Anarchist Research Group
The ARG here at Loughborough aims to:
- provide an informal space for the discussion, exploration and analysis of anarchist ideas and practices;
- support anarchism research across scholarly disciplines in the University;
- help raise the profile of anarchist studies through scholarship and public engagement;
- co-ordinate with external networks to promote international collaborative work and anarchism research at Loughborough;
- organise seminars for postgraduate researchers working on aspects of anarchist history and politics.
The ARG was established in 2008. It contributes to the social, political and cultural theory strand of the Communication and Culture Beacon at Loughborough University and is networked internationally through the Anarchist Studies Network (a specialist group of the UK Political Studies Association). The group also collaborates with the Politicised Practice Research Group in the Critical Citizenship, Activism and Art initiative.
Our seminars are free and open to all..
If you are interested in receiving more information about our activities, please contact one of the co-ordinators (M.S. Adams@lboro.ac.uk, D.G.Berry@lboro.ac.uk; A.Christoyannopoulos@lboro.ac.uk; or R.E.Kinna@lboro.ac.uk) and see the information below.
|Events/Seminars in 2019|
|Sidonie Verhaeghe||Lille||Anarchist Louise Michel in the republican pantheon: the understanding of a historical figure's posterity||Wednesday 20th February, 13:00-14:30||K109|
|Erica Lagalisse||London School of Economics||Adventures in Anarcolandia: The Complexities and Contradictions of Transnational Anarchist Social Movements||Wednesday 6th March, 13:00-14:30||K105|
|New Syndicalist Editorial Team||New Syndicalist||New Media for a New Workers’ Movement: Syndicalism for the 21st Century||Friday 22nd February, 17:00-18:30||K105|
For past seminars and files available for download, please see below.
Members & Associates:
Professor Peter Ackers, Professor of Employment Relations, Faculty of Business and Law, De Montfort University
Oscar Addis, Doctoral Student Loughborough University
Sebastian Averill, Doctoral Student, Loughborough University
Jon Bigger, Doctoral Student, Loughborough University
Dr Will Boisseau, Former Doctoral Student , Loughborough University
Dr John Cromby, Reader in Psychology, University of Leicester
Dr Jennifer Cooke, Lecturer in English, Department of English and Drama, Loughborough University
Dr James Donaghey, Research Fellow, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Queens University, Belfast Loughborough University
Dr Simon Downs, Lecturer in Graphic Communication, School of the Arts, Loughborough University
Teresa Xavier Fernandes, Postgraduate Researcher, Loughborough University
Dr Cristos Iliopoulos, Former Doctoral Student, Loughborough University
James McIntyre, Doctoral Student, Loughborough University
Dr John Nightingale, Former Doctoral Student, Loughborough University
Dr Saku Pinta, Former Doctoral Student, Loughborough University
Dr Alex Prichard, Senior Lecturer in Politics, School of Politics, University of Exeter
Dr. Thomas Swann, Research Associate, Loughborough University
Dr Sureyyya Turkeli, Former Doctoral Student, Loughborough University
Elizabet Vasileva, Doctoral Student, Loughborough University
Dr. Antonis Vradis, Vice Chancellor’s Fellow and Lecturer, Department of Geography Loughborough University
Dr Gillian Whiteley, Senior Lecturer in Visual and Material Culture, School of the Arts, Loughborough University
Dr Gwendolyn Windpassinger, Former Doctoral Student, Loughborough University
Dr Matthew Wilson, Former Doctoral Student, Loughborough University
The following publications are freely available on the university's Institutional Repository. See also below for papers and videos of ARG seminars.
- Matthew Adams & Ruth Kinna eds. Anarchism 1914-18: Internationalism, anti-militarism and war, Manchester university press. Link: http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9781526115775/
- Now in paperback: Alex Prichard, Ruth Kinna, Saku Pinta and David Berry eds. Libertarian Socialism: Politics in Black and Red, PM Press. Link: https://secure.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=858
PhD theses completed at Loughborough:
- Will Boisseau, Legislate or Liberate? A Study of Anarchist and Parliamentary Left Approaches to Animal Advocacy in Britain
- Jim Donaghey, Punk and Anarchism: UK, Poland and Indonesia
- Christos Iliopoulos, Nietzsche and anarchism: an elective affinity and a nietzschean reading of the December 08 revolt in Athens
- John Nightingale, The Concept of Solidarity in Anarchist Thought
- Saku Pinta, Towards a libertarian communism: a conceptual history of the intersections between anarchisms and Marxisms
- Alex Prichard, Justice, order and anarchy: the international political theory of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809-1865) (published by Routledge)
- Sureyya Turkeli, What is anarchism? A reflection on the canon and the constructive potential of its destruction
- Gwendolyn Windpassinger, Queer anarcha-feminism: an emerging ideology? The case of Proyectil Fetal
- Matthew Wilson, Rules without rulers: the possibilities and limits of anarchism (Longlisted for the Bread and Roses Prize, 2015; published by Zero Books)
Publications by current staff:
- ‘Unforgetting Clio’, Palabras al Margen (Colombia, 2017) - forthcoming
- ‘Posibilidades para una historia anarquista: repensando el canon y escribiendo historia’ in Erosión, Revista de Pensamiento Anarquista (Santiago, 2016)
- “Where do research ideas come from?” IdeaFest 2015, University of Victoria, March, 2015
- “The Contrary Experience: Herbert Read and the Cultural Memory of the First World War”, Cultures of War, Public Lecture Series, University of Victoria, October, 2014.
- “Anarchist Communism as a Tradition of Political Thought”, John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, August, 2009
- Interviewed about Daniel Guérin by Sasha Lilley for her programme ‘Against the Grain’ on the San Francisco-based Radio Pacifica, April 2015.
- ‘“Workers of the world embrace!” Homophobia in the French Extreme Left’, Public talk, Cowley Club Bookshop, Brighton, 11 May 2011.
- ‘Entrevista a los creadores del grupe de investigación: Anarchist Studies Network’, in CNT. Organo de la Confederación Nacional del Trabajo no.364 (February 2010), 4pp.
- ‘Anarchist Scholarship’ (Interview) in ZNet – The Spirit of Resistance Lives, 29 August 2008
- ‘Anarchist Scholarship’ (Interview) in Revolution by the Book: The AK Press Blog (2008)
- ‘A Failed Revolution? The experience of the French Popular Front of 1936-38’ in Anarcho-Syndicalist Review no.48/49(Winter 2008), pp.34-38.
- ‘Think the world’s in a mess? Here are four things you can do about it’, The Conversation, 16 November 2016, available via https://theconversation.com/think-the-worlds-in-a-mess-here-are-four-things-you-can-do-about-it-68789.
- 'War & Peace: Tolstoy's unconventional Christianity', Premier Christianity, 12 January 2016.
- 'In Depth' live interview with Ed Stagg, BBC Radio Leicester, aired 3 February 2015, 08:30 to 59:38.
- 'Christian anarchism', Public talk, DaseinLab philosophy café, Athens, December 2014
- ‘«Gesù è stato il primo anarchico» Da Tolstoj a Occupy: Alexandre Christoyannopoulos racconta i legami tra Cristianesimo e anarchia’, Interview by Dario Ronzoni, Linkiesta, 12 October 2014, available via http://www.linkiesta.it/dio-anarchico
- ‘The Golden Rule on the Green Stick: Leo Tolstoy’s Postsecular International Thought’, Keynote talk, Dialogue of Civilizations: World Public Forum, Rhodes, Greece, September 2014, available on WPF 2014 livestream (24:00 to 46:40).
- ‘Una discusión sobre anarquismo cristiano: Entrevista a Alexandre Christoyannopoulos’, Interview by Pedro García Guirao, Erosión: Revista de Pensamiento Anarquista número 3, December 2013, 111-120.
- ‘Tolstoy and Christian Anarchism’, Public talk, Leicester Secular Society, October 2013
- ‘It's Only Shorthand for a Cluster of Ideas and Practices’, JesusRadicals, 20 July 2012
- ‘Contrasting Revolutions: Russia, China, Spain and Iran’, Public talk, Peace News Summer Camp, near Shrewsbury, June 2012
- ‘Should Christians be Anarchists?’, New Left Project, 8 June 2012
- ‘Le Christianisme libertaire’, Public talk, Christianisme et subversion atelier organised by L’association culturelle de Boquen and Le Mouvement du christianisme social, Paris, France, February 2012
- ‘Nev-i Şahsına Münhasır Bir Hristiyan Anarşist: Tolstoy’, Qijika Reş Dergisi'nin 5. Sayısı Çıktı, January 2012, 115-119
- ‘Exclusive Interview with Alexandre Christoyannopoulos, author of Christian Anarchism’, Interview, The Firebrand: A Magazine of Liberatory Politics, 11 July 2011
- ‘The biblical roots of Christian anarchism’, Public talk, Catholic Worker ‘Eurogathering’, near London, June 2011
- ‘An Introduction to Christian Anarchism’, Interview, The Mormon Worker, issue 10, 28 April 2011
- ‘Putting God back in His Throne: Christian anarchists on 1 Samuel 8’, Public talk, Finchley Progressive Synagogue, London, December 2010
- ‘De Tolstoï et Ellul aux Catholic workers, redécouvrir et interroger les perspectives d'une théologie politique de la subversion’, Public talk and atelier at ‘Parvis: Grand Rassemblement’ conference, Lyon, France, November 2010
- ‘Tolstoy's Anarchism’, Radio interview with C. S. Soong, KPFA (Pacifica) Radio’s Against the Grain programme, 8 September 2008
- ‘Una discusión sobre anarquismo cristiano: Entrevista a Alexandre Christoyannopoulos’, Interview by Pedro García Guirao, Erosión: Revista de Pensamiento Anarquista número 3, December 2013, pp. 111-120
- ‘Was Jesus an Anarchist?’, Radio interview with William Crawley, BBC Radio Ulster’s Sunday Sequence programme, 29 May 2011
- ‘Was Jesus an Anarchist?’, Interview, Will and Testament, William Crawley's BBC blog, 17 May 2011
- ‘Anarchy in the USA: five years on, the legacy of Occupy Wall Street and what it can teach us in the Age of Trump’ – The Conversation (10 November 2016) Alex Prichard and Thomas Swann
- ‘What the Yes campaign can learn from Iceland, Occupy and anarchy’ – CommonSpace (1 November 2016) Alex Prichard and Thomas Swann
- ‘Iceland’s crowd-sourced constitution: hope for disillusioned voters everywhere’ – The Conversation (28 October 2016) Alex Prichard and Thomas Swann
- ‘Experts working to help countries “crowd source” their constitutions’ – Politics Home (28 October 2016) Alex Prichard and Thomas Swann
- Constitutions: Poetry or Prose? – Reykjavik conference on constitutionalising, October 2016.
- ‘Whither anarchy: freedom as non-domination’ – The Conversation (5 August 2016) with Alex Prichard.
- Anarchy rules workshop, Sheffield Anarchist bookfair, May 2016, with Thomas Swann – audio at https://sheffieldbookfair.org.uk/archive/archive-of-details-2016/
- Anarchist Guides to Organisation, Violence, ACAB, Voltairine de Cleyre, Bakunin, Europe - STRIKE! Magazine 2015-16
- Interview on anarchy and anarchism, www.minerva.audio, January 15 2016
- Contributor to discussion on anarchism in the academy, ‘El ascenso del septentrión negro. Entrevista sobre los estudios anarquistas en Quebec e Inglaterra’, Opticon, no. 192, http://opcion.itam.mx
- 'Slavery and the anarchist rejection of democracy', public talk, 2015 Mellon Symposium organised by Andrew Cornell, Haverford College, Philadelphia PA., 27 March 2015. http://ww3.haverford.edu/HCAH/center/events/anarchism.php
- 'Is anarchism a useful ideology', BushGreen Live Debate at Bush Theatre, London, 27 May 2015 online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHEoeQ1sqq0
- 'An Anarchist Guide to Christmas', STRIKE! Magazine, November 2014
- 'Anarchism', Public talk, Bread and Roses Weekend, Nottingham Writers Studio, 23 November 2014
- 'Anarchism', Podcast Interview, Stand Up and Fight Back, 30 September 2014
- 'Waving bye-bye', Seminar, London Anarchism Research Group, 27 September 2014
- 'An Anarchist Guide to Feminism', STRIKE! Magazine, 14 July 2014
- 'Anarchy and Anarchist Studies', Public talk, Housmans bookshop, London, 25 January 2014
- 'Self-seekers, madmen and poets', Public talk, Café Scientifique, Nottingham, 18 November 2013
- 'Imagined Futures', Public talk, Friends of the William Morris Gallery, 22 May 2013
- 'Guy Aldred', Mayday Magazine, #7, Winter 2012-13
- 'Fighting for a Cause', Documentary interview, William Morris Gallery, 16 April 2012
- 'Remembering Colin Ward', Public talk, Housmans bookshop, London, 7 December, 2011
- 'Anarchism', Public talk, Café Scientifique, Nottingham, 14 November 2011
- 'Guy Aldred: Rebel with a cause', Berfrois, 30 September 2011
- 'Anarchism', Public talk, Lowdham Book Festival, 25 June 2011
- 'Anarchism', Guest post, Liberal England 24 March 2011
- 'Anarchism', Public talk, Independent Publishers Fair, 'States of Independence', De Montfort University, March 2011
- 'Proudhon', Nightwaves, Radio 3, 14 January 2009
- 'Anarchism' online interview, November 2009
|James Yeoman||The University of Sheffield||Writing the Revolutionary Self: Memoir and Autobiography in the Spanish Anarchist Movement||Wednesday 13th December||K.1.05|
|Marcus Collins||Loughborough University||The Beatles and the Revolutionary Left: Anarchists, Pacifists, Marxists and Counterculturalists in 1960s and 1970s Britain||Wednesday 11th October, 5PM||K.1.09|
|Paul Raekstad||University of Amsterdam||Democratisation and
> Prefigurative Politics: A Defence
|Wednesday 14th March 2018, 5PM||K.1.05||
|Antonis Vradis||Loughborough University||TBA||Wednesday 25th January, 5PM||K.1.05|
|Professor Erika Cudworth||The University of East London||Beyond the imperial human: towards a creaturely politics||Wednesday 8th February, 5PM||K.1.05|
|Professor Peter Ackers||De Montfort University Ackers||Alternatives to State-Socialism in Britain||Wednesday 22nd February, 5PM||K.1.05|
|Dr. Natasha King||The University of Nottingham||No Borders: the politics of immigration control and resistance||Wednesday the 15th of March at 5PM||K.105|
|Dr. Danny Evans||The University of Leeds||'The Spanish Kronstadt? The Barcelona May days 80 years on'||Wednesday the 3rd of May||K1.05|
|Professor Carl Levy||Goldsmiths, University of London||Anarchists and the City , Cold War City to Occupy/Square Movements, 1945 -2011||Tuesday 9th May, 5PM||K.1.05|
|Previous Events in 2015-16:|
|Elizabet Vasileva||Anarchist Studies Network Fourth International Conference||14-16 September 2016||Visit the webpage|
|Scott Crow||Independent||What, Me Worry? The Rise Of The Surveillance State & What We Can Do About It||Tuesday 27 October, 5pm||J202 (in the Edward Herbert Building)|
|Grietje Baars||City University London||Explaining the 'obvious' interconnection of all struggles: Conversations on veganism, gender and queer liberation with the Israeli Anarchists Against the Wall||Wednesday 27 January, 5pm||K105 (in Manzoni)|
|Nick Kiersey||Ohio University||Occupy Dame Street and Irish Left Strategy: Lessons and Possible Futures||Wednesday 2 March, 5pm||K105 (in Manzoni)|
|Colin Bruce||Towards Green Anarchism: Total Liberation and the Abolition of Hierarchy||Wednesday 27 April 5pm||K105 (in Manzoni)|
|Robert Lamb||University of Exeter||In Defence of the Citizen-Philosopher: Political Theory and the Idea of Expertise||Wednesday 18 May 5pm||K105 (in Manzoni)|
An exciting innovation was the Critical Citizenship, Activism and Art Series 2014-15, whereby The Politicized Practice Research Group and the Anarchism Research Group joined forces with a broader range of Loughborough researchers to convene a series of events on Critical Citizenship, Activism and Art. The events, under the banner of the Communication, Culture and Citizenship Research Challenge, exhibited and reflected on the use of diverse forms of art to question prevailing political, economic and cultural orthodoxies. In our shrinking world, where communication media remain dominated by entrenched interests and surveillance, critical citizens are developing creative tactics and performances to provoke debate in the public sphere. This series is a space to showcase and critically discuss art activists’ efforts to give a voice to the excluded, promote inclusive alternatives, and enrich global culture and citizenship. This series builds on local multidisciplinary strengths and specialisms, and contributes to the University’s strategic ambitions to enhance the global community’s social, cultural and economic wellbeing, to put forward solutions to contemporary global challenges, and to impact national and international citizenship practices.
|Allan Antliff||University of Victoria||Pacifist-Anarchism and the Arts: Kenneth Patchen, Jackson MacLow, John Cage and Donald Judd||31 October, 5-6:30pm||A204 (Schofield)|
|Kathy Ferguson||Hawaii||Anarchist women of the first wave||7 November, 5-6:30pm||A204 (Schofield)|
|Diogo Duarte||Instituto de Historia Contemporânea, Lisbon||Anarchism and the State in Portugal in the early 20th century||5 December, 5-6:30pm||A204 (Schofield)|
|Peter Ryley||Independent||Anarchism's Hidden Histories: Researching Individualism in 19th Century Britain||13 February, 5-6:30pm||A204 (Schofield)|
|Uri Gordon||Loughborough||Contemporary Anarchist Critiques of the State||24 April, 5-6:30pm||A204 (Schofield)|
|Constance Bantman||Surrey||Transnational lives - internationalism and nationalism in Belle Epoque anarchism||1 May, 5-6:30pm||A204 (Schofield)|
|Georgios Sagriotis||Panteion and Patras||Benjamin and Anarchism (paper available below)||2/11/11|
|Anthony Fiscella||Lund University, Center for Theology and Religious Studies||From Anarcho-Fascism to Libertarian Spirituality: What Does it Men to be Free?||29/11/11|
|Christos Memos||University of York||Anarchism and Marxism: In Search of Lost Revolutionary Time||18/1/12|
|Judy Greenway||East London||‘Not the Church and not the State, women must decide our fate’: anarchist feminists and the politics of reproduction.||8/2/12|
|Diane Morgan||Leeds||Seriality and Everyone's Place Under the Sun: Proudhon with Kant (paper available below)||7/3/12|
|Andrew Cornell||Université Stendhal - Grenoble 3||The Evolution U.S. Anarchism in the Mid-20th Century: From Mother Earth to the Fifth Estate||25/4/12|
|Richard Morgan||UCL||Hygiene is the best of medicines': Petr Kropotkin and Criminological Science.||16/5/12|
|Cris Iliopoulos||Loughborough||The anarchist aspects of Nietzsche's philosophy (paper available below)
|Maurizio Atzeni||Loughborough||Worker Occupations in Argentina (paper available here)||26/01/11|
|Charlotte Alston||Northumbria||Tolstoyism: An international movement in the late 19th / early 20th centuries||09/03/11|
|Emma Dixon||Bangor||Women, Love and Anarchism: Anarcho-Sexism and The Rise of British Second Wave Feminism||04/05/11|
|Gabriel Kuhn||independent||Gustav Landauer, Erich Mühsam, and Anarchism in Germany||05/05/11|
|Saul Newman||Postanarchism and contemporary politics (paper available below)||10/12/08|
|Paul McLaughlin||Bakunin and Marx: An Unbridgeable Chasm? (paper available below)||26/01/09|
|Ben Franks||Anarchism and the Problem of Political Philosophy (slides available below)||13/05/09|
|Paul Blackledge||Between science and morality: Victor Serge and Simon Critchley on Marxism, anarchism and the ethics of anti?capitalism||10/03/10|