MDR Bulletin 009: In the Annals – George Caffentzis events, November 2013
Almost a year has passed and most of it has been filled with site meetings and construction works on the newly opened MayDay Rooms building at 88 Fleet Street. We are currently in a scoping period during which we are testing out the capacity of the building and putting in place the infrastructure we need. We welcome all to come visit and feed in your ideas on our open days – Thursdays and Fridays between 1:00PM and 5:00PM. Watch this space.
To coincide with George Caffentzis’ visit to London to launch his recently published collection of essays entitled In Letters of Blood and Fire, MayDay Rooms plan to continue a process initiated at the Marx Memorial Library in January 2012 with materials related to the Midnight Notes Collective and the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa (CAFA). The CAFA archive, assembled by George Caffentzis and Silvia Federici and currently held at MDR, covers the work of the Committee during the 80′s/90′s. This was an organisation dedicated to generating support for the struggles of students and teachers in Africa in the face of the Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPs) which were being imposed across Africa by the IMF and World Bank. In many ways this enclosure and forced commodification of education provided a model which has subsequently been used in the UK and elsewhere.
Over three days in late November, MDR will host discussions, dinners and a guided drift through ‘radical Fleet Street’, with a view to linking historical material to present purposes. We aim to consider procedures concerning ‘donations’ that straddle the personal and political, and ways in which the experience of these earlier struggles can deepen our understanding of, and inform responses to, contemporary developments in education.
• George Caffentzis, In Letters of Fire and Blood: Work, Machines and the Crisis of Capitalism (PM Press, 2013)
• George Caffentzis (with Silvia Federici) on CAFA. Marx Memorial Library, January 2012:
“In the Annals”:
Wednesday, November 20th:
3.00-5:00PM: Radical History tour of Fleet Street led by Mark. Open meeting.
7.00-10:00PM: MDR Dinner to celebrate the launch of In Letters of Blood and Fire. Open Meeting.
Thursday, November 21st:
10:00AM-1:00PM: Meeting at MayDay Rooms hosted by MDR & others looking at previous and newly received material linked to Midnight Notes, including an open discussion on procedures concerning correspondence and materials that straddle the personal and political. Open Meeting.
Sunday, November 24th:
3:00-6:00PM: CAFA Workshop led by George Caffentzis laying out for consideration a new batch of material as well as previously donated documents. Open Meeting.
7:00-10:00PM: Dinner hosted by MDR/GC. Closed Meeting
As places/numbers are limited, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm attendance. There is a canteen on site which operates on a donation basis.