Housmans Radical Books Newsletter May 2013

25 April 2013 — Housmans

 

NEWS

1. The ARB London Radical Bookfair 2013 – Saturday May 11th

EVENTS

 

2.‘The History of Anarchist Economics’ with Chris Spannos

3. ‘Leila Berg (1917-2012): writer, rebel, radical educator’ with Lynn Brady, Emily Charkin, Michael Fielding and Wendy Jones

4. ‘Frack Off London’

5. ‘Introducing Slavoj ?i?ek’ with Christopher Kul-Want

6. ‘Black Star, Crescent Moon’ with Sohail Daulatzai in conversation with Sukant Chandan

7. ‘Remembering Clara Zetkin’ with guests from the Socialist History Society 

8. ‘Countering the Militarisation of Youth’ with guests from War Resisters’ International 

9. ‘Poor Man’s Heaven: the Land of Cokaygne and other utopian visions’ with Omasius Gorgut

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NEWS 

1. The ARB London Radical Bookfair 2013 – Saturday May 11th

Please come along the first ARB London Radical Bookfair 2013  – an event which will showcases the depth and breadth of radical publishing and bookselling in the UK. Lots of info up now about guest speakers and stallholders: http://londonradicalbookfair.wordpress.com/stalls-guest-speakers/ 

 

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/London-Radical-Bookfair/497414930304046 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ARBRadBookfair 

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EVENTS

 

2. ‘The History of Anarchist Economics’ with Chris Spannos

Wednesday 8th May, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

PLEASE NOTE, DUE TO PROBLEMS AT THE UK BORDER IT IS UNCERTAIN IF CHRIS WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND THIS MEETING – PLEASE CHECK THE LISTING ON THE WEBSITE FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION OR CALL THE SHOP NEARER THE DATE TO CONFIRM.

 

In a rare visit from the US, Chris Spannos will be at Housmans to discuss anarchist economics. Chris is a contributor to the recent AK Press collection ‘The Accumulation of Freedom: Writings on Anarchist Economics’ (2012), as well as the editor of a previous collection by AK Press called ‘Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century’ (2008).

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3. ‘Leila Berg (1917-2012): writer, rebel, radical educator’ 

with Lynn Brady, Emily Charkin, Michael Fielding and Wendy Jones

Wednesday 22nd May, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Leila Berg was a passionate advocate for the empowerment of children, particularly through literature. 

Michael Fielding (professor at the Institute of Education, London) will chair a panel of speakers to introduce Berg’s contribution to radical education and the lives of children: Emily Charkin (historian at the Institute of Education, London) on Berg’s position within the radical education tradition of the 1960s and 70s, Wendy Jones (writer and friend of Berg) on Berg’s writing for and with children and Lynn Brady (one of the founder members of the Risinghill Research group) on Berg’s account of the radical school, Risinghill. There will then be time for questions and discussion about Berg’s significance for contemporary debates.

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4. ‘Frack Off London’

Saturday 25th May, 6.30pm

Free entry

Come join Frack Off London for a film evening to learn more about fracking and other forms of unconventional gas extraction coming to the UK. Many of the companies bringing these destructive processes are based right here in London. Together we can stop fracking and other forms of extreme energy coming to the UK and tell these companies to “Frack Off!”

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5. ‘Introducing Slavoj Zizek’ with Christopher Kul-Want

Wednesday 29th May, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Central St Martins lecturer Christopher Kul-Want discusses his book ‘Introducing Slavoj Zizek’. Christopher will be giving an overview of Zizek’s life and writing, and pulling together the threads that run throughout the long body of his work.

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6. ‘Black Star, Crescent Moon’

with Sohail Daulatzai in conversation with Sukant Chandan

Saturday 8th June, 6.30pm

Free entry

A discussion of US academic Daulatzai’s new book ‘Black Star, Crescent Moon’, which considersthe role of Islam in traditions of resistance to, and liberation from, Western imperialism. Areas covered in the book include the impact of the Nation of Islam on Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, to cultural manifestations in hip-hop and cinema.

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7. ‘Remembering Clara Zetkin’ with guests from the Socialist History Society 

Wednesday 12th June, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Launch event for a new SHS publication to mark the 80th anniversary of the death of Clara Zetkin, a leading figure in the German Social Democratic Party, the Spartacist League and the German Communist Party. She was the founder of the Socialist Women’s International, but also a fierce critic of what she saw as the shortcomings of bourgeois feminism. Our guests discuss her legacy and its relevance.

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8. ‘Countering the Militarisation of Youth’ with guests from War Resisters’ International 

Thursday 13th June, 7pm

Free entry

Launch of War Resisters’ International’s latest book, which explores the ways in which young people around the world encounter the military and military values – and are encouraged to embrace them uncritically – and how this can be challenged.

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9. ‘Poor Man’s Heaven: the Land of Cokaygne and other utopian visions’

with Omasius Gorgut

Wednesday 19th June, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

In the face of a life defined by exploitation and suffering, the poor of the Middle Ages dreamed up a fantastical land where their sufferings were reversed; where people lived in idleness and plenty and the rich were barred. From 14th-century Europe to 20th-century USA, this dream emerges in songs, poems, folk tales. But it wasn’t just a popular fantasy – the dream was linked to the culture and tensions of the times, and time and again rebels and heretics tried to turn dream into reality.  Published by Past Tense.

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