May - July 2015:
The Anarchist Winter School - register now!
The bolo'bolo collective is excited to announce the launch of the Anarchist Winter School – an eight week introduction to anarchism, anarchy and anarchists.
Over the past few years, through running our now ex-infoshop, hosting reading groups, publishing books and generally conspiring to sow the seeds of dissent as far as we can, we've had all sorts of interesting conversations with people about our anarchist views. One of the things we've noticed is that it's often hard for people to get a decent grasp of what it is we're on about. We throw around terms like insurrection, hegemony and prefiguration without always explaining what they mean, and we speak enthusiastically about the Ukraine in 1920, Spain in 1936 and Paris in 1968, seldom bothering to clarify just what it is we find so compelling about these random moments in history.
After a lot of careful consideration, we've decided that it would be useful to host a structured beginner's course on anarchism for those who are new to these ideas but want to explore them further.
ABOUT THE COURSE
Our course is provisionally structured to last eight weeks and will cover a large amount of ground, from the history and basic ideas of anarchism to the multiple ways in which people have thought about and applied it in their own times and places. We'll also look at what anarchism is not, comparing it to various other political philosophies like Marxism and liberalism, and attempt to collectively develop an anarchist understanding of the present time, asking each other why the world is so messed up and what anarchists can do about it. Beyond this, we'll explore the proto-anarchies many anthropologists have written about, using this as a basis for reflecting on the various other ways we could live our lives.
The course will be focused on practical outcomes and we're hoping that various groups and initiatives will emerge from it. To keep things exciting, we'll also be sharing video interviews with a wide range of anarchists from around the world so that you can hear multiple opinions on the subjects we're exploring.
We're really excited about this new project and we hope you'll join us for it. To register, drop us an email at email@example.com. We also welcome any feedback you may have!
Venue: Observatory Community Centre
Time: 2pm-4pm, Saturdays
With love and anarchy,
The bolo'bolo collective