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June 2021

The Revenge of the Real: Politics for a Post-Pandemic World – Benjamin Bratton in conversation with Nick Srnicek [online event]

Wednesday June 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Even when separated, we are still enmeshed. Can the world govern itself differently? COVID-19 exposed the pre-existing conditions of the current global crisis. Many Western states failed to protect their populations, while others were able to suppress the virus only with sweeping social restrictions. In contrast, many Asian countries were able to make much more precise interventions. Everywhere, lockdown transformed everyday life, introducing an epidemiological view of society based on sensing, modeling, and filtering. What lessons are to be learned?…

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September 2021

Lost in Work: Escaping Capitalism, with Amelia Horgan [online event]

Wednesday September 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We are really pleased to have Amelia Horgan join us online to discuss work and capitalism. Lost in Work is part of the outstanding introductory series by radical publisher Pluto Press. 'Work hard, get paid.' It's simple. Self-evident. But it's also a lie - at least for most of us. For people today, the old assumptions are crumbling; hard work in school no longer guarantees a secure, well-paying job in the future. Far from a gateway to riches and fulfillment,…

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Ill Feelings: Stories of Unexplained Illness, with Alice Hattrick in conversation with Abi Palmer [online event]

Tuesday September 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A moving and defiant exploration of life with a medically unexplained illness. In 1995 Alice’s mother collapsed with pneumonia. She never fully recovered and was eventually diagnosed with ME, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Then Alice got ill. Their symptoms mirrored their mother’s and appeared to have no physical cause; they received the same diagnosis a few years later.  Ill Feelings blends memoir, medical history, biography and literary non-fiction to uncover both of their case histories, and branches out into the records of ill health that women have written about in…

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How to Stop Fascism: Paul Mason in conversation with Ewa Majewska [online event]

Thursday September 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

History shows us the conditions that breed fascism, and how it can be successfully overcome. But it is up to us in the present to challenge it. What are we going to do about it? We are pleased to welcome Paul Mason to virtual Housmans to discuss his latest publication, How to Stop Fascism. Paul will be in conversation with Ewa Majewska, feminist philosopher, activist and author of Feminist Antifascism. Counterpublics of the Common. The far right is on the…

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Bi the Way: The Bisexual Guide to Life, with Lois Shearing [online event]

Wednesday September 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We are very pleased to welcome Lois Shearing to Housmans to discuss bisexuality in celebration of Bi Visibility Day. Whether you are openly bisexual, still figuring things out or just interested in learning more about bisexuality, Bi the Way is your essential guide to understanding and embracing bisexuality. With first-hand accounts from bi advocates, it includes practical tips and guidance on topics including dating, sex, biphobia, bi-erasure, coming out, activism and gender identity, demystifying a community that is often erased…

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Putin’s Russia: The Rise of a Dictator, with Darryl Cunningham [online event]

Wednesday September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for the online launch of acclaimed graphic novelist Darryl Cunningham's biography of Vladimir Putin. Master manipulator or gangster? The malign thrust of Putin’s domestic and foreign policy is exposed in Cunningham’s latest page-turning biography including his early life, political career, the wars in Chechnya, Crimea and the Ukraine, the crackdown on human rights, Brexit, Trump—and the poisonings. Cunningham shows how the West and its leaders have been culpable in aiding Putin's rise - Obama being a particular example.…

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No Matter How Many Skies Have Fallen: Back to the Land in Wartime Britain, with Ken Worpole [online event]

Wednesday September 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Social historian Ken Worpole uncovers the lost story of Frating Hall Farm, documenting the passionate religious and political ideals of this back-to-the-land community in wartime and postwar Britain. On 'Lady Day', March 1943 a group of Christian pacifists took possession of a vacant farm in Frating, a hamlet on the Essex Tendring Peninsula. There they established a working community, inspired by their association with The Adelphi journal, where D.H.Lawrence, John Middleton Murry, Vera Brittain, Iris Murdoch, George Orwell and others…

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October 2021

Burnt: Fighting for Climate Justice, with Chris Saltmarsh [online event]

Wednesday October 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Saving the world is not enough; we must build a better one in the process. We are delighted to welcome Chris Saltmarsh to virtual Housmans to discuss Burnt: Fighting for Climate Justice, a new addition to the brilliant Outspoken series by radical publishers Pluto Press. Time is up. The climate crisis is no longer a future to be feared, but a devastating reality. In this discussion, Chris will explore how we've arrived at this moment and argue that the profoundly…

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In and Against the State: Discussion Notes for Socialists, with Seth Wheeler [online event]

Wednesday October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Originally published as a pamphlet in 1979 and again by Pluto in 1980, In and Against the State brought together questions of working-class struggle and state power, exploring how revolutionary socialists might reconcile working in the public sector with their radical politics. Informed by autonomist political ideas and practices that were central to the protests of 1968, the book’s authors spoke to a generation of activists wrestling with the question of where to place their energies. Forty years have passed, yet the questions…

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Dystopian Horrors For Survival, with Alice Sparkly Kat and Don’t Tell The Village Elders collective [online event]

Wednesday October 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join author and astrologer Alice Sparkly Kat and Don't Tell The Village Elders collective in a Halloween themed workshop about processing dystopia through horror, poetry, and spellwork.  Together we'll explore fear, grief and transition, how horror as a genre can act as an ally for processing the dystopian realities we found ourselves in collectively and individually. Be prepared to take part in a writing game, amateur writers and writers who write for pleasure are welcome.  We hope that this space…

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The American Way: Stories of Invasion, with Fariba Nawa and Bina Shah [online event]

Tuesday October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

75 years of US-led invasions, CIA-sponsored coups, election interference, stay-behind networks, rendition, and weapons testing… all in the name of Pax America, the world’s police. Housmans is pleased to announce another "History-into-Fiction" event in collaboration with indie publisher Comma Press. The American Way: Stories of Invasion re-examines US foreign policy with stories that explore the human cost of these interventions on foreign soil, by writers from that soil. For this special online event, Fariba Nawa and Bina Shah, two of…

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Green Social Housing: A Virtual Panel on Housing and Sustainability

Wednesday October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

How can we meet a housing crisis while reducing the materials we use? Housmans is very pleased to announce a joint event with It's Freezing in LA!, the critically acclaimed independent magazine about climate change. We know well that a green future requires a radical transformation to the spaces we live in. From avoiding the use of virgin materials to reducing the energy we use in them, climate-safe management of homes and houses is a lot more than eye-catching green…

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November 2021

Abolishing the Police, with Koshka Duff and contributors [online event]

Wednesday November 3 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join the editor and contributors of the essay collection "Abolishing the Police" for an exploration of anti-police theory and practice. We're very pleased to host this event on behalf of Dog Section Press, the publishers of Abolishing the Police, one of Housmans' biggest selling titles of 2021 so far. We'll be joined by Koshka Duff, the editor of Abolishing the Police, and various contributors, as they discuss why we might want to abolish the police, what abolishing them would involve, and how…

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VETERANHOOD, with Joe Glenton in conversation with Matt Kennard [online event]

Wednesday November 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The military veteran is claimed by all sides. Conservatives, liberals and socialists all want to speak about and for ex-servicemen, yet far-right demonstrations are dotted with berets and medals and ex-military men have become celebrities of the reactionary manosphere. So who are Britain's ex-servicemen? What do they want? What are their politics? What are the issues which animate them? Are they just irredeemable fascists by dint of their service to Empire? Or is there a radical political potential waiting to…

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Daring to Hope: My Life in the 1970s, with Sheila Rowbotham [online event]

Wednesday November 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

In this powerful memoir Sheila Rowbotham looks back at her life as a participant in the women’s liberation movement, left politics and the creative radical culture of a decade in which freedom and equality seemed possible. She reveals the tremendous efforts that were made to transform attitudes and feelings, as well as daily life. After addressing the first British Women’s Liberation Conference at Ruskin College, Oxford in 1970, she went on to encourage night cleaners to unionise, to campaign for…

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