All Power to the Imagination! Conference on Radical Theory and Practice

Starting Date: 04-04-2008
Starting Time: 9:00am
Ending Date: 04-06-2008
Address

5845 General Dougher Pl
Sarasota, Florida 34243
United States
727-365-8147
Description
All Power to the Imagination! Conference on Radical Theory and Practice

New College of Florida
Sarasota, Florida
April 4-6th,2008

Proposals deadline: Jan 31, 2008
More info: APIconference(at)gmail.com

All Power to the Imagination! is a conference that will bring activists, academics, and grassroots organizers together for a weekend of listening, networking, discussing, and organizing. We will share ideas, tactics, experiences, and skills as well as theories, scholarship, and research to develop our radical vision for the present and future.

Topics for the conference may include:
Prison Abolition
Animal Liberation
Anarchism
Anti-Consumerism/Freeganism
Anti-Imperialism/Anti-War
Anti-Racism/Critical Race Theory
Autonomous Communities
Class
Education/Pedagogy
Globalization/Neo-Liberalism
Gender
Gentrification/Housing
Health
Immigration/Borders
Indigenous
Labor
Latin America
Lifestyle
Art and Visual Culture
Men’s Issues
Palestine/Israel
Practical Skill
Queer
Transgender/Intersex/Two-Spirit
Radicalism in Academia
Religion
Sexuality
Social Movements
Student and Youth Movements
Radical History
Sustainability/Environmentalism
Theory/Strategy
Technology
Anarchist Processes and Models
Feminism/Women Issues
Vegan/Vegetarianism
Florida Activism and Organization

About the title:
All Power to the Imagination! was a slogan used during the Paris riots of May 1968. It was a detournement of the political slogan “All Power to the Soviets!” used during the Bolshevik Revolution.

The title of our conference–All Power to the Imagination!–is an example of the situationist practice of detournement. This process involves combining or altering elements of popular images, slogans, songs, films, texts and other media in order to create a new meaning (one that negates, transforms or replaces the original meaning). In juxtaposing foreign images and texts, a new relationship is form–one that is potentially subversive.

Detournement is a practice that attempts to destablize the hegemonic ideology while simultaneously undermining that very ideology.

The practice of detournement was conceived as a “powerful cultural weapon” for the working class. This practice also shows us how one can imaginatively unite theory and practice. We couldn’t think of a more appropriate title for our conference!
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