* Announcing the 2012 Winter Grantees
* Perspectives on Anarchist Theory
* Anarchist Interventions #4: Imperiled Life: Revolution against Climate Catastrophe
* Presenting the Lexicon Pamphlet Series
* Upcoming Events
* Help Fund Future IAS Grants!
We'd like to congratulate Michael Byrne, Pratyush Chandra, Claudia Villegas Delgado, China Martens, Will Munger, and Theresa Warburton on their IAS grant awards! Our next grant application deadline is September 1, 2012 (for details, see http://www.anarchist-studies.org/apply). Here's a glimpse of the six projects that we just funded:
"Struggles against Debt and Speculation in Ireland and the Spanish State" by Michael Byrne
This essay looks at government responses to the property crisis in Spain and Ireland, and the new movements that have emerged to challenge those responses. While the political class in Spain and Ireland squanders public money in an attempt to shore up the financial and property sectors, the movements examined in this essay are reappropriating (via occupation) property from banks and state agencies in order to challenge the logic of property speculation. The essay will make two specific contributions. First, it draws on contemporary radical political economy, mainly from the Italian postautonomist tradition, to analyze the relationship between property speculation, financialization, and speculative attacks on the sovereign debt of peripheral European countries such as Spain and Ireland. The objective here is to contribute a useful theoretical orientation from a social movement perspective. Second, by examining the case of Unlock NAMA in Ireland and the Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca in Spain, this essay tries to point toward a common horizon of European struggle against property speculation, debt, and financialization, and draw out what we can learn from each of these struggles.
Michael Byrne is a researcher and activist based in Dublin. His present focus is on activist research and direct action in the context of the Irish government’s intervention in the financial and property crisis. Michael is also active in autonomous education, with a current focus on educational activities within the occupy and related movements. He has recently been awarded a PhD from the Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin. His thesis was on state transformation and depoliticization in Northern Ireland.
"Neoliberal Industrialization in India and Workers Militancy beyond Institutions" by Pratyush Chandra
The established legal trade unionism in India has not been able to represent the everyday struggle of the worker in the neoliberal phase of capitalism, which is increasingly raising the more fundamental issues concerning the very constitution of industrial polity and work. There is a growing gap between rank-and-file aspirations and the logic on which existing trade unionism was built in India, which essentially served as a means to straitjacket the former into a legal discourse. This has led the working class to refine and put to use the most immediate tool of its self-activity—that is, the autonomous and spontaneous routes of direct action. In the recent past, many working-class struggles in India could not be bound in any preconceived legal organizational forms. This project attempts to understand and document some of these struggles waged in North India. It will critique how institutions that are thrown up in the process of workers' struggles become alienated and are transformed into agencies through which hegemonic structures are reproduced. It will detail how in the everydayness of struggle, workers try to counter these structures and develop ever-newer expressions of counterhegemony.
Pratyush Chandra is an activist based in Delhi, India, and is associated with the journal Radical Notes. He recently authored a booklet, “Capitalism, Labour, and Politics in Rural India” (2010), and edited a volume titled Neoliberalism, Primitive Accumulation, and Politics in India (2011). He is also a coeditor of The Politics of Imperialism and Counterstrategies (2004). Pratyush has contributed to various e-zines and journals, including Socialist Register, Review of Radical Political Economics, Counterpunch, MRzine, and ZNet.
“'That’s How the Light Gets In’: The Story of a Conspicuous Dialogue to Crack Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century" by Claudia Villegas Delgado
This project focuses a series of social mobilizations—consisting of assemblies, marches, and protests—launched particularly among Hispanic immigrants in New York City in fall 2011, as they are indicative of an intended, coordinated immigrant response to the political momentum created by the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. This essay will gather extensive testimonies of immigrants who promoted and/or participated in three focal mobilizations: the birth of the first OWS assembly–en español, OWS–en español, and OWS–latinoamérica; a protest for the rights of immigrant women; and a march for immigrants’ political rights. The testimonies will reflect immigrants’ response to these actions in terms of their significance, their own backgrounds of social struggle, and the ideas and practices that made these initiatives concurrent with OWS in terms of their use of public spaces and streets to mobilize political ideas around demands of social justice. The essay will attempt to illuminate the continuity and imagination of political alternatives that link the present political momentum with the thrust and learning of the immigrant mobilizations started in 2006. As history as shown, it is the very geography of domination that creates the historical conditions to unify social struggle, and today, right at the core of the geography of capitalism, a dialogue between Hispanic immigrants and the occupy movement has began.
Claudia Villegas Delgado is a geographer doctoral scholar. Her research focuses on ethnic studies, social movements in Mexico and Latin America, Mexican immigration to the United States, and sociospatial inequality in contemporary cities. Currently she is an invited professor at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, and recently she has been active in community-oriented media projects and grassroots organizations doing advocacy for the Latino/Mexican community and immigrant women in New York City. She also collaborates as the photography gallery director of Huellas Mexicanas (www.huellasmexicanas.com), an independent Web-based media effort to document the social experience of Mexicans and Mexican Americans living in the United States.
“Radical Childcare: The Kidz City Model” by China Martens
Kidz City is a radical, anarcha-feminist child care collective that supports parents and children participation at social justice gatherings and events in Baltimore, Maryland. It started as youth programming and child care at the City from Below conference in 2009. After working together at many subsequent events—including bookfairs, community dinners, and most recently the Fair Development Conference, DIY Fest, and IWW Convention—the Kidz City collective developed a model for organizing collective support for caregivers and children. The time has come to gather the “Kidz City Model” in order to share it with others. This essay will answer activists’ questions about how Kidz City organizes, sets up child care space, recruits volunteers, and develops programming. Additionally, it will contain struggles and lessons learned as well as forms, checklists, and processes.
China Martens is the author of The Future Generation: The Zine-Book for Subculture Parents, Kids, Friends, and Others (Atomic Book Company, 2007), and the coeditor of Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: A Radical Parents’ Allies Handbook (PM Press, 2012). China’s short story “On the Road (with Baby)” was published in Breeder: Real-Life Stories from the New Generation of Mothers (Seal Press, 2001), and she has had various other essays printed in publications such as Baltimore Indypendent Reader, HipMama, WIN Magazine, and Revolutionary Motherhood. Since 2003, China has facilitated workshops to create support for parents and children in activist and radical communities. She is also a cofounder of Kidz City.
“Domestic Counterinsurgency in Salinas, CA” by Will Munger
Counterinsurgency is a theory and practice of state control that has undergone significant development as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The city of Salinas, California, the Salinas Police Department, and the Naval Postgraduate School began collaborating in 2009 to apply counterinsurgency against street gangs. The current operation in Salinas is one clear example of how the Long War (formerly the War on Terror) is coming back to affect life in the United States. This project will trace the shifting theoretical architecture undergirding one of the first explicit uses of domestic counterinsurgency. Through an ethnographic approach to the operation in Salinas, it will outline how state security forces plan to reassert governance in a neighborhood where the police and city government have lost legitimacy. Based on a critical analysis of recently declassified military research, it appears that the Salinas counterinsurgency program intends to reassert social and political control through techniques that build human and technological networks into the Latino population of East Salinas. These police networks are designed to generate a statist sensibility in the population as well as information flows about targetable social networks that enable gang formation.
Will Munger is an editor and contributor to the upcoming book Life during Wartime (AK Press, 2013).
“Anarchisms and US/Third World Feminisms” by Theresa Warburton
This essay is both an exercise in and exploration of alternative models of building solidarity in radical social and political movements. Despite many similarities between the methods, theories, and praxes of anarchisms of the past twenty years and US/third world feminisms, there has been little inquiry into the relationship between the two. In highlighting some prevalent affinities between these two bodies of thought and praxis, this essay will demonstrate the urgent necessity of considering how to build radical social and political movements that consider difference between peoples and communities to be essential rather than divisive, and offer an alternative model for building solidarity through “alliances of transformation” as opposed to “alliances of exchange.”
Theresa Warburton is a PhD candidate in the global gender studies department where she also currently teaches. She is especially interested in contemporary anarchist theory, women of color feminisms, and speculative fiction as radical praxis. Theresa is committed to community organizing, and works mostly in the interests of prison abolition, student movements, reproductive justice, and urban farming. Her life is made up of the people she loves, the food she feeds them, the books she read and discusses with them, and the music she listens to and plays with them. She believes strongly in the radical potential of the imagination, and is constantly trying to engage her own and others' imaginations through all of the things she mentioned above.
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The fall 2011 issue of Perspectives (featuring articles by Ashanti Omowali Alston, Victoria Law, and Joel Olson; interviews with Chris Borte and Afro-Columbian anarchist David López Rodriguez; reviews; and more!) is currently available from AK Press here:
Our deadline for the next print issue is May 31, 2012. All submissions should have endnotes rather than footnotes, contain no page numbers, and conform to the Chicago Manual of Style. Please include your name and reliable contact information. Send your essays or questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We are particularly looking for essays on the theme of 'Care,' including essays on health care, self-care, child care and wellness. This is an open call, so all topics will also be considered.
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The fourth title in our Anarchist Interventions Series, copublished with AK Press, will be available on June 1, 2012.
Imperiled Life theorizes an exit from the potentially terminal consequences of capital-induced climate change. It is a collection of reflections on the phenomenon of catastrophe—climatological, political, and social—as well as the possibilities of overcoming disaster. Javier Sethness-Castro presents the grim news from contemporary climatologists while providing a reconstructive vision inspired by anarchist intellectual traditions and promoting critical thought as a means of changing our historical trajectory. Javier is a libertarian socialist and a rights advocate. Imperiled Life includes a foreward by IAS board member Paul Messersmith-Glavin.
Our fifth title in this book series will be Anarchists Against the Wall: Direct Action and Solidarity with the Palestinian Popular Struggle, edited by Uri Gordon and Ohal Grietzer with a foreword by Alfredo M. Bonanno. It is due out in December 2012.
And of course, you can get copies of the first three titles in our series, including our most recent offering Decolonizing Anarchism: An Antiauthoritarian History of India’s Liberation Struggle by Maia Ramnath, from AK Press (http://www.akpress.org), or at an anarchist, radical, or independent bookstore near you.
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The IAS has recently launched our Lexicon pamphlet series! It’s a new project that aims to convert words into politically useful tools—for those already engaged in a politics from below as well as the newly approaching—by offering definitional understandings of commonly used keywords. Each Lexicon is a two-color pamphlet featuring one keyword or phrase, defined in about two thousand words of text, and all pamphlets are available for free from the IAS (mostly when we’re tabling at an anarchist bookfair or radical conference), or can be downloaded here for printing and sharing. The first five pamphlets, designed by Josh MacPhee of Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and printed by P&L Printing in Denver, are “Power” by Todd May, “Colonialism” by Maia Ramnath, “Gender” by Jamie Heckert, “Anarchism” by Cindy Milstein, and “White Supremacy” by Joel Olson. Stay tuned for more titles in this growing series.
AK Press is kindly hosting the Lexicon collection on its blog. Help spread the word (literally)! Print out the pamphlets (which are conveniently laid out for zine-style printing) and distribute widely!
To get started, you can download the first five Lexicon PDFs at: http://www.revolutionbythebook.akpress.org/ak-tactical-media/ias-lexicon-pamphlet-series/.
If you’ve already seen the Lexicon pamphlet series and want to see more of them, we could use your financial help. The first five titles were made possible due to the generosity of hundreds of donors and volunteers. Upcoming batches will likewise cost a bunch of time and energy. Please consider sending us a donation specifically for this series, or to support the work of the IAS in general:
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The IAS is organizing the third annual Anarchist Theory Track at the All Power to the Imagination Conference, April 20-22 (http://www.allpowertotheimagination.com/).
You may have noticed the IAS organizing panels and tabling at recent events like the Left Forum in New York, the San Francisco Anarchist Bookfair, the Law and Disorder Conference in Portland, and the New York Anarchist Bookfair!
We'll also be tabling and also often offering talks/workshops at the following upcoming events:
* Montreal Anarchist Bookfair, May 19–20, http://www.anarchistbookfair.ca/
* Mobilizing and Organizing from Below, June 1–3, http://mobconf.org/
* Plan-it-X Fest, June 22–24, http://pixfest.hijinx.nu/
* The Allied Media Conference, June 28–July 1, http://alliedmedia.org/
* Portland Zine Symposium, August 11–12, http://pdxzines.com/
* Baltimore Radical Bookfair, September 28–30, http://www.baltimorebookfestival.com/
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The IAS grant program is entirely funded by the generous donations of people and collectives like you. Your support allows the IAS to grow and nurture anarchist debate and discourse around the world. Please consider making a donation as small or large as you like! Every little bit helps—from $20 to $200 to $2,000. If you can donate by credit or debit card, consider visiting the online donations page at http://anarchist-studies.org/support/donate, where you can also make a monthly donation of as little as $5 to whatever larger amount fits your budget.
We are now offering a new incentive for monthly donations! If you sign up for a monthly donation of $20 or more, we'll mail you a copy of the most recent title in our Anarchist Interventions series. Currently we're offering Decolonizing Anarchism: An Antiauthoritarian History of India's Liberation Struggle by Maia Ramnath!
You can also send a check made out to the Institute for Anarchist Studies to:
Institute for Anarchist Studies
P.O Box 15586
Washington, DC 20003
Another way to contribute is by hosting one of the many speakers on the Mutual Aid Speakers’ List at an event in your town and donating the honorarium to the IAS. For a list of our speakers, see http://anarchist-studies.org/speakers.
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