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This year we seem to be focusing on a theme of education and art with a dash of history and theory thrown in. Come take part!

Schedule of Conversations

11:00 am

Alternative media’s connection to art and education. by Jesse

Being Anarchist in the Classroom. hosted by Tomas
As radical educators, most of us are familiar with the theorists: Freire, hooks, and many others; they and their theories so often get tossed around in conversations about teaching but the day to day practices of teachers in actual classrooms gets glossed over, romanticized or ignored. I want to address how we put our politics into practice. I’m hoping to have educators who identify as anarchists talk about the choices we make, the things we do, the ways we remain “anarchists” in a classroom with other people’s children and within institutions that are in opposition to liberation and education.

12:30 pm

No More Resistance As Usual
RAD BRAINS is an anticapitalist collective interested in what happens and what becomes possible when we take the concept of mental health out of the immediate care context and talk about the social and structural dynamics of how we think and feel as individuals and collectives. Some questions we’ll ask in our conversation: What does a mutual aid approach to mental health look like? How do we replicate and/or reinforce oppressive structures and logics when we address (or totally ignore) stresses in our daily lives and in our communities? How can thinking about our emotional and psychological responses to each other strengthen our anti-oppression theories and practice? This will be a complicated and demanding conversation, but RAD BRAINS is committed to creating a space where everyone can participate.

Art and Anarchy: Theory and Influence
William Blake and Thomas Pynchon lead a group conversation on the influences of Art on anarchist theory, and how that theory is incorporated in to art. Discussing art that is not specifically propaganda as well as art that is propaganda, Blake and Pynchon bring their unique perspectives to the conversation.

3:00 pm

Radical Educators: Radicals Working in the Education System hosted by Autumn
What does it mean to be radical and work as an educator. Why is this work important and relevant to radical scenes? What contradictions do you see? How do you deal with them? How do you push for change? Come hear answers and share ideas from educators working at various levels of the school system.

In Defense of Nihilism – An Airing of Grievances.
Open discussion on political differences, hosted by one of The Bay’s prettiest nihilists.

4:30 pm

Illegalism and Post-Left Anarchy hosted by Paul Simons
What is relevant about the history associated with the Bonnot Gang, resurgent individualist anarchism, assassinations, bombings, and the actions of criminally inclined anarchists (Clement Duval and Marius Jacob) which occurred during the final decades of the XIXth and first decades of the XXth centuries in Western Europe? This conversation highlights linkages between this history, the development of elements of post-left anarchy and informs the perennial problem of anarchist organization. Of interest is the Bonnot Gang’s various criminal activities including two bank robberies, the invention by the group of the motorized getaway and carjacking, the types of organization that the illegalists utilized, and the blending of individualist anarchism with crime and utopia. The theoretical foundation for the intersection of individualist anarchism and crime as presented in the pages of l’anarchie will be discussed.

Anarchy and Music


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