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OXFORD RADICAL FORUM 2012

OXFORD RADICAL FORUM 2012: 2 – 4  MARCH 2012

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>> Speakers from the Middle East & North Africa Revolutions >>
>> Skype Link-up with Occupy Wall St. Activists >>
>> Terry Eagleton on his New Book: Why Marx was Right >>

…and much more at this year’s…

>>OXFORD RADICAL FORUM >>
>>2 – 4  MARCH 2012>>

In the last year, as the global economic crisis has deepened, we have seen revolutions sweep dictators from power across the Middle East and North Africa and resistance to austerity spread across Europe and the US with the Occupy Movement. There have been a number of general strikes in Greece and mass strikes in Britain.

This year’s Oxford Radical Forum (ORF) will be held from 2-4th March. This will be the fifth anniversary of the forum, run by students, lecturers and local activists based in the city. This year it is bigger than ever, with almost thirty sessions over a host of colleges and venues during the weekend.

The forum opens with ‘the MENA Revolutions: One Year On’, with Nadine El-Enany (activist from Cairo), Gilbert Achcar (SOAS), Anne Alexander (Cambridge) and Firoze Manji (Pambazuka Press). This will be followed by a discussion between Terry Eagleton and Alex Callinicos on ‘Why Marx was Right’.

Over the weekend, we will bring together Occupy activists from New York via live link-up with activists from Occupy London, for reflections on how the movement has changed politics and on how it can develop. International perspectives will also be brought by sessions on political struggle from Latin America to the Eurozone to China. A meeting on sexual liberation will be joined by Ghassan Makaram, a Lebanese LGBTQ activist. On Saturday, Greg Philo will join Moshe Machover and Daphna Baram for a meeting on Palestine and the Media.

This year’s line-up also reflects rising levels of resistance to austerity in Britain. We will bring together trade unionists from public and private sectors, students and community activists. Our session on the future of education will discuss this government’s decision to withdraw its Higher Education Bill with John Holmwood (Campaign for the Public University) and others. We will also have important sessions on ‘Defending the Right to Protest’, ‘Race, Racism and Resistance’, and even ‘Radical Science’.

As always the event is entirely FREE, but we welcome and encourage donations towards the costs of putting on the Forum.

We hope you will join us at the event. Spread the word!

Further information on speakers and timetables will be available and updated here:
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Wadham College

OXFORD RADICAL FORUM

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We are excited to announce the current programme [see below!] for the Oxford Radical Forum 2010, which will be taking place Friday – Sunday, 5 – 7 March.

Once again Wadham College will play host to a broad range of critical debates and discussions on the radical left, with leading speakers, commentars, activists and academics. As always the event is entirely FREE and we are also pleased to announce a Forum dinner on the Friday night, and an evening social on the Saturday night.

We hope to see many of you at Wadham over the course of the Forum and hope that you will join us in making this another successful and fruitful event.

Contact: oxfordradicalforum@googlemail.com

Getting to Wadham College: http://www.wadham.ox.ac.uk/images/files/wadhmaprev.pdf

“We view re-energising popular discussion and action on the left a necessity. Our belief in the need for an event in Oxford bringing together progressive politics stems both from a conviction in the continued and critical relevancy of Marxist and leftist ideas and theory and from the sad and persistent weakness of focused or organised progressive political organisation locally and nationally, despite such pressing conditions of political and economic crisis, and despite the very many who would under more favourable circumstances participate in such interventions. Therefore we are hosting again this forum which will continue to address these issues and draw in individuals from the two universities in Oxford, the city and beyond to consider critically ideas about social progress and transformation. Ultimately ORF seeks to contribute to a critical culture of left debate, theory and action, as well as to cement political and intellectual links between individuals and groups who will have a basis upon which to work in the future.”

CURRENT TIMETABLE

All venues will be around the Ho Chi Minh Quad in Wadham College. The exact room will be clearly inidcated on the day

FRI

2:30 – 3:45

:: DIRECT ACTION WORKSHOP

With the ‘Seeds For Change’ collective.

4:30 – 6:00

:: ENGLAND’S POSTIMPERIAL MELANCHOLIA

Paul Gilroy (author, There Aint no Black in the Union Jack; Anthony Giddens Prof., London School of Economics).

6:45 – 8:15

:: THE BLACK AND THE RED: MARXISM & ANARCHISM TODAY

Paul Blackledge (author, Reflections on the Marxist Theory of History; Leeds Metropolitan University); Ruth Kinna (author, William Morris: The Art of Socialism; editor, Anarchist Studies; Loughborough University).

8:30-…

:: FORUM DINNER

All Forum attendees welcome…

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SAT

11:00 – 12:15

:: THE MEANING OF RADICALISM AND CONSUMERISM TODAY

Kate Soper (author, The Politics and Pleasures of Consuming Differently; Londen Metropolitan University); Jeremy Gilbert (author, Anti-capitalism and Culture; University of East London).

1:15 – 2:30

:: THE COLONIAL PRESENT

Patricia Daley (author, Gender and Genocide in Burundi; Oxford University); Priyamvada Gopal (author, Literary Radicalism in India: Gender, Nationa and the Transition to Independence; Cambridge University).

3:00 – 4:15

:: DISASTER POLITICS IN HAITI AND RACE AND HUMANITARIANISM IN IMPERIAL DISCOURSE

Peter Hallward (author, Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment; Middlesex University); Richard Seymour (author, The Liberal Defense of Murder; blogs at ‘LENIN’S TOMB’).

4:45 – 6:00

:: ON IMMIGRATION AND FIGHTING FASCISM AND RACISM TODAY

Teresa Hayter (author Open Borders: The Case against Immigration Controls; Campaign to Close Campfield); speaker from Unite Against Fascism.

7:00 – 8:30

:: ONE MILLION CLIMATE JOBS – NOW!

Jonathan Neale (author, Stop Global Warming, Change the World; International Secretary, Campaign against Climate Change); former Vestas worker and occupier (TBC).

9:00 – 3:00 (a.m.!)

PERFORMANCE // SPOKEN WORD // GIG // DJs
@ “THE CELLAR”

An eclectic mixture of live music, spoken word and comedy, arts-performance, and – after midnight – serious dance music until late.

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SUN

11:00 – 12:15

:: ALTERNATIVE LIFESTYLES

Laurie Penny, + TBC.

1:15 – 2:30

:: MUSIC, UTOPIA AND REVOLUTION

Adam Harper (musician; dreamweaver).

3:00 – 4:15

:: MILITANT MODERNISM AND THE RUINS OF BRITISH UTOPIA

Owen Hatherly (author, Militant Modernism; architect).

4:45 – 6:00

:: INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY: LIBERATION NOW

Nina Power (author, One-Dimensional Woman; Roehampton University).

7:00 – 8:30

:: EUROPEAN POLITICS IN 2010

Stathis Kouvelakis (author, Philosophy and Revolution; editor, A Critical Companion to Contemporary Marxism; NPA member; Kings College London) on the current political conjuncture in France and the Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste.

8:45 – …

DRINKS AND FAREWELLS

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