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MSc IN LABOUR, SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND DEVELOPMENT

MSc in Labour, Social Movements and Development

SOAS, University of London

This new programme is concerned with labour conditions and relations, social movements of labour and their contributions to development processes and changes in the Global South.

 It is the first MSc programme of its kind in the UK dedicated to Labour, Social Movements and Development. Students will have the opportunity to experience policy-making and labour campaigns in practice. They will participate in our interactive sessions to devise policies; and design and implement regional, national and international labour campaigns.

The MSc draws on the expertise of staff in the Department of Development Studies, specialising in Latin America, Africa and Asia. It benefits from our contacts within the field, including with NGOs and international organisations.

The MSc degree will focus on:

  • Labour process and organisations in the South
  • A comparative history of labour and social movements in countries such asChina,Korea,India,South Africa, Brazil and the Middle East
  • The impact of neoliberalism and globalisation on workers in the South 
  • Informalisation of labour, casualisation and precarious work
  • Feminisation of labour
  • Forced labour and child labour 
  • Rural labour, migrant labour and labour in Export Processing Zones
  • Household and reproductive labour
  • The International Labour Organisation, international labour standards and decent work
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives, codes of conduct and anti-sweatshop campaigning
  • Theories and practices of local, national and international labour campaigns

For further information please visit the following link: http://www.soas.ac.uk/development/programmes/msc-labour-social-movements-and-development/

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PAST IS PRESENT: SETTLER COLONIALISM IN PALESTINE

7th Annual Conference
5- 6 March | Brunei Gallery | School of Oriental and African Studies – London

Organised by SOAS Palestine Society and hosted by the London Middle East Institute

For over a century, Zionism has subjected Palestine and Palestinians to a structural and violent form of destruction, dispossession, land appropriation, and erasure in the pursuit of a new colonial Israeli society. Too often, this Palestine ‘Question’ has been framed as unique; a national, religious, and/or liberation struggle with little semblance to colonial conflicts elsewhere. The two-day conference, Past is Present: Settler Colonialism in Palestine, seeks to reclaim settler colonialism as the central paradigm from which to understand Palestine. It asks: what are the socio-political, economic and spatial processes and mechanisms of settler colonialism in Palestine, and what are the logics underpinning it? By unearthing the histories and geographies of the Palestinian experience of settler colonialism, this conference does not only chart possibilities for understanding Palestine within comparative settler colonial analyses. Rather, it also seeks to break open frameworks binding Palestine, re-align the Palestinian movement within a universal history of decolonisation, and imagine new possibilities for Palestinian resistance, solidarity and common struggle.

Day One: Saturday, 5th March 2011

Registration and Refreshments: 9.00-9.30

Opening and Keynote: 9.30-10.15
Hassan Hakimian – London Middle East Institute

Not Another Racism: Zionism, a Logic of Elimination
Patrick Wolfe – La Trobe University

Session One – Empire, Settler Colonialism and Zionism: 10.45-12.15

Chair: Nelida Fuccaro – School of Oriental and African Studies

Playing the Zionist Card: The British Empire and the Middle East
John Newsinger – Bath Spa University

Literature of Settler Societies: Albert Camus, S. Yizhar, and Amos Oz
Gabriel Piterberg – University of California, Los Angeles

The Settler Colonialism Paradigm and its History in Revolutionary Palestinian Resistance Literature: Poetry and Politics
Naseer Aruri – University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Refreshments: 12.15-12.30

Session Two – Zionism Destroys to Replace: 12.30-14.00

Chair: Laleh Khalili – School of Oriental and African Studies

The Palestinian Labour Market and the Politics of Zionist Settler Colonialism
Gershon Shafir – University of California, San Diego

The Erasure of the Native
Ilan Pappe – University of Exeter

The Second Phase of the Settler Colonial Conquest of Palestine: The 1967 Allon Plan and the Search for a Zionist ‘Settlement’
Gilbert Achcar – School of Oriental and African Studies

Lunch: 14.00-14.45

Session Three – Zionism Controls the Native: 14.45-16.15

Chair: Ruba Salih – School of Oriental and African Studies

Chronicles of a Cultural Destruction: The Appropriation of Palestinian Knowledge during the 1948 War
Gish Amit – Ben-Gurion University

Indigenous Citizens and the Contradictions of Status amongst Palestinians in Israel
As’ad Ghanem – Ibn Khaldun, The Arab Association for Research and Development

Frontier Wars and Robotic Colonisation
Eyal Weizman – Goldsmiths College

Refreshments: 16.15-16.30

Session Four – A Political Economy of Settler Colonialism: 16.30-18.00

Chair: Elisa van Waeyenberge – School of Oriental and African Studies

A ‘Bad Lot’? Palestinian Businessmen and the British Colonial State
Sherene Seikaly – American University of Cairo

The Exploitation of the Palestinian Economy by Israel
Shir Hever – Alternative Information Center

Palestinian Capitalism, Regional Accumulation Processes and Implications for Liberation Strategy
Adam Hanieh – School of Oriental and African Studies

Day Two: Sunday 6th March 2011

Registration and Refreshments: 10.30-11.00

Keynote: 11.00-12.00

Letter from Gaza: On Colonialism, Capitalism and Resistance
Rabah Mohanna – Palestinian Legislative Council, Gaza

Session Five – Indigenous Life and the Reverberations of Settler Colonialism: 12.00-13.30

Chair: Lori Allen – University of Cambridge

Counterfeit Citizenship: On the Politics of Property in Nahr El-Bared
Monika Halkort – Queen’s University, Belfast

Ethnic Cleansing in the Naqab: The Razings of the Bedouin Village of Al-‘Araqib
Mansour Nsasra – University of Exeter

Policing, Self-Policing and Indigenous Collaboration
Mouin Rabbani – Institute of Palestine Studies

Lunch: 13.30-14.30

Session Six – Overcoming Zionism, Dismantling Settler Colonialism:  14.30-16.00

Chair: Jan Jananayagam – Tamils Against Genocide

Decolonising Settler Colonialisms
Lorenzo Veracini – Swinburne University of Technology

The Power and Pitfalls of a Support Movement: Campaigning Against the Jewish National Fund
Selma James – International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

Towards Common Liberation
Mezna Qato – University of Oxford

Refreshments: 16.00-16.15

Roundtable – Unsettling (Settler) Colonialism: 16.15-18.15

Tickets

Please note SEATS ARE LIMITED – book in advance

Price: £30 (£20 concessions, and £40 organisations) – all tickets include lunch and refreshments

To buy your tickets Online at: – http://www.soaspalsoc.org

By cheque: Send cheques payable to SOAS Palestine Society with attached note of email address to: SOAS Palestine Society, Thornhaugh Street, London, WC1H 0XG

Location:
SOAS Brunei Gallery
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London, WC1H 0XG

Contact:
palestineconference@gmail.com
http://www.soaspalsoc.org

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Karl Marx

MARX AT THE MARGINS – KEVIN B. ANDERSON IN LONDON

Meet Kevin Anderson, author ‘Marx at the Margins’ (University of Chicago, 2010).

When: Wednesday 10 November, 6pm-8pm.
Where: SOAS, Room G3 (ground floor)

Kevin Anderson’s new book, Marx at the Margins, has received critical acclaim for its important excavation of Marx’s writing on colonialism, ethnicity and nationalism, and non-Western and precapitalist societies. Geographically, the focus is on India and China, the Civil War in the U.S., Ireland and Poland, as well as Latin America, Russia, Algeria, Indonesia, and other non-Western societies.

Concerning colonialism and non-Western societies, this book traces the Eurocentrism as well as the implicitly unilinear concept of social development in works like the Communist Manifesto (1848) and the 1853 Tribune articles on India.  Later, especially with the Grundrisse (1857-58) and the 1856-58 writings on anti-colonial resistance in China and India, Marx’s thought evolves toward a more multilinear and decidedly anti-colonialist position.  This evolution culminates in his last decade, where three strands of his thought stand out: (1) the 1872-75 French edition of Capital, (2) the largely unpublished 1879-82 notebooks on non-Western and precapitalist societies and gender, and the late writings on Russia, which point to the possibility of alternative pathways of development. The 1879-82 notebooks, to which Kevin has access through the Marx-Engels Gesamtausgabe project, also show an interest in gender relations across a wide variety of societies. Concerning ethnicity and nationalism, this book concentrates on Marx’s writings on Poland, the Civil War in the U.S., and Ireland. His writings on Poland show a commitment to that country’s national emancipation from foreign occupation as a crucial test for the international democratic and labor movements.  Those on the Civil War discuss the relationship of race and class in the U.S. and the efforts of the international working class to take a stand against slavery and for democracy. Those on Ireland bring together both of these themes, whether on the relationship of Irish national emancipation to the prospects for the labor movement in Britain, or on the ethnic cleavages between Irish and British labor inside Britain. 

As a whole, this book seeks to show Marx’s critique of capital to have been far broader than is usually supposed.

Kevin will be in London for the 2010 Historical Materialism Conference (http://www.historicalmaterialism.org) and has kindly agreed to meet to discuss his book with SOAS faculty, students and others who may be interested.

The meeting is sponsored by the ‘Neoliberalism, Globalisation and States’ Research Cluster of the SOAS Development Studies Department

All are welcome

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Globalization

UPDATE ON THE GLOBALISATION LECTURES AT SOAS

‘THE GLOBALISATION LECTURES’
Organised by the Department of Development Studies
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
University of London
Convenor: Prof. Gilbert Achcar
2010-2011

PEASANTS STRUGGLES AND ECOLOGY IN THE AGE OF GLOBALISATION

HUGO BLANCO
Wednesday 27 October, 6:30pm
SOAS, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Free entrance

Born in 1934, Hugo Blanco reached international fame as the leader of the land struggle in Peru in the early 1960s, when he joined the peasants’ struggle in the Convencion valley. He led the indigenous Quechua peasants’ into unionisation, land occupation and armed resistance. Captured in 1963, he escaped the death penalty only thanks to an international campaign in which Bertrand Russell and Jean-Paul Sartre took a prominent part. Sentenced to 25 years imprisonment, he was chosen by Amnesty International as its ‘prisoner of the year’ in 1968, and released three years later only to be deported. He ended in Salvador Allende’s Chile, from where he was smuggled out by the Swedish embassy after Augusto Pinochet’s 1973 military putsch. Hugo Blanco was able to return to Peru in 1978, and was elected to parliament. In 1992, he had to flee the country again, and received political asylum in Mexico where he could observe the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas, an experience which contributed to shaping his understanding of the role of indigenous movements. Presently back in Peru, Hugo Blanco edits Lucha Indigena, a newspaper dedicated to the indigenous cause.


Gilbert Achcar
Professor of Development Studies & International Relations
University of London – School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Russell Square – Thornhaugh Street
London WC1H 0XG
Phone +44 (0)20 7898 4557
Webpage: http://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff30529.php
Latest book: http://us.macmillan.com/thearabsandtheholocaust
http://www.saqibooks.com/saqi/display.asp?isb=9780863566394
Most recent reviews: http://www.economist.com/node/16789290
http://www.laviedesidees.fr/Hitler-the-Arabs-and-the-Jews.html

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ARABS AND ISRAELIS FACING THE HOLOCAUST AND THE NAKBA

LONDON MIDDLE EAST INSTITUTE

School of Oriental and African Studies

TUESDAY EVENING LECTURE PROGRAMME ON

THE CONTEMPORARY MIDDLE EAST: AUTUMN 2010

The LMEI’s Tuesday Lecture on 19 October will take the form of a panel debate on the subject of Gilbert Achcar’s book The Arabs and the Holocaust, please see below for details.

ORGANISED IN ASSOCIATION WITH SAQI BOOKS

Arabs and Israelis Facing the Holocaust and the Nakba

Gilbert Achcar, SOAS

Nur Masalha, Centre for Religion and History and the Holy Land Research Project, St Mary’s University College, University of Surrey

Idith Zertal, Institute for Jewish Studies, University of Basel

Chair: Deniz Kandiyoti, SOAS

Tuesday 19 October – 6.00pm

Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS

All Welcome

This lecture is free and there is no need to book.

Tea and biscuits are available from 5.30pm in the Brunei Suite

For further information contact:

The London Middle East Institute at SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street,

Russell Square, London, WC1H OXG, T: 020 7898 4330; F: 020 7898 4329,

E: lmei@soas.ac.uk, W: www.lmei.soas.ac.uk

Participants:

Idith Zertal is an Israeli historian and essayist, professor of contemporary history and senior research fellow at the Institute for Jewish Studies at the University of Basel. Previously she has been teaching at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and the Hebrew University Jerusalem. Her works include From Catastrophe to Power, Holocaust Survivors and the Emergence of Israel (1996, 2000); Lords of the Land: The War Over Israel’s Settlements in the Occupied Territories, 1967-2007 (co-authored with Akiva Eldar, 2005, 2007); and Israel’s Holocaust and the Politics of Nationhood (2005, new ed. 2010, original ed. in Hebrew in 2002), which has been published in eight languages. In 2005 she co-edited and co-authored Hannah Arendt: A Half Century of Polemics, a collection of essays by Israeli scholars on Arendt’s political thought.

Nur Masalha is a Palestinian historian, currently Professor of Religion and Politics and Director of the Centre for Religion and History and the Holy Land Research Project at St Mary’s University College, London, and Professorial Research Associate, Department of History, SOAS. He has also taught at Birzeit University, Palestine, and is the editor of Holy Land Studies: A Multidisciplinary Journal. He authored and edited many books, including Expulsion of the Palestinians: The Concept of ‘Transfer’ in Zionist Political Thought, 1882-1948 (1992); A Land Without a People (1997); Imperial Israel and the Palestinians (2000); The Politics of Denial: Israel and the Palestinian Refugee Problem (2003); Catastrophe Remembered (2005); and The Bible and Zionism: Invented Traditions, Archaeology and Post-Colonialism in Palestine-Israel (2007).

Gilbert Achcar is Professor of Development Studies and International Relations in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS. He grew up in Lebanon and moved to Europe in 1983. Before joining SOAS in 2007, he taught and researched at the University of Paris-VIII and the French-German Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin. His works includeThe Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder (2002, 2nd ed. 2006), published in 13 languages; The 33-Day War: Israel’s War against Hezbollah in Lebanon and Its Consequences (with Michel Warschawski, 2007); Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy, co-authored with Noam Chomsky (2007, 2nd ed. 2008). His latest book, The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives, came out recently in Beirut, Cairo, London, New York and Paris.

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Gilbert Achcar
Professor of Development Studies & International Relations
University of London – School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Russell Square – Thornhaugh Street
London WC1H 0XG
Phone +44 (0)20 7898 4557
Webpage: http://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff30529.php
Latest book: http://us.macmillan.com/thearabsandtheholocaust
http://www.saqibooks.com/saqi/display.asp?isb=9780863566394
Most recent reviews: http://www.economist.com/node/16789290
http://www.laviedesidees.fr/Hitler-the-Arabs-and-the-Jews.html
Forthcoming event: 
http://www.soas.ac.uk/lmei/events/cme/19oct2010-arabs-and-israelis-facing-the-holocaust-and-the-nakba.html

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Globalization

THE GLOBALISATION LECTURES 2010-2011

Organised by the Department of Development Studies

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

University of London

Convenor: Professor Gilbert Achcar

Wednesday 27 October, 6:30pm – Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
PEASANTS STRUGGLES AND ECOLOGY IN THE AGE OF GLOBALISATION

HUGO BLANCO: Leader of the 1960s Peasant Uprising and of the Peasant Confederation in Peru

Wednesday 1st December, 6:30pm – Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

WORLD LITERATURE AND WORLD LANGUAGES

TARIQ ALI: Novelist, Playwright and Historian, Longstanding Editor of the New Left Review

Wednesday 2 February, 6:30pm – Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN PROMOTING PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

DR. SHIRIN EBADI: Judge, Lawyer and University Professor, Winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her Defence of Human Rights in Iran

Wednesday 2 March, 6:30pm – Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

CORPORATE TAKEOVERS, INTERNET CHALLENGE: DOES JOURNALISM HAVE A FUTURE?

DR. SERGE HALIMI: Director of Le Monde Diplomatique (published in 27 languages)

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Gilbert Achcar
Professor of Development Studies & International Relations
University of London – School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Russell Square – Thornhaugh Street
London WC1H 0XG
Phone +44 (0)20 7898 4557
Webpage: http://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff30529.php
Latest book: http://us.macmillan.com/thearabsandtheholocaust
http://www.saqibooks.com/saqi/display.asp?isb=9780863566394
Most recent reviews: http://www.economist.com/node/16789290
http://www.laviedesidees.fr/Hitler-the-Arabs-and-the-Jews.html
Forthcoming event: 
http://www.soas.ac.uk/lmei/events/cme/19oct2010-arabs-and-israelis-facing-the-holocaust-and-the-nakba.html

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Chris Harman

CHRIS HARMAN MEMORIAL MEETING

Chris Harman Memorial Meeting
There is going to be a memorial meeting for Chris Harman. The celebration of Chris’s life is open to all SWP members and supporters. 

The details are:
5pm – 7.30pm, Saturday 17 April, Brunei Gallery, SOAS (central London)

• We have booked The Lamb, in Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1N 3LZ to get together for a drink afterwards.

Socialist Workers Party: http://www.swp.org.uk

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Capitalist Crisis

EUROZONE CRISIS

Economists of the group Research on Money and Finance (RMF) at SOAS, University of London, coordinated by Professor Costas Lapavitsas, have produced a report on the current crisis titled “Eurozone Crisis: Beggar Thyself and Thy Neighbour?”.

The report claims that the current public debt crisis of peripheral Eurozone countries (Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain) is related to persistent German current account surpluses. RMF proposes either structural reform of European Monetary Union, or exit from the Eurozone.

The report is available at: http://www.researchonmoneyandfinance.org

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Susan George

BREAKING OUT FROM CRISIS INTO A GREEN AND JUST WORLD

Susan George

‘THE GLOBALISATION LECTURES’
Organised by the Department of Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
Convenor: Prof. Gilbert Achcar, 2009-2010

Wednesday 20 January, 6:30pm
SOAS, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Dr. Susan George is an internationally known scholar-activist and “alter-globalist”; the author of a dozen widely translated books; honorary president of ATTAC-France, an organisation that campaigns for international taxation and other alternatives to neoliberal globalisation. She is Board President of the Transnational Institute (TNI), an international fellowship of scholar-activists with headquarters in Amsterdam that carries out cutting-edge analysis on critical global issues, builds alliances with grassroots social movements and develops proposals for a more sustainable and just world.

Webpage: http://www.tni.org/users/susan-george

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Capitalism

Capitalism

WHITHER FINANCIALISED CAPITALISM?

 

International Conference
One Year on from the Panic of 2008:
WHITHER FINANCIALISED CAPITALISM?
Saturday 7 November 2009, 9 am to 6 pm, SOAS (Rooms G2 and G3), London

09.00-09.45 Registration and Coffee

09.45-12.15: Welcome Addresses and Opening Plenary: Financialised Capitalism and the International Crisis
* Gérard Duménil, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris: Neoliberalism adrift: Perspectives for the coming decades
* Gary Dymski, University of California Center Sacramento: Reimagining finance in a post-crisis world of neoliberal design mechanisms?
* Costas Lapavitsas, SOAS, London: Will the crisis change the course of financialisation?

12.15-13.15 Lunch

13.15-15.30 Parallel Sessions

Contemporary Finance, Regulation and the Real Economy
* Malcolm Sawyer, Leeds University Business School Re-structuring the financial sector to reduce the burdens imposed on the economy
* Jan Toporowski, SOAS, London: Institutional investors and forced indebtedness: The theory of capital market inflation revisited
* Paulo L dos Santos, SOAS, London: The distinctive content of consumption debt – Varieties of Financialisation
* Engelbert Stockhammer, Vienna University of Economics and Business: The finance-dominated accumulation regime, income distribution and the present crisis
* Trevor Evans, Berlin School of Economics: Limits of finance-led capitalism
* Claude Serfati, University of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines: From securitisation to fictitious capital : a political economy of the financial crisis

15.30-15.45 Coffee

15.45-18.00 Plenary
The Social Costs and Implications of Financialisation
* Karel Williams and Ismail Erturk, CRESC, Manchester: Regulatory closure, city elites and the politics of banking reform
* Andrew Leyshon, University of Nottingham: Financialisation ‘off-plan’: Domesticating financial futures and the
displacement of UK buy-to-let
* Robin Blackburn, University of Essex

For more information, contact rmf@soas.ac.uk, or visit http://www.soas.ac.uk/events/event54441.html
 ___________
Jeff Powell
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
University of London
+44 (0)7817184435

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‘THE GLOBALISATION LECTURES’

Organised by the Department of Development Studies

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

University of London

Convenor: Prof. Gilbert Achcar

2008-2009

LECTURE 1

 

 

THE IMPERIAL PARADOX:

IDEOLOGIES OF EMPIRE

FROM ALEXANDER THE GREAT TO GEORGE W. BUSH

 

 

PROFESSOR ELLEN MEIKSINS WOOD

Professor Emerita of Political Science at York University (Toronto, Canada)

 

Wednesday 29 October, 6:30pm

SOAS, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, London

 

 

Professor Ellen Meiksins Wood is the author of many major books on the history of political thought and the history of capitalism.

Her most recent works include:

Citizens to Lords: A Social History of Western Political Thought from Antiquity to the Middle Ages (2008)

Empire of Capital (2005)

The Origin of Capitalism: A Longer View (2002)

— 
Gilbert Achcar
Professor of Development Studies & International Relations
University of London – School of Oriental and African Studies
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG
Phone +44 (0)20 7898 4557
Fax     +44 (0)20 7898 4759

 

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