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Occupy The System: Confronting Global Capitalism
A 3-day Left Forum @ Pace University, NYC

About the Theme:
http://www.leftforum.org/conference/conference-theme

Registration:
http://www.leftforum.org/civicrm/event/info?id=632&reset=1

Seminar on Political Organization Essex March 12th
Essex Centre for Work, Organization and Society Seminar

Lessons of 2011: Three Theses on Political Organization
Rodrigo Nunes, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande Do Sul
March 12th, 4PM-6PM @ University of Essex Room 5N.7.23

With the Arab Spring, the Spanish indignados, Occupy and so much more, 2011 is likely to go down in history as a very special year – perhaps even the beginning of something. But what would that something be? This presentation attempts to draw some conclusions about the present state and future of politics and organization by examining the practices of the movements that erupted in the last year. Thinking beyond their usual representation by the media, trying to avoid either describing them as something entirely new and unheard of or as manifestations of an ultimately non-political culture, what can be the lessons of 2011?

The Struggle of Sahrawi Women for Freedom
Fatma Medhi

Friday March 9, 2012 at 6.30 pm
CUNY Graduate Center Room 5307
365 Fifth Avenue

This event is free and open to the public.

Fatma Medhi was forced to flee her Western Sahara home at the age of 7, escaping amidst bombs and napalm. Today Medhi is the Secretary General of the National Union of Saharawi Women. She is in New York to share the story of her compatriots with you, given the media blockage on the Western Sahara conflict, its history and its future dreams.

Underground Politics: Belarus
Friday, March 9, 2012 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Occupy Chicago Headquarters, 500 W Cermak, Room 501,

This teach-in will explore the effects of state repression on contemporary political practice in Belarus. When “traditional” methods for free speech and civil disobedience aren’t available, how does one adapt? The facilitator, a young anarchist philosopher from Minsk, will discuss some of the noncommercial and alternative spaces in his hometown that have thrived under the blanket of neoliberalism. A short video about recent crackdowns will be shown, as well as a film about the Masterskaya squat that existed in Minsk from May to October of 2008. We’ll also hear about Rebel Studies Library, an educational project he began with friends.

Call for Papers: ‘The Anomie of the Earth’ – UNC Chapel Hill 3-5 May 2012
@ The Institute for the Arts and Humanities/Global Education Center
in collaboration with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and NWO

The conference The Anomie of the Earth is a follow-up to the Post/autonomy conference held in Amsterdam in May 2011.

While the Post/autonomy meeting focused on the European dissemination of autonomist thought, the second conference will build on its American location and explore a plurality of notions and practices of cultural-political autonomy. Though privileging the context of North and South America, the conference will also address European, African and Asian perspectives.

Dow Pays "Strategic Intelligence" Firm To Spy on Yes Men

Takeaway: movement is on the right track!

WikiLeaks begins to publish today over five million e-mails obtained by Anonymous from "global intelligence" company Stratfor. The emails, which reveal everything from sinister spy tactics to an insider trading scheme with Goldman Sachs (see below), also include several discussions of the Yes Men and Bhopal activists. (Bhopal activists seek redress for the 1984 Dow Chemical/Union Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal, India, that led to thousands of deaths, injuries in more than half a million people, and lasting environmental damage.)

Critique, Democracy, and Philosophy in 21st Century Information Society
Towards Critical Theories of Social Media
Uppsala University. May 2-4, 2012

The Fourth ICTs and Society-Conference
Abstract Submission Deadline: Wednesday, Feb 29th, 17:00 CET
Submission guidelines: http://www.icts-and-society.net/events/uppsala2012/

With plenary talks by Vincent Mosco, Graham Murdock, Andrew Feenberg, Catherine McKercher, Charles Ess, Christian Christensen, Christian Fuchs, Gunilla Bradley, Mark Andrejevic, Nick Dyer-Witheford, Peter Dahlgren, Tobias Olsson, Trebor Scholz, Ursula Huws, Wolfgang Hofkirchner.

This conference provides a forum for the discussion of how to critically study social media and their relevance for critique, democracy, politics and philosophy in 21st century information society.

The Return of International Times
IT (International Times) – Europe’s first underground newspaper, founded in 1966, is back. Irish poet Niall McDevitt is its editor

IT is the only blog with two rooms at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The original newspaper has been archived at the V & A and also made available online. It covers four decades of alternative journalism, cultural criticism, and sheer art anarchism.

Mobilizing and Organizing From Below
June 1st - 3rd, 2012 Baltimore, Maryland * 2640

Mobilizing and Organizing from Below will be a gathering of activists and organizers, workers and parents, revolutionaries and militants and radicals and dissenters, dedicated to increasing our ability to come together and challenge the systems of exploitation and oppression that have taken hold of the world. The conference will be a weekend of intensive, horizontally-organized political education, in which we can share skills, analyze the problems we face, and pose difficult questions. It will also provide a space for people from different traditions to come together and recognize the depth of our similarities and the richness of our differences; a space for reflection and discussion, distinct from both the chaotic excitement of spontaneous mass actions and the intense demands of long-term organizing work.

Deleuze and Guattari and Occupy
Sat 25th Feb 2-5pm Occupy LSX / School of Ideas
Featherstone Rd Islington EC1Y 8RX

An afternoon of talks, about the relevance of Deleuze and Guattari’s ideas to Occupy.

Deleuze and Guattari’s writings are considered, by political activists, philosophers, artists and writers to provide the most insightful analysis of the crisis we face today. It is claimed that the rhizomic, nomadic and creative nature of Occupy is inherently DeleuzeoGuattarian. This afternoon of talks tests these claims and asks; does Deleuze and Guattari’s conceptual apparatus scythe right through to the heart of capitalist production: do they provide vitalist, non-paranoid, (entirely pragmatic) systems of thought around which both a world can be torn down and a new one built?

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