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(en) IAS News :: 005 - March 2004 - Newsletter of the Institute for Anarchist Studies

From ias-news@anarchist-studies.org
Date Wed, 3 Mar 2004 20:49:31 +0100 (CET)

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In this Issue:
1 Welcome!
2 2003 IAS Supporters
3 Grants Awarded
4 New Book List for 2004 Donors
5 The Latin American Archives Project
6 Renewing the Anarchist Tradition
7 The New Formulation: An Anti-Authoritarian Review of Books
8 Theory & Politics

There is much to report since the last issue of the Institute for
Anarchist Studies email newsletter. For starters, we are very pleased
to announce that with your support we were able to meet our 2003
fundraising goal of $23,000 US! This was no small task, but we made it
thanks to the generous donations of over 100 individuals and
organizations. To all our supporters old and new, thank you!

We have already awarded some of the money raised to two projects as
part of our grant program for radical writers. We are pleased to
announce the 2004 Winter grant recipients: Marta Kolarova for her
project Gender in Czech Anarchist Movement and Robert Graham for his
project Anarchism: A Documentary History. Details on each project can
be found below.

Besides this, the IAS has taken on several new projects to further
support the development of anarchist theory. These new projects include
The Latin American Archives Project, the annual Renewing the Anarchist
Tradition conference, and the journal The New Formulation. Details on
each project can be found below.

In addition to all these exciting new developments, I encourage you to
check out the new 2004 book list of gift books for IAS supporters, as
well as three new articles on our website column "Theory & Politics."


Michael Caplan

2003 IAS Supporters

The IAS would like to extend a big thank you to the following groups and
individuals who generously offered their support to the IAS and helped
us meet our 2003 fundraising goal:

* Dorli Abman * Harry Abman * Frank Adams * Michael Albert * Ashanti
Alston * Anonymous I to VI * Graham Baugh * Alexis Bhagat * Dr. John
Brademas * Susan Bristow * Edgar Bristow * Paul Bundy * Braden Cannon *
Roger de Garis * Manuel Callahan * Len Caplan * Shushana Caplan *
Attilio Catanzano * Cathy Catanzano * Betsy Chodorkoff * Dan Chodorkoff
* Noam Chomsky * Mark Cohen * Jesse Cohn * Tom Copeland * Joshua Cowell
* Dave Dellinger * Rebecca DeWitt * Chris Dodge * John DuBose * Jolene
DuBose * Miranda Edison * Howard Ehrlich * Sharin Elkholy * Paula Emery
* Laura Evangelisto * Richard Evanoff * George Uri Fischer* Carolyn
Francis * Harold French * Louis Frederic Gaudet * Frank Gerould *
Michael Glavin * Paul Glavin * Audrey Goodfriend * Tom Goyens *
Nathalie Griffin * Greg Hall * Andrew Hedden * Patricia Heffley * Julie
Herrada * Jerry Kaplan * Christine Karatnytsky * Paul Jennings *
Charlie Keil * David Koven * Elaine Leeder * Brooke Lehman * Julien
Libert * Antoine Libert * Frank Lindenfeld * Dan Mack * Bernard
Marszalek * Thomas Martin * Bob Melcombe * Eva Mesmer * Cindy Milstein
* Akinori Mitachi * Caroline Morse * Chuck Morse * James Mumm * Darini
Nicholas * Ragnar Braastad Myklebust * Kathryn Partridge * Charles
Perrone * John Petrovato * Alan Ritter * Jonathan Rochkind * Eugene
Rodriguez * Marc Rodrigues * Bruno Ruhland * Ron Sakolsky * Andrea
Schmidt * Jon Thoreau Scott * Michael Seidman * Marcel Sevigny *
Timothy Shortell * Marc Silverstein * Beverly Naidus * Bob Spivey *
Curtis Steinmetz * Rose Sterling * Frances Stober * Peter Stone * Brian
Tokar * Alberto Villarreal* Dana Ward * Diva A. Wieck * David Wilkie *
Peter L. Wilson * Dave Witbrodt Groups * AK Press Distribution * Left
Bank Books * QPIRG McGill * South End Press

Complete List of IAS Supporters: http://www.anarchist-studies.org/support/supporters

Grants Awarded

Every year the Institute for Anarchist Studies awards $8000 USD to
radical writers from around the globe in need of financial support.
Through the IAS's granting program we are able to support radical
scholarship on anti-authoritarian subjects and further the fight for a
free world. The Institute for Anarchist Studies is pleased to announce
the recipients of its winter 2004 IAS grant program.

Anarchism: A Documentary History

Robert Graham - $2500
The project will collect the definitive texts of the anarchist
tradition. This two volume documentary history of anarchist ideas,
organized in a chronological order and by theme, cover classical
anarchism up to 1939, with the second volume running to the present. As
opposed to Guerin's No Gods No Masters, which focused on European and
largely anarcho-syndicalist sources, this project will be more
expansive including non-European material and important works never
before translated into English.

Gender in Czech Anarchist Movement

Marta Kolarova - $750
This project, based on interviews with activists and a review of local
anarchist literature, is a case study on the Czech anarchist movement
from a gender perspective. As a former Soviet bloc country, the
triumphs of second wave feminism have yet to fully articulate
themselves within radical movements in the Czech Republic. In this
study, issues of representation of men and women, gender based division
of labor in movement organizations, and movement discourse on feminism
and anarchism will be described and analyzed. The author will offer a
reflection of the activities of the Czech movement, how it attempts to
address oppression in the wider society, and how it reproduces certain
inequalities in the movement.

New Book List for 2004 Donors

Raven Books of Amherst, Massachusetts has generously made a new book
list available to contributors to the IAS's 2004 fundraising campaign.
Please help us meet our 2004 fundraising goal so we can continue
awarding grants to radical writers, publishing Perspectives on
Anarchist Theory, and building a community of people interested in
strengthening the anarchist vision.

* For a $25 donation to the IAS, we will mail you any one of the
following books.
* For a $50 donation, we will send you any two.
* For $100, you get five of these great books.
* For $500, you get all of them!

Some titles available to donors include:

* Jeremy Brecher, et.al, Globalization from Below: The Power of
* Noam Chomsky, Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic
* Richard Fenn, The Spirit of Revolt: Anarchism and the Cult of
* Ken Knabb, Public Secrets: Collected Skirmishes: 1970 - 1997
* Elizabeth Martinez, De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views for a
Multi-Colored Century
* Howard Zinn, Marx in Soho: A Play


The Latin American Archives Project

The IAS recently initiated a new project entitled the Latin American
Archives Project. This is a collaborative effort between the IAS and
two important Argentinean archives; the Biblioteca Archivo de Estudios
Libertarios and the Biblioteca Popular Jose Ingenieros. The project's
goal is to encourage the study and appreciation of the rich history of
Latin American anarchism. We will do this by digitalizing important
historical documents held in these two archives and then make them
available on-line in a searchable, multilingual website.

During the first phase of this project we anticipate that we will be
able to make available roughly 20,000 document pages. Following the
completion of the first phase, we intend to s.o.l.i.c.i.t additional funding
to continue digitizing and making available documents. We believe this
will be an invaluable on-line resource.

Renewing the Anarchist Tradition

The Institute for Anarchist Studies has joined forces with the
organizers of the annual Renewing the Anarchist Tradition (RAT)
conference with the hopes of helping further this important project.
The RAT conference, now a project of the IAS, aims to provide a
scholarly space in which to both reexamine and reinvigorate the social
and political tradition of anarchism.

RAT is meant as one contribution to the project of developing a more
rigorous as well as contemporary theoretical framework for anarchism
and/or from an anti-authoritarian Left perspective, as well as to
assist in nurturing new generations of anarchist public intellectuals.
Thus, as opposed to conferences that attempt to create anarchist
organizations, statements of purpose, or focus on "lifestyle anarchism"
or how-tos, RAT brings together scholars, activists, educators,
writers, organizers, and students to explore how anarchists make sense
of their own tradition; how we understand anarchism in the context of
our lives, movements, and present-day social conditions; and how the
conceptual tools that the anarchist tradition provides can be updated
and/or reconsidered.

Anarchism has tended to be a dynamic theory and practice, and its
influence in anticapitalist struggles around the world has become
keenly apparent of late. We are, as it were, inside history, and if
anarchism is to continue to be relevant to this moment of global
transformations, it must not only understand the present but also
scrutinize its own internal taboos and tensions; it must not only be
able to describe contemporary forms of hierarchy and oppression but
also articulate openings for a radical reshaping of social relations
and material conditions along ethical lines. The work that all of us
attempt to do now, the ideas and values we struggle to put into words
and practice, will have profound implications for how this historical
moment structures the future. The RAT conference is a modest addition
to the grand anarchist project.

The next RAT conference will be take place on September 24-26, 2004 at
Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont. Details will be available soon,
but in the meantime, if you have questions or would like to be added to
RAT's e-mailing list, please contact the coorganizers: John Petrovato
(jpetrovato@hotmail.com) and/or Cindy Milstein (cbmilstein@yahoo.com).

The New Formulation: An Anti-Authoritarian Review of Books

The Institute for Anarchist Studies has joined forces with another
exciting project: The New Formulation: An Anti-Authoritarian Review of
Books. IAS supporters are probably already familiar with the work of
The New Formulation, as we gave away free subscriptions to the magazine
to donors who gave $50 or more in 2003. For those who do not know The
New Formulation, it is a biannual journal containing comparative book
reviews which examine the value of recent publications to the
development of a contemporary anarchist theory and politics.

The purpose of this journal is to help clarify the distinctness of an
anarchist approach to social affairs, to provide a forum for the
integration of new works and insights into the anarchist project, and
to give authors struggling to redefine the tradition a setting in which
to share their research and reflections.

It is the IAS's hope that by taking on The New Formulation we will be
able to help develop this important journal while pursuing our mission
of supporting the development of anarchist theory.

The New Formulation: http://www.newformulation.org/

Theory & Politics

Several new articles have been published in the IAS's on-line web column
"Theory & Politics":

Anarchism's Promise for Anti-Capitalist Resistance
(http://www.anarchist-studies.org/article/articleview/53/1/1). In this
article, IAS Board Member Cindy Milstein explains how anarchism has
been a defining force within the development of contemporary
anti-capitalist struggle.

Seeing Past the Outpost of Post-Anarchism. Anarchy: Axiomatic
(http://www.anarchist-studies.org/article/articleview/55/1/1). Inspired
by the debates surrounding contemporary anarchist theory and
post-anarchism, IAS grant recipient Sandra Jeppesen offers an overview
of the issues she believes a contemporary anarchism needs to engage.

Worthwhile Debate Requires Communication: Evasion and Denial Don't Cut
It (http://www.anarchist-studies.org/article/articleview/56/1/1). The
debate hosted on the IAS website on post-leftism continues. In this
reply to Peter Staudenmaier, Jason McQuinn further asserts the need for
a higher level of debate.

Theory & Politics: http://www.anarchist-studies.org/publications/theory_politics

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