Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Poaching in the South West: The Berkeley Case

    Date: Thursday 28th January, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: The Hydra Bookshop, 34 Old Market St, Bristol, BS2 0EZ
Price: Donation
With: Steve Mills

Steve Mills will give a talk on the contents of his recent BRHG pamphlet 'Poaching in the South West' which considers the poaching wars in rural areas in the 18th and 19th Centuries and the arms race conducted between the poaching gangs, landowners and game keepers. He will also look at the development of the 'poaching' laws in the period and the famous Berkeley Case.

More information here.

Syria, The Kurds, ISIS and the West: Revolution in Rojava: Strengths and Challenges

Date: Tuesday 9th February, 2016
Time: 7:30-9:30 pm
Venue: The Conference Room, Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, BS1 3QY
Price: Donation
With: Dr. Jeff Miley (Dept. of Sociology, Uni. Of Cambridge)

Since the descent into civil war in Syria, revolutionary forces have seized control of the Kurdish region of Rojava.  This talk aims to assess the strengths, challenges and vulnerabilities of the revolutionary project under way there. In terms of strengths, I will focus principally on four:
(1) revolutionary discipline and the power of ideology
(2) consciousness-raising, collective mobilization, and assembly democracy
(3) gender emancipation
(4) attempts to accommodate ethnic and religious diversity
In terms of challenges and vulnerabilities, I will focus on questions of isolation and embargo, the alliance with the U.S., and especially the threat from Turkey.

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