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Interface, Volume Four Issue One (May 2012): The season of revolution: the Arab Spring and European mobilizations is now out (free and open access as always)

Issue editors: Magid Shihade, Cristina Flesher Fominaya, Laurence Cox

Volume Four, Issue One of Interface, a peer-reviewed e-journal produced and refereed by social movement practitioners and engaged movement researchers, is now out, on the special theme “The season of revolution: the Arab Spring” with a special section ‘A new wave of European mobilizations?’

Interface is open-access (free), global and multilingual. Our overall aim is to “learn from each other’s struggles”: to develop a dialogue between practitioners and researchers, but also between different social movements, intellectual traditions and national or regional contexts. Like all issues of Interface, this issue is free and open-access.
This issue of Interface includes 403 pages and 31 pieces in English, Catalan and Spanish, by authors writing from / about Australia, Canada, Catalunya, Dubai, Egypt, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Palestine, Poland, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, the UAE, the UK and the US among other countries.

Articles in this issue include:

–  Magid Shihade, Cristina Flesher Fominaya and Laurence Cox, The season of revolution: the Arab Spring and European mobilizations 


The Arab Spring:

–  Austin Mackell, Weaving revolution: harassment by the Egyptian regime (action note) and Weaving revolution: speaking with Kamal El-Fayoumi (interview)

–  Samir Amin, The Arab revolutions: a year after

–  Vijay Prashad, Dream history of the global South

–  Jeremy Salt, Containing the ‘Arab Spring’

–  Azadeh Shahshahani and Corinna Mullin, The legacy of US intervention and the Tunisian revolution: promises and challenges one year on

–  Andrea Teti and Gennaro Gervasio, After Mubarak, before transition: the challenges for Egypt’s democratic opposition (interview and event analysis)

–  Bassam Haddad, Syria, the Arab uprisings, and the political economy of authoritarian resilience           

–  Steven Salaita, Corporate American media coverage of Arab revolutions: the contradictory messages of modernity

–  Ahmed Kanna, A politics of non-recognition? Biopolitics of Arab Gulf worker protests in the year of uprisings

–  Aditya Nigam, The Arab upsurge and the ‘viral’ revolutions of our times

–  Cassie Findlay,Witness and trace: January 25 graffiti and public art as archive (practice note)


Special section: a new wave of European mobilizations?

–  Eduardo Romanos Fraile,‘Esta revolución es muy copyleft’. Entrevista a Stéphane M. Grueso a propósito del 15M

–  Marianne Maeckelbergh, Horizontal democracy now: from alterglobalization to occupation

–  Fabià Díaz-Cortés i Gemma Ubasart-González, 15M: Trajectòries mobilitzadores iespecificitats territorials. El cas català

–  Puneet Dhaliwal, Public squares and resistance: the politics of space in the Indignados movement

–  Donatella della Porta, Mobilizing against the crisis, mobilizing for ‘another democracy’: comparing two global waves of protest (event analysis)

–  Joan Subirats, Algunas ideas sobre política y políticas en el cambio de época: Retos asociados a la nueva sociedad y a los movimientos sociales emergentes (event analysis)


Other articles:

–  Marina Adler, Collective identity formation and collective action framing in a Mexican ‘movement of movements’

–  Nancy Baez and Andreas Hernandez, Participatory budgeting in the city: challenging NYC’s development paradigm from the grassroots (practice note)

–  Magdalena Prusinowska, Piotr Kowzan, Małgorzata Zielińska, Struggling to unite: the rise and fall of one university movement in Poland 

–  Jim Gladwin and Rose Hollins, The Water Pressure Group: lessons learned (action note)

This issue’s REVIEWS include the following titles:

–  Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan, Why civil resistance works: the strategic logic of nonviolent action. Reviewed by Brian Martin

–  Firoze Manji and Sokari Ekine (eds), Africa awakening: the emerging revolutions. Reviewed by Karen Ferreira-Meyers

–  Amory Starr, Luis Fernandez and Christian Scholl, Shutting down the streets: political violence and social control in the global era. Reviewed by Deborah Eade

–  Rebecca Kolins Givan, Kenneth Roberts and Sarah Soule (eds). The diffusion of social movements: actors, mechanisms, and political effects. Reviewed by Cecelia Walsh-Russo

–  Florian Heβdörfer, Andrea Pabst and Peter Ullrich (eds), Prevent and tame: protest under (self) control. Reviewed by Lucinda Thompson

–  Observatorio Metropolitano, Crisis y revolución en Europa: people of Europe rise up!Reviewed by Michael Byrne

–  Mariel Mikaila Arthur Lemonik, Student activism and curricular change in higher education. Reviewed by Christine Neejer

–  Rebecca MacKinnon, Consent of the networked: the worldwide struggle for internet freedom. Reviewed by Piotr Konieczny


call for papers for volume 5 issue 1 of Interface is now open, on the theme of “Struggles, strategies and analysis of anticolonial and postcolonial social movements” (submissions deadline November 1 2012). We can review and publish articles in Afrikaans, Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Maltese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Zulu. The website has the full CFP and details on how to submit articles for this issue at

The next issue of Interface (November 2012) will be under the title ‘For the global emancipation of labour: new movements and struggles around work, workers and precarity’.     

Interface is always open to new collaborators. More details can be found on our website:  
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Tropic of Chaos: The Catastrophic Convergence of Poverty, Violence, and Climate Change

Christian Parenti in conversation with Vijay Prashad and David Harvey

Monday, August 29, 2011 from 7-9 pm
The James Gallery
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue @ 34th Street

Free and open to the public; reception and book signing to follow

In TROPIC OF CHAOS: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence (Nation Books; July 1, 2011), award-winning writer Christian Parenti argues that the new era of climate war has begun, intertwining environmental disasters, poverty, social inequality, and violence in the Global South. Parenti, historian Vijay Prashad and Marxist scholar David Harvey will discuss the historical legacy of Cold War militarism, neoliberal economic restructuring, and the convergent onset of climate change expressed as warfare, crime, repression, state failure, and a planet in peril.

About the author:

Christian Parenti is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow, a contributing editor at The Nation, and a visiting scholar at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the City University of New York, Graduate Center. The author of Lockdown America, The Soft Cage, and The Freedom, he has written for Fortune, The New York Times, Mother Jones, The London Review of Books, and Salon, among others. His latest book is, Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence (Nation Books, 2011).

About the panelists:

Vijay Prashad is the author of eleven books, most recently, The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World (The New Press, paperback 2008), which won the 2009 Muzaffar Ahmad Book Prize. His forthcoming books include The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South (Verso and LeftWord, 2012). His web dispatches can be read at Counterpunch (, at ZNET ( and at Pragoti (

David Harvey is Director of the Center for Place, Culture and Politics and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of numerous books, including The Engima of Capital (Oxford University Press, 2010), A Brief History of Neoliberalism (Oxford University Press, 2005), and Spaces of Global Capitalism: Towards a Theory of Uneven Geographical Development (Verso, 2006).

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Karl Marx


Essays by Venkatesh Athreya, Vijay Prashad, Jayati Ghosh, R. Ramakumar, Prasenjit Bose, T. Jayaraman, Prabhat Patnaik

There’s really no escaping it: if you want to understand capitalism, you simply have to read Karl Marx’s Capital.

But this is easier said than done. Capital is Marx’s magnum opus — consisting of more than 2,000 pages, over three volumes. It is a masterpiece of analysis, of relentlessly methodical and logical reasoning. So is Capital only for the expert? No. Capital can be read and understood — by beginners as well, provided they are guided into it. Which is exactly what this volume does. Seven leading Marxist scholars lay out the conceptual framework of Capital as well as investigate its various themes in essays written specially for this Reader.

Moreover, each of the authors has taken care to not limit him/herself to only preliminary explication of concepts, and has also gone into matters of advanced theory. The volume as a whole also has a broadly similar trajectory — the first couple of essays lay the foundation, the middle four essays graduate from basic concepts to theoretical discussion and debates, and the last essay does not go into basic concepts at all, but applies the method of Capital to theorise about contemporary capitalism.

This introductory Reader, then, does two things: it equips new readers with the basic conceptual keys that could unlock the vast treasure trove of Marx’s analysis and insights, as well as offering fresh insights into Marx’s magnificent work to the initiated.

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Historical Materialism 2010, York University, Toronto, May 13-16

Dear friends

We are fast approaching the second Historical Materialism Conference to be held at York University in Toronto. With over 250 papers and speakers from eight countries, it is shaping up to be an exciting event for critical theory and practice.

Our plenary speakers include Terry Eagleton, Andrea Smith, Vijay Prashad, Johanna Brenner, Aziz Choudry, Dorothy Smith, Kevin Anderson, and David McNally, among others.

Plenary topics include “Marx and the Global South,” “Global Crisis, Working Class Households and Migrant Labour,” “Capitalism, Race and Colonialism,” and “Is Marxism a Theodicy?” We will also be running a four-part course on Marx’s Capital.

Details on registration, accommodation and the conference program are available at To see the preliminary list of panels, click on the Program tab, then click on “Themes.”

Please spread the word about the conference. We look forward to seeing you at York in May!

The Historical Materialism Toronto Conference Organizing Committee

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