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AUSTERITY AND REVOLT

Duke University Press has recently published “Austerity and Revolt,” a special issue of SAQ: South Atlantic Quarterly, volume 113 and issue 2, edited by Werner Bonefeld and John Holloway.

In recent years, we have witnessed massive demonstrations of denial, refusal, and rejection exploding in one country after another. The squares of the world have become organizational focal points for rebellion and repression. What does such collective negation mean, and what comes afterward? This special issue explores the forms of a reinvigorated, experimental communism: councils, assemblies, communes, squares, occupys, horizontalism, recovered factories, and cooperative farms and community gardens. Practitioners of this new model of “communism as communizing” attempt to change fundamental social relations from the bottom up. By combining insider knowledge with sophisticated theoretical scrutiny, the contributors to this issue approach eruptions of rebellion from a variety of historical, economic, and methodological perspectives. Writing not only about but also within such forces of progressive resistance around the world, they investigate the complex, hopeful, and contradictory process of creating new social, economic, and political structures through negation.

To link to the electronic content page click here: http://saq.dukejournals.org/content/113/2.toc. If you find that your library does not subscribe to this journal and you do not have online access, please contact Katie Smart, who can arrange to have a complimentary copy of this issue mailed to you or your library.

John Holloway

John Holloway

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Werner Bonefeld

Werner Bonefeld

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CSD BG D65/552

A EUROPEAN YOUTH REVOLT IN 1980/81?

Conference

Date: 15 May 2014 to 17 May 2014

Location: IISH Amsterdam

Conference Organiser: Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis, Amsterdam / Institut für soziale Bewegungen, Bochum / Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte in Hamburg, Hamburg
Place: Amsterdam, International Institute of Social History

From 15-17 May 2014, a conference will be held on European youth revolts in 1980/81. We welcome papers and proposals for presentations (deadline: 1 June 2013) . The conference is organized by the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam / Institut für soziale Bewegungen, Bochum / Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte in Hamburg, Hamburg.

Place: Amsterdam, Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis
Deadline: June 1, 2013

Proposals for 25-minute-presentations consisting of a one-page abstract, a short CV and a list of publications should be sent to Knud Andresen [Andresen@zeitgeschichte-hamburg.de] and Bart van der Steen [bart.vandersteen@gmail.com] until June, 1th, 2013. Conference language is English. Publication of the proceedings is intended.

Scope

Sparked off by urban conflicts on youth centres and squatted houses, youth revolts unfolded in April/May 1980 in Amsterdam and Zurich, and soon spread to West-Berlin and other West-German cities. Simultaneously, cities such as Copenhagen and Vienna also witnessed a rise of confrontations between youth and the police, while in Great Britain so called ‘race riots’ broke out in more than thirty cities in the early summer of 1981.
This far from complete enumeration tends to lend weight to the impression that the second youth revolt – as it was often called at the time – was above all a Northern European phenomenon. Did other European countries also witness an upturn of youth protests in the early 1980s, which was not solely linked to house occupations and structural urban conflicts? Can specific patterns of youth protests be discerned, that rise above nationally focused discourses? Can we speak of an international protest attitude among young people in the early 1980s? These questions will be central at this conference, which aims at gaining a European perspective on the 1980/81 youth revolt as well as more in-depth insights into its specific aspects.

Questions

The question of how youth and social movements in the 1980s related to each other has not been answered yet. Were, for example, the conspicuous locality of youth movements and the rejection of theoretical analyses the result of activists’ negative experiences during the 1970s, or are we dealing with a generation that was not interested in history and wanted to create its own future? Similarly, the social composition of the youth movements is an issue that has not been researched in-depth. Were the protests mainly carried by deprived youth and students who had only enrolled formally but used the university not for educational purposes but as a laboratory for new life styles? Was the percentage of high school and working class youth significantly higher than during the protests in the late 1960s? Can the youth protests be explained as a side effect of a European wide development towards longer and more extensive education schemes or was the economic downturn and youth unemployment a primary cause for the protests?

Goals

The goal of the conference will be to achieve an overview of developments in Europe that moves beyond the descriptions of spectacular confrontations. We aim at embedding the youth revolt of 1980/1981 in a broader context of European post-war history. How can disparities be explained? Were the youth revolts mainly reactions to state repression and police violence, as was often claimed at the time? Or were the protesters’ motivations less specific and their actions more generally directed at a society which was deemed rigid and cold? With these questions we hope to uncover new traces, which may lead to a new understanding of the youth revolt. The revolts and (partly) new groups and scenes of the 1980s were connected to a radical form of subjectivity, which can be linked to more general social trends such as secularisation, individualisation, and pluralisation of life styles. This development can also be observed in the ‘differentiation of youth subcultures’ during the early 1980s, with the rise of punks, skinheads, teds, and mods as well as other youth counter cultures. Was this differentiation an international phenomenon?

The effects of the revolts need to be discussed as well. The autonomous movements and squatters of the 1980s can be seen as heirs of the 1980/1981 youth revolts, even though they remained a quantitatively marginal group already at their time. The revolts were also expressions of the search for new forms of socialization and small, manageable social spheres. How did those involved develop after 1980/81, and which effects can be observed nationally and trans-nationally? The ‘silent revolution’ thesis of Ronald Inglehart, which claims that the values held by youth created a path for societal development, can be countered by an interpretation that interprets the development of the protests mainly as a story of de-radicalization and adjustment. This raises the questions which aspects of the youth cultures were carried on and which were put aside.

Another field of interest are the political and societal reactions to youth’s unruliness. Did critical social scientists write sympathetic reports, partly based on their own experiences? Did their expertise and publications influence political decision making, or, for example, change the conduct of the police? How did politics and society react to these challenges?
The years 1980/81 are to be understood as the conference’s point of departure, not as a limitation. Up to now, few historical works have been published on the subject. The protests have traditionally been the topic of contemporary sociological studies on youth, focusing on the changes of values and attitudes amongst youth during the 1980s or on deviancy and confrontation. As the 1980s are now gaining importance as a topic of historical research, the conference should contribute to the historical analysis of the youth protest wave.

At the conference, we want to explore if 1980/81 was the accumulation point of a set of international developments or rather the outflow of local and national political opportunities, by paying attention to specific countries and systematic comparisons.

Contributions

The contributions should be based on historical source material and embedded in a social-cultural history of post-war Europe. We especially welcome proposals that highlight the following four questions/perspectives:

  • Which events and social groups shaped and characterized the youth revolts of 1980/1981?
  • Which political programs were articulated or can be discerned? Did these build forth and/or were they taken up by other societal currents?
  • What were the political and societal reactions to the youth revolts?
  • How did these revolts influence or impact more general social developments, if at all?

Proposals for 25-minute-presentations consisting of a one-page abstract, a short CV and a list of publications should be sent to Knud Andresen [Andresen@zeitgeschichte-hamburg.de] and Bart van der Steen [bart.vandersteen@gmail.com] until June, 1th, 2013. Conference language is English. Publication of the proceedings is intended.

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6 maart 2013

Europa

Jeugd

 

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Dave Hill

Dave Hill

IMMISERATION, CAPITALISM AND EDUCATION: AUSTERITY, RESISTANCE AND REVOLT – A NEW EDITED COLLECTION BY DAVE HILL

Immiseration, Capitalism and Education: Austerity, Resistance and Revolt

Edited by Dave Hill

Institute for Education Policy Studies

Brighton

http://www.ieps.org.uk

2013

ISBN: 978-0-9522042-3-7

This is an important and astonishing book. It is a Marxist book. It systematically charts and critiques the havoc being wreaked by neoliberal and neoconservative Capitalism on society, on schooling/ schools and on higher education, across five countries: the USA, England, Turkey, Ireland and Greece. Following a theoretical chapter on Immiseration Capitalism, the first part of the book examines in detail the destructiveness and degradation effected by national and transnational Capital within these five societies, and the privatising, marketising, commodifying, degrading and impoverishing impacts within these five countries’ broader society, within/on the schooling system and within / on higher education.

Very importantly, the book goes beyond critique, beyond deconstruction, beyond anger and analysis. In Part Two of the book, leading Marxist analysts and activists from these five countries examine the Resistance to neoliberalising/neoconservatising policy and practice. In each case writers answer the question: What is the ‘Resistance’? Where is the Resistance? How is it Organised? How Successful is it? What are the Barriers to its Effectiveness? How can it be Developed to be more Effective?

In the Third and Final section, writers look to past and contemporary successful examples of Socialist Education, in the former Soviet bloc, and in Latin America, Venezuela. Again, writers, while noting the varied successes of such socialist or Marxist education, always remain critical- and self-critical.

The Conclusion, building on the critique within, summarises, and looks to the future, in terms of building the disparate resistance within schooling, higher education, communities and within the national societies- learning internationally. This book, written by noted and leading Marxist authors and activists, is an important contribution to Marxist education and broader theory- but also a spur to revolutionary anti-capitalist praxis-in education and beyond.

CONTENTS

Introduction: Dave Hill

PART 1: Austerity Capitalism, Immiseration and Education

1. Immiseration Capitalism Curry Malott, Dave Hill & Grant Banfield

2. Austerity Capitalism and Education in Greece Panagiotis Sotiris

3. Austerity Capitalism and Education in Ireland Martin Power, Micheal O’Flynn, Aline Courtois & Margaret Kennedy

4. Austerity Capitalism and Education in Britain Dave Hill, Christine Lewis, Alpesh Maisuria & Patrick Yarker

5. Austerity Capitalism and Education in Turkey Fevziye Sayilan & Nuray Turkmen

6. Austerity Capitalism and Education in the USA Curry Malott & Faith Agostinone-Wilson

PART 2: Activism within/ against Immiseration Capitalism

7. Resistance in Greece Leonidas Vatikiotis and Maria Nikolakaki

8. Resistance in Ireland Micheal O’Flynn, Martin Power, Conor McCabe & Henry Silke

9. Resistance in Britain Joyce Canaan, Dave Hill, & Alpesh Maisuria

10. Resistance in Turkey Kemal İnal & H. Tuğba Öztürk

11. Resistance in the USA Curry Malott & Faith Agostinone-Wilson

PART 3: Peripheries

12. Immiseration Capitalism or Twenty-First century Socialism? Mike Cole & Peter McLaren

13. A view from the post-socialist ‘new periphery’ Bill Templer

14. Conclusion: Capitalism, Resistance and Dave Hill, Bill Templer, Panagiotis Sotiris,

What is to be Done? Grant Banfield & Faith Agostinone-Wilson

 

Price £22 inc post and packaging

Available from: http://www.ieps.org.uk/subscriptionsandpurchasing

Dave Hill is a Marxist academic and political and educational activist. He has fought ten elections in England at local, national and European levels, been an elected trade union regional leader and, when the Labour Party was left-wing, was a Labour Group (Council) Leader. In terms of Direct Action, he has recently been tear-gassed while on anti-government demonstrations in Athens and Ankara and is an activist in TUSC (the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) and in Left Unity.  He co-founded the Hillcole Group of Radical left Educators in 1989 and chaired it until 2001, founded the Institute for Education Policy Studies (www.ieps.org.uk) in 1989 and set up the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (www.jceps.com) in 2003. Since then, it, a free online peer-reviewed journal, has been downloaded a million times- free of charge. The journal went into print production in 2012 (available for purchase). He is Research Professor of Education at Anglia Ruskin University, England, and Visiting Professor of Critical Policy and Equality Studies at the University of Limerick, Ireland, and Visiting Professor of Education at  the Universities of Middlesex, London, England, and Athens, Greece.

Dave Hill Book

 

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Revolt

Revolt

LINEAGES OF REVOLT: ISSUES OF CONTEMPORARY CAPITALISM IN THE MIDDLE EAST

LONDON MIDDLE EAST INSTITUTE

SOAS, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON BOOK LAUNCH 

Dear all,

You are invited to a panel discussion with Adam Hanieh, SOAS, Gilbert Achcar, SOAS, Jamie Allinson, University of Westminster and Brenna Bhandar, SOAS to mark the publication of Adam Hanieh’s Lineages of Revolt: Issues of Contemporary Capitalism in the Middle East (Haymarket Books, 2013) at 6.00pm here at SOAS on Wednesday 11 December 2013, please see below for details.

Drawing upon extensive empirical research, Lineages of Revolt tracks the major shifts in the region’s political economy over recent decades.  In this illuminating and original work, Adam Hanieh explores the contours of neoliberal policies, dynamics of class and state formation, imperialism and the nature of regional accumulation, the significance of Palestine and the Gulf Arab states, and the ramifications of the global economic crisis.  By mapping the complex and contested nature of capitalism in the Middle East, the book demonstrates that a full understanding of the uprisings needs to go beyond a simple focus on “dictators and democracy.”

All Welcome

This event is free and there is no need to book  For further information contact: The London Middle East Institute at SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG; T: 020 7898 4330; F: 020 7898 4329; E: lmei@soas.ac.uk; W:www.soas.ac.uk/lmei/ 

 

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Revolution

THE REVOLUTIONARY FOUNDATIONS OF MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT

Brunel Social and Political Thought Research Group Seminar Series 2012/13

The Revolutionary Foundations of Modern Political Thought

 

Following successful seminar series and international conferences in the last years, the Brunel Social and Political Thought research group will organise another seminar series in 2012/13: ‘The Revolutionary Foundations of Modern Political Thought’. This seminar series aims to explore the ways in which revolutionary politics, movements and events, and responses to them, have shaped and transformed the vocabulary of modern political thought. Brunel, national and international scholars will explore these themes in thinkers and movements ranging from the early modern period to contemporary radical political thought, in political and social theory, philosophy, film and literature.

 

Term 1

 

Thursday 25th October 2012, 3pm, Room H002

Peter D. Thomas (Brunel University)

The Idea of Communism and the Question of Organisation

 

Wednesday 31st October 2012, 12:30pm, Room LC015 (Co-sponsored by Politics and History Departmental Seminar)

Filippo del Lucchese (Brunel University)

Jura communia as anima imperii: the Symptomatic Relationship between Law and Conflict in Spinoza

 

Thursday 22nd November 2012, 3pm, Room H002

Luca Basso (University of Padua)

Politics and Conjuncture: Marx and 1848

 

Friday 30th November 2012, 3pm, Room GB251

Stella Sanford (Kingston University)

Locke, Balibar and the Political Subject

 

Wednesday 12th December 2012, 1pm, Room LC264 (Co-sponsored by Politics and History Departmental Seminar)

Gareth Dale (Brunel University)

The Growth Paradigm: A Critique

 

Thursday 13th December 2012, 3pm, Room H002

Dr Maïa Pal (University of Sussex)

Historical Materialism and International Law: Developing Legal Agency in Political Marxism

 

Wednesday 19th December 2012, 4pm, Room LC264 (Co-sponsored by Politics and History Departmental Seminar)

Thomas Linehan (Brunel University)

Modernism and British Socialism

 

Term 2

 

Thursday 17th January 2013, 3pm, Room H002

Fabrizio Fasulo (University of Palermo)

Raniero Panzieri and the Workers’ Inquiry: the Perspective of Living Labour and the Function of Science

 

Thursday 24th January 2013, 3pm, Room H002

Giorgio Cesarale (University of Rome La Sapienza)

Traces of Hegel: Reflection and Social Theory

 

Thursday 7th February 2013, 3pm, Room H002

Matthijs Krul (Brunel University)

The Value of Value: On the Significance of Concepts of Value for Economic History

 

Wednesday 20th February 2013, 3pm, GB266

Andrea Bardin (Brunel University)

From Man to Matter: Marx after Simondon

 

Wednesday 27th February 2013, 4pm, Room H002

Alex Callinicos (King’s College London)

Deciphering Capital

 

Thursday 7th March 2013, 3pm, Room H002

Neil Davidson (University of Strathclyde)

Political and Social Revolutions in Historical Perspective: from the Dutch Revolt to the Arab Spring

 

Wednesday 13th March 2013, 1pm, Room LC264 (Co-sponsored by Politics and History Departmental Seminar)

Nathaniel Boyd (Brunel University)

“Who Thinks Concretely?” Hegel’s Critique of Political Abstraction

 

Thursday 14th March 2013, 3pm, Room H002

Alex Demirovic (University of Basel and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung)

Marxism and Foucault

 

Wednesday 20th March 2013, 3pm, LC008

Chiara Bottici (The New School)

Democracy and the Spectacle. On Rousseau’s Homeopathic Method

 

29th-31st May, 2013, BrunelUniversity, International Conference

(Organised by Filippo del Lucchese)

Machiavelli’s The Prince: Five Centuries of History, Conflict, and Politics

Speakers include Antonio Negri, Etienne Balibar, John McCormick, John Najemy and Warren Montag

 

All seminars take place at Brunel University.Directions to the campus can be found here:

http://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/campus/directions

 

For further information, please contact:

Peter Thomas <PeterD.Thomas@brunel.ac.uk>

Visit the Brunel SPT Research Group webpages:

<http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/modern-political-thought-violence-and-revolution-ma>

<http://www.brunel.ac.uk/sss/politics/research-groups-and-centres/social-and-political-thought>

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Ruth Rikowski

RUTH RIKOWSKI ON ‘CONSCIOUSNESS AND REVOLT’ – BY R.C. SMITH

On her Serendipitous Moments blog, Ruth Rikowski reviews and analyses Consciousness and Revolt by R.C. Smith.

 

Ruth notes that:

“Robert Smith’s basic position is that we need to abandon searches for the absolute and for objectivity, and not follow any particular ideology or idol. People’s desire for the absolute arises from their need for security, argues Smith, but he says that this is a false sense of security. Also, that it is a form of self-deception, evasion and distortion. Instead, we need to focus on experiential life – and that this is what is meaningful and the way in which we should make sense of the world” (Rikowski, 2012, p.2).

 

Ruth Rikowski on ‘Consciousness and Revolt’: http://ruthrikowskiim.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/consciousness-and-revolt-and.html

 

Details on the book:

Author: R. C. Smith
ISBN: 9780957096103
Publication Date: 01-12-2011
Pages: 424
Format: Soft Cover
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Price: £14.99

Heathwood Press is proud to announce the release of its inaugural publication, Consciousness and Revolt: An Exploration toward Reconciliation.

 

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The People Speak

THE PEOPLE SPEAK: VOICES THAT CHANGED BRITAIN – BY ANTHONY ARNOVE, COLIN FIRTH AND DAVID HORSPOOL

A Message from Anthony Arnove

My new book with Colin Firth, THE PEOPLE SPEAK: VOICES THAT CHANGED BRITAIN, is just out from Canongate Books.

The book, inspired by the work of people’s historian Howard Zinn, is a documentary collection of dramatic voices of protest and dissent from the twelfth century to the present.

You can read about the book here: http://www.canongate.tv/the-people-speak.html

There are some very moving readings and musical performances — including by Vanessa Redgrave, a last-minute surprise guest — from our launch event here: http://www.canongate.tv/the-people-speak-event-footage

Great photos from the event can be viewed here: http://www.eco-age.com/item/3807-The_People_Speak_
http://pinterest.com/ecoage/the-people-speak-2012/

An excerpt of Colin Firth’s introduction and some selections from the book can be found here:
http://www.scotsman.com/the-scotsman/scotland/colin-firth-presents-the-people-speak-voices-that-changed-britain-1-2539941

And you can check out our BBC Culture Show profile here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxHB8eRmXpA

I hope the book might be of interest.

Yours
Anthony

 

THE BOOK & THE AUTHORS

The People Speak tells the story of Britain through the voices of the visionaries, dissenters, rebels and everyday folk who took on the Establishment and stood up for what they believed in. Here are their stories, letters, speeches and songs, from John Ball to Daniel Defoe; from Thomas Paine to Oscar Wilde; from the peasants’ revolts to the suffragists to the anti-war demonstrators of today. Spanning almost one thousand years and over 150 individual voices, these are some of the most powerful words in our history.

Colin Firth (CBE) is a Bafta- and Academy Award-winning actor. His films include The English Patient, Fever Pitch, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Girl with a Pearl Earring, A Single Man and The King’s Speech. Alongside Anthony Arnove, he was instrumental in bringing a televised stage performance of The People Speak to the UK in 2010.

Anthony Arnove is the author of Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal, editor of Iraq Under Siege, Howard Zinn Speaks and The Essential Chomsky, and co-author, with Howard Zinn, of Voices of a People’s History of the United States and Terrorism and War. He is the co-director of The People Speak with Chris Moore and Howard Zinn.

David Horspool is a historian and editor at the Times Literary Supplement. He is the author of two previous books: Why Alfred Burned the Cakes and The English Rebel: One Thousand Years of Trouble-making from the Normans to the Nineties. He writes for The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and the New York Times.

 

‘The People Speak’ at Canongate Books: http://www.canongate.tv/authors/colinfirthandanthonyarnove

Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0857864459

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/People-Speak-Voices-Changed-Britain/dp/0857864459/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350642372&sr=1-1

 

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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/

 

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Revolt

WHAT WE ARE FIGHTING FOR: A RADICAL COLLECTIVE MANIFESTO

 

Visions of a different society run in the interests of the 99%. Leading activist voices answer the question the media loves to ask the protesters

 

What We Are Fighting For: A Radical Collective Manifesto 

Edited by Federico Campagna and Emanuele Campiglio 

Contributors include David Graeber, John Holloway, Nina Power, Mark Fisher, Ann Pettifor, and Owen Jones

Released October 29th 

PB / £ 14.99 / 9780745332857 / 198mm x 129mm / 224 pp 

“Here are the first flowers of spring: the beginning of an epochal dialogue about the human future. Inspired by the Occupy movements across the world, What We Are Fighting For should inspire all of us to join the conversation.” — Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums and City of Quartz 

“This collection provides a rallying point for all those who resist the dogmas of contemporary politics and seek a fresh set of alternatives. What We Are Fighting For is a manifesto full of urgent, articulate responses to the current situation.” — Simon Critchley, Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School, New York, and author of The Faith of the Faithless (2012). 

The age of austerity has brought a new generation of protesters on to the streets across the world. As the economic crisis meets the environmental crisis, millions fear what the future will bring but also dare to dream of a different society. 

What We Are Fighting For tries to answer the question that the mainstream media loves to ask the protesters. The first radical, collective manifesto of the new decade, it brings together some of the key theorists and activists from the new networked and creative social movements. Contributors include Owen Jones, David Graeber, John Holloway, Nina Power, Mark Fisher, Franco Berardi Bifo and Marina Sitrin. 

Chapters outline the alternative vision that animates the new global movement – from ‘new economics’ and ‘new governance’ to ‘new public’ and ‘new social imagination’. The book concludes by exploring ‘new tactics of struggle’. 

Federico Campagna is a writer and activist. He is one of the founders of the journal Through Europe and contributes to a number of magazines and radio programmes in Italy and the UK. He organised the ‘What are we struggling for?’ conference at the ICA, London, and is the editor of Franco Berardi Bifo’s forthcoming reader. 

Emanuele Campiglio is a Researcher at the New Economics Foundation. 

For further information, to request a review copy or to speak to the author please contact Jon Wheatley at jonw@plutobooks.com or on 0208 374 6424 

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/what-we-are-fighting-for-a-radical-collective-manifesto-new-from-pluto-press

 

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R.C. Smith

CONSCIOUSNESS AND REVOLT: AN EXPLORATION TOWARD RECONCILIATION

Author: R. C. Smith

ISBN: 9780957096103
Publication Date: 01-12-2011
Pages: 424
Format: Soft Cover
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Price: £14.99

Heathwood Press is proud to announce the release of its inaugural publication, Consciousness and Revolt: An Exploration toward Reconciliation.

This highly anticipated work by R.C. Smith is one which cordially speaks as both an urgent existential and social declaration, as well as a shapely series of philosophical reflections on the subject of ‘damaged life’. Penetrating into some of the deepest and most problematic issues presently facing Western society, from the ravaged state of affairs subject to the global capitalist vision of life through to the most intimate distortions of contemporary experience, R.C. Smith presents to both the academic and everyday reader alike one of the more substantive social critiques of the past few decades. Expressed through a tone of voice born principally from the eye of self-witness, sensing and feeling; Book I of the Consciousness and Revolt series is a work with as much critical sting as human sensitivity.

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Revolution

CRISIS AND MOBILIZATION SINCE 1789

Call for Papers

International Conference “Crisis and Mobilization since 1789” International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, February 22-24, 2013

Organized by the International Scholars’ Network “History of Societies and Socialisms” (HOSAS)/H-Socialisms Organizers of the 2nd HOSAS conference, to be held in Amsterdam in February of 2013, welcome proposals from all fields of the social sciences and humanities from around the world that consider socialism and its relation to the conference theme –Crisis and Mobilization since 1789.

The political Left—mainstream socialists above all, but also anarchists, communists, feminists, and others—has played a central role throughout modern history in giving access to democracy and its benefits to ever widening portions of society. Socialists—especially those organized in Marxist-oriented European social democratic parties—proved adept at mobilizing popular support during political, economic, and other crises to push forward agendas aiming to combat the social inequalities created by industrial capitalism, to broaden citizenly enfranchisement in order to include formerly excluded groups (for example, wage-earning workers and women), and to pursue many other reformist or revolutionary goals. Geoff Eley’s landmark study Forging Democracy (2002), is among the strongest recent arguments for the importance of the socialist Left in shaping and democratizing modern European history, particularly through its capacity for mobilizing in response to crisis. We are pleased that Eley will be present at the conference to give a key-note address and engage in a discussion of his theses.

Alongside impressive successes, resounding defeats and setbacks have characterized socialism’s record in modern Europe and around the world. But until the late 1960s, conventional socialist or social democratic parties stood at the center of this drama and self-consciously led the European Left, while more revolutionary variants held sway in the “developing” world. Since the late 1960s, however, the socialist Left has declined in influence due to the rise of identity and one-issue movements (for example, feminist and environmentalist movements), the changing geographies and modalities of the global economy and labor, the concomitant weakening of trade unions that had constituted socialism’s traditional base of support in many countries, the final discrediting and collapse of Soviet-style “real existing socialism” in Eastern Europe, the growing power of neo-liberalism as the ideology of the political mainstream, and other structural and contingent changes. These developments have challenged conventional socialist politics’ claims to leadership of the political Left and have led many to question socialism’s very relevance.

Since the 2008 onset of the current economic crisis, critiques of capitalism—many of them invoking Marx and/or the socialist mobilizations of previous eras—have re-entered mainstream political debates in Europe and around the world. Scholarly discussions about this legacy and its contemporary relevance have also profited from a surge in interest. Not least, socialist parties have won some significant electoral contests, as they recently did in France. Yet in many places, conventional socialist or Leftist political parties still remain on the defensive and some of the most recent popular mobilizations that challenge the political and economic status quo (for instance, the Occupy Movement) generally reject alliances or identification with established socialist politics.

In this climate, we think it timely to consider the historical trajectory of socialism—in all its diverse forms—through crisis and mobilization. We understand crisis in the broadest sense of the word, encompassing not just economic downturns, but also political, social, cultural, and environmental crises as well as war, famine, natural disasters, and other disruptions. Crises vary in scale too, from the global or continental level down to the local. By bringing together scholars from multiple disciplines who specialize in various time periods and places across the globe, and by opening broad temporal, comparative, and transnational vistas, we hope to update and enrich the scholarly conversation about socialism(s).

Among the core questions that we aim to address are:

– How have socialist politics developed historically as a response to crisis, broadly defined, and through mobilization?

– Why have certain people and movements in history self-identified as “socialist,” and which theories and concepts have they drawn on?

– How and what did these people and movements learn from their activist experiences, and what are the memories and legacies of mass mobilization in times of crisis?

– What lessons – if any – do present-day activists and movements draw from the past, and how are various memories and myths appropriate to current debates and actions?

– To what extent have socialist mobilizations that respond to crisis displayed unique characteristics in the non-European/western or developing world?

– What have socialist mobilizations accomplished (or not accomplished) in attempting to redefine the relationships between the state and society and between society and capitalism?

– How has the recent economic crisis contributed to, or changed, socialist politics as well as our understanding of socialism as an aspect of European or global modernity?

– How have socialists (of any sort) stood in relation to other Leftist political groupings and/or non-Leftists in responding to crisis, both historically and today?

– To what extent does “socialism” remain a useful category for animating/galvanizing or studying mobilizations of a certain kind?

In addition to papers that address one or more of these questions, we invite papers or panels dealing with any of the following broad thematic areas in any part of the world that have relevance to the central conference theme:

I. Capitalism in Crisis: Experiences, diagnoses and solutions, past and present

II. Riots, Revolts & Revolutions: Violent reactions, street activisms, and their outcomes

III. Parties & Movements: Organisations, networks, and institutions

IV. Ideas & Programs: Analyses, ideologies, and remedies

V. Rebels & Leaders: Who is in charge, why and how?

VI. Elites & Masses: Interests, alliances, and encounters

We invite both junior and senior scholars to present results of research, works-in-progress, or polished papers concerning these issues and others related to the general workshop theme. We are interested in receiving individual paper proposals and proposals for panel sessions. The organizers will consider publishing some of the contributions following the conference. Conference presentations will be 15 minutes in length.

Please email your proposal (250-300 words) along with a brief (100 words max.) academic bio,

to H-SOCIALISMS@H-NET.MSU.EDU by September 30, 2012.

Keynote speaker:

Geoff Eley (University of Michigan): Forging Democracy: On the history of the “Left”, 1850-2000

The organizers are:

Giovanni Bernardini, German-Italian Historical Institute – FBK, Trento, Italy

Christina Morina, Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Germany

Jakub S. Beneš, University of California, Davis, USA

Kasper Braskén, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

For more information on HOSAS/H-Socialisms, visit: http:// www.h-net.org/~socialisms/

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-201ccrisis-and-mobilization-since-1789201d-international-institute-of-social-history-amsterdam-february-22-24-2013

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Revolt

2011-2012: YEARS OF REVOLUTION AND RADICAL PROTEST

Saturday, September 22, 2012

2:00 PM

 

2011-12: YEARS OF REVOLUTION AND RADICAL PROTEST

Speakers: Barbara Epstein and Kevin Anderson

 

The Arab revolutions of 2011-12 have ushered in an era of upheaval and social protest around the world, as seen especially in the Occupy movement. Kevin Anderson will discuss in brief the achievements and the contradictions of the Arab revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria, including their emergence as a new type of revolution, the dangers of authoritarianism (both nationalist and Islamist), and possibilities for the future.  Barbara Epstein will give a brief survey of the formation, rise, and decline of Occupy Oakland, address the ways in which it took the same path, and faced the same problems, as OWS and other Occupy movements, and the ways in which its development was unique; and she will open up a discussion of where we go from here.

Kevin Anderson teaches in the Departments of Sociology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies at UC Santa Barbara and is the author of Marx at the Marginsand the co-author of Foucault and the Iranian Revolution.

Barbara Epstein teaches in the History of Consciousness Department at UC Santa Cruz, and writes about social movements. Her books include The Minsk Ghetto, 1941-1943:  Jewish Resistance and Soviet Internationalism and Political Protest and Cultural Revolution: Nonviolent Direct Action in the 1970s and 1980s.

Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave.Oakland, CA94609

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/2011-12-years-of-revolution-and-radical-protest-oakland-ca-22-september

 

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Critique

THE POLITICS OF CRITIQUE

Call for PapersThe Politics of Critique

2nd Critical Studies Research Group Conference

Organised by the Critical Studies Research Group (CSRG)

18-19 July 2012, University of Brighton, UK

 

What is the meaning of critique today?

Riot, revolt, protest, occupation: the current historical conjuncture is marked by the confluence of multiple crises and the (re)emergence of oppositional activity against the political and economic status quo.  In defiance of the powers that seek to entrench inequality, movements across the world have emerged to act as living forms of critique.  Yet what we understand as critique – and what we understand as its politics – remains a pressing question.  We must therefore ask: what might the politics of critique mean for societies experiencing seismic shifts in light of the crises of the past decade?

This conference challenges engaged intellectuals to think though the revolutionary heritage in light of the extraordinary changes of the past decade.   It is an opportunity to look back in order to look forward; to situate ourselves theoretically and politically in relation to emergent forms of struggle and resistance; to re-imagine the stale binary of reform and revolution;  to question the relationship between theory and praxis; to rearticulate and reinvigorate the politics of critique.

We invite researchers from across the humanities and social sciences, particularly post-graduate students, to contribute to this interdisciplinary conference with papers that explore the above themes.  The event is the culmination of a year long seminar series which featured lectures from well known participants and commentators on the role and place of critique in contemporary society. These include Benjamin Noys, Saul Newman, Mark Devenney, Nina Power, Diana Coole, Alan Finlayson, Sarah Franklin, Costas Douzinas, and Howard Caygill.  Alongside keynote addresses, the conference will include both panel sessions and themed workshops convened by one or a combination of academics.

Abstracts of around 300 words should be sent to I.Sinclair1@uni.brighton.ac.uk no later than 2nd April 2012.   Presentations should be 20 minutes in length.  Conference fee is £40, which includes inter-session refreshments.

This event is hosted in collaboration with:

CAPPE (Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics, and Ethics)  

CRD (Centre for Research & Development)

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