New booklet on Defending Abortion Rights: Lessons from American History for Resistance Now

By NANCY LINDISFARNE and JONATHAN NEALE

March to defend abortion rights, Washington DC, 1989

May 3, 2022. The news has just leaked that the Supreme Court is planning to overturn Roe v Wade. This is appalling, and enraging, and Americans have a massive fight on their hands. This booklet looks back at abortion politics in the United States since 1964, to show how Roe v. Wade was won in the first place, and how it was defended.

You can download the booklet as a pdf here.

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Can you help with the CHINESE, SPANISH or ITALIAN TRANSLATIONS of Fight The Fire?

The Ecologist published the English edition of Jonathan Neale’s Fight the Fire: Green New Deals and Global Climate Jobs nine months ago. Because they feel it is important to share the arguments of the book, The Ecologist has been offering free downloads of the PDF here. So far more than 19,000 people have downloaded it.

Volunteer translators have been working together in teams to translate the book into other languages. Once the translations are finished, we will provide free downloads of the whole book in each language. Can you help us, or do you know someone who can?

The translations into Portuguese and Turkish are finished, and will be published soon. But the translators for the other languages need help. We have finished about two-thirds of the SPANISH translation, about half of the CHINESE translation, about almost half of the ITALIAN translation.

All the translators have worked for free, as a labour of love. We need a few more people to help with each of the three languages. Each person will do one, or two, or three chapters and we should finish the job quickly. If you can help, please write to Jonathan Neale at lindisfarne.neale@gmail.com.

The Falmer Method – Towards a New Kind of Conference

Andrea Cornwall, Frank G. Karioris and Nancy Lindisfarne 

With all the immense pressure on young scholars to present at conferences, to publish and find jobs, it is easy to forget that we got into academia because we were excited about thinking, reading and grappling with new ideas – and that academia is full of people who have those enthusiasms. In the early summer of 2014, at the University of Sussex in Falmer, we tried out a formula for a symposium which celebrated these values. The symposium wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty damn good, and we think the format will be of interest to others. We’ve decided to call it the Falmer Method.

The symposium was Frank’s idea.

Too many academic conferences bore senior scholars and scare young ones, sometimes quite badly. They are a way to test people, favour a few and put others down. And keep them down. In essence, that is what the usual format does. As Kircher and Biswas (2017) put it, writing in The Guardian, expensive academic conferences give us old ideas and no new faces. Continue reading

Thinking about Feminism and Islamophobia (3) The new grand alliance in the Middle East

Women defendants at a mass trial of supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Alexandria, Egypt, November 2013

Nancy Lindisfarne and Jonathan Neale explain the changing international alliances in Middle Eastern politics, and how this is connected to rising Islamophobia in Europe.

In most of Europe and North America now there is only one acceptable form of racism: prejudice against Muslims. This is recent. Until 1978 in most of Europe and North America Muslims were often discriminated against because they were Asian, or Arabs, or people of colour. But in the US, Britain and many other countries they were not singled out for their religion. Continue reading