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(en) US, Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont, Renewing the Anarchist Tradition conference 2006: Call for Proposals (due July 15); PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY

Date Mon, 26 Jun 2006 18:48:10 +0300


CALL FOR PROPOSALS (due July 125, 2006!) September 29 to October 1, 2006
at Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont http://www.homemadejam.org/renew
The Renewing the Anarchist Tradition (RAT) conference,
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. The
conference is meant as one contribution to the project
of developing a more rigorous and contemporary
theoretical framework for anarchism, and to assist in
nurturing new generations of anti-authoritarian public
intellectuals. It brings together anarchist and
libertarian left organizers, educators, activists,
writers, lifelong learners, and others to explore how
we make sense of our own politics; how we understand
anarchism in the context of our lives, movements, and
present-day social conditions; and how the conceptual
tools that anarchism provides can and need to be
rethought. As in the past, we hope that RAT will
continue to raise difficult and provocative questions
in a supportive, participatory environment among
anarchist peers.

We are now accepting proposals for individual
presentations and panels for RAT 2006. In particular,
we encourage people of color, queer, transgender, and
intersex people, women, people raising children,
indigenous people, people with diverse abilities,
working-class people, those outside academia, and
others who are frequently underrepresented as speakers
(for a variety of reasons) to send in proposals. Also,
if you feel alienated when you look at the list of
past RAT presentations on our Web site or think that
important issues that should be considered through an
anarchist lens are being left out, you probably have a
presentation proposal to offer. Please get in touch.
And please feel free to forward this e-mail to others
who may be interested in participating in and/or
attending this weekend.

We’re looking for individual presentations and panels
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 and
social theory as well as a practice; grapple with,
constructively challenge, and build on standard
anarchist concepts in light of a radically changing
world; and cover a wide variety of perspectives and
scholarly disciplines.

Don’t hesitate to submit multiple presentation/panel
proposals on any topic(s). As a sampling of some
suggestions, though, we’d like to see 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, particularly in light of today’s
geopolitical events; various forms of identity,
especially race, gender, and sexuality; the rise of
fundamentalisms and their implications; issues
surrounding racism, anti-Semitism, and/or
Islamophobia; environmental issues; economics and
material needs such as food, housing, and health care;
imperialism and anti-imperialism; colonialism,
neocolonialism, and national liberation struggles;
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.

Each presentation or panel proposal should include the
following:

* a title
* a one-paragraph description of no more
than 150-175 words
* bios for each presenter of no more
than 50-70 words
* complete contact information for all
presenters (address, phone, and e-mail)
* indicate if you feel comfortable having your
presentation or panel audiotaped

In order to create a highly participatory environment
at RAT, presenters are asked to limit individual
presentations to about 20 to 30 minutes, and end by
framing a question or two in order to facilitate
another 40 to 50 minutes of discussion. We prefer
three-person panels, with each panelist speaking for
10 to 15 minutes, leaving plenty of time for
discussion as well. Our intent with the panels is to
stimulate lively, but friendly debate, so a variety of
perspectives on each panel is encouraged; we also ask
panelists to end their presentations with a question
or two to help shape the group discussion.

Proposals rae due by July 15, 2006. All proposals
should be e-mailed to:
rat-proposals@anarchist-studies.org

We will inform you about the outcome of your
proposal(s) soon after the deadline.

Please note: all presenters must also register and pay
for the conference; see www.homemadejam.org/renew for
registration details.

Still Have Questions?
Want to be Added to Our E-mail List?

Please e-mail us at:
rat-registration@anarchist-studies.org

The co-organizers for RAT 2006 are Cindy Milstein,
Andrea Maria, Spencer Sunshine, and Joshua Stephens.
The conference is a project of the IAS
(http://www.anarchist-studies.org/).
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