founding Editor, The Indypendent
Peter Bratsis – University of Salford
**Arun Gupta is a contributor to Midnight on the Mavi Maramara

The End of Whiteness: The History of an Idea
Anamaria Flores – Hostos Community College, CUNY
Arun Gupta – Founding Editor, The Indypendent
Nicholas Powers – SUNY Old Westbury, The Indypendent
**Arun Gutpa is a contributor to Midnight on the Mavi Maramara

Jewish solidarity with the Palestinian struggle
Adam Horowitz – Mondoweiss
Donna Nevel – Community psychologist and educator, Jews Say No
Elyse Crystall – Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-USA
Laurie Arbeiter – ART Activist Response Team, US to Gaza
Maya Wind – Shministim (Refusers)
Rebecca Vilkomerson – Jewish Voice for Peace
**Adam Horowitz is a contributor to Midnight on the Mavi Maramara

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Call for Papers

Stream at the International Labour Process Conference 2010, Rutgers University 15-17 March 2010

Stream convenors:
MAURIZIO ATZENI, Loughborough University, UK,
DARIO AZZELLINI, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Germany,
IMMANUEL NESS, Brooklyn College CUNY, US,

Acute and deep economic crises, like the one we are currently experiencing, have always had an important role in reshaping people’s lives and societies. By momentarily breaking the flow of production and consumption, destroying wealth and creating unemployment, economic crises interrupt the regular working of accepted socio-economic systems and open the room to popular protests and searches for alternatives. In the labour movement’s history one of the forms in which the dominating system has been contested and responses to crisis have been found has been through workers’ run and controlled production. Defined as workers self-management or autogestion, to use the more catchy Spanish definition, different forms of  workers’ empowerment at the level of production have been used in different geographical contexts alongside the history of the capitalist system of production. Reverting taken for granted assumptions about property and capital control of the labour process, cases of workers’ self-management can be seen as an alternative work organisation, a theoretical proposal to overcome capitalism and a form of radical struggle and rank and file strategy for collective action.

We thus invite papers with both an empirical and/or theoretical focus, based on historical, contemporary, worldwide cases that can assess workers’ experiences with alternative forms of work organisation, particularly, in relation to the following issues:

• Labour process and decision-making
• Workers’ collective actions and struggles for emancipation
• Social theory of work
• Alternative to capitalist societies

Research questions that address these issues may include:

• What is the historical-political development of workers’ control, its legacy and contemporary cogency?
• What is the theoretical relevance of all these attempts to challenge the `natural’ state of capitalist work relations?
• What would an alternative model look like?
• What would be the state’s role in promoting this alternative?
• Should be workers’ organisations actively supporting factories occupations and self-management?
• Are there feasible, sustainable long-term alternatives to conventional capitalist organisations?
• How market competition influences this new model?
• Which type of values will it be supporting?
• Who is going to take decisions in the new organisations? Will there be any leaders?
• What role, if any, for managers?
• How will tasks be distributed among workers?

We would welcome contributions from both academics and labour activists with different background and interdisciplinary approach based on worldwide examples of alternative forms of work organisations.

We would be happy to discuss initial ideas for papers with potential contributors.

Presented papers will be considered for an edited book on Alternative Work Organisation to be published by Palgrave in Spring 2011.

For further details see ILPC 2010 at:

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Workers Councils in Historical and Comparative Perspective

Call for Essays: Workers Councils in Historical and Comparative Perspective

14 April 2009

The editors consider workers councils as the definitive form of democratic labor control. Worker councils, seen as worker control over the economic resources that are vital to their lives, has had a prodigious history as one of the most dramatic forms of radical working-class action against business and corporate domination. From the origin of the industrial revolution to the present neoliberal capitalist era, workers councils have been recognized as a tangible means of both expressing working-class radicalism and grasping and consolidating power and control from the ruling class following labor organizing and direct insurgency.

The editors Dario Azzellini and Immanuel Ness are seeking submissions for a special collection on issue on worker councils and worker control from a comparative and historical perspective. The editors consider worker councils as a significant form of challenging capitalism and obtaining and securing worker power over workplaces and communities. We are seeking essays that demonstrate how worker councils have engendered and advanced perceptible gains for labor. We also seek essays that examine the endogenous and exogenous state and capitalist forces aligned against workers councils and democracy under labor control. We encourage submissions that are both contemporary and historical, including case studies and theoretical essays that range over any geographical space (including international, cultural, country, or regional focus).

The editors are seeking academically rigorous essays that also are accessible to workers, trade unionists, and activists. We encourage submissions that are free of jargon and rooted in historical experience. The culmination of the essays will be a book on workers councils published in many languages that embraces theory and action and easily grasped by a wide range of readers seeking democratic and socialist transformation through workers councils.

Possible topics for submission may include the following:

* Theoretical and philosophical consideration of worker councils and worker control
* Historical case studies of worker councils drawn from throughout the world
* Contemporary regional and national examples of workers councils
* Worker councils as a means toward revolutionary transformation

The editors consider the questions related to workers councils as praxis as essential to reclaiming democratic participation from capitalist forms of domination in general and, and particularly significant in the contemporary era of financial crisis. As such, please ensure that the essays are accessible to a broad range of readers, and offer a tangible contribution to research and praxis of social transformation.

Proposals for essays are welcome and are due and will be accepted through August 15 2009. Manuscript submissions are due November 15 2009, with anticipated publication in early 2010. Essays should range from 5,000 to 7,500 words in length, although the editors will consider shorter or longer manuscripts on a case by case basis. Essays will be published in a volume to appear in several languages. The editors have already secured publication agreements from publishers for this work in several languages.

Please send all proposals and manuscript submissions electronically to both editors: Dario Azzellini and Immanuel Ness

Postal Addresses and telephone:
Dario Azzellini
Lausitzer Str. 10
10999 Berlin

Tel. +49-30-61288162
Fax: +49-30-61288162

Immanuel Ness
Brooklyn College Graduate Center/CUNY
25 Broadway – 7th Floor
New York 10004 NY (US)

Tel. +011-212-822-1715
Fax. +011-212-966-4038

Please circulate this call widely to all interested parties


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Revolution and Protest               

Yesterday and Tomorrow


Special Session at Left Forum (April 17-19),                           

Pace University (across from City Hall), New York City


Panel discussion flowing from the newly-published eight-volume International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest (Wiley-Blackwell):


Walden Bello

Kunal Chattopadhyay

Paul Le Blanc

Immanuel Ness

Frances Fox Piven


Exploring historical experience and patterns of relevance for left scholars and activists at the present political juncture, the discussion will survey:


*The purpose of the encyclopedia — as a tool for scholars and activists today and tomorrow

*Globalization and international revolution — historically and today

*Revolutionary traditions as resources for social change

*New (and not-so-new) realities of our time

*How progressive social change is brought about — lessons and challenges for today


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