Perspectives on Anarchist Theory

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Vol. 4 - No. 1
Spring, 2000


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Critical Anarchism: Remaking the Tradition

Nearly four summers ago, in Montague, Massachusetts, the Critical Issues in Contemporary Anarchism conference attempted to provide a scholarly space in which to both reexamine and reinvigorate the social and political tradition of anarchism. This small contribution to the difficult process of challenging anarchist history, thought, and practice continues August 24-27, 2000, in Plainfield, Vermont.   

We again aim to create a participatory forum for open thinking that could ultimately push anarchism past its own limitations. Indeed, the so-called "New Anarchism" emerging from the Seattle WTO demonstrations, while extremely inspiring, cries out for a new generation of anarchist theorists to add rigor to a utopian tradition often only shaped by practice. This conference is a part of that project, as well as the larger struggle to build a free society.  

The conference will  feature 30 to 40 short presentations and discussions. Papers are also encouraged. We are looking for presentations covering a variety of perspectives and disciplines-from social and political theory, to history and anthropology, to philosophy and cultural studies, to economics and contemporary trends.

Space is limited, so please submit a presentation idea by May 1 to either of the co-organizers. Write for a brochure and registration form to: Cindy Milstein, 5641 S. Blackstone Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60637-1898, cbmilstein@aol.com; or John Petrovato, P.O. Box 715, Conway, Massachusetts 01341, ssimon@shaysnet.com.