Friday, October 28, 2011

Discourse Power Resistance 12


DPR Conference 2012


2 – 4 April 2012, Plymouth College of Art, UK

The conference considers what 'Impact' means for us, our work, our understandings and future developments. Governments, international agencies, funding bodies and policy-makers increasingly use this term. What does it mean?

The social sciences, creative arts, education and humanities are currently under attack on a global scale as funding is concentrated on STEM related subjects; but the threatened fields of scholarship are themselves evolving new ways of thinking and practice and new sites and methods of enquiry.

Practitioners and academics in the threatened areas are responding to the situation with vitality and determination: experimental, adventurous, playful, but serious in redefining boundaries and finding new ways forward. DPR 12 maps these emerging knowledge regimes, their impacts, the imagined futures they enable and the implications for practice, research, learning and teaching.
DPR and PCA have joined forces for this conference. DPR is deeply engaged in the critical interrogation of contemporary culture as it plays out in the academy in research, learning and teaching. Similarly, PCA is working with energy and passion to implement a vision of high quality education for life in contemporary arts practice. Bringing the two together is an adventure in creative synergy.
The conference explores the potential impact on each other of the creative arts and social sciences in terms of theory and practice.
All conference streams are designed to encourage contributions from across the creative arts, social sciences and humanities.
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Conference streams:
Language, materiality, theory, silence, speaking
International, intercultural, transcultural impact
Research, learning, teaching: impact
Social Science, social work, community, wellbeing
Art Poetics: Practice as Learning, Learning in Practice
Sustainable impact

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Marx from a Multiculturalist Perspective


You are invited to attend these open discussions on…
Marx from a Multiculturalist Perspective

First & Third Wednesdays, October 2011- January 2012
6:30-9.00 pm @ Chicago Public Library
Harold Washington Library Center, 400 South State St. Chicago IL

In an increasingly globalized world, the cross-cultural exchange of ideas and struggles between those in developed and developing countries takes on added importance. It is often overlooked that one thinker who had a lot to say about the role of multiculturalism in an increasingly globalized world was capitalism’s most important critic—Karl Marx. This series of six discussions will explore Marx’s lesser-known writings on nationalism, ethnicity, and non-Western societies that take on new importance in light of today’s realities. Readings will include excerpts from Marx’s works as well as Kevin Anderson’s new book Marx at the Margins. Readings are available from USMH.

Sponsored by the U.S. Marxist-Humanists
Email: Website: Phone: 773-561-3454

Books: Page numbers in the schedule refer to the following books. An earlier translation of Capital & other Marx readings are online at, & are linked in the schedule. Starred readings* are available by emailing USMH. The Anderson can be bought from USMH & as an e-book. The Dunayevskaya is also available from USMH.
Anderson, Kevin. Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010. Print.
Dunayevskaya, Raya. Rosa Luxemburg, Women's Liberation, and Marx's Philosophy of Revolution. 2nd ed. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1991. Print.
Marx, Karl, Ben Fowkes, and Ernest Mandel. Capital: A Critique of Political Economy Vol 1. Tran. Ben Fowkes. New York:NY: Penguin Classics, 1992. Print.

Schedule and Readings

October 19th
Room 7N-5 (7th Floor)

Marx’s Initial Response to the European Encounter with India & China.
Did Marx support the European colonization of Asia and Africa, or was he a sharp critic of it? How do his views speak to the today’s increasingly globalized world? This meeting will explore Marx’s writings of the 1850s on Asia, especially his response to the Sepoy revolt in India and the Tai’ping rebellion in China.

Suggested readings: Marx: British Rule in India (6/25/1853), Future Results of British Rule in India (8/8/1853); Revolution in China and Europe (6/14/1853) Marx at the Margins, pp. 9-41.

Leading the discussion: Peter Hudis, General Editor, The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg

November 2nd
Room 3N-6 (3rd Floor)

In Defense of National Self-Determination: Marx on Poland & Ireland.
Although Marx famously proclaimed, “Workers of the word, unite!” he also strongly supported struggles against national oppression and racism. This meeting will explore his defense of national liberation movements in Poland and Ireland and how he viewed their relation to the overall aims of the labor movement.

Suggested Readings: Marx: Proclamation on Poland (October 1863)*
Letter to Engels (12/10/1869)
Marx at the Margins, pp. 56-78, pp. 115-95.

Leading the discussion: J Turk, U.S. Marxist Humanists

November 16th
Room 7N-5 (7th Floor)

Racism as the Achilles Heel of U.S. Society: Marx’s Writings on the Civil War
Marx was a strong supporter of the North in the U.S. Civil War, as seen in his journalism, his correspondence with Abraham Lincoln, and the text of his greatest theoretical work, Capital. This meeting will explore why Marx held that “labor in the white skin cannot be free where labor in the black skin is branded.”

Suggested Readings: Marx: Letter to Engels (8/7/1862)
Marx at the Margins, pp. 79-114.

Leading the discussion: Miguel A. Rodriguez, student at Loyola University

November 30th Room 3N-6 (3rd Floor)

The “Rosy Dawn” of Capitalist Accumulation: The Impact of Capitalism on the Developing World-
Why is each period of capitalist expansion accompanied by the penetration and destruction of non-capitalist economic formations in technologically less-developed countries? This class will explore the “so-called primitive accumulation of capital”—which Marx held accompanies all periods of renewed capitalist expansion.

Suggested Readings: Marx: Capital Vol. I, chapters 26 and 33 (pp. 873-76, pp. 931-42)
Marx at the Margins, pp. 154-95

Leading the discussion: Eileen Grace, Hobgoblin Collective

December 14th
Room 3N-6 (3rd Floor)

Marx on the Peasantry and Communal Agrarian Relations: Pillar of Reaction or Force of Revolution?
Are peasant movements inherent conservative and patriarchal, or are they a progressive factor in fostering social transformation—especially in the developing world? This meeting will explore Marx’s writings on the Russian peasantry and the liberatory potential of its communal social relations, composed at the end of his life.

Suggested Readings: Marx: Draft Letters to Vera Zasulich (1881)*
Marx at the Margins, pp. 224-236.

Leading the discussion: Ali Reza, Iranian activist: Solidarity with the People of Iran and their struggles for bread, freedom and democracy.

January 11th Room 3N-6 (3rd Floor)

Marx’s Late Writings on India, China, Native Americans, and Islam-
Marx engaged in a series of important studies of indigenous cultures and non-Western societies in the last decade of his life as he searched for new pathways to liberation. This meeting will discuss this long-neglected dimension of his work speaks to debates over the meaning of multiculturalism today.

Suggested Readings: Marx at the Margins, pp. 196-224.
Dunayevskaya, Raya, “The Last Writings of Marx” in Rosa Luxemburg, Women’s Liberation, and Marx’s Philosophy of Revolution, pp 175-98 *

Leading the discussion: Marilyn Nissim-Sabat, author, Neither Victim nor Survivor: Thinking Toward a New Humanity

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Creative Writing Worshop at the Idea Store - East London


Discover the Writer within You – by taking part in our new CREATIVE WRITING Workshops!

Tuesdays, 4.00-6.00pm [11+]

Do you have a passion for writing, telling and sharing stories?

Have you ever wanted to be an author?

If so, then take part in this FREE Workshop to start your creative journey.

The Workshop will also help you to improve your IT and literacy skills, to help you along the way.

We will be covering all forms of fiction so that you can focus on what interests you: whether it is writing novels or poetry, TV and film scripts, plays, short stories, or even comic books.

Set the stories of your imagination free!

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Idea Store
Chrisp Street
1 Vesey Path
East India Dock Road
E14 6BT
Tel: 0207 364 1506

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DevXS is a FREE developer marathon spread across three days, where students from across the UK and beyond are encouraged to team up and build cool things that contribute to university life. All you need to do is get here!. If you are not a student, it would be great if you could pass this email onto relevant people in your organisation.

Please note we actively encourage you to speak to computer science tutors, who are also welcome to attend as long as they bring along some students!. Tutors might be able to organise a team of you to attend (e.g. travelling by minibus etc). If you think you might have difficulty getting here, please contact us on, and we might be able to help.

Tell others about it by printing off a poster and putting it somewhere visible where others can see it!


DevXS is about students sharing their ideas, mashing up data and building prototypes that improve, challenge and positively disrupt the research, teaching and learning landscapes of further and higher education.

We're going to award prizes to the best ideas, prototypes and collaborations and there are going to be developers from universities around the country hanging around to help you out.

So if you are a student (undergraduate or postgraduate) or a tutor, please register for this event as soon as possible, places are limited and it is a fantastic opportunity to improve your CV and work with some of the best young developers in the country! You may even get the chance to speak to recruiters from industry.

The event will take place at the University of Lincoln on the weekend of 11-13 November, 2011. We will provide free accommodation on the night of the 11th (twin rooms) and then a relaxation zone on the 12th (bring your sleeping bag!). There will also be free food and refreshments!

Register now before it is too late:

For more information about the event, please see:


Mr Mahendra Mahey

Project Manager DevCSI
Research Officer
University of Bath,

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Reactionary Mind


Dear friends:

I wanted to let you know that my book The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin is one day away from its official publication date, which happens to coincide with Rosh Hashanah (hence my writing you today), but you can buy it now at Amazon or elsewhere, in hard cover or on Kindle.

If you live in the New York area or will be traveling here next week, I'd like to invite you to a public conversation between me and Chris Hayes, host of the excellent new MSNBC show "Up With Chris Hayes," about my book. It will be on Thursday, October 6, at 7 pm, in the Martin Segal Theater of the CUNY Graduate Center. That's 365 5th Avenue, between 34th and 35th. Seating may be tight, so try to get there early. Here's a link to the event. It's being sponsored by the Center for Humanities, The Nation, and the Roosevelt Institute.If you do come, please make sure to say hi. And whether you can or can't come, I'd be grateful if you could share this note to your friends and colleagues and lists.

Happy New Year!

Corey Robin

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Education Against Austerity


Education Against Austerity – Thursday 6th October, 6.30pm @ The Quad, LSE, London WC2A 2AE

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The new academic term is opening in anger: On Sunday 1500 joined the EAN feeder march in Manchester and more than 30000 trade unionists marched in total. As tens of thousands are being denied university places and forced into debt, we will discuss how we can build a movement that can.

The deep inequalities faced by millions of young people were exposed by the summer riots. Yet the Tories are coming for more; this year will see the attempt to implement their “White Paper” – the definitive entry of business into education and wholesale privatisation of entire institutions. The creation of the £18000 a year New College of the Humanities while 70% of courses are cut at London Met University shows the Con-Dem project for our education. Yet the government is weak and when we build pressure from below we can win. The student revolt pushed the coalition into turmoil and ESOL was partially saved after widespread resistance.

Education Against Austerity seeks to both to set the political tone of the new term and begin to lay down the organisational framework for a shut down of education in November when millions of public sector workers look set to join lecturers and teachers for mass strikes. We hope to see you there joining EAN to discuss how we build effective resistance in our colleges and universities as part of a growing movement against austerity.

Education Against Austerity – Thursday 6th October, 6.30pm @ he Quad, LSE, London WC2A 2AE

Speakers include:
* Owen Jones, author of Chavs looks at the rising demonization of young people.
* Mark Campbell, Save London Met campaigner explains what’s behind the public sector strikes and why they matter in the fight for education.
* Susan Matthews, Defend the Right to Protest activist on the rise of political policing and why we should defend arrested protesters.
* Mandy Brown, Action for ESOL on how we defected ESOL cuts and where next in the fight for Further Education.
* Mark Bergfeld, NUS NEC discusses where next for the student movement

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Ruth Rikowski's News Updates Progression - 47th News Update


This can be found at ‘Ruth Rikowski News Updates Progression’, which came out on 2nd October 2011.

In this 47th News Update, Ruth explores the following topics, amongst others:

* Capitorg: Education and the Constitution of the Human in Contemporary Society – by Glenn Rikowski.

* School Culture and ‘Fear of a Blank Planet’ – by Dishi Phillips.

* Education and Bonus Culture – by Brianna Haberman-Lawson

* Competition and Markets in Education – by Brad Dymond

* Rage! Writers Change the World – by Victor Rikowski

* Review of ‘Libraries and Society’ – by Ruth Rikowski

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Marxism in Culture


Friday 14 October
Financialisation, Monetisation, Privatisation: Creating the New Market in Higher Education
Andrew McGettigan (Central Saint Martins)

Friday 28 October
Self-emancipation, activity theory, and political deskilling / reskilling: Some thoughts on organising into a big fish
Alex Levant (Wilfred Laurier University)

Friday 25 November
A Socialist Realist Sander: Comparative Portraiture as a Marxist Model in the German Democratic Republic
Sarah James (University College London)

Friday 09 December
Cultures of Marxism 1: Publishing and the Left
Contributors to be confirmed

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.

For further information, contact Warren Carter, at:
or Esther Leslie at:


Warren Carter
Teaching Fellow
History of Art
University College London
Tel:- 020 3108 4023


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It starts tomorrow,
When I go to work’
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‘Maximum levels of boredom
Disguised as maximum fun’
Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: (recording) and (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)

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