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The global economic crisis has highlighted the bankruptcy of a system that puts profits before the needs of ordinary people. Billions across the planet face hunger, war, poverty, catastrophic climate change and unemployment.

But billions are also asking whether a different world is possible, talking about alternatives and fighting back. Marxism 2010 will bring thousands of these people together from across the world to discuss, debate and organise the fightback. Don’t miss it. Book online here.

For more information on this year’s speakers and meetings. Timetable to be announced soon!

Participants confirmed so far include:

  • Slavoj Žižek

Living in the End Times will be published Summer 2010.

Zizek analyzes the end of the world at the hands of the “four riders of the apocalypse”

  • Sheila Rowbotham

Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century is out now.

“As the 21st century falters forward with faith wars and economic collapse, women need to be at the forefront of reimagining our world. This book is a timely reminder that we have been here before” Jeanette Winterson, Times

“Rowbotham has a marvellous gift for explication and an eye for the illuminating quotation… readers of this ambitious and eloquent book will agree with Rowbotham’s tough-minded conclusion: that in women’s ongoing effort to reconcile the personal and the political, “there is no automatic accretion of improvement”, but the need to reinvent utopia in every era.” Elaine Showalter, Daily Telegraph

  • Tariq Ali

Night of the Golden Butterfly is coming soon!

Monday 10 May: Talk and reading from Night of the Golden Butterfly at the British Library. From 18.45.

Tuesday 11 May: Public lecture at the LSE. From 18.30.

Wednesday 12 May: Talk at Bookmarks Bookshop. From 18.30.

  • Shlomo Sand

The paperback edition of the explosive The Invention of the Jewish People will be published Summer 2010.

“Shlomo Sand has written a remarkable book. … Anyone interested in understanding the contemporary Middle East should read this book.” Tony Judt

“…a formidable polemic against claims that Israel has a moral right to define itself as an explicitly and exclusively Jewish society, in which non-Jews, such as Palestino-Israelis, are culturally and politically marginalised.”  Max Hastings, Sunday Times

“Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of the Jewish People (Verso) is both a welcome and, in the case of Israel, much needed exercise in the dismantling of nationalist historical myth and a plea for an Israel that belongs equally to all its inhabitants. Perhaps books combining passion and erudition don’t change political situations, but if they did, this one would count as a landmark.” Eric Hobshawm, Observer, Books of the year

“A string of firecrackers” Stephen Howe, Independent, Book of the Week

“Sand takes on a formidable tradition in claiming that moral validity in the Middle East needs good history, and no discussion of the region any longer seems complete without acknowledgement of his book.” Independent on Sunday, Best History Books of 2009

“An important book – one that hammers another nail into Zionism’s ideological coffin.” Tony Greenstein, Weekly Worker

“[Sand’s] quiet earthquake of a book is shaking historical faith in the link between Judaism and Israel.” Rafael Behr, Observer

  • Authors and academics: Owen Hatherley (Militant Modernism), Alberto Toscano (The Theatre of Production), G M Tamás, Sheila Cohen (Ramparts of Resistance), Jane Hardy (Poland’s New Capitalism), Gareth Dale (Popular Protest in East Germany 1945-1989), Kevin Doogan (New Capitalism?), Neil Davidson (Discovering the Scottish Revolution 1692-1746), Colin Barker, Paul Blackledge (Reflections on the Marxist Theory of History), Martin Empson (Marxism and Ecology), Jonathan Neale (Stop Global Warming, Change the World), Christian Hogsbjerg, John Rose (Myths of Zionism)

Alberto Toscano’s long-awaited history of the figure of the fanatic Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea will be published very soon. Verso is publishing Owen Hatherley‘s A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain in Autumn 2010. More details to be announced soon!

  • Peter Hallward (Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide and the Politics of Containment)

A new, updated edition of Peter Hallward’s Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment is due this autumn.

  • Tony Benn asks where next after the election?

Tony Benn introduces Gerrard Winstanley’s The Law of Freedom in the Revolutions! series.

  • Ghada KarmiSami Ramadaniand Haifa Zangana take part in a course of meetings on Palestine , Iraq and the Middle East
  • Gerry Conlon (wrongly imprisoned as one of the Guildford Four) joins Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg and leading human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce for a panel discussion on civil liberties

On Torture and the Death of Justice by Gareth Peirce is forthcoming this summer. She is a defence lawyer who has represented many men and women in their appeals against wrongful convictions made on the basis of disputed scientific evidence, misidentification and police malpractice, including the family of Jean Charles de Menezes.

  • New-York based Guardian journalist Gary Younge assesses Obama’s first year in power
  • Hester EisensteinNina Powerand Judith Orr debate “the new sexism”
  • Economists Ben FineAlfredo Saad-FilhoJoseph Choonara,Guglielmo CarchediCostas Lapavitsas and Graham Turneranalyse the ongoing economic crisis
  • John Holloway on his new book, “Crack Capitalism”
  • Istvan Mészáros discusses alternatives to parliamentarism
  • Alex Callinicos on his new book, “Bonfire of Illusions”
  • Panos Garganas brings new from the front line of resistance in Greece
  • Mark Serwotka, Kevin Courtney , Matt Wrack and Jeremy Dearjoin discussions with other trade unionists
  • Jeremy Corbyn MP participates in a series of meetings on Latin America
  • Martin Smith (LMHR) andWeyman Bennett (UAF) on the fight against fascism
  • Die Linke MP in the BundestagChristine Buchholz speaks on Afghanistan and joins a panel on the radical left
  • Danny Dorling on “Injustice: why social inequality persists”
  • Steven Rose on “The future of the brain”
  • An evening of poetry withMichael Rosen
  • Roy Bailey performs an evening of folk music
  • David Edgar on “Theatre, funding and ideology”

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Speakers include Verso authors Peter Hallward (Damming the Flood) and Susan Buck-Morss (Thinking Past Terror).

The Centre for Modern Thought at the University of Aberdeen is pleased to announce a conference on

Haiti and the Politics of the Universal

Friday and Saturday, March 12-13, 2010.

This conference will address contemporary theoretical turn in Haitian Studies, discussing Haiti’s place in Atlantic Modernity and its central role in political history and theory since 1791. Topics will range from the world-historical significance of the Haitian Revolution to the place of Haiti in the global political order since 2004.

For more information click here or contact Nick Nesbitt: n.nesbitt@abdn.ac.uk.

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Verso authors Peter Hallward (Damming the Flood), Richard Seymour (The Liberal Defense of Murder), Owen Hatherley (author of the forthcoming A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain), Stathis Kouvelakis (Philosophy and Revolution) and Paul Gilroy (The Black Atlantic) will be among the speakers at the 2010 Oxford Radical Forum this weekend (5th-7th March).  Other speakers include Teresa Hayter, Nina Power and Paul Blackledge.

:: DISASTER POLITICS IN HAITI: AID, EXPLOITATION AND THE ARMY


Peter Hallward (author, Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment; Middlesex University), Richard Seymour (author, The Liberal Defense of Murder; blogs at ‘LENIN’S TOMB’).

All events are free.  Info here or contact:  oxfordradicalforum@googlemail.com

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On 4th December 2009, The Bookshop “Thymeli” and the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies have organized a one-day Conference event on:

“Understanding the Economic Crisis: The Contribution of Marxisant Approaches”

The keynote speech, ‘In Appreciation of Peter Gowan’ will be by Professor Kees Van Der Pijl of Sussex University, author of the award-winning Nomads, Empires, States.

The venue for the conference will be: Thymeli Bookshop, 138-140 Androutsou Str, Piraeus 18532

Peter Gowan passed away on Friday, 12th June. A long standing member of the New Left Review editorial board, a pioneering scholar of Eastern Europe politics and economics and author of The Global Gamble: Washington’s Faustian Bid for World Dominance. To see Misha Glenny’s obituary in The Guardian, click here.

In his honour a prize fund for a graduate student at London Metropolitan University has been set up; please see here for details on how to donate.

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Thanks to the HM team for a great conference – the biggest and most enthusiastic yet. Verso’s highlights were:

  • Kees Van Der Pijl giving the Deutscher prize lecture for his book Nomads, Empires, States.
  • The Apocalypse Marxism panel featuring Mark Fisher giving a taste of his Capitalist Realism, Ben Noys giving a flavour of his new book with EUP next year, The Persistence of the Negative, and Evan Calder Williams on salvagepunk and the apocalypse. Mark’s paper is available here.
  • In his first visit to the UK in about 20 years, Fredric Jameson’s interpretation of Capital (part of a project forthcoming from Verso 2010/2011), in a packed, standing room only, lecture hall with responses from Peter Osborne, Maria Elisa Cevasco and Peter Thomas.
  • Discovering a new book by Kevin Doogan, New Capitalism? The Transformation of Work.
  • Blair Ogden on Walter Benjamin.
  • An ‘after hours’ meeting in a packed Strand pub with John Holloway, Moishe Postone and Hillel Ticktin.
  • An increasingly desperate hunt with some other delegates for a gentleman’s toilet… Woman’s toilet after woman’s toilet in the labyrinth of SOAS… Still, makes a change, I’m sure!
  • Very nice people stopping to chat, say nice things about the list and buy books – thanks for making the weekend a pleasure.
  • And a special mention to some very lovely people who helped us lug out the vast boxes to the cab in the pouring rain on Sunday evening.

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The sixth annual Historical Materialism conference takes place next weekend, 27th to 29th November at SOAS and Birkbeck, London.

For the full programme, abstracts and other information click here. Pre-registration closes November 24 – book your tickets here.

 

Speakers include: Gilbert Achcar * Robert Albritton * Kevin Anderson * Jairus Banaji * Wendy Brown * Alex Callinicos * Vivek Chibber * Hester Eisenstein * Ben Fine * Ferruccio Gambino * Lindsey German * Peter Hallward* John Holloway * Fredric Jameson * Bob Jessop * David McNally * China Mieville * Kim Moody * Peter Osborne * Leo Panitch * Moishe Postone * Sheila Rowbotham * Shlomo Sand * Julian Stallabrass * Hillel Ticktin * Kees Van Der Pijl * Hilary Wainright

Panels include: APOCALYPSE MARXISM * ART AGAINST CAPITALISM * CLASS AND POLITICS IN THE ‘GLOBAL SOUTH’ * COGNITIVE MAPPING, TOTALITY AND THE REALIST TURN * COMMODIFYING HEALTH CARE IN THE UK * CUBAN REVOLUTION AND CUBAN SOCIETY * DERIVATIVES * DIMENSIONS OF THE FOOD CRISIS * ECOLOGICAL CRISIS * EMPIRE AND IMPERIALISM * ENERGY, WASTE AND CAPITALISM * FINANCE, THE HOUSING QUESTION AND URBAN POLITICS * GLOBAL LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS * GRAMSCI RELOADED * INTERPRETATIONS OF THE CRISIS * LABOUR BEYOND THE FACTORY * LATIN AMERICAN WORKING CLASSES * LINEAGES OF NEOLIBERALISM * MARXISM AND POLITICAL VIOLENCE * MIGRATION * PHILOSOPHY AND COMMUNISM IN THE EARLY MARX * POSTNEOLIBERALISM * RACE, NATION AND ORIENTALISM * RED PLANETS: MARXISM AND SCIENCE FICTION * REMEMBERING PETER GOWAN AND CHRIS HARMAN * REVOLUTIONARY THEORY, AUTONOMIST MARXISM AND THE CRITIQUE OF POLITICAL ECONOMY * SLAVERY AND CAPITALISM IN THE US SOUTH * STUDENT MOVEMENTS AND YOUTH REVOLTS * THE CRITIQUE OF RELIGION AND THE CRITIQUE OF CAPITALISM * UTOPIAS, DYSTOPIAS AND SOCIALIST BIOPOLITICS.

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Busworkers

Marxism 2009: a festival of resistance is now underway. Running between 2-6 July at venues in central London, several Verso authors are speaking:

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