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(en) USA: Renewing the Anarchist Tradition 2006: Call for Proposals & Reg Info

Date Fri, 19 May 2006 09:35:58 +0200 (CEST)

Renewing the Anarchist Tradition Conference
CALL FOR PROPOSALS (due July 15, 2006)
September 29 to October 1, 2006
at Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont
* * * * * * * * * *
We are now accepting proposals for individual
presentations and panels for the 2006 Renewing the
Anarchist Tradition conference (RAT), sponsored by the
Institute for Anarchist Studies. 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.

RAT 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?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

* 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 are due by July 15, 2006, and 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 date.

Please note: all presenters must also register and pay
for the conference

REGISTRATION (deadline: September 15, 2006):

You must register and pay in advance, as the
conference space is limited to 200 people--and RAT
must prepay all food, housing, and room rental fees in
advance (the conference has no outside or independent
funding source other than registration fees).

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

1. Registration and six meals (for locals and
others not requiring housing): $40 to $60

2. Registration fee, six meals, and shared dorm
room: $80 to $100

3. Registration fee, six meals, and single dorm
room: $120 to $150

Registration includes six meals (Friday dinner;
Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Sunday
breakfast and lunch); please specify vegan,
vegetarian, or meat when you register. Rooms are
single or shared dorm space, and include linens and
towels. If you request a shared dorm room, please
indicate any roommate preferences such as a specific
person or gender. If needed, child care is available;
ask for details when registering.

Note: we cannot custom-tailor registration fees to
include, say, only four meals, and we cannot refund
registration fees.

To register, please e-mail:


A limited number of partial scholarships are available
to subsidize RAT conference fees for those with
limited resources. We will do our best to offer
assistance to those who need it.

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.


RAT takes place on the Goddard College campus in
Plainfield, Vermont, about nine miles east of the
state capital, Montpelier, and easily accessible by
car off I-89 North or South.

Both Amtrak and Greyhound or Vermont Transit
(www.vermonttransit.com) offer train and bus service,
respectively, to Montpelier. Limited pick-ups and
drop-offs will be available, or you can call a taxi (K
C Taxi at 802-476-0882 or Payless Taxi at
802-476-4097) during the daytime hours. Please check
with us about your travel arrangements before assuming
that a pick-up or drop-off in Montpelier is possible.

There is an airport in Burlington, Vermont, about an
hour?s drive from Plainfield. We will be unable to do
any airport pick-ups or drop-offs, however. If you fly
to Burlington, please arrange your own ground
transportation. There are several car rental agencies
at the airport (www.vermontairports.com/btv.html). In
addition, there is limited bus service between
Burlington and Montpelier on either Vermont Transit
(www.vermonttransit.com) or Chittenden County Transit
Authority and the LINK Express


A number of bookstores and publishers will table at
RAT as part of our annual mini-bookfair. Tables are
available for bookstores, publishers, and others
selling literature/materials for a sliding scale of
$20 to $35; you must reserve and pay for a table in
advance. Tables will also be available at no charge
for free literature or other giveaway materials
(zines, patches, art, and so forth).


Please e-mail us at:

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

Sender: Cindy Milstein <cbmilstein -A- yahoo.com>

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