IAS Grant Updates
Passionate and Dangerous: Conversations with Midwestern
Anti-Author-itarians and Anarchists by Mark Bonhert and Richard Curtis
has been completed and published as an attractive, 70 page
pamphlet. The pamphlet (formerly titled Post-Industrial
Resources: Anarchist Reconstructive Efforts & Visions in the
Upper Midwest) is comprised of interviews with anarchist
activists from Detroit, Chicago, and other areas throughout the
Midwest. It defies the Midwest’s reputation as a bastion of
conservatism and offers a candid picture of the contemporary
anarchist movement, its failings as well as strengths. It is
available from AK Press, Left Bank Books, or directly from the
authors at P.O. Box 63232, St. Louis, MO 63163. Bonhert and Curtis
were awarded $250 in June 1997.
Matt Hern and Stuart Chaulk’s book, The Myth of the
Internet: Private Isolation and Local Community has been
accepted for publication by Broadview Press of Toronto, Canada. A
first draft is being reviewed by the publisher and Hern and Chaulk
anticipate that the book will be available in the fall or early
winter. They were awarded $1200 in January 1998.
Lucien van der Walt has completed more than 140 pages of
his manuscript, Anarchism and Revolutionary Syndicalism in
South Africa, 1904-1921. He has written a detailed
treatment of the impact of anarchism and revolutionary syndicalism
on the early socialist movement in South Africa up until 1920 and
all that remains to be examined are the events leading to the
founding of the Communist Party of South Africa in mid-1921. His
research indicates that libertarian socialism was a powerful
influence on the early left-wing movement. Two articles drawn from
his research will appear this year. “‘The Industrial Union is
the Embryo of the Socialist Commonwealth’: The International
Socialist League and Revolutionary Syndicalism in South Africa,
1915-1920” will appear in Comparative Studies of South Asia,
Africa and the Middle East and “Race, Class and
Revolutionary Syndicalism in South Africa: The International
Socialist League and the Industrial Workers of Africa,
1915-1920” is forthcoming in Archiv fur die Geschichte des
Widerstandes und der Arbeit. He was awarded $500 in June 1998.
Joe Lowndes continues to work on his “Anarchism and the
Rise of Rightwing Anti-statism.” He will soon begin archival
research into the direct mail campaigns of the New Right in the
mid-1970’s. He will examine how New Right elites appealed to a
white, middle and working-class public, with particular attention
to the way they linked racial themes to anti-government messages.
He hopes to complete his project by Fall 1999. He was awarded
$1000 in June 1998.
Chris Day continues work on his book, Anarchism and the
Zapatista Revolution. He has completed a draft of the first section,
which is a history of the EZLN from its founding in 1983 to 1994.
He has also written two articles that will provide the basis for
an additional two chapters. The first, which is scheduled for
publication in Forward Motion, recapitulates the history of
the EZLN prior to 1994 and continues with a narrative account of
their development to the present. An edited version of the second
article, “Dual Power in the Lacandon Jungle” is scheduled for
publication by the Fire By Night Organizing Committee. This is a
theoretical treatment of the lessons of the Zapatistas’s
experience in dual power in the form of the autonomous
municipalities established in December 1994. He was awarded $2000
in January 1998.
Sam Mbah is working on his book, The Military Dictatorship
And The State In Africa. He completed the analysis and
collation of research materials this spring and has now begun
writing. He was awarded $2000 in
All but four of thirty chapters of Zoe Erwin and Brian
Tokar’s anthology, Engineering Life: A People’s Guide to
Biotechnology, are complete. They have been
negotiating with publishers and will begin final editing as soon
as they secure a publication contract. They were awarded $1000 in
Murray Bookchin continues research on the Spanish anarchists.
His work will appear in Volume 3 of the Third Revolution:
Popular Movement in the Revolutionary Era (the book will be
published by Cassell Academic in late 1999 or 2000). He was
awarded $1000 in January 1997 for the second volume of his Spanish
Anarchists: The Heroic Years.
Peter Lamborn Wilson’s introduction to the new edition of
Enrico Arrigone’s (aka Frank Brand) autobiography has evolved
into an article that will appear in a collection of essays on
anarchist history (The Autobiography of Enrico Arrigone has
been postponed). Wilson’s piece, which will probably be titled
“‘Brand’: an Italian anarchist”, is complete and the
anthology that will contain it is tentatively titled Lost
Histories: Anarchist Essays (scheduled for publication by
Autonomedia in 2000). He was awarded $250 in June 1997.
Frank Adams continues to work on his essay, “The
Educational Ideas and Management Practices of 19th and 20th
Century Anarchists in Labor-Owned Cooperatives.” He was awarded
$500 in June 1997.