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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 www.affinitiesjournal.org. To propose a paper, please submit an abstract (500 words max.) no later than June 30, 2012, to Michael.Loadenthal@gmail.com. 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 (Michael.Loadenthal@gmail.com)

Wednesday Lazy Linking

<li><p><a href="http://flipfloppingjoy.com/2010/11/07/on-the-day-of-mehserles-sentencing-a-feminist-vow/">On the Day of Mehserle??s Sentencing: A Feminist Vow. kloncke, <cite>flip flopping joy</cite> (2010-11-07)</a>. <q>hey y??all, it??s such an honor to offer this cross-posted piece (originally on my blog, Kloncke,) in the webspace of a thinker, writer, and creator who??s most inspired me in my own artistic/political practice.  and in a community that continues to hearten and amaze me.  thanks bfp, maia, blackamazon, Wheelchair...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2010-11-09.)</em></p></li>

Monday Lazy Linking

<li><p><a href="http://reason.com/archives/2009/04/28/eminent-domain-through-the-bac">&quot;Eminent Domain Through the Back Door&quot; - Reason Magazine. <cite>reason.com</cite> (2010-08-28)</a>. In which the city government's Bulldozer Brigade in Montgomery, Alabama attacks "blight" -- by which they mean black people's houses. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2010-08-28.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://aaeblog.com/2010/08/28/c4ss-appeal/">C4SS Appeal. Roderick, <cite>Austro-Athenian Empire</cite> (2010-08-28)</a>. <q>Guest Blogs by Brad Spangler and Kevin Carson PLAN B: Okay, It??s Time to Panic by Brad Spangler Dear Supporters of the Center for a Stateless Society, I blame myself. When we launched the month-plus long fundraising drive for combined July and August expenses two weeks ago, I tried to...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2010-08-28.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2010/08/gandhi-on-state.html">Gandhi on the State. Sheldon Richman, <cite>Free Association</cite> (2010-08-27)</a>. <q>"The State represents violence in a concentrated and organized form. The individual has a soul, but as the State is a soulless machine, it can never be weaned from violence to which it owes its very existence." --Gandhi(HT: Shikha Dalmia)Atom</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2010-08-29.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/c4ss/~3/Wd_Pf76mynk/3428">True Economic Liberty: Not a Conservative Idea. Darian Worden, <cite>Center for a Stateless Society</cite> (2010-08-04)</a>. <q>Alexander McCobin (??Considering a Conservative Plea for Libertarian Support,? Students for Liberty, 08/04/10) makes an excellent rebuttal to the claim that libertarians are just a faction of conservatism. The label ??libertarian? indicates someone who consistently supports the liberty of the individual ?? a standard that most conservatives just don??t reach....</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2010-08-29.)</em></p></li>
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Friday Lazy Linking

<li><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2009/11/06/this-is-the-modern-world">This Is the Modern World. Jesse Walker, <cite>Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2009-11-06)</a>. <q>This month&#39;s edition of Cato Unbound tackles one of the most interesting questions historians have: Where did modernity come from? Stephen Davies leads off with a revision and synthesis of several classical liberal theories about the issue; his essay has attracted a friendly critique from Jack Goldstone, one of the...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2009-11-13.)</em></li>
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<li><a href="http://eyeam4anarchy.blogspot.com/2009/11/uncle-sam-goddamn-by-brother-ali.html">Uncle Sam Goddamn by Brother Ali. Kelly W. Patterson, <cite>Las Vegas Anarchoblogs</cite> (2009-11-12)</a>. <q>This might just be the most kick ass song ever recorded. It's a show tune, but the show ain't been written for it yet. Hopefully, a team of writers somewhere is working on that.</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2009-11-13.)</em></li>
<li><a href="http://cherylcline.wordpress.com/2009/11/02/re-daddy-issues/">Re:  Daddy Issues. cherylcline, <cite>der Blaustrumpf</cite> (2009-11-02)</a>. <q>In ??Daddy Issues,? Dennis Perrin wonders why we offer our presidents not merely obedience but also filial piety: What is it that makes Americans feel a family connection to the presidency? Yes, we are indoctrinated from birth about our unique goodness, our special qualities; and yes, the president is viewed...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2009-11-13.)</em></li>

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