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Feb 12 2018 09:47
SPGB Summer School

The SPGB's Summer School will be held over the long weekend 3rd - 5th August, at Fircroft College, Birmingham. This year's theme is 'Gender and Power', and there will be four or five talks during the event, with lots of time for discussion and socialising between. Further information about the theme and booking arrangements can be found at spgb.net/summerschool2018. Talks and more details will be confirmed over the next few months.

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Jun 7 2018 20:23

Two talks have so far been confirmed for the SPGB Summer School:

'Inside the Matrix'
This talk will argue against the premise that oppression is simply the product of class struggle and that feminism can be dismissed as identity politics which distract from the real issue. Feminism and socialism are not either / or, positions. An understanding of class, patriarchy and intersectionality is crucial to the challenge of establishing a world based on socialist principles.

Equal work for equal value?
This talk will look at the relevance of value, and the labour theory of value to discussions around the gender pay gap in the workplace. It will look at value as a story told to lay claim to the output of society, and will relate that to Utopian visions of women and womanhood. It will argue that that value is not a value-free idea, but in fact a deliberate move in the class struggle to enforce the power of the capitalist class. Along the way, this talk will take in how the working class is exploited, and how this exploitation contains within itself the end of capitalist values. Finally, it will suggest that the struggle over equal wages contains within itself the drive toward the abolition of the wages system itself.

Other sessions are being planned, and should be announced fairly soon. As well as the talks, there will also be an exhibition, bookstall and exclusive publication. For more details, including how to make a booking, see the post above.

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Jun 8 2018 16:33

This could be interesting if members of the spgb were able and willing to engage critically (and without prejudice) with different ideas that have emerged over recent decades. New ideas like 'interesectionality theory' and it's practice come in many versions, some open to serious criticism (and I have my own), but others maybe more akin to analysis described in terms of 'class composition', could potentially be of use to those of us intent on contributing to the development of the class struggle in a communist direction. The important point is to look behind the different terminology to the underlying material conditions that such theory is trying, however inadequately, to understand.
The spgb's record in this area isn't great although I did find this reasonably good talk on their site;
www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/audio/radical-feminism-and-communism (radical as in everyday usage that is).
Not surprised though that the usual link to an ad isn't supplied here as some of their members have already made up their minds about all these issues even before they have heard the introductory talks and posted comments in less than comradely terms about the speakers.

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Jun 8 2018 20:01

Thanks for your interesting points about intersectionality, Spikymike, which I'll take on board. It's about time the SPGB looked at intersectionality, although our Summer School isn't just about intersectionality, and it's not just for SPGB members!
There wasn't anything meant by me not including a link to an ad in my last post - there was one in my first post

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Jun 9 2018 17:46

So here is a link to the Summer school ad:
www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/event/summer-school-birmingham-35-august

I see that one spgb member unusually recommends this short rejection of 'Intersectionality' theory from a regular 'Weekly Worker' contributor here;
https://weeklyworker.co.uk/worker/1206/intersectionality-is-a-dead-end/

In terms of my reference in post 3 above (despite my differences with some autonomist marxist theory) I'd recommend this contribution to discussion from a Marxist influenced anarchist as a useful critical examination of the relationship of 'class' and 'identity' different from much other 'Intersectionality' theory here:
https://libcom.org/library/rethinking-class-recomposition-counterpower

And this is also relevant to my mind in terms of the broader area of 'identity politics' see here:
https://libcom.org/blog/the-politics-affirmation-or-politics-negation-18112008

It's libcom so I'm taking the liberty of adding my bit even though I won't be in Birmingham for this event.

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Jul 5 2018 02:37

Spikey, as you probably know, this talk will be either audio or video recorded at a later date and posted on our website. Hopefully, i will remember this thread and announce it and your comments will be warmly received and, as always, read with interest.

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Jul 8 2018 11:14

While the SPGB's website is unavailable, people won't be able to use it to make online bookings for Summer School. So, if anyone would like to make a booking, then please contact the party's London offices (0207 622 3811) and arrangements for making a payment can be sorted out later.

Four sessions have so far been announced with a final one very shortly. Full details here:

https://www.meetup.com/The-Socialist-Party-of-Great-Britain/events/247330393/

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Jul 8 2018 16:47

In the circumstances and given the availability of day passes it might be worthwhile your publishing a timed agenda shortly?

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Jul 13 2018 10:52

So I see that two more items have been added to the list of talks, one on 'Sex and Power' and a showing of a film by Camilla Power (a number of texts by her available on this site) with a discussion, that makes the whole event look more interesting.
I'd just take this opportunity to add to my recommended texts above one more by Dauve here:
https://libcom.org/library/woman-question-gilles-dauve

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Jul 18 2018 20:49

Here is the final session:

'Dangerous Women: How History And The Establishment Hide Female Militancy'

"From the militant 18th Century female trade unionists who dunked strike-breakers under water pumps, to the matchwomen, suffragettes and the true founder the Me Too movement, many of history’s most inspiring women have been designated the ‘wrong kind of heroines’ and their stories suppressed or minimised."

Guest speaker Dr Louise Raw has spent 20 years uncovering them, and will introduce or enlarge upon the histories of women of colour, of the working-class and with disabilities, who have much to teach us even today.

We'll be able to publicise when each session is happening very soon.

If anyone would like to make a booking, please email spgbschool@yahoo.co.uk, telephone 0207 622 3811 or send a cheque for the appropriate amount (full price or concessionary) to Summer School, SPGB, 52 Clapham High Street, London SW4 7UN

Further details are on our Meetup group page.
https://www.meetup.com/The-Socialist-Party-of-Great-Britain/events/247330393/

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Jul 21 2018 21:31

It's just two weeks to go until the SPGB's 'Gender And Power' Summer School in Birmingham. We are happy to be able to confirm all the sessions and times, listed below.
The event will also include two exclusive publications, an exhibition and a bookstall.
Please let us know if you would like any further details (or if you have any special requirements: ground floor room, special diet etc).

Contact: spgbschool@yahoo.co.uk

Details of how to get to the venue can be found here:
https://www.fircroft.ac.uk/Pages/FAQs/Category/how-to-find-us

Friday 3rd August

Arrival from 17.00
18.30 – 19.00 Dinner
19.45
'Inside The Matrix'

This talk will argue against the premise that oppression is simply the product of class struggle and that feminism can be dismissed as identity politics which distract from the real issue. Feminism and socialism are not either / or, positions. An understanding of class, patriarchy and intersectionality is crucial to the challenge of establishing a world based on socialist principles.
Lorna Stevens and Paddy Shannon
21.30 Social

Saturday 4th August

7.30 – 8.45 Breakfast
10.00
'Equal Work For Equal Value?'

This talk will look at the relevance of value, and the labour theory of value to discussions around the gender pay gap in the workplace. It will look at value as a story told to lay claim to the output of society, and will relate that to Utopian visions of women and womanhood. It will argue that that value is not a value-free idea, but in fact a deliberate move in the class struggle to enforce the power of the capitalist class. Along the way, this talk will take in how the working class is exploited, and how this exploitation contains within itself the end of capitalist values. Finally, it will suggest that the struggle over equal wages contains within itself the drive toward the abolition of the wages system itself.
Bill Martin

12.30 – 13.15 Lunch
13.45
'Dangerous Women: How History And The Establishment Hide Female Militancy'

From the militant 18th Century female trade unionists who dunked strike-breakers under water pumps, to the matchwomen, suffragettes and the true founder the Me Too movement, many of history’s most inspiring women have been designated the ‘wrong kind of heroines’ and their stories suppressed or minimised.
Guest speaker Dr Louise Raw has spent 20 years uncovering them, and will introduce or enlarge upon the histories of women of colour, of the working-class and with disabilities, who have much to teach us even today.

18.30 – 19.00 Dinner
19.15
Film showing: 'Did Gender Egalitarianism Make Us Human?'
by Camilla Power (Senior lecturer in Anthropology at the University of East London)
Introduced by Carla Dee and Richard Field, with discussion afterwards
22.00 Social

Sunday 5th August

7.30 – 8.45 Breakfast
10.00
'Sex And Power'
The sex industry makes up a significant, if partly-hidden, sector of the economy. Prostitution and pornography represent extremes of exploitation, lucrative to those with the power and damaging to those pushed into selling themselves. This talk will examine the differing impacts which the sex industry has on both women and men, and what this tells us about capitalism as a whole.
Mike Foster
12.30 – 13.15 Lunch
Depart

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Jul 21 2018 21:48

Forgot to mention:

Day visitors are welcome, but please book in advance.

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Jul 21 2018 22:29

whichfinder

Has anyone ever mentioned that you are the spitting image of Vincent Price? The similarity is really quite remarkable.

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Jul 22 2018 08:21
Noah Fence wrote:
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Has anyone ever mentioned that you are the spitting image of Vincent Price? The similarity is really quite remarkable.

Never; you're the first... smile