Perspectives on Anarchist Theory

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Vol. 7 - No. 1
Spring, 2003

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IAS Grant Awards

The Institute for Anarchist Studies annually awards $8000 in grants to writers whose work is important to the anarchist critique of domination, have a clear financial need, and whose piece is likely to be widely distributed. In February 2003 the IAS Board of Directors was pleased to award grants to the following individuals:

$1000 to Josh MacPhee for three essays on anarchism and aesthetics collectively entitled Building New Contexts for Anarchist Graphics, Videos and Films. These essays will focus on how anarchist cultural products are produced in a world defined by visual literacy, how this relates to capitalism’s use of design and art to “brand” ideas and products, and how anti-authoritarian signs and signifiers compare and compete. MacPhee is an artist and activist living in Chicago.

$1200 to Errol Schweizer for his novel Rage at Dawn. Two major themes will be present in this work of historical fiction: the attempt to reform and organize against the present structure of oppression and construction of a libertarian and egalitarian alternative. Schweizer hopes to present anarchist ideas in a way that can be related to everyday life. He is a writer and activist and has worked with youth in a Bronx community center for the past thirteen years.

$800 to Sandra Jeppesen for her piece Anarchy, Revolution, Freedom: Towards Anarchist Cultural Theory. This project will expand upon anarchist cultural theory. It will look at both mainstream and explicitly anarchist represent-ations of revolution to try to come to an understanding of anarchist culture and to develop a means of theorizing in a way that is significantly different than Marxian cultural studies, both in approach and political analysis. Jeppesen is a doctoral student at York University in Toronto.

$1000 to Justin Jackson for his piece Black Roses, Black Masks: The American An-archist Movement and its Media in the Vietnam Years. This project will be an edited collection of writing, poetry, art and images from anarchist press in the United States between 1945 to 1980, with a focus on the 1960s and 1970s, and will include a lengthy introduction on the underground anarchist press of the 1960s. Jackson is a writer and activist who currently lives in Detroit, Michigan.

If you are interested in applying for a grant, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the IAS. Grant applications are also available at the IAS’s website.

Perspectives on Anarchist Theory - Vol. 7, No. 1 - Spring 2003