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DRIPHT writes Press Release 17/05/04

Dripht's forthcoming single 'Mark Barnsley' is available for download in the News and Media/Audio sections of www.dripht.com . The track will form part of Dripht's EP, recorded at Temple Studios, which will be officially launched on 3rd July at Signals Tal-Qroqq in a live concert with supporting act Subculture.

Dripht shall also be launching the video of 'Mark Barnsley', produced by No Sweat Productions, next Friday 21st May on D GENERATION, TVM at 7.30pm.
Dripht shall also be playing other tracks "Acid Fight" and "Continental Drift" during the programme.

The 'Mark Barnsley' video features an exclusive message by Mark Barnsley, extensive live and studio footage of Dripht as well as exclusive footage of activities by progressive NGOs Moviment Graffitti and Move! Organisation.

Anonymous Comrade writes
Camp for Oppositional Architecture

Berlin, Germany, June 25th till 27th 2004

From June 25th till 27th 2004, the political architectural journal An Architektur organizes the "Camp for Oppositional Architecture". This international, open congress is searching for possibilities of resistance within the field of architecture and planning.

Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, June 25-28, 2004

We are living in a time of global uncertainty when violence is
everywhere, democracy is under attack, and the United States is
engaged in a war without end, a permanent war on the world. A
politics of fear has offset a politics of hope. In light of these uncertain
and violent times, poets, writers, artists and cultural studies scholars
from across the world will gather together in common purpose to
seek a new politics of resistance and hope.

At the Fifth International
Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, we will advocate
nonviolent regimes of truth that honor culture, universal human rights
and the sacred. We will explore critical methodologies that protest,
resist and help us represent and imagine radically free utopian

hydrarchist writes

"Disney Forbidding Distribution of Film That Criticizes Bush"

Jim Rutenberg

The Walt Disney Company is blocking its Miramax division from distributing a new documentary by Michael Moore that harshly criticizes President Bush, executives at both Disney and Miramax said Tuesday.

The film, "Fahrenheit 911," links Mr. Bush and prominent Saudis — including the family of Osama bin Laden — and criticizes Mr. Bush's actions before and after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Hubert Selby Jr. Dies at 75; Wrote Last Exit to Brooklyn

Anthony DePalma, NY Times, April 27, 2004

Hubert Selby Jr., the Brooklyn-born ex-merchant mariner who turned to drugs and to writing after cheating death and created a lasting vision of urban hell in his novel "Last Exit to Brooklyn," died yesterday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75.

"Faith & Sanctuary"

Brian Burch

I was pleased to be asked to speak for a bit to provide some personal
reflections, historical and biblical, on the providing of sanctuary. My
remarks are inherently
from a Christian perspective, but there are similar views expressed by people
from other faith perspectives.

Subcultures and Political Resistance

Call for Papers

Journal: Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice

Author Deadline: July 15, 2004

Guest Editors: Jeffrey Paris (Philosophy, University of San Francisco) &
Michael Ault (Political Science, CSU Bakersfield)

Length: 2500-3500 words

In recent years, the politics and anti-politics of X-generation youth have
been replaced by the resurgence — and in some cases insurgence — of
subcultural groups. Recent attempts to understand these groups have
brought changes to the older discipline of subcultural studies, and have
even been tentatively dubbed “post-subcultural studies.” Changes linked
to the globalization of culture, music and fashion have made subcultures
less bounded, and the fusion of different styles and politics offers the
possible lens for imagining a global youth counter-culture of diverse
practices of resistance.

Melody Carter-Parker writes Call for submissions
subject: Iraq
Deadline: ongoing
[R][R][F] 2004 --->XP
global networking is preparing a feature related to Iraq - the war and the periode afterwards, and is looking for proposal of net based art works, papers, articles, comments, links etc which fit in this spectrum.

Accepted works and items must have a clearly defined copyright note and will be included into the new Iraq module to be created. Besides URLs of works or sources, also certain media files are optionally accepted, see specification below.
Please use this form for submitting

1. firstname/name of artist, email, URL
2. a brief bio/CV (not more than 300 words)
3. title and URL or type of media file,
4. a short work description (not more than 300 words),
5. one screen shot (max 800x600 pixels,.jpg)

please send your submission to
subject: Iraq

Only these types of media files are accepted:
1. text-->plain email,.txt or.doc
2. image--->.jpg
3. movie--->.swf,.dcr,.mov,.mpeg
Deadline -->ongoing
as soon as the first submissions are accepted, they will be included and posted.
[R][R][F] 2004 --->XP
global networking project.

"An Anarchist Terroir"

Rebecca Dewitt, New Formulation (February, 2003)


Food Nations: Selling Taste in Consumer Societies

Edited by Warren Belasco and Philip Scranton

New York: Routledge, 2002

Slow Food: Collected Thoughts on Taste, Tradition, and the Honest Pleasures of Food

Edited by Carlo Petrini with Ben Watson and Slow Food Editore

Chelsea Green, 2001

Anarchism and contemporary academic theory ignore each other. On opposite ends of the theoretical spectrum, one tends toward universal ideas and the other towards isolated phenomena. Introducing academic theoretical advances to anarchism is both an affront and a necessity. Anarchism, let me introduce you to Food Studies. Go on, try it, you might like it! Kropotkin’s response to Malthusian sentiments in Mutual Aid, Food Not Bombs as anarchism in action, and mobilizations against biotechnology and other profiteering methods of production are the primary ways in which anarchism utilizes food. While anarchists debate the nature of nature, serve vegan food to the homeless, and protest Monsanto’s(1) conquest of the so-called Third World, is it worth expanding anarchism’s utilitarian use of food? Why this even matters is discernable in the new trend known as Food Studies. Two recent books, Food Nations: Selling Taste in Consumer Societies and Slow Food: Collected Thoughts on Taste, Tradition, and the Honest Pleasures of Food attest to the new political nature of food and expand upon an international dialogue.

These days it is no longer enough to hand out free food, declare oneself a vegetarian, or shop at your local coop to make a statement about food. The emerging academic field of Food Studies invokes eco-gastronomic movements, analyzes rifts between “foodies” and “fatties,”(2) and elevates slow food over fast food to look at the means of production, transportation, cultural identity, nation building or dismantling, class warfare, and imperialism. To simply demand control over the means of production and access to food, central to anarchist thought, appears to be the equivalent of theoretical vulgarity. If anarchism wishes to take advantage of the increasingly rich fields of Food Studies, it will need to avoid such simplistic reductions while also retaining strong anarchist convictions.

"Southern Review: Communication, Politics & Culture" is an interdisciplinary journal produced out of RMIT University in Australia. Staff in the Communications & Writing program at Monash University's Gippsland campus produce one special issue each year. This year we invite you to address the broad topic of the politics of consent, along the following lines:

"Manufacturing Consent?"
How can consent be theorised today? What, for instance, are the contemporary means or conditions for manufacturing consent? What is the role of media rhetoric and practice in the formation of consent? What is the place of consent in advanced liberal democracies, or in other non-liberal geo-political contexts? What are the relations between consent and consensus in political or governmental processes? How essential is consent or consensus to the operations of contemporary politics and of global politics in particular? Can consent be gained on a supra-national level? Or must it be conceived, at every level, as unstable and ineffective, as no longer relevant to the study of democracy in its many forms?And what of past theories of consent and consensus, such as the one bound to a notion of “hegemony”? In what ways do contemporary events — “September 11”, “Iraq”, “Tampa”, “Madrid” — invite us to return to and to reconsider such theories and their place (or otherwise) within communication studies, as part (or not) of the history of the discipline?


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