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DEVELOPMENT AND REVOLUTION: ROOTS OF THE ARAB UPRISING

http://www.soas.ac.uk/about/events/inaugurals/21nov2012-development–revolution-the-roots-of-the-arab-uprising.html

Development & Revolution: The Roots of the Arab Uprising
Professor Gilbert Achcar

Date:  21 November 2012 Time: 6:30 PM
Finishes:  21 November 2012Time: 8:30 PM
Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
Type of Event: Inaugural Lecture
Series: SOAS Inaugural Lecture Series

This lecture will examine the underpinnings of the revolutionary process ignited in North Africa and the Middle East in December 2010, in order to assess its potential future course. It will critically discuss various explanations of the Arab uprising that attribute it to political causes, the economic conjuncture, or economic policies. The lecture will relate the Arab uprising to structural social features that have been blocking development for decades in the region. It will then assess what can be inferred from the identification of these factors with regard to the dynamics and future of the ongoing process.

Gilbert Achcar joined SOAS as Professor of Development Studies and International Relations in 2007. Before London, he taught or researched in Beirut, Paris and Berlin. His recent books include The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder (2002, 2nd ed. 2006, translated into thirteen languages); Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy, co-authored with Noam Chomsky (2006, 2nd ed. 2007); and the critically acclaimed The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives (2010). His next book, The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising, will come out in the spring of 2013.

To attend this free lecture, register here.
Organiser: SOAS Events
Contact email: events@soas.ac.uk
Contact Tel: 020 7898 4013

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Time

THE REVOLUTION OF TIME IN A TIME OF REVOLUTION

Call For Papers
As editors of a book proposal accepted for publication by Cambridge Scholar Publishing, we announce a call for submissions to a collection of essays exploring the connection between concepts of time and social change. The volume will have a strong focus on interdisciplinarity, the fusion of theory with practice, and presenting possibilities for ways in which the consideration of alternative notions of time could bring about social change. Thus it is not only practical philosophy papers that we invite, but also contributions from fields such as literary studies, media studies, cultural studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, sociology and political science.

The Revolution of Time in a Time of Revolution
The year 2011 marked a global turn in acts and ideas about revolution. Western culture and media categorized uprisings in Egypt, Libya, Yemen and other nations as “the Arab Spring.” Yet revolution does not take part only on the national stage: radical social change is constantly being called for globally on the levels of gender, race and class, reflecting a future-oriented view of time that aims to change the thrust of history.

Merely looking into the future is itself a limited way of evaluating approaches through which we can create a more just society. Philosophers have long critiqued the patriarchal, linear notion of time reflected in national narratives and teleological worldviews, which often function only to reinforce the status quo. Marx himself calls for an end to temporal limitations, while Negri considers the possibilities of kairos time, and Deleuze and Guattari the importance of becoming, expanding into Agamben’s and Benjamin’s notions of messianic time.

Time is thus not simply socially constructed notions of linear clock time and teleological conceptions of history, but rather time is an encounter that differs according to human experience. Julia Kristeva’s work on women’s time, for example, outlines the cyclical temporalities and specific subjectivities unique to women, while Robert Levine suggests that climate can have an effect on the pace of life in  various countries, although postcolonial writers have critiqued this perspective as at least uninformed if not racist. Literary, postcolonial and media studies conceive time as something that can be reversed or stopped altogether, portraying history as plural and emphasising the subversive and oppressive facets of time ideologies. 

Nations are held together by popular conceptions of shared times which often function to exclude minorities and repress their actual histories, while class antagonisms are partly characterised through ideas of productive time and leisure time.

The breaking and rupture of such a standardized conception of time which remains that of Western Modernity is the task of the essays being collected in this work, seeking “to brush history against the grain” as Benjamin would have it. Non-Western belief systems have also put forward alternative conceptions of time. Indigenous cosmologies, for instance, portray time as cyclical, while Buddhism separates time into tiny moments or even offers possibilities of transcending time. Literary, postcolonial and media studies conceive time as something that can be reversed or stopped altogether, portraying history as plural and emphasising the subversive and oppressive facets of time ideologies.

The Revolution of Time in a Time of Revolution is interested in the intersection between theory and practice, including case studies that consider ways in which ideologies of time and alternative temporalities can be useful for solving conflicts and overcoming stereotypes created around questions of gender, race, ethnicity and socio-economic inequality. Time-perception is often used as a tool for marginalisation, but the alternative temporalities of the subaltern may also provide a way out of current restrictive policies around the world. The focus of the collection will be on time as an element of radical activism: how can visions of the future and the past, embodied time, untimely time, protest time and political time be implemented both theoretically and practically in order to change the way in which time functions as a vital element of social, political and cultural revolution?

As a thread that connects human life on so many levels, time is at once both subtle and dominating, reminding us that the moment of change must be seized before time itself, our creation, escapes us, or that to enact change we must escape or recreate time, or do something totally new with time. There has never been a better time to consider how both ancient and modern, philosophical and aboriginal conceptions of time and temporality might be employed in a quest to reconcile alternative  histories, and to bring about radical social change.

Please email expressions of interest in the form of an abstract (up to 500 words) with “Time and Revolution book proposal” in the subject line, as an attachment to Cecile Lawrence at (clawren1@binghamton.edu) by the 8th of January 2012, with a c.c. to Natalie Churn at messiahy@hotmail.comand, Christian Garland atchristiangarland@hotmail.com

Please send your completed submission as a Microsoft Word document by Sunday, the 31st of January 2012.

Contributions should be written in Times New Roman and follow the Chicago referencing style or we won’t consider them. Authors of accepted papers will receive a short guide to the specific Chicago method to be used for references. If your article includes images, please let us know in advance. Papers should be no more than 3,000  words in English or approximately 20 double spaced pages, inclusive of notes and bibliography, prepared for anonymous review, must be the original work of the author, and previously unpublished. Please also include a brief biographical statement of no more than 50 words.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.
Co-editors Cecile Lawrence, Natalie Churn and Christian Garland.
https://sites.google.com/site/timeandrevolutionbookproject/

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LINKS

LINKS UPDATE – 29th August 2011

What’s new at Links: Marxism & ecology, Markets and power, new ‘New Deal’? food sovereignty, Libya

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Mauritius: Marxism, ecology and the contribution of John Bellamy Foster

By Lalit de Klas
June 2011 – Lalit [the revolutionary socialist party inMauritius] sees the natural universe, whether it be the air above us, the sea around us or the Earth we walk upon, and all that lives upon it, and even outer space, as being our collective heritage as human beings. We are part of it, and also the guardians of it. This natural universe, our Mother Earth, is now endangered.

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Martin Hart-Landsberg: Market ‘outcomes’ and political power

“Now imagine if we had a state that engaged in transparent planning and was committed to using our significant public resources to reshape our economy in the public interest. … state planning and intervention in economic activity already goes on. Unfortunately, it happens behind closed doors and for the benefit of a small minority. It doesn’t have to be that way.”

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Crises real and artificial, and why a new ‘New Deal’ is not feasible

By Sam Williams
August 21, 2011 — Since World War I, the maximum debt that theU.S. government could carry has been determined by law. Every so often as the maximum debt limit was approached, Congress routinely voted to raise the debt limit. But this year the Republican-controlled House balked. The Republican majority threatened to refuse to raise the debt ceiling unless the Obama administration agreed not to raise taxes on the rich and corporations or even close tax loopholes that have often enabled the rich and corporations to pay no taxes at all.

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Fred Magdoff on ‘What every environmentalist needs to know about capitalism’

Fred Magdoff interviewed by Scott Borchert
August 24, 2011 — Fred Magdoff is co-author, with John Bellamy Foster, of What every environmentalist needs to know about capitalism. Bellamy Foster will be a featured international guest at the second World at a Crossroads: Climate Change – Social Change Conference, Friday, September 30 – Monday, October 3, 2011,MelbourneUniversity.

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La Via Campesina: Food sovereignty now! (video)

August 7, 2011 — La Via Campesina: Food sovereignty now! from La Via Campesina

Watch at http://links.org.au/node/2464

 

Libya: NATO’s ‘conspiracy’ against the revolution; Who are the Libyan rebels?

The following article, reposted from Jadiliyya, was written before the entry of rebels intoTripolion August 20-21, signalling the looming collapse of the Gaddafi regime. It offers valuable analysis of the dynamics between imperialism and the rebel movement and the Libyan masses. It contends that the Western powers, in an attempt to control the uprising, rationed their military support to ensure that significant sections of the Gaddafi state would be retained in any post-Gaddafi regime.

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Egypt

PUBLIC MEETING ON THE UPRISINGS IN NORTH AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

The Egyptian and Tunisian governments have already fallen, while those in Yemen and Bahrain are on the brink. Meanwhile Qaddafi is waging war on the Libyan people and mass protests are sparking off from Iran and Iraq to Algeria and Mauritania. Only a few months ago nobody could have predicted the intensity and the dimension of these uprisings, which are challenging hegemonic, culturalist and traditional assumptions about the politics of the region. Nor could anyone have foreseen the resonances that these movements would have across the world.

The uprisings pose far-reaching questions: What are we to make of the confluence of two “youths” united by an absent future, one educated and “middle class”, one banished to the slum periphery? What about the connection between these unemployed youth and the striking workers of Egypt? And what of the women who have played such a central role in these movements?

This meeting will feature speakers from the region with a critical analysis of the uprisings, plus a discussion of the implications of the movements for struggles in the United States, and for our understanding of revolutionary practice in the Twenty-first Century.

Confirmed speakers: Benoît Challand, Amr Ragab, Arya Zahedi. 

Friday March 11th, 7pm

The Commons Brooklyn

388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

See: http://thearabrevolts.info/

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Palestine

THE SUMMER UNIVERSITY OF PALESTINE

23 – 30 JULY

The New Middle East – People power, democracy and Palestine

Viva Palestina Arabia is organising a seven day summer university in Beirut at the end of July with internationally known academics, writers, political figures and activists to discuss the unfolding revolutionary events in the Middle East and what they mean for Palestine and the international solidarity movement.

A message from George Galloway

“The great Egyptian people have spoken. Egypt is back and the winds of change are blowing through the Middle East and beyond, threatening to knock down the imperial architecture that has robbed the people of the region for so long.

“And chief among the outstanding injustices from the colonial epoch is Palestine. Now the struggle for a free and dignified Palestine takes place in the epic battle for a new Middle East and wider Muslim world that meets the hopes of its people.

“Viva Palestina Arabia gathered together academics, politicians and activists last year in the Bekaa Valley in our first Summer University of Palestine to discuss and coordinate the struggle for Palestinian rights.

“Now, after the heroic Egyptian revolution has overthrown the pharaoh Mubarak, this year’s Summer University has been reorganised to address the questions thrown up by the extraordinary events in Tunisia and Egypt, which are now rolling through the region.

“Book your time off work or college now – 23 to 30 July, just before Ramadan. The university will be in Beirut, upgraded and bigger than last year. It will again have world renowned speakers. This advance notice is to ensure that if you are making plans for summer now, you know to be in Beirut from the 23 July.”

The university will be hosted by the Palestinian social and cultural society at the American University of Beirut

Registration and details are at: http://www.vivapalestinaarabia.org  

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World Crisis

STUDENTS OCCUPY – LIBYAN PROTEST!

***BREAKING NEWS, LSE STUDENTS HAVE OCCUPIED IN PROTEST AT  THEIR UNIVERSITY ACCEPTING MONEY FROM THE LIBYAN REGIME**

Thursday 24 February

Demonstration at the Universities UK spring meeting 2pm Woburn House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HQ.

University Vice Chancellors, whose organisation Universities UK will be holding its members’ meeting this Thursday, are preparing to hike up tuition fees and make attacks on the jobs, pay and pensions of university workers, who are now being balloted for strike action.

Many of them are also complicit in the brutal repression of protestors in the Middle East: for example, the London School of Economics (LSE) Centre for Global Governance accepted a £1.5million donation from Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, now the public face of the murderous dictatorship in Libya, and many universities work closely with arms manufacturers whose weapons have been sold across the region.

We stand in solidarity with the people of countries like Tunisia, Egypt and Libya as they demand bread, freedom and dignity. Part of this is fighting for a free and publicly funded education system, without fees, cuts or dodgy deals with dictators and arms dealers. This is why we will be marching on the Vice Chancellors’ Universities UK conference on Thursday, and why we support strike action by education workers against the VCs’ attacks.

For more information go to http://www.educationactivist.wordpress.com

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leaflet: After LSE accepts blood money, we need universities of solidarity 

poster/flyer for Thursday’s demonstration in London

leaflet to UCU members: students will support strike action

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