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Marxism 2010 starts today in London, with tons of great speakers including Verso authors Slavoj Žižek, Sheila Rowbotham, Tariq Ali, Gareth Peirce, Peter Hallward and many more…

Also see Alex Callinicos’ piece on The Guardian website.

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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.


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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Peter Hallward, author of Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide and the Politics of Containment appeared on Democracy Now! yesterday to talk about the Haiti earthquake

Haitian President René Préval said Sunday that the death toll from the earthquake could reach 300,000 once all the bodies are recovered from the rubble. We speak to Peter Hallward, professor of Modern European Philosophy at Middlesex University. “Unless prevented by renewed popular mobilisation in both Haiti and beyond, the perverse international emphasis on security will continue to distort the reconstruction effort, and with it the configuration of Haitian politics for some time to come,” wrote Hallward recently. “What is already certain is that if further militarisation proceeds unchecked, the victims of the January earthquake won’t be the only avoidable casualties of 2010.”

Watch the programme here.

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INC research group In Continental Philosophy at Goldsmiths University of London has organized a Screening Series based around a common theme: Revolution.

Join the Screening Series at the Goldsmith University on

Friday 12th of February, 5.00-8.00 RHB 137 for a

Screening of Queimada (1969) by Gillo Pontercorvo

followed by a conversation between Alberto Toscano, Peter Hallward and Benjamin Noys about the film, Fanon, and the Haitian revolution.

For further information, click here.

Alberto Toscano is a lecturer in sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has published numerous articles on contemporary philosophy, politics and social theory, and is an editor of Historical Materialism. His last published book is Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea (Verso 2009).

Peter Hallward Professor of Modern European Philosophy at Middlesex University in the UK. His research ranges across several debates in recent continental philosophy and the reception of postcolonial literature. Damming the Flood (2008) is his fourth book, after Absolutely Postcolonial (2001), Badiou: A Subject to Truth (2003), and Out of this World: Deleuze and the Philosophy of Creation (2006).

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No Shock Doctrine for Haiti

Radical Activist Network public meeting

From 7:30pm to 9:30pm on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London.

* Peter Hallward, author of Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment and Out of This World: Deleuze and the Philosophy of Creation
* Selma James, writer and solidarity activist, Global Women’s Strike
* Nick Dearden, director of Jubilee Debt Campaign

Haiti was the first independent nation in Latin America, freed as a result of an inspiring slave revolt. Yet it has been subject to domination ever since, from US occupations, to the crippling 135-year debt imposed by former colonial master France, to Western-backed dictatorships, coups, and IMF-imposed free market economic ‘reforms’.

Now, as US troops patrol the country, free market economists are seeing new opportunities to privatise and ‘restructure’ Haiti’s economy, while its external debts have still not been cancelled by rich donors. The ‘shock doctrine’ looks to be striking again. Join the discussion about what solidarity we can offer to those in Haiti seeking an alternative future.

No Shock Doctrine for Haiti group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=292737727221&ref=ts

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In this week’s New Statesman:

John Pilger, author of The New Rulers of the World, on The kidnapping of Haiti.

Peter Hallward, author of  Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment and Out of this World: Deleuze and the Philosophy of Creation, also contributes The land that wouldn’t lie:

The Haitian people overthrew slavery, uprooted dictators and foreign military rule, and elected a liberation theologian as president. The west has made them pay for their audacity…

Sign a petition for the cancellation of Haiti’s US$1 billion debt.

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Peter Hallward, author of Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide and the Politics of Containment, writes on the history of American imperialism in Haiti in the latest Socialist Worker:

The earthquake in Haiti caused, and continues to cause, such terrible destruction and loss of life because the country is so poor. There are three main reasons for that.

Firstly, it is the only place where slavery was overthrown solely by slaves. But it meant a war that lasted 12 years, killed a third of the population, destroyed virtually every city and town, and gutted every plantation.

The second reason that Haiti is poor is that Haitian people paid a price for resisting “primitive accumulation”.

Read the entire piece here.

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Peter Hallward, professor of Modern European Philosophy at Middlesex University, is the author of  Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment and Out of this World: Deleuze and the Philosophy of Creation.

Peter Hallward, Susan Buck-Morss, Kim Ives, Bruno Bosteels, Deborah Jenson, Patrick Elie, Chris Bongie, Alberto Moreiras, Charles Forsdick, and Nick Nesbitt are confirmed speakers at the Haiti and the Politics of the Universal: Conference at The Centre for Modern Thought at the University of Aberdeen Friday and Saturday, March 12-13, 2010

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