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State Crime

STATE CRIME

State Crime – The Journal of the International State Crime Initiative

We are delighted to announce the arrival of State Crime, the first peer-reviewed journal dedicated to state crime scholarship. The journal is interdisciplinary and international and seeks to develop deeper understandings of state crime and institutional deviance. Topics on which articles are invited include: torture; genocide and other forms of government and politically organised mass killing; war crimes; state-corporate crime; state-organised crime; natural disasters exacerbated by government (in)action; asylum and refugee policy and practice; state terror; political and economic corruption; and resistance to state violence and corruption. The journal is keen to feature both empirical and theoretical studies.

The journal will be published twice yearly by Pluto Press from April 2012. Details of the editorial board and peer review arrangements can be found in the Editorial Board and Notes for Contributors section at: http://www.statecrime.org/journal. Articles should be limited to 8,000 words and written and submitted in accordance with the guidelines for authors.

All queries should be directed to the editorial board at journal@statecrime.org

 

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State of Crisis

STATE OF CRISIS / CRISIS STATE: DOMINATION AND RESISTANCE IN THE WAKE OF NEOLIBERALISM(S)

Great Lakes Graduate Conference in Political Economy

State of Crisis / Crisis State: Domination and Resistance in the Wake of Neoliberalism(s)
May 7-8, 2010
Carleton University, Ottawa

The neoliberal era has been characterized by the privatization of public assets, the growth of a global division of labour, and the development of flexible and highly mobile forms of capital accumulation. Yet the intensification of this capitalist model since the early 1970s has come to a head in the last year, and the world has played witness to multiple global crises, including the worst economic catastrophe since the great depression, the highest recorded atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, and the continuation of seemingly unending conflicts in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

As such, we posit that a critical interrogation of the neoliberal paradigm is in order. Do contemporary crises mark a break or rupture with neoliberalism or are they an expression of its continuity and retrenchment? Do the present crises of finance, ecology and justice represent the culmination of the neoliberal era, or are they endemic components of a renewable cycle of laissez-faire capitalism? Have we seen the emergence of a new form of social organization continually riddled with instability (the crisis state), or are we merely in a temporary state of crisis?

The Great Lakes Graduate Conference in Political Economy is an interdisciplinary, international meeting of graduate students currently inviting submissions that broadly reflect and interrogate these and other (dis)continuities. We welcome submissions that fit within the broader tradition of political economy, though perhaps the following themes may serve to orient contributions:

* The origins and early history of neoliberalism
* Periodization and theories of capitalist crisis
* The spatialization of crisis: urban neoliberalization and the politics of scale
* The financialization of capital: subprime loans and the mortgage crisis
* The green economy and the ecological limits of capital
* Security, migration and citizenship
* Accumulation by dispossession and colonialism in neoliberal times
* Gender, privatization, and reproductive economies
* Labour unions, precarious employment and permanent exceptionalism
* Post-neoliberalism? Socialism in the twenty-first century

We welcome individual submissions as well as panel proposals. For individual papers, please send an abstract of no more than 250 words; for panel proposals send a 100 word panel abstract along with paper abstracts of up to 250 words. Proposals can be submitted by email until January 31, 2010 to greatlakes2010@gmail.com.

Please refer to http://greatlakes2010.blogspot.com/ for more information.

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A Political Moment

WAITING FOR THE POLITICAL MOMENT

CALL FOR PAPERS
WAITING FOR THE POLITICAL MOMENT

Utrecht & Rotterdam, June 17-19, 2010

‘Hamm: What’s happening?
Clov: Something is taking its course.’
Beckett, Endgame

Over the last decades, several political and cultural theorists have argued that the domain of politics, and even the very idea of the political, has been hollowed out. Politics today appears to have lost its proper status or has been submerged in the more powerful and encompassing infrastructures of late capitalism. Instead of frantically affirming or denying the emptying-out of the political, this conference traces the appropriation of the political by apparatuses of state, church, capitalism and media in modernity to look for ways to reinvigorate it. To do so, the conference focuses on a key concept: the political moment – the moment in which political agency becomes possible, as well as the formative role of the moment in politics.

To get to grips with the political moment we not only need to understand our current moment; we need to have an idea of how it developed over time. Not considering the political moment from an exclusively contemporary point of view, this conference also calls for proposals that focus on the formation of the political in relation to its emptying-out from the late Middle Ages to the present.

Contributions in the form of a 4000 words positioning paper distributed in advance and to be discussed in a seminar setting could address (but are not limited to) the following issues: what is a political moment? What does the emptying-out of the political imply? How has the appropriation of the political by state, religion or media shaped the conditions of possibility of the political? What is the role of the moment in politics?

Confirmed speakers include: Mieke Bal, Bruno Bosteels, Rosi Braidotti, Simon Critchley, Martin van Gelderen, Olivier Marchart, Patchen Markell, Benjamin Noys, and Alberto Toscano.

If you are interested in participating, please send in a 300-words paper proposal and a short résumé of your current research by January 15 2010 to Frans-Willem Korsten, Professor of Literature and Society, Erasmus University Rotterdam, email: korsten@fhk.eur.nl; and/or to Bram Ieven, lecturer in comparative literature at Utrecht University, email: b.k.ieven@uu.nl.

For more information see: http://www.waitingforthepoliticalmoment.org

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Loren GoldnerNEW TEXTS ON LOREN GOLDNER’S WEBSITE

http://home.earthlink.net/~lrgoldner/

Article on the origins of Turkish communism and of the reactionary
ideology of “anti-imperialism” in the 1917-1925 period (Nov 2009)

“Socialism in One Country” Before Stalin, and the Origins of
Reactionary “Anti-Imperialism”: The Case of Turkey, 1917-1925 (2009)

http://home.earthlink.net/~lrgoldner/turkey.html

Ssangyong Motor Strike in South Korea Ends in Defeat and Heavy
Repression (2009)

http://home.earthlink.net/~lrgoldner/ssangyong.html

General Perspectives on the Capitalist Development State and Class
Struggle in East Asia (2009)

http://home.earthlink.net/~lrgoldner/asiamarx.html

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Ivan Illich

Ivan Illich

THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ILLICH STUDIES

 

A message from Clayton Pierce

Greetings colleagues!

It is with great pleasure that I announce the inaugural publication of The International Journal of Illich Studies (ISSN 1948-4666 / DOI 10.4198), which is freely available online at: http://ivan-illich.org/journal <goog_1257009656050>.  The first issue’s Table of Contents is enclosed below for your convenience.

The International Journal of Illich Studies is a non-profit, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed publication dedicated to engaging and extending the thought and writing of Ivan Illich and his circle. We will publish twice yearly, and are currently accepting submissions for April, 2010.

Articles are invited on any subject that intersects with the wide range of IIlich’s ideas, or that represent a version of the social critique for which he became famous on matters such as modern developmentalism, industrialized “progress,” institutional bureaucratization, the heuristic role played by historical consciousness, the privatization / publicization of the lay commons, and the necessity of making moral responses in the face of our worldly crisis.

We are also interested in critical essay reviews of potentially relevant literature and media, as well as personal reflections and stories that document the living tradition associated with Illich and his circle.

Each issue will additionally bring forth rare or previously unavailable archival materials of scholarly and intellectual interest.

Please take a moment to investigate our new journal. I welcome your feedback and look forward to your possible submissions.

Clayton Pierce, Ph.D. (clayton.pierce@utah.edu)
Editor

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International Journal of Illich Studies Vol.1, No.1 (2009)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Introduction to Volume 1, Number 1
Clayton Pierce – pp. 1-3

Articles

Illich’s Table
Daniel Grego – pp. 4-13
Three Invitations
Dana Stuchul – pp. 14-20
Myth Maker, Story Weaver Ivan Illich: On the Rebirth of Epimetheus
Madhu Suri Prakash – pp. 21-27
Understanding the Logic of Educational Encampment: From Illich to Agamben
Tyson Edward Lewis – pp. 28-36
Critical Pedagogy Taking the Illich Turn
Richard Kahn – pp. 37-49

Book Reviews

Review of Everywhere All the Time: A New Deschooling Reader, Edited by Matt Hern
Kirsten Olson – pp. 50-52
Review of The Virtues of Ignorance: Complexity, Sustainability, and the Limits of Knowledge, Edited by Bill Vitek and Wes Jackson
Jason Lukasik – pp. 53-57
Review of Place-Based Education in the Global Age: Local Diversity, Edited by David Gruenewald and Gregory Smith
J. William Hug – pp. 58-61
Review of Escaping Education: Living as Learning in Grassroots Cultures (2nd Edition), By Madhu Suri Prakash and Gustavo Esteva
T. Francene Watson – pp. 62-66

Documents, Letters, and Other Materials

FOIA Request: Declassified FBI Files of Ivan Illich – End Matter

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Manifesto against Labour

 

Krisis Group

 

 

Manifesto against Labour, written by the Krisis Group (Krisis Gruppe) on 31st December 1999. In the current crisis of capital it is more relevant than ever. There is also a Foreword by Norbert Trenkle.

 

See: http://www.krisis.org/1999/manifesto-against-labour

 

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The State in Capitalist Society – 40 Years On

 

 

Call for Papers

 

 

PSA State Theory Specialist Group & Marxism Specialist Group

 

 

One Day Conference

 

The State in Capitalist Society – 40 Years On

 

 

Friday 22 May, 2009

 

 

School of Social Sciences, Leeds Metropolitan University,

 

Ralph Miliband’s The State in Capitalist Society was first published in 1969 and widely acclaimed as a major contribution to the revival of both state theory and Marxist political thought. The book still stands as a key work in the development of social and political theory in the second half of the twentieth century.

 

 

This one-day conference aims to revisit the arguments that Miliband laid out in the book and evaluate their continuing relevance in the apparently very different conditions of the twenty-first century. After all, people still do ‘live in the shadow of the state’ and states still operate in capitalist societies.

 

 

Proposals for papers that address any of the themes and arguments in The State in Capitalist Society, and its lacunae, from any perspective are welcome. For example:

 

 

  • ‘The State’ and ‘Capitalist Society’, then and now
  • Miliband’s contribution to the Marxist tradition
  • The Milibandian perspective, pluralism and the business dominance model
  • Connections between business elites and state elites
  • The conversion of economic power into political influence
  • How does the process of legitimation work today?
  • Whatever happened to pressure from below?
  • The state in global capitalist society
  • What does Miliband still have to offer the state debate?

 

 

Please send a title and abstract (approx. 200 words) by January 9, to

Paul Wetherly – p.wetherly@leedsmet.ac.uk

 

 

Papers will be required by May 1

 

 

Venue: Leeds Metropolitan University, School of Social Sciences, Old School Board, Calverley St, Leeds LS1 3HE

 

 

The Old School Board is in Leeds city centre, approximately 15 minutes walk from the railway station.

 

 

 

Conference organisers: Paul Wetherly, Peter Burnham (p.r.burnham@warwick.ac.uk), Mark Cowling (c.m.cowling@tees.ac.uk)

 

 

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