anarchist book fair zagreb 26.-28. march 2010

Bookfair program

Friday, 26th March 2010

15:00 – 21:00
[cinema Europa, Varsavska 3, see MAP]

Bookfair - come and check the books of different publishers, free materials from various groups,
newspapers, magazines... See list of participants.

[Mama, Preradoviceva 18]

Presentation of Center for Anarchist Studies

[Mama, Preradoviceva 18]

New strategies of social control

Fortress Europe is making it’s walls stronger. New agrements and institutions are providing new posibilites for police networking, while production of fear adn tensions results with demands for “more secutrity” and more consent for new mesures of surveillance and control.
Stronger and stronger waves of capitalist crisis, criminalisation of social movements and direct actions, and so called “war against terrorism” are hiting shores of “outer borders” of EU on Balkan, which is under pressure of it’s own crisis, history, fears and divisions.
Risks for functioning of capital and state are minimalizing with introduction of new restrictive laws, “proactive” mesures, predictions of new threats, new police tactics and modern technology, while they create consent for this kind of controled environment and new “protector” with production of fear from violence, criminal, immigrants, extremism and terrorism.

[cinema Europa, Varsavska 3]

Academic approach to anarchism

Academism, as a particular way of approaching and criticizing the world around itself, didn’t bypass the methods of social organizing or non organizing, and thus also the anarchist theory and practice, which, through it’s basic principles, demands for abolishing of university and academic approach, i.e. it’s way of functioning and acting. This did not stop many anarchists from becoming a part of that group, and so empower it’s elitist and authoritarian discourse which exists as the sole reality / dimension understood by the academic community. A question comes to mind; what are the limits of the academic analysis of anarchism, and could that approach be of any use in analysis of the society, if it came out of the authoritative system whose bearer it is, and because of the same reason is also limited in its analysing same as in its repeal, as it really is what makes its elitist position possible?
Also, in this discussion, anti-intellectualism and hyper-activism, which are widely spread in anarchist movement, should be taken into consideration and be discussed.
Some reading proposals include (send any suggestions to our e-mail): Peter Gelderloos: The Difference between Anarchy and the Academy

Saturday, 27th March 2010

10:00 – 15:00
[Petar Preradović square/Cvjetni trg (Flower square)/Varsavska]

Bookfair moves to the square, so the books are available during rush hour… In case of bad weather fair moves back inside in cinema Europa, Varsavska 3.

15:00 – 20:00
[cinema Europa, Varsavska 3]

Bookfair moves back inside…

[knjiznica Bogdana Ogrizovica, Preradoviceva 5]

Presentation of book Miloš Krpan: Izabrani spisi

Publishing house DAF will present it’s new book Selected Writings by Miloš Krpan, selection of texts written hunder years ago, which represent rare insight in history of active political life in Croatia and presents history of anarchism and interest in anarchist ideas.
It is important to note that Krpan initiated idea to establish anarchist commune in village Dubovik, next to Slavonski Brod.

[Zelena akcija, Frankopanska 1]

Presentation of books Anarchism – from ideas of Bakunin to fall of Soviet state and Russian Anarchism

Books Anarchism – from ideas of Bakunin to fall of Soviet state and Russian Anarchism will be presented by dr. Milorad Đoković, author of both titles. Book Anarchism covers anarchist ideas and develpoment from it’s eraly days until present time. Bakunin takes central place in th book about who authro writes based on Russian sources. Through the book author confronts anarchism with liberalism and marxism, finish it with possibilites of anarchism and it’s future.
Russian Anarchism covers history and activites of anarchist movement before and after October revolution.

[Zelena akcija, Frankopanska 1]

Contemporary Anarchist Press in Czech republic

[Zelena akcija, Frankopanska 1]

Squat Wars

A new short documentary on a Prague squatting scene, done in a DIY way and released under Creative Commons license, allowing free screening and sharing.
Film is focused on history of two most known Czech squats, Ladronka (evicted in 2000) and Milada (evicted last summer) plus predecessor of the latter, squat Zenklovka. The history is mapped through interviews with former inhabitants and archive materials (photos, videos).
Author of the documentary announced that he wouldn’t release it for the internet for a couple of weeks or months. He would only do public screenings in an attempt to make people come together, discuss and maybe meet new people with similar ideas instead of consuming a movie in atomized anonymity in front of computer screen.
The movie is provided with English subtitles and is 27 minutes long.
You can see trailer here.

[cinema Europa, Varsavska 3]

Strategies of social conflicts

When social conflicts, strategies and tactics of resistance to government repression are discussed, discussion of violent or non violent tactics usage is almost inevitable. Although this discussion has lately become solved, by claiming the right of selecting different tactics, which solved the problem of reaching the consensus of tactics selecting, in practice there’s still a great sensibility when violent methods of resistance are being used. Even if we neglect the reasoning in binary oppositions violence / non violence, the problem about violence as a method still remains very baffling. It could be seen that when resisting the repression, anarchists often refuse to use the methods that system finds radical in order not to provoke even larger repression, and thus perform a kind of auto-repression, and so neutralize their own activity. On the other hand, there are many examples lately in which people, who do not identify themselves with anarchism or the anarchist movement, seem to have no problem in radicalizing their own acting in fight against the repression. This indicates a few things; severity of extremely negative semantic field of the therm violence, difficulty of drawing the line between violence and non violence, influence of the pacifist ideology and importance of context within which we are acting. Discussion on strategies of social conflicts should take into consideration strategies of the institutionalised repression and institutionalised acting with the aim of destroying any resistance movement. Only in this wider context do the particular strategies gain or lose sense and purpose. The fact is that the basic priority of the governmental institution is to maintain the so called normal condition and obstruct any acting that could disturb that condition, and it’s going so far that even considering resistance to repression and desire for change would be enough for extension of the institutional repression. Then, the weight of discussion is pulled away from violent or non violent methods to the oppositions of legal / illegal, normal / abnormal…
What does selection of social struggles strategies mean and what opportunities do we have? Where does the need for the auto-repression come from, and what really are motives for resisting the repression? Which ideologies and experiences did influence particular attitudes towards different methods of resistance? These are just some of the questions we’d like to open with this discussion. Some literature proposals include: Peter Gelderloos: How Nonviolence Protects the State, Boston: South End Press, 2007. (for those based in Zagreb: available in infoshop Roko i Cicibela); Uri Gordon: Peace, Love and Petrol Bombs; Anarchism and Violence revisited in Anarchy Alive, Pluto Press, London, 2008.; Ward Churchill: Pacifism as Pathology

Sunday 28th March 2010

10:00 – 15:00
[cinema Europa, Varsavska 3]

Bookfair – come and have coffee or tea, look for the book you missed the previous days, and spend your sunday morning in a pleasant company… . That would be the closure of the 6th Anarchist bookfair.


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