Archive for April 12th, 2010


Chartism (1838-1858): New Perspectives

Chartism (1838-1858): New Perspectives/Le Chartisme (1838-1858): Nouvelles Perspectives.

The annual international Chartism Conference is organised by the Society of Labour History, the Chartist Study Group and the South Wales Centre for History and Interdisciplinary Research (SWCHIR). It will be held at the Sorbonne, Paris, between 2-4 July 2010. This is a two day conference on many aspects of Chartist history followed by a ‘Revolution Walk’ on 4 July.
Speakers include
Benoît Agnès (Université Paris I-PanthéonSorbonne,
Joan Allen (Newcastle University),
Fabrice Bensimon (Université Paris IV-Sorbonne,
Eugenio Biagini (Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge,
Malcolm Chase (Leeds University),
Ian Haywood (Roehampton University),
Iorwerth Prothero (Manchester),
Michael Sanders (University of Manchester),
and Gregory Vargo (Columbia University, New York, USA).

Fabrice Bensimon.
Maison de la Recherche,
Université Paris 4-Sorbonne,
28 rue Serpente,
75006 Paris.

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Spring author events at Bookmarks


Bookmarks Bookshop is pleased to announce our Spring 2010 programme of author events. Most events are free to attend. You can have a glass of wine, listen to the authors introduce their books, and ask questions. Afterwards, you can browse our selection of radical books, DVDs, t- shits, gifts and cards. To book a place at any of the events below, email

The Imperial Controversy: Challenging the Empire Apologists
Andrew Murray (Chair of Stop the War Coalition)
Tuesday 20 April 6.30pm, Free
Andrew Murray meticulously uncovers the intimate links between the war on terror and the history of empire, between colonialism and Nazism, between the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq and Britain’s bloody imperial record – and shows why the cheerleaders for today’s western military interventions now want to rehabilitate it. (Seumas Milne)

My Father Was a Freedom Fighter
Ramzy Baroud
Friday 23 April, 6.30pm, Free
Ramzy Baroud’s new book provides a deeply personal account of his family’s experiences, across three generations, of the theft and occupation of Palestine by the Israeli state. The book places Baroud’s experiences within the context of the broader political events of the conflict, in such a stark and moving way that this account evokes an understanding of what it is to be a Palestinian in a Gazan refugee camp.

The Enigma of Capital: And the Crisis of Capitalism/Companion to Capital
David Harvey
Tuesday 27 April, 6.30pm, Free NB – Now at Kings College London
Capitalism will never fall on its own. It will have to be pushed.The accumulation of capital will never cease. It will have to be stopped. The capitalist class will never willingly surrender its power. It will have to be dispossessed. David Harvey is the world’s most cited academic geographer and his course on Marx’s Capital has been downloaded by well over 250,000 people since mid-2008.

Injustice: Why Social Inequality Persists
Danny Dorling
Monday 10 May , 6.30pm, Free
“Beliefs which serve privilege, elitism and inequality, infect our minds like computer viruses. But now Dorling provides the brain- cleaning software we need to begin creating a happier society. ” Richard Wilkinson author of “The Spirit Level”

Night of the Golden Butterfly
Tariq Ali
Wed 12 May, 7.30pm, £4/£2 concessions
Political campaigner, novelist and historian Tariq Ali will be talking about the fifth and concluding book in the Islam Quintet.
Bloomsbury Church, 235 Shaftesbury Ave, WC2H 8EP, 2 mins from Bookmarks

Bonfire of Illusions: The Twin Crises of the Liberal World
Alex Callinicos
Tuesday 18 May , 6.30pm, Free
The crisis of 2007–9 is an event of historic importance that has affected economy, society and politics. Callinicos analyses its causes within the broader development of capitalism in recent decades. Particularly relevant is his stress on ‘financialisation’ as well as the implications he draws regarding the balance of imperial power across the world.

Bookmarks: The Socialist Bookshop
1 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3QE020 7637 1848


Gramsci conference in London

New Insights into Gramsci’s Life and Work
Friday, May 28th, 2010
Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

A one-day conference organised by Alessandro Carlucci (Royal Holloway, University of London) in association with the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies (School of Advanced Studies, University of London)

Sponsored by the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust, and by the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway, University of London

The main aim of the conference is to share and disseminate the results of recent, specialised research on Gramsci. Significant novelties will be presented by leading experts with the aim of overcoming disciplinary boundaries and helping to reduce the gaps between: a) widespread, conventional understandings of Gramsci and up-to-date specialised research; and b) the work on Gramsci’s writings and biography and the use of Gramsci’s theories for understanding current social, political and cultural issues.

Confirmed contributors: Derek Boothman (SSLMIT, University of Bologna), Craig Brandist (University of Sheffield), Fabio Frosini(University of Urbino), Carl Levy (Goldsmiths, University of London), James Martin (Goldsmiths, University of London), Anne Showstack Sassoon (Birkbeck, University of London), and Peter Thomas (member of the editorial board of Historical Materialism).

Entrance: FREE

For further information please contact the organisers at or <

April 2010