Monthly Archives: January 2015

Here are a few events we found that might be of interest to Edmonton PLG members. Know of others? Let us know!

Public Lecture:

Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements

Thursday, January 29, 5:30-7:30pm

Senate Chamber, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/598486430294809

Recent decades have seen the exciting convergence of anti-authoritarian radicalism and broader-based movements in the U.S. and Canada. From this convergence, a growing set of activists – from anti-poverty organizers in Toronto to prison abolitionists in Oakland, from occupy activists in New York to migrant justice organizers in Vancouver – are developing shared politics and practices. They are building “another politics,” to use a Zapatista expression. These efforts combine anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist, anti-oppression politics with grassroots organizing among ordinary, non-activist people. Drawing on interviews with organizers across North America, this presentation will explore another politics and distill lessons for building effective, visionary movements.

Book Launch:

Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements

Friday, January 30, at 7pm

Audreys Books, 10702 Jasper Avenue

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/765841513503135

Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements engages the anti-authoritarian current, a political tendency including abolitionists, anarchists, anti-racist feminists, autonomists, and many other radicals. Cutting across a wide range of left social movements in North America, this current is distinguished by its commitment to directly democratic structures, anti-oppression politics, explicit organization-building, prefigurative political practices, working for reforms while also pursuing revolution, and grassroots organizing.

Another Politics draws on dozens of interviews with experienced organizers across the U.S. and Canada. It traces the strands of movement and struggle that have led into the anti-authoritarian current, explores the defining principles and practices of another politics, and examines the visionary political approaches and questions that are emerging from the activities of this current. Building on collective reflections, this book also distills hard-earned lessons concerning anti-oppression politics, prefigurative praxis, strategy, organizing, leadership, and organization.

Film Festival:
Cinema and the Social Imaginary: Representing Capitalism and Beyond
Minus Degree Film Festival, January 29th   to March 26th

Intermedia Research Studio Tory Bldg 1-063 (University of Alberta main campus)

Festival screenings explore representations of the social imaginaries formed in capitalist cultures but also ask whether radical imaginaries for an autonomous society are possible and if so how.

The time of screenings is 7 PM.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY THE FIRST SCREENING ON JAN 29TH WILL START AT 8 PM!
Screenings will be followed by discussion, possibly in the nearest pub!

Films:
Jan 29th The Soviet Imaginary of Capitalism
Animated Soviet Propaganda   (Soviet Union, Dir: various, 1924-1984, 90 min)
What themes in this propagandist representation of capitalism are relevant today: what did the Soviets get right and what wrong?

Feb 5th Consumer Utopias in Post-sosicalism
Czech Dream (Czech Republic, Dir Vit Klusak, Philip Remuda, 2004, 90 min)
A  mockumentary about a mall that does not exist, asking questions of consumerism in post-socialist societies.

Feb  12th   Fascism, Xenophobia and Othering
The Wave (Germany, Dir. Dennis Gansel, 2008, 107 min)
A lesson of how we are what we pretend to be.

Feb 26th Alienation and Conflicts of Modernity
Sideways (Argentina, Dir. Gustavo Taretto, 2011, 95 min)
Lost in the big city exploring the dialectic of how separation could bring people together.

Mar 5th
Distant (Turkey, Dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2002, 110 min)
This film deals with urbanization, the loss of roots and the contrast between peasant culture and urban bourgeois culture.

Mar 12th New and Old Social imaginaries in the EU periphery: Balkans
California Dreamin’ (Romania, Dir. Cristian Nemescu, 2007, 155 min)
Will NATO reach its destination when memory and identity get on the way of the Big (Br)Other?

Mar 19th Colonization and Petro-cultures
Land of Oil and Water (Canada, Dir. Warren Cariou, Neil McArthur, 2009, 43 min)
Rhymes for Young Ghouls (Canada, Dir. Jeff Barnaby, 2013, 88 min)

Mar 26th Post-apocalyptic Predictions
Kin DzaDza (Soviet Union, Dir. Georgiy Daneliya, 1986, 135 min)

Soviet citizens of late socialism end up on a planet with highly developed technology but barbaric social relations.