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(en) US, Renewing Anarchist Tradition conference: List of Presentations; Register Now

Date Sun, 03 Sep 2006 10:54:17 +0300

September 29 to October 1, 2006 at Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont
September 1, 2006 updates: 1. (Almost-Complete) List of Presentations
2. Register Now (Deadline: September 8)
The RAT conference, a project of the Institute for Anarchist Studies, aims
to provide a scholarly space in which to both reexamine and reinvigorate
the social and political tradition of anarchism, and to assist in nurturing
new generations of antiauthoritarian public intellectuals. It brings together
anarchist and libertarian left peers to raise provocative questions in a
participatory environment. For more info, see: http://www.homemadejam.org/renew.

Below you’ll find a listing of this year’s
presentations--or most of them--in no particular
order. We’ll be figuring out the final schedule within
the next few weeks, but note that the conference runs
from late afternoon on Friday to late afternoon on
Sunday, and we highly encourage everyone to join in
the full weekend’s conversations. Also, if you feel
alienated when you look at this list, or think that
important issues that should be considered through an
anarchist lens are being left out, please send us a
proposal by or before September 15, as we’re willing
to add two or three more presentations in order to
fill out the RAT program. Here goes:

Creative Disruptions of Space, Memory, and Power
Bettina Escauriza and Dara Greenwald

Queering the X:
James Baldwin, Malcolm X, and the Third World
Kazembe Balagun

On the Problems of Ownership: The Question of
Property in Twenty-First-Century Anarchist Organizing
Shiri Pasternak

The Anarchism That Failed:
And Isn't It about Time We Started Winning
Ramsey Kanaan

Multicultural Feminism and Anarchism
Anjali Nath

Psychology, Ideology, Law, and Justice
Dan Aalbers and Dennis Fox

Living Emma Goldman:
Anarchist Popular Theater in Montreal
Blandine Juchs, Aaron Lakoff, Amy Miller,
and Martin Deshaies-Jacques

Toward a Doctrine of Experimental Communism:
The Problem of Political Consistency and
the Anarchist Categorical Imperative
Nic Veroli

Anarchists on the Road:
Moving within and without the Movement
Lynn Owens

Lebanon-Quebec: Working in Solidarity with
Islamic-Based Popular Movements
Mary Foster and Dima Ayoub

Rethinking Individualist Anarchism:
The Status of Community in the Social Thought
of Josiah Warren and Stephen Pearl Andrews
Dan Wessel

French Toast: Lessons from the Burning of France
Priya Reddy

The Promise and Peril of the "Political"
Arthur Foelsche

History of Queer Anarchy
Adam Tinnell

Militant Investigations, Radical Research
Erika Biddle, Sandra Jeppesen, Stevphen Shukaitis,
and Marina Sitrin

Power, Revolution, and Autonomy
Wayne Price, Seth Weiss, and Graciela Monteagudo

Andre Khalil

Debord, Ressentiment, and Revolutionary Anarchism

Yearning for the Spiritual, the Erotic, and Love:
The Kindred and Guiding Spirit of Gloria Anzaldúa
Hilton Bertalan

No Exit: Bringing the World Home
Cara Hoffman

Anarchism of the Other Person
Mitchell Verter

Anarchists Rethinking Self-Defense
Ariel Celeste and Leona

The Stirner That Eats Gods
Alejandro de Acosta.

Anarchism, Aesthetics, and Literary Fashion
Joel Kuszai (moderator), Rachel Levitsky,
and Bill Marsh

The Legacy of Freedom in Murray Bookchin’s Work
Cindy Milstein

Radical Ontology, Anarchism,
and Autonomism: Why Immanence?
Jack Z. Bratich, Will Weikart, and Stevphen Shukaitis

Societal Movements: Learning from Bolivia
Leila Martin

Animals, Anarchism, and Capitalism
Jenna Torres, Bob Torres, Ramsey Kanaan,
and Heather Fife

Kazembe Balagun

Disabling Capitalism and
Supporting an Anarchism of Difference
Liat Ben-Moshe and Anthony J. Nocella, II

Lucy Parsons and the Chicago Anarchist Movement
Jacob McKean

Anarchist Perspectives on Prisoner Solidarity
Helen Hudson, Sara Falconer, and Mostafa Henaway

A Conversation on Words and Revolution
Alexis Bhagat

Propaganda and the Anarchist Revolution
Charles Weigl and Isaac Ontiveros (moderators);
Erika Biddle, Kyle Harris, and other panelists TBA

The Roots of Postanarchism:
Revolution as Festival for the Situationist
International and the College of Sociology
Gavin Grindon

Solidarity: A Three-Part Series

I: International Solidarity Inside
Fortress North America
Stef Gude (urban settler solidarity with the Six
Nations land reclamation), Frank Yong (solidarity with
Grassy Narrows: a critique of the Highway 17
takeover), Mostafah Henaway (taxi driver organizing),
and Onto (o.r.g.a.n.i.c. collective’s migrant justice

II. Solidarity between Axes
Stefan Christoff (Lebanon), Jonah Gindin (Venezuela),
and Mark Lance (Palestine)

III. Plenary: Building Strategic Solidarity
a conversation with panelists and guest resource
people, facilitated by Andrea

* * *

(deadline: by or before Friday, September 8)

You must register and pay in advance, and do so soon,
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

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).

Or do you want to be added to our e-mail list?

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 IAS
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