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(en) US, Renewing the Anarchist Tradition Conference: September 23-25, 2005 - Call for Proposals & Registration Update

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Date Tue, 3 May 2005 08:55:38 +0200 (CEST)


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At Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont http://www.homemadejam.org/renew
CALL FOR PROPOSALS (due June 15, 2005)
We are now accepting proposals for individual
presentations and panels/panelists for the 2005
Renewing the Anarchist Tradition (RAT) conference,
sponsored by the Institute for Anarchist Studies. For
more on RAT, including past presentations and panels,
see http://www.homemadejam.org/renew. People of color,
women, those outside academia, and others often
excluded from scholarly life—due to gender, sexuality,
class, and so forth—are especially encouraged to send
in proposals. And please feel free to forward this
e-mail to others who may be interested in
participating in and/or attending RAT.

We're looking for individual presentations that
attempt to analyze and/or critique current social
relations and dilemmas; share work and ideas on
anarchism's relevance and potential as a
political/social theory as well as a practice; grapple
with and constructively challenge as well as build on
standard anarchist notions in light of a radically
changing world; and cover a wide variety of
perspectives and scholarly disciplines.

While you can also propose a full panel, including all
panelists, please consider simply proposing yourself
for a panel topic or two and we will put the panel
together based on a diversity of viewpoints.
Specifically, we would like to see panel/panelist
proposals that explore the following concerns through
an anarchist lens: specific written works and/or major
theorists; contemporary social phenomena, especially
those undergoing dramatic transformations; movements
and/or movement building, especially in light of
present-day geopolitical events; various forms of
identity, particularly race, gender, and sexuality;
the rise of fundamentalisms and their implications;
ecology; imperialism and anti-imperialism; like-minded
as well as divergent strains of radical social
thought/praxis, from autonomous Marxism to various
horizontalist movements; the new anarchism; past
historical examples of anti-authoritarian theories
and/or practices; and the changing character of such
standard categories as "the state," "capitalism,"
"class, "hierarchy," and so on. These are just a
sampling of our ideas; please feel free to propose
others, of course!

Individual presentation and panel proposals should be
no more than one typed page each; remember, you can
also propose yourself as a panelist and let us set up
the panel itself. Please include a presentation or
panel title and one-paragraph description, two to
three sentences about yourself and/or other proposed
panelists, and complete contact information (address,
phone, and e-mail). Indicate if you feel comfortable
having your presentation/panel audiotaped, and if so,
if you would be amendable to postconference
"publication" of such audio on a Web site or CD. Keep
in mind that presenters are asked to limit individual
presentations to about 30 to 40 minutes, and end by
framing a question or two for the participants in
order to facilitate another 30 to 40 minutes of
discussion. Panelists should each prepare about 10 to
15 minutes of material, leaving time for discussion as
well. Our intent with the panels is to stimulate
lively, but friendly debate, so again, a variety of
perspectives on each panel is encouraged.

Proposals are due by June 15, 2005, and should be
e-mailed to both coorganizers:

* John Petrovato: jpetrovato@hotmail.com
* Cindy Milstein: cbmilstein@yahoo.com

If you have further questions about proposals, please
contact John, our proposal coordinator.

We will inform you about the outcome of your
proposal(s) soon after our deadline date. Please note:
all presenters must also register and pay for the
conference, and are encouraged to do so soon (see
below).

GETTING TO RAT

Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, is about nine
miles east of the state capital, Montpelier, and is
easily accessible by car from I-89 North or South.

Both Amtrak and Greyhound/Vermont Transit offer train
and bus service, respectively, to Montpelier. Limited
pick-ups and drop-offs will be available, or you can
call a taxi during the daytime hours. Please check
with us about your travel arrangements before assuming
that a pick-up or drop-off is possible.

There is an airport in Burlington, Vermont, about an
hour's drive from Plainfield. We will, however, be
unable to do any airport pick-ups or drop-offs. If you
fly to Burlington, please arrange your own ground
transportation (limited bus service to Montpelier or
rental cars).

MINI-BOOKFAIR

A number of bookstores and publishers be present at
RAT as part of our annual mini-bookfair. Tables are
available for bookstores, publishers, and infoshops
throughout the weekend for $35, but you must reserve
and pay for a table in advance. Tables will also be
available at no charge for free literature.

REGISTRATION AND COST

You must register and pay in advance, as the
conference space is limited to 200 people.

This year, everyone will be able to eat meals and
sleep in the dorms at Goddard College. Please specify
whether you’re a vegan or vegetarian, or if you prefer
a meat option; the registration includes six meals
(Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner;
Sunday breakfast and lunch). Rooms are single or
shared dorm space, and include linens and towels.
Singles are on a first-come, first-serve basis; if you
request a shared dorm room, please indicate any
roommate preferences such as a specific person or
gender.

We’re offering a sliding-scale registration for the
following three options:

1. Reg fee and six meals (for locals and others not
requiring housing): $40-50

2. Reg fee, six meals, and shared dorm room: $55-75

3. Reg fee, six meals, and single dorm room: $80-100

If you have additional questions about RAT
registration, please contact Cindy, our reg
coordinator, at cbmilstein@yahoo.com. Please note that
we cannot custom-tailor registration fees to include,
say, only four meals.

SCHOLARSHIPS

A limited number of partial scholarships are available
to subsidize RAT conference fees for those with
limited resources. Please inquiry early and we will do
our best to offer assistance. These scholarships are
made possible because of the generosity of other RAT
participants. If you can afford to pay the higher end
of our sliding-scale registration fee or want to
donate more beyond that, we will pass along the extra
funds to those needing financial aid to attend RAT.

REGISTER AND PAY IN ADVANCE

Space is again limited for RAT, so please register and
pay in advance to ensure your participation. Send a
check, made out to Cindy Milstein (unofficial RAT
treasurer), to: Cindy Milstein, 19 French Street,
Barre, Vermont 05641.

Include your name, address, e-mail, which option the
check covers (1, 2, or 3 above, plus any donation
beyond registration toward scholarships for others
and/or a mini-bookfair table), your meal and/or
roommate preferences, and any special needs such as
child care (which we’ll do our best to accommodate, if
possible).

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
WANT TO BE ADDED TO THE RAT E-MAIL LIST?

Feel free to contact either of the coorganizers: Cindy
Milstein at cbmilstein-A-yahoo.com, or John Petrovato at
jpetrovato-A-hotmail.com


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