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10 Years of Other Worlds Zine Fair

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 15/06/2024 - 11:15am in

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This year marks 10 years of the Other Worlds Zine Fair: it’s 10 years since the first fair was held in protest at the MCA’s connections to Transfield and their involvement with the detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru. Before this, the annual MCA zine fair had been the largest and most established zine fair in Sydney. The start of Other Worlds marked an important return to the DIY and activist roots of zine culture, organised by the zine community. Huge gratitude to all of the Other Worlds collective for all their work in organising the fair from year to year, and long live zines!

Every year a different artist designs the poster – previous designs have been by artists such as Emma D, Bailey Sharp, Anastasia Liolio, and Haein Kim – and this year, Other Worlds asked me, and so I channelled my 90s zine energies…

I’ll see you there on the 23rd – I’ll have copies of recent I am a Cameras and Disposable Cameras (and maybe a sign explaining the name: when I started these zines all the way back in 2000 (!) photo zines weren’t a thing, but now there’s always a few people disappointed that I am not so literally a camera).

In addition to the fair, there’s an Other Worlds 10th birthday party the night before (Saturday the 22nd) at Jura Books on Parramatta Rd with legendary zinester bands Made Austria and Hazeen as well as zine readings.

LSE Festival 2024 Reading List – Power and Politics

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 06/06/2024 - 9:34pm in

LSE Festival 2024 runs from Monday 10 to Saturday 15 June, bringing together academics, writers, journalists and leaders to explore how politics and power shape our world. An exciting range of expert panel events and a festival exhibition Displays of Power will delve into topics from the impact of the elections taking place around the world this year to the reality of where power lies in addressing pressing global challenges.

Ahead of the festival, LSE Review of Books Managing Editor Anna D’Alton shares a reading list on power and politics, covering issues from media freedom and struggles against authoritarianism to climate colonialism and data extractivism.

LSE Festival Power and Politics 2024

What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Fake News? Nick Anstead. SAGE. 2021.

Nick Anstead’s What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Fake News? explores the phenomenon of fake news and possible ways to address it. Given the rise of misinformation and disinformation and its influence in political campaigns of recent years, Matt Bluemink’s review finds the book a touchstone for our times.

Book cover of Cultivating DemocracyCultivating Democracy: Politics and Citizenship in Agrarian India. Mukulika Banerjee. Oxford University Press. 2021.

Cultivating Democracy by Mukulika Banerjee provides a rich and nuanced perspective on the complexities of politics, agrarian life and citizenship in rural India. Read more about the book in an interview with Mukilka Banerjee and a review by Kishor K. Podh.

Nick Anstead and Mukulika Banerjee are panellists in an LSE Festival event, A year of elections: power and politics in 2024 on Monday 10 June.

The Circulation of Anti-Austerity Protest. Bart Cammaerts. Springer. 2018.

In The Circulation of Anti-Austerity Protest, Bart Cammaerts examines how protest circulates in society, drawing on an investigation into the UK anti-austerity movement following the 2008 financial crisis. Cammaerts’s research offers rich insights into how social movements engage with communication technologies and processes, finds Sabrina Wilkinson in her review.

 

Media Freedom coverMedia Freedom. Damian Tambini. Polity. 2021.

Damian Tambini’s Media Freedom reflects on the history of media in the US, the UK and Europe and makes the case for absolute media freedom in order to uphold democracy. This book offers a cogent and practical response to evolving issues surrounding media freedom, writes Alana Smith in her review.

Damian Tambini and Bart Cammaerts will be participate in an LSE Festival event, Authoritarian populism and media freedom taking place on Tuesday 11 June.

Book cover of Carbon Colonialism by Laurie Parsons showing a man in a yellow T0shirt and navy trousers on a wooden boat , holding an oar in a body of water that is full of plastic rubbish.Carbon Colonialism: How Rich Countries Export Climate Breakdown. Laurie Parsons. Manchester University Press. 2023.

In Carbon Colonialism Laurie Parsons spotlights the injustice and power asymmetries of global climate politics and policy which enable the Global North to outsource carbon production and waste disposal to the Global South. Emphasising the cost to developing nations who bear the severest effects of climate breakdown, Parsons makes a convincing case for radical collective action and an overhaul of the legal framework on climate, writes Sneha Biswas.

TThreatening Dystopias coverhreatening Dystopias: The Global Politics of Climate Change Adaptation in Bangladesh. Kasia Paprocki. Cornell University Press. 2021.

Kasia Paprocki, which explores climate change adaptation in the Khulna region of Bangladesh, a place extremely vulnerable to the threats posed by the climate crisis. According to Nikhil Deb’s review, this study deserves wide acclaim for its refreshing take on how the ideologies surrounding climate change and climate victims today reproduce and intensify rural dispossession. 

Kasia Paprocki will chair an LSE Festival Event, Colonial power and climate change on Wednesday 12 June.

The Class Ceiling: Why It Pays to be Privileged. Sam Friedman and Daniel Laurison. Bristol University Press. 2019.

The Class Ceiling by Sam Friedman and Daniel Laurison offer a unique and encapsulating analysis of class inequality at the top end of the UK labour market. The book is not only compulsory reading for anybody who still believes that the UK is a meritocracy, writes Liam Kennedy, but its mixed-methods approach allows for important, nuanced and often overlooked aspects of social mobility to be understood.

A forthcoming book by Sam Friedman and Aaron Reeves, Born to Rule (Harvard University Press, September 2024), shows how white men from elite backgrounds, who have all too often attended a tiny group of private schools and highly selective universities, remain profoundly overrepresented in the contemporary British elite.

Learn more about this research by visiting the Displays of Power exhibition, in which Friedman and Reeves have an exhibit.

Narrating Democracy in Myanmar coverNarrating Democracy in Myanmar: The Struggle between Activists, Democratic Leaders and Aid Workers. Tamas Wells. Amsterdam University Press. 2021.

In Narrating Democracy in Myanmar, Tamas Wells interviewed foreign aid workers, Burmese democracy activists and NLD political figures to capture the multifaceted ways in which democracy has been conceptualised in Myanmar over the past decade, often outside of a Western liberal democratic paradigm. Read Giulia Garbagni’s review.

Hear from experts about the struggles of activists to uphold democracy in the LSE Festival event Defending democracy: building solidarity with persecuted writers, journalists, and artists will take place.

The event will feature Alpa Shah as a panellist, author of The Incarcerations: BK-16 and the Search for Democracy in India about the imprisonment of 16 human rights defenders without trial for an alleged terrorism plot against Modi’s government.

How cities can transform democracy by ross beveridge and philippe koch showing a hand holding a city with a colourful background and white and blue font.How Cities Can Transform Democracy. Ross Beveridge and Philippe Koch. Polity Press. 2022.

 In How Cities Can Transform Democracy, Ross Beveridge and Philippe Koch position the city as a democratic idea and a space for everyday collective action in the context of increasing urbanisation. The book generates new ways of thinking about the democratic potential of the city, writes Charlotte Cator.

Discover how European cities and their leaders play a critical role in addressing pressing policy challenges from inequality to climate change in an exhibit, “Who is Leading Europe’s cities?” featuring research by LSE Cities in the Displays of Power exhibition.

Data grab by Ulises Mejias and Nick Couldry book coverData Grab: The New Colonialism of Big Tech and How to Fight Back. Ulises A Mejias and Nick Couldry. WH Allen. 2024.

Data Grab by Nick Couldry and Ulises A Mejias explores how Big Tech ushered in an exploitative system of “data colonialism”, whereby elites profit by extracting new “data territories” from the masses. The book argues that conceiving of data exploitation in a continuum with historical colonialism is essential for understanding it and developing strategies on how we can resist it. Read more about the book in an interview with the authors.

Hear from other experts on the topic of technology, data and power at the LSE Festival event AI guardians: who holds power over our data taking place Saturday 15 June.

Note: This list was compiled by Anna D’Alton, Managing Editor of LSE Review of Books.

The post gives the views of the author, and not the position of the LSE Review of Books blog, nor of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Main image credit: Alejandro_Munoz on Shutterstock.

 

Webinar: Towards a Universal Basic Dividend – 12:00 CEST June 13

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 06/06/2024 - 7:39am in

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Earth for All: A Survival Guide for Humanity introduces Citizen Funds and a Universal Basic Dividend (UBD) as bold proposals to reduce inequality, increase wellbeing, and boost creativity and innovation in a time of social and economic upheaval.   This webinar will delve into the core concepts, potential benefits, and real-world applications of UBD as a […]

Webinar: Towards a Universal Basic Dividend – 12:00 CEST June 13

Book Launch: Ben Spies-Butcher, ‘Politics, Inequality and the Australian Welfare State After Liberalisation’

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 31/05/2024 - 10:16am in

Join Ben Spies-Butcher, Damien Cahill and Gabrielle Meagher to launch Ben’s new book, Politics, Inequality and the Australian Welfare State After Liberalisation.

Where: New Britannia Hotel, 103 Cleveland St, Darlington

When: Wednesday 12th June, 5.30 for 6pm-7pm

About Politics, Inequality and the Australian Welfare State After Liberalisation by Assoc Prof Ben Spies-Butcher

Neoliberalism has made Australia less equal and our welfare system more brutal. But it has also changed the politics of inequality. Using examples from health to housing, unemployment to universities, this book identifies opportunities to make a more equal Australia. Published by Anthem Studies in Australian Politics, Economics and Society. More information and to purchase the book visit: https://anthempress.com/the-politics-of-the-australian-welfare-state-after-liberalisation-hb

Catering: Drinks and food available from the venue.

Getting there: 8 mins walk from Redfern Station, or 6 mins from Broadway.  On the 352 bus route. Some timed car parking available.

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Recording of Yanis Varoufakis: ‘Australia & The New Cold War In The Age Of Technofeudalism’

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 23/05/2024 - 6:00am in

Earlier this year, the Discipline of Political Economy, together with the Political Economy Student Society (ECOPSoc), hosted an outstanding and well-attended talk by former Greek finance minister and Honorary Professor of Political Economy Yanis Varoufakis at the University of Sydney. The talk focused on the development of technofeudalism as the latest era of capitalism, and implications for Australia of a changing global economic order. You can stream Yanis’ talk here:

School of Social and Political Sciences · Australia & The New Cold War In The Age Of Technofeudalism

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Basic Income for the Arts in Ireland – What have We Learned after 20 months?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 22/05/2024 - 8:08am in

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This is to announce the fourth in a special series of discussions dedicated to reflecting on what we can learn from the Irish Basic Income for the Arts Pilot Scheme, as it unfolds.The Government of Ireland is running a Basic Income pilot that began in September 2022. 2000 artists and cultural workers will receive a […]

Basic Income for the Arts in Ireland – What have We Learned after 20 months?

Emergency basic income: Distraction or Opportunity – May 16th at 4pm

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 10/05/2024 - 4:26am in

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Jurgen De Wispelaere and Francesca Bastagli will explore the implications of Emergency Basic Income (EBI) for social protection systems and its relationship to Universal Basic Income (UBI). They will examine whether EBI can be integrated into existing programs, overcome barriers, and fuel changes towards more generous policies, while also discussing the divided opinions on whether […]

Emergency basic income: Distraction or Opportunity – May 16th at 4pm

ScoMo Banned From Dymocks Burwood For Hassling Customers To Buy His New Book

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 03/05/2024 - 8:18am in

Former Prime Minister (yep, really), Scott Morrison, has been asked to leave Dymocks Burwood after repeatedly hassling customers and trying to foist his new book on them.

”It was really embarrassing, he was standing at the door trying to lay hands on people, then whilst praying for them he’d slip his book in their shopping bag,” said a Dymocks Customer who wished to remain nameless. ”Also, he’d managed to put the book into every section of the store.”

”It was in romance, young adult, but not in the leadership section.”

When reached for comment on how the book sales were going, the former PM said: ”It’s a very exciting time and the books are literally flying off the shelves.”

”Why just yesterday I popped my head into a book shop and when people saw me they started running away. I assume they were running to buy a copy of my book so that I could sign it for them.”

”Funnily enough none of them came back, must have been too intimidated.”

”Anywho, must be off, I’m going to sneak a couple of copies of the book into the local street libraries. Just cause you can’t afford it doesn’t mean you should miss out on the gospel according to ScoMo.”

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Dollar Hegemony, State Sovereignty and International Order: an International Workshop

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 30/04/2024 - 12:11pm in

During the past decade, it has become obvious that economic interconnectedness did not bring forth frictionless international relations as many liberal theorists had predicted. To the contrary, the fact that economic integration has been profoundly uneven has enabled the weaponisation of asymmetrical economic relations for the achievement of geopolitical and/or economic goals (Whyte 2022; Farrell 2023). The weaponisation of the unique international role of the US dollar is one of the most consequential examples of this trend. For instance, in the period since 2001, US sanctions designations have expanded by an extraordinary 933%. In the context of Russia’s war in Ukraine, dollar hegemony made it possible to freeze Russia’s foreign reserves and expel the country from the SWIFT payments system and US correspondent banking. Many states, including geopolitical rivals of the US such as China, understand this reality as a direct threat to their sovereign rights and interests and have been debating possible solutions, such as the introduction of central bank digital currencies and/or the creation of alternative mechanisms of payments clearing and financial messaging (Eichengreen 2022).

The intertwining between dollar hegemony and private money creation puts additional pressures on state sovereignty, as functions with profound and direct effects on the organisation of public life, such as money creation and credit allocation, are carried out by private institutions. Lawyers and political theorists alike have produced useful elaborations on the effects of dollar hegemony and public money on monetary sovereignty (Pistor 2017; Murau & van’t Klooster 2023). What remains relatively under-explored is the conceptual and practical challenges posed by dollar hegemony to state sovereignty more broadly, beyond the confines of monetary sovereignty. In other words, more work remains to be done on the tensions between state sovereignty, a globalised capitalist economy, and the economic unevenness that hegemonic currencies embody (Tzouvala 2024).

To this end, we seek contributions from economists, IR scholars, political theorists, historians, sociologists and lawyers to explore this important question as well as its theoretical and practical implications. We are interested, amongst other issues, in papers exploring:

1)      the material and ideological foundations of dollar hegemony and their effects on state sovereignty and international order;

2)      the distributional impacts of dollar hegemony both between states and between classes/factions of classes;

3)      the legal rules and infrastructures that enable and challenge dollar hegemony;

4)      the historical evolution of dollar hegemony;

5)      the interplay between dollar hegemony, private money creation and financial capitalism;

6)      institutional and political alternatives to dollar hegemony.

7)      public and private experiments with digital currencies and their consequences for state sovereignty.

8)      the implications of dollar hegemony and challenges to it for unilateral sanctions.

9)      the geopolitics of dollar hegemony;

10) the mutually-sustaining relationship between US militarism and dollar hegemony.

We will explore these and other urgent question in a two-day workshop that will take place on the 5th and 6th of December 2024 at the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia). If interested, please send us an abstract of no more than 400 words and a short bio of no more than 50 words by the 1st of July 2024 at dollarandsovereignty@gmail.com. Limited funding may be available for speakers who do not have access to institutional funding.

Confirmed speakers include: Professor Melinda Cooper (Australian National University), Professor Mona Ali (State University of New York – New Paltz), Professor Will Bateman (Australian National University), Dr Ilias Alami (University of Cambridge), Professor Benton Heath (Temple University), Professor Shahar Hameiri (University of Queensland), Prof. David Blaazer (University of New South Wales), Professor Ryan Mitchell (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Dr Kanad Bagchi (University of Amsterdam).

Organisers: Dr Jessica Whyte (University of New South Wales), Dr Ntina Tzouvala (Australian National University). The event is co-sponsored by the ANU Capitalism Studies Network and the Australian Research Council Future Fellowship project Economic Sanctions After the Cold War (FT230100697).

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Call for Papers: FRIBIS Annual Conference 2024: Towards the Development of a Full UBI?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 26/04/2024 - 2:57am in

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“The FRIBIS Annual Conference 2024 focuses on partial basic income models and their implementation into various welfare systems. By examining feasible designs of partial basic income, the conference aims to identify ways to advocate for the idea of an unconditional basic income politically. FRIBIS is particularly interested in contributions related to social protection floors, sustainability, and issues in an […]

Call for Papers: FRIBIS Annual Conference 2024: Towards the Development of a Full UBI?

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