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January 2020

Autonomy Now presents: ‘Journey Through Utopia’ with Matthew S. Adams, Rhiannon Firth, and Tim Waterman

Thursday January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

January’s Autonomy Now event considers utopian thought in dystopian times. Join Matthew S. Adams, Rhiannon Firth, and Tim Waterman for a lively discussion about historical and contemporary visions of utopia, framed with reference to the life and writings of Marie Louise Berneri, author of Journey through Utopia. Book description: Journey through Utopia is a richly detailed and critically compelling examination of utopian literature, beginning with Plato’s Republic and continuing through to Huxley’s Brave New World. Utopias have been penned with diverse intentions: some as pictures of…

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February 2020

‘The Clamour of Nationalism: Race and the Nation in Twenty-First Century Britain’ with Sivamohan Valluvan and Gargi Bhattacharyya

Wednesday February 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
£1 – £5

Nationalism has reasserted itself today as the political force of our times, remaking European politics wherever one looks. Britain is no exception, and in the midst of Brexit, it has even become a vanguard of nationalism's confident return to the mainstream. Intellectual attempts to account for nationalism's resurgence have however floundered. Desperately trying to read nationalism through one overarching cause - as capitalist crisis, as cultural backlash, or as social media led anti-Establishment politics - these accounts have proven woefully…

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‘So We Live: The Novels of Alexander Baron’ with Susie Thomas, Nadia Valman, and Ken Warpole

Wednesday February 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX
£1 – £5

The novelist Alexander Baron (1917-1999) was born into a working class Jewish home in Hackney, joined the Communist Party as a young man, saw the thick of battle in Sicily and Normandy, and became one of the most admired writers of post-war Britain. His first novel, From the City, From the Plough (1948), was acclaimed as the definitive novel of the Second World War, the first of a trilogy including There’s No Home (1950) and The Human Kind (1953). This was followed by a string of…

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Autonomy Now presents: ‘Occult Features of Anarchism’ with Erica Lagalisse and Carl Levy

Thursday February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX

In the nineteenth century anarchists were accused of conspiracy by governments afraid of revolution, but in the current century various “conspiracy theories” suggest that anarchists are controlled by government itself. The Illuminati were a network of intellectuals who argued for self-government and against private property, yet the public is now often told that they were (and are) the very group that controls governments and defends private property around the world. Intervening in such misinformation, Lagalisse works with primary and secondary…

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March 2020

A Kingdom of Love: Rachel Mann in conversation with Roz Kaveney

Wednesday March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
£1 – £5

We are very excited to announce a poetry event at Housmans in collaboration with Carcanet Press, one of the outstanding independent literary publishers of classical and modern poetry of our time. Anglican priest, poet, writer and broadcaster Rachel Mann will be reading from her highly praised A Kingdom of Love, a lyrical interrogation of the place of the sacred and profane in a demythologised world. Whilst framed within the language of Christianity, Mann interrogates the dominant linguistic and mythic inheritances…

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