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PhD STUDENTSHIPS AT LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY: ANARCHIST HISTORY, POLITICS OR THEORY

Loughborough University’s Department of Politics, History and International Relations (UK) is inviting applications for fully-funded PhD studentships for 3 years (UK or EU fee status). Each studentship is valued at £13,590 plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, and is available for PhDs commencing in Autumn 2012.

The deadline for receipt of full application is Wednesday, 30 March 2012.

Details are at: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/service/graduateschool/funding/GraduateSchooolStudentships.htm 

Dr Dave Berry, Dr. Alexandre Christoyannopoulos and Dr Ruth Kinna would welcome applications in any area related to anarchist history, politics or theory. Their staff profiles are available at: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/eu/people/index.html.

Dave Berry is a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary European History. He has published primarily on the French anarchist movement, the contemporary alternative left in France and on Daniel Guérin. He is the author of A History of the French Anarchist Movement, 1917-1945 (Greenwood Press, 2002; AK edition 2009) and co-editor of New Perspectives on Anarchism, Labour and Syndicalism (CSP, 2010); he is an associate editor and reviews editor of ‘Anarchist Studies’ and a founder member of the Anarchist Studies Network (Specialist Group for the Study of Anarchism within the Political Studies Association – http://anarchist-studies-network.org.uk/).

Alexandre Christoyannopoulos is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. He has published on Tolstoy, non-violence and Christian anarchism, and is the author of ‘Christian Anarchism: A Political Interpretation of the Bible’ (Imprint, 2011), and editor of ‘Religious Anarchism: New Perspectives’ (Cambridge Scholars, 2009). He is the treasurer of the Anarchist Studies Network, an executive member of the Religion and Politics research committee of the International Political Science Association, and a member of a number of related academic associations.

Ruth Kinna is Professor in Political Theory. She has published on William Morris and Peter Kropotkin, and is the author of Anarchism: A Beginner’s Guide (Oneworld, 2005; 2nd edn. 2009) and co-editor, with Laurence Davis of Anarchism and Utopianism (Manchester UP, 2009). She is the editor of the journal Anarchist Studies and is also a founder member and co-convenor of the Anarchist Studies Network.

The Department is home to an Anarchism Research Group and there are currently three PhD students in the Department working on aspects of anarchism: Cris Illiopoulos, working on Nietzsche and anarchism, James Donaghey, working on anarchism and punk and John Nightingale working on anarchist conceptions of solidarity. Sureyyya Turkeli has recently submitted his thesis on the historiography of anarchism and Gwendolyn Windpassinger has completed a dissertation on queer feminist anarchism in Buenos Aires. Two other theses have recently been successfully defended: Saku Pinta’s work on convergences and divergences between anarchism and Marxism and Matt Wilson’s thesis on anarchist ethics. Dr. Alex Prichard’s research on the political thought of P-J Proudhon was also completed at the Department and his thesis was successfully defended in 2008.

If you would like to discuss a possible research project informally, please e-mail Alex at  (a.christoyannopoulos@lboro.ac.uk), Ruth (r.e.kinna@lboro.ac.uk) or Dave (d.g.berry@lboro.ac.uk).

Please note: there is no ring-fenced funding for anarchism research, but applicants interested in anarchism have been successful in past funding rounds and there is good support for postgraduate study. Because competition is very fierce candidates with good masters qualifications and/or publications are likely to be advantaged.  We are happy to advise on draft proposals, where time allows and we encourage informal contact prior to application.

To be considered for an award you will need to complete the standard application form which may be done online, quoting the reference number GSS12B. The following list of links will direct you to useful sources of information in regard to your application.

Information about the Department
http://www.lboro.ac.uk/prospectus/pg/courses/dept/eu/index.htm
http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/eu/studying/research/programmes.html

Anarchism Research Group http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/eu/research/ResearchGroups/AnarchismRG/index.html.

Guidelines for research proposals
http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/eu/studying/research/admissions-procedure.html

Information about how to apply
http://www.lboro.ac.uk/prospectus/pg/essential/apply/index.htm

Information about fees for UK/EU students
http://www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/ar/funding/pgr/ukeu/index.htm

University Prospectus
http://www.lboro.ac.uk/prospectus/pg/research/index.htm 

Dr David Berry, Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics, History & International Relations, Loughborough University, LE11 3TU, GB, +44(0)1509-222988

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‘NO MASTER BUT GOD’? EXPLORING THE COMPATABILITY OF ANARCHISM AND RELIGION

Call for Paper Proposals: No Master But God’? Exploring the Compatibility of Anarchism and Religion

ASN 2.0 (‘Making Connections’) Conference
Loughborough University (UK)
3-5 September 2012

Anarchism and religion have long had an uneasy relationship. On the one hand, many anarchists insist that religion is fundamentally incompatible with anarchism, recalling that anarchism calls for ‘no gods, no masters’, pointing to the many cases of close collaboration of religious and political elites in oppressing and deluding the masses, arguing that religious belief is superstitious, and so on. On the other, some religious/spiritual radicals insist that their religious/spiritual tradition cannot but lead to a rejection of the state, care for the downtrodden and the quest for a more just society – despite of, indeed sometimes precisely because of, the acceptance (by some) of a god as ‘master’.

A number of recent publications both in religious and anarchist studies have focused on religious anarchism, but consideration of their compatibility in the first place has been rarer. The aim of this stream of panels is to explore critically and frankly the relationship and tensions between these two notions, with a view to publish its proceedings in a peer-reviewed edited collection. The size of the stream of panels will depend on the number of applicants, but the intention is to foster mutual engagement and collaboration. Proposals are encouraged from sceptical as well as sympathetic perspectives, the aim being to foster critical discussion of these themes.

Questions which may be addressed include (but are not necessarily restricted to):

1.      Is rejection of religion (and/or spirituality) a sine qua non of anarchism?
2.      What do we mean by ‘religion’, ‘spirituality’ and ‘anarchism’ when considering their relation?
3.      What is unacceptable to anarchism about religion/spirituality, and to religion/spirituality about anarchism?
4.      Are some religious/spiritual traditions inherently more compatible with anarchism than others?
5.      Why do religious institutions tend to move away from the often radical intentions of their original prophets and founders? How does this compare to non-religious institutions?
6.      What explains differences in the reception of religious/spiritual anarchism across different contexts?
7.      To what extent can religious/spiritual anarchists’ deification of religious/spiritual notions (such as ‘God’) be compared to non-religious anarchists’ deification of secular notions (such as freedom or equality)?
8.      What role do (and can) religious/spiritual anarchists play in the wider anarchist movement, and in their wider religious/spiritual tradition?
9.      What can religion/spirituality and anarchism learn from one another’s history and ideas?
10.  Is religious/spiritual anarchism really anarchist? Is it really religious/spiritual?

Please send abstracts of up to 300 words (along with name and eventual institutional affiliation) to Dr Alexandre Christoyannopoulos on a.christoyannopoulos@gmail.com by 31 March 2012 at the very latest. Any questions should also be sent to that address.

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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

 

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