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Brighton bookshop talks

January 4th, 2010 · post by Fred Goodsell · Make a comment

The good people involved in the Cowley Club (Brighton’s volunteer run social center) have organised a set of talks by various radical writers. The collective that runs the bookshop in the Cowley Club have announced a set of talks by authors such as John Zerzan and John Barker, taking place throughout January and February. All events run from 16.00 to 18.30 and are free to members and guests.

Friday 8 January

Clive Bloom (Violent London) talks about his research into Edwardian anarchism.

Clive Bloom is Professor Emeritus of English and American Studies at Middlesex University. He has written many books on popular culture, cultural history and literary criticism, regularly appears on radio and television and contributes to a number of national newspapers. His next book, entitled Gothic Histories will be published in April 2010.

Wednesday 13 January

Stevphen Shukaitis (Constituent Imagination) and Jack Z. Bratich (Conspiracy Panics) have a discussion entitled An Affective Weather Report

Event flyer (3.4 MB pdf) –

Stevphen Shukaitis is an editor at Autonomedia and lecturer at the University of Essex. He is the author of Imaginal Machines: Autonomy & Self-Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Life (Autonomedia, 2009) and editor with Erika Biddle and David Graeber of Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigations, Collective Theorization (AK Press, 2007). His research focuses on the emergence of collective imagination in social movements and the changing compositions of cultural and artistic labor.

Jack Z. Bratich is Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University. He is also a zine librarian at ABC No Rio in New York City. Jack uses critical cultural studies to analyze the politics of popular culture. He studies media culture as an intersection of power, knowledge, and subjectivity. He is co-editor, along with Jeremy Packer and Cameron McCarthy, of Foucault, Cultural Studies and Governmentality (SUNY 2003).

Sunday 17 January

John Zerzan (Elements of Refusal) talks on The roots of the crisis and the need for a new paradigm.

American philosopher John Zerzan’s thesis is simple: civilization is pathological, and needs to be dismantled. Zerzan’s radical critique of civilization, laid out in books such as Elements Of Refusal (1988), Future Primitive (1994), and Running On Emptiness (2002) draws on anthropological research to argue that domestication of nature and domestication of humans go hand in hand. And this is accomplished primarily through technology.
This is the first appearance by John Z in the UK since 2003. A one-off event.

Thursday 4 February

John Barker (Bending the Bars) talks about his experiences of the Angry Brigade.

Between 1970 and 1972 the Angry Brigade, strongly influenced by anarchism and the Situationists, launched a bombing campaign which targeted banks, embassies and the homes of Tory MPs. In total, 25 bombings were attributed to them by the police. The damage done by the bombings was mostly limited to property damage although one person was slightly injured. A group of anarchists from North East London, the ‘Stoke Newington Eight’, were prosecuted for carrying out bombings as the Angry Brigade in one of the longest criminal trials of English history (it lasted from 30 May to 6 December 1972).
John Barker was one of those imprisoned. John went to prison in 1971, and stayed there for seven long years. Bending The Bars is a collection of stories written then, and published together for the first time in 2007. This evening John will be discussing his experience of imprisonment, and answering questions on the Brigade’s outlook and actions.

Book review by Stewart Home –

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