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May 2019

The Anarchist Imagination: Anarchism Encounters the Humanities and the Social Sciences

Thursday May 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This event is free but please reserve a ticket here   AUTONOMY NOW PRESENTS   Our panel discuss the continuous role of the anarchist imagination as muse, provocateur, goading adversary, and catalyst in the stimulation of research and creative activity in the humanities and social sciences, including anthropology, art, feminism, geography, international relations, political science, postcolonialism, and sociology.   At the event two books will be launched: The Anarchist Imagination Anarchism Encounters the Humanities and the Social Sciences, 1st Edition…

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Cooperation Jackson: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi

Friday May 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Get tickets   On a rare visit to London from Mississippi, we are delighted to welcome a co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson, Kali Akuno, to discuss the inspiring work they have been undertaking to create sustainable community development, economic democracy, and community ownership, within the confines of a historically structurally racist state.   Mississippi, the poorest state in the U.S. with the highest percentage of Black people, and a history of vicious racial terror and concurrent Black resistance is…

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June 2019

The War on Drugs and the Global Colour Line

Wednesday June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tickets available here   Join Kojo Haram and Ash Sarkar for a very special “celebratory bookshop takeover” by Pluto Press to mark its 50th anniversary. Join Kojo and Ash to discuss this collection which reveals the racist impact of the War on Drugs across multiple continents and in numerous situations. An essential collection for all people fighting racism today.   The War on Drugs has led to millions of people dead, displaced and incarcerated. Disproportionately enforced on oppressed races, international…

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To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe

Wednesday June 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a discussion on how Black feminism and Afrofeminism are being practiced in Europe today. Speakers Akwugo Emejulu and Dr Francesca Sobande will explore the differing social positions of black feminism in various countries and the ways in which Black feminists organize and mobilize to imagine a Black feminist Europe. This event is also part of Pluto Press's 50th anniversary celebratory bookshop takeovers.  Deeply aware that they are constructed as “others” living in a racialized and hierarchical continent,…

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Not Another Book Podcast Live in Conversation with Irenosen Okojie

Sunday June 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Housmans are really pleased to host an episode of Not Another Book Podcast live from our vaults. Join Nigerian-British writer Irenosen Okojie and the co-hosts of Not Another Book Podcast for a bold and honest conversation on Okojie's experiences as a novelist and short story writer, the joys of storytelling, surreal tales, disrupting narratives and her forthcoming short story collection Nudibranch and novel Curandera. Irenosen Okojie is a Nigerian British writer. Her books have won and been shortlisted for multiple awards. Her work has been featured in…

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Rebel Footprints: A Guide to Uncovering London’s Radical History

Monday June 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A Pluto Press 50th Anniversary event. David Rosenberg brings to life the history of social movements in the capital, telling the story of protest and struggle in London from the early nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. From the suffragettes to the socialists, from the Chartists to the trade unionists, Rosenberg invites us to step into the footprints of a diverse cast of dedicated fighters for social justice. Speaker David Rosenberg is an educator, writer and tour guide, and author of…

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Waiting for the Revolution: The British Far Left from 1956

Wednesday June 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

An attempt to understand and document the traditions and issues that have preoccupied leftist groups, activists and struggles in the UK since 1956. Waiting for the revolution is a volume of essays examining the diverse currents of British left-wing politics from 1956 to the present day. The book is designed to complement the previous volume, Against the grain: The far left in Britain from 1956, bringing together young and established academics and writers to discuss the realignments and fissures that…

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Autonomy Now Presents: ‘Emma Goldman and Intersectionality’ with Donnacha DeLong

Thursday June 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This Thursday June 27th is Emma Goldman's 150th birthday! So on Thursday we will be celebrating her formidable life and legacy in Housmans Bookshop. Free. No booking required. Donnacha DeLong will be speaking about Emma Goldman and intersectionality. Other names to be confirmed. Free entry, no booking required. 7pm start. Donnacha DeLong is an Irish journalist and communications consultant. He is also a Past President of the National Union of Journalists. In 2010/11, Donnacha completed an MA in Political Communication…

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July 2019

Facing the Apocalypse – Arguments for Ecosocialism. Book launch with the author Alan Thornett

Wednesday July 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Alan Thornett presents his ecosocialist argument for responding to the climate crisis: he argues for a transitional approach - which separates him both from both those that think capitalism will find a solution and those who think revolutionary propaganda is enough - and makes the case that the situation requires the broadest possible movement. We are facing a multifaceted threat to the planet. Crucial resources are running out. Pollution is choking the ecosystems. From a defence of the remarkable ecological…

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Robert Lundquist: After Mozart (Heroin On 5th Street)

Friday July 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Housmans and New River Press are extremely proud to present the London launch of Robert Lundquist's After Mozart (Heroin On 5th Street) - a collection comprising of five decades of work, previously only available in magazine archives, anthologies, and out-of-print chapbooks.  A lost genius, come and see Lundquist give a very rare London performance. Speakers Robert Lundquist was one of the rising stars of the Santa Cruz renaissance. By the early 1970s he was published in the Paris Review, anthologized…

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