Discussions/presentations

Friday 30th of September

16h Anarhija/blok 45 – a talk about publishing and anarchy

Anarhija/blok 45 is a publishing initiative from Belgrade. It exists  for nine years, and publishes books that are primarily focused on some of the key aspects of mass society: work, productionism, economy as blackmail, the ideology of progress, etc.
The specificity of this publishing initiative is that all published books are free, which required  developing of new ways of distribution and a unique relationship with the readers.

About all of this, with special emphasis on the importance of publishing , the importance of what we call "theory" and about one vision of anarchy, we will discuss with Aleksa Golijanin , editor and translator of Anarhija/blok 45

 

18h The Radical Left in Germany - From Adorno to Antideutsch

The radical left movement in Germany has its origin in the neomarxist critical theory of the Frankfurter schule and the antiauthoritarian students movement of the late 1960s. In context of the cold war and a (post)fascist elite in western Germany the radical left showed different faces up to now: from the Baader-Meinhof-group and various small communist sects, over the autonomous left and the squatter movement to the bourgeoisie Green party and the contemporary antifa-movement.

After the decline of the Soviet Union the radical left in Germany got into a deep ideological crisis: the communist groups fell apart, autonom antifa movement divided itself in pro-Israel, antinationalist, Stalinist/antiimperialist and anarchist groups. The antiglobalisation movement, started 1999. in Seattle, was the beginning of a new era for the radical left.

The historical development and the contemporary tendencies and conflicts inside the radical left in Germany will be the topic of our input at the ZAF.

Libertarian League Ludwigsburg[LB]²
Freie Arbeiterinnen Union Stuttgart - FAU

 

Saturday 1st of October

14h Nuclear Disaster in Fukushima - what don't we know?

On the 11th of  March 2011. after the earthquake, strenght of 9 degrees Mercalli scale hit northeastern coast of Japan, Fukushima Daiichi  nuclear power plant suffered  catastrophic  damage. The tsunami that soon after that sealed the fate of the damaged nuclear power plant marked the beginning of a new epoch on  earth:  life with incalculable consequences of  the greatest industrial disaster in human history.

However,  hardly anything at all about this can be heard in the media. Why? Why is there so much silence  about  the deadly consequences of the nuclear emissions from Fukushima that some scientists believe are at least 72,000 times worse than Hiroshima and will result in one million cancer patients? Why is the  truth about nuclear energy suppressed and and why are  multimillion populations of Japan and North America exposed to deadly risks?. How have we became hostages of the nuclear industry, and  is there  a "safe level of radiation" at all? About all of that and much more we will hear from Pop, editor of Kontrapunkt.

 

16h Jelena Ilka Marković – Inscribing into the Political History

Ilka Marković was a  Serbian Socialist who in 1882. in the Cathedral Church in Belgrade attempted to  assassinate King Milan Obrenović. The Serbian public was completely shocked by this act, especially by the fact that the would be assassin was a woman. It was considered impossible that a woman would dare to commit such an act by herself alone and it was expected that the investigation will reveal that behind the conspiracy stood men who manipulated Ilka. On the contrary, what was revealed was that the only person besides Ilka involved was another woman, Lena Knićanin. Ilka herself stated that she was committed to this act because she wanted to "liberate Serbia from a tyrant" and that the only regret she has is that she missed, clearly indicating the political nature of this act, in particular placing it in the then current context of "tyrannicide" and "propaganda of the deed" . Ilka and Lena were both killed in retaliation in prison.

However, the conservative Serbian historiography has, until recently, spoken about this act with contempt, only as a crime out of passion. The reason: Milan has ordered the murder of Ilkas husband, socialist Jevrem Marković a few years earlier.

Historian Vanda Perović will offer us a completely different view of life and work of Ilka Marković, revolutionary who shot at the heart of the State and the patriarchal system.

 

18h Global crisis – discussion

The speakers in this discussion will be  Anselm Jappe, Spyros Marchetos, Nikos Nikolaidis
Unfortunately, Anselm Jappe can't make it to this ZAF, but the rest of the guest speakers will be there and the discussion will take place!

some of the themes that the speakers will discuss:

–      from the myth of global finance to the global myth of money
–      from talking about world debt crisis to understanding social crisis)
–      moving and fighting far away and close to home
–      immigrant struggles in Greece and in Europe, and the importance of emerging networks of struggle

 

20h Presentation of Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative

Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative is a decentralized network of 26 artists committed to making print and design work that reflects a radical social, environmental, and political stance. With members working from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, Justseeds operates both as a unified collaboration of similarly minded printmakers and as a loose collection of creative individuals with unique viewpoints and working methods. We believe in the transformative power of personal expression in concert with collective action. To this end, we produce collective portfolios, contribute graphics to grassroots struggles for social change, create collaborative installations, wheatpaste on the streets, and promote each others work as a worker-run cooperative. Justseeds members will present examples of printmaking and graphics being used in activist campaigns.