ZACF: 2008 launch of Soweto Study Group on Berkman’s “ABC of Communist Anarchism”

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Soweto: 1st Meeting of Study Group on Berkman’s “ABC of Communist Anarchism”

Wednesday July 30, 2008 23:37 by Jonathan – ZACF

Members of the ZACF will be facilitating the first meeting of a group of social movement and trade union militants pulled together by the ZACF to study the book ABC of Communist Anarchism by Alexander Berkman.

People targeted for participation in the study group have been provided with Berkman’s Foreword and Introduction which they are expected to read before deciding whether or not to commit to participating in the group. Those who do so will be given a soft-cover copy of the book for their personal use.

At the first meeting the participants will discuss the Foreword and Introduction, decide how often the group wishes to meet and work out a schedule, according to which they will work through the book.

On conclusion of ABC of Communist Anarchism the participants will evaluate the success of the study group and decide whether or not they wish to pursue its activities by studying another text.

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About Lucien van der Walt

I teach at Rhodes University, the Eastern Cape. I’m South African, born and bred. I am currently also involved in union education and have a background in social movement and left-wing activism, the Workers’ Library and Museum, the Anti-Privatisation Forum, and the National Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU). I’ve presented papers at more than 120 conferences and workshops, published in key journals like 'Capital and Class' and 'Labor History', have co-edited 3 journal specials (these on global labour history, African labour, and unions in the Global South), and written well over 130 other articles, papers and entries. I was Southern Africa editor for the 2009 'International Encyclopaedia of Revolution and Protest' (Blackwell). My focus has been on South Africa, but I have also done research in Zambia and Zimbabwe. I won the 2008 international 'Labor History' thesis prize, and the 2008/2009 Council for the Development of Social Science Research prize for best African dissertation, for my PhD thesis on South African anarchism, syndicalism and black militants. I have several books, including 'Negro e Vermelho: anarquismo, sindicalismo revolucionário e pessoas de cor na África Meridional nas décadas de 1880-1920,' 'Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1880-1940: the praxis of national liberation, internationalism, and social revolution' (co-edited with Steve Hirsch, Brill, 2010/ 2014) and 'Black Flame: the revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism' (co-written with Michael Schmidt, AK Press 2009).