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(en) US, LA, International Anarchist Academics and Activists Conference - update

Date Fri, 10 Mar 2006 16:55:23 +0200

April 13-15, 2006 Pitzer College Claremont, CA USA
Anarchist academics and activists will gather in Claremont for three
days of culture jamming, music, film, art, panel presentations,
discussions, lectures, and demonstrations. Whether you are an anarchist
or just curious about anarchism, all are welcome to participate. The
purpose of the conference is to strengthen connections among anarchists
on the streets and in the academy, to sharpen the anarchist critique of
the present, to deepen our understanding of the origins and history of
anarchism, to stimulate further activism, and to present the anarchist
vision to a wider audience. The conference will take place on the campus
of Pitzer College, which is one of the five undergraduate institutions
collectively known as the Claremont Colleges, and the host of Anarchy

The conference wil l begin with some culture jamming of our own.
Students at Pitzer have begun organizing a "Whirl" down the aisles of a
local marketing behemoth where we will form a conga line with empty
shopping carts and raise awareness about the high cost of low prices.
Then, there will be continuous live music, films, presentations and
discussions. The topics will be as wide ranging and diverse as the
anarchist movement itself. If you would like to present a formal paper,
make an informal presentation about activist projects, join a panel
discussion, or simply soak up all the conference has to offer, please
contact Dana Ward dward@pitzer.edu as soon as possible. There is no
formal deadline or format for proposals, but the earlier you respond,
the easier it will be to schedule presentations. If all you want to do
is attend the conference, it would greatly facilitate planning if you
would also contact Dana Ward soon. Space will also be made available for
book sales and for activist groups to distri bute literature and
information about their activities.

The closest airport is Ontario Airport (ONT), roughly seven minutes away
from campus. You can also fly into LAX, but it will take an hour aboard
an expensive shuttle to get to Pitzer.

By car, you can take either Interstate 210 (Towne exit) or Interstate 10
(Indian Hill exit) to get to Claremont. Click these links for driving
directions and maps.

By bus, you can come into the Claremont Bus station, then take the local
480/481 bus to campus.

There are not a lot of good options for housing. If you have funding for
the conference, then your best bet is the Claremont Inn. It is within
walking distance from Pitzer, and they are giving us a conference rate
of $99. If you want to book at the Claremont Inn, please contact

There are also three other hotels that are not as nice, indeed one is
reknown for its "hourly" traffic, but the rooms are serv iceable, cost
$65 a night and there is a bus that runs every ten minutes to campus
which takes about ten minutes (and you'll have to walk a few blocks
across campus to get to Pitzer). The hotels are the Ramada Inn, Howard
Johnson's Express, and Hotel Claremont. Just Google the hotels in
Claremont and they will come up, but tell them you are attending the
conference at the Claremont Colleges and you will get the discounted
rate of $65 including tax.

I have also arranged a limited number of spaces in private homes that
colleagues and students will make available. In some cases there are
beds, in others it will be sofas, floors, or tents in the back yard. If
this suits your needs, then please contact dward@pitzer.edu as soon as

We will have access to fairly cheap meals on campus in the cafeteria and
other on campus eateries, and there are a few places in walking distance
from campus.
Preliminary Schedule
Note: This is a very rough first cut and the schedule will surely
change. There will also be films and music scheduled throughout the

Thursday, April 13

1:15-2:15: John Clark: "Utopian Dreams and Nightmares"

Utopian visions can be either a mode of liberation, creative
imagination, and the striving toward a new reality, or a mode of
escapism, reactivity, self-indulgence and denial of reality. The focus
of the talk will be on the relation between utopianism and
"topianism"--the rootedness in, appreciation of, and deep exploration of
realities (and surrealities) of place, locality and region.

2:30-4:30 Anarchist Theory

Alex Prichard on Proudhon
Matt Lucas on Nietzche
Barry Pateman on Alexander Berkman
Richard Day on Gramsci
Taylor Smith on John Cage
Mitch Verter on Ricardo Flores Magon and Magonismo today

5:00-6:00 WhirlMart demonstration

8:00-10:00 Marianne Enckell on Anarchist film

Friday, April 14

9:00-10:00 Alan Antliff o n Porous Anarchy

Allan Antliff will discuss the anarchism of the early 20th century
anti-colonial activist Ananda Coomaraswamy, who combined calls for an
anti-industrial, anti-colonial revolution in India with a parallel
revolution in the industrial West.

10:00-12:00 Spreading the Word

Stevphen Shukaitas on Militant Research
Chuck Munson on Infoshops
AK Press on Publishing Anarchist Works
Marianne Enckell on Film
Saab Lofton, "Is the pen TRULY mightier than the sword (or the gun,
bomb, etc.)?"
Bill Zoda on Anarchism in academia

12:00-1:15 Lunch and music

1:30-2:30 Sharon Presley: Voltairine de Cleyre's Legacy: Her Relevance
for Today"

Many of the issues that Voltairine de Cleyre struggled with are still
being debated today. Her thought-provoking challenges to the
conventional thinking of her day are no less radical now as then. Her
insights into political, social, religious, and feminist controversies
are still fresh and releva nt, and remain unconventional and challenging
for both anarchists and nonanarchists alike.

2:45-5:00 Organizing

John Bekken on IWW
Travis Tomchuk on "Agitators of Alien Birth: Representations of
Anarchists in Early Twentieth Century Canadian Print Media"
Louis F. Gaudet on Anarchists in Academia
Ben Shepard on Play

6:00 Dinner with music

8:00-10:00 Film

Saturday, April 15

9:00-10:00: Cindy Milstein: New Anarchism

Over the past few years, anarchism has emerged as one of the most
compelling currents within today's anti-capitalist milieu. With its
emphasis on participation and prefigurative politics, anarchism has
contributed to diverse experiments in horizontal organization as well as
social power, alongside or in solidarity with a variety of
anti-authoritarian movements worldwide. It has also brought a refreshing
wave of utopian thinking to a tired Left. And perhaps for the first time
in its own history, anarchism is a ll that much more relevant and even
workable in this era, variously labeled the network society, the
information age, or simply globalization. This talk will explore the
outlines of what's been called "the new anarchism," including whether
it's new at all, against the backdrop of the present moment, in an
attempt to capture some of the vibrancy and even innovations of “ and
tensions within “ contemporary anarchism.

10:15-12:00: Race, Class and the Environment

Lynn Owens, New Orleans after Katrina
Anjali Nath, Multiracial Women and Anarchism
Scott Campbell, on Oppression in the movement
Randall Amster, Political Ecology and EcoTerrorism
Mathew Romain, the Regen Experience
Shawn McDougal, Building a culture of critical, courageous,
compassionate engagement across boundaries

12:00-1:15 Lunch

1:15-2:15 Josh Cannole on FBI Intimidation

2:30-5:00 Anarchism and economics

Dana Ward on “Recuperated” Factories in Argentina
Tom Wetzel on Workers Liberation and Post-Capitalist Ecomomics
Martyn Brown on Organizational Behavior
Philip Osborn on the Corporation as an Artificial Person

6:00-8:00 Dinner

8:00-Midnight: Party and Film

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