1st International Conference of Anarchist Geographies and Geographers (ICAGG) – Geography, social change and anti-authoritarian practices

Call for papers

icagg 2Reggio Emilia (Italy) – Centro Studi Cucine del Popolo, via Beethoven 78/e, 21-23 September 2017 – http://www.cucine.arealibertaria.org/

In the last years, an outstanding international and multilingual rediscovery of anarchist geographers has occurred at the level both of academics and of grassroots movements, drawing at the same time on a renewed interest for historical figures like Pyotr Kropotkin (1842-1921) and Elisée Reclus (1830-1905), and on the contributions of anarchist and antiauthoritarian ideas and practices to present-day struggles for social liberation worldwide. Special issues on anarchism and geography have been published by outstanding international journals, such as Antipode and ACME, leading to a flourishing of recent papers and books on these topics, including the organisation of successful sessions on anarchist geographies at the most widely attended geographic international conferences, such as the RGS-IBG, the AAG and the IGU, and for the international conferences of the Anarchist Studies Network. An international mailing list of anarchist geographies has also been inaugurated.

In the French-speaking circuits, a flourishing of grassroots initiatives and scholarly research has likewise taken place, leading to the foundation of a network of anarchist geographers (Réseau de géographes libertaires), which organises a number of periodic conferences and workshops in France and Switzerland, and contributes to two important annual festivals targeting the communication between scholars and wider publics in France. The first, Les Reclusiennes, takes place in Sainte-Foy-la-Grande, the town of origin of Elisée Reclus, and the second, the Festival International de la Géographie in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, includes an anarchist-driven Forum of Critical Geographies. In South America, conferences and public courses on anarchist geographies are periodically organised, mainly in Brazil, by the networks of Rekro/Território Autônomo and the Anarchist Library Terra Livre, in collaboration with universities like UFRJ and USP. This list could continue, but it is just a sample of the rich and cosmopolite field in which the present-day debates in anarchist geographies are developing.

In light of the flourishing of anarchist geographies, we propose to organize an independent international conference, to be repeated in different countries every 2 or 3 years, to create a space for scholars and militants interested in these topics to enjoy a deep and fruitful exchange, and present an opportunity for those interested in anarchist geographies and rooted in broader social movements internationally to exchange ideas and make meaningful connections’. The choice of doing the first conference in an Italian small town like Reggio Emilia, where an established local anarchist movement already promoted events and publications on anarchist geographers is instrumental to the capital tasks of continuing a discussion among scholars and militants from different linguistic and cultural areas, and ensuring discussions involve grassroots movements and militant situations outside the academy.

This conference is not only for “card-carrying” anarchists. We welcome contributions dealing critically with anarchist geographies, histories, concepts, and interventions from grassroots movements, militants, and academics.

We invite especially, but not exclusively, critical anarchic geographical contributions on:

  • What are anarchist geographies and what are their tasks?
  • Which relations between anarchism and the most current critical/theoretical approaches used in geographical scholarship, i.e. postmodernism and post-structuralism, critical modernities, post-colonialism, more-than-human geographies, actor-network theory, non-representational theories, feminism, gender and queer theories, Marxism, critical race theory, intersectionality, qualitative and quantitative methods etc.
  • Problematizing the relations between anarchism, rationalism, Enlightenment and modernity,
  • Anarchist geographies and counter-cartography. Maps and spaces of liberation.
  • Anarchist geographies and Indigenous movements.
  • Anarchism and the environment: mesology, natural philosophies and the idea of progress.
  • Anarchist geographies in practice: experiences from grassroots movements, local and international struggles, histories and geographies of resistance.
  • Anti-statist, post-statist and not statist geographies: anarchism and the idea of territory.
  • Anarchism, federalism and the concept of geographical scale: cities, regions and the global.
  • Anti-racist, anti-colonial and internationalist geographies.
  • Anarchist geographies, cosmopolitanism and multilingualism: which challenges to nationalist and parochial academies?
  • Anarchism and geographies of war and peace.
  • Anarchism and geographies of violence and non-violence.
  • Anarchist geographies of education and de-schooling.
  • Geographies of secularisation and free-thinking.
  • Anarchist geopolitics.
  • Historical geographies of anarchism.
  • Anarchist geographies and geographers in the history and philosophy of geography.
  • Historical figures of anarchist geographers and their interdisciplinary connections: histories of transnational anarchism, anarchist anthropologies, political theory and political philosophy.

To attend the conference, please send an abstract of maximum 250 words at the addressscientific_committee@icagg.org by February 1st 2017. The preferred conference’s language is English: if you feel especially uncomfortable with presenting in this language, please write to the organisers in order to arrange some specific solution. Further information will be provided by e-mail and through the site www.icagg.org

Practical information: For information on travel, accommodation and any other practical query (need for childcare, dietary requirements etc.), please write to icagg2017@icagg.org

Scientific and Promoting Committee:

Gerónimo Barrera

Béatrice Collignon

Amir El-Hakim

Fabrizio Eva

Federico Ferretti

Anthony Ince

Marcelo Lopes de Souza

Patrick Minder

Joanne Norcup

Philippe Pelletier

Marcella Schmidt di Friedberg

Adriano Skoda

Vanessa Sloan Morgan

Simon Springer

Francisco Toro

Gian Maria Valent

Richard White

Patricia Wood

Local organisation committee:

Eliana Bartoli

Arturo Bertoldi

Lorenzo Coniglione

Fabio Dolci

Andrea Ferrari

Simone Ruini

Gian Maria Valent

 

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CFP: The Interdisciplinary Promise of Anarchist Geographies

Loughborough University, U.K. – 14-16 September 2016

The Interdisciplinary Promise of Anarchist Geographies

Panel Organisers

Richard J White (Richard.White@shu.ac.uk)

Federico Ferretti (Federico.Ferretti@ucd.ie)

and Ant Ince (InceA@cardiff.ac.uk)Anarchist Geographers : Kropotkin and Reclus

Call for Papers

Such revolutionary ideas clearly have strong implications for the organization of a space-economy; in fact, their implementation requires the creation of an entirely new landscape.” (Myrna Breitbart 1975: 44)


At a time of unfolding intersectional crises – political, economic, social, and environmental crises – a vigorous and exciting resurgence of anarchist praxis within human geography continues to gain momentum and visibility. The positioning of anarchist geography/ers at the cutting edge(s) of critical praxis has been evident in many ways, not least with notable special issues dedicated to anarchist geographies, including Antipode (Springer et al. 2012); and ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies (Anarchist and Autonomous Marxist Geographies). A significant trilogy dedicated to anarchist geography, focusing in particular on The Radicalization of Pedagogy (Springer et al, 2016); Theories of Resistance (Souza et al, 2016); The Practice of Freedom (White et al, 2016) will be published later this year.


Moving confidently and constructively toward new radical and “anarchist” spaces has allowed geographical imaginations and prefigurative spatial practices to flourish. In keeping with the spirit of the great anarchist geographers of yesteryear, most notably Élisée Reclus and Peter Kropotkin, these contemporary anarchist lines of flight offer original value and perspective concerning both (i) ‘how’ we can more critically understand the intersectional natures of violence and oppression and (ii) how we can creatively envision and co-create a spatially emancipated society rooted in social justice for all.
Against this background the Panel is keen to support papers that critically reflect on the inter-disciplinary promise of anarchist geographies. For example what are particularly anarchist criticisms of disciplinary/ intellectual frontiers and boundaries? How can anarchist geographers better position themselves to recognise and embrace new possibilities for collaborative, multidisciplinary conversations, and expressions of solidarity across other disciplines, and activist communities? What excellent intersectional/ inter-disciplinary approaches and practice already exists “out there” that could be learned from, and with? Indeed, drawing careful attention toward the central conference themes of anarcho-feminism, exclusion and marginalisation, we would particularly welcome critical responses to the questions of ‘who gets to be an anarchist geographer’, and ‘who gets to do anarchist geography’ (interdisciplinary, or otherwise)?

Broader areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Intersectionality and anarchist geographies
• Interdisciplinary studies and anarchist geographies
• Anarcho-feminist geography/ies
• Anarchist spaces within higher education
• Anarchist anti-colonial and postcolonial geographies and anarchist cosmopolitanism
• Anarchist descriptions and analysis of the intersectional crisis of neoliberalism, and visions of post-capitalist worlds.
• Exploring the motivations of anarchists and the relations between affect, emotion and radical politics.
• Anarchist geographies and the politics of total liberation.
We welcome relevant papers, or alternative forms of presentation, from within geography and wider inter-disciplinary departments, as well as sources from beyond the academy (particularly activist communities and other grassroot organisations).

If you would like to contribute to this session please send abstracts (250 word limit) or ideas to Richard J White (Richard.White@shu.ac.uk), Federico Ferretti (federico.ferretti@ucd.ie and Anthony Ince (InceA@cardiff.ac.uk) by Monday March 7th 2016.

References

Breitbart, M. (1975). Impressions of an Anarchist Landscape. Antipode, 7: 44–49.

Springer, S. Ince, A. Pickerill, J. Brown, G. and Barker, A.J. (2012) Reanimating Anarchist Geographies: A New Burst of Colour. Antipode Vol. 44(5), pp. 1501-1604

Springer, S., White R. J., Souza, M. L. de. eds. (2016). The Radicalization of Pedagogy: Anarchism, Geography and the Spirit of Revolt. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

Souza, M. L. de, White R. J., Springer, S. eds. (2016). Theories of Resistance: Anarchism, Geography and the Spirit of Revolt. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

White R. J., Springer, S., Souza, M. L. de. eds. (2016). The Practice of Freedom: Anarchism, Geography and the Spirit of Revolt. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

Conference details: http://anarchist-studies-network.org.uk/

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Call for Papers (deadline Aug 15 2015) : Protest and activism without organisation.

Call for Papers: Protest and Activism with(out) organisation

Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

The economic, political, social, cultural and environmental crises of our time continue to provoke and inspire a remarkable range of social movements into existence. These multiple forms of protest and activism express and embody a politics of hope – captured both in alternative narratives that envisage new post-crisis possibilities, and through the physicality of collective and popular resistance. In this context, the Special Issue of The International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy is particularly intend on interrogating the socio-spatial forms of ‘organisation’ that underpin protest and activism. When taking a closer look at the organisational nature across these activist landscapes for example, it becomes apparent that resistance led through membership-based, co-ordinated hierarchical organisations (e.g. Trade Unions, NGOs) still retains an important visibility and influence in agitating for change. However, in addition perhaps, and in some meaningful way beyond, these more traditional forms of organised resistance, there exists important diverse and spontaneous forms of everyday activism, one, perhaps, consistent with a more horizontal and anarchistic praxis of self-organisation.

Questioning the relationship between activism with – and without – organisation throws up some interesting and important inter-disciplinary questions. At the most fundamental level it gives us cause to interrogate the very idea of activism: where does activism begin and end? Who gets to be an activist? Seeking to engage a more nuanced understanding of the differences between organized and unorganized forms of activism, provokes the question of how informal experiences of activism, encourage engagement with more organised forms of activism (and vice versa). Is the relationship between the two antagonistic, competitive or complementary to each other? How are organisational forms of activism dictated to by specific social and spatial temporalities, particularly at a time of crisis? Indeed in these (post)modern times is it meaningful to frame the organisation of activism within a binary relationship (either formal or informal)? Rather should we be encouraged to consider them on an organisational spectrum of difference (more formal, less formal and so on)? If desirable, how can a more informed complex understanding of the organisational natures of activism allow us to better recognise, value, strengthen and link up different types of patterns of activism and resistance?

To these ends we welcome papers of up to 8000 words addressing empirical or theoretical aspects focused on organisation of activism and protest, past and present, situated in any part of the world and at any scale.

Deadlines:

Please send 250-300 word abstracts directly to the Guest Editors, Richard White (richard.white@shu.ac.uk) and Tricia Wood (pwood@yorku.ca ) by 15 August 2015.

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Call for Papers – AAG Chicago 2015 – Geographies of activism and protest

Call for Papers: Geographies of activism and protest

Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting

Chicago, April 21-25, 2015

Session Organizers: Tricia Wood (York University, Canada) and Richard J White (Sheffield Hallam University, UK)

The world has witnessed many significant large-scale protests, and highly effective (anonymous, individual) forms of direct activism in recent years.  A few particularly visible examples of these would include the ongoing anti-government and anti-austerity protests in Spain, Argentina, Greece, Libya, Turkey, Thailand; the Occupy movement; and UK student-led protests against higher tuition fees and the rampant commodification of higher education.  By successfully engaging with alternative forms of governance and radical democracy that take place in a meaningful way beyond the State, these geographies of activism and protests continue to inspire new expressions of identity, relationships, resistance and solidarity into being. However, unsurprisingly, the (perceived) success and traction that these popular protests movements have gained and stand to gain can also be demonstrated in the increased forms of (state) surveillance, militarization of police forces, and other highly aggressive and intrusive forms of censorship and repression.

At a time of seemingly entrenched economic, political, social and environmental crises, it is vital that these radical forms of activism and protest continue to challenge and incite the popular imagination, and foreground “alternative” futures that are not only desirable, but are both practical and enactable. In this context, the session seeks to underscore what geographers and spatial analysis can contribute to our understanding of dissenting political action.

Some questions that we would like to encourage greater reflection on include:

  • What creates the possibility of protest?
  • What are the political and social conditions that tip frustration over into action?
  • What kinds of subjectivity make dissent possible?
  • Where does activism begin and end? What are the relationships between individual acts of activism (without organisation) and more organised forms of activism?
  • At what point does activism and protest beyond the State become necessary?
  • Can an individual ‘do activism’ without ‘becoming an activist’?
  • What role do activist organizations play in mobilizing protests?
  • What is the importance of the protest camp, and other forms of encampment, within contemporary social movement tactics?
  • How does the built landscape affect the possibilities?
  • What makes activism a “success” or “failure”?
  • Are large-scale protests more significant or effective?
  • What role(s) does media coverage play in our understandings of public protest?

We welcome papers addressing empirical or theoretical aspects of the geographies of activism and protest, in any part of the world and at any scale.

Please send your proposed title, abstract (250 words) and conference pin number if known to Tricia (pwood@yorku.ca) and Richard (richard.white@shu.ac.uk) by October 15, 2014.  For further information and guidance on AAG submissions see: http://www.aag.org/cs/annualmeeting/call_for_papers

Occupy! Zuccotti Park, New York, March 2012

Occupy! Zuccotti Park, New York, March 2012

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Transgressing Frontiers: Anarchism, Geography, and the Spirit of Revolt

Elisee ReclusSimon Springer

Department of Geography, University of Victoria

Victoria, BC, Canada

simonspringer@gmail.com

 Richard J. White

Faculty of Development and Society, Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield, UK

richard.white@shu.ac.uk

Marcelo Lopes de Souza

Department of Geography, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

mlopesdesouza@terra.com.br

The above named editors are seeking contributions to a proposed edited book entitled Transgressing Frontiers: Anarchism, Geography, and the Spirit of Revolt.

Description & Rationale 

“New ideas germinate everywhere, seeking to force their way into the light, to find an application in life; everywhere they are opposed by the inertia of those whose interest it is to maintain the old order; they suffocate in the stifling atmosphere of prejudice and traditions.” – Peter Kropotkin, The Spirit of Revolt

In an age that is desperately in need of critical new directions, anarchist geographies exist at the crossroads of possibility and desire. By breathing new life into the inertia of the old, anarchism intrepidly explores vital alternatives to the stasis of hierarchical social relations through the geographical practice of mutual aid, voluntary association, direct action, horizontality, and self-management. Despite the exciting and vigorous contribution to geography that key anarchist thinkers like Élisée Reclus and Peter Kropotkin made in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, anarchist praxis in the discipline remained highly underrepresented from the mid-twentieth century onwards.

In recent years, a serious (re)turn toward anarchist thought and practice has begun to challenge and inspire geographers to travel beyond the traditional frontiers of geographical knowledge, which have all too often served to reinforce the status quo and limit our ideas and imagination about what is both possible and practical. In 2012, after a 34-year interval, Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography published a new special issue on anarchist geographies, signalling a desire for a more emancipatory geography and hinting at the possibilities of a geographical turn toward anarchist praxis. In that same year Brazil saw the publication of a special issue of the journal Cidades, which was devoted to understanding left-libertarian (anarchist, neo-anarchist and libertarian autonomist) contributions to the transformation of urban space and life. Inspired by this renewed interest in the melding of anarchist and geographical thought, Transgressing Frontiers seeks to push new ideas further into the light by illuminating the kaleidoscopic range of geographies that become possible when exploring anarchist lines of flight. Accordingly, the collection aims to strengthen the contributions of both geography and its practitioners in articulating an explicitly anarchist praxis in seeking solutions to the very real human and other-than-human crises that are unfolding across the world today. Our desire is not simply to push the boundaries, but to actively transgress the frontiers of contemporary geographical scholarship by encouraging the spirit of revolt. In moving confidently and constructively toward the production of anarchist spaces, we aim to foster new geographical imaginations that energetically cultivate alternative spatial practices. Through the articulation and realization of the idea of transgression, we believe that many exciting directions, inspiring vistas, and reformulated territories will be opened up for scholars and activists to engage with. In the context of transgressing geographical frontiers – whether employed as a concept, a metaphor, or as a point of empirical focus – we are particularly keen to promote the development of three key areas of anarchist geographies: 

1) The radicalization of pedagogy

Pedagogy is central to geographical knowledge, where Kropotkin’s ‘What Geography Ought to Be’ has significantly shaped the face of contemporary geographical thought. At the same time, anarchists have developed very different political imaginations than Marxists, where the importance of pedagogy has always been of primary importance. Pedagogy accordingly represents one of the key sites of contact where anarchist geographies can continue to inform and revitalize contemporary geographical thought. Anarchists have long been committed to bottom-up, ‘organic’ transformations of societies, subjectivities, and modes of organizing. For anarchists the importance of direct action and prefigurative politics have always taken precedence over concerns about the state, a focus that stems back to Max Stirner’s notion of insurrection in ‘The Ego and Its Own’ as walking one’s own way, ‘rising up’ above government, religion, and other hierarchies, not necessarily to overthrow them, but to simply disregard these structures by taking control of one’s own individual life and creating alternatives on the ground. Thus, the relevance of pedagogy to anarchist praxis (understood in a broad sense, as in Paulo Freire’s ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’) stems from its ability to guide a new way of thinking about the world and as a space that is able to foster transgression.

2) The use of space for resistance and the incubation of alternative social structures.

Space is never a neutral ‘stage’ on which social actors play their roles, sometimes cooperating with each other, sometimes struggling against each other. Space is a product of interrelations, and is always under construction.  Its co-constitutive role in the development of social relations is multiple and complex: a reference for identity-building and re-building; a material condition for existence and survival; a symbol and instrument of power. However, as much as space has been made instrumental for the purposes of heteronomy (from class exploitation to gender oppression to racial segregation), space (spatial re-organisation, spatial practices and spatial resources) is also a basic condition for human emancipation, i.e. for autonomy and freedom. Recognising the way space has been used for resistance, especially in those more specifically left-libertarian contexts (from the early anarchist organising efforts in the 19th century, to the Paris Commune, to the early kibbutzim, to the makhnovitchina in Ukraine, to the socio-spatial revolution during the Spanish Civil War, to the contemporary re-birth of left-libertarian and sometimes specifically anarchist praxis among social movements such as Mexican Zapatistas) is important. Here, a greater understanding of space can teach a great deal about both limits and potentialities, particularly in relation to the possibilities and tasks of re-purposing and re-structuring the built environment, changing images of place, and overcoming old and new boundaries of all sorts.

3) The dissemination of new ideas with respect to lived socio-spatial practices and their application.

Without questioning the importance of anarchist socio-spatial experiments of the past, the fact is that the last two decades have seen a kind of re-birth of libertarian practices and principles (horizontality, self-management, decentralisation, and so on), that are not necessarily connected to the anarchist tradition in a strict sense. Many contemporary social movements and forms of protest (and certainly most of those that are particularly creative and innovative) present a clear left-libertarian ‘soul’.  Examples of these abound, especially in Europe and the Americas, though there are some highly interesting examples in other continents as well, such as South Africa’s Abahlali base Mjondolo (literally ‘Movement of the Shack Dwellers’), particularly strong in Durban and Cape Town. Nowadays, emancipatory praxis is becoming gradually synonymous with direct action, horizontal decision-making and autonomy, and not with political parties and a ‘taking-state-power’ mentality. More than ever before, Marxist – and especially Leninist – methods and strategies have been placed under considerable suspicion. These developments create a range of important questions to consider, including: to what extent spatial practices have been consistently compatible with left-libertarian principles? To what extent can we say that anarchism and anarchists (or rather neo-anarchists, as well as libertarian autonomists) animate these movements, waves of protest, and forms of resistance? And what activities have been developed by these activists (in the realms of self-defence, production, culture etc.)?

Timeline

Abstracts are due by May 15th, 2014. Please email your abstracts to all three editors.

Selection of papers will occur quickly and we will endeavor to inform authors of inclusion by June 15th, 2014. Completed chapters are due by December 15th 2014.

Length

250 to 300 word abstracts. Chapter length is expected to be between 8,000 and 10,000 words.

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RGS-IBG 2013 Annual Conference Session: “Demanding the impossible: transgressing the frontiers of geography through anarchism”.

CFP RGS-IBG Annual Conference London, 28th – 30th August 2013

“Demanding the impossible: tImageransgressing the frontiers of geography through anarchism”

Organisers

Richard J White (Sheffield Hallam University, UK);  Federico Ferretti (University of Geneva, Switzerland); Alexandre Gillet (University of Geneva, Switzerland); Marcelo Lopes de Souza (University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil); Philippe Pelletier (University of Lyon, France); Simon Springer (University of Victoria, Canada) and Colin C Williams (University of Sheffield, UK)

Sponsored by the Participatory Geographies Research Group

In an age that is desperately in need of new critical directions the philosopher Simon Critchley (2011) argued that “An anarchical order is not just desirable, it is also feasible, practicable and enactable…”. Despite the exciting and vigorous contribution to geography that key anarchist writers – particularly Élisée Reclus and Peter Kropotkin – made in the late nineteenth century anarchist praxis in the discipline remained conspicuous by its absence for much of the twentieth century. In recent years however a serious (re)turn toward anarchist thought and practice has begun to challenge and inspire geographers to travel beyond the frontiers of geographical knowledge (which have in too many cases served only to diminish and limit our ideas and imagination about what is both possible and practical).

In 2012, the first Special Issue in Anarchist Geographies published by Antipode in 34 years was a definitive moment in indicating a geographical turn toward anarchist praxis. Through illustrating the exciting kaleidoscopic range of geographies that were emerging in this area, the Special Issue exposed the very real, new and exciting anarchist lines of flight that are strengthening the ability of geography/ers to contribute meaningfully to the very real human and other-than-human crises that are unfolding throughout the world today.  

Moving confidently and constructively toward new radical and “anarchist” spaces therefore has allowed for new geographical imaginations and spatial practices to flourish, and opened up many exciting directions and territories for geographers to engage with. The Panel is keen to support and promote any anarchist theory and practice that will further animate anarchist geographies with “new burst(s) of colour” (Springer et al 2012). In the context of challenging geographical frontiers (whether employed as a concept, a metaphor or as a point of empirical focus) we are particularly keen to promote the three areas of anarchist geography/ies that Brietbart (2012: 1584) identifies: (1) radicalizing pedagogy (2) the use of space for resistance and the incubation of alternative social structures; (3) the dissemination of new ideas and spatial/ social practices, and all the anarchist spaces that lie in between!

 Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Anarchists’ criticism of political frontiers and boundaries. This includes the idea of frontier as metaphors (for example: frontiers between disciplines, frontiers between national ‘geographical schools’ as represented by the historians of Geography).
  • Anarchist spaces in the classroom: Radicalizing Pedagogy/ unlearning archy
  • Interdisciplinary studies and anarchism
  • Intersectionality and anarchism
  • Anarchist praxis: direct action, the importance of non-violence, autonomy and leaderlessness.
  • Anarchist descriptions and analysis of the crisis of neoliberalism/ capitalism
  • Conceptualising and enacting post-capitalist anarchist visions of work and organisation
  • Exploring the motivations of anarchists and the relations between affect, emotion and radical politics.
  • Anarchism and autonomous spaces
  • Anarchist politics of resistance and occupation
  • Anarchism and the concept of prefigurative politics
  • Understanding the complex role of space and place in anarchist praxis.
  • Anarchism and Utopianism
  • Anarchist critiques of the limited spatial frontiers of contemporary geographic inquiry
  • Geography, Anarchism and Internationalist political practices (e.g. relevant experiences from the 1872 ‘Anti-Authoritarian IWA’ to contemporary transnational movements).

We welcome relevant papers or alternative forms of presentation from within geography and wider inter-disciplinary departments, as well as sources from beyond the academy (particularly activist communities and other grassroot organisations).

If you would like to contribute to this session please send abstracts (250 word limit) or ideas to Richard J White (Richard.White@shu.ac.uk) by Wednesday 6th February 2013.

 

References

Breitbart, MM (2012) Foreword: Looking Backward/ Acting Forward, Antipode, Vol. 44(5) pp 1579-1590.

Critchley, S. (2011) The Anarchist Turn. Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies, http://www.anarchist-developments.org/index.php/adcs/article/view/30/25

Springer, S. Ince, A. Pickerill, J. Brown, G. and Barker, A.J. (2012) Reanimating Anarchist Geographies: A New Burst of Colour. Antipode Vol. 44(5), pp. 1501-1604

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Excellent Conference: Left Forum, New York City, Pace University, March 16-18 2012

I’m participating in the Left Forum as part of the Panel focused on Anarchism’s Post-Capitalist Vision.

Abstract:
With the rise of Occupy Wall Street, which was initiated by anarchists and people inspired by anarchist politics, people might ask the perfectly logical question: “What do anarchists have to offer us in place of capitalism and the state?” This panel discussion focuses on the many anarchist post-capitalist visions, attempting to provide some broad answers to that question. We will talk about the major proposals anarchists have put forward and link them to anarchist practices of resistance and creation and analyses of the present. Similarly, we will discuss debates and work within the anarchist milieu conceptualizing post-capitalism. This discussion will be centered around pieces on anarchist vision in the new book, “The Accumulation of Freedom: Writings on Anarchist Economics” (AK Press).

My co-authored chapter (with Professor Colin Williams ) in this book is titled: Escaping the Capitalist Hegemony by re-reading the Economic Landscapes of the Western World.

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