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(en) Canada, Toronto A&S* Launches Anti-Imperialist Reading Group

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Date Wed, 20 Oct 2004 17:45:52 +0200 (CEST)


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A&S Members in Toronto are organizing an anti-imperialist reading group,
which will be meeting over the coming year. The aim of the reading group
is to grapple with questions surrounding the development of capitalism,
racism and imperialism, and what these mean for our organizing today.
All readings will be put online our website (the first four readings are
currently posted and links can be found below) so you can check them
out even if you don't live in town or can't make the meetings. The readings
for the first meeting include selections from Walter Rodney, How Europe
Under-Developed Africa; Theodore Allen, the Invention of the White Race;
Eric Williams, Capitalism and Slavery; and CLR James, The Black Jacobins.

The first meeting of the reading group will occur on Saturday, October
2nd 2004, at 4pm. Email auto_sol@tao.ca for more information and the
reading group location.

Autonomy and Solidarity Anti-Imperialist Reading Group: Colonialism,
Slavery and Resistance

Questions we want to answer:
What was the relationship between the development of capitalism in
Europe and slavery?
What key pillars of the colonial project enabled its success?
How did colonialism create new relations of race, gender, class and
sexuality, both in the colonies and within the imperial centres?
What forms did resistance take to the colonial project and to what extent
was solidarity given to these struggles in Europe?

Section 1 Introduction

Williams, Eric. Capitalism and Slavery pp. 2-39

Rodney, Walter. How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, pp. 82-91

Rodney, Walter. How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, pp. 135-46

Allen, Theodore. The Invention of the White Race, pp. 3-13.

Additional Reading

CLR James. The Black Jacobins pp. 6-26

Eltis and Richardson in Gad Heumann and James Walvin, eds., The
Slavery Reader, London: Routledge, pp. 42-55

Section 2: Gender and Slavery

Selection from Anne Mclintock, Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and
Sexuality in the Colonial Conquest.

Davis, Angela. Woman, Race and Class pp. 3-29.

Davis, Angela. Angela Davis Reader. pp. 111-128.

Section 3: Slave Resistance

Betty Ward, “Some Aspects of Female Resistance to Chattel
Slavery in Low Country Georgia, 1763-1815†in Gad Heumann
and James Walvin, eds., The Slavery Reader, London: Routledge, 2003.
pp. 551-568.

Richard Price, “Maroons and their communities,†in
The Slavery Reader, London: Routledge, 2003 pp. 608-625.

Williams, Eric. Capitalism and Slavery pp. 197-208.

CLR James. The Black Jacobins pp. 85-119.

Section 4: Opposition to Slavery from Inside the Colonial Powers

Williams, Eric. Capitalism and Slavery pp. 178-196.

CLR James The Black Jacobins, pp. 118-144.

Angela Davis, Women, Race and Class pp. 30-45.
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* A&S is an antiauthoritarian anticapitalist
network of collectives in Canade


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