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(en) US, Renewing the Anarchist Tradition Conference at Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont: Call for Proposals

Date Wed, 05 Apr 2006 18:56:46 +0300

September 29 to October 1, 2006 http://www.homemadejam.org/renew
The Renewing the Anarchist Tradition (RAT) conference,
sponsored by the Institute for Anarchist Studies, will
again take place at Goddard College in Plainfield,
Vermont over the September 29-October 1, 2006 weekend.
The conference 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 to assist in nurturing new
generations of anti-authoritarian public
intellectuals. As in the past, we hope that RAT
continues to raise difficult questions in a support,
participatory environment among anarchist peers.

For more details on RAT's mission and past
conferences, see http://www.homemadejam.org/renew.

(due July 1, 2006)

We are now accepting proposals for individual
presentations and panels/debates/panelists for the
2006 Renewing the Anarchist Tradition conference
(RAT), 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/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 or debate,
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/debate 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; issues surrounding racism,
anti-Semitism, and/or Islamophobia; ecology;
imperialism and anti-imperialism; like-minded as well
as divergent strains of radical social thought/praxis,
from autonomous Marxism to various horizontalist
movements; past historical examples of
anti-authoritarian theories and/or practices; and the
changing character of such standard categories as "the
state," "capitalism," "class," 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 July 1, 2006, 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. Details to come; stay tuned to our
Web site or send Cindy an e-mail to be added to our
occasional RAT e-update list.
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