Anarchism Research Group
The Loughborough ARG:
- provides an informal space for the discussion, exploration and analysis of anarchist ideas and practices;
- supports anarchism research across scholarly disciplines in the University;
- helps raise the profile of anarchist studies through scholarship and public engagement;
- co-ordinates with national and international networks to promote collaborative work and anarchism research;
- organises seminars for 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 in the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture. The group collaborates locally with the Politicized Practice Research Group 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.
The journal, Anarchist Studies, is co-edited by ARG members, Matthew Adams and Ruth Kinna. ARG member Jim Donaghey edits the Anarchist Studies Blog.
Our seminars are free and open to all.
Current Programme 2020-21
The ARG, in collaboration with the Anarchist Studies Network was awarded funding as part of the Political Studies Association’s 2020 Research and Innovation scheme for a seminar series aimed at expanding inclusion in anarchist studies. The series will explore structural inequalities and exclusions from an anarchist studies perspective and aims to be inclusive of independent scholars and/or scholars who face barriers to access in academic as a result of political, social, cultural or economic discrimination and inequality, including (but not limited to) working class, BAME, female, LGBT+ and disabled scholars, and scholars at the intersections of these. The series has also received support from the POLIS subject group and the School for Social Sciences and Humanities EDI initiative at Loughborough University.
Please check our social media sites for updates. You can follow us on:
If you’re interested in finding out more about us, you can also contact one of our co-ordinators (Matthew Adams – M.S.Adams@lboro.ac.uk, Alex Christoyannopoulos - A.Christoyannopoulos@lboro.ac.uk; Ruth Kinna - R.E.Kinna@lboro.ac.uk or Thomas Swann - T.Swann@lboro.ac.uk).
|Name/Event||Affiliation||Title||Date / time / room|
|Martin Parker, Konstantin Stoborod and Thomas Swann||University of Bristol, Independent, Loughborough University||Anarchism, Organisation and Management||
Wednesday 19th October, 13:00-14:00Online
|Saptadeepa Banerjee||Gurudas College, University of Calcutta||Reading Bakunin in Anarchist History: Interpretations and Perspectives||
Wednesday 9th December, 15:00-16:00Online
|Alexandre Christoyannopoulos||Loughborough University||An Anarcho-Pacifist Theory of International Relations||
Wednesday 3rd March, 14:00-15:00Online
|Erica Lagalisse||London School of Economics/Loughborough University||Occult Features of Anarchism||
Wednesday 28th April, 14:00-15:00Online
|Lidia Iazzolino||Anglia Ruskin University||Dora Marsden’s Egoism||
Wednesday 12th May, 14:00-15:00Online
ARG members are also involved in, and encouraging participation at, the Anarchist Studies Network 6th international conference.
Matt Adams, Alex Christoyannopoulos, Ruth Kinna, Thomas Swann, Samuel Garrett.
Members & Associates:
Professor Peter Ackers, Visiting Professor in the History of International Relations, Loughborough School of Business and Economics
Oscar Addis, Doctoral Student Loughborough University
Sebastian Averill, Doctoral Student, Loughborough University
Dr Dave Berry, Honorary Fellow, Loughborough University
Jon Bigger, Doctoral Student, Loughborough University
Dr Will Boisseau (PhD Loughborough)
Dr John Cromby, Professor of Psychology, University of Leicester
Dr James Donaghey, Research Fellow, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Queens University, Belfast Loughborough University
Dr Teresa Xavier Fernandes, (PhD Loughborough)
Shane Little, Doctoral Student, Loughborough University
James McIntyre, Doctoral Student, Loughborough University
Dr. Alex Prichard, Associate Professor, Exeter University
Peterson Silva, Visiting Doctoral Student (2019-20), Universidade Federal de Santa Catarian, Brazil
Dr Matthew Wilson (PhD Loughborough)
Dr Elizabeth Vasileva (PhD Loughborough)
You’ll find many of our publications freely available on the university's Institutional Repository. Seminar papers and videos of ARG seminars are also available on this site. Click on the links below to access the repository
- Matthew Adams & Ruth Kinna eds. Anarchism 1914-18: Internationalism, anti-militarism and war, Manchester university press. Link: http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9781526115775/
- Alex Christoyannopoulos, Tolstoy’s Political Thought: Christian Anarcho-Pacifist Iconoclasm Then and Now Routledge
- Ruth Kinna, The Government of No One: The Theory and Practice of Anarchism, Pelican
(Shortlisted for the 2020 Bread and Roses Award)
- Martin Parker, Konstantin Storbord and Thomas Swann eds. Anarchism, Organisation and Management: Critical Perspectives for Students, Routledge
- Thomas Swann, Anarchist Cybernetics. Control and Communication in Radical Politics, Bristol: Bristol University Press (2020).
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
- Teresa X. Fernandes, The Postanarchist, An Activist in a ‘Heterotopia’: Building and Ideal Type
- Christos Iliopoulos, Nietzsche and anarchism: an elective affinity and a nietzschean reading of the December 08 revolt in Athens (published by Vernon Press)
- 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)
- Sureyyya 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)
- Elizabeth Vasileva, Immanence and Anarchist Ethics
Matt has published articles in the journals History of European Ideas; History of Political Thought; Journal of the History of Ideas; Journal of Political Ideologies; Anarchist Studies; Historical Research; Forum for Modern Language Studies; Intellectual History Review and Political Research Exchange
- ‘Stop calling coronavirus pandemic a “war”’, The Conversation, 7 April 2020, https://theconversation.com/stop-calling-coronavirus-pandemic-a-war-135486
- ‘Για την ιστορία του Αναρχοχριστιανισμού’, interview for The Press Project, 12 January 2020, available via https://thepressproject.gr/gia-tin-istoria-tou-anarchochristianismou/.
- ‘A Faithful Response to the Sins of the Church and State – Christian Anarchism: Alexandre Christoyannopoulos’, A Thoughtful Faith Podcast: Conversations about the religious and spiritual life on the other side of fundamentalism, podcast 304, 27 August 2019, available via https://www.athoughtfulfaith.org/304-a-faithful-response-to-the-sins-of-church-and-state-christian-anarchism-alexandre-christoyannopouloss/.
- Radio interview (in French) for Libradio, 7 April 2018 (45 minutes), live on https://www.frequencebanane.ch/player.php, now available on http://audioblog.arteradio.com/post/3084928/livre-enquete__anarchie_et_religion/.
- ‘Christian and Anarchist’, Fotini Mastroianni blog, 1 November 2017, https://mastroianniweb.wordpress.com/2017/11/01/christian-and-anarchist/.
- ‘Should Christians Be Anarchists?’, The Policy Space, 19 June 2017, http://www.thepolicyspace.com.au/2017/19/201-should-christians-be-anarchists.
- ‘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.
- ‘«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.
- ‘It's Only Shorthand for a Cluster of Ideas and Practices’, JesusRadicals, 20 July 2012
- ‘Should Christians be Anarchists?’, New Left Project, 8 June 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
- ‘An Introduction to Christian Anarchism’, Interview, The Mormon Worker, issue 10, 28 April 2011
- ‘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
Ruth’s work has appeared in Strike! Magazine, Dope, Gata Negra and DIY Culture. She has published ten pamphlets in the Great Anarchists series with Dog Section Press and Clifford Harper (available in audio on YouTube) and presented the Anarchy Night School at Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham and the Incite Seminars.
- Op-eds and online articles:
- 'The Transformative Power of Crisis’ Institute of Arts and Ideas News
- ‘This anarchist thinker helps explain why we feel so driven to help each other through the coronavirus crisis’ – The Conversation (27 March 2020) with Thomas Swann
- ‘The Theory and Practice of Anarchism’ Ethical Record 145 (April/May/June 2020) https://conwayhall.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/EthicalRecord-Apr-May-Jun-20-ONLINE.pdf
- ‘Progressive Patriotism’ Is Not the Way to Repair Labour’s Image, Novara Media
- ‘Can Anarchism Offer a Solution to Brexit paralysis and Chaos in Parliament’, Novara Media
- ‘What Would Anarchy in the UK Actually Look Like?’The Big Issue
- ‘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) with Alex Prichard and Thomas Swann
- ‘What the Yes campaign can learn from Iceland, Occupy and anarchy’ – CommonSpace (1 November 2016) with Alex Prichard and Thomas Swann
- ‘Iceland’s crowd-sourced constitution: hope for disillusioned voters everywhere’ – The Conversation (28 October 2016) with Alex Prichard and Thomas Swann
- ‘Experts working to help countries “crowd source” their constitutions’ – Politics Home (28 October 2016) with 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.
- ‘Practising (for) utopia’, Philosophers for Change, April 2014
- ‘Anarchism, Protest and Utopianism’, Philosophers for Change, June 2012
- 'Guy Aldred: Rebel with a cause', Berfrois, 30 September 2011
- 'Anarchism', Liberal England 24 March 2011
- Workshops & Presentations
- Anarchy rules workshop, Sheffield Anarchist bookfair, May 2016, with Thomas Swann – audio at https://sheffieldbookfair.org.uk/archive/archive-of-details-2016/
- 'Is anarchism a useful ideology', BushGreen Live Debate at Bush Theatre, London, 27 May 2015 online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHEoeQ1sqq0
- Interviews and podcasts
- Diálogos Imediatos #7 Competitividade e Cooperação
- Outwards not Upwards’, Coffee With Comrades episode 99
- ‘Everything Can be Challenged’ This is Hell!
- ‘What is Anarchism’, 1A, WAMU 88.5 American University Radio
- Beth Matthews, Radio 3CR, 2020
- Jim Jepps, Freedom, 2020
- Darnell Christie, Is Anarchism on the Rise in the UK?
- Cooper Cherry, Government of No One
- Anarchism: In Conversation at Freedom Bookshop 2019
- Anarchy! Dan Snow’s History Hit
- Andrew Marr, Start the Week, ‘Where is Power Now?’ 2019
- Robert Elms, Radio London, 2019
- Russell Brand, Under the Skin 2019
- Anarchism, with Joshi Gottlieb, Minerva Radio, January 15 2016
- 'Anarchism', Stand Up and Fight Back, 30 September 2014
- 'Anarchism' online interview, November 2009
- Anarchism, In Our Time, BBC Radio 4, 2006.
- 2020: (with Ruth Kinna) 'This anarchist thinker helps explain why we feel so driven to help each other through the coronavirus crisis', The Conversation, 27 2020(Dutch translation published at Small Stream Media, 9 April 2020)
- 2018: Public discussion event held at the Andrymi social centre in Reykjavik, Iceland in September
- 2018: Public talks on anarchism and intersectionality at Spartacus Books, Vancouver, 29 May 2018 and Lakehead University, Orillia, 6 June 2018.
- 2017: Participation in anarchism and research discussion at London Anarchist Bookfair in October
- 2017: Public discussion workshop on anarchy and constitutionalising (with Seeds for Change) at London Anarchist Bookfair in October
- 2016: Public discussion workshops on anarchy and constitutionalising. Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair, Glasgow Radical Independent Bookfair, London Anarchist Bookfair
- 2016: (with Ruth Kinna and Alex Prichard) ‘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 (republished by Raw Story and The Political Anthropologist)
- 2016: (with Ruth Kinna and Alex Prichard) ‘What the Yes campaign can learn from Iceland, Occupy and anarchy’, CommonSpace, 1 November 2016.
- 2016: (with Ruth Kinna and Alex Prichard) ‘Iceland’s crowd-sourced constitution: hope for disillusioned voters everywhere’, The Conversation, 28 October 2016 (republished by TIME Magazine) – Readership over 30,000
- 2015: ‘Social media and movements: is the love affair really over?’, Roar Magazine, 31st July 2015.
- 2014: ‘Anarchy in the Business School’, OpenDemocracy, 10th December 2014.
- 2014: ‘Why anarchists should vote “Yes”’, Bella Caledonia, 16th September 2014.
- 2014: ‘Creating the future on the road to Scottish independence’, Roar Magazine, 12th September 2014.
- 2014: ‘Demanding and Defining Alternative Media’, Heathwood Press, 29th August 2014.
- 2014: ‘Another University is Possible’, Times Higher Education, 14th August 2014 (winner of the Times Higher Education and Higher Education Policy Institute Scottish independence essay competition).
- 2014: ‘The cybernetics of Occupy: an anarchist perspective’, Roar Magazine, 20th June 2014
- 2013: New Perspectives on Anarchism and Management, public talk and discussion. University of Leicester
Past speakers (2019-20)
|Coleen Morgan||University of York||Anarchism & Archaeology: generative approaches to past societies and present practice||Wednesday 19th February, 13:00-14:30||MAR105 Matthew Arnold building room|
|Peterson Silva||Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina||Conceptualizing freedom in anarchism||Wednesday 1st April, 13:00-14:30||K109 Herbert Manzoni building|
|Mike Finn||University of Exeter||Looking for anarchism in all the wrong places? Anarchist influences on the British Labour movement||Friday 13th Novemeber, 13:00-14:30||K109 Herbert Manzoni building|
Past speakers (2018-19)
|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||K.1.09|
|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||K.1.09|
|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||K.1.05||
Past speakers (2017-18)
|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||
Past speakers (2016-17)
|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|
Past speakers (2015-16)
|Elizabet Vasileva||Anarchist Studies Network Fourth International Conference||14-16 September 2016|
|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)|
Past speakers (2014-15)
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.
Past speakers (2012-13)
|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)|
Past speakers (2011-2012)
|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|
Past speakers (2010-11)
|Cris Iliopoulos||Loughborough||The anarchist aspects of Nietzsche's philosophy (paper available below)||06/12/10|
|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|
Past speakers (2010)
|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|