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CFP: Marxian Analysis of Society, Schools, and Education (SIG of AERA)

American Educational Research Association
2012 Annual Meeting – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Friday, April 13 – Tuesday, April 17, 2012**

***Marxian Analysis of Society, School and Education SIG***

***CALL FOR PAPERS*** [pdf]

*Why Marxism? Whose Marxism? Let’s Begin from the Beginning.*

*Rethink Class, Race and Gender Inequalities and Education*

The current global momentum is a profound paradox. On one hand, our era has
been witnessing huge and dramatic transformations propelled by the biotech
movement including genetic and biotechnological discoveries, as well
as, theelectronic revolution of communications and informationboth of
which have had a huge impact on the way knowledge has been produced
and reproduced. Despite such progress, on the other hand, global societies
have been experiencing, among other things, the shocking exacerbation (and
in some cases the return) of horrendous social evils, namely, the return of
slavery, legitimization of human genocide, new pandemics, the return of high
vulnerability to old sicknesses that seemed to have been eradicated and now
appear to be linked to new pandemics like HIV/AIDS, and naturalization of
war, the domestication of revolting social inequalities (cf. Sousa Santos,
2005), the need of a more predatory capitalism to sustain neoliberal
capitalism, the emergence of a new economy propelled by the need to fight
terror(ism) (cf. Giroux, 2011). Despite the fact that we never had a society
that produced as much knowledge as today’s society, the fact is such
production not only has been incapable of building a fairer and just
society, but also as it has just served to increase and multiply social
inequality. Such shocking paradoxes bring to the fore the vitality of
(neo)Marxist analyses, as the ‘most rigorous, comprehensive critique of
capitalism ever to be launched’ (Eagleton, 2011). The 2012 Marxian Analysis
of Society, School and Education SIG program asks scholars and educators
around the globe, profoundly committed with the struggle for social and
cognitive justice, to rethinking not only class, race, and gender
inequalities and education, but also if the reinvigoration of the
(neo)Marxist analyses and contributions to society and education implies the
need to ‘begin from the beginning’ (Zizek, 2009). We asked scholars to
critically address questions such as why (neo)Marxism and whose (neo)Marxism
is a key to rethink and understand the current global disruption of
capitalism and its implications of the daily live of teachers and students.

Is an Emancipatory Communism Possible?

Is an Emancipatory Communism Possible?
A talk by Allan Armstrong

Wednesday, April 13th at 7:00 PM

at TRS, Inc, 44 East 32nd Street, 11th Floor
Manhattan (between Madison & Park Avenues)

Presented by Marxist-Humanist Initiative & The New SPACE


Mention of the word “Communism” today conjures up visions of tyrants. Young people, even when they clash violently with the representatives of global capitalism in Seattle or London, call their protests “anti-capitalist,” not communist. However, anti-capitalism is not enough. Revolutions can lead to
immediate feelings of intense liberation, but they are usually followed by much longer periods of defense, setbacks, and painful reconstruction. The 20th century was the “Century of Revolutions,” but it eventually produced so little for humanity at such a high cost, that it is not surprising that many are very cautious, despite growing barbarism.

Allan Armstrong will argue that it is vital that we outline a genuine new human emancipatory communism, which takes full stock of the failings of both “official” and “dissident Communism,” and which can persuasively show that human liberation can still be achieved. He will explore Marx’s vision, particularly as detailed in his “Critique of the Gotha Program,” which emphasizes the need to break with capitalist production relations rather than expecting a new society to come about through political changes.

Allan Armstrong, a republican, Scottish internationalist, and communist, is currently co-editor of Emancipation & Liberation, the journal of the Republican Communist Network. He is also involved with the commune, a collective dedicated to outlining a new communism for the 21st century. Armstrong is the author of “Why We Need a New Emancipatory Communism” and “The Communist Case for ‘Internationalism from Below

Rouge Forum Update: Resistance News! Wars! Pestilence! Attacks on Teachers! The Response! And More!

The Rouge Forum blog, complete with notices of great recent publications about schools and society is here.

And here are two samples:

Kim Scipes: The AFL-CIO’s Secret War Against Developing Countries–Solidarity or Sabotage [pdf] (20% discount!)

Don Perl: Book Chapter – ”Heeding Humble Voices” [pdf]

This is also the first call for nominations for election to the Rouge Forum Steering Committee, 2010. Please send nominations to Community Coordinator Adam Renner. Nominations close September 10.

Little Red Schoolhouse:

Richard Brosio at the Rouge Forum Conference 2010: “Marxist Thought: Still Primus Inter Pares For Understanding And Opposing The Capitalist System” [pdf]

Dems Push Through Bribe to Teachers (and cops) to Continue the RaTT: House Democrats today pushed through a $26 billion jobs bill to protect 300,000 teachers and other nonfederal government workers from election-year layoffs. (Don’t ask about the food stamp cuts…)

Ok. About the Food Stamps: Though many in the education community are celebrating last week’s Senate vote for the so-called Edujobs bill, I can’t find any joy in it. In fact, I am shaken and ashamed because, to pay for it, the Senate snatched $11.9 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Alpert on What the Rich Do When They Lose a School Board Vote–Try to Abolish the Board: “These guys are trying to water down the school board because they didn’t like the way the election turned out,” said John de Beck, a longtime board member. “Himelstein is like the hired gun for the rich. He has no qualifications and he has no training in how to run a school.”

A Note from the Local Valedictorian:

School is not all that it can be. Right now, it is a place for most people to determine that their goal is to get out as soon as possible.

I am now accomplishing that goal. I am graduating. I should look at this as a positive experience, especially being at the top of my class. However, in retrospect, I cannot say that I am any more intelligent than my peers. I can attest that I am only the best at doing what I am told and working the system. Yet, here I stand, and I am supposed to be proud that I have completed this period of indoctrination. I will leave in the fall to go on to the next phase expected of me, in order to receive a paper document that certifies that I am capable of work. But I contest that I am a human being, a thinker, an adventurer – not a worker. A worker is someone who is trapped within repetition – a slave of the system set up before him. But now, I have successfully shown that I was the best slave. I did what I was told to the extreme. While others sat in class and doodled to later become great artists, I sat in class to take notes and become a great test-taker.

The new pyramid of the capitalist system


Inspired by the old I.W.W. “PYRAMID of CAPITALIST SYSTEM”, this poster is a portrayal of class society as it appears to us today. The whirlwind of market forces encircle and shape society, operating through our activity, yet behind our backs. People at different levels of the modern capitalist pyramid enjoy it or defend it or cope with it or fight it or get drunk to forget about their place in it. This poster was designed in collaboration by wapiti.se and prole.info.

Download a print quality PDF of the new pyramid of the capitalist system here.

Order the Rouge Forum version of the original IWW pyramid of the capitalist system here.