Wednesday, January 12, 2011

North American Anarchist Studies Conference: January, 14-16th 2011

This weekend is the 2nd North American Anarchist Studies Conference, to be held in Toronto, Canada. i'll be tabling there on behalf of Kersplebedeb and PM Press - please do come by to say hello!

The schedule, for those of you thinking of attending:

North American Anarchist Studies Conference: January, 14-16th 2011

Friday, January 14th

Opening Film Night!

CINECYCLE- 129 Spadina Avenue (in the old coach house down the alley).


Join us for a low-key evening of radical film screenings, discussion and socializing to kick off the conference.

  • “Tales From the G20”- Open Media Initiative w/ Justin Saunders.
  • Chet Singh dub poetry performance.
  • “Carne de Fieras” (1936) w/ Jesse Cohn introducing.
  • Short contributions from NAASN members and members from the Toronto Alternative Media Centre.

Saturday, January 15th


Conference begins!


Registration and coffee!


Opening/plenary panel and group discussion!

‘The Past, Present and Potential Futures of Anarchism’ – Jaggi Singh, Irina Ceric, Denis Rancourt, Lesley Wood.

Facilitator: Sharmeen Khan


Room #1:
Contemporary Anarchism and the Arts
  • Adrian Blackwell- Anarchist Urban Design
  • Sandra Jeppesen- Anarchist Literature
  • Luis Jacob- Groundless Aesthetics

Moderator: Allan Antliff

Room #2:
Anarchist Economics: History, Analysis and Vision
  • Deric Shannon- An Overview of Anarchist Economics
  • Chris Spannos- The History of Anarchist Economics as a Lens to See the Future
  • Abbey Willis- Tools for Understanding Capitalism in the 2000s
  • Wayne Price- The Anarchist Post-Capitalist Vision

Moderator: Jasmin Mujanovic





Room #1:

Alexis Shotwell- Practical Strategies for Anarchist Writing: A Workshop

Room #2:

Testament- Building Bridges and Working with Unlikely Allies


Room #1:
Movement Knowledge I: Movement Research
  • Aziz Choudry- Activist Research: Mapping the Practices of Knowledge Production for Social Action
  • Chris Dixon- Accountability to whom? Ethics and Activism in Movement Research
  • Gary Kinsman- Mapping Social Relations of Struggle: Producing Knowledge for Social Transformation
  • Research Group on Collective Autonomy- Ethics and Accountability in Prefigurative Participatory Antiauthoritarian Research

Moderator: Kalin Stacey

Room #2:
Transnational Anarchism in the Americas 1
  • Kenyon Zimmer- ‘Yiddish is My Homeland’: A Transatlantic History of Jewish-American Anarchism, 1880s-1930s
  • Kirt Shaffer- Panama Reds: Anarchist Politics and Transregional Networks in the Panama Canal Zone, 1904-1916
  • Steve Hirsch- Constructing a Working-Class Counterculture: Transnational Anarchism and the Anarchist Press in Northern Peru, 1898-1922

Moderator: Nathan Jun


Room #1:
Anarchism, Gender and (Dis)ability: Expanding the Anarchist Critique
  • Mitchell Verter- Towards an Anarchafeminist Subversion of Politics
  • Anne Goldenberg- Feminist Takes on Organizing in Critical and Technological Movements
  • Liat Ben-Moshe- Queercripping Anarchism
  • Timothy Luchies- Creative (Self-)Destruction: Critiquing White and Male Supremacy in North American Anarchism

Moderator: Anthony J. Nocella II

Room #2:
Challenging Conformity: Anarchist Memory and Prospects
  • A.D Hoyt- The International Anarchist Archives: A Report on Conditions and a Proposal for Action
  • Nathan Jun- Flowers for the Fallen: The Romantic Anarchism of Pietro Gori
  • Bryan Nelson- Orientation and Mappings: Anarchism, Marxism, Democracy: Traditions in Theory
  • Ron Sakolsky- Mutual Acquienscence

Moderator: Daniel Cairns


Room #1:
Greening Anarchy
  • Micheal Loadenthal- Militant Not Terrorists: How the Radical Animal and Earth Liberation Movement Challenges the State and Capitalsim
  • Karl Hardy & Usman Mushtaq- Responses to Climate Change: Radical Critiques and Utopian Alternatives
  • Andrea Palichuck- Alienation and Exclusion in Food Lifestyle Politics and Anarchist Organizing
  • Michele Flippo Bolduc- Are Community Gardens Inherently Radical?

Moderator: Deric Shannon

Room #2:
Anarchist Readings of Nietzsche
  • Nick Day- Ubermensch, Overcoming and Direct Actor: Reconciling Nietzsche with Liberatory Praxis
  • Laura Greenwood- Goldman’s Nietzschean Anarchism: A Griemasian Reading of ‘Minorities Versus Majorities’
  • Grant Yocom- The ‘Last Man’ in Detriot: Timely Revisions and New Targets for the Arrows of Lomnging

Moderator: Rachel Melis


Room #1:
Riot 2011: Direct Action, Revolt and the Question of Violence
  • Kyla Bourne- Alterrepresentation and the Democratic Possibilities of Direct Action
  • Edward Avery-Natale- ‘We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re Anarchists’: The Nature of Identification and Subjectivity Among Black Blocs
  • Andreas Reichelt- When the universities were burning (with activism) in…2009
  • Madison Trusolino- Human Emancipation, The Spectacle, Divine Violence

Moderator: Tammy Kovich

Room #2:
Perspectivas Anarquistas de America Latina
  • Jorella A. Melendez Badillo- El Anarquismo En Puerto Rico: Su Influencia En La Cultura Proletaria En Las Primeras Dos Decades Del Siglo XX
  • Octavio Cabrera Serrano- El Antropologo Autogestivo
  • Milena Alveo- Cultura anarquista, reflexiones a cerca de la cotidianidad

Moderator: TBA

Saturday Night Social/ UPPING THE ANTI Issue 11 Launch Party!!!

TORONTO FREE GALLERY- 1277 Bloor Street West (at Lansdown).

Doors open at 8:30pm until late!

Join us for the NAASN Conference Saturday night social/ UPPING THE ANTI’s Issue #11 Launch Party.

  • Musical performances by LAL and Test Their Logik.
  • Kick ass sets by DJs Nik Red and B#.
  • Plus refreshments, raffle prizes and more.

Admission $10 with a copy of UPPING THE ANTI, $5 without, and free for UPPING THE ANTI sustainers.

Sunday, January 16th
Steel Worker’s Hall- 25 Cecil St.




Room #1:
Postanarchism, The Specter of Primitivism and Song
  • Gregory Kalyniuk- Jurisprudence of the Damned; Deleuze’s Masochian Humor and Anarchist Neo-Monadology
  • Daniel Murray- Social Tyranny of the State: Bakunin, Governmentality and Resistance
  • Sandy Krolick- A Spector is Haunting America
  • Carrie Yvonne Mott- Music in the Anarchist Movement: Radical Politics and Solidarity Through Song

Moderator: Ryan Mitchell

Room #2:
‘Anarchizing’ the Disciplines
  • Dennis Fox- Anarchism and Psychology
  • David Westling- Anarchism and Individual Psychology
  • Dana Williams and Jeff Shantz- Defining an Anarchist-Sociology (A Long-Anticipated Marriage)
  • Shaista Patel- Inviting Settlers of Color in Nation Building Projects of White-Settler Colonies

Moderator: Courtney Cecale


Room #1:
Movement Knowledge II: Trajectories of Contemporary Movements and Possibilities for Change
  • Kate Milbery- History Will Teach Us Everything: Towards a Praxis of Social Justice
  • Andrea Eiland- Breaking Down the Wall: Anarchism and Social Change in the 21st Century
  • Dawn Paley- Beyond Alternative Media: Building Space for Radical Journalism
  • Michael Trusello- The Trouble With Social Media

Moderator: Ryan Mitchell

Room #2:
Transnational Anarchism in the Americas II
  • Geoffroy de Laforcade- counter-Currents and Oppositional Trends Within a Syndicalist Labor Tradition: Locating the Anarchist influence on the Politics of Maritime Trade Unionism in Argentina, 1903-1950
  • Amparo Sanchez Cobos- The Island and Beyond: Spanish Anarchist Networks in Cuba, 1900-1925
  • Travis Tomchuck- The Radical Culture of Italian Anarchists in North America
  • Davide Turcato- Biography, Anarchism and Transnationalism

Moderator: TBA

12:30-1:30 pm



Room #1:

Crimethinc- Fighting in the New Terrain: Anti-Capitalist Strategies in the 21st Century

Room #2:

Matt B- Know Your Enemy: Conspiracism, Right Wing populism and the Anarchist Movement


Room #1:
TBA Activist Workshop

Room #2:
Militant Methodologies and the Question of Authority
  • Max Haiven and Alex Khasnabish- Radicalizing Methods: ‘Convoking’ the Radical Imagination in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Paul McLaughlin- Methodologies Considerations on Anarchist Theory
  • Michael Gutierrez- Two Poles of Authority
  • Alden Wood- ‘On Bernadette Corporation’s Get Rid of Yourself’: An Anarcho-Autonomist Critique of the Mimetic Representation of Revolt

Moderator: Michael Loadenthal


Room #1:
Anarchist Subjectivities: Discussions of the Self and Other
  • Cameron Ellis- The Loving Anarchist: An Inquiry into the Nature of the Subject of Anarchy
  • Kalin Stacey- Innocence and Complicity in Anarchist Discourse
  • Joey Brooke Jacob- Why the ‘Stanger’ is Unequal: Towards a Manifesto for Inclusion
  • Matthew Hayter- Understanding ‘Power’ as always both power-for and power-over: What can this Perspective do for the sake of anarchist social relations?

Moderator: Ed Avery-Natale and TBA Co-Moderator

Room #2:
Anarchism, Education and the Strange World of Academia
  • Paul Lemley- Navigating Respectability
  • Dan Webb- ‘The Left’s Wrong Turn and the Postmodern Disavowal of Anarchism’
  • Anthony Meza-Wilson- Educational Projects for Decolonization: Anarchist Allyship and Resistance Education in the Americas
  • Joseph Todd Montclair- Triangulating Freedom, Power and Education: Learning Webs, Subjectivity, and Resistance



Closing Discussion and Break Out Session!

Facilitator: David McNally

*Childcare will be provided on site for the duration of the weekend.

** The suggested conference fee is sliding scale $10-25 or PWYC (no one will be turned away for lack funds), and all money raised at the door will be donated to the Toronto G20 Legal Defence Fund.

Exhibitors at the Second Annual NAASN Conference:

AK Press
Arbeiter Ring
Between the Lines
Black Cat Press
Brunswick Books
Common Cause
Community Solidarity Network
Empowerment Infoshop
Fernwood Publishing
Little Black Cart
Pluto Press
PM Press
Rebel Film Board
Thought Crime Ink
Transformative Studies Institute
Upping the Anti
Zed Books

Sponsored by NAASN (, OPIRG York ( and OPIRG University of Toronto (

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