AUTONOMY NOW PRESENT:
‘The Anarchist Imagination:
Anarchism Encounters the Humanities and the Social Sciences’
with Carl Levy, Constance Bantman, Ole Birk Laursen and Carne Ross
Thursday May 30th. Free, register here (required).
Time: 7.00pm at Housmans Bookshop (directions).
Panel Discussion and diouble Book Launch -
Our panel discuss the continuous role of the anarchist imagination as muse, provocateur, goading adversary, and catalyst in the stimulation of research and creative activity in the humanities and social sciences, including anthropology, art, feminism, geography, international relations, political science, postcolonialism, and sociology.
UPDATE from Autonomy Now about the above -
At the event two books will be launched:
The Anarchist Imagination
Anarchism Encounters the Humanities and the Social Sciences, 1st Edition
Edited by Carl Levy, Saul Newman (Routledge).
The Palgrave Handbook of Anarchism
Edited by Carl Levy, Matthew Adams (Palgrave).
Carl Levy is Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations, Goldsmiths, University of London. He is currently writing two books, 'Anarchists and the City' and a biography of Errico Malatesta: 'Errico Malatesta: The Rooted Cosmopolitan, the Life and Times of an Anarchist in Exile'.
Constance Bantman is Senior Lecturer in French and Director of Teaching and Learning and author of 'The French Anarchists in London, 1880-1914: Exile and Transnationalism in the First Globalisation'
Ole Birk Laursen is a literary critic and historian of Black and South Asian people in Britain and Europe, researching and writing about race, resistance, and revolution, focusing particularly on Indian anticolonialism, nationalism, and anarchism, as well as the contemporary legacies of colonialism, racism, riots, and human rights.
Carne Ross is best known for once working as a British diplomat before leaving the civil service in disgust over the Iraq war, and testifying against the government at the Butler Review. He has gone on to become an advocate for anarchist organising.
[Housmans listing continues - ]
'Cooperation Jackson: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi' with Kali Akuno
Friday 31st May, 7pm - Tickets in advance from here
Pluto Press 50th Anniversary event
'To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe '
with Akwugo Emejulu and Francesca Sobande
Wednesday 12h June, 7pm - tickets in advance from HERE
£3 redeemable against any purchase on the night
GRENFELL ANNIVERSARY EVENT
'Safe as houses: Private greed, political negligence and housing policy after Grenfell' with Stuart Hodkinson
Friday 14th June, 7pm- - Tickets in advance from HERE
£3 redeemable against any purchase on the night
From Past Tense
Past Tense have produced a little pamphlet about the 1649-50 'True Levellers' (popularly called Diggers) in Surrey and elsewhere...
Stand Up Now, Diggers All!
The 1649 True Levellers Commune at St George’s Hill
On April 1st 1649, a small group of men and women moved onto wasteland at St George’s Hill, near Weybridge, in the parish of Walton-on-Thames in north Surrey, and began to dig over the land and plant vegetables.
The True Levellers or ‘Diggers’ occupation was revolutionary - they advocated collective use of land, for need, not for profit, in defiance of landlords, church and the law.
Their groundbreaking communist experiment faced violence and prosecution from the authorities and landowners.
They were dispersed - but still their vision lingers on...
An account of the events of the True Levellers' 1649 land squat, their ideas, and the repression they faced...
Printed by our own fair hands as usual...! 28 pages, slightly smaller than A5.
Cost: £2 plus P&P, available for sale from our website:
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London radical histories & mysteries
Today’s past tense blog post [10-5-2019] on the Southwark hatters' strike of May 1768
is our 500th post on this blog, since we launched at the end of December 2015. It's been lots of work - but hopefully useful educational and occasionally challenging. We’ve ranged from writing about the Middle Ages to the present...
New Anarchist Research Group - May and June meetings
MayDay Rooms**, Saturday, 25 May, 2019 14:00-16:00Anarchy or Chaos: M.P.T. Acharya and Indian AnarchismOle Birk Laursen
... explores the life and activities of the Indian anarchist M. P. T. Acharya (1887-1954). After a decade of anti-colonial revolutionary activities across India, Europe, and the United States, and a three-year sojourn in Russia during the revolutionary years, Acharya returned to Berlin in late 1922 and joined the anarcho-syndicalist International Working Men’s Association (IWMA). Throughout the next three decades, operating out of Berlin and Bombay, Acharya tried to establish an anarchist movement in India, writing extensively about anarchism, anti-capitalism, Bolshevism, Gandhi and pacifism, sexual relations and free love, and the Indian struggle for independence. Based on extensive archival research, this talk opens a window onto the international anarchist movement in the inter-war years, the history of anarchism in India, and how uncovering Acharya’s anarchist philosophy might help decolonise anarchism.
(Please note we hold a collection to offset room hire)
MayDay Rooms** Saturday 22 June, 2019 14:00 – 16:00
Anarchist Theory in Landscape Planning
Tim Waterman Anarchism’s influence on landscape theory and planning, dating back to Proudhon, but perhaps more importantly to Elisée Reclus and Peter Kropotkin, is powerful, but has long been suppressed or denied. This makes it difficult to understand just how strong anarchism’s undercurrents have remained in landscape theory, and how continuous a lineage anarchist planning possesses, through figures such as Patrick Geddes and Colin Ward. This talk will trace the emergence of the contemporary idea of landscape as situated social ecology within green anarchist theory since the 19th century and show how it is an emancipatory ecological, social, cultural, and intellectual framework for planning and design.
**MayDay Rooms, 88 Fleet St, London EC4Y 1DH
UPDATE: LSHG SEMINARS Summer 2019An update on events.1] The summer newsletter is in production...
2] The IWGB boycott of Senate House continues. The attitude of the University (not the IHR) continues to be aggressive and little progress appears to be occurring on bringing work back in-house. It is for the IWGB to determine their strategy but we are keeping the matter under review.
3] The early seminars scheduled for the summer term clashed with Bank Holidays (as we meet on Mondays). However it is planned to run two seminars on the first two Mondays in June ... details of these and locations in due course. It is unlikely that we will be able to use the IHR and if anyone has access to a nearby space at low or no cost please get in touch
4] Please see the appeal from Red Saunders for funding for his Peterloo montage. "This is an important historical endeavour in the 200th anniversary year but it is some way short of being fully funded..."
We support the ongoing IWGB action at Senate House over outsourcing of support staff. Because of this the seminars will not be held at Senate House until the dispute is resolved. We have two seminars lined up however:
Monday 10 June 2019 - 'Kwame Nkrumah and the Dawn of the Cold War'
Book launch with author Marika Sherwood - 6.30pm at Bookmarks, 1 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3QE
Update: About the book
Drawing on archival research including the newly released MI5 files, Marika Sherwood reports on the work of WANS, on the plans for a unity conference in October 1948 in Lagos, and on Nkrumah’s return home. Sherwood demonstrates that colonial powers colluded with each other and the US in order to control the burgeoning struggles for independence. By labelling African nationalists as ‘communists’ in their efforts to contain decolonisation, the Western powers introduced the Cold War to the continent.
Providing a rich exploration of a neglected history, this book sheds light for the first time on a crucial historical moment in the history of West Africa and the developmental trajectory of West African independence.
Monday 17 June 'The size of the crowd. How historians have assessed numbers at demonstrations from 1848 onwards' - Keith Flett
(The paper will be posted online at www.londonsocialisthistorians.blogspot.com to invite comments and discussion on social media.)
The deadline for the next issue of the London Socialist Historians Group Newsletter is 1 September 2019 - Letters, articles, criticisms and contributions to debate are most welcome.
[Some articles from the current issue, out now, are on the LSHG blog at link above.]
London Socialist Historians Group---------------------------------------
Omar Barghouti • Extinction Rebellion • Ilan Pappé • Louise Raw • Ian Angus and more!
For more information and how to book see here
Invisible Histories talksAt 2pm on Wednesday 8 May, when Joe Darlington will speak about his recent book, British terrorist novels of the 1970s.
The 1970s saw a boom in novels, both popular and literary, with terrorists as their main characters. By placing the novels in their historical and political context, this talk explores the broad range of terrorist novels and proposes a model terrorist novel plotline against which the mass of texts can be measured.
22 May James Clarke The litten path, a novel set during the miners' strike. It tells the story of one mining family from the eve of the vote to strike in March 1984 to November of that painful year.
You can also hear James talking about his work in a recent edition of Radio 4's Open Book focused on working class writing - https://www.bbc.co.uk/
5 June Film screening Strata
An illustrated talk by art historian Christine Lindey on her recent book which explores a vein of British art which kept alive the idea of socially committed and widely understandable art. Art for All reveals a forgotten or marginalised area of 20th century British art. Christine's book provides a vivid understanding of the political and aesthetic contexts that turned a wide variety of individuals into socially committed artists. It also examines the artist’s circumstances of production and patronage, and explains why these often handicapped those artists who were swimming against the current of their times.
3 July Alison Morgan talk plus musicians Ballads and songs of Peterloo
Frow Lecture: '1919 - every place a storm centre'The tenth annual Frow Lecture, in honour of the Library's founders Edmind and Ruth Frow, will be given at the Old Fire Station, Crescent, Salford on Saturday 11 May at 2pm by Professor John Callaghan from the University of Salford who will speak on the topic 1919 - every place a storm centre.
Come along from 7pm and browse some of the Library's rich collections relating to Peterloo. Oliver's poetry reading will begin at 7.30pm.
Free (though donations very welcome!); light refreshments available.
Townsend Productions: The ragged trousered philanthropistsReturning by popular demand on Friday 31 May and Saturday 1 June (7.30pm), this one-man show is based on the book by Robert Tressell, using Magic Lantern and projected animation, with political conjuring tricks and live music and song. This production sold out when it was last at the Library - don't miss it this time around!
Tickets price £12 plus booking fee (£10 concession, £6 student) available here.
Breathe Out Theatre: The Riot ActOn Saturday 15 June at 8pm we welcome Breathe Out Theatre to perfom new play The Riot Act.
On 12 August 1842, just 23 years after the Peterloo Massacre, Lancashire cotton workers again marched in protest at appalling pay and conditions. Reaching Preston’s Lune Street, the protestors were confronted by the authorities and read the Riot Act. By 13 August seven men had been shot and four were dead.
26 June with historian Katrina Navickas reflecting on the history of suppression of political meetings in Manchester and Salford during the 19th century.
3 July Michael Sanders "How many shots were fired?": the 'Plug Plot Insurrection' and Peterloo
10 July Jennifer Luff State surveillance of the 20th century left
[See illustrations from MI5 files on this blog]
17 July Joanna Gilmore Lessons from Orgreave: policing, protest and resistance
Admission free. Full details at www.wcml.org.uk/events..
An important note for WCML readers
Work is still continuing on a major project to eradicate the damp in our cellar. The project will have major benefits such as increasing our storage capacity, as well as ensuring vastly improved storage conditions for the precious material stored on the 0.7kms of cellar shelving. The first phase of the project (installation of a new boiler) was completed in October 2018. The second phase (installation of an environmental management system) has just been granted Listed Building Consent, and we expect work to start in mid-June 2019 and with luck to be completed by early autumn.
Though we have tried to keep this to a minimum, there is unavoidably some disruption to the usual running of the Library while this work is underway. In particular, it will not be possible for readers, during the imminent second phase of the work, to have access to the full range of our boxes of pamphlet material/newspapers/journals, as the majority of these will be in off-site storage. If you are planning a trip to use our collections, PLEASE contact us in advance to check availability of material you wish to see and save yourself a potential wasted journey.
Sorry, but we also are still not in a position to accept donations of material during this period (donations of money of course are always welcome! Click here...).
Our current guest exhibition Sylvia and Silvio runs until Thursday 23 May. Our exhibition Peterloo: news, fake news and paranoia opens soonAs is well known, 2019 marks 200 years since a peaceful crowd in St Peter’s Field calling for electoral reform was attacked by the Manchester & Salford Yeomanry, an event that has become known as Peterloo. Our bicentenary exhibition will explore in detail the historical context, the prevailing paranoia and the reactions of the establishment, utilising the Library’s extensive Peterloo holdings.
The exhibition opens from Friday 31 May at 1pm and runs until 19 September. It will be open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm, and the first Saturday of the month 10am-4pm.
- "What can we hope for in the first Queen's Speech?
- Could we dig up that Magic Money Tree in the Cayman Islands?
- How vicious might the opponents be?"
Also from/via IWCE:
Friends of Durham Miners Gala are delighted to announce that the new feature film about the Durham Miners’ Gala will receive its premiere in the city next month, featuring a panel discussion with director Daniel Draper and some of the stars of the film. Doors opening at 6pm.
From: CND Campaign magazine <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Tuesday 4 June 2019 - gather 11am - Trafalgar Square, London
- Sign up and share with your Facebook contacts
The police are refusing to allow anti-Trump protestors to march down Whitehall when Donald Trump is in London on the 4 June.
We believe this is a denial of the right to protest against a state visit most Londoners oppose.
Taxpayers' money should not be spent shielding Donald Trump from legal protest.
We demand protestors be given the right to march.
- If you agree with us, please sign the petition addressed to the London Metropolitan Police.
- Tuesday 4 June 2019 - gather 11am - Trafalgar Square, London
- Sign up and share with your Facebook contacts
Please see below for information about an upcoming history walk through Nottingham, organised by our friend Mo Cooper. We can highly recommend this walk, Mo is a great guide and this is a great chance to learn about some amazing and inspirational stories.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM
meet near to the castle gate house (by the hoarding)
finish Market Square
Part of Mo Cooper's Spring 2019 history walks programme.
The original Women’s History walk of Nottingham.
Learn about the ‘She Devil of France', the worn steps of the old Women’s Hospital, Alice who died through the ‘instigation of the devil’, Lady Ludd, and what the suffragettes planned for the king’s visit.
£4 payable on walk.
BMJ Paediatrics Open Editor-in-Chief, Emeritus Professor in Child Health at Nottingham University, and Medact member Imti Choonara will chair the talk and discussion - in which Dr. Fonseca will draw on his experiences from Haiti, Western Sahara, West Africa and Ecuador.
Updates and additions to follow as notifications come in.