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As always, we had a difficult time deciding on our grantees, given that we received many worthy applications for writing and translation projects during each round. We’d like to congratulate all the following people on their IAS grant awards! Here’s a glimpse of their upcoming projects:

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Lexicon Pamphlet: Gender (in Romanian)

by Jamie Heckert
Genul este un sistem de repartizare în categorii a sinelui și a celorlalți (incluzând corpuri, dorințe, comportamente) care se găsește în fiecare aspect al culturii și al societății, interconectat cu alte categorii și ierarhii (rasă, clasă, sexualitate, vârstă, abilități și multe altele). Numeroase aspecte biologice (de exemplu organele genitale, cromozomii, constituția corpului) sunt interpretate în așa fel încât oamenii sunt incluși în mod natural în una din două categorii: bărbat și femeie. Dar dacă ne uităm mai îndeaproape, s-ar putea să chestionăm natura genului. Biologia, umană sau alta, este minunat de diversă.

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Building a Revolutionary Anarchism

August 13th @ 7pm Red and Black Cafe 400 SE 12th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97214 How can we build the popularity and influence of anarchist ideas in movements for social and economic justice in the United States? What’s the point in a specifically anarchist organization? … Read more

Unsettling Anarchism: Bringing Decolonization Home

August 17th, 7:30pm @ Red and Black Cafe ~ 400 SE 12th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97214 RSVP here. Within anarchism, the topic of decolonization has yielded much useful terrain for examining themes like identity and national liberation, solidarity and self-determination, and the right of the … Read more

Palestinian Anarchists in Conversation: Recalibrating anarchism in a colonized country

Credit: Ahmad Nimer

By Joshua Stephens
“I’m honestly still trying to kick the nationalist habit,” jokes activist Ahmad Nimer, as we talk outside a Ramallah cafe. Our topic of conversation seems an unlikely one: living as an anarchist in Palestine. “In a colonized country, it’s quite difficult to convince people of non-authoritarian, non-state solutions. You encounter, pretty much, a strictly anticolonial – often narrowly nationalist – mentality,” laments Nimer. Indeed, anarchists in Palestine currently have a visibility problem. Despite high-profile international and Israeli anarchist activity, there doesn’t seem to be a matching awareness of anarchism among many Palestinians themselves.
“Contemporary discussion of anarchist themes shifts emphasis towards more of an approach to power: rejecting power over, in favor of power with. “When you talk about anarchism as a political concept, it is defined as rejecting the state,” explains Saed Abu-Hijleh, a human geography lecturer at An-Najah University in Nablus. “It talks about freedom and society organizing itself without the interference of the state.” But, how do a stateless people engage with anarchism, a term that implies opposition to some form of state as a condition of its existence?

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Red & Black Vienna with Cindy Milstein

This summer, IAS board member Cindy Milstein traveled to Austria to present on her most recent book, Paths Toward Utopia, co-authored with Erik Ruin. She wound up sticking around Vienna for a few weeks, wandering its streets and visually documented its anarchist elements, compiling what … Read more

A Beautiful and Radiant Thing

[youtube=] Last November, IAS board members Maia Ramnath and Joshua Stephens were interviewed for the Horizontal Power Hour radio show, run out of Wesleyan University, mostly on the topic of anarchism and decolonization. Toward the end of their conversation, the host asked about their relationship … Read more

Take a look at all that’s available from the Institute for Anarchist Studies here! We continuously post new Perspectives on Anarchist Theory essays, announcements about events and new book projects in conjunction with AK Press, and other news, so keep checking back.  For updates, sign up for our mailing list!

  • Full PDF’s of back issues of our journal Perspectives on Anarchist Theory
  • Info on the Anarchist Interventions book series, with AK Press and the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative
  • Info on our new series of books published in collaboration with AK Press, starting with Octavia’s Brood, Angels with Dirty Faces, and Guerrillas of Desire!
  • Printable PDF’s of all the Lexicon pamphlets
  • Information about upcoming events sponsored and organized by the IAS.

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