Northeast Anti-G8 Roadshow and Caravan Scheduled,

From Quebec City to New York, Toronto to Ottawa

Between April 2 to April 17, activists from Quebec, Ontario and Alberta will
be taking to the road in a three-week caravan against the G8. The caravan
will be linking with community groups and local activists in the Northeast
region. In addition to information about the G8, and the regional
mobilization in Ottawa on June 26-27 ("Take the Capital!"), the caravan will
be presenting info about a wide range of topics, from the Common Front
Campaign against the Tory government in Ontario, to the Peoples
Action (PGA) international network of resistance, to the planning for
resistance in Alberta in June.

The Jouissance of Transgression: Lacan and Crime

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

Sunday-Monday, March 10-11, 2002

The event will be held at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

55 Fifth Avenue (at 12th St), NYC

We live in a time when new forms of violence are emerging. The September 11th attack on the United States revealed an unrecognized willingness of terrorists to sacrifice their own lives in order to hurt their "enemies." In the last decade, national conflicts around the globe have resulted in the most brutal forms of torture against civilian populations. In our daily lives, we increasingly hear of brutal crimes committed by young
children and teenagers and between parents and children. The most shocking observation is that many people do not even attempt to give an excuse for why they commit crime, other than for the pure joy of it.

In the mid-twentieth century, French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan developed a startlingly novel school of psychoanalysis by integrating Freudian theory within the context of the Continental speculative philosophical tradition. Lacan suggests that there is a particular jouissance experienced in crime. Participants at this unique conference will ask how the logic of jouissance can explain violence against oneself and others. Leading scholars from many disciplines, including law, philosophy, literary and critical theory, and anthropology, as well as practicing
psychoanalytic clinicians will consider the interrelationship between jouissance, crime, and law.

Psychoanalysis claims that certain primal prohibitions form the basis of the moral law that governs not only social norms but also a subject's inner self. What is the link between these external and internal norms? Paradoxically, the law that society imposes onto the subject does not necessarily limit the subject's behavior-sometimes the subject commits the crime precisely to escape the pressure and feelings of guilt that arise
from his or her inner prohibitions. Crime and guilt are revealed as the founding conditions of law. Can psychoanalysis illuminate the subject's relation to legal punishment? And do lawyers need to know about psychoanalysis in order to better perform their jobs?

Anniversary of Kronstadt Revolt Commemorated, March 7

March 7th is a harrowing date for the toilers of the so-called "Union of Soviet Socialist Republics" who participated in one capacity or another in the events that occurred on that date in Kronstadt. The commemoration of that date is equally painful for the toilers of all countries, for it brings back the memory of what the free workers and sailors of Kronstadt demanded of their Red
executioner, the "Russian Communist Party," and its tool, the "Soviet" government, busy doing the Russian revolution to death.

Kronstadt insisted of these statist hangmen that they hand back everything that belonged to the toilers of town and country, given that it was they who had carried out the revolution. The Kronstadters insisted upon the practical implementation of the foundations of the October revolution:

Portuguese Conference on "World English"

"Language -- Communication -- Culture"

Evora, Portugal, Nov. 27-30, 2002

Announcement and Call for Papers

The "English in the World: New Directions" team, at the University of Evora, and the English Culture Studies Group, at the University of Lisbon, decided earlier this year, after consultations which took place during and after the Fifth International English Culture Conference held in Lisbon on Nov. 28-30, 2001, to co-organise an International Conference that could combine, and give a wider scope to, their distinct but complementary
projects -- the Evora project with its focus on the role, developments and prospects of English in the world, both as the language of communication and culture in English-speaking nations and as a second and foreign language, the lingua franca of communication and culture in the major contemporary transnational flows; the Lisbon project with its focus on a
social sciences and humanities approach to culture and major contemporary themes, problematics and theories.

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"Drugaciji svijet je moguc!" ["Another World is Possible!"]

We gathered in initiative "Drugaciji svijet je moguc" to create a wide social coalition which can offer alternatives to corporate globalisation, capitalism, neoliberalism, and which would work towards creation of general economic, political and social
equality. Our statement, something that we might call the "main text" of our manifesto, partly makes use of some conclusions made in Porto Alegre during WSF meeting, although it's more local, since the manifestation that we organise is happening in Zagreb.

The initiative is organised by a wide range of groups and individuals, from anarchist groups to human right groups, from feminist groups to anti-militarist groups. Also, we "negotiate" with workers unions, as we find them important (although
we can't agree with everything they do) in the process of fighting global and local problems. Our main idea is not to include political parties in this initiative and any other group that might be racist, nationalist, xenophobic, or exists to get power over people.

Shuffle Boil Poetry and Music Magazine Debuts

Edited by David Meltzer & Steve Dickison

Issue No. 1 is now available, 48pp. + 8pp chapbook insert, saddlestapled, b&w cover-art on glossy cover stock. Published tri-annually (winter, spring, fall).

Featuring: poets & other artists writing on music, musicians' poetry & song.

Defy the G8, Come to Kananaskis, Alberta

June 21 to 28, 2002

The G8 meeting in Kananaskis, Alberta June 26-27,
2002 presents a challenge
to social movements around the world. This summit
of the dominant economies
of the world strives to present the G8 vision of the
world as one of
development and democracy. In fact, it represents
an agenda of corporate
globalization, which results in the social exclusion
of growing millions of
people, systemic global poverty, and the degradation
of the natural
environment, supported by escalating international

Civil society in Alberta is mobilizing to confront
the G8 and present an
alternative vision to corporate globalization. We
invite people across the
country and around the world to join with us in
building a festival of
resistance to the G8 in Kananaskis.

"Crossover Resistance" Seminar Set for Berlin, April 19–21, 2002

We start from the assumption that all relations of power and domination are intimately bound up with one another. That's why we are putting nation, patriarchy, capitalism, heterosexism, antisemitism and racism in their interrelations on the agenda.
By doing this, we hope to open up new perspectives for resistance.

Hong Kong Institute on "Public Criticism and Visual Culture"

Summer, 2002
Dear friends and colleagues,

You are cordially invited to a Summer Institute on "Public Criticism and Visual Culture" sponsored by the Hong Kong Institute of Cultural Criticism (HKICC) and the Center for the Study of Globalization and Cultures at the University of Hong Kong (CSGC, HKU). Established in 2001, the HKICC is a
consortium of scholars from various universities in Hong Kong whose specialty is in cultural criticism and cultural studies research. It aims to promote inter-institutional collaboration and trans-disciplinary scholarship in cultural studies and to develop Hong Kong into an internationally recognized place for the practice of contemporary cultural studies and cultural research. This Summer Institute will be one of its important academic events this year.

Mobilize for Global Justice

April 19-22 in Washington, DC

Come to Washington DC April 19-22 for an extravaganza of events and make
your voice heard for global justice.

The World Bank and IMF will host another round of meetings in Washington
D.C. April 20-21. These meetings come in the wake of the economic crisis
in Argentina, where the free-market policies pushed around the world by
the World Bank and IMF unraveled into . They also come after the collapse
of the multinational-corporate-giant Enron -- a model of the abuses and
strength of corporate power. The Mobilization for Global Justice calls on
activists from around the country to converge in Washington, DC April
19-22 and make your voice heard.

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