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JOHN SAVILLE: COMMITMENT AND HISTORY

Friday 13th May

A meeting to mark the release of a new collection of essays in tribute to Socialist historian John Saville, jointly published by Lawrence and Wishart and the Socialist History Society

Speakers include: Richard Saville, David Howell, Kevin Morgan, Steve Jeffreys, Dianne Kirby and other speakers to be confirmed.

Time: 7.00 p.m.

Venue: Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate,LondonEC2 (oppositeLiverpool StreetStation).

Admittance free.

All welcome.

Contact: stefan.dickers@bishopsgate.org.uk or morganshs@hotmail.com
See: http://www.socialisthistorysociety.co.uk/news.htm

—END—

‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

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World Crisis

PAUL MASON: ‘FROM TEHRAN TO MADISON – WHAT IS NEW IN THE GREAT UNREST OF 2011?

Tuesday, 12th April 2011, 11am – 12.15
Venue: David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London (Mile End Campus)
Paul Mason is BBC Newsnight’s Economics editor and author of ‘Live Working or Die Fighting – How the Working Class Went Global’ and ‘Meltdown – The End of the Age of Greed.’

Christian Marazzi: ‘The Common and Money’
Wednesday, 13th April 2011, 1pm – 2.45
Venue: David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London (Mile End Campus)
Christian Marazzi is Professor and director of socio-economic research at the Scuola Universitaria della Svizzera Italiana and author of ‘The Violence of Financial Capitalism.’

Both events are free and open to all and are part of the 14th Annual Conference of the European Business Ethics Network (EBEN): http://www.busman.qmul.ac.uk/newsandevents/events/items/43116.html

Contact and further info: a.alele@qmul.ac.uk

Maps and directions here: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/about/howtofindus/mileend/index.html
http://www.cfep.org.uk

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Socialism and Hope

LEFT FORUM: HAYMARKET AND ISR PANELS

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

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

For more information, check out www.haymarketbooks.org and www.isreview.org.

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

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 http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Black-Liberation-and-Socialism
**Mostafa Omar is a contributor to The Struggle for Palestine
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-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, SocialistWorker.org
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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/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 Worker.org; International Socialist Organization
Michael Hirsch – Democratic Socialists of America
**Lance Selfa is the author of The Democrats: A Critical History
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/War-Without-End-The-Iraq-War-in-Context
**Steve Early is the author of Civil Wars in US Labor
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Theory-of-Revolution-in-Young-Marx
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Politics-of-Combined-and-Uneven-Development

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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Theory-of-Revolution-in-Young-Marx
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Politics-of-Combined-and-Uneven-Development

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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Theory-of-Revolution-in-Young-Marx
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Politics-of-Combined-and-Uneven-Development

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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Lean-Years
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Turbulent-Years

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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Lean-Years
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Turbulent-Years

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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Lean-Years
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Turbulent-Years

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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Lean-Years
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Turbulent-Years

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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Lean-Years
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/The-Turbulent-Years

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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/El-Precio-del-Fuego

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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/search?keys=Azzellini

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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/search?keys=Azzellini

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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/search?keys=Azzellini

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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Midnight-on-the-Mavi-Marmara

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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Midnight-on-the-Mavi-Marmara

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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Midnight-on-the-Mavi-Marmara

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
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Midnight-on-the-Mavi-Marmara

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 HAITI: CONTAINING DEMOCRACY IN THE 21st CENTURY

Princeton University
Department of French and Italian
“Haiti:  Containing Democracy in the 21st Century”
A Round Table Discussion

Peter Hallward, Kingston University (London)

Kim Ives, Haiti Liberte

Ray LaForest, Haitian Activist

Nick Nesbitt, Princeton University

Thursday, March 3, 2011
4:30 pm
101 McCormick Hall

Kathleen B. Allen
Graduate Administrator
Department of French and Italian
Princeton University
304 East Pyne
Princeton, NJ  08544
kballen@princeton.edu
609-258-4670

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Haiti

HAITI: CONTAINING DEMOCRACY IN THE 21st CENTURY

Peterloo

NEW APPROACHES TO THE HISTORY OF POPULAR PROTEST AND RESISTANCE IN BRITAIN AND IRELAND, 1500-1900

A workshop, 1 July 2011, School of Humanities, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK

Sponsored by the History Workshop Journal

For more information or to book a place, contact Dr Katrina Navickas, University of Hertfordshire. Email k.navickas@herts.ac.uk   

Format:

11am-1pm – two roundtables of 5 minute mini-papers, and each followed by discussion.

1pm-2pm – lunch (provided)

2pm-4pm – open-floor session to discuss pre-circulated longer papers and discussion points.

4pm-4.30pm – plan for new agenda for the history of protest, and discussion of proposed published outputs of the workshop.

The proceedings will be live-blogged, and there may be web-conferencing for participants unable to travel.

Workshop website: http://protesthistory2011.org.uk/

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Philosophy

CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN MODERN PHILOSOPHY SEMINARS

Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP)
Kingston University London
Research Seminars, Semester 2, January-April 2011
Thursdays/Fridays, 6-8pm

Open to all

20 January
‘Hegel’s Other Woman: The Figure of Niobe in Hegel’s Lectures on Fine Art’
Andrew Benjamin (Aesthetics and Critical Theory, Monash University)
Venue: Art Workers Guild Lecture Hall, 6, Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT

27 January
‘Lacan and the Cahiers pour l’analyse’
Tom Eyers (CRMEP, Kingston)
Venue: John Galsworthy Building, Penrhyn Road Campus, Kingston

3 February
‘Basic Concepts of Transcendental Materialism’
Rainer E. Zimmermann (Philosophy, University of Applied Sciences, Munich)
Venue: Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH

10 February
‘”Look Out It’s Real”: Documentary Truth and Tear Gas’
Hito Steyerl (Artist, Berlin)
Venue: Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH

11 March
‘Assembling Untimeliness: On Gerhard Richter’s Paintings’
Paul Rabinow (Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley)
Venue: Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH

17 March
‘Disjunctive Captures of the Body and Movement’
Bojana Cvejic (CRMEP, Kingston University)
Venue: John Galsworthy Building, Penrhyn Road Campus, Kingston

14 April
‘Eleven Theses on Marx and Marxism’
Étienne Balibar (University of Paris X and Irvine, University of California)
Venue: Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH

Dr Stella Sandford

Principal Lecturer in Modern European Philosophy
Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy
Kingston University

Holmwood House
Penrhyn Road Campus
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 2EE
+44 (0)20 8417 2088
www.kingston.ac.uk/crmep

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Eric Hobsbawm

ERIS HOBSBAWM ON HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD

Professor Eric Hobsbawm in discussion on his latest book:

How to Change the World: Tales of Marx and Marxism.
7pm, Friday 25th February 2011.
Venue: Bishopsgate Institute, Liverpool Street.

In his major new work, Eric Hobsbawm addresses the history of Marxism in the 162 years since the publication of Marx’s Capital and assesses its continuing relevance as a challenge to capitalism.

This event is free but places are strictly limited. As we anticipate high demand we ask that you send your details to Stefan Dickers to confirm your place: Stefan.dickers@bishopsgate.org.uk

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Capitalism

CAPITALISM: A SOCIAL CATASTROPHE

Speaker: Professor Mike Danson

Sunday 21st November

12.30pm

Clyde Room, Premier Inn

Argyle Street

Glasgow

COMMUNIST PARTY OF SCOTLAND

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Situationism

ESSEX / BRIGHTON SEMINARS ON AESTHETICS & POLITICS 10/25-10/26

:: Curating Resistance :: Aesthetics & Ethics in Social Movement ::
:: October 25th, 2010:: University of Essex ::
:: Room 4.722 :: 1PM – 5PM ::
http://www.minorcompositions.info/curatingresistance.html

Participants: Gavin Grindon (Kingston) // Paul Halliday (Goldsmiths) // Antigoni Memou (University of East London) // Matthew Poole (Essex)

Avant-garde and social movement art production has long had a troubled and conflictual relationship with the museum and the archive. The call to abandon the gallery as a space for art separated from everyday life, one that all too often neutralizes the antagonistic energies of radical art, reverberates from Dada through Fluxus, the Surrealists to Reclaim the Streets. But in today’s post-Fordist creativity-fuelled economy, the call to end this division rings hollow precisely because it has already been accomplished: the energies of insurgent creativity are rendered into forms of dispersed production for the net economy. The surrealist invocation of the marvellous is today’s advertising copy. Joseph Beuys’ proclamation that “everyone is an artist” has been realized in perverse form as “everyone is a worker,” where relationality is ‘socially sculpted’ through the circuits of an always present network culture as opportunities for capitalist valorization: all YouWork and MyProfit.

What might there be that could avoid these tensions and contradictions, or at least begin to suggest ways to work through and against them? Where does one go when life itself is both a direct producer of value and the substance of artistic production? To a gallery of the streets? Or maybe a university of trash? Is the archive of the undercommons a pile of zines sitting at the back of the infoshop? A pile of fleshy tissue inscribed on by a Kafka-esque writing machine? Perhaps it is all and none of these things. Thus we return to the question of the archive and history not to catalog social movement artistic production for a gallery-morgue or the productivity of the metropolitan factory, but rather to consider what an ethics and aesthetics of developing a living archive of experience and knowledges that can feed back into and through the fabric of everyday life might be.

Sponsored by the University of Essex Management Centre (http://www.essex.ac.uk/ebs/research/emc).

For more information contact Stevphen Shukaitis (sshuka@essex.ac.uk).

Metropolitan Strategies, Psychogeographic Investigations
:: A Drifting Seminar :: Brighton, October 26th, 2010 ::
Starting @ the Cowley Club, 2PM
http://www.minorcompositions.info/brightondrift.html

The notion of psychogeography (as well as many other ideas of the Situationists) appears frequently within political and artistic discussions. Indeed, they circulate to the point of cliché, in the process becoming almost completely emptied of content. The derive is reduced to a leisurely stroll, perhaps accompanied with some secondary musings about the nature of the spectacle, a dash of literary activity, or perhaps some local history. This is a hollowing out of the concept. Psychogeography for the Situationists was primarily not an aesthetic activity, but more than anything a strategic approach to understanding the forces shaping the city and from those finding points of intervention in it. At times it verged on a nearly military framework, working to gain an intuitive understanding of the territory and its layering of images, affects, and circuits of capitalist valorization.

Today we find ourselves in a condition of ever intensified spectacular sociability: all of life put to work in webs of biopolitical production, overwhelming communicative and media flows, and the reshaping of the metropolis through culture led gentrification. More than ever well-developed psychogeographic investigations are needed to comprehend the shaping of the metropolis and the possibilities this offers for political action. But this is not a task for the carefree wanderings of the flaneur, but perhaps better suited for what Ian Sinclair has described as the superseding figure of the stalker, the one who knows where he is going, but not why or how.

The aim of this encounter is to draw together concepts from psychogeography and unitary urbanism with recent writings on the shaping of the metropolis today. And from this approach to understanding the changing nature of the city elaborate new political strategies. For instance, if the metropolis is a factory, how would it go on strike? If all of everyday life and communication is put to work, how can we throw down our tools? And if capital attempts to recuperate all forms of radical politics in order to turn them into new energies for continued accumulation, is a strategy of concealment or incomprehensibility one way to escape from these dynamics?

This event will not be based around formal presentations, but rather will rather take the form of a drifting seminar. Participants will be asked to read several pieces of text that will form the basis of discussion and exploration.

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Antonio Gramsci

THE POLITICAL THOUGHT OF ANTONIO GRAMSCI

The Political Thought of Antonio Gramsci: New Developments in Theory and Practice
Manchester Workshop in Political Theory
September 1-3, 2010

Panel 1: New Debates on Gramsci’s Political Thought
Chair: Ian Bruff

Antonio Gramsci and the Lyons Theses: The Dialectics of Living History
Adam Morton

Democratizing the Alliance: Lenin, Bukharin and Gramsci
Mark McNally

Panel 2: New Debates on Gramsci’s Political Thought 2
Chair: Adam Morton

Gramsci and the autonomy of the political
Peter Thomas

Thinking in a ‘Common Sense’ Gramscian Way about Capitalist State Practices
Ian Bruff

The Struggle for Signification and the Construction of Hegemony
Javier Balsa

Panel 3: New Applications of Gramsci in International Relations
Chair: Mark McNally

Transnational Capitalist Practices and the Political Economy of Biofuels. A Gramscian Approach to the Study of European Environmental Policy
Kim Bizzarri

Gramsci and Ambekar on Subalterns/Dalits
Cosimo Zene

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Fanaticism

ALBERTO TOSCANO ON ‘FANATICISM’ – TALK IN NEW YORK

Alberto Toscano, “Fanaticism: The Uses of an Idea”

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Humanities Initiative at NYU, 20 Cooper Square East, 5th Floor

Details: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/events/2010/9/28/237740/alberto_toscano%2C_%26quot%3Bfanaticism_the_uses_of_an_idea%26quot%3B

 

About this Event:

Alberto Toscano, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths in London, speaks on the concept of fanaticism to coincide with Verso’’s publication of his new book: “Fanaticism: The Uses of an Idea.” Fanaticism is usually seen as a deviant or extreme variant of an already irrational set of religious beliefs. Drawing a straight line from the Peasant Wars to Bolshevism, this view of fanaticism is today invoked by the West in order to demonize and psychologize any non-liberal politics. Alberto Toscano’s compelling counter-history explores the critical role fanaticism played in forming modern politics and the liberal state, and undermines the idea that liberalism and fanaticism are irrevocably opposed.

Book info:

FANATICISM: ON THE USES OF AN IDEA, by Alberto Toscano

Verso Books, distributed by W.W. Norton

Publication Date: May 24, 2010 / Price: $26.95 PB / ISBN: 978-1-84467-424-4  

To buy the book, go to Amazon.com 

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Anarchism

WE ARE EVERYWHERE – ANARCHIST CONVERGENCE

29 August · 18:00 – 21:00

Tyler Park, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

It is becoming increasingly clear that the age of revolutions is not over. It’s becoming equally clear that the global revolutionary movement in the twenty first century, will be one that traces its origins less to the tradition of Marxism, or even of socialism narrowly defined, but of anarchism.” —David Graeber & Andrej Grubacic

We aim to find each other: Anarchists, Radicals, Anti-Authoritarians, Anarcho-Curious.

Join us Sunday.

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