Anarchist Studies Network Fourth International Conference
Loughborough University, U.K.
14-16 September 2016
Central theme: Anarcha-feminism
The central theme for this year’s conference is anarcha-feminism. The purposes are twofold: to stimulate discussion of a form of oppression that anarchists oppose but which continues to be felt in anarchist organising, and to welcome individuals, groups and communities who have not previously participated in ASN events. By recognising the legacy of anarcha-feminists/anarchist feminism and women's activism in anarchism we aim to strengthen the ties between contemporary anarchists and feminists in the struggle against oppression and use the recognition of misogynist practices and hierarchical gender structures to open up the event to other marginalised peoples. We have therefore particularly encouraged submissions from women, trans and non-binary people, queer activists, collectives, people of colour, people with disabilities and we insist that panel and panel stream organizers are aware of the requirement to attend to inclusion as a first priority.
ASN conferences aim to push boundaries in anarchist scholarship, and encourage cross-pollination between disciplines. We hope this year’s will represent a growing connectivity between anarchists in the academy and those involved in other struggles, incorporating workshops and open discussions alongside academic papers. We have begun to work on a conference format which facilitates informal discussion and doesn’t so actively reproduce the power relations and hierarchies within and without academia. It is our hope that in the future ASN conferences will deviate further from the standard conference models and become a regular event that is truly anarchist in form as well as content. Of course we have a long way to go to achieve this, so any help or suggestions for future conferences will be thankfully received.
During the registration process participants can also book accommodation on campus, or you’re welcome to arrange your own.
There is a number of hotels and B&Bs around town.
Free accommodation can be found via couchsurfing.com, hospitalityclub.org or other similar ones.
The university is on the edge of town so camping is also possible (showers are available in the Schofield building).
Loughborough is accessible via train from St. Pancras International in north London, or a coach from London Victoria. The closest airport is East Midlands Airport or Luton Airport. Tickets are cheaper if booked in advance.
The university itself is located about 45min walk from the train station. You could also take the university shuttle bus.
If you’re hitchhiking or driving, the university is easily accessible via the M1 (exit 23).
All university buildings are equipped with ramps and wheelchair accessible toilets.
Programmes will be available in larger fonts and dyslexia-friendly.
There will be a quiet space during the whole conference with comfy sofas available to the participants.
Based on the responses during the registration questionnaire we have decided not to offer a crèche, but please let us know if you need assistance with child-minding and we will try to help.
The conference papers will all be delivered in English, but we offer assistance in finding translators from/to many spoken languages.
The conference food will be vegan; do let us know about allergies and intolerances.
The social event will be at a pub which is wheelchair accessible on the ground floor with an accessible toilet.
Both films will be shown with English subtitles.
Previous conferences have not implemented safe(r) spaces policies and many people in attendance are likely to have strong opinions about how such a process should be created and implemented, if one is used at all. This is something we’d like to negotiate and discuss at ASN4, with a view to developing a robust and refined approach for future conferences. As organisers we are committed to minimising oppression and damaging power imbalances but feel that the best way to do this is together and publically. Please get in touch if you’d like to participate in creating proposals for this and future conferences.