[Sjsall] Rally for Palestine and Socialist Studies Conference Programme

Dear Friends of SJS,

Rally for Palestine, Saturday, May 29, Noon, at the Legislative Assembly, Belleville St.

May 29-June 4:

Socialist Studies Conference Programme

Attached please find the programme for the May 29-June 4 free, open-access events: 2021 Society for Socialist Studies Conference Programme: Socialist Solidarities in Times of Crisis

Free, open-access "zoom" events from Saturday May 29-June 4th on:

-fossil capitalism

-Indigenous resurgence in the academy in a time of Trump and the pandemic

-climate justice

-corporate power

-engaging China from the left

Where registration is required, the event will be listed as beginning 30 minutes before the speaking time; those not participating as panellists will be held in a waiting room until the event begins.

Please note that as indicated, all times are Mountain Time -- be sure to convert to your own local time so as not to miss events.

These events participate in alternative-Congress, supporting the Black Canadian Studies Association boycott of Congress this year.

Society for Socialist Studies

SOCIALIST SOLIDARITIES IN TIMES OF CRISIS

May 29 - June 4, 2021

14h00 - 15h30 Mountain Time (Edmonton, Alberta)

All sessions on Zoom

ALL EVENTS (EXCEPT THE AGM) ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Virtual hosting of events by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-British Columbia, the Centre for Feminist Research, York University, and the Society for Socialist Studies.

SATURDAY MAY 29

2:00 - 3:30 pm MOUNTAIN TIME (Edmonton, Alberta)

IDEAS IN CONTEXT: A CONVERSATION WITH FRANK CUNNINGHAM

On the occasion of the open-access publication of Frank Cunningham’s Ideas in Context: Essays in Social and Political Theory, this session will address Cunningham’s application of social and political theory to challenges for progressive practice in Canada. This collection of writings from the 1970s to the present treats post-hegemonic Marxism, globalization, nationalism, democracy and socialism, racism, populism, and other topics addressed from Cunningham’s theoretical stance which melds the thought of C.B. Macpherson and Pragmatism with non-reductionist Marxism. The book is freely available at: http://socialiststudies.ca/society-for-socialist-studies-books/

Chair: Elaine Coburn (Director of the Centre for Feminist Research, York University)

· Frank Cunningham (Emeritus Professor, Philosophy, the University of Toronto)

· Harry Glasbeek (Emeritus Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University)

· Charles Mills (Philosophy, Graduate Centre, City University of New York)

· Meg Holden (Director of Urban Studies, Simon Fraser University)

OPEN LINK (no registration required):

https://yorku.zoom.us/j/95746300319?pwd=UjUyM0U1M3lnRUFMcG9nSm1INUx1QT09

Virtual Hosting offered by the Centre for Feminist Research, York University

SUNDAY MAY 30

2:00 - 3:30 pm MOUNTAIN TIME (Edmonton Alberta)

WE WILL SOON ACHIEVE INDIGENIZATION:

INDIGENIZING THE ACADEMY IN THE TIME OF TRUMP ‘RONA.

Today many post-secondary institutions on Turtle Island express commitments to reconciliation, decolonization and, sometimes, Indigenization. Even in the best of times there are many legitimate questions and concerns regarding what this means and who is responsible for making it happen. All too often, responsibilities have fallen on junior faculty members and contract instructors, who lack genuine support from the administration and who must deal with systemic racism and individual bigotry from colleagues and students, sometimes alongside “pretendians” who often serve to legitimize the colonial system. We are not, however, in the best of times. Tax cuts for the wealthy and austerity for everyone else is increasing wealth and income inequalities. The 2020 American Presidential campaign saw far-right organizations openly supported and promoted by one candidate, symptomatic of vigorous White supremacist movements from which the academy is not immune. The current pandemic has caused an economic crisis that has radically unequal racialized, gendered consequences, and, in the academy, has meant lower enrollments and in many instances, budget restrictions. Where does this leave Indigenization? Join us at this roundtable to discuss this question and share ideas about supporting Indigenization in exceptional times.

Chair and Organizer, Daniel Sims (Tsek’ehne, University of Northern British Columbia)

· Jennifer Adese (otipemisiwak/Métis/University of Toronto)

· Clifford Atleo (Tsimshian/Nuu-chah-nulth/Simon Fraser University)

· François Bastien (Wendat/University of Victoria)

· Paulina Johnson (nehiyawak/Concordia - Edmonton)

· Jérôme Melançon (Francophone settler/University of Regina)

· Omeasoo Wahpisaw (nehiyawak/University of Prince Edward Island)

FREE REGISTRATION REQUIRED VIA THIS LINK: https://yorku.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ruVHrJAGT7O9MdJbNLIomg

Virtual Hosting offered by the Centre for Feminist Research, York University

MONDAY MAY 31

2:00 - 3:30 pm MOUNTAIN TIME (Edmonton Alberta)

HARRY GLASBEEK: WINNER OF THE 2018 ERROL SHARPE BOOK PRIZE

Harry Glasbeek is professor emeritus and senior scholar, Osgoode Hall Law School; author of Wealth by Stealth (2002) and Capitalism: A Crime Story (2018); and author or co-author of nine other books. His is the winner of the Errol Sharpe Book prize for Class Privilege: How Law Shelters Shareholders and Coddles Capitalism (Between the Lines Press 2017), which highlights one of capitalism’s weak spots -–the perverting economic, political, and ethical roles played by the prime instrument of private wealth accumulation: the legal corporation. Once the corporate mask is ripped off, those who hide behind it become visible. Stripped of their protective garb, the capitalist class will be just as naked as the rest of us are when we face their corporations.

FREE REGISTRATION REQUIRED VIA THIS LINK:

https://yorku.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6HHb_sMcQUGv09mwfQL8iw

Virtual Hosting offered by the Centre for Feminist Research, York University

TUESDAY JUNE 1

2:00 - 3:30 pm MOUNTAIN TIME (Edmonton Alberta)

REGIME OF OBSTRUCTION: FOSSIL CAPITALISM AND THE CHALLENGE OF CLIMATE JUSTICE

Co-Hosted by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-British Columbia

This session features contributors to Regime of Obstruction: How Corporate Power Blocks Energy Democracy (Athabasca University Press 2021). The session will be introduced and co-chaired by the book’s editor, Bill Carroll, and Shannon Daub from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, British Columbia. Panelists will describe the most important strategies and initiatives for overcoming fossil capitalism in Canada, a settler colonial nation.

Co-chairs and organizers: Bill Carroll, University of Victoria and Shannon Daub, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, British Columbia

Cliff Atleo, Simon Fraser University

· Emilia Belliveau, Environmental Defense

· Emily Eaton, University of Regina

· Shane Gunster, Simon Fraser University

· Ian Hussey, the Parkland Institute

· Mark Hudson, University of Manitoba

REGISTRATION REQUIRED VIA THIS LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KSJa8D6URj2pdgqUYAgXtQ

Virtual Hosting by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-British Columbia

WEDNESDAY JUNE 2

2:00 - 3:30 pm MOUNTAIN TIME (Edmonton Alberta)

FROM GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS TO CIVIL RIGHTS: REFRAMING JUSTICE IN THE CLIMATE CHANGE DISCOURSE AND MOVEMENT

Winner of the 2020 Erroll Sharpe Book Prize

Dr. Ingrid Waldron, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Faculty of Health, Dalhousie University

Rising sea levels, disappearing shorelines, frequent and heavy rainfalls, floods, heat waves, wildfires, and poor air quality, are more likely to hit Indigenous, Black and other marginalized communities in the global north and south first and worst, not only because they are more likely to live in areas where these events are more common and frequent and where polluting industries are disproportionately located, but also because these are the communities that are more likely to be dealing with structural inequities like racism, unemployment and underemployment, income insecurity and poverty, housing insecurity, and fragile public infrastructure that make them more vulnerable to climate devastation, less able to escape and survive these disasters, and less likely to have the social capital, economic and political clout, resources, and networks needed to recover from the social, economic, and health impacts of climate devastation. In this presentation Dr. Waldron offers an analysis of how the climate change discourse and movement can make space for a deeper engagement with a climate justice lens – one that considers how multiple social, economic, and political factors intersect to disproportionately expose certain communities to climate devastation. She argues that the focus on greenhouse gas emissions and melting ice caps in the climate change discourse over the last several decades, although important, has obscured the impacts the climate crisis has had on some of our most vulnerable communities in Canada. Dr. Waldron also points out that issues of justice, human rights, and civil rights must be central to climate justice framing in climate policy in Canada since the nuance of race and its intersections with other identities is often absent in the White or Eurocentric climate change narrative.

FREE REGISTRATION REQUIRED VIA THIS LINK: https://yorku.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7Ub8L81wTuiCowJqerebGQ

Virtual Hosting offered by the Centre for Feminist Research, York University

THURSDAY JUNE 3

Plenary V Session 2:00 - 3:30 pm

UNDERSTANDING AND ENGAGING CHINA FROM THE LEFT: A PANEL DISCUSSION

GEOPOLITICAL ECONOMY RESEARCH GROUP (GERG) PANEL

Tensions between the US and China have been rising for the better part of a decade, if not longer with President Obama’s executing his ‘Pivot to Asia’ and President Trump waging trade and technology wars, and amid the pandemic, a New Cold War against China and President Biden waging it with as much if not greater zeal.

In this context, the left needs to understand and engage with China on the basis of a sophisticated understanding of its internal dynamics and international role. This panel of left experts on China from Canada, the US and China is designed to spark off precisely that conversation.

Chair and Organizer: Professor Radhika Desai, Department of Political Studies, Director, Geopolitical Economy Research Group, University of Manitoba

Professor Qi Bing, School of Marxism, Beijing Sports University and Chinese Studies Research Centre, Institute of Political Sciences, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Professor Mick Dunford, Emeritus at Sussex University, Department of Geography, Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, Editor, Area Development and Policy

Dr Jenny Clegg, former Senior Lecturer in International Studies and long-time China specialist, at the University of Central Lancashire, author of China's Global Strategy

John Ross, formerly Director of Economic and Business Policy for the Mayor of London, Senior Fellow, Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China.

Martin Jacques, former editor, Marxism Today and author of When China Rules the World.

FREE REGISTRATION REQUIRED VIA THIS LINK: https://yorku.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jmxnoxUPQ5S8XgdyG9GWtw

Virtual Hosting offered by the Centre for Feminist Research, York University

FRIDAY JUNE 4

2:00 - 3:30 pm – RESERVED FOR SOCIETY MEMBERS*

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING FOR SOCIETY FOR SOCIALIST STUDIES

A full Agenda follows in the next notice and will include, inter alia, the announcement of the winner of the 2021 Errol Sharpe Book Prize.

All members are welcome, including new members: learn about our peer-reviewed journal, local chapters (and how to start your own!) and bring your ideas for how to support scholarly and activist socialist solidarities to a world badly in need of them.

Virtual hosting offered by the University of Manitoba.

*Join the Society for Socialist Studies (annual membership $10 low income/students/ retired/unwaged; standard $40; supporter $70; sponsor $100; donations welcome!)

Society for Socialist Studies Membership and Donations

Please consider joining and donating to help the Society continue to hold events like this one!

The Society for Socialist Studies (SSS) is an association of progressive academics, students, activists and members of the general public. Formed in 1967, the Society’s purpose is to facilitate and encourage research and analysis with an emphasis on socialist, feminist, anti-racist and ecological points of view.

The Society for Socialist Studies is an independent academic association and is not affiliated with any political organization or group.

Thank-you to

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, British Columbia

The Geopolitical Economy Reserarch Group, University of Manitoba

The University of Manitoba and

and to the Centre for Feminist Research, York University:

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