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CFP: Affinities, on “Challenging the rhetoric of non-State actors, political violence and ‘terrorism'”

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From: Michael Loadenthal
Subject: CFP: “Challenging the rhetoric of non-State actors, political violence, and ‘terrorism'”
Date: 28 May 2012 11:49am

Affinities: A Journal of Radical Theory, Culture, and Action

Call for papers for Issue #6: “Challenging the rhetoric of non-State actors, political violence and ‘terrorism’”

Affinities, a journal of contemporary radical politics, is now accepting submission proposals from individuals or collectives interested in contributing to a special edition focused on non-State actors, political violence and ‘terrorism.’ The purpose of this special edition of Affinities is to reengage critical anti-authoritarian scholarship with themes that challenge Statist attempts to control discourses around violence. Who is a terrorist? What is terrorism? When does resistance become violence? How does one label direct action movements? This special issue seeks to create space for an evolving discourse beyond the ‘violence versus non-violence,’ debate. How can we move stagnant conversations about tactical efficacy, the ethics of non-violence, the strategy of economic sabotage and direct action forward?

Submissions are warmly invited for this special issue as it our intent to open up a space for reflection, critique and revolutionary analysis. Submissions can come from any and all ‘disciplines’ including but not limited to: anarchist studies, critical theory, Marxist studies, Queer theory/LGBT studies, public anthropology, cultural studies, terrorism studies, security studies, peace studies, conflict analysis or others. We also accept nonpeer reviewed submissions from artists, activists, journalists and others outside of the academy.

Possible topics for submission include (but are not limited to):

  • Effective challenges to statist monopolization of discourses involving violence, terrorism, and the ethics of state vs. non-state violence
  • Anti-statists and their relationships to nationalist (liberation?) movements
  • What is militant non-violence and can it be effective?
  • Anarchist and other perspectives or critiques of violence in the Palestinian intifada, the Chechen jihad, the Angry Brigade, the Occupy movement…
  • How can radical communities respond to State terrorism and/or non-State violence?
  • What role can horizontal direct action movements have in mediating conflict?

To see previous issues of Affinities, or for more information on the journal, please visit To propose a paper, please submit an abstract (500 words max.) no later than June 30, 2012, to Authors whose abstracts are accepted for the special issue will be contacted by mid-July, with final articles to be due mid-October.

Please direct inquiries & abstracts to the issue editor: Michael Loadenthal (

Monday Lazy Linking

<li><p><a href="">Sheriff Joe's War: Now More War-ry! Radley Balko, <cite>Hit &amp; Run</cite> (2010-07-16)</a>. <q>The Arizona Republic: In a stretch of barren desert alongside Interstate 8 near Gila Bend that has become a corridor for human and drug smuggling, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and about 100 men staged a crime-suppression operation Thursday. Arpaio brought with him a belt-fed .50-caliber machine gun that can...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2010-07-16.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Cory Doctorow: Technology Can Be a Force for Liberation. Michel Bauwens, <cite>P2P Foundation</cite> (2010-07-15)</a>. <q>Introduction to the Persian edition of the science fiction novel Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow, London, June 2008 Available for free download via, under the “Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0″ Creative Commons license. Cory Doctorow: I wrote this book because I believe that technology can be a force for liberation. Not...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2010-07-16.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">“Free Market Capitalism” is an Oxymoron. Kevin Carson, <cite>Center for a Stateless Society</cite> (2010-07-17)</a>. <q>It’s pretty much standard for the chattering classes — both liberal and conservative — to refer to something called “our free market system,” also known as “free market capitalism.”  To the extent that the right-wingers at Fox and CNBC or on the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal advocate...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2010-07-17.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Why Misogynists Make Great Informants: How Gender Violence on the Left Enables State Violence in Radical Movements. inciteblog, <cite>INCITE! Blog</cite> (2010-07-15)</a>. <q>Originally published in make/shift magazine Some people may have seen this article already, which has been making its rounds on Facebook and the blogosphere, but INCITE! blog editors loved it so much that we wanted to share it here. The piece was originally published in make/shift magazine’s Spring/Summer 2010 issue...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2010-07-17.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">“The New Abortion Providers” and the Old Political Dilemmas. Christine C., <cite>Our Bodies Our Blog</cite> (2010-07-16)</a>. <q>The New York Times has published online an extensive article about “The New Abortion Providers” (it will appear in print in Sunday’s Magazine), which I highly recommend reading. Such detailed reporting from a mainstream publication on the struggles of individual medical students and doctors to make abortion an accepted, integrated...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2010-07-17.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Matt Buchanan on the Droid X. <cite>Daring Fireball</cite> (2010-07-17)</a>. I linked this article because it contained the best slashing-review line I've read all day: "The software — a discordant melange of the not-so-fresh Android 2.1 and various bits of the Blur 'social networking' interface from Motorola’s lower-end Android phones — is the shudder-inducing poster child for the horrors that can occur when most hardware companies try to make software. It’s ugly, scattershot, and confusing. It feels almost malicious." <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2010-07-17.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Joseph Déjacque and &quot;The Circulus in Universality&quot; <cite>Out of the Libertarian Labyrinth</cite> (2010-07-17)</a>. "Now then the absence of orders is the true order. The law and the sword is only the order of bandits, the code of theft and murder that presides at the division of the spoils, at the massacre of the victims. It is on that bloody pivot that the civilized world turns. Anarchy is its antipode, and that antipode is the axis of the humanispherean world." <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2010-07-17.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Take me to the river... Shawn P. Wilbur, <cite>Out of the Libertarian Labyrinth</cite> (2010-07-18)</a>. <q>Let's say we gather the usual suspects, down by the river, in the State of Nature, or thereabouts, for some a bit of property theory and a few "good draughts." John Locke says everybody can appropriate some river-water, as long as what they make their own "property" leaves "a whole...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2010-07-18.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">1996. <cite></cite> (2010-07-18)</a>. Oh, TI-85, how I remember our time together, coding blackjack games in an indecipherable "programming language" when I was supposed to be paying attention in class... <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2010-07-18.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Seattle's Finest. <cite>Daily Brickbats</cite> (2010-07-19)</a>. <q>Seattle prosecutors are reportedly looking at criminal charges against two local police officers. The two were caught on videotape kicking and stomping a Latino man as other officers watched. They'd stopped the man as a potential robbery suspect but left him go a sort time later after determining he was...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Monday 2010-07-19.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">New Zealand becomes a game-changer. Software patents no longer allowed « Icrontic Tech. <cite></cite> (2010-07-19)</a>. <q>Brian Ambrozy (primesuspect) Today a New Zealand government minister announced that software should not be patentable. July 15, 2010 4:55 PM ET in News, intellectual property, law, patents, software Today the New Zealand government’s office announced that Commerce Minister Simon Power instructed the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) to...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Monday 2010-07-19.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">feministhulk: HULK TRY TO WRITE POETRY ABOUT LOVE FOR SMASHING PATRIARCHY. WHAT RHYME WITH "HEGEMONY?" <cite>Twitter / feministhulk</cite> (2010-07-19)</a>. <q>feministhulk: HULK TRY TO WRITE POETRY ABOUT LOVE FOR SMASHING PATRIARCHY. WHAT RHYME WITH "HEGEMONY?"</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Monday 2010-07-19.)</em></p></li>