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DISCOURSE, POWER & RESISTANCE IN EDUCATION – CONFERENCE 2013

Discourse, Power, Resistance: DPR 13      

DISCOURSES OF INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION
9 – 11 April, 2013 – University of Greenwich, United Kingdom

Power can be a wonderful thing, as Terry Eagleton told the DPR conference in 2008: wonderful and essential for the achievement of our best and most generous purposes. But it can also be abused.

A widespread abuse of power is to organise the social world into groups that are included and others that are excluded, using the discourse of the powerful group, like subtly barbed wire, to distinguish the insiders from the outsiders on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, age, wealth, sexuality, class and other grouping. Communities may then disintegrate. The excluded members may seek to be admitted to the privileged group by learning and adopting its discourse; or they may resist this assimilation and celebrate their difference in defiant counter-cultures of their own.

What is the scope of research, learning and teaching in this contested space? What knowledges and methodologies should be included or excluded, and why? These are the issues the conference will consider.

Exchanging words and papers is a powerful academic practice at the heart of DPR. But the conference is about the discourses of inclusion and exclusion, so images, music, performance, display, story-telling – the variously imaginative ways of sharing our understanding – must have their space. DPR13 will include the contributions of the creative and performing arts so that the conference tells and shows a freshly inclusive vision.

Preparations and plans for DPR13 are already well under way with over 60 abstracts accepted and more coming in daily. The Second Call for Papers is Friday 21 December. This is not a deadline but we strongly encourage delegates planning to offer papers, workshops, posters or exhibition work to send abstracts as soon as possible. Details of 12 projects and seminars already in preparation are posted on the website.

Further proposals are being developed and will be posted soon. For further information or to discuss ideas, please contact Jerome Satterthwaite by email at jnsatterthwaite@gmail.com

Conference website for full details and registration: dprconference.com

Power and Education journal: www.wwwords.co.uk/POWER

 

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Bonuses for Some

CAPITALIZING POWER

CAPITALIZING POWER: THE QUALITIES AND QUANTITIES OF ACCUMULATION (September 28-30, 2012)

Conference: September 28, Senate Chamber (N940), Ross North Building, Keele Campus, York University

Workshop: September 29-30, 172 York Hall, Glendon Campus, York University

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This is the third in a conference series organized by the Forum on Capital as Power. The present meetings explore the capitalization of power. There are 24 presentations, including keynote addresses and guest presentations by Jeffrey Harrod, Herman Schwartz, Justin Podur, J.J. McMurtry and Jonathan Nitzan. The conference is sponsored by a SSHRC Connection Grant and York University.

Attendance is free and all are welcome.

PROGRAMME & INFORMATION: http://bnarchives.yorku.ca/341/

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/conference-on-capitalizing-power-york-28-30-sept-2012  

 

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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  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic

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

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Glenn Rikowski’s MySpace Blog: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski/blog

 

Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

 

Heathwood Press: http://www.heathwoodpress.com

 

Werner Bonefeld

STUDIES IN SOCIAL AND POLITICAL THOUGHT ANNUAL CONFERENCE – POWER AND RESISTANCE

June 15-16, 2012
University of Sussex, Brighton

Keynote Speakers:
Werner Bonefeld (York)
Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths)

While governments around the world have initiated austerity measures on a grand scale and have even been ousted in favour of technocratic administrations, pockets of sustained resistance continue to manifest themselves. Whether it is the populist Occupy movement, ultra-left theorists of Communisation, anti-cuts protesters, or even the rioters who took to the streets of London and beyond, the struggle against the apparent status quo continues. When taken in the light of the Arab Spring, questions must be asked in regards to the relationship between resistance and revolution. These movements managed to turn a tide of resistance into a force for revolution. Is this a paradigm-shift in the way this relationship must be thought?

Alongside these movements and despite the optimism generated by them, the power of the governments to crush, de-legitimise, and ignore opposition appears to remain. Some critics blame a lack of coherent message and agenda; others say that the forces of opposition are not dealing with the reality of the situation. This critique, however, does not have the last word. These forms of resistance, in their many guises, challenge the state’s belief that it has a monopoly on reality. They challenge the very legitimacy of the state to disseminate the status quo and, therefore, represent a radical alternative even if they do not, or cannot, dictate what the alternative may be. What role do the concepts of power and resistance play in our analysis of the current situation? Do they require a reassessment or does the contemporary conjuncture simply represent a reassertion of the same old forces in a different guise?

Power is one of the core concepts of social and political thought. Yet there is plenty of disagreement about what is, how it functions and how it should be contested. Our present conjuncture is witnessing many different manifestations of power and resistance. However, there is a lack of serious theoretical engagement with the current situation. We are seeking papers that engage theoretically with the current situation, and which emphasise the central roles of the concepts of power and resistance. Possible theoretical frameworks include, but are not limited to, theories of biopolitics, instrumental reason, critical theory, post-colonialism, discourse and democratic theory, structuralism and post-structuralism, recognition, soft-power, hegemony, world-systems, sovereignty, legality, and legitimacy.

Programme:

Day 1: June 15, 2012 (All talks unless otherwise noted will be held in Fulton 107)

9-10 – Registration

10-1045 – Gianandrea Manfredi (Sussex), Understanding the structural form of resistance and the processes by which resistant social spaces are negated

1045-1130 – Jeffery Nicholas (Providence College/CASEP London Metropolitan University), Reason, Resistance and Revolution: Occupy’s Nascent Democratic Practice

1130-1215 – Svenja Bromberg (Goldsmiths), A critique of Badiou’s and Ranciere’s notion of emancipation

1215-1315 – Lunch

1315-1400 – Khafiz Tapdygovich Kerimov (American University in Bulgaria), From Epistemic Violence to Respecting the Differend: The Fate of Eurocentrism in the Discourse of Human Sciences

1400-1445 – Marta Resmini (KU Leuven), Participation as Surveillance? Counter-democracy versus Governmentality

1445-1515 – Coffee Break

1515-1600 – Alastair Gray (Sussex), Activity Without Purpose: Parrhesia, The Unsayable and The Riots

1600-1645 – Zoe Sutherland (Sussex) & Rob Lucas (Independent Researcher) – A Theory of Current Struggles

1645-1700 – Coffee Break

1700-1900 – Keynote: Werner Bonefeld (York) (Fulton Lecture Theatre A)

Day 2: June 16, 2012 (All talks unless otherwise noted will be held in Fulton 102)

1045-1145 – Registration

1145-1230 – Sarit Larry (Boston College), The Status of Vagueness: Mythical Events and the Israeli Social Justice Movement

1230-1315 – Mehmet Erol (York), Bringing Class Back In: The case of Tekel Resistance in Turkey

1315-1430 – Lunch

1430-1515 – Torsten Menge (Georgetown Univesity), A deflationary conception of social power

1515-1600 – Sarah Burton (University of Cambridge), Reimagining Resistance: misrule and the place of the fantastic in John Holloway’s anti-power

1600-1645 – Jorge Ollero Perán & Fernando Garcia-Quero (University of Granada), Can ethics be conceived as an economic institution? An interdisciplinary approach to the critique of neoliberal ethics

1645-1700 – Coffee Break

1700-1900 – Keynote: Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths) (Arts A1)

Please email ssptconference2012@gmail.com to register and check http://ssptjournal.wordpress.com for more information. There will be a £15 conference fee (£7.50 for one-day) payable in cash on the day to help cover expenses.

 

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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)

 

‘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  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

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

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

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Multitude

POWER AND EDUCATION – VOLUME 4 NUMBER 2 (2012)

Just published at: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/power/content/pdfs/4/issue4_2.asp

POWER AND EDUCATION
Volume 4 Number 2, 2012, ISSN 1757-7438

SPECIAL ISSUE
MIGRATION AND EDUCATION – Part 2
(Part 1 of this theme was published as Volume 3, Number 3, 2011)
Guest Editor: PAUL MILLER

Paul Miller. Editorial. Migration and Education – Part 2

Steven Locke & Carlos J. Ovando. Nicaraguans and the Educational Glass Ceiling in Costa Rica: the stranger in our midst

Liv Thorstensson Dávila. ‘For Them it’s Sink or Swim’: refugee students and the dynamics of migration, and (dis)placement in school

Esther Priyadharshini & Jacqueline Watson. Between Aspiration and Achievement: structure and agency in young migrant lives

Susan V. Meyers. ‘School’s not for anybody’: migration as a sponsor of literacy in the USA–Mexico context

Rafael A. Jiménez Gámez, Mayka García García & Manuel Cotrina García. Educative Assimilation as a Process of Exclusion: the case of immigrant students and ATALs in Cadiz, Spain

Maria Pisani. Addressing the ‘Citizenship Assumption’ in Critical Pedagogy: exploring the case of rejected female sub-Saharan African asylum seekers inMalta

Rebecca L. Stonawski. (Not) Leaving Turkmenistan? A Survey of Students from Turkmenistan at the American University of Central Asia

Norberto Ribeiro, Carla Malafaia Almeida, Maria Fernandes-Jesus, Tiago Neves, Pedro D. Ferreira & Isabel Menezes. Education and Citizenship: redemption or disempowerment? A Study of Portuguese-Speaking Migrant (and Non-migrant) Youth in Portugal

Evie Trouki. The Challenge of Cultural Diversity in Greece: reflections on ‘Intercultural Education Schools’’ (IES) strategy for creating inclusive learning environments

Roberta Ricucci. Youth Migration inItaly: a new working class?

BOOK REVIEWS
Learning Futures: education, technology and social change (Keri Facer), reviewed by Panayota Gounari
Childhood and Consumer Culture (David Buckingham & Vebjorg Tingstad, Eds), reviewed by Albert Chavez
Children at Play: learning gender in the early years (Barbara Martin), reviewed by Emily Gray

Access to the full texts of current articles is restricted to those who have a Personal subscription, or those whose institution has a Library subscription.

PERSONAL SUBSCRIPTION (single-user access) Subscription to the 2012 volume (Volume 4, Numbers 1-3), which includes full access to ALL back numbers, is available to individuals at a cost of US$50.00. If you wish to subscribe you may do so immediately at www.wwwords.co.uk/subscribePOWER.asp

LIBRARY SUBSCRIPTION (institution-wide access) If you are working within an institution that maintains a Library, please urge them to take out a subscription so that we can provide access throughout your institution; details of subscription rates and access control arrangements for libraries can be found at www.symposium-journals.co.uk/prices.html

For all editorial matters, including articles offered for publication, please contact p&ejournal@mmu.ac.uk

In the event of problems concerning a subscription, or difficulty in gaining access to the journal articles on the website, please contact the publishers at support@symposium-journals.co.uk

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

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Glenn Rikowski’s MySpace Blog: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski/blog

Protest Against Austerity

MOVEMENTS, NETWORKS, PROTESTS: NEW AGENDAS FOR SOCIETY AND POLITICS

The Department of European and International Studies at King’s College London is pleased to announce a call for papers for their third annual postgraduate conference: 

Movements, networks, protests: new agendas for society and politics

From the Arab Spring to Occupy, environmentalists and feminists, immigrants and students, the importance of social movements, protests, revolutions and riots in today’s world is undeniable. They have raised core questions regarding democracy, power, equality and the relationship between citizens, the state and the global economy, whilst social movement studies have expanded in academia, providing fruitful theoretical and analytical perspectives for the study of social networks, opportunity structures, collective identities, globalisation and transnationalism. 

Our conference will explore the importance of movements for social relations, political policymaking and academic research. Empirical studies as well as critical theoretical papers are welcomed on topics including, but not limited to: 

–  Protest repertoires, means and tools: contemporary social movements between peaceful “acampadas”, riots and revolutions 

–  Citizenship from below? Approaches to democracy and participation beyond the state 

–  Insiders and outsiders: the representation, rights and recognition of immigrants and minorities 

–  Explaining the success or failure of social protest 

–  Social, economic and political relations from the global to the local 

–  The impact of the internet and social networks on political participation 

–  The aesthetics of protest 

–  Leaders or followers? Hierarchies and power relations 

–  Transnational networks and movements beyond borders 

We encourage postgraduate researchers from across the social sciences and humanities to apply in order to establish an open and critical space for analysis and discussion. Presentations will be of 20 minutes with discussion and debate from the audience. 

Date: 8th June 2012 

Venue: King’s College London, Strand Campus 

Abstracts of 250 words, with name, contact details and institutional affiliation should be sent to Julia at  Julia.feilen@kcl.ac.uk  before the 22nd of April 2012. Speakers will be contacted subsequently. 

For more information: 

http://kcleuresearch.wordpress.com 

https://sites.google.com/site/kclesgrc 

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/europeanstudies/index.aspx 

Original source: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-movements-networks-protests-new-agendas-for-society-and-politics-kcl-8-june-2012

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‘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  

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic

 

Aesthetics

RICHMOND UNIVERSITY LONDON ANNUAL COLLOQUIUM

“The Future of the ‘Arab Spring’; Western Power-Politics in the Middle East in an Era of Diminished Expectations”

Friday, 23 March 2012, 17 Young Street, London W8 5EH (High Street Kensington)

Programme

10.00am Registration

10.30 Welcome Address by Prof John Annette, President, Richmond University

10.45-11.30 Opening address Prof Mustapha Kamal Pasha, University of Aberdeen, “The winter of neo-liberal discontent; the ‘Arab Spring’ in global context” (Chair/Discussant:  Prof Phil Deans, Provost, RU)

11.30 – 13.00 Prof Francois Nectoux, Kingston University, “France and the Libyan crisis”, Dr. Hasan Turunc, RU, “Turkish foreign policy and the ‘Arab Spring’” (Chair/Discussant: Dr. James Boys, RU)

13.30 – 14.15 Lunch

14.15 – 15.00 Keynote address by Prof Gilbert Achcar, SOAS, “Western power-politics in the Middle East in an era of diminished expectations” (Discussant:  Dr. Hadi Enayat RU, Chair: Prof Wolfgang Deckers, RU)

15.00 – 15.30 Discussion

15.30 – 16.00 Tea/Coffee

16.00 – 17.30 Dr Nicola Pratt, Warwick University, “The Arab-Israeli conflict in the wake of the ‘Arab Spring’”, Dr. Alexander Kazamias, Coventry University, “Egypt’s blocked revolution: the post-colonial state strikes back” ( Discussant: Dr. Preslava Stoeva, RU; Chair: Dr. Martin Brown, RU)

17.30 – 17.40 Profs Alex Seago, Head of Social Sciences, RU, and Vassilis K. Fouskas, RU, “Concluding remarks”

Further information and booking from: jelena.pivovarova@richmond.ac.uk, 0207-3688437

Visit the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals

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‘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  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Eternity

REASON, POWER, AND HISTORY: THE PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF CRITICAL THEORY

Graduate Society for Philosophy at Emory’s 2012 Conference: Reason, Power, and History: The Philosophical Foundations of Critical Theory

Date: March 30-31, 2012
Submission Deadline: February 25, 2012

Keynote Speaker: Amy Allen, Dartmouth College

Critical Theory stands at the intersection of philosophy and the social sciences, and its concern with reason, power, and history has made it a versatile theoretical tool for both social and scientific inquiry. Since its inception in the 20th Century with the Frankfurt School, Critical Theory has developed a rich and complex relationship with the Western philosophical tradition, constantly reshaping its own relation to it and re-evaluating the discourses of history, reason and power from which it emerged.

This genealogy compels us to inquire into the history of the concepts and methodology of Critical Theory even as we engage in its practice. This conference aims to promote such inquiry through the engagement of questions such as: How do we understand the methodological significance of Critical Theory for the social sciences and philosophy? What are the implications of Critical Theory for discourses concerned with reason, power, and history? What is the genealogy and history of Critical Theory’s central concepts? How does Critical Theory allow us to investigate the intersections and divergences of reason, power, and history?

Papers from all philosophical perspectives are encouraged. Papers should be sent as .pdf, .docx, .doc, or .rtf files, and should not exceed 15 double-spaced pages. Papers should be submitted prepared for blind review, with all personal information included in the body of the e-mail and not
in the document itself.

E-mail submissions to Rebekah Spera at: rspera@emory.edu.

Additional information will be made available at:

http: //www.students.emory.edu/gpse/ & http://www.facebook.com/EmoryPhilosophy

 

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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)

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic

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

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski 

 

Peterborough United

CAPITALIZING POWER: THE QUALITIES AND QUANTITIES OF ACCUMULATION

Capitalizing Power: The Qualities and Quantities of Accumulation
A Conference of the Forum on Capital as Power
September 28-30, 2012, York University, Toronto
Call for Papers
Abstract Submission Deadline: June 30, 2012

Full text: http://bnarchives.yorku.ca/322/

 

With the global crisis lingering, many now wonder how capital has become so powerful, and what should be done about it. Although we are eager to provide answers, the problem starts with the question itself: what exactly do we mean by ‘capital’, and what does it mean to say that capital is ‘powerful’? The difficulty lies in the fractured nature of modern social science – both its conventional division into numerous disciplines, including economics, politics, sociology, international relations, and culture, and the habitual bifurcation of the economy itself into real and nominal spheres. These fractures create conceptual rifts: they place most aspects of power outside the economic process, and they portray capitalization as a fictitious mirror of an economic reality located in production.

The theory of Capital as Power removes these fissures by abolishing the disciplinary divisions between economics, politics, and other disciplines, as well as the economic bifurcation of the real and nominal. In doing so, the theory puts power at the centre of analysis and examines finance as the main algorithm of capitalist power.  The goal is to decipher the conversion of qualities to quantities: to theorize and research how the qualities of power – the multifaceted interactions of command and obedience, force and submission, violence and resistance – are universalized and discounted to the quantities of capitalization. 

We are calling for theoretical, empirical, and historical papers to engage critically with questions such as the following. How does power bear on accumulation, and how does it get capitalized? How has capitalization evolved and mutated? What are the qualitative forms of power in capitalism, and how do they compare to those that characterized earlier modes of power? What are the historical roots of capital as power? Do these roots alter the way we understand the origins of capitalism? How does capitalism convert qualities into quantities? What are the limits of capitalized power? How is capitalized power resisted and opposed? Can it be reformed or overthrown? Can these questions be addressed by mainstream and heterodox theories of capitalism – and if so, how do their answers differ from those offered by the theory of capital as power?

We are also interested in concrete areas of inquiry related to these broader questions. Suggested topics include:

* Capitalist power and labour – from proletarianization and wages to productivity and organization;
* International and regional relations and the capitalization of power;
* Capitalist and democratic accounting, including the history of discounting and its possible alternatives;
* Power and price formation – from local to global markets;
* The state as a locus of capitalization – from taxes and the law to ideology and violence;
* The role of capitalist power in contemporary crises;
* Capitalized power and nature – from genetic engineering, to energy, to the biosphere;
* Comparative modes of power: ancient and feudal, communist and fascist, capitalist and beyond;
* Capital as Power versus ‘primitive accumulation’ – dispossession, co-option and genocide;
* The power dimensions of ‘immaterial’ capitalism – from leisure and fear to knowledge and ideology;
* The psychology of capitalist power;
* Alternative visions for a de-capitalized society.

The conference will comprise two parts: public presentations open to all (day one), followed by a closed workshop for the conference participants (days two and three). The workshop will consist of longer presentations, allowing more time for debate, discussion and contemplation. Participants should be prepared to present in either part, depending on the allocation made by the organizers. Please email abstracts of 250 words to: casp.york@gmail.com. The deadline for abstract submissions is June 30, 2012.

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‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Battle in Seattle

POWER AND STRUGGLE

This is the second call for papers for the 2012 Midwest Labor and Working-Class History (MLWCH) Graduate Student Colloquium, to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 17 and 18, 2012.

Paper proposals are due by December 1, 2011; completed papers are due by January 9, 2012.

Many thanks
Dawson Barrett
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

***Call for Papers***

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*Power & Struggle:  An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Colloquium*

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*2012 Midwest Labor and Working-Class History (MLWCH) Graduate Student
Colloquium*

*University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee*

*February 17 & 18, 2012*

(Paper Proposals by December 1, 2011, and Completed Papers by January 9, 2012)

From the occupation of the Wisconsin State Capitol in February and March to Occupy Wall Street and a general strike in Oakland, California, 2011 has been a break-through year for American protest movements.  These events demand a new look at “histories from below,” particularly struggles against neo-liberalism and global capitalism in its various forms.

Organizers of the 2012 Midwest Labor and Working-Class History Graduate Student Colloquium (MLWCH) are soliciting papers of approximately twenty-five pages broadly related to the following themes: the study of work and working people, labor history, rank-and-file workers, direct action, nonviolence, grassroots organizing, alternative and industrial unionism, labor law, movements for social justice, radicalism, anti-racism, liberation theology and the prison industrial complex.  We also welcome papers that explore innovative approaches to the practice of working-class history.

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Of particular interest are papers that critique, and suggest new directions for, various sub-disciplines related to working-class history, labor scholarship, or historiographies of peoples’ struggles; papers that draw upon historical or contemporary movements that have challenged neoliberal labor policies and practices; those that examine transnational workers’ or peoples’ struggles against global capitalism in its various forms; those that draw upon culturally specific or coded understandings (gender, race, ethnicity, etc.) of interactions with capital; and those that analyze working-class artistic expressions (visual art, music, etc.).

All events, including a keynote panel on political struggles in Wisconsin and beyond, will be open to the public, and we encourage attendance from a wide array of scholars, activists, teachers, citizens, and students.

Please direct paper proposals, CVs, and questions regarding the conference, travel, and lodging accommodations to: gradconferenceMKE@gmail.com.

 

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THE CAPITALIST MODE OF POWER

“The Capitalist Mode of Power”: Conference Programme and Information

October 20-21, 2011, 9AM-7PM
Senate Chamber, N940 Ross Building
Keele Campus of York University, Toronto

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This is the second in a conference series organized by the Forum on Capital as Power. The present meetings explore the capitalist mode of power. There are 26 presentations, including keynote addresses and guest presentations by Bob Jessop, Randall Wray, Michael Perelman and Jonathan Nitzan. Attendance is free and all are welcome.

Full text: http://bnarchives.yorku.ca/320/

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We Are the Crisis

A CALCULUS OF POWER: GRAND STRATEGY IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

BY PETER GOWAN, INTRODUCED BY TARIQ ALI

PUBLISHED: 18 OCTOBER 2010
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“One of the most formidable intellects among young radicals from the 1960s New Left.” – Misha Glenny

“Peter was a socialist intellectual of the highest calibre, combining enormous energy and independence of mind with a truly collective spirit.” – Tariq Ali

“For those who wish to understand the reality of contemporary politics, here is an invaluable handbook. Peter Gowan exposes the pretensions of power with penetrating clarity.”  – Andrew J. Bacevich, author of WASHINGTON RULES: AMERICA’S PATH TO PERMANENT WAR
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In this wide-ranging and incisive collection, Peter Gowan traces the contours of the world order that emerged after the end of the Cold War and assesses its prospects in the light of the global economic downturn. Arguing that the present inter-state system was shaped from the outset by Washington’s drive to maintain its status as global hegemon, Gowan dissects several cherished myths of the liberal mainstream, offering a radical counter-history of the UN and a sharp critique of the West’s interventions in the Balkans.

Gowan provides a forceful response to advocates of a new cosmopolitanism, and engages with neo-realist theories of international relations—asking whether the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in a crisis for their visions of American power, and discussing what the lineaments of a future order might be.

Gowan sadly passed away between completing this book and its publication. The introduction to A CALCULUS OF POWER is provided by Tariq Ali, who has worked closely with Gowan throughout their careers, after first meeting in 1967 through the Vietnam Solidarity Campaign. In Gowan’s obituary, Ali commented: “the international left has lost one of its most astute political analysts, and NEW LEFT REVIEW the most generous and steadfast of comrades.”
Gowan’s death is a great loss to the left and to the field of international politics, and Verso is proud to publish his last book.

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PETER GOWAN (1946–2009) taught international relations for many years at London Metropolitan University. He was the author of THE GLOBAL GAMBLE, co-editor of THE QUESTION OF EUROPE, cofounder of the journal LABOUR FOCUS on Eastern Europe and a longstanding member of the editorial board of NEW LEFT REVIEW.
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ISBN: 978 1 84467 620 0 / $26.95 / £16.99 / $33.50 / Hardcover / 272 pages
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For more information or to buy the book visit: http://www.versobooks.com/books/496-a-calculus-of-power
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Academics based outside North America may request an inspection copy – please contact tamar@versobooks.com.uk
Academics based within North America may request an examination copy – please contact clara@versobooks.com

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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)  

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NEW BLOG ON SOCIAL NETWORK UNIONISM

Social Network Unionism Blog: http://snuproject.wordpress.com/

About the SNU Project

Social Network Unionism Project is not only about the rise in the recent developments in P2P technology, the phenomenon called Web 2.0, and conceptualising the transformatory impact of these technical developments on unions at national and international levels, and labour movement in general. Besides defining the concept of SNU, by looking closely to the existing practices within and without established unions and labour organisations, the project also aims at promoting a new type of working class organisation that takes online and real world social, peer to peer networking principles into the core of its existence.

The idea is based on the premise that the development in the mentioned communication and media technology since 2004 onwards has created new organisational capacities for networks. There are already astonishing experiments taking place in the field, from whose successes and failures we can learn and upon them we can build new models; not only to grow in members and fight back stronger but also to form wider alliances and start building new social, economic and political norms and cultures bottom up.

Based on these insights our objective is to explore further on the potential of SNU concept, in terms of reaching out the unorganisible, activating organised rank and file, making direct democracy a reality, and bridging as much transformatory social forces as possible through this blog. We hope to such concept and effort would contribute to the global process of union revitalization and may be further to the general emancipation of labour from ‘work’, as feed for the greed for private profit and power.

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