Institute for Anarchist Studies?

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Jul 17 2013 21:19
Institute for Anarchist Studies?

So has the Institute for Anarchist Studies been useful? Have it contributed to anarchist history in the same way as Black Flame? Has it produced anything interesting enough to be put in the libcom library? If you have came across any good pieces, please provide link to it. I'm interested in reading their best works.

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Jul 17 2013 21:37

Yeah, interesting question, they have been going for quite a while so I would have thought they must have done something useful at some point, however I must admit I've never read any of their articles or heard about any of them as being any good/seen them linked to from anyone on Facebook or whatever. So yeah would be good to know if there is anything decent?

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Jul 21 2013 21:30

I have pdfs of books by two members of their board of directors(!), Cindy Milstein's introductory Anarchism and its Aspirations and Maia Ramanth's Decolonizing Anarchism - An Antiauthoritarian History of India's Liberation Struggle. How do I post/attach them?

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Jul 21 2013 21:46

There's a newish IAS blog, as yet without much on it:

http://anarchiststudies.org/category/ias-blog/

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Jul 21 2013 22:33
factvalue wrote:
I have pdfs of books by two members of their board of directors(!), Cindy Milstein's introductory Anarchism and its Aspirations and Maia Ramanth's Decolonizing Anarchism - An Antiauthoritarian History of India's Liberation Struggle. How do I post/attach them?

thanks, just click submit content - library

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Jul 22 2013 00:38

I didn't like Milstein's introduction. It's rather representative of "new anarchism"; big on self-organizing everything, but not much emphasis on class struggle.

Edit: I never finished reading it by the way.

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Jul 22 2013 04:16

They have supported the writing of Ashanti Alston and Joel Olsen over the years, and I've found that stuff to be of a lot of worth.

Also Andy Cornell's book is pretty essential for understanding the pretext for the standard activistisms that became "new anarchism" which I agree is not my cup of tea, but it is important to understand that history. He also has a study that I believe is uploaded here that goes over some essential lost history of mid-20th century anarchism in North America.

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Jan 28 2015 23:12

The IAS have recently published this piece by Shane Burley called, 'Ready to Fight: Developing a 21st Century Community Syndicalism'. I haven't read it yet, but it looks kinda interesting.

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Jan 30 2015 22:09
factvalue wrote:
I have pdfs of books by two members of their board of directors(!), Cindy Milstein's introductory Anarchism and its Aspirations and Maia Ramanth's Decolonizing Anarchism - An Antiauthoritarian History of India's Liberation Struggle. How do I post/attach them?

I'm all for the IAS and I think the series of books that have been published provides a useful platform for deserving anarchist activists to get their ideas distributed. I'd also suggest Harsha Walia's Undoing border imperialism and Anarchists Against the Wall's Direct Action and Solidarity with the Palestinian Popular Struggle which both deserve uploading.

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Feb 5 2015 05:09

How about checking out the IAS website: http://anarchiststudies.org
or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/InstituteForAnarchistStudies
and seeing for yourselves what the IAS is up to? Also, check out the Anarchist Interventions book series co-published with AK Press: http://www.akpress.org/anarchistinterventions.html

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Feb 5 2015 20:33

The next book the Institute for Anarchist Studies (IAS) is putting out, in addition to the six already published as part of the Anarchist Interventions book series, is Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, by Walidah Imarisha (editor) and adrienne maree brown (editor). More info here: http://www.akpress.org/octavia-s-brood.html

In addition, the IAS is in the middle of a fundraising campaign, to raise money which they will then turn around and give to struggling writers to assist them in taking time off work or hiring child care so they can write. The IAS has given tens of thousands of dollars to about a hundred writers over the last nineteen years. Their pitch pretty well summarizes all their activity.

Check it out here, and help out!: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-institute-for-anarchist-studies/x...