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(en) afed.cz: 25 years of the Institute of Anarchist Studies [machine translation]

Date Wed, 5 May 2021 16:04:56 +0300

An international project to support the development of anarchist theory celebrated a quarter of a century. ---- Anarchism arose from the socialist movement as an independent political direction in the nineteenth century. He argued that it was necessary and possible to overthrow coercive and exploitative social relations and replace them with egalitarian, self-governing and cooperative social forms. Anarchism thus gave new depth to the long struggle for freedom. ---- The main interest of the classical anarchists was the opposition to the state and capitalism. This was complemented by a policy of voluntary association, mutual assistance and decentralization. Since the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and especially in the 1960s, anarchist criticism has spread to a more general condemnation of domination and hierarchy. This has made it possible to understand and call into question a whole range of social relations - such as patriarchy, racism or the devastation of nature - and at the same time to face political and economic hierarchies. As a result, the ideal of a free society has grown to include sexual liberation, cultural diversity, or ecological harmony, as well as the institutions of direct democracy.

The fundamental rejection of all forms of domination makes anarchism historically flexible, politically complex, and consistently critical - as evidenced by its revival in today's global anti-capitalist movement. Yet anarchism has not yet acquired the care and complexity needed to understand and transform the present.

Anarchist Studies Institute ( The Institute for Anarchist Studies , IAS) was founded in 1996 to promote the development of anarchism. He started as an organization providing grants to radical writers and translators around the world. So far, the IAS has funded hundreds of projects by authors from different countries. In 1997, he began publishing the newsletter Perspectives on Anarchist Theory . The reporter eventually teamed up with The New Formula: An Antiauthoritarian Review of Books, and in 2009 a new team took over publishing it, giving it its current form.

In 2010, IAS, in collaboration with AK Press and Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, began publishing the book series Anarchist Interventions. During the Occupy movement, he published a series of five pamphlets called Lexicon , of which 30,000 were distributed free of charge in various Occupy camps and social movements.

With the publication of Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements , which in 2015 prepared jointly Walidah Imarisha and Adrienne Maree Brown started IAS along with AK Press, a new publishing series, which also contained the Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison , and redemption (Angels with dirty faces: Three stories of crime, incarceration and redemption) from Walidahy Imarishy, the book, which won the Oregon book Award, and the Guerillas of desire: Notes on Everyday Resistance and Organizing to Make a Revolution Possible (Partisans of desire: Notes to the daily resistance and organization to make a revolution possible) by Kevin Van Meter, and others follow.

During the twenty-five years of its existence, the IAS has consistently held educational events, such as a series of Restoration of Anarchist Traditions conferences in New England and discussion events in Portland, Oregon, and has participated in radical conferences throughout North America.

IAS is part of a larger movement for a radical transformation of society. It is an internally democratic collective that works in solidarity all over the world with people who share its values.

In this 25th year, the IAS renewed its grant project and expanded the scope of what it finances, so that it counts not only the written word but also video and audio projects.

Contact: info[a]anarchiststudies.org


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