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Decolonizing Anarchism – Maia Ramnath Speaks March 30th Silicon Valley De-Bug San Jose

Posted on March 20th, 2012 in AK Authors!, Events, Recommended Reading

Maia Ramnath will be speaking on her recently released AK title Decolonizing Anarchism

March 30th 6:30pm
Silicon Valley De-Bug
701 Lenzen Ave
San Jose, CA 95112

As part of a West Coast tour NYC based author Maia Ramnath will present on her recently published book “Decolonizing Anarchism” by AK Press in San Jose. The event will include culture, discussion and preparation for organizing around May 1st in San Jose.

Decolonizing Anarchism examines the history of South Asian struggles against
colonialism and neocolonialism, highlighting lesser-known dissidents as
well as iconic figures. What emerges is an alternate narrative of
decolonization, in which liberation is not defined by the achievement of a
nation-state. Author Maia Ramnath suggests that the
anarchist vision of an alternate society closely echoes the concept of
total decolonization on the political, economic, social, cultural, and
psychological planes. Decolonizing Anarchism facilitates more than a
reinterpretation of the history of anticolonialism; it also supplies
insight into the meaning of anarchism itself.

“Maia Ramnath
offers a refreshingly different perspective on anticolonial movements in
India, not only by focusing on little-remembered anarchist exiles such
as Har Dayal, Mukerji and Acharya but more important, highlighting the
persistent trend that sought to strengthen autonomous local communities
against the modern nation-state. A superbly original book.”Partha
Chatterjee, author of Lineages of Political Society: Studies in
Post-colonial Democracy

“[Ramnath] audaciously reframes the
dominant narrative of Indian radicalism by detailing its explosive and
ongoing symbiosis with decolonial anarchism.”Dylan Rodriguez, author of
Suspended Apocalypse: White Supremacy, Genocide, and the Filipino

Maia Ramnath is a teacher, writer, activist, and
dancer/aerialist living in New York City. She is the author of The Haj
to Utopia: How the Ghadar Movement Charted Global Radicalism and
Attempted to Overthrow the British Empire in many ways a companion
volume to this one. She is currently a member of the Institute for
Anarchist Studies board and Historians against War steering committee.