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POST/AUTONOMIA – CALL FOR PAPERS

Post/autonomia – Call for Papers

Amsterdam, 19-22 May 2011

University of Amsterdam/SMART Project Space

Keynote speakers include:

Franco Berardi (‘Bifo’)

Vittorio Morfino

Stevphen Shukaitis (to be confirmed)

Immaterial labour; multitude; the communism of capital; commons; precarity; biopolitics: autonomist thought has undoubtedly provided contemporary critical theory with some of its major concepts and/or allowed for an important reconsidering of these. Most importantly, autonomist thought has been at the forefront of thinking the crucial shifts in contemporary capitalism and its effects in both the social and cultural sphere. Autonomism’s impact on current critical theory in both European and American academia can therefore hardly be underestimated. Moreover, today we witness a resurgence of autonomist models of activism and thought in social movements in for example Italy, Greece, the UK and California.

What can ‘post/autonomia’ mean today?’ therefore is one of the pivotal questions in contemporary critical theory and activism. Rather than packaging it as ‘Italian Theory’, we would like to explore the international dissemination of autonomous thought and activism today and their possible futures; in particular we would like to explore critical engagements and uses of autonomist ideas that shape what we might call post/autonomia. It is precisely the dynamics, tensions and ruptures between autonomia and its possible futures (or ‘posts’) that we would like to investigate. What are the effects of autonomia, as a thought and a movement, in a variety of domains: from critical theory to cinema, from activism to academic practice?

Crucial questions raised by the notion of post/autonomia are:

* How did autonomist thought move from what was in fact a specific local context to the global activist and intellectual sphere?

* What are the possible connections between (post)autonomia and other contemporary conceptualizations of ‘communism’?

* What is the role of (post)autonomist thinking in current efforts to reassemble and reconstitute the militant left?

* What are possible connections/convergences between (post)autonomism and post-situationism, anarchism or the green movement?

* How can post/autonomia be situated in the aftermath or even afterlife of the ‘no global’ moment?    * How is post/autonomia taking shape in diverse cultural and artistic interventions?

* What is the significance of autonomist thought in non-western/global contexts (e.g. the debates concerning precarious labour in China)?

* How does the current the interest in autonomism and its relevance relate to political discourses concerning the ‘heritage’ of 68/77 and their alleged ‘liquidation’ (by Berlusconi/Sarkozy); to what extent does it encourage or block these debates?

* What elements of autonomism remain unaddressed today (e.g. the feminist heritage)?

* What particular nexus between theory/militant practice takes shape in post/autonomia (e.g. in media activism and precarity-movements)?

* What new perspectives/connections can be created: e.g. post/autonomia and queer, the metropolis, bioeconomy, etc. etc.

The conference will provide a platform for addressing these and other important questions. Papers may address the following topics (but are by no means bound to these):

Post/autonomia and:

–       contemporary activism

–       conceptualizations of bio-politics

–       the neo-liberal state

–       precarity

–       media activism

–       academic activism and new student movements (L’Onda che viene etc)

–       post-situationism

–       queer autonomy

–       feminism

–       the work of individual theorists (e.g. Negri, Virno, Berardi, Guattari, Lazzerato, Marazzi etc)

–       semiocapitalism

–       artistic and cultural activism

–       political/cultural memories of autonomia

–       the metropolis and the social factory today

–       the new communism

–       transversality

–       new spinozisms

–       (the lessons of) Genoa 2001

–       strategies of resistance

–       populism

–       the law, the state of exception and legitimacy

We welcome both academic and practice-oriented contributions in English. Papers should not exceed 20 minutes. Please send abstracts (350 words) before March 15 to postautonomia@gmail.com. For further information, please contact postautonomia@gmail.com.

This conference is the first of a series within the project Precarity and Post-autonomia: the Global Heritage funded by NWO (Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research).

Organizing committee:

–       Vincenzo Binetti, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA)

–       Joost de Bloois, University of Amsterdam

–       Silvia Contarini, Université Paris Ouest, Nanterre La Défence

–       Monica Jansen, Utrecht University

–       Federico Luisetti, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (USA)

–       Frans-Willem Korsten, Leiden University/Erasmus University Rotterdam

–       Gianluca Turricchia, University of Amsterdam

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Dissent

VOICES OF DISSENT – INTERFACE

Interface: a journal for and about social movements

Volume Two, Issue Two

Voices of dissent: activists’ engagements in the creation of alternative, autonomous, radical and independent media

Volume two, issue two of Interface, a peer-reviewed e-journal produced and refereed by social movement practitioners and engaged movement researchers, is now out, on the special theme “Voices of dissent: activists’ engagements in the creation of alternative, autonomous, radical and independent media”.

Interface is open-access (free), global and programmatically multilingual. Our overall aim is to “learn from each other’s struggles”: to develop a dialogue between practitioners and researchers, but also between different social movements, intellectual traditions and national contexts.

This new issue also marks the launch of our new website, which we hope will make the site more accessible and support multilingual material and translations in particular. The site is currently at http://interfacejournal.nuim.ie but will be accessible through the existing address of http://www.interfacejournal.net shortly. (The delay is due to the intervention of the IMF and more substantially weather-related problems in Ireland.)

This issue of Interface includes 26 pieces in 4 languages by authors from Austria, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Palestine, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, the UK and the US, including:

Theme-related articles:
    • Tina Askanius and Nils Gustafsson, Mainstreaming the alternative: the changing media practices of protest movements
    • Patrick McCurdy, Breaking the spiral of silence: the “media debate” within global justice movements. A case study of Dissent! and the Gleneagles G8 summit
    • Tatiana Bazzichelli, Towards a critique of social networking: practices of networking in grassroots communities from mail art to the case of Anna Adamolo
    • Clemens Apprich, Upload dissident culture: Public Netbase’s intervention into digital and urban space
    • Dongwon Jo, Real-time networked media activism in the 2008 Chotbul protest
    • Brigitte Geiger and Margit Hauser, Medien der neuen Frauenbewegung in Archiv / Archiving feminist grassroots media
    • Margaret Gillan, Class and voice: challenges for grassroots community activists using media in 21st century Ireland Other articles:
    • Philippe Lucas, Patient-centred strategies to counter stigma, oppression and forced incarceration in the CSX and medical cannabis  movements
    • William K Carroll, Crisis, movements, counter-hegemony: in search of the new
    • Raphael Schlembach, Towards a critique of anti-German “communism” Action notes from:
    • Cristina Guimarães Oliveira and Odalisca Moraes, Comunicação: Indicadores históricos e culturais do Pina
    • Lívia Moreira de Alcântara and Elder Gomes Barbosa, Extensão ou comunicação? O audiovisual como um instrumento facilitador da comunicação no assentamento do MST Olga Benário
    • Iyad Burnat, The Bil’in model of wall resistance

A special section is devoted to alternative international labour communications, with contributions from Peter Waterman, Eric Lee and Dave Hollis

Key documents: Chto Delat? A declaration on politics, knowledge and art (Russian and English versions)

Response by Peter Waterman to Colin Barker’s piece on Solidarnosc in issue 2/1, and response from Barker to Waterman

Advance piece for issue 3/1 (repression and social movements): Tomas Mac Sheoin, Policing and repression of anti-globalization protests and movements: a bibliography of English-language material

This issue’s reviews includes the following titles:
    • Clifford Bob, The marketing of rebellion: insurgents, media and international activism
    • John Charlton, Don’t you hear the H-Bomb’s thunder? Youth and politics on Tyneside in the late ‘fifties and early ‘sixties
    • Jo Reger et al (eds), Identity work in social movements
    • Clemencia Rodriguez et al (eds), Making our media: global initiatives towards a democratic public sphere.

A call for papers for volume 3 issue 2 of Interface is now open, on the theme of “Feminism, women’s movements and women in movement” (submissions deadline May 1 2011). We can review and publish articles in Afrikaans, Catalan, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Maltese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Zulu.

The website has full details on how to submit articles for this issue.

Volume 3, issue 2 on “Repression and social movements” is due to be published in May 2011.

Interface is always looking for translators to help with our multilingual project and website editors who can help with WordPress. We are also looking for activists or academics interested in helping out, particularly but not only with our African, South Asian, Spanish-speaking Latin American, East and Central European, and Oceania / SE Asian groups. More details on our website.

Please forward this to anyone you think may be interested.

Elizabeth Humphrys
Sydney, Australia
email: lizhumphrys@me.com

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