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FULL EMPLOYMENT

Call for Papers, Special Issue of the Review of Radical Political Economics on Full Employment

As we currently face the worst economic collapse since the great depression that has resulted in the loss of million of jobs and the highest levels of long-term unemployment since data have been collected, we invite contributors to submit proposals that address the problems of long-term structural unemployment in the United States and world wide.

We invite submissions that address, but do not need to be limited to, the following topics:

1)      What can we learn from employment outcomes across different countries and political economic regimes?
2)      To what extent can public sector action generate sustainable and high-quality employment?
3)      What kind of policies should the public sector pursue? For example should these be employment of last resort (ELR) or jobs created through some other type of “job guarantee policy,” or “permanent jobs programs” for the generation of a certain number of median wage and not last resort jobs, and how should these be financed and administered?
4)      How does this relate to broader macroeconomic policies, including taxation and industrial policy?
5)      Can “full employment” policies succeed in capitalist countries or are partial, temporary, and inadequate programs the best that can be achieved?
6)      What are the historical lessons of the New Deal employment programs in the United States and similar historic or contemporary programs and policies in other countries?
7)      What has been the role of neoclassical economic theory in undermining ideological support for full employment programs, for example vis-à-vis the “natural rate of unemployment” or “NAIRU” doctrines, and what is a proper theoretical/ideological response to these prevalent macroeconomic views?
8)      More generally, is full employment consistent with low-inflation in the United States or elsewhere?
9)      Practical proposals for increasing employment in the United States now and critiques/discussions of the current Summers/Geithner effort to achieve sustained economic growth in the United States with a massive financial sector bail-out and a temporary and limited fiscal stimulus for the broader economy.

Submissions are due by September 30, 2012, and must follow the Instructions to Contributors listed in each issue of the Review, on the RRPE section of the URPE Website, or available from the Managing Editor.  All submissions are subject to the usual review procedures and they should not be under review with any other publication.  We strongly encourage authors to send a brief title and abstract as soon as possible, so we can coordinate timely publication of the issue.

Send 4 hard copies and an electronic version in Word doc. to Hazel Dayton Gunn, Managing Editor, Review of Radical Political Economics, Dept. of City & Regional Planning, 106 W. Sibley Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA; hg18@cornell.edu.

 

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‘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)

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

 

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Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 8th MAY 2011

EVENTS

DYING FOR A HOME: FIGHTING FOR OUR SOCIAL PROGRAMS

Thursday, May 19
7 pm
Toronto Reference Library, Atrium
Yonge Street, north of Bloor

Join Toronto street nurse Cathy Crowe for a street-level perspective on the need for social housing and why we need social programs now more than ever. Crowe has been a street nurse in downtown Toronto for more than seventeen years and co-founded the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee. Music provided by the Common Thread Community Choir. Hosted by Councillor Adam Vaughan.

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STOP SIGNS: CARS AND CAPITALISM ON THE ROAD TO ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND ECOLOGICAL DECAY

Thursday, May 12
7pm
Bahen Centre, Room 1200
40 St. George St., Toronto

In North America, human beings have become enthralled by the automobile: A quarter of our working lives are spent paying for them; communities fight each other for the right to build more of them; our cities have been torn down, remade and planned with their needs as the overriding concern; wars are fought to keep their fuel tanks filled; songs are written to praise them; cathedrals are built to worship them.

Drawing on their new book Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay, authors Bianca Mugyenyi and Yves Engler will describe how the automobile’s ascendance is inextricably linked to capitalism and involved corporate malfeasance, political intrigue, backroom payoffs, media manipulation, racism, academic corruption, third world coups, secret armies, environmental destruction and war.

To locate this discussion in the Toronto context, local activist Jordy Cummings will describe the work of the campaign for Free and Accessible public transit, which is being spearheaded by the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly.

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COUNCILLOR JOSH MATLOW’S TOWN HALL DEBATE ON GARBAGE PRIVATIZATION

Tuesday, May 10th 2011
7:00 – 9:00 pm
North Toronto Collegiate Institute, 17 Broadway Ave – SCHOOL AUDITORIUM

Councillor Josh Matlow will be holding a Town Hall debate on the garbage privatization issue which will be coming to City Council in mid-May, to ensure residents have an opportunity to become informed on both sides of this important issue. It will be moderated by TVO’s Steve Paikin and will feature Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, Chair of Toronto Public Works Committee and Hugh Mackenzie of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

For additional information, please contact Josh Matlow’s office at (416) 392-7906 or email councillor_matlow@toronto.ca

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STOP WAGE THEFT! CAMPAIGN LAUNCH

Friday May 13, 2011
7:00pm * FREE!
Beit Zatoun – 612 Markham Street
(Bathurst St. and Bloor St.)

Celebrate our shared resistance with performances by:

* Ruben ‘Beny’ Esguerra and New Tradition Drum and Dance live Afro-Colombian percussion
* Spoken word by Lishai

Hear from Workers’ Action Centre leaders on our fight to stop employers from stealing our wages.    

Watch undercover footage of employers breaking the law, and see how workers are resisting through Bad Boss actions around the city.

Find Out how you can get involved!

Workers’ Action Centre is releasing a series of videos on wage theft. Watch the latest video at http://www.workersactioncentre.org

For more information: call Sonia at (416) 531-0778, ext. 221.

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(UN)LAWFUL ACCESS: CYBER-SURVEILLANCE, SECURITY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

May 12, 2011
5:00pm- :00pm
Campbell Conference Facility
Munk School of Global Affairs, U of T
1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, ON

Join moderator Dr. Ron Deibert for an insightful and lively discussion into some of the most pressing social issues surrounding our rights and freedoms as cyber-surveillance becomes an ubiquitous part of our lives, on-line and off.

Digitally mediated surveillance is an increasingly prevalent, but still largely invisible, aspect of everyday life. As we work, play and negotiate public spaces, on-line and off, we produce a growing stream of personal digital data of interest to unseen others. CCTV cameras hosted by private and public actors survey and record our movements in public space, as well as in the workplace. Corporate interests track our behaviour as we navigate both social and transactional cyberspaces, data mining our digital doubles and packaging users as commodities for sale to the highest bidder. Governments continue to collect personal information on-line with unclear guidelines for retention and use, while law enforcement increasingly use internet technology to monitor not only criminals but activists and political dissidents as well, with worrisome implications for democracy.

Read more: http://www.digitallymediatedsurveillance.ca

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NEXT GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE GTWA: IN THE SPRING OF 2011 WILL STRUGGLE BLOOM?

Saturday May 14, 2011
Steelworkers Hall
25 Cecil Street, Toronto.
East side of Spadina south of College

As we exit the elections and the capitalist class continues to consolidate itself the attacks against working people will come quicker and stronger. The need for an organized resistance is greater than ever.

The Greater Toronto Workers’s Assembly (GTWA) was formed to contribute to this resistance at a time when we saw the tip of the iceberg of the “austerity” program. Looking back less than two years later our success at doing this has been both limited and mixed despite some of our successes. We need to examine the current context, our project and the challenges we face. Do we have the capacity, will and discipline to take on these challenges? Can we overcome the divisions, pressures and practices that divide us? Will we be able to help the struggle bloom?

All members and supporters are welcome. Members and supporters are encouraged to bring guests as observers.

Read more: http://www.workersassembly.ca/node/150

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NEWS & VIEWS

ANTI-AUSTERITY STRUGGLES AND THE CANADIAN ELECTION

From The Bullet

The precise political outcome of the May 2nd election may well have the NDP make an unprecedented electoral breakthrough in Canada and Quebec. This would be a major step in its long desire to displace the Liberals as the other dominant national party, partly to become something more like the Democratic Party in the U.S. and partly to become the alternate centrist political option like the British Labour Party and the German SPD. This is already what the NDP is in Western Canada and Nova Scotia. This needs to be placed in the context of an international political conjuncture where ruling class forces have, paradoxically, gained strength and momentum over the crisis to date; and set against the enduring institutional characteristics of the Canadian political and electoral systems that, if anything, the political parties and campaigns have reinforced.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/496.php

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ONTARIO FARM WORKERS ‘SHOCKED’ AS UNION BAN UPHELD

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a provincial ban on farm unions is constitutional, denying more than 80,000 Ontario farm workers the ability to unionize. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a provincial ban on farm unions is constitutional, denying more than 80,000 Ontario farm workers the ability to unionize.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2011/04/29/supreme-court.html

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MURRAY DOBBIN’S BLOG – A CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY. NOW WHAT?

There is no point dwelling on the obvious other than to simply reiterate it. The election of a Conservative majority government will usher in wrenching change in Canada and we will have to witness the worse that Stephen Harper has to offer. It remains to be seen whether or not Harper actually wants to stay around for another election to win it (and therefore not go too far in a first term), and solidify the dominance of his party as the new “natural governing party.” Or whether, as his personality disorder would suggest, he will in a spirit of vengeance against the country he detests, dismantle as much of the post-war social contract he can in four years of virtually absolute power.

Read more: http://murraydobbin.ca/2011/05/03/a-conservativ-majority-now-what/

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BUY THIS BOOK!

From LBO News, Doug Henwood
Excellent collection of interviews … Perfect for teaching, or just reading. Order your copies here.

Sasha Lilley, Capital and Its Discontents: Conversations with Radical Thinkers in a Time of Tumult (PM Press, 2011)

Interviewees: Ellen Meiksins Wood, David Harvey, Doug Henwood, Leo Panitch, Sam Gindin, Greg Albo, David McNally, John Bellamy Foster, Jason W Moore, Ursula Huws, Gillian Hart, Vivek Chibber, Mike Davis, Tariq Ali, John Sanbonmatsu, Andrej Grubacic, and Noam Chomsky.

Through a series of incisive conversations with some of the most eminent thinkers and political economists on the Left—including David Harvey, Ellen Meiksins Wood, Mike Davis, Leo Panitch, Tariq Ali, and Noam Chomsky—Capital and Its Discontents illuminates the dynamic contradictions undergirding capitalism and the potential for its dethroning.

The book challenges conventional wisdom on the Left about the nature of globalization, neoliberalism and imperialism, as well as the agrarian question in the Global South. It probes deeply into the roots of the global economic meltdown, the role of debt and privatization in dampening social revolt, and considers capitalism’s dynamic ability to find ever new sources of accumulation—whether through imperial or ecological plunder or the commodification of previously unpaid female labor.

Read more: https://secure.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=267

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VIDEO – ONLY KNOWN RECORDING OF MOTHER JONES

You have to see the only known audio and video recording of Mother Jones. On what is believed to be her 100th birthday in 1930, the legendary union organizer is still full of fire for worker justice.

Watch the video: http://blog.aflcio.org/2011/05/03/only-known-videoaudio-of-mother-jones/

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

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 http://www.apcol.ca

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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‘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)

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

No Future

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 23rd APRIL 2011

EVENTS

WEBINAR: CITIES OF MIGRATION LEARNING EXCHANGE SERIES – LISTEN UP! MEDIA STRATEGIES FOR DIVERSE CITIES

May 17, 2011

11:00 EDT in Toronto, New York
16:00 BST in London
17:00 CEST in Berlin, Barcelona

Join Cities of Migration online for a 60-minute webinar to learn about media diversity and the strategies behind the success of local radio broadcasters in Barcelona and Toronto. Find out how to improve your audience ratings by responding to changing demographics and sharing your city’s immigrant experience.

Read more: http://mediadiversity.eventbrite.com/

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FORUM ON IMMIGRATION ‘FRAUD’: FACTS, MYTHS AND CHALLENGES

April 27, 2011
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Friend’s House
60 Lowther Ave, Toronto (St. George Subway Station)

Please join the Rights of Non-status Women Network for an Open Forum on the topic of Immigration “Fraud”: Facts, Myths and Challenges. This open forum is a place for VAW workers, shelter workers, community health workers, students, activists, academics, and community members to discuss the issue of Immigration “Fraud” and strategies to serve clients with precarious status effectively.

Space is fully wheelchair accessible. Please let us know of any accessibility needs and we will do our best to accommodate them. Light snacks will be served.

For more details visit: http://cleonet.ca/news_files/1303146061RNSWNForumflyerApril2011.pdf

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ONLINE FORUM: THE ELECTION, TAXES AND OUR PUBLIC SERVICES: HOW COULD THE VOTE ON MAY 2 AFFECT OUR SOCIAL PROGRAMS?

The Prime Minister won’t answer your questions – but we will!

Live online – Watch and participate in the discussion
Thursday, April 28 2011
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. PT

To watch the forum, or learn more about the campaign, go to http://alltogethernow.nupge.ca

Want to submit your question in advance?  Email us at alltogether@nupge.ca

On Facebook?  To start the discussion now click here: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=166312633425202&

Follow us on Twitter – @ATNcampaign. To tweet your questions use #all2gether

Want more information or a reminder just before the event? Go to http://alltogethernow.nupge.ca/webcast

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MAYWORKS FESTIVAL OF WORKING PEOPLE AND THE ARTS

May 7-15
Various locations in Toronto

Some festival highlights:

– Sunday May 8, Mapping Our Work: Labour History Walking Tour
– Wednesday May 11, opening night, The Faces of Son Jarocho and FBI Family (multimedia exhibitions)
– Friday May 13, Stop Wage Theft! Campaign Launch

For more information: http://www.mayworks.ca/calendar.html

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DECOLONIZING THE HEART: HEALING FROM RAGE AND USING ANGER CONSTRUCTIVELY.

Saturday, May 7, 2011
9:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.
Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto
(one block south of College between Spadina and Beverley)

“Social action devoid of a well-developed inner life can easily result in frustrated activism, just as a well-developed inner-life that is not concerned for or involved in social action can degenerate into futile pious worship.”- Gita Badiyan, Heidi Last

Building a movement of allies and not just coming together over issues requires the personal work of decolonizing one’s own heart. Colonization writ large and small requires decolonization solutions large and small. We must start by decolonizing ourselves in order to build decolonized communities, and from there, begin to decolonize the state.

This workshop will use “The Walk of Life”, developed by Murray Kelly, a proven structure and process which guides people towards personal healing through understanding the “baggage” they came into the world with. After all, whether we like them or not, from our infant and child perspective, we came into the world as members of families, not members of the state. “The Walk of Life” is a tremendously effective multi-generational healing instrument and a useful structure to be passed on and used by participants to encourage and support further healing work.

Event is wheel-chair accessible and close to TTC . Light refreshments provided.

Price: suggested sliding scale donation $5-$20 or PWYC. For more info: 416 538 0224 or bigbear3@sympatico.ca

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NEWS & VIEWS

VIDEO:  FROM WISCONSIN TO TORONTO – WORKERS SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Frustrated with your job being referred to as ‘gravy’? Angry to see that workers’ hard-won gains are being eroded? Want to defend public services and good jobs for all? Recorded in Toronto, 8 April 2011. Part of the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly forum.

Moderated by Stephanie Ross
Panelists: Andrew Sernatinger, Adam Breihan, Carolyn Egan, Euan Gibb

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls99.php

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BC SUPREME COURT RULES LEGISLATION REMOVING TEACHERS’ BARGAINING RIGHTS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

“We now have four years of consistent jurisprudence that recognizes the constituional obligation of governments to respect the collective bargaining process and refrain from enacting legislation that strips away the Charter rights of their employees.” James Clancy, NUPGE

Read more: http://www.nupge.ca/content/4211/bc-supreme-court-rules-legislation-removing-bargaining-rights-teachers-unconstitutional

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IS HIGHER EDUCATION WORTH IT?

In Working-Class Perspectives this week, CWCS co-director, Sherry Linkon, explores the current controversial debate over the value and purpose of higher education and asks what that means for working-class students?

Read more: http://workingclassstudies.wordpress.com

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FORMER WEATHER UNDERGROUND MEMBER BILL AYERS AGAIN EXCLUDED FROM CANADA

William Ayers’s radical past has made life difficult from him over the past few years. First it hurt his speaking schedule, then it was cited as a reason to deny him professor emeritus status, and now it is keeping him from speaking at an academic conference in Canada.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/04/20/bill_ayers_again_denied_right_to_go_to_academic_conference_in_canada
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MIDDLE CLASS IN DECLINE IS THE ELECTORAL ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

By Armine Yalnizyan, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Every political party wraps itself up in the middle class flag during elections. Few talk about what is happening: for anyone who doesn’t already have one, middle class jobs with decent wages, benefits and pensions are becoming harder to find.

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/economy-lab/the-economists/middle-class-in-decline-is-the-electoral-elephant-in-the-room/article1974539/

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

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 CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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‘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)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ  (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)   

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 13th SEPTEMBER 2010

 

 

EVENTS

WORKSHOP: NO ONE IS ILLEGAL TORONTO – EDUCATION NOT DEPORTATION!

Mon. September 13
2 pm – 4 pm
OISE (252 Bloor West), Room 5150
University of Toronto

Canadian corporations and military interventions push people out of their homes and off of their lands. Many people travel across borders and checkpoints to build a better life, for justice and dignity. Most recently, almost 500 Tamil migrants came to Canada fleeing war and violence. Yet many migrants face exploitation, racism and abuse. Those without full status live without full access to education, healthcare, childcare, good jobs, social services or basic freedoms. Grassroots communities in Toronto have organized to fight back against temporary work programs, against security certificates and deportations and for access to basic services.

Watch our short documentary on Education Not Deportation: http://vimeo.com/7698225

For more information: http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org

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FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IN COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

with Eric Plato, Director of Finance and Administration, Frontier College

Friday, September 17
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Social Economy Centre, OISE/UT
252 Bloor St. West (ROOM TBA)

Do you find it difficult to put together a budget for a proposal?  Do you ask yourself ‘What am I looking at?’ When someone gives you financial support?  Are you responsible for managing the finances for a project, but not sure what that means?

If so, join us in this workshop to learn:

* How to put together a budget for an organization or project
* Methods to deal with overhead costs
* How to read financial statements
* How to monitor a budget

Eric is a Certified Management Accountant who has worked in the non-profit sector for over 17 years.  He has had years of experience training non-financial people in the basics of budgeting and financial management.
 
Cost: $140 + HST
Student rate available. Refreshments, coffee & tea served, but lunch not provided.

To register: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FY65KMM or contact Lisa White at secworkshops@gmail.com or 416-978-0022

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MAYORAL DEBATE:  BUILDING A FAIR TORONTO FOR ALL

Tues. September 14
7:00 to 9:00pm
Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto
2 Sussex Avenue

Moderated by John Tory–we have to make our voices heard because this is a huge opportunity!!!

Hamlin Grange will be the Keynote Speaker for the evening.

Questions to be asked:

– How can all Torontonians have a say in how City Hall makes decisions?
– How can we tackle the growing divide between the haves and the have-nots in our city?
– What is the plan for creating good public sector and other jobs for all, including good green public jobs?
– How will you make sure we all have access to good public services, such as childcare, public transit, recreation and housing?

Find out where our mayoral candidates stand on building a fair city, and ensuring good public services and good jobs are available to all.

Make an informed choice when you vote for Toronto’s Mayor this October 25.

Please note: Doors open at 6:30 the day of the debates.

For more details: http://www.equitytoronto.org or contact Jessica Bell, (416) 937-0076, jbell@labourcouncil.ca

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VIDEO: POWER IN COALITION BOOK LAUNCH

Moderated by Steve Watson, CAW staff

Part 1:

* Amanda Tattersall – is an Australian researcher, union and community organizer and the founder of the Sydney Alliance, a diverse coalition of unions, community organizations and religious organizations. Amanda spent three years in Canada, Australia and the United States researching some of the most successful coalitions from around the world. The book includes a chapter on the Ontario Health Coalition’s campaigns to save Medicare and against P3s; author of Power in Coalition.

Part 2:

* Natalie Mehra – director of the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC). The OHC has been at the centre of taking on the Ontario government’s plan for hospitals – Public-Private Partnership (P3) – privatization, contracting out and funding Medicare with her partners in the major unions.

http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls66.php

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THE FINANCIAL CRISIS AND ITS DIRE AFTERMATH: GETTING READY FOR THE LEAN YEARS

Speaker: Manfred Bienefeld (Carleton University)

Friday, September 17
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
108N – North House, Munk School
1 Devonshire Place
University of Toronto

Sponsored by Munk Centre for International Studies

Co-sponsored by Department of Anthropology, Department of Geography and Program in Planning, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology, Centre for Comparative, International and Development Education at OISE/UT

Free. Register online at: http://webapp.mcis.utoronto.ca/EventDetails.aspx?eventid=9081

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SARA MARLOWE & THE PROGRAM – BENEFIT FOR WAR RESISTERS SUPPORT CAMPAIGN

Friday, Sept. 17
8:00pm – 11:00pm
The Free Times Cafe
320 College St.
Toronto, ON

Cover: $5 or PWYC

Partial proceeds will go to the War Resisters Support Campaign – http://www.resisters.ca

with special guests:

Urban Flute Ensemble – http://www.myspace.com/UrbanFluteEnsemble

Pamela Brennan – http://www.pamelabrennan.com

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SYMPOSIUM: COMMON GROUND – SCHOOLS AS COMMUNITY HUBS: THE VISION, THE CHALLENGE, THE OPPORTUNITY

Friday, September 24
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Ontario Bar Association Conference Centre
20 Toronto Street,(wheelchair accessible)

Advance registration is required. To register, please register online (link below) or send a completed registration form (link below) to Social Planning Toronto, 2 Carlton St, Suite 1001 Toronto, ON M5B 1J3. Call 416-351-0095 ext. 251 for more information. All registrations will be confirmed by e-mail.

* Conference registration is free
* Refreshments, lunch and post-conference reception included
* Space is limited. Please register early.
* Deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Online registration:
http://socialplanningtoronto.org/news/register-for-common-ground-schools-as-community-hubs-the-vision-the-challenge-the-opportunity/

Mail-in registration:
http://socialplanningtoronto.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Registration-Form-Schools-as-Community-Hubs.pdf

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NEWS & VIEWS

MARTIN SHEEN JOINS HOTEL WORKERS ON ROYAL YORK HOTEL PICKET LINE

by Jasmeet Sidhu, Toronto Star

It would seem like there’s no natural alliance between the glitzy lifestyle of celebrities in town for the Toronto International Film Festival, and the struggling workers running the hotels they stay in.

But as Hollywood star Martin Sheen reminded striking hotel workers outside the Royal York, actors are union members too.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/859167–martin-sheen-joins-hotel-workers-on-royal-york-hotel-picket-line

For more about the Hyatt hotel workers’ struggle: http://www.hotelworkersrising.org/hyatt/

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NEW BOOK – STRATEGIC ALLIANCES: COALITION BUILDING AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

Strategic Alliances: Coalition Building and Social Movements
Nella Van Dyke and Holly J. McCammon, Editors
University of Minnesota Press | 376 pages | 2010
ISBN 978-0-8166-6734-5 | paperback | $27.50
ISBN 978-0-8166-6733-8 | hardcover | $82.50
Social Movements, Protest, and Contention Series, volume 34

Strategic Alliances provides pioneering analysis of the circumstances leading to movement alliances. Contributors investigate coalition dynamics among social movements, including antiwar, environmental, and labor movements, as well as ethnic organizations and women’s groups. While many of the essays examine coalition formation in the United
States, others consider coalitions in Britain, the former East Germany, East Asia, and Latin America.

For more information, including the table of contents, visit the book’s webpage: http://www.upress.umn.edu/Books/V/vandyke_strategic.html

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MICHAEL MOORE TEACHES RAHM EMANUEL A F**CKING ECONOMICS LESSON

Alternet

Moore responds to Obama’s chief of staff, quoted as saying he didn’t care that tens of thousands of jobs would be lost if GM and Chrysler collapsed.

http://www.alternet.org/story/148106/michael_moore_teaches_rahm_emanuel_a_f**cking_economics_lesson
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WHAT ARE THE GAME CHANGERS?

by Marc Lee, rabble

Here are 12 steps to create a movement for change that will excite people about the world that could be, and put our ruling class on the defensive.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/news/2010/09/what-are-game-changers

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TORONTO & YORK REGION LABOUR COUNCIL – THE CITY WE WANT

The summer of 2010 has already served up more than the usual share of drama and excitement. Most people haven’t focused yet on the upcoming municipal elections, but the jockeying for position is already taking place. Is there a surprise in the level of support for Rob Ford’s simplistic tax cuts message? We know it goes beyond hard-core conservatives to include some union members and residents who feel alienated from City Hall. But we also know what happens when that kind of right-wing populism prevails – the devastation and turmoil of the Mike Harris years were ample proof.

If it is clear what we don’t want, why aren’t more people raising their voices about the kind of city we do want?

Read more: http://www.labourcouncil.ca/citywewant.pdf

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

A LITERATURE REVIEW OF EMPIRICAL STUDIES OF PHILANTHROPY: EIGHT MECHANISMS THAT DRIVE CHARITABLE GIVING
René Bekkers and Pamala Wiepking
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 10 September 2010
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764010380927v1

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SOCIAL UNIONISM IN WESTERN NEW YORK: THE CASE OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP
Charles J. Whalen
Labor Studies Journal, September 2010
http://lsj.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0160449X10379645v1

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CO-OPTING PRECARIOUSNESS: CAN WORKER COOPERATIVES BE ALTERNATIVES TO PRECARIOUS EMPLOYMENT FOR MARGINALIZED POPULATIONS? A CASE STUDY OF IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE WORKER COOPERATIVES IN CANADA
Amanda Wilson
Just Labour,Vol. 16, September 2010
http://www.justlabour.yorku.ca/volume16/pdfs/06_wilson_press.pdf

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK):

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 CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work

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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 15th AUGUST 2010

EVENTS

PUBLIC MEETING – ECONOMIC CRISIS? WHO PAYS!?

A public forum on the government’s proposed public sector wage freeze.

At risk is free collective bargaining, workers’ rights, public services and our communities, so join members of the Toronto Workers’ Assembly for a discussion on what’s happening and how we can and should respond.

Tuesday Aug. 24

7-9pm

Ryerson Student Centre – Oakham Lounge (2nd floor)

55 Gould St. (closest subway stop is Dundas, building is on the corner of Gould and Church Sts.)

More details and flyer forth coming.

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BETWEEN THE LINES PUBLISHERS FALL 2010 LINE UP

– Random Acts of Culture explores vernacular culture and dissects our current passive, apathetic, and spectatorship-based culture in favour of a more active participatory culture.

– A new collection of essays addresses poverty in Canadian communities in Persistent Poverty.

– Ben Carniol provides an essential analysis of Canada’s social workers in Case Critical, Sixth Edition.

– And we add one new title to the No-Nonsense Guide series: Derek Wall’s comprehensive No-Nonsense Guide to Green Politics.

– We have also published two updated guides including Peter Steven’s updated edition of the No-Nonsense Guide to Global Media and Wayne Ellwood’s updated No-Nonsense Guide to Globalization.

More info: http://www.btlbooks.com/categoryinfo.php?index=37

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CALL FOR PAPERS – GLOBAL MEDIA JOURNAL-AMERICAN EDITION

Special Spring 2011 issue on New Media, Informal Learning and Social Change

 *Deadline for Submissions:* October 15, 2010

Global Media Journal invites the submission of essays and scholarly articles that builds on the relationship between new media, informal learning and social change for the Spring 2011 issue. The guest editors, Payal Arora from Erasmus University, and Matthew Kam from Carnegie Mellon University are particularly interested in articles that push the boundaries on how people in diverse transnational and cross-cultural environments learn to use new media technologies for a wide spectrum of social activity.

More info: http://lass.calumet.purdue.edu/cca/gmj/gmj_call%20for%20papers.htm

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TORONTO MAYORAL DEBATE ON DISABILITY ISSUES

– Want to hear from candidates running for Mayor what they will do to improve services for Torontonians living with disabilities?

– Do you have questions about City services and how they can be made more accessible?

– Are you interested in learning what ideas the candidates have for creating inclusive and accessible public spaces?

September 22nd, 2010

1 – 3pm

Scadding Court Community Centre Gymnasium

707 Dundas Street West, Toronto ON

 (please enter through doors on the east side of the parking lot on Bathurst St.)

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ALARA’S (ACTION LEARNING, ACTION RESEARCH ASSOCIATION) 2010 WORLD CONGRESS

6-9th September 2010

Melbourne, Australia

Engage with like-minded (and other-minded) people in conversations about historical and current philosophies underpinning participatory action research, debate issues of power, deepen your understanding of methodologies and be inspired by accounts of contemporary practices/praxis.

Be stimulated by critical dialogues and reflections within the ‘applied’ streams of: Social Ecology Community and International Development; Health and Wellbeing; Systems /Business /Organisational Development; Education and Learning; and Decolonising Practice, including cross-cultural learning with Indigenous and other peoples and contexts.

More info: http://www.alara.net.au/worldcongress/2010

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THE CATALYST CENTRE’S  SCHOOL OF ACTIVISM

Thursday Aug. 26 and Friday Aug. 27

Family Services Toronto

355 Church St., Toronto (just south of Carlton – closest subway: College at Yonge)

Facilitators: Chris Cavanagh & Deborah Konecny

Make good use of the slower pace of summer programming and lighter network schedules to build your skills for the coming year.

Take part in two days of intensive training to hone your planning and facilitation skills. You can register for either or both.

The recommended fee for each workshop is $150 or pay what you can.

To register: Please respond to this e-mail message or phone 416-516-9546 and tell us your name, e-mail, phone number and what you would like to pay.

– Thursday, August 26, 9:30-4:30: Democratic Facilitation By Design

– Friday,  August  27, 9:30-4:30: Not Just a Bag ‘o Tricks – Popular Education  Tools, Techniques and  Thoughts 

More info: http://www.catalystcentre.ca/a-school-of-activism

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NEWS & VIEWS

CURRICULUM & RESOURCES: GREEN JOBS AND GREEN BUILDINGS

Great resources for teaching from the Yes! Education Connection Newsletter.

Lesson plans, hands-on activities, and award-winning projects on green building and economies will demonstrate to your students that there’s a better, sustainable, and just future that they can help build, shape, and design.

Read more: http://bit.ly/cZoETc

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VIDEO – MEDICARE SUSTAINABILITY: FACTS & MYTHS

(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Canadians are being told that public health care financing is not sustainable, and that the solution is a shift to more private health insurance and private delivery of services. Renowned pollster Nik Nanos reviews the numbers, and Canada’s pre-eminent health economist, Dr. Robert G. Evans, presents the facts and the myths.

Watch the video: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/multimedia/medicare-sustainability-facts-myths

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BOOK:  LOW-INCOME STUDENTS AND THE PERPETUATION OF INEQUALITY

With a lingering recession sending Americans (back) to college in record numbers, and an administration determined to improve  the country’s record on degree attainment, higher education, more than ever, has plenty of public attention. But a new book argues that higher education in the United States is falling ever more short on a variety of fronts — particularly when it comes to those students who, theoretically, should stand to gain the most from it.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/07/07/berg

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BRITAIN’S AUSTERITY BUDGET: A CLASS ACT

By Hugo Radice, The Bullet

Following the inconclusive outcome of the British general election on May 6th, the ‘centrist’ Liberal Democratic Party decided to turn sharply to the right by agreeing to join the Tories in a coalition government. In the run-up to the election, the Tories had argued strongly that Britain faced the prospect of a fiscal crisis unless the government’s deficit was brought down further and faster than the outgoing Labour government intended.

The new government quickly cranked up the volume over the deficit, with fresh scare stories about the risk of contagion from the Greek sovereign debt crisis and the subsequent disarray across the Eurozone. Although Labour and the left at once warned of the danger that sharp cuts would risk a new recession, the coalition insisted on pursuing their austerity agenda – and none more so than the Lib Dem ministers, who before the election had sided firmly with Labour on the issue.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/385.php

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SOCIAL PLANNING TORONTO REPORT – A RECOVERY-FREE ZONE: THE UNYIELDING IMPACT OF THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN ON NONPROFIT COMMUNITY SOCIAL SERVICES IN ONTARIO

Community service organizations across Ontario report an unyielding dilemma, driven by the economic recession: how to meet increasing demand for services with falling revenues from funding sources.

A Recovery-Free Zone, a survey of 311 non-profit community service agencies across Ontario, released today by the Social Planning Network of Ontario follows up one year later on a similar survey conducted in 2009. It shows that service demand continues to rise with 68% of respondents seeing a greater demand in April 2010 than prior to September 2008. Almost 80% of respondents attribute this increase in demand as primarily or in part due to economic conditions.

Read more: http://bit.ly/98AZmT

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BUSINESS UNIONISM VS. WORKPLACE DEMOCRACY

Are unions an ally or an obstacle in the struggle to democratise work? It seems an odd question at first. There are many, many unionists who support the workplace democracy agenda. In fact the New Unionism Network is made up of them; it’s one of our 4 key principles. But take a read of this article by Wanda Pasz and have a think about her real target: business unionism. This is a model in which unions seek membership simply and solely to bargain for them over wages and conditions. Deliberately or not, these unions impose a strict limit on their members’ agenda. Studies have shown again and again that workers want more, particularly in the connected areas of voice and influence. Business unionism sets these aspirations aside. I’m sure many of us will share Ms Pasz’s view of what unions should be, even if we disagree with her assessment of what they currently are.

Read more: http://newunionism.wordpress.com/2010/04/24/business-unionism-vs-workplace-democracy/

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND SELFHOOD IN THE PRACTICE OF ADULT LEARNING

Elana Michelson

Adult Education Quarterly published 29 June 2010, 10.1177/0741713609358447

http://aeq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0741713609358447v1

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CLASS CONFLICT AND INDUSTRIAL LOCATION

Erik K. Olsen

Review of Radical Political Economics published 26 July 2010, 10.1177/0486613410377862

http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0486613410377862v1

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DOES THE CHANGE TO WIN FEDERATION REPRESENT U.S. LABOR’S THIRD MOMENT? EVIDENCE FROM NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD CERTIFICATION ELECTIONS, 2003–2005

Victor G. Devinatz

Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal Volume 22, Number 3, 161-173

http://www.springerlink.com/content/d107843q8n172237/

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BACK TO THE GARDEN: COMMUNES, THE ENVIRONMENT, AND ANTIURBAN PASTORALISM AT THE END OF THE SIXTIES

Steven Conn

Journal of Urban History published 2 August 2010, 10.1177/0096144210374449

http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0096144210374449v1

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JOB POSTINGS

EDITORIAL INTERN, CORPORATE KNIGHTS MAGAZINE

The Corporate Knights Internship Program lasts four months with our next cycle commencing September 2010.

The internship will consist of a minimum of 20 hours per week with flexible scheduling available. A small stipend will be based on the intern’s ability and availability.

Candidates with backgrounds in politics, business, engineering, statistics, environment, geography, development, and English are a good fit for Corporate Knights. A passion for sustainability is a must. Successful candidates will be self-motivated, flexible, and deadline- and detail-oriented. The internship requires a strong knowledge of Microsoft Excel. Mathematical and statistical understanding is an asset.

More details: http://corporateknights.ca/about-us/61-about-us/286-internship.html

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LEED PROJECT MANAGER, PROVIDENT ENERGY MANAGEMENT INC

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Provident Energy Management is a leading provider of sustainable solutions to the commercial and high-rise residential building industry.

Due to continued growth we are seeking a LEED Project Manager to join the sustainable building consulting team in our Toronto office.

Key Responsibilities:

– Review design and construction drawings to verify and document environmental performance

– Coordinate and track LEED submittal documentation provided by the project team and review for completeness and accuracy

– Perform calculations relating to energy and resource use to ensure sustainability targets are met

– Prepare LEED specifications for tender and construction purposes

– Attend site meetings throughout the construction phase and perform site reviews

– Assist in the research of new LEED-compliant construction products and technologies

More info: http://www.pemi.com/pdf/LEED_PM_10Jul12.pdf

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK):

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 CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca.

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No Future

NO FUTURE

NO FUTURE: AN INTER-DISCIPLINARY INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
Durham University, UK
25-27 March 2011

First Call for Papers

From biblical apocalypse to the nihilism of the late nineteenth century, from the Enlightenment invention of progress to the counter-cultures of the late twentieth century, from technological utopianism to contemporary anticipations of environmental catastrophe, western civilization has been consistently transfixed by the figurative potential of the future. ‘No Future’ seeks to connect and inter-animate these disparate ways of thinking about the future, while at the same time questioning the basis of the various discourses of futurity they have produced, and which have proliferated in recent years. ‘No Future’ thus also implicitly questions what it is – other than the preoccupations of the present – that is invoked when we talk about the future.

The conference aims to stage a series of inter-disciplinary encounters around these different senses of ‘No Future’, and to examine the value and implications of adopting a ‘futurist’ position across and between a range of disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Contributions may take retrospective form, re-assessing significant moments in past discourses of futurity such as apocalypticism, Enlightenment ideas of progress, the persistence of the apparent dialectical unity of utopia/dystopia, the constructions of Modernism and the Historical Avantgarde, the symbolic projections of psychoanalytic theory. Others might examine the disciplinary shifts that have displaced or dispersed avantgardism in postmodernity, opening out onto such themes as transhumanism, post-postmodern reinflections of the dialectic, and various forms of contemporary utopianism. All of these are related to the central question of the ideological and aesthetic implications of any appeal to futurity, at the heart of which lies the tension between the future as rhetorical evasion and the future as the most persistent and deeply embedded of all heuristic devices.

Keynote speakers:
Mikhail Epstein (Emory)
Jean-Michel Rabaté (Pennsylvania)
Patricia Waugh (Durham)

Plenary panels:

Apocalyptic Futures
Lenin and Futurity
Bloch and Utopian Futures

Proposals for individual papers or integrated panels that engage with any aspect of the central theme are invited. Papers should be of 20 minutes duration to allow adequate time for discussion, and proposals for integrated panels should comprise a chair and three speakers.

Proposals that specifically engage with any of the following themes are particularly welcome:

Ontologies of the Future
Forms of Utopia
Dystopian Futures
Aesthetics and Technology
Eco-criticism and Ecotopia
Gendered Futures
Transhumanism
Futurism(s)
Futures of Freud
Dialectics of the Future
The Future of Theory

Proposals should be no longer than 250 words and should be submitted as an attachment to: alastair.renfrew@durham.ac.uk by Friday 2nd July 2010.

Further information will be available in due course at the conference web-site: http://www.dur.ac.uk/mlac/research/nofuture

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