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Anarchism Now conference

May 7th = Anarchism Now, a one-day conference at UCSC exploring and contextualizing contemporary anarchisms.

May 7, 2005
University of California, Santa Cruz
Oakes 105
Time: 9:30-6:00

As we enter the 21st century, the political landscape has shifted dramatically. Since the end of the Cold War and the beginning of the open-ended War on Terror, the dominant ideologies, categories, antagonists, analyses of power and the modes in which it is exercised have changed. Accordingly, the theories and praxes of resistance are changing as well.

Among these, anarchism has re-emerged in the last several years as a prominent element within radical social movements in North America and Europe, particularly among those which aspire to act in solidarity with those movements in Asia, Africa and Latin America who are on the offensive against neoliberalism and U.S. imperialism. Many of these draw upon compatible traditions of local autonomy, direct democracy, and resistance to market economies and colonizing institutions. Meanwhile in the global north, the organizing practices and techniques of resistance associated with anarchism have spread widely among activists working for social and economic justice, including those who do not espouse an anarchist ideology.

On May 7th the University of California, Santa Cruz Anarchist Cluster and Center for Cultural Studies will host a one-day conference and conversation exploring and contextualizing contemporary anarchism. Organizing questions include: How can we think adequately about anarchism’s place in current social justice movements? What resources does anarchism present us for addressing the current moment? What is it about this current conjuncture that resonates with anarchism? How might anarchism be a part of re-politicizing the academic left? Topics discussed will include: Lessons of the IWW, Chinese Anarchism, Anarchism and the Academy, Subjectivities of Resistance, Changing the World Without Taking Power, Popular Anarchism and Anarchism and the Prison Industrial Complex. The conference will include two panels with ample time for discussion, and an extended lunch/break-out period. Conference speakers include Iain Boal, Arif Dirlik, Carwil James, John Holloway, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Barry Pateman, Roger White, and Eddie Yuen. The open form of the conference will facilitate a roundtable atmosphere for all to participate actively.


9:30-10:00 Coffee/Introductions

10-12:30 First Panel “Lessons from History,? “Praxis?
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Arif Dirlik
Barry Pateman
Ian Boal

12:30-2:00 Lunch/Break-Outs

2:15-4:45 Second Panel “Gods of Market, Gods of State,? “Means and Ends?
Eddie Yuen
Carwill James
John Holloway
Roger White

4:45-5:00 Break

5:00-6:00 Closing Remarks

CONTACT: Anarchism2005 (at)

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