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New From Haymarket Books
Education and Capitalism
Struggles for Learning and Liberation
Edited by Jeff Bale and Sarah Knopp
With contributions from:
John T. Green
book is a breath of fresh air! The chapters take on central issues in education with a clear vision of what could be. Class, race, language and culture become not just educational 'problems,' but tools with which
to rethink the future. A stellar addition to books in our field."
--Jean Anyon, author of Marx and Education
a time when the capitalist class and their corporate allies in the media have waged an all-out assault on teachers, students, and public education, Education and Capitalism responds by speaking truth to power....Drawing from the lived experiences of the editors and their students, and informed by cutting edge sociopolitical critique, Education and Capitalism clears the path for new understanding of the current assault on public schooling and points towards important directions if we are to save it."
--Peter McLaren, author of Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, and the Pedagogy of Revolution
and Capitalism is a timely and decisive book that provides a framework for those of us engaged in the fight for better schools, stronger unions, and increased standard of living for all."
--Jesse Sharkey, vice president of the Chicago Teachers Union
must-read for anyone interested in understanding the fundamental injustice of the corporate reform of public education in the U.S."
--Wayne Au, editor of Rethinking Schools
CONSERVATIVE, BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS dominates the discussion about what's wrong with our schools and how to fix them. It offers "solutions"
that scapegoat teachers, vilify unions, and impose a market mentality. But in each case, students lose. This book, written by teacher-activists, speaks back to that elite consensus and offers an alternative vision of learning for liberation. Inside are essays that trace Marxist theories of education under capitalism; outline the historical educational experiences of emergent bilingual and African American students; recap the history of teachers' unions; analyze the neoliberal attack on public schools under Obama; critically appraise Paolo Freire's legacy; and make the historical link between social revolution and struggles for literacy.
SARAH KNOPP is a public high school teacher in Los Angeles and an activist with United Teachers Los Angeles.
BALE is assistant professor of second language education at Michigan State University. Their work has appeared in Rethinking Schools, International Socialist Review, and CounterPunch.
Available March 2012
Trade paper $17.00
For review or desk copies, contact Sarah Macaraeg, sarah@...
For more information, visit:
or link to the book's Facebook page:
The Crisis and the Left: Dispatches from the Socialist Register with Frances Fox Piven
Sunday May 6, 4 PM at LeftWords Festival
Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould Street, Toronto
Frances Fox Piven, author of Who's Afraid of Frances Fox Piven? The Essential Writings of the Professor Glenn Beck Loves to Hate, and David McNally author of Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance join Leo Panitch and Greg Albo to launch the latest issue of the Socialist Register.
Reception to follow at the Ryerson Student Centre.
Consider attending the LeftWords Festival all day:
for more information: frederick.peters1968@...
The How Class Works - 2012 conference schedule, registration, housing, and other information are all up on the Center for Study of Working Class Life Website:
conference opens the evening of Wednesday June 6 with poetry and music.
The sessions begin Thursday morning and go through Saturday afternoon,
June 9. There are over 50 sessions with almost 200 presentations by participants from 15 countries on all continents but Antarctica - graduate students and senior scholars, artists, union and social movement activists.
Discount registration rates are available through April 30. Registration rates rise by about ten percent thereafter.
THE LEFT IN LATIN
History, Present, Perspectives
University of Sao Paulo - FFLCH - History Department
September 11, 12 and
13, 2012 (from 9am to 10pm)
Tuesday, September 11
OPENING: Emília Viotti da Costa
09:00 h. (AH): FROM PETISM TO
LULISM: THE PT YESTERDAY AND TODAY: André Singer - Lincoln Secco - Tales
Ab’Sáber - Cyro Garcia
09:00 h. (AG): LEFT, DICTATORSHIPS AND HUMAN
RIGHTS Pedro Pomar
- Jorge Souto Maior - Olgária Matos - Sergio Adorno
(CPJ): INTELECTUALS AND MARXISM IN LATIN
AMERICA: Bernardo Ricupero - Lidiane Soares Rodrigues - Marcos Napolitano -
14:00 h. (AH): COMMUNISM IN THE
HISTORY OF BRAZIL: Milton Pinheiro - Apoena Cosenza - Frederico Falcão -
(AG): CHINA AND LATIN AMERICA:
Wilson N. Barbosa - Marcos Cordeiro Pires - Luis Antonio Paulino - Vladimir Milton
14:00 h. (CPJ): CUBA: PAST AND
PRESENT OF THE REVOLUTION: Luiz E. Simões de Souza - Joana Salém - Silvia
Miskulin - José R. Máo Jr.
(AH): NATURAL RESOURCES, ENERGY AND
CONTINENTAL INTEGRATION: Ildo Sauer - Ariovaldo U. de Oliveira - Mónica
Arroyo - Raimundo Rodrigues Pereira
17:00 h. (AG): COMPENSATORY
SOCIAL PROGRAMS: THE WAY OUT OF POVERTY?: Ruy Braga - Eduardo Januario -
Maria Cristina Cacciamali - Fúlvia Rosenberg
(CPJ): PERU, ECUADOR, BOLIVIA: INDIANISM AND ANDINE COSMOVISION: Vivian
Urquidi - Enrique Amayo - Tadeu Breda - Mónica Bruckmann
(RXCP): LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE:
RESISTENCE DISCOURSES: Elvira Narvaja de Arnoux - Graciela Foglia - Adrián
Fanjul - Pablo Gasparini
(AH): THE STUDENTS STRUGGLE IN LATIN
AMERICA: Clara Saraiva - Alejandro
Lipcovich - Lucia Sioli - Mario Costa
(AG): LATIN AMERICA IN INTERNATIONAL
GEOPOLITICS: André Martin - Leonel Itaussu A. Mello - Rodrigo Medina Zagni
- Manoel Fernandes
(CPJ): COMMUNISM IN LATIN AMERICA:
Antonio C. Mazzeo - Marcos Del Roio - Victor Vigneron - Kennedy Ferreira
Wednesday, September 12
09:00 h. (AH): VENEZUELA AND THE BOLIVARIAN
REVOLUTION: Rafael Duarte Villa - Gilberto Maringoni - Flavio Benedito - Flavio
(AG): SOCIAL NETWORKS, DIGITAL ACTION AND
POLITICAL ACTIVISM: Sergio Amadeu - Raphael Tsavkko - Rodrigo Vianna - Luiz
(CPJ): BOLIVIA: FROM THE POPULAR
ASSEMBLY TO EVO MORALES: Everaldo Andrade - Diego Siqueira - Cristian
Henkel - Igor Ojeda
(AH): MARXISM IN LATIN AMERICA: Michael
Lowy - Osvaldo Coggiola - Luiz Bernardo Pericás - Carlos Guilherme Mota
(AG): MEXICO: FROM ZAPATA TO ZAPATISM:
Waldo Lao Sánchez - Igor Fuser - Jorge Grespan - Azucena Jaso
14:00 h. (CPJ): LEFT BOOK
PUBLISHERS IN LATIN AMERICA: Marisa Midori - Flamarion Maués - Rogerio
Chaves - Sandra Reimão
14:00 h. (RXCP): SCIENCE AND
TECHNOLOGY: A LEFT WING APPROACH: Renato Dagnino - Carlos Sanches - Ciro T.
Correa - Marcos B. de Oliveira
17:00 h. (AH): ANARCHISM IN LATIN
AMERICA: Edson Passetti - Marcos A. Silva - Ricardo Rugai - Margareth Rago
(AG): THE LEFT AND THE POPULISM: Maria
Helena Capelato - Maria Ligia Prado - Antonio Rago - Fernando Sarti Ferreira
(CPJ): COLOMBIA: FROM ‘VIOLENCE’ TO THE ENDLESS
WAR: Antonio Carlos R. de Moraes - Yuri Martins Fontes - Ana Carolina Ramos
- Pietro Lora Alarcón
(RXCP): SOCIALISM AND ANTIIMPERIALISM IN
LATIN AMERICA: Vitor Schincariol - Carlos César Almendra - Fabio Luis -
(AH): MARXISM IN BRAZIL: Paulo
Arantes - Dainis Karepovs - Armando Boito - Ricardo Musse
(AG): ARMED STRUGGLE IN BRAZIL: A BALANCE
SHEET: Carlos Eugénio Clemente - João Quartim de Moraes - Ivan Seixas -
Antonio R. Espinosa
(CPJ): FEMINISM AND SOCIALISM IN LATIN
AMERICA: Fernanda Estima - Cecília Toledo - Sara Albieri - Janete Luzia
Thursday, September 13
(AH): PICKETS, OCCUPIED FACTORIES, SUBJECTS
AND METHODS: Néstor Pitrola - Josiane Lombardi - Atenágoras Teixeira Lopes
- Rodrigo Ricupero
09:00 h. (AG): THE LEFT AND THE ENVIRONMENT: Francisco
del Moral Hernández - Mauricio Waldman - Ana Paula Salviatti - Gilson Dantas
(CPJ): SOCIALISM AND SOCIAL-DEMOCRACY IN
LATIN AMERICA: Adalberto Coutinho - Gonzalo Rojas - Lucio Flavio de Almeida
- Claudio Batalha
(AH): THE STRUGGLE FOR LAND IN LATIN
AMERICA: Gilmar Mauro - Zilda Iokoi - Horacio Martins de Carvalho - Valeria
(AG): THE LEFT FRONT IN ARGENTINA (AND
BRAZIL): Luis Mauro S. Magalhães - Pablo Rieznik - Valério Arcary - João Batista Araújo ‘Babá’
(CPJ): LATIN AMERICA: IMMUNE TO THE CRISIS?:
José Menezes Gomes - Plínio de Arruda Sampaio Jr. - Leda Paulani -Ramón Peña
17:00 h. (AH): THE WORKING CLASS IN
LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY: Ricardo Antunes - Agnaldo dos Santos - Sean Purdy -
17:00 h. (AG): LEFT, CHURCHES, SEXUAL
DIVERSITY AND HOMOPHOBIA: Laerte - Horacio Gutiérrez - Jean Wyllys - Maria
(CPJ): UNIVERSITY DILEMMAS IN LATIN
AMERICA: Gladys Beatriz Barreyro - Afrânio Catani - César Minto - João
(RXCP): PARAGUAY: FROM THE WAR TO
ITAIPU: Cristiana Vasconcelos - Dorival Goncalves - Brás Batista Vaz -
(AH): LATIN AMERICA, THE WORLD CRISIS AND
THE LEFT: Plínio de Arruda Sampaio - Jorge Altamira - Ricardo Canese -
19:30 h. (AG): DRUGS, DRUG TRAFICKING AND
CAPITALISM IN LATIN AMERICA: Henrique Carneiro - Julio Delmanto - Rosana
Schwartz - José Arbex
19:30 h. (CPJ): LIBERATION THEOLOGY IN THE 21st
CENTURY: Fernando Torres Londoño -
Lucelmo Lacerda – Valéria Melki Busin - Jung Mo Sung
Amphitheater / AG: Geography Amphitheater/ CPJ: Caio Prado Junior/ RXCP:
Reinaldo Carneiro Pessoa
Support: GMarx - NEPHE
- CEMOP - Mouro
Free Entrance Frequency certificates will be provided
Secco - Osvaldo Coggiola - Rodrigo Ricupero - Jorge Grespan - Marcos A. Silva -
PROLAM (Post Graduation Program in Integration of Latin America) - USP
The Longue Durée of the Far Right: Ideology, Organization, State Formation and International Relations
October 2012 (Queen Mary, University of London)
Call for Papers
The (re)emergence of far-right parties and social movements in various parts of the world - and particularly in Europe - in recent years has been widely discussed in the press and in academic commentary. In contrast to their 'revolutionary' bedfellows on the communist left, since the end of the Cold War far-right parties have come to form a significant and disturbing part of the political geography in a number of countries. Whilst their influence has been uneven - from participating in governing coalitions in Western Europe (the Austrian Freedom Party and the Italian Lega Nord) and in India (the Bharatiya Janata Party) to spawning a violent Islamophobic street movement (the English Defence League in the UK), to forming a major component of anti-imperialist movements across much of the Islamic world - their general appearance across time and space suggests that the current era is comparable to the earlier historical conjunctures of far-right mobilization in the late nineteenth century and inter-war periods. The varied forms of far-right have combined with their contrasting ideological dimensions, which has made the taxonomy of far-right something of an academic industry in itself. In particular, the far-right has come to be divided over its 'post-fascist' rhetorical commitment to (liberal) democracy as opposed to an authoritarian and demagogic populism and also between a neo-fascist commitment to a statist and protectionist model of capitalism and an embrace of much of the policy formulas of neo-liberalism by some strands of the contemporary far-right.
These developments raise a number of analytical and political questions. How distinct are these contemporary manifestations of the far-right compared to the previous historical forms of the far-right? How analytically useful is the concept of fascism in describing the generic far-right? What are the social bases of the far-right - past and present? Which methodological framework provides the most useful analytical tool to examine and understand the far-right? What of the relationship between the evolving dynamics of uneven capitalist development and geopolitical order on the determination of far-right movements - historical and contemporary?
The aim of this workshop is to promote an inter-disciplinary engagement with these issues through bringing together scholars from a range of different subject areas (IR, IPE, Geography, History, Sociology, Comparative Politics and Political Theory) to re-think the linkages between the historical, sociological and international dimensions of the far-right - as ideology, movement and state - over the longue durée from its emergence as a distinct and modern form of politics in the late nineteenth century to its more recent re-emergence in their intertwining local, national and international contexts.
Possible themes for consideration, but not limited to:
- Comparative historical case studies of far-right movements and states
- Analytical issues of comparisons and comparative methodologies
- International relations of fascist state formation processes
- Far-right movements in colonial and post-colonial contexts
- Evolving class and social compositions of the far-right
- Political economies of fascist states
- Distinctions and relations between ideologies, movements and states
- Geopolitical ordering and far-right movements and states - imperial, Cold War and post-Cold War eras
- Capitalist development, uneven, combined or otherwise and conjunctures of crisis on processes of far-right emergence, evolution and transformation
- Geographical and spatial variations in the far-right - urban/rural, local/national, north/south
- Aesthetic representations in architecture, art and culture
- Racialized conceptions of space and territoriality in ideologies and state practices
Please send proposals (of no more than 500 words), along with biographical and institutional information to Rick Saull (r.g.saull@...) or Alex Anievas
(alexander.anievas@...) by June 4, 2012.
Call for Papers
CONFERENCE ON 'LABOR THEORY OF VALUE AND SOCIAL
Thursday 18 - Friday 19 October 2012
Universidade de Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil
We invite submissions that raise (or answer) questions on
Marxian Labor Theory of Value and its role in Social Sciences.
Papers are invited on the following topics:
- Labor Theory of Value and Crisis;
- Labor Theory of Value: actuality, problems, limits and
of proposals: July 31, 2012.
Applicants will be
informed about acceptance by August 30, 2012.
Please email paper in English, Portuguese or Spanish, MS
Word format, of no more than 3.000 words,
to unb.gept@.... Speakers will be asked to make short
10-15 minute presentations addressing the main topics of their papers.
Papers should include the following elements: i) Paper's
title; ii) Author(s)' name and affiliation; iii) Three key-words; iv) 150-word
abstract; v) Contact information: mail address, country of residence, telephones
Registration for accepted communications: US$ 50 to be paid
at the registration desk.
For general questions and further information, please
Daniel Bin (Danielbin@...)
Please submit proposals via email to unb.gept@...
1st International Conference on 'Labor Theory of Value and
Social Sciences' is a two-day conference collectively organized by the Group for
Study and Research on Labour (Grupo de Estudos e Pesquisa sobre o Trabalho -
Now open for applications for the 2012/13 academic year:
MA degree in the Department of Politics and History at Brunel University
MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT: VIOLENCE AND REVOLUTION
'Violence is the midwife of every old society, pregnant with a new one'.
The concepts of violence and revolution stand at the centre of our understanding of political modernity. This MA programme introduces students to a range of theoretical perspectives on the concepts on violence and revolution in modern political thought, from the crisis of the Renaissance, through the long seventeenth century and the Enlightenment, to the critique of political economy and theories of revolution and counter-revolution in the twentieth century.
The programme focuses in particular on the importance of historical context for understanding the transformation and reformulation of classic themes in modern political thought. The MA also provides students with the research skills, methodologies and historical understanding required for analysing and assessing key texts.
Students will join a thriving and expanding research environment, including a regular research seminar series in social and political thought with national and international guest speakers. The core teaching staff on the MA programme have expertise in themes of violence and revolution across the full spectrum of modern political thought.
Filippo Del Lucchese, author of Conflict, Power and Multitude in Machiavelli and Spinoza (2009).
Mark Neocleous, author of The Monstrous and the Dead: Burke, Marx, Fascism (2005) and five other books on political theory.
Peter D. Thomas, author of The Gramscian Moment: Philosophy, Hegemony and Marxism (2009).
Students will take four modules of intensive guided study in small groups focused on the classical theorists of modern political Mthought. Modules include:
Violence and Revolution in Early Modern Thought;
Enlightenment and Revolution;
Capitalism and Revolution in the Nineteenth Century;
Revolution and Counter-revolution in the Twentieth Century.
Students also complete a dissertation on a topic or thinker of their own choice.
Apply now for 2012 entry: <http://www.brunel.ac.uk/modernpoliticalthought>
MARXISM IN CULTURE
PROGRAMME FOR SUMMER TERM 2012
Friday 18 May
Forgotten Futures: Municipal Cinema as the People's Cinema?
Elizabeth Lebas (Middlesex University)
Friday 01 June
Damien Hirst: The Capitalist Sublime?
Luke White (Middlesex University)
Friday 15 June
Fashion and Materialism
Ulrich Lehmann (University for the Creative Arts)
Book Launch of Steve Edwards' (Open University) Martha Rosler, The Bowery in two inadequate descriptive systems - published by Afterall
All seminars start at 5.30pm, and are held in the Court Room (unless otherwise indicated) at the Institute of Historical Research in Senate House, Malet St, London. The seminar closes at 7.30pm and retires to the bar.
Organisers: Matthew Beaumont, Dave Beech, Alan Bradshaw, Warren Carter, Gail Day, Steve Edwards, Larne Abse Gogarty, Owen Hatherley, Esther Leslie, David Mabb, Antigoni Memou, Chrysi Papaioannou, Nina Power, Dominic Rahtz, Pete Smith, Peter Thomas & Alberto Toscano.
NEW IN PAPERBACK FROM VERSO:
'Scarcely any other moral thinker of our day is as politically clear-sighted and courageously polemical, so prepared to put notions of truth and universality back on the agenda.' - TERRY EAGLETON
Since ETHICS first appeared in 2001 BADIOU has come to be regarded as the most important continental philosopher alive. Polemics showcases BADIOU at his radical and often controversial best. This rich collection of essays sees the French thinker approaching such wide-ranging topics as the Balkans conflict and art history to proscriptions on the Islamic veil.
As the Eurozone debt crisis threatens many of the cultural and existential underpinnings of the French state, BADIOU, whose previous books include THE MEANING OF SARKOZY, offers a ruthless critique of the 'democratic fetish' of the parliamentary system. With MARINE LE PEN becoming an increasingly influential force in domestic politics, he also confronts the role of racial antagonism within French electoral politics.
Polemics is a series of brilliant political reflections, demolishing established opinion and dominant propaganda, and reorienting our understanding of events from the Kosovo and Iraq wars to the Paris Commune and the Cultural Revolution. With critical insight and polemical skill BADIOU presents a series of radical philosophical engagements with politics, and questions what constitutes political truth.
Praise for POLEMICS
'In POLEMICS, there are withering critiques and witty demolitions of the so-called war on terror, the invasion of Iraq, the bombardment of Serbia and the pantomime of parliamentary democracy ... There is a delightful Swiftian satire on the Islamic headscarf affair and a denunciation of the racism that led to the riots in the banlieues late in 2005.'
- SIMON CRITCHLEY, LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS
'[BADIOU'S] argumentative vigour is undeniable. There is a terrific excoriation of the French burka ban as symptomatic of the enforced display of women, a trenchant series of investigations into "Uses of the Word 'Jew'", and a "Manifesto of Affirmationist Art" that is a welcome anecdote to lazy anti-modernism.'
- STEVEN POOLE, GUARDIAN
'Shaking the foundations of Western liberal democracy.'
- TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT
Alain Badiou is the author of a number of books including THE COMMUNIST HYPOTHESIS, THE MEANING OF SARKOZY, BEING AND EVENT, THEORY OF THE SUBJECT, THE LOGIC OF WORLDS and ETHICS.
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The Haymarket Martyrs, Our Namesake
We take inspiration and courage from our namesakes, the Haymarket Martyrs, who gave their lives fighting for a better world. Their 1886 struggle for the eight-hour day, which gave us May Day, the international workers' holiday, reminds workers around the world that ordinary people can organize and struggle for their own liberation. Read More:
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Population, Immigration, and the Environmental Crisis
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Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis
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News and Upcoming Events
Socialism 2012 is fast approaching. This year's conference features Ali Abunimah, Boots Riley, Liliana Segura, Glenn Greenwald, Sherry Wolf, and many others! Click for more info, and to register. Early-bird registration ends on May 15th, 2012
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Joe Allen, author of People Wasn't Made to Burn [http://www.haymarketbooks.org/hc/People-Wasnt-Made-to-Burn], was featured on Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan.
Click for Complete Interview
American Insurgents: A Brief History of American Anti-Imperialism
Book Launch. Richard Seymour book events:
Saturday, May 26th, 2012
Busboys & Poets
1025 5th Street Northwest
Washington, DC [http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/American-Insurgents]
More Info to Be Announced [http://www.haymarketbooks.org/event/3504
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
295 Lafayette Street 4th floor
New York, NY 10012
More Info to Be Announced [http://www.haymarketbooks.org/event/3502
Richard Wolff was featured in The Guardian following his, "Occupying our
Future, Solutions to Capitalist Crisis"
talk in Chicago.
Click for Article
May Day: Rebuilding the Labor Movement with Steve Early
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 7:30pm
Providence Firefighters' Memorial Hall
90 Printery St.
Providence, RI 02904
Click for More Info [http://www.haymarketbooks.org/event/3498
John Carlos [http://www.haymarketbooks.org/hc/The-John-Carlos-Story
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 7:30pm
Dodds Auditorium at Robertson Hall
Princeton, NJ 08540
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Teachers Who Dare: Reclaiming Public Education
Brian Jones [http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Education-and-Capitalism
will give the keynote address
Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 8:30am
Central High School Newark, NJ 07108
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ILAN PAPPÉ [http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Gaza-in-Crisis
], The False Paradigm of Peace: Revisiting the Palestine Question
April 30, 2012 - May 5, 2012
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More events to mark on your left calendar:
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Historical Materialism [http://www.yorku.ca/hmyork/
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The Peoples' Summit [http://www.peoplessummit.com/
] - Chicago IL; May 11
Latin American Studies Association
- San Francisco CA; May 23 - 26th
Justice Studies Conference [http://www.justicestudies.org/Justice-Conf.html
- Chicago IL; May 30 - June 2
- New York, NY; June 5-7th
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The deadline for registrations of abstracts for the 2012 London HM conference has been extended to Friday 1 June. This will be a final deadline, so please do submit your paper or panel proposal in time.
Weighs Like a Nightmare
Ninth Annual Historical Materialism Conference
Central London 8-11 November 2012
Has Marx been reanimated once again? From mainstream media to academia, this question hangs in the air. The old ghosts of revolution appear to be shaking off their shackles and getting agitated. What is this spirit? Who are the militants haunting this ramshackle capitalism? Are these new spectres - stalking the streets of Syria, Tunisia and Egypt, Athens, Spain and Wall Street and beyond - direct descendants of socialist and communist ones? How does the past haunt the present? How might the present spook the future?
Whatever answers crop up, the old questions refuse to go away: What type of organisation is needed to sharpen the conflicts, if any? Who is the agent of history and change? Is the scope of political action national or international? What is the political value of alliances and fronts? Does history cunningly work a progressive path through and around the contingencies of struggle? Are the same mistakes to be made, the same failures repeated?
The ninth HM annual conference focuses on the returns and the persistence of political forms and theoretical problems, on the uses and abuses of the history of Marxism in this turbulent present and on the ways and forms in which an inheritance of various Marxist traditions can help us to organise and to act in this turbulent present.
We invite proposals for presentations or panels (with two or three suggested participants) on topics such as: the echoes of the past in the present; learning or not learning from the past; the reanimation of revolution; history as farce, history as tragedy; historiography and Marxism; cycles; circulation; anti-memory as a political stance; new histories of capital and the labour movement; Marxism and 'deep history'; theory as history; the role of archival sources in history and the place of theory; rhythms of historical development, combined, uneven or otherwise; concepts of pre-capitalism; the question of successive modes of production; historical or other materialisms; the return of radical politics in Eastern Europe and elsewhere; post-communism; the endless afterlives of 'Classical' Marxists and 'Western' Marxist theorists and others who refuse to go away; the reruns of crisis; the role of memory and the revisioning of history; forgotten figures suddenly blasted into contemporary relevance; perma-war; imperial ghosts and their legacies, racism's haunting returns; old and new world orders; old and new cultures; avant-gardes and rearguards; the re-reading of classic texts; the question of Marxism's relation to tradition; ideas of inheritance (Bloch) and 'selective tradition' (Raymond Williams); recovery; recuperation; periodisation; continuities and discontinuities; narratives of new and old beginnings (of history, of culture, of the Left, of Marxism).
HM will also consider proposals on themes and topics of interest to critical Marxist theory not directly linked to the call for papers (we particularly welcome contributions on non-Western Marxism, history and politics, and on empirical inquiries employing Marxist methods and on Marxism and gender). While Historical Materialism is happy to receive proposals for panels, the editorial board reserves the right to change the composition of panels or to reject individual papers from panel proposals.
Deadline for registration of abstracts: 1 June 2012. This will be a final deadline and no submissions will be accepted after this date.
Preference will be given to subscribers to the journal and participants are expected to be present during the whole of the event - no tailor-made timetabling for individuals will be possible.
Antipode Foundation Scholar-Activist Project Awards
The Foundation expects to allocate each successful application up to £10,000 (or equivalent) to support collaborations between academics, non-academics and activists (from NGOs, think tanks, social movements, or community grassroots organisations, for example) which further radical analyses of geographical issues and engender the development of a new and better society. The Awards are aimed at promoting programmes of action-research, participation and engagement, cooperation and co-enquiry, and more publicly-focused forms of geographical investigation.
Antipode Foundation Regional Workshop Awards
The Foundation expects to allocate each successful application up to £10,000 (or equivalent) to fund events (including conferences, workshops, seminar series, summer schools and action research meetings) which further radical analyses of geographical issues and engender the development of a new and better society.
See http://antipodefoundation.org/regional-workshop-awards/ for more.
Applications for this first round of awards must be in by 30 June 2012. Forms are available from and should be returned to Andy Kent (antipode@...), who is more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
The Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London invites you to
Massimiliano Tomba (University of Padua)
A Contribution to the Critique of Human Rights
21 May 2012
Richard Hoggart Building, Room 137
Human rights are in crisis. Their crisis does not depend on their violations in particular states of emergency which interrupt the 'normal' course of the liberal-democratic state. Rather, I consider this crisis as something that is deeply rooted in the nature of human rights. Taking into account the problem of human rights and their protection in a unique constellation that includes the concepts of 'power', 'rights' and 'subjects of right', I will consider them and their crisis not as a deviation from a supposed progressive development of democracy but as an expression of the aporia of political modernity.
From this perspective I consider the increasing of violations of human rights not as an exception but as the consequent expression of the aporia of political modernity. Crisis therefore is not something that happens in the course of modernity but is rather the course as such, ever since the birth of modern political concepts. Rethinking human rights today means considering them beyond the horizon of their crisis: not as the rights of 'bare life' but setting out from 'just life'.
1839: The Chartist Insurrection
David Black and Chris Ford
Published: April 2012, 268pp
'This book assists us greatly in understanding the potential for future challenges to the system' -- John McDonnell MP
'In retrieving the suppressed history of the Chartist Insurrection, David Black and Chris Ford have produced a revolutionary handbook' -- Ben Watson
1839, the year after Queen Victoria's coronation, saw a chain of events which brought Britain closer to revolution than at any time since the English Civil War - or any time since. The issue was the unjust and corrupt electoral system, in which only seven hundred thousand people were entitled to vote in a country of twenty-five million. Drawing on the accounts of the participants themselves - agitators, conspirators, idealists, journalists, informers, soldiers and politicians - 1839 shows how Parliament's rejection of the first Chartist petition for Universal Suffrage led to mass rioting, a failed general strike and insurrections in south Wales and northern England.
The events of 1839 are presented not just as a battle of wills between the Chartists and the Government, but also as a battle of ideas between the radicals themselves on questions of democracy, social justice, and the 'limits' of peaceful protest.
Foreword by John McDonnell MP. Appendices include Julian Harney's 'The Tremendous Uprising' and Edward Aveling's memoir, 'George Julian Harney: A Straggler of 1848'. Illustrated throughout.
David Black is author of 'Acid: A New Secret History of LSD' and 'Helen Macfarlane: A Feminist, Revolutionary Journalist and Philosopher in Mid-Nineteenth Century England'.
Chris Ford's works include 'The Crossroads of the European Revolution: Ukrainian Social-Democrats and Communists 1917-1920' (Critique, 2010), and Introduction to 'Borotbism: A Chapter in the History of the Ukrainian Revolution' by Ivan Maistrenko.
Malinowski Memorial Lecture 2012
Dr Alpa Shah
'The Muck of the Past': Revolution, Social Transformation and the Maoists in India
Date: Thursday 17 May 2012, 6.00-7.00pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building, London School of Economics
The lecture will be
followed by a drinks reception. Dr Alpa Shah teaches anthropology at Goldsmiths,
University of London. She is the author of 'In the Shadows of the State:
Indigenous Politics, Environmentalism and Insurgency in Jharkhand, India' and
co-editor of 'Windows into a Revolution: Ethnographies of Maoism
in India and Nepal.'
For more information please see:
The deadline for registrations of abstracts for the Call for Papers 'Feminisms and Marxisms', in the framework of the 2012 London HM conference, has been extended to Friday 1 June 2012.
This will be a final deadline, so please do submit your proposed paper or panel in time at:< http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences>
FEMINISMS AND MARXISMS
Call for Papers in the context of:
9th Historical Materialism Conference 'Weighs Like a Nightmare', SOAS London, 8-11 November 2012
A new generation of anti-capitalist feminists has emerged in the last years across the world. Though not without tensions and disagreements, these new feminist currents have been in constant dialogue with different traditions of Marxism and the Marxist critique of political economy in areas ranging from social science, philosophy to art history. With the aim of providing a space for this dialogue, the 9th Historical Materialism conference in London welcomes presentations exploring the synergies between the feminist and the Marxist critiques of capitalism in their various articulations.
Paper proposals (between 200 and 300 words) should be submitted by registering at <http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/annual9> BEFORE 1 June 2012. Submissions will be peer reviewed. Please be aware that the conference is self-funded therefore we are unable to help with travel and accommodation costs.
Themes of particular interest for the conference include:
- Marxist and Socialist feminism in the 21st century
- The critique of the political economy of sex work/prostitution and trafficking
- Autonomia and Feminism: A legacy?
- Intersectionality theory and Marxism
- Feminist and Marxist critiques of liberal feminism
- Queer studies, LGBTQ and Marxism
- Feminist and Marxist critiques of gendered labour exploitation
- Feminist and Marxist critiques of racism and Islamophobia
- The political economy of gender and carceral detention
- Feminism, Marxism and art theory
- Women's collectives and the contemporary art world
- Feminist, Marxism and the visual cultures of globalisation
- Gendered international migrations
- Commodification of care
- Social reproduction
The critique of the political economy of sex work/trafficking/prostitution
Please note that the following donations are requested in support of conference costs:
£50 waged/15 unwaged on pre-registration
£75 waged/25 unwaged at the door
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Critical theories of 'social representation and reality'
Organised in affiliation with the International Herbert Marcuse Society
University of Liverpool, Monday 18 June 2012 (1pm-5pm)
A symposium that will be of interest to researchers, students and professional practitioners who are engaged with or use critical approaches in their work.
The multiple and proliferating streams of Critical Theory continue to enrich scholarly and research fields in the humanities and political sciences. In the fields of education theory to media analysis, from cultural theory to theories of 'the city', from aesthetics to theories of the law critical theorists continue to employ perspectives and approaches that challenge, provoke and subvert the standard clichés and tropes of empirical sociology and positivism in the humanities and political sciences.
At this symposium we will hear papers presented by four scholars whose work questions and exposes the power dynamics and hidden conflicts that underlie and structure our social realities. Each in their different ways explore the myriad meanings of 'representation' in our culture. Douglas Kellner (UCLA) considers the role that critical educators can play in the context of the Arab Spring revolutions; Penny Burke (Paulo Friere Institue, Roehampton) interrogates the British widening participation agenda with a 'critical eye'; Catalina Montoya (Javeriana University, Bogota) explores the changing role of the media in Colombian civil society using Chomsky's 'propaganda model'; and Mark O'Brien (Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Liverpool) considers the deceptions of language in the policy rhetoric of the UK Coalition Government.
All critically-inclined researchers, students and professional practitioners are invited to this symposium. A collaboration between the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Liverpool and the Paulo Friere Institute at the University of Roehampton and organised in association with the International Herbert Marcuse Society, the event takes place at the University of Liverpool on Monday 18 June.
To book your free place from within the University of Liverpool, go to (click on date): http://www.liv.ac.uk/cll/booking/
To book your free place from outside the University (or if you are a student) go to: eddev@... (please provide your institution, if relevant, your email and a contact number).
For more information contact Mark O'Brien at mtobrien@...
Worker-owned Cooperatives: A niche in capitalism or a pathway beyond?
A lecture by Professor Erik Olin Wright, University of Wisconsin
5pm-6.30pm, Wednesday 23rd May, 2012
Lecture Theature, Department of Politics and International Relations,
Manor Road Building, Manor Road, Oxford
Worker-owned Cooperatives have an ambiguous relationship to capitalism as an economic system. On the one hand, worker coops constitute a distinctive organizational form that occupies a small niche compatible with a well-functioning capitalist economy. On the other hand, worker-owned and managed firms violate in fundamental ways the class character of capitalism by being organized on democratic egalitarian principles. This contradictory relationship between cooperatives and capitalism poses an important question for critics of capitalism: To what extent could worker cooperatives ever constitute a significant component of an alternative to capitalism?
This lecture, hosted jointly by Oxford University's Centre for Mutual and Employee-owned Business
, Public Policy Unit
and Centre for the Study of Social Justice
, will explore worker-owned cooperatives, as a case of what Wright terms 'real utopias
'. It will feature a response by Prof Stuart White (Politics) and be chaired by Dr. Will Davies (Centre for Mutual and Employee-owned Business).
No registration is required. Please email william.davies@... for any further details about this event.
If you'd like to attend, please email email@example.com to reserve your space now!
Crisis, Class and Resistance
A one-day conference on political economy hosted by International Socialism journal
Saturday 12 May
School of African and Oriental Studies (Vernon Square Campus)
Central London (Kings Cross/St Pancras tube)
Session one (11am-1pm):
THE POLITICS AND ECONOMICS OF CRISIS
Alex Callinicos (author of Imperialism and Global Political Economy)
Jane Hardy (author of Poland's New Capitalism)
Paul Mason (author of Why it's Kicking Off Everywhere)
Other speakers TBC
Session two (1.45pm-3.45pm):
THE DYNAMICS OF THE CRISIS
Robin Blackburn (author of Age Shock: How Finance is Failing Us)
Guglielmo Carchedi (author of Behind the Crisis: Marx's Dialectics of Value and Knowledge)
Joseph Choonara (author of Unraveling Capitalism: A Guide to Marxist Political Economy)
Session three (4pm-6pm):
CLASS UNDER NEOLIBERALISM
Esme Choonara (author of A Rebel's Guide to Trotsky)
Kevin Doogan (author of New Capitalism? The Transformation of Work)
Guy Standing (author of The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class)
Price: £10 waged / £3 students & unwaged
To book, call 020 7819 1177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In an era of crisis, revolt and revolution, questions are arising that demand answers from the radical left: How is Marx's analysis of capitalism relevant to the current crisis? Is the working class the agency which can overthrow capitalism? What forms of organisation and resistance are most effective in fighting for a different world? This one-day conference, organised by International Socialism journal, will bring together activists, writers and academics from different traditions and backgrounds to discuss these and other issues.
Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP)
Kingston University London
Workshop: Transdisciplinary Problematics
Anti-Humanism and Gender Studies
17-18 May 2012, London
This two-day workshop will examine the notion of a transdisciplinary problematic, via the cases of anti-humanism and gender studies. The first day will approach theoretical anti-humanism from the standpoint of its destructive effect upon disciplinary fields in the humanities and as a radical problematisation of the discipline of philosophy in particular. The second day will focus on gender studies as a transdisciplinary problematic and on the transdisciplinary nature of the concept of gender itself. Topics will include the historical reconstruction of 'gender' as a boundary-crossing concept; the relation of its conceptual content to its functioning as a general concept across disciplines; the transformation of the disciplines in the humanities by 'gender' and gender studies; and the current productivity of 'gender'.
Day 1: Anti-humanism
17 May 2012, 10.00-18.00
Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London WC1
Introduction: Peter Osborne & Eric Alliez (CRMEP, Kingston University)
Etienne Balibar (Philosophy, University of Paris X/Irvine)
'Anti-Humanism, and the Question of Philosophical Anthropology'
Respondent: Patrice Maniglier (University of Essex)
Nina Power (Philosophy, Roehampton University/Royal College of Art)
'Is Antihumanism Transdisciplinary?'
David Cunningham (English, University of Westminster)
'Intersciences, Philosophy and Writing'
Respondent: Simon Morgan Wortham (English, Kingston University)
Day 2: Gender Studies
18 May 2012, 10.00-18.00
Large Common Room, Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N
Introduction: Stella Sandford (CRMEP, Kingston University)
Tuija Pulkkinen (Women's Studies, University of Helsinki)
'Disciplinarity and Transdisciplinarity in Gender Studies'
Sara Heinamaa (Philosophy, University of Helsinki)
'Sex, Gender and Embodiment: A Critique of Concepts'
Elsa Dorlin (Political Science, University of Paris VIII)
Ken Corbett (Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis, New York University)
'The Transforming Nexus: Psychoanalysis, Social Theory and Queer Childhood'
Respondent: Lynne Segal (Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, London)
The event is free, but registration is essential @:
Further information and background texts, go to:
Other enquiries: S.Sandford@...
This is the third public workshop of the AHRC-funded project 'Transdisciplinarity and the Humanities: Problems, Methods, Histories, Concepts'
2011-2013 (AHRC 914469)
NEW TITLE FROM ZER0 Books
Dead Man Working
By Carl Cederstrom and Peter Fleming
Capitalism has become strange. Ironically, while the 'age of work' seems to have come to an end, working has assumed a total presence - a 'worker's society' in the worst sense of the term - where everyone finds themselves obsessed with it. So what does the worker tell us today? 'I feel drained, empty - dead'; This book tells the story of the dead man working. It follows this figure through the daily tedium of the office, to the humiliating mandatory team building exercise, to awkward encounters with the funky boss who pretends to hate capitalism and tells you to be authentic. In this society, the experience of work is not of dying...but neither of living. It is one of a living death. And yet, the dead man working is nevertheless compelled to wear the exterior signs of life, to throw a pretty smile, feign enthusiasm and make a half-baked joke. When the corporation has colonized life itself, even our dreams, the question of escape becomes ever more pressing, ever more desperate.
'Cederstrom and Fleming, like a present day Virgil, bravely venture into an underworld full of shades whose entire lives have been put to work, who throw themselves heart and soul into the job, and who are constantly implored by management gurus to 'be themselves,' 'feel free,' and 'have fun' in the office. This fascinating and dark little book is an excellent and disturbing introduction to what increasingly large realms of the world of work have become' - Michael Hardt, Co-author of Empire, Multitude, and Commonwealth.
'What has work done to us? Cederstrom and Fleming's brilliant dark and witty book tells us the truth. Working in our sleep? Dressing up as infants? Deprivation tank addiction? Fitness centrers? Suicide? Email? If you didn't already know what work has made you become then this book might have a devastating effect on your life. Read it!' - Simon Critchley, Hans Jonas Professor, New School for Social Research.
Registration is now open for 'Situationist Aesthetics: The SI, Now' at the University of Sussex on Friday 8th June.
Keynote: McKenzie Wark (The New School, NY), author of The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International (2011), Gamer Theory (2006) and Hacker Manifesto (2004).
The programme and registration information are available at http://www.situationist-aesthetics.blogspot.co.uk/
Is it oxymoronic, heretical or just plain wrong to talk about Situationist aesthetics? The Situationist International (SI) condemned attempts to discuss its work in terms of aesthetics, but perhaps it is now time to brush the SI against the grain.
When it first announced its programme, the SI insisted that 'There is no such thing as Situationism'. A few years later, before expelling its members deemed to be too invested in artistic production, the SI declared that in an age of spectacle any work of art produced by a Situationist must necessarily be 'antisituationist'. The SI's tactical intransigence regarding the political value of the aesthetic, and its refusal of the possibility of a specifically Situationist aesthetic, threw up problems that remained unresolved by the time of the SI's dissolution. Since 1972, particularly in Anglophone contexts, Situationist practices have penetrated an array of cultural spheres, and much cultural production which the SI would have dismissed as spectacular has claimed some Situationist influence.
The SI located itself within but against culture. This symposium asks whether such a position is tenable, and what possibility might there be for Situationist aesthetics after all. Do cultural phenomena such as punk, or the current psychogeography industry, for example, work as or against Situationist aesthetics? Is it possible to identify art works and/or practices indebted to the SI that do not recuperate its politics but fortify and develop them?
intellectuals, Jurgen Habermas among them, argue that the management of the financial crisis undermines democracy. The COST-Network 'Systemic Risks,
Financial Crises and Credit' invites papers that critically examine this claim.
Do financialization and the management of the financial crisis circumscribe
democratic institutions and processes? If yes, what are the mechanisms that
restrict democracy? Potential themes include:
sources of power of financial actors
role of knowledge networks in crisis management
the State to accommodate financial capital
hierarchies among nations
- Diffusion of policy concepts and policy learning
- Resistance and civil society
October 11, 2012 to
October 13, 2012
Kassel University, Germany
Deadline for Submission of Abstracts:
15th June 2012
Successful candidates will be notified by:
30th June 2012
1st Oct 2012
Please send your abstracts to: COST2012@...
|New title from Zero Books:
No Local: Why Small-Scale Alternatives Won't Change The World
By Greg Sharzer
Available on Amazon; Facebook page
$19.95 USD / £11.99
'No Local: Why Small-Scale Alternatives Won't Change The World' challenges the received wisdom that farmers' markets, community gardening and cooperatives can provide a human-scale alternative to the global market. 'Localist' schemes are covered regularly in the press and their small-is-beautiful ethos has become accepted wisdom among many progressive urbanites. But can growing your own vegetables really do an end-run around corporate agribusiness? Does capitalism get friendlier as it gets smaller?
Most critics of local economic alternatives come from the Right, but 'No Local' is firmly rooted in Marxism, arguing that, far from challenging market rule, small-scale alternatives are often ways to reconcile with it. Localist politics can come from a desire to escape, rather than to confront, capitalist inequality.
But that doesn't mean things are hopeless. Although direct and questioning, 'No Local' takes a positive view about the possibilities for social change. If we confront the market and its political rulers, we can build social movements that begin to create an egalitarian society - a legacy the Arab Spring and Occupy movements have begun to reclaim. Published by radical press Zero Books, 'No Local' poses key questions for the Left as it emerges from its decades-long torpor.
LONDON SEMINAR ON CONTEMPORARY MARXIST THEORY
King's College London, S-1.06, Raked Lecture Theatre
Peter Hallward (Kingston University)
The Dictatorship of the People
The global economic and financial crisis has witnessed a deepening of interest in different forms of critical and radical thought and practice. Following a successful series in 2010/11, the London Seminar on Contemporary Marxist Theory in 2011/12 will continue to explore the new perspectives that have been opened up by Marxist interventions in this political and theoretical conjuncture. It involves collaboration among Marxist scholars based in several London universities, including Brunel University, King's College London, and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Guest speakers - from both Britain and abroad - will include a wide range of thinkers engaging with many different elements of the various Marxist traditions, as well as with diverse problems and topics. The aim of the seminar is to promote fruitful debate and to contribute to the development of more robust Marxist analysis. It is open to all.
For further information, please contact:
Alex Callinicos, European Studies,
King's: alex.callinicos [at] kcl.ac.uk
Stathis Kouvelakis, European
Studies, King's: stathis.kouvelakis [at] kcl.ac.uk
Costas Lapavitsas, Economics,
SOAS: cl5 [at] soas.ac.uk
Peter Thomas, Politics and
History, Brunel: PeterD.Thomas [at] brunel.ac.uk
THE LEAST OF ALL POSSIBLE EVILS:
HUMANITARIAN VIOLENCE FROM ARENDT TO GAZA
BY EYAL WEIZMAN
'Originality, ingenuity, and brilliance do not even begin to do justice to this amazing study, this architectural forensics of battle and human rights as pieced together from the study of the ruin and the terrifying logic of "the lesser evil". How astonishing to see our new world this new way.'
Michael Taussig, Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University
May 17, 2012, 6.30pm
London, NW8 8PQ
Book launch and talk for Eyal Weizman's THE LEAST OF ALL POSSIBLE EVILS.
For more information: http://www.versobooks.com/events/445-eyal-weizman-book-launch-at-showroom
June 6, 2012, 7.00pm
The MOSAIC ROOMS
A.M. Qattan Foundation Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road
London SW5 0SW UK
Eyal Weizman appears at The Mosaic Rooms to talk about his new book on the principle of the 'lesser evil' and its political consequences, The Least Of All Possible Evils.
For more information: http://www.versobooks.com/events/437-eyal-weizman-the-least-of-all-possible-evils
The principle of the 'lesser evil' - the acceptability of pursuing one exceptional course of action in order to prevent a greater injustice - has long been a cornerstone of Western ethical philosophy. From its roots in classical ethics and Christian theology, to Hannah Arendt's exploration of the work of the Jewish Councils during the Nazi regime, WEIZMAN explores its development in three key transformations of the problem: the defining intervention of Medecins Sans Frontieres in mid-1980s Ethiopia; the separation wall in Israel-Palestine; and international and human rights law in Bosnia, Gaza and Iraq. Drawing on a wealth of new research, WEIZMAN charts the latest manifestation of this age-old idea. In doing so he shows how military and political intervention acquired a new 'humanitarian' acceptability and legality in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
The principle of the 'lesser evil', which asserts that it is acceptable to pursue an undesirable course of action in order to prevent a greater injustice, exercises a powerful influence on Western ethical philosophy and modern politics, most recently in the invasion of Libya. In THE LEAST OF ALL POSSIBLE EVILS, EYAL WEIZMAN examines the dark side of this pragmatism, arguing that too often the end becomes a mechanism for perpetuating the means.
WEIZMAN is the author of the critically acclaimed HOLLOW LAND which explored the political space created by Israel's colonial occupation. Following on from this, WEIZMAN pursues the problem of the lesser evil - the moderation and minimization of violence as a mechanism of government and control. THE LEAST OF ALL POSSIBLE EVILS investigates its political consequences and traces its intellectual genealogy from classical ethics and Christian theology, through the political theory of Hannah Arendt to contemporary debates on humanitarianism.
Through his signature forensic-architectural lens, WEIZMAN inspects sites of contemporary conflict: the relief centres set up by Medecins Sans Frontieres during its intervention in Ethiopia in the 1980s; the legal debates around the building of the separation wall in Israel-Palestine; and developments in the application of international human rights law in Bosnia, Palestine and Iraq.
But it is in relation to Israel's domination of the Gaza Strip that the theoretical and political reflections of the book converge. Gaza, where the principle of the lesser evil is invoked to justify a new type of humanitarian violence, is the proper noun for the horrors of our humanitarian present.
PRAISE FOR THE LEAST OF ALL POSSIBLE EVILS
'Eyal Weizman's work has become an indispensable source of both insight and guidance in these difficult times. He understands the evolving dynamics of war and sovereignty better than anyone.' Paul Gilroy, Professor of Social History, London School of Economics
'This is a wonderful book, written with clarity, precision, and passion. It takes the reader into the heart of contemporary necro-politics and calculations of "lesser evils" by powerful states and their humanitarian accomplices. Deeply learned and informative on every page, this is essential reading for anyone who cares about contemporary conditions of warfare and state-controlled violence; about the spatial practices that reinforce and regulate systemic forms of violence, such as the calculation of minimal requirements for human survival. In the spirit of Doctors Without Borders, Weizman is an architect without borders, at home in political philosophy, military history, just war theory, and the spatial systems of controlled, calculated violence that constitute Israel-Palestine, and much of the world today.' W. J. T. Mitchell, Professor of English and Art History, University of Chicago
PRAISE FOR HOLLOW LAND
'The most astonishing book on architecture that I have read in years.' Edwin Heathcote, FINANCIAL TIMES
'Eyal Weizman brilliantly deconstructs Israel's yoking of traditionally humanist disciplines and discourse to the service of its campaign against the Palestinians. This book is chilling but essential reading.' Ahdaf Soueif
'A masterpiece of political analysis.' James Ron, The NATION
'Eyal Weizman has taken Edward Said's thesis to a new level, generating extraordinary, and at times surreally uncomfortable, conclusions ... Weizman's book is of salutary interest.' Jay Merrick, INDEPENDENT
'Weizman takes his readers on a tour of the visible and invisible ways in which Israel implements its control over Palestinians... Hollow Land is eloquent about the architectural chaos and confusion created by Israel in the Occupied Territories.' LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS
'A passionate jeremiad.' HARPER'S
'Weizman's rigorous account makes it possible momentarily to conceive of... built environment as a tool of liberation.' FRIEZE
'Hollow Land is a remarkably original work that confirms Eyal Weizman's indispensable role as a critic of the sinister and ubiquitous instrumentality of space in contemporary politics and life.' Michael Sorkin
'Hollow Land is a remarkable achievement. Scholarly and poetic in its epic reach, and narrated with the clarity of vision and sensibility of an artist, Hollow Land is destined to become a classic.' Karma Nabulsi
'A startling exercise in what it means to think through the axiomatics of occupation, capture and subjection... Weizman boldly attempts to create an entirely new method to conceptualize the relationship between surfaces, movement, and the tools of war.' Achille Mbembe
'The power of insight which this work achieves is frankly astonishing.' NEW HUMANIST
'A wrenching account of the multiple ways in which the land of Palestine has been hollowed out by Israeli occupation. Weizman's stunning combination of words and images is at once a brilliant critique of the politics of space and a searing indictment of colonial rule and dispossession.' Derek Gregory
EYAL WEIZMAN is Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he directs the Centre for Research Architecture and the European Research Council funded project Forensic Architecture. He is also a founder member of the collective Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency (DAAR) in Bethlehem, Palestine. He is the author of HOLLOW LAND and co-editor of A CIVILIAN OCCUPATION. He lives in London.
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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)
- 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
A 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 http://www.interfacejournal.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Interface-4-1-CFP-vol-5-no-1.pdf
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:http://interfacejournal.net.
Please forward this to anyone you think may be interested.
Bill Weinberg speaks on ecological campesino resistance in Peru
The Libertarian Book Club,* New York City's oldest continuously active
anarchist institution (founded 1946), kicks off a new season of its
Anarchist Forum series as World War 4 Report editor Bill Weinberg, just
returned from Peru where he was on assignment for The Progressive, speaks
about the Quechua indigenous struggle against US-backed mining projects
and in defense of land, water and autonomy in the Andes.
The high Andean region of Cajamarca has been repeatedly paralyzed by
general strikes and angry protests in recent months by Quechua peasants
opposed to the US-owned Conga gold mining project, which would mean the
destruction of mountain lakes that protect the watersheds that local
communities depend on for agriculture. Cajamarca's regional government,
with the support of the peasant movement, has declared against the
project - but the central government in Lima remains intransigent, and is
militarizing the region. The lines are drawn for a protracted struggle.
This is a sequel to the strikes and uprisings in Peru in 2009 over oil and
mineral development plans tied to the new Free Trade Agreement with
Washington - itself an echo of the Zapatista revolt in Mexico that followed
the enactment of NAFTA. Peru is now Latin America's second country to be
pushed to crisis by an FTA with the US - and South America's second largest
recipient of US military aid after Colombia. Bill Weinberg will discuss
the new peasant struggle in Peru, how US corporate interests are pushing
President Ollanta Humala towards a hard line, and the prospects for
Tuesday May 15
7:30 PM sharp
at the Brecht Forum, 451 West Street
(between Bank & Bethune in the West Village)
*The Anarchist Forum is a project of the Libertarian Book Club, New York's
oldest active anarchist institution, founded by Jewish and Italian exiles
from fascist Europe in 1946. We are not right-wing, capital-L
Libertarians. We are left-wing anarchists. When LBC was founded, the word
"libertarian" had not yet been co-opted by the free-market right, and was
basically a synonym for "anti-authoritarian" or "anarchist." We stubbornly
refuse to surrender the name.
'Daniel Singer was an author, lecturer and The Nation's longtime
Europe correspondent whose unique voice for democratic socialism lives on
through the Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation. Essays developing ideas relevant
to Daniel's themes are judged by an international panel of distinguished
scholars and activists and the winning paper is discussed at the annual Left
Forum conference. Daniel's voice continues to resound. It mustn't die.'
Call for Submissions to the 2012 Daniel Singer Millennium
The Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation congratulates Richard
Swift, author of Preparing the Ground: Left Strategy Beyond the Apocalypse, which
won the 2011 Singer Prize. The $2,500 annual prize is a tribute to the
outstanding writer, lecturer and thinker, who died in December 2000.
The Singer Foundation invites submissions to its 2012 competition.
The prize will be awarded for an original essay of not more than 5,000 words,
which explores the question:
'From Tahrir and Syntagma Squares to the Indignados and the
99% movement, 2011 saw people in the streets challenging the monopoly of political,
economic and financial power by elite minorities. What, if anything, is new
about these movements and can they fundamentally change the status quo?'
Essays may be submitted in English, Spanish or French, and
will be judged by an international panel of distinguished scholars and
activists. The winner will be announced in December 2012.
Essays can be sent either by post or e-mail to
The Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation
PO Box 2371, El Cerrito, CA 94530 USA
Submissions must be received by August 1, 2012
Just address an email to email@example.com
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