Institute for Anarchist Studies

Linked with Ashanti Alston Omowali – USA.

The Institute for Anarchist Studies IAS, a nonprofit foundation established in 1996 to support the development of anarchism, is primarily a grant-giving organization for radical writers. Our aim is to promote critical scholarship that explores social domination and reconstructive visions of a free society. To date, we have funded almost sixty projects by authors from countries around the world, including Argentina, Canada, New Zealand, Lebanon, Chile, Ireland, Nigeria, Mexico, the Philippines, Germany, Uruguay, South Africa, the Czech Republic, and the United States. In addition to organizing projects like the Renewing the Anarchist Tradition (RAT) conference and the Radical Theory Track at the National Conference on Organized Resistance (NCOR), we also publish a biannual magazine, Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, to cultivate community among those interested in the development of anarchism and offer a “Mutual Aid” list of IAS speakers available for public talks. The IAS is part of a larger movement to radically transform society as well. We are internally democratic and work in solidarity with people around the globe who share our values.

Newsletter;
Brecht Forum;
Archives;
A Scholarly Conference in Montpelier, Vermont, Nov. 2 to 4, 2007 (sorry, registration is closed);
Contact: Institute for Anarchist Studies, PO Box 15586, Washington, DC 20003, USA, e-mail.

About: Anarchism emerged out of the socialist movement as a distinct politics in the nineteenth century. It asserted that it is necessary and possible to overthrow coercive and exploitative social relationships, and replace them with egalitarian, self-managed, and cooperative social forms. Anarchism thus gave new depth to the long struggle for freedom.

The primary concern of the classical anarchists was opposition to the state and capitalism. This was complemented by a politics of voluntarily association, mutual aid, and decentralization. Since the turn of the twentieth century and especially the 1960s, the anarchist critique has widened into a more generalized condemnation of domination and hierarchy. This has made it possible to understand and challenge a variety of social relationships—such as patriarchy, racism, and the devastation of nature, to mention a few—while confronting political and economic hierarchies. Given this, the ideal of a free society expanded to include sexual liberation, cultural diversity, and ecological harmony, as well as directly democratic institutions.

Anarchism’s great refusal of all forms of domination renders it historically flexible, politically comprehensive, and consistently critical—as evidenced by its resurgence in today’s global anticapitalist movement. Still, anarchism has yet to acquire the rigor and complexity needed to comprehend and transform the present.
The IAS

The Institute for Anarchist Studies (IAS), a nonprofit foundation established in 1996 to support the development of anarchism, is primarily a grant-giving organization for radical writers. To date, we have funded almost fifty projects by authors from countries around the world, including Argentina, Canada, Chile, Ireland, Nigeria, Germany, South Africa, and the United States. We also publish a biannual magazine, Perspectives on Anarchist Theory. The IAS is part of a larger movement to radically transform society as well. We are internally democratic and work in solidarity with people around the globe who share our values.

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