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(en) UK, CONFERENCE ON DANIEL GUERIN (1904-88), LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY, 17-19 SEPTEMBER 2004

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Date Fri, 9 Apr 2004 10:19:24 +0200 (CEST)


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On the 100th anniversary of his birth, the purpose of this conference is
to celebrate and critically examine the life and work of Daniel Guerin.
Guerin was a unique and outstanding figure on the French Left, both
as a selfless and committed activist and as a writer: he made
significant theoretical contributions in fields as diverse as the
interpretation of fascism (La Peste brune a passe par la, 1932-33;
Fascisme et grand capital, 1936), the historiography of the French
Revolution (La Lutte de classes sous la premiere Republique, 1946),
colonialism (eg. Au service des colonisse, 1954; Les assassins de Ben
Barka, 1975), sexuality, (homo)sexual liberation and socialism (eg.
Kinsey et la sexualite, 1955; Shakespeare et Gide en correctionnelle?,
1959 and articles and pamphlets on Fourier and Proudhon), the
critique of Leninism and the synthesis of Marxism and libertarianism
(Jeunesse du socialisme libertaire, 1959; L'Anarchisme, de la doctrine
la pratique, 1965; Rosa Luxemburg et la spontante revolutionnaire,
1971). Some of his works have been reprinted repeatedly (eg. Ni Dieu
ni Maitre, 1970-99); many have been published recently in new
editions (Ben Barka, ses assassins, 1975/1991; La peste brune,
1932-33/1996; Front populaire, revolution manque, 1970/1997;
Bourgeois et bras nus, La guerre sociale sous la Revolution
1793-1795, 1973/1998; Fascisme et grand capital, 1936/1999;
Proudhon, un refoule sexuel, 1969/2000; Tahiti malade de la bombe,
1972/2000). This is testimony to the widespread and enduring interest
in the man and his work, and also to Guerin's extraordinary knack
both for being years ahead of his time in so many domains, and also
for tackling subjects which have kept their contemporary relevance.
Guerin was also without doubt an incisive intellect. The exiled
Trotsky treated him as a privileged interlocutor in the Socialist Party in
the 1930s, seeing in him one of the sharpest minds on the Left in
France. For Sartre - with whom he would share many a platform and
sign many an appeal - Guerin's study of the Revolution was the only
work to appear in the post-war years to have made an original
contribution to Marxist historiography.

Despite the evident value of Guerin's work and the leading
contribution he made as an activist, he has suffered a thoroughly
undeserved neglect on the part of researchers. This neglect is all the
more surprising when one takes into account the fact that there is
clearly a great deal of interest in Guerin's life and work outside of
academic circles.

It is hoped that this conference will bring together many of those in
Britain, France and elsewhere who knew and/or worked with Guerin,
or who have engaged either with his historical studies or with his more
theoretical political analyses. It is envisaged that there will be sessions
on all of Gurin's main areas of interest, from sexuality to racism and
fascism, from Popular Frontism to anticolonial movements, from
historical materialism to anarchism...

If you would like to offer a paper, please send a provisional title, a
short summary and some brief biographical details to Dave Berry
(d.g.berry@lboro.ac.uk or Department of Politics, International
Relations & European Studies, Loughborough University, LE113TU,
GB).

In order to help the organizers estimate possible numbers and plan
accordingly, and in order to be put on the mailing list, it would also be
helpful if anyone interested in attending would e-mail
d.g.berry@lboro.ac.uk

For further information, including a provisional list of speakers, see
http://www-staff.lboro.ac.uk/~eudgb/DG.htm
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