Perspectives On Anarchist Theory

Lara Messersmith-Glavin (Editor); Paul Messersmith-Glavin (Editor); Maia Ramnath (Editor); Sara Rahnoma-Galindo (Editor); James Birmingham (Editor)


Publisher: Institute For Anarchist Studies
Format: Book
Binding: Journal
Pages: 95
Released: January 10, 2020

Perspectives on Anarchist Theory is an essential journal published by the Institute for Anarchist Studies (an organization established to support the development of anarchism, and copublishers with us of the "Anarchist Interventions" series). The journal includes recent essays by IAS-supported writers and translators, features with anarchist views on contemporary issues, book reviews, updates, and more. We highly recommend checking out Perspectives—its editors assemble a solid range of pieces exploring a different topic with each issue. Always worth reading and considering how these topics play out in our struggles.

The new issue (No. 31, for Winter 2020) is titled "Imaginations":

The thirty-first issue of Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, 96 page collection of essays, fiction, poetry, art, and book reviews gathered around the theme of "Imaginations." From the introduction: "Now is a time for courageous imagination, for risking new and untested methods, for allowing our minds to fire and associate freely, and for relying on the darker wisdom of the subconscious. The collective dreaming and deep creativity that drive our connections may be the new tools we need to engage. In this issue, you will find games, pleasures, dancing, and nightmares—new ways to look at the moment in which we find ourselves, and new approaches to build the world we want.” 

Here's what happened in issue #30 "Beyond the Crisis"...

"The world is on fire. It has been, for quite some time. If you’ve done any organizing, you’ve felt it—that sense of racing about, extinguishing this flare up or that, spending precious energy and resources surviving the immediate emergency and hoping the future will somehow save itself. If you’ve watched the news, you’ve felt it—disbelief combined with the raw hilarity of the media circus; just when it seems things couldn’t get worse, or more frightening, or more absurd, they do. If you’ve ever worked three jobs to keep your family afloat, you’ve felt it. If you’ve listened to climate scientists, or survived a hurricane, or watched helplessly as an unseasonable forest fire tore through a landscape you loved, you’ve felt it—the rising certainty that we have waited too long, that global temperatures are edging toward tipping points from which we will never return. We are burning. ... We don’t yet know what strategies are going to work, or what life forms and social forms will survive the transition from past to future. We don’t know what culture and society will look like—which ingredients it might revitalize from ancestral knowledge systems, and which innovations it might incorporate from emergent social contexts and experiences. There will be transformation. There will be evolution—and revolution. There will continue to be change. ... The civilization that brought us to this point of peril will not be the one that gets us through and out the other side to a society that is ecologically sustainable, equitable, and free."

And now, back in stock by popular demand, the last issue (No. 29) is titled "Anarcha-Feminisms":

This issue contains essays on the history of anarcha-feminism, the ways in which anarchism falls short from a feminist perspective, and the relation between anarchism and feminism.  It also contains essays on how Black feminism informs anarchism, women in prison, eco-queer indigenous anarchist feminism, Hep C & HIV Organizing, language and exclusion, and an anarchist feminist manifesto by members of Black Rose Anarchist Federation.  Further, it contains a graphic on anarchism and feminism by the creator of the 'zine Doris, book reviews, and more.
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