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SPAIN: XVII Simposium of Red Renta Básica

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Íñigo Errejón, at the 7th Basic Income Simposium.   On the 2nd of November 2017, the city of Zaragoza (Spain) welcomed the 17th Basic Income Simposium, organized by Red Renta Básica (the Basic Income Network affiliate in Spain), which lasted for three days. In the first day, during the afternoon, the documentary “In the same boat” (trailer here) was screened, followed

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UK: European Social Survey (ESS) teaming up with Ronnie Cowan MP in event revealing the UK’s attitude to UBI

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As part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Festival of Social Science 2017, the European Social Survey (ESS) is teaming up with Ronnie Cowan MP in a free event that will be held in Portcullis House, Westminster, from 9am on Thursday 16th of November to discuss the UK’s attitude to Universal Basic Income (UBI).   For the first time in

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IRELAND: Annual Social Policy Conference 2017

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Dr. Sean Healy and Michelle Murphy of Social Justice Ireland.   Promoted and organized by the Social Justice Ireland Team, the Annual Social Policy Conference will take place on Tuesday, the 21st of November 2017. The venue will be located at Croke Park, in Dublin, and will last from 9:30 am up to 5:00 pm on that day. Registration can

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#BasicIncomeChallenge at the Web Summit in Lisbon

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Mein Grundeinkommen has launched the #BasicIncomeChallenge in partnership with the Portuguese Basic Income Association. Mein Grundeinkommen is a crowdfunded Basic Income experiment based in Berlin, Germany. They have raised more than 120 Basic Incomes and 1.5 million Euros. Now, for the first time, they are taking their experiment to an international level, and crowdfunding a Basic Income to be raffled

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Report from the Cash Conference

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On Thursday, October 19th, activists, social justice advocates, economists, futurists, venture capitalists, writers, community organizers and politicians gathered at the Old Mint in San Francisco – a symbolically poetic building – to talk about Cash. Organized by the Economic Security Project, the goal of the conference was to “reimagine what an economy built on the well-being of everyone could look

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SWEDEN: Developer Conference in Malmö gets session by Scott Santens on basic income

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Scott Santens. Credit to: Enno Schmidt Scott Santens will present a keynote session in the Developer Conference in Malmö, Sweden, on the 9th of November. His key points will be: Technological unemployment is real; Technological unemployment is not something we should fear; In order to not fear technological unemployment; The best way to decouple income from work is with unconditional

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Servant of the Revolution

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Servant of the Revolution

Date and time: Thursday 7 December, 11.45am–1.10pm,

Venue:  Law Lounge, New Law Building, University of Sydney

A rehearsed play reading introduced by playwright Anitra Nelson, with discussion after the performance

Entry is free whether you attend the conference or not but places are limited — first in first served. For more details contact: Anitra.nelson@rmit.edu.au; 0426 766 755

Anitra Nelson was interviewed by Richard Aedy, ‘Marx’s love child”’ for Life Matters, ABC Radio National 20 July 2009, 9:00–10:00 am, available to download as a podcast HERE.

An event of the Historical Materialism Sydney Conference 2017, Sydney Law School, 7–8 December, https://hmsydney.net/

About the play

The creative non-fiction play Servant of the Revolution speculates — in women’s liberationist and socialist ways — on the relationship between Karl Marx and Lenchen (Helene Demuth), the household servant who bore his illegitimate child ‘Freddy’. Engels covered for Marx by claiming Freddy’s paternity.

Servant of the Revolution takes Lenchen’s point of view. Essentially a two-hander between Lenchen (Kate Stones) and Engels (Ken McLeod), their dialogue is interrupted by Marx’s youngest daughter, Tussy (Nioka Mellick-Cooper) whose dilemma reflects further on the dynamics of the Marx household.

This 2017 Sydney performance is by actors of a Central Victorian season in 2016. The play premiered in Melbourne in 2009 when playwright Anitra Nelson was interviewed by Richard Aedy, ‘Marx’s love child”’ for Life Matters, ABC Radio National 20 July 2009, 9–10 am, available to download as podcast.

An article on the challenges of writing the play appeared in 2010: ‘Servant of the Revolution: The creative art of serving history and the imagination’, Hecate: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Women’s Liberation 36(1&2): pp. 137–52.

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Servant of the Revolution presents and analyses, in a concentrated, real time situation, the crosscurrents of lofty idealism vs. cruel pragmatism and enduring love vs. enduring duty. These forces swirl about and trap Lenchen, the faithful servant of the Marx family and the mother of Karl Marx’s illegitimate son.

Cunningly, Anitra Nelson puts Engels, not Marx, on stage as go-between and manipulative fixer when Lenchen wants to see and know her boy, long since fostered out and now a man. Engels, the prophet of revolution and freedom, pleads Victorian respectability to prevent her. He plays on the servant’s own devotion to the cause and on her indestructible love for her master, Marx.

At the end, a cheery Mrs Marx — who knows, but chooses not to know — returns home and Lenchen is where she began: the faithful servant, who will serve to the end. Her yearning can’t break through and she can’t break out.

An ironic slice of imagined biography, based on known facts, about how revolutionaries can exploit the proletariat, and are human, all-too-human, too.

Award-winning screenwriter and script editor Michael Brindley

The major impression after watching Servant of the Revolution is that one has been given a unique and disturbing glimpse into the specific circumstances and personal conduct of Karl Marx and his family.

The domestic arrangements and the personal/class relationships portrayed in the play appear detailed and authentic. The central dialogue between Engels and Helene Demuth is lively, compelling and unsettling. Every character has an individual voice and manner. By placing the action in the kitchen, the author is able to sharpen and foreground the awkward, confronting class tensions. That Marx himself doesn’t appear and others are left to pick through the consequences of his actions, creates tension and a degree of justified anger in the spectator. His absence and that of the unacknowledged son, has a potent theatrical effect.

All in all, Servant of the Revolution reveals a formidable level of research and a commitment to the complexity and truth of a potentially tragic situation. It provokes consideration about issues of class, gender and politics that remain largely unresolved and unacknowledged today.

Actor-director Paul Hampton

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Philosophy Lecture Series News

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A few items regarding philosophy lecture series at different schools…

  1. The Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo has created a new, named lecture series, called “The Examen Philosophicum Lecture,” or “Oslo Exphil.” Reidar Maliks writes: “A distinguished philosopher will each fall be invited to lecture on a topic relevant to the core curriculum course Examen Philosophicum. ‘Exphil,’ which has been mandatory for students at UiO since the university’s foundation in 1811, provides an introduction to the history of philosophy and to contemporary ethics. The lecture is intended to give students, and the general public, a view into the frontiers of research, and to stimulate their interest in academic theory and practice.” The inaugural lecture in the series, just last week, was by Peter Singer (Princeton), whose talk, “Forty Years On: Are All Animals Equal?” can be viewed here.
  2. The second annual Rutgers Lectures in Philosophy (previously) are being given by Sir Richard Sorabji (Oxford). His three lectures, each on the subject of Freedom of Speech, are beginning today. Abstracts of the lectures are here. (via Dean Zimmerman)
  3. The School of Philosophy at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia, has launched its “International Speaker Series“. Aaron James Wendland, an assistant professor of philosophy there, writes, “The series aims to build links between the Russian academy and the international intellectual community while simultaneously enhancing the English-speaking philosophy group in Moscow.” Those interested in possibly participating in the series should contact Professor Wendland.

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2017 Capital as Power Essay Prize

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Capital as Power Essay Prize

First Prize $2000

Second Prize $500

Third Prize $300

http://www.recasp.com/essay-prize

 The Review of Capital as Power (RECASP) announces an annual essay prize on the subject of capital as power.  The best paper will receive a prize of $2000. A prize of $500 will be awarded to the second best contribution, while a $300 prize will be given to the third best article.

Submitted articles should not have been published in a refereed journal or book before. The particular topic is open. The paper can be theoretical, historical or empirical, and it may support or critique the capital as power framework. Winning essays will be published (with revisions, if necessary) in the Review of Capital as Power.

Eligibility

The competition aims to encourage young researchers of all ages. It is open to anyone who does not hold a PhD.

Deadline

Papers for the 2017 prize must be received by January 31, 2018. The results will be announced by April 30th, 2018.

Guidelines

Submissions should be 6,000-12,000 words in length (including footnotes and references) and must be formatted/referenced in line with the journal’s style guidelines.

Submissions should be emailed to the Editor at tdimuzio@uow.edu.au

To ensure a blind review process, authors must submit two versions of their paper – one is the full version and the other is a blind version with all identifying references and text replaced with the square bracketed phrase [omitted for the refereeing process]. In the full version of the paper, authors should provide their name and affiliation along with a 200-word (max) biographical sketch.

Adjudication

The adjudication committee comprises the Editor and members of the editorial board. If there is more than one noteworthy paper, secondary prizes of $500 and $350 may be awarded. The committee may decide not to nominate winners for the year.

About Capital as Power

The framework of capital as power offers a radical alternative to both liberal and Marxist political economies. In this framework, capital is viewed not as a productive economic entity, but as the central power institution of capitalist society at large, while capitalism as a whole is seen not as mode of production and consumption, but as a mode of power.

About the Review of Capital as Power

The Review of Capital as Power is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal sponsored by the University of Wollongong, Australia. The purpose of the journal is to critically theorize, historicize and empirically research capitalism as a conflictual mode of power. The area of inquiry is wide open, and we welcome big-picture contributions as well more focused research.

 

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Book Launch on Neoliberalism: Key Concepts

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Damien Cahill and Martijn Konings, Neoliberalism: Key Concepts

‘For over three decades neoliberalism has been the dominant economic ideology. While it may have emerged relatively unscathed from the global financial crisis of 2007-8, neoliberalism is now – more than ever – under scrutiny from critics who argue that it has failed to live up to its promises, creating instead an increasingly unequal and insecure world.

This book offers a nuanced and probing analysis of the meaning and practical application of neoliberalism today, separating myth from reality. Drawing on examples such as the growth of finance, the role of corporate power and the rise of workfare, the book advances a balanced but distinctive perspective on neoliberalism as involving the interaction of ideas, material economic change and political transformations. It interrogates claims about the impending death of neoliberalism and considers the sources of its resilience in the current climate of political disenchantment and economic austerity.

Clearly and accessibly written, this book will be a valuable resource for students and scholars across the social sciences.’

Date and time: Thursday 23 November, 6:00pm

Where: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney, NSW 2037

RSVP: http://www.gleebooks.com.au/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=292499

To be launched by Senator Lee Rhiannon

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