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The 1st North American Anarchist Studies Network Conference – CALL FOR PAPERS, PRESENTATIONS, AND PANELS

By AK Press | August 3, 2009

The 1st North American Anarchist Studies Network Conference

When: November 21-22, 2009
Where: Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Who: Anarchist Researchers, Scholars of Anarchism & Related Topics, Graduate Students, Activists, and Friends

Dear Friends, Colleagues, Compañero/as, and Compagnon/es:

It gives me considerable pleasure to announce the impending commencement of the North American Anarchist Studies Network (NAASN), which will be celebrated with an inaugural conference on 21 and 22 November 2009 at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, CT.

The NAASN is inspired by, but independent from, the UK-based Anarchist Studies Network. Like the UK-ASN, the NAASN is being founded in response to a burgeoning interest in anarchism currently expressed both inside and outside the academy. One of its key aims is to facilitate and promote the study of anarchist history, theory, and practice across scholarly disciplines by bringing together graduate students, academics, independent scholars, and activists from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Beyond this very general vision, specific details concerning the shape and direction of the NAASN are yet to be determined. Indeed, this is one of the purposes of the inaugural meeting. We are also calling for papers, panels, and presentations for the accompanying conference. Creativity in format and presentation is encouraged, as are submissions from people who may not currently have a university affiliation. Papers, panels, and presentations should focus on work on anarchism or topics of interest to the anarchist milieu. Please note that the NAASN is not only for anarchist researchers but also for scholars of anarchism and related topics such as labor history, etc.

Please send proposals and/or abstracts with a brief bio to the conference organizers: Jesse Cohn, Luis Fernandez, Nathan Jun, Deric Shannon, and Abbey Willis at . Please keep descriptions and/or abstracts fewer than 500 words. All proposals and abstracts are due by October 10, 2009.

For more information about the conference, please see the attached CFP or visit our recently-created and soon-to-be-updated website. Please feel free to forward this announcement and the CFP to relevant parties.

(By the way, the conference will include a performance of Howard Zinn’s Emma which may—and we emphasize may—be introduced by Professor Zinn himself! Consult the website for up-to-date information.)


Jesse Cohn
Co-Organizer, North American Anarchist Studies Network
Associate Professor of English, Purdue University North Central

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