Radical media, politics and culture.


The journal Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory is aiming to publish a symposium on the theme of 'Marxism and the Fantastic', and we are looking for papers interrogating this topic in any fruitful way. We are open to consideration of 'the fantastic' in psychological terms, but we are particularly interested in discussions of the non-real, the fantastic in arts and literature.

Marxist theory has long engaged with modernist movements such as surrealism. In addition, there is already a body of Marxist theory engaging with science fiction, as exemplified in the work of Darko Suvin, Fredric Jameson and Carl Freedman. However, there is as yet no body of Marxist work which systematically engages with "the fantastic" more generally conceived, either perceiving science fiction as a subset of the fantastic, or opposed to it. We would like to make a start at filling that gap.

Introducing the International Simultaneous Policy Organization

zeroworkaholic writes Noam Chomsky has indicated his interest in the International Simultaneous Policy project, British in origin, about which, read on:

"The principal barrier to the implementation of any significant measure to improve today’s economic, environmental or social problems, be they in advanced, developing or non-industrialised countries, is competition. Global de-regulated capital flows and corporations know no national boundaries and by their ability or threat to move elsewhere, force nations to compete with one another for capital, jobs (and therefore votes) and ever scarcer natural resources.

jim writes "The New York City Memorial for Martin Glaberman, a beloved friend and
comrade to many, who passed away recently, will be held Saturday, April
13th at 5:30 pm, at Tamiment Library - NYU.

The library holds the labor history and radical history archives and is on
the 10th floor of 70 Washington Square South - the tall red brick building
at the corner of the park; the building is the main library at NYU. The
Memorial will constitute a panel at the Socialist Scholars Conference.
Speakers expected as of now include Staughton Lynd, Ferruccio Gambino,
Peter Linebaugh, Scott McLemee, Gene Glaberman and others.

For more information, please contact Steven Colatrella at 973-226-9097.

The main desk phone number for the Tamiment Library is 212-998-2630. The
guards at the library entrance will be informed of our event, and
instructed to let guests enter to go up to the 10th floor; please bring a
photo id. In case of any misunderstanding about entering the building for
the event, please have them call 998-2630."

Transmissions: Globalization, Technology, Media

Thursday, April 25, 2002 - Saturday, April 27, 2002

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, The Hefter Center

Below is a plain text version of the schedule. Please go to the site for a
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The contemporary characters of technology, communication networks, and the arts have all been affected by world-wide trends, now often designated by the short-hand, "globalization." Against this background, the conference aims to expand on recent scholarship and suggest new ways of thinking about
the interaction among media forms and technologies (both broadly defined) in the global contexts and corresponding notions of transmission, flows, journeys, passage-ways and currents. The conference gathers approaches that push the definitions of media technology and globalization, considering
these terms theoretically, historically, or as fodder for invention, art, and fabulation.

The Ides of March

NYC's ABC No Rio Third Biannual Exhibition

Third Biannual Building-Wide Exhibition at ABC No Rio

Over 60 Artists Featured on Four Floors

March 14-April 11



VIEWING HOURS: Tuesdays & Thursdays-5:00 to 7:00PM

AFI-Anarchist Federation Ireland


Hi all

MFR is an anarchist internet radio station run
by w@g (Walthamstow Anarchist Group in London) people
and others. The site is live and can be found at
Middle Finger Radio

Right now it includes a policy statement and explains
how the site will work. There is also a big archive of
spoken word by various interesting people. The station
'programs' will contain anarchist only stuff (tho' the
archive is a bit broader) and will consist of
anarchist music and poetry as well as articles on
what's going on of interest politically in Britain and

We want a variety of formats (reports,interviews,
discussions, rants, etc) so if you are involved
in anything locally why not make a recording for

So far we have lined up, amongst other things: A
debate between an Anarchist and a Marxist, an
interview with the Wombles, a talk on the Anarchist
Youth network, some French anarchist songs, an
article on Anarchism in Northern Ireland... get the

We'll consider anything and everything. Unfortunately
we don't have the technology (or rather the money to
get the technology) to broadcast live, so the station
will consist of downloadable recordings.

Hope you can contribute in some way to help get this
project up and running.



London "Mayday in Mayfair" Festival of Alternatives Announced

This Mayday, as well as the mass action (more info
below) we are holding a Mayday Festival of
Alternatives -- a week or so of events which celebrate
and demonstrate autonmous, anti-capitalist,
co-operative culture. This will be shown through many
useful hands-on workshops, plus lots of fun film
showings, art exhibitions, parties/picnics, and

New "Garden of Eden" Proposed for WTC Site

Information about a new community garden,
a "New Garden of Eden," proposed for NYC's
World Trade Center site can be found at: new garden AND at this "Garden Photo Gallery": garden photos

Please send this Web Address information
to all on your lists and spread the word
throughout your gardening community. With.
YOUR help, a "New Garden of Eden" COULD
become the FIRST world community garden. Contact: adam purple

Northeast Anti-G8 Roadshow and Caravan Scheduled,

From Quebec City to New York, Toronto to Ottawa

Between April 2 to April 17, activists from Quebec, Ontario and Alberta will
be taking to the road in a three-week caravan against the G8. The caravan
will be linking with community groups and local activists in the Northeast
region. In addition to information about the G8, and the regional
mobilization in Ottawa on June 26-27 ("Take the Capital!"), the caravan will
be presenting info about a wide range of topics, from the Common Front
Campaign against the Tory government in Ontario, to the Peoples
Action (PGA) international network of resistance, to the planning for
resistance in Alberta in June.

The Jouissance of Transgression: Lacan and Crime

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

Sunday-Monday, March 10-11, 2002

The event will be held at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

55 Fifth Avenue (at 12th St), NYC

We live in a time when new forms of violence are emerging. The September 11th attack on the United States revealed an unrecognized willingness of terrorists to sacrifice their own lives in order to hurt their "enemies." In the last decade, national conflicts around the globe have resulted in the most brutal forms of torture against civilian populations. In our daily lives, we increasingly hear of brutal crimes committed by young
children and teenagers and between parents and children. The most shocking observation is that many people do not even attempt to give an excuse for why they commit crime, other than for the pure joy of it.

In the mid-twentieth century, French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan developed a startlingly novel school of psychoanalysis by integrating Freudian theory within the context of the Continental speculative philosophical tradition. Lacan suggests that there is a particular jouissance experienced in crime. Participants at this unique conference will ask how the logic of jouissance can explain violence against oneself and others. Leading scholars from many disciplines, including law, philosophy, literary and critical theory, and anthropology, as well as practicing
psychoanalytic clinicians will consider the interrelationship between jouissance, crime, and law.

Psychoanalysis claims that certain primal prohibitions form the basis of the moral law that governs not only social norms but also a subject's inner self. What is the link between these external and internal norms? Paradoxically, the law that society imposes onto the subject does not necessarily limit the subject's behavior-sometimes the subject commits the crime precisely to escape the pressure and feelings of guilt that arise
from his or her inner prohibitions. Crime and guilt are revealed as the founding conditions of law. Can psychoanalysis illuminate the subject's relation to legal punishment? And do lawyers need to know about psychoanalysis in order to better perform their jobs?


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