John Holloway on the challenges in Greece (7 Sept)

Leeds Taking Soundings is very pleased to be working with the School of Geography at the University of Leeds to present a talk by the distinguished radical scholar John Holloway. The public lecture is at 7pm. This poster advertises other events John is taking part in at the School of Geography.

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This talk will be in Broadcasting Place (Leeds Beckett University, located opposite the Fenton  pub on Woodhouse Lane), room BPAG02 at 7 PM on Monday, September 7th 2015.

John Holloway: “Greece: Hope drowns in the Reality of a Dying World. Or does it”?

Here’s what the School of Geography have to say:

The MA in ‘Global Urban Justice’ and the ‘Cities and Social Justice’ research cluster at the School of Geography, University of Leeds are organising a workshop with John Holloway, titled “Greece: Hope drowns in the Reality of a Dying World. Or does it?”. Holloway is a Professor of Sociology at the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y humanidades in the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico. He has published widely on Marxist theory, on the Zapatista movement and on the new forms of anti-capitalist struggle. His book ‘Change the World Without Taking Power’ (Pluto, London, 2002, new edition 2010) has been translated into eleven languages and has stirred an international debate. His more recent book, ‘Crack Capitalism’ (Pluto, 2010), takes the argument further by suggesting that the only way in which we can think of revolution today is as the creation, expansion, multiplication and confluence of cracks in capitalist domination. John visited the School of Geography at Leeds previously in 2011 and delivered a set of public lectures that can be watched here: .

Read an interview of John Holloway at Roar magazine, published online in September 2014:

Leeds Taking Soundings strongly recommends this talk, coming as it does at such a huge moment of crisis in Greece. We’ve booked the biggest room  in the building, we expect a lot of people will want to come.

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More protest against the Immigration Bill, & a celebration

Leeds No Borders has circulated this message via email:

We do hope you can join us and help spread the word for this special
evening of celebration!
There is also a protest in Sheffield against the immigration bill earlier
in the day.

Wednesday 18th December 2013
6pm Wharf Chambers 23 – 25 Wharf Street, LS2 7EQ (behind Safran’s/near old
megabus stop)

All welcome, bring friends & family.

Free, donations appreciated.

Delicious food from 6pm – bring something to share if you can.

A night of short films, sharing stories, poetry, dance, drama and music
(if you have an ipod, bring it along and we will try to play your
favourite tunes!).

It’s ‘open mic’ so if you want to perform, just come along! 🙂

Please get in touch if you need more information or would like to help out.

It was great to see a good turn out last Saturday against the immigration
bill – many thanks to all who came.

Sheffield are organising a regional protest on the 18th Dec against the
immigration bill and it would be fantastic to have Leeds represented.
Please get in touch if you can go/offer a lift. Megabus tickets are £5 and
we have funds for anyone who wants to go but can’t afford a ticket.

12pm Meet at the bottom of The Moor S1 4PL (near new market). March to the
Town Hall arriving at 12.30 then to UK Border Agency, arriving at Vulcan
House S3 8NU at 1pm

We are organising 2 public meetings in Harehills and at Leeds Uni at end
of Jan/early Feb, please get in touch if you are interested in getting

Many thanks for reading

To be discussed: anarcho-populism sweeping the world?

The excellent openDemocracy recently included this article from Paulo Gerbaudo (6 November 2013), which argues that a new ‘imaginary of mass insurgency’ combining elements of anarchism and populism is increasingly prominent, utilising the novel political slogan GTFO (Get the Fuck Out). It’s worth reading – and contributing to the debate, either on the oD page or here.