Thursday 11 June 2009

Black and Red Conference

Is Black and Red Dead?
September 7th and 8th, 2009

An academic conference organised and supported by the PSA Anarchist Studies Network, the PSA Marxism Specialist Group, Anarchist Studies, Capital & Class, Historical Materialism, and Critique-Journal of Socialist Theory. Hosted by the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice, theUniversity of Nottingham.

We are limited to only 40 places for non-paper givers. If you would liketo come to this event, you are strongly recommended to book early toavoid disappointment. Registration closes on the 30th of June. Bursaries are available. Please indicate how much you require on your registration form. Full details on registration are available here:

Monday Sept 7th
Registration: 09:00-10:45 Staff Club, University of Nottingham
10:45-11:00 Opening remarks
Session 1: 11:00-12:30
Panel 1: Convergence Through Practice 1: The New Left
Chair: t.b.c
Mike Mowbray '(New) New Left?: radical considerations in Canada and Quebec from the post-1968 moment to today'
Toby Boraman 'Councilist anarchism and carnival anarchism during the 1970s: a case study'
Sara Motta 'Post-Left Anarchism, Open Marxism and 'New' Autonomist Social Movements in Latin America'

Panel 2: Politics, Ideology Revolution
Chair: t.b.c
Christian Garland 'The (Anti-) Politics of Autonomy: Between Marxism and Anarchism'
Christopher Wellbrook 'ABOLISH CAPITAL!: Beyond the Marxist/Anarchist divide'
Paul McLaughlin 'Theory, Ideology, and Tradition: Reconciling Anarchismand Marxism'

12:30-13:30: Lunch

Session 2: 13:30-15:00
Panel 3: Class Struggle
Chair: Lea Haro
David J. Bailey 'Comparing the relative efficacy of different types of class struggle'
Peter Kennedy 'Can Marxist and Anarchist explanations of the classstruggle between Capitalists and workers be reconciled?'
Paul B. Smith 'The origins of the collapse of the First International'

Panel 4: The Psychology, Political Economy and Theology of A Schism
Chair: Ruth Kinna
Dana Ward 'And never the twain shall meet: The psychological foundations of political ideology'
Benjamin Franks 'Moral Theory and Economics: The beginnings and ends ofthe schism….'
Alex Christoyannopoulos 'Red and Black Christians: Some Similarities and Differences between Liberation Theology and Christian Anarchism'

Session 3: 15:15-16:45
Panel 5: Ideology and Post-Ideology 1
Chair: t.b.c
Elena Loizidou 'Anarchy: ‘This is what Democracy looks like’'
George Sotiropoulos 'Ideology and Politics: Overcoming the divide between red and black'
Chiara Bottici 'Black and red: an historical-philosophical enquiry into their convergence'

Panel 6: Anarcho-Communism
Chair: Philip O’Sullivan
Jean-Cristophe Angaut 'Beyond black and red: Situationnists and the legacy of the workers movement'
Jérémy Tranmer 'Constructing an alternative to Marxism-Leninism: British Communists and prefigurative politics'
Mathieu Le Tallec 'Trotskysm and anarchism: possible coexistence in France?'

Session 4: 17:00-18:30
Panel 7: Black and Red - The Italian Experience
Chair: Alberto Toscano
Steve Wright and Saku Pinta 'Collegamenti Wobbly: Beyond the anarchist/Marxist dichotomy?'
Oisin Gilmore 'Fabbri and the Marxists: A comparative analysis of Fabbri, Gramsci and Bordiga on the question of revolutionary organisation'
Carl Levy 'Antonio Gramsci, Anarchism, Syndicalism and Sovversivismo'

Panel 8: The Philosophy of a Schism
Chair: Mark Cowling
Benoit Challand 'When Anarchism meets Critical Marxism: Paths and Paradoxes of “Socialisme ou Barbarie”'
Thomas Swann 'Anarchism, Marxism and “Humanism”'
Philip O'Sullivan 'Bakunin and Marx on the Paris Commune: Grounds for a synthesis between Anarchism and Marxism?'

Conference Dinner 19:30, Staff Club, University of Nottingham

Tuesday 8th September
Session 5: 9:00-10:30
Panel 9: Individual Reconciliations 1: The Anglo-Americans
Chair: t.b.c
Andrew Cornell 'C.L.R. James’ Black Bloc: The Anti-Racist Roots of Contemporary Anarchism'
David Goodway 'Chris Pallis (aka Maurice Brinton) and Solidarity'
Ruth Kinna 'Towards a synthesis of anarchism and Marxism'
Christian Høgsbjerg 'A ‘Bohemian freelancer’? C.L.R. James, his earlyrelationship to anarchism and the intellectual origins of autonomism'

Panel 10: Convergence Through Practice 2: The Traditional Left
Chair: Ben Franks
Lewis Mates The Syndicalist challenge in the Durham coalfield before 1914'
Saku Pinta 'Council Communist Perspectives on the Spanish Civil War'
Christos Memos 'Lessons Taken from the Greek Uprising: TheMarxist-Anarchist Controversy Reconsidered In and Through Radical Praxis'

Session 6: 10.45-12.15
Panel 11: Individual reconciliations 2: The French
Chair: Alex Prichard
Dave Berry 'The Search for a Libertarian Communism: Daniel Guérin, Marxism and Anarchism'
Renzo Llorente 'Georges Sorel’s Contribution to Anarcho-Marxism'
Suzi Weissman 'Victor Serge - A Man of Our Time'
Larry Portis 'Beyond the Rainbow: Overcoming Dogma and Confusion in the Articulation of Revolutionary Theory and Practice'

Panel 12: Cartographies of resistance
Chair: t.b.c
Alberto Toscano 'Geography Against Capitalism'
Benjamin Noys 'Zones'
Stevphen Shukaitis 'Autonomy, Self-Organization, and the Spatial Composition of the Social Imaginary'

Lunch 12:15-13:15

Session 7: 13.15-14.45
Panel 13: Marx and the Anarchists
Chair: Dave Berry
Matthijs Gardenier 'Autogestion et dictature du prolétariat'
Nicolas Bressy 'Un Marx libertaire? Dictature du Prolétariat chez Marx'

Panel 14: Convergence Through Practice 3: Publishing
Chair: tbc
Jean Michel Kay 'Beyond 'Red' and 'Black': Publishing in the pursuit oflibertarian socialism'
Trevor Bark 'Mayday magazine on Red and Black theoretical perspectives'

Session 8 15:00-16:30
Panel 15: Ideology and Post-Ideology 2
Chair: t.b.c
Andy Robinson 'Beyond the working-class: the politics of the excluded'
Simon Choat 'Post-Anarchism and Marxism'
David Bates 'Hardt and Negri: Anarchists or (Post)Marxists?'

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