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1st Annual Los Angeles Anarchist Bookfair Schedule + Bio's and list of speakers http://anarchistbookfair.com/ 1ST ANNUAL LOS ANGELES ANARCHIST BOOK FAIR WORKSHOPS & PANELS 11:00PM (Main Room) Welcome / Danza Cuauhtémoc 12:00PM (Main Room) Local Histories “Southern California Library and South Central Los Ángeles" by SCL Staff The Southern California Library is a people's library dedicated to documenting and preserving the histories of communities in struggle for justice and using our collections to address the challenges of the present so that all people have the ability, resources, and freedom to make their own histories. http://www.socallib.org “Urban Zapatismo” by Sirena Pellarolo silvia. pellarolo@csun.edu Sirena Pellarolo is an activist-scholar, published poet and playwright and educator born in Argentina. Sirena works with the Eastside Cafe, El Sereno, an autonomous space in Northeast Los Ángeles, inspired by the Zapatista example of autonomy, horizontality and self-determination. She is currently walking the politics of resistance and creation with autonomous movements of the Americas (Chiapas, Los Ángeles, Argentina) from an observing participant perspective. “Los Ángeles Anarchisms” by Vlad (Sandpaper/I.D.P. L.A.) & others (Reading Room)
The Double Crisis of the University and Global Economy 28/11 London FRIDAY 28 November 2008 at 3pm QUEEN MARY University of London Physics 602 with: Paolo Do – Stephen Dunne – Matthew Fuller – Gerard Hanlon – Stefano Harney – Celia Lury – Noortje Marres – Matteo Pasquinelli – Nirmal Puwar – Gigi Roggero – Stevphen Shukaitis – Tiziana Terranova For a number of weeks in Italy the entire education system – from universities to elementary schools, from students to researchers and from parents to teachers – has been mobilizing. Marches, occupations, demonstrations, pickets and blockages of the metropolitan flow have replaced the dreary rhythm of school timetables and university courses. The protests are directed against the new budget cuts implemented by Berlusconi’s government last summer, which seriously undermine the public nature of education and research. The university movement – self-named the “Anomalous Wave” – acts within a specific context, such as the long crisis and decline of the Italian higher education system. However, it also critically underlines common trends in the transformations affecting the university at the European and transnational level: i.e. the Bologna process, the corporatization of education and the changes of the welfare system, the central role of knowledge in the mode of production, the rise of casualized labor, the emergence of a new type of student-worker figure.
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Autonomy, Composition, and the Radical Imagination Seminar with Stevphen Shukaitis, Vilnius Free University (Laisvasis Universitetas) October 9th – 10th, 2008 Thursday October 9th, in gallery “Kaire-Desine” (Left-Right), Latako Street 3, Vilnius. 6pm. Friday October 10th, in Contemporary Art Centre, Vokieciu Street 2, Vilnius. 6pm. What is the nature of the radical imagination? Drawing from autonomist and anarchist politics, class composition analysis, and avant-garde arts, this seminar will explore the emergence, functioning, and constant break down of the resistant social imaginary: the continual cycles of composition, decomposition, and recomposition of the potentiality of struggles composed by capacities created within social movement. It is these cycles of composition, the circulation of struggle, which compose the revolutions of everyday life. To invoke the imagination as underlying and supporting radical politics, over the past forty years, has become a cliché. A rhetorical utilization of ideas that are already in circulation, invoking the mythic unfolding of this self-institutionalizing process of circulation. But what exactly is radical imagination? And more specifically, what are the compositional capacities created by the emergence, transformation, mutation, and decomposition of collective imagination within social movements? Imagination is not something that is ahistorical, derived from nothing, but an ongoing relationship and material capacity constituted by social interactions between bodies. While liberatory impulses might point to a utopian (no)where that is separate from the present, it is necessary to point from somewhere, from a particular situated imagining. The task of a radical politics is one of understanding and renewal of forms of self-organization and the imagination. These are questions fruitfully approached through a renewal of militant research, workers inquiry, and class composition analysis, which will be explored. This seminar will investigate the construction of imaginal machines, that is, the socially, historically embedded and embodied manifestations of the radical imagination. Imagination, not as something possessed by individuals, but rather the composition of capacities to affect and be affected by the world developed movements toward creating forms of autonomous sociality and collective self-determination. What does it mean to invoke the power of the imagination when it seems that the imagination has already seized power (through media flows and the power of the spectacle)? Does any subversive potentiality remain, or are we left with simply more avenues for the rejuvenation of questionable fields of power and rearticulating regimes of accumulation? Perhaps it is only honest to think in terms of a temporally bounded subversive power, one that like the mayfly has its day in the sun. It might be that imaginal machines, like all desiring machines, only work by breaking down. That is, their functioning is only possible, paradoxically, by their malfunctioning. By reopening the question of recuperation, the inevitable drive to integrate the power of social insurgency back into the working of capital and the state, we create possibilities for exploring a politics continually reconstituted against and through the dynamics of recuperation, to keep open an antagonism without closure that is continually recomposed. To develop tools necessary in resisting the continual subdivision and suburbanization of the radical imagination.
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The Art of Rent / A series of open seminars * GOVERNANCE AND THE INSTITUTION OF THE COMMON Final seminar Thursday 5 June, 4 to 7pm Room 4.08, Francis Bancroft Building Queen Mary University of London, Mile End http://www.generation-online.org/other/artofrent.htm STEFANO HARNEY - Queen Mary University of London JUDITH REVEL - Sorbonne University, Paris ALBERTO DE NICOLA - ESC atelier occupato, Roma (www.escatelier.net) RAUL SANCHEZ - UniNomada, Madrid (www.universidadnomada.net)
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Solidarity is a Weapon! Benefit for Marie Mason NYC June 7 A special video for the June 7th Day of National Resistance Against the Green Scare Derrick Jensen Acclaimed environmental writer, author of ‘Culture of Make Believe’, ‘A Language Older Than Words’, ‘Endgame’, and other works. Jensen discusses the recent state repression of activist groups (the “Green Scare”), the state of the environmental defense movement, and the fate of our planet. All proceeds will benefit the legal fund for Marie Mason and other recently arrested environmental activists. This is part of the June 7th National Day of Resistance Against the Green Scare. If you cannot make this event but would like to donate to the legal fund, you can do so at http://freemarie.org. JUNE 7, 7PM $5–10 donation requested FUSIONARTS, 57 Stanton Street, Lower East Side NYC (between Forsyth and Eldridge, two blocks from Bluestockings). F at 2nd Ave
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Common Cause will be hosting Hamilton's first ever Anarchist Bookfair. Free lunch. Childcare available. This is a transgender friendly space. Fellow underdogs unite in underdog city for a day of workshops, discussion, networking and of course literature! June 14th marks the day that the Common Cause Hamilton local will be hosting our first Anarchist Book Fair. In a city with a vibrant history of working class struggle such as Hamilton, the Book Fair presents a unique opportunity for people coming together to network,learn and build community.
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ABC No Rio Zine Library Party, New York City Friday May 30 Comics Artists and Illustrators, Music and Beer! Presentations from: SABRINA JONES: Isadora Duncan: A Graphic Biography Studs Terkel's Working Contributor and editor, World War 3 Illustrated (Most recent issues: Female Complaints, Bitchcraft, Life During Wartime) Co-founder and Editor, Girltalk (anthology of autobio comics) KEVIN PYLE: Totality for Kids Blindspot Creator, Lab U.S.A. - illuminated documents (Autonomedia Press) Contributor and editor, World War 3 Illustrated
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Art in the Age of Terrorism: A panel organized by Eyebeam and the 2008 World Science Festival Steven Kurtz--the artist accused of bioterrorism in federal court--will make his first public appearance following the dismissal of his case. 7PM, Thursday, May 29, 2008 Eyebeam 540 W. 21st St. (btw 10th and 11th Aves.), New York City Free and open to the public New York City, May 23, 2008-In collaboration with the 2008 World Science Festival, Eyebeam announces a very special panel on the ethics of scientific and creative research featuring Critical Art Ensemble's Steven Kurtz alongside science writer Carl Zimmer, bioethicist George Annas and author Eugene Thacker at 7PM on May 29 at Eyebeam. The panel discussion--Kurtz's first public appearance since the US government's controversial case against him was dropped on April 21, 2008, four years after he was first detained--is co-organized with the 2008 World Science Festival and the Berkeley Center for New Media. In May of 2004, Steven Kurtz was detained by the FBI on suspicion of "bioterrorism" for his possession of scientific materials used in his award-winning art practice. Kurtz, a University at Buffalo professor and founding member of the internationally acclaimed collective Critical Art Ensemble, uses biological materials in educational exhibits and performances designed to inspire debate about political and social issues surrounding the new biotechnologies.
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Robert Kocik & Joel Kuszai Poetry Reading Wednesday, May 28, 8:00 pm at The Poetry Project Robert Kocik, poet, essayist, artist, architect, eleemosynary entrepreneur, lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he directs the Bureau of Material Behaviors. As a builder, his niche is the realization of unknown architectural functions and missing civic services. He is currently developing a building based on 'prosody' and poets' imagined relevance to our society. His essays comprise a nascent field known as the Sore, Oversensitive Sciences (SOS). His publications include: Overcoming Fitness (Autonomedia, 2001), and Rhrurbarb (Field Books, 2007).
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May 8, 2008 10:00am-5:30pm (two sessions) Please join the United Nations Department of Public Information, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the Natural World Museum for a groundbreaking international seminar. The Art Changing Attitudes Toward the Environment seminar will focus on a top priority for the United Nations: climate change and the environment. The seminar will contribute to keeping the spotlight on the issue from a different perspective and will be an important contribution and forum to reach out to the general public. Admission is free to the public. To RSVP email unchronicle@un.org or call 917.367.9326 For additional information, please visit http://www.un.org/Pubs/chronicle/tolerance/seminar.html
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