Monday, February 09, 2009
This year will be a little different than years past. More ad hoc with recommendations rather than formal events dominating the 8 days but our hope is that this instigates more events in homes, on the streets, and in dark corners rather than at the old haunts with the same social habits. We desire kinetics derived from the anarchist energy to live and not stale events with stale ideologues yammering up on stage about blah blah blah and how if you buy my book you are somehow helping Real People (TM) in their fight for survival. Sell that shit on Amy Goodman but stop offending anarchists who (should) know better with it.
- Day One - 3/10 - Anarchist Study Group shared reading
- Day Two - 3/11 - Movie Night
- Day Three - 3/12 - Night of debate
- Day Four - 3/13 - Anarchist Cafe
- Day Five - 3/14 - Various events around the Bay
- Day Six - 3/15 - BASTARD Conference
- Day Seven - 3/16 - Meeting of like minded people
- Day Eight - 3/17 - Anarchist Study Group shared reading
Announcing the 9th Annual Berkeley Anarchist Students of Theory And Research & Development (BASTARD) conference. The conference will happen Sunday March 15th 10 am - 6 pm at UC Berkeley.
This year's theme is going to be anarchist principles. What are anarchist principles? How did anarchists practice these principles in the past? How do they practice them today? How have they changed?
We have a working hypothesis that the anarchist principles (version 1) are Mutual Aid, Solidarity, and Direct Action. At best our conference will have workshops on these principles, how they have been tested and shown to be relevant, practical and inadequate. This is an opportunity to examine anarchist practice through the principles that individual anarchists and anarchist groups and organizations hold in common.
This year we are going to continue our experiment from last year which we consider a success, The Open Space Thread. The idea was to provide a place for structured conversations on specific topics without requiring a talking head to lead the conversation. The conversations between like-minded strangers were inspired and we look forward to what develops from this years theme.
Submit your Proposal!
We are now accepting proposals along any theoretical theme that anarchists might find interesting. The forms is available at the bottom of this page or you may email proposals to the conference email, or send us your proposals and a little background info about yourself (and a SASE) to ASG c/o Long Haul 3124 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley CA 94705.
The BASTARD conference promotes the understanding that there are multiple valid approaches to anarchism, each of which has points that are worth examining. Please come and share your approach. Participate in a commerce-free event with other anarchists who are interested in the theory and philosophy of where we've come from, where we are, and where we're going.
Proposal submission form
Please keep your synopsis to under 200 words. Keep your bio to less than 100. Our intention is adding this information is to provide people who come to the conference without a lot of experience on the subject matter informed as to exactly what they are getting into. Do not list your institutional accomplishments! Keep those to yourself and your therapist.
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