Starting Date: 01-16-2014
Ending Date: 01-18-2014
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Surrey, British Columbia V3W 2M8
CanadaRegistration is now open, and we are accepting abstracts, exhibit proposals, (or even full papers or complete individual panel proposals) for the 5th Annual North American Anarchist Studies Network (NAASN) Conference: January 16-18, 2014 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, BC.
Over the past two decades, there's been a growing interest, both inside and outside the academy, in research done on anarchism (or by anarchists), and we have seen a resurgence in related multidisplinary reading, study and theory.
It is hoped that this conference will build upon the work of the four successful previous NAASN conferences; first, as a wonderful opportunity for head-to-head gathering, with lively discussion and comradely debate, and then at conclusion, will leave an open archive of all published papers & presentations intended to stand as a positive contribution to the further flourishing of anarchist ideas and action.
There is a long and varied history of anarchist organizing and action in the BC state context. From the intense IWW struggles in timber and mining through the Yippie riots of the 1960s, intentional communities and free schools, to the ongoing struggles against pipelines and fracking and campaigns in defense of migrants today, anarchism has taken diverse forms reflecting specific communities and circumstances. More recently recognition by anarchists has grown of the complementarity between indigenous community governance and anarchist perspectives.
Current struggles pose challenges of settler anarchists defending migrants and opposing borders or contesting oil and gas extraction on unceded indigenous territories, in a context of longstanding indigenous resistance.
Geographical Scope: International