for Anarchist Studies Update
This fall sees the IAS expand
funding opportunities, say goodbye to a board member and find a
new home on the internet, as well as continue with our general
As a result of our June 2000
board meeting we decided to sponsor a writing contest in addition
to our usual grant awards. We wanted some way to connect more
directly with contemporary political developments and offer
financial support to a wider variety of people. While our grants
are meant for more substantial projects, we decided to offer $1000
for a short essay focusing on anarchist perspectives on the
"new social movement" we see developing all around us.
See page three for more details. The winning essay will be
published in the newsletter as well as on our website.
Michelle Matisons, after five years as a board member, is moving
on. She has relocated to the San Francisco Bay area where she has
just successfully completed a Ph.D. in Women's Studies. Her
dissertation, "Systems, Standpoints, and Subjects: Marxist
Legacies in U.S. Feminist Theories" looks at the ways in
which Marxism has influenced US feminism - for better or for
worse. From the start, Michelle committed herself to ensuring the
success of the IAS and we have all enjoyed working with her.
The IAS website has moved to a new location, http://flag.blackened.net/ias.
This anarchist site has generously offered to host the IAS and we
are happy to be in the company of friends. Our email address stays
the same for the time being and we'll maintain a redirect page on
our old website account.
A new page on the website
detailing how and where to find completed IAS projects will be of
interest to everyone. Future pages in the works include
advice on writing and publishing for the radical writer.
This year we gave out our
first grant to a fiction project. For quite some time, we have
been committed to funding the "written word" and we are
excited to have given a grant for a play about an Irish anarchist.
We also gave a grant to a previous grant recipient who will expand
upon his original work on anarchism and South Africa to include
issues such as Black Nationalism. See page three for more details.
Cindy Milstein and John Petrovato organized a great anarchist
conference at the end of August. It was a pleasure to attend an
anarchist conference where a high level of thought was present in
both the presentations and inevitably lively lunch and dinner
conversations. Five board members gave presentations to varying
degrees, along with a wide variety of activists and intellectuals.
Chuck Morse's interview with
Janet Biehl (Spring 1998) has been translated into two
more languages, German and Japanese - that makes six different
translations so far. My article on Seattle (Spring 2000) was
quoted in a London based Portuguese language newspaper and will
also be reprinted, in a revised state, in the upcoming issue of Social
Our fundraising campaign is
going quite well although we still need $6000 in donations to meet
our goal. So far, we have received $14,000 in donations and we
thank everyone - old and new supporters - for their generosity. We
recently received a fabulous donation from Aigis Press of three
new titles, which will compliment our books for donors. These
include Since Predator Came: Notes From The Struggle For American
Indian Liberation by Ward Churchill; From State to Community:
Rethinking South Korean Modernization by Seung-joon Ahn; and One
Size Does Not Fit All by Beverly Naidus. See the booklist
insert for all the wonderful books from Raven Used Books
you can choose from and support the IAS.
on Anarchist Theory -
Vol. 4, No. 2 - Fall 2000