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‘Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion’


Few of us know the exact details of where our clothes come from. In ‘Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion’, Tansy E. Hoskins poses questions that we as consumers rarely pause to ask: how were our garments made, who manufactured them, and which corporation owners profited from them? From high fashion designers to high […]


BOOK LAUNCH ‘Para-academia’ with Deborah Withers, Alex Wardrop, and Charlotte Cooper

‘Academia is dying, and in the process compulsively crushes the desires for learning, creating, teaching, cooperating it claimed to foster’, Isabelle Stengers writes as endorsement for The Para-Academic Handbook: A Toolkit for making-learning-creating-acting, a unique collection exploring the margins of contemporary academia.

The book collects global perspectives of people who feel connected, in different ways, to the practice of para-academia. Those people who work alongside, beside, next to, and rub up against the proper location of the Academy, making the work of higher education a little more irregular and perverse.

This event will discuss the perils, possibilities and necessities of para-academic practice. It will explore how alternatives to the marketised university can not only be sustained, but also flourish. Speakers include editors of the collection Deborah Withers and Alex Wardrop, and contributor Charlotte Cooper.

Published by Hammer On Press www.hammeronpress.net

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‘Poor but Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East and West’ with Agata Pyzik

Marking 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Agata will be speaking about the continued cultural divide that separates East and West Europe.

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‘Being and Being Bought: Prostitution, Surrogacy and the Split Self’ with Kajsa Ekis Ekman

Join us for this rare opportunity to hear Swedish feminist Ekman discuss her polemic on the psychology of sex work, in which she also criticizes the booming surrogacy industry.

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Book launch: ‘Beaten But Not Defeated’

Come to my book launch of ‘Beaten But Not Defeated’ on Friday 14th November 2014 at Bookmarks, 1 Bloomsbury St, London WC1B 3QE at 6.30.

This biography charts Siegi Moos’s life, starting in Germany when he witnessed the Bavarian uprisings of 1918/19 and the later rise of the extreme right. The book then follows Siegi’s progress in Berlin between 1929-1933 as a committed Communist and an active anti-Nazi in the well-organised Red Front, before much of the German Communist party (KPD) took the Nazis seriously, and his deep involvement in agit-prop theatre and the Free Thinkers.

Siegi escaped Germany in 1933 and, exiled in Britain, left the Communist Party in around 1937 and for the rest of his life, sought another route to the transformation of capitalism.The book describes Siegi’s life as an exile: the loss of family, comrades, his first language and the impact of exile on his personal relationships.

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Fuse Book Club: Broken Republic by Arundhati Roy

Broken Republic by Arundhati Roy

Combining analysis and reportage by one of India’s iconic writers, Broken Republic examines the nature of progress and development in the emerging global superpower.

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Owen Jones on The Establishment

How The Establishment Get Away With It

Owen Jones will talk on the issues and arguments from his latest book The Establishment: How They Get Away With It (Sep 2014, Penguin) which looks at the reasons for political and economic injustice including specifically the role of the Establishment and whether the public sector is demonised.

Book review: Beaten But Not Deafeated

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Book review: Beaten But Not Deafeated

Book Review of Beaten but not Defeated: Siegfried Moos – A German Anti-Nazi who Settled in Britain by Merilyn Moos. Chronos Books, Winchester 2014. £17.99 by Louis Bayman   You might be forgiven for asking, who was Siegfried Moos? There is little reason for fame to accrue to an academic at the Oxford Institute of Statistics […]

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War resisters’ international present; ‘Nonviolent Campaigning’

Launch of second edition of WRI’s ‘Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns’ (WRI, 2014, £7)

War Resisters’ International launches the second edition of its Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns. The handbook is a selection of methods, tools, and experiences of using nonviolence to create tangible, long-lasting change in situations of violence and oppression. While our movements are diverse, we all share the common goal of challenging violence and oppression in our communities.

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Mulk Raj Anand’s Across the Black Waters : remembering Indian soldiers in WW1

Please join Man Booker Prize judge Alistair Niven for an evening to discuss the politics of Indian soldiers involvement in the First World War, as explored in Mulk Raj Anand’s recently republished classic book on the subject, ‘Across the Black Waters’.

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