Surrey Anarchist Bookfair - JAN 18 - WORKSHOPS

The Surrey Anarchist Bookfair will be held in the Conference Centre (Room A,CEDAR Bldg) @ Kwantlen Polytechnic University on Saturday, January 18th.
Here's the full details of WORKSHOPS (below).... Featuring, NAASN presenters & other folks speaking on matters practical AND radical.
Also, there will be lots of books & info tables, also including 'zines and free literature, patches and artwork, music and much more... See the list of tablers here.
More workshops may be confirmed in coming days... (Anarchy 101 & one from BC Blackout!) So please keep checking back here for more details, or write us at anarchistbookfair (at)

10am: Anarchist Interventions into Academic Conference Participation (Joanna Adamiak, Sandra Jeppesen, Sharmeen Khan, Holly Nazar)
11am: Building Cultures of Resistance (Xhopakelxhit & Gwaiina, Ancestral Pride)
1pm: A Hands-on 'how-to' workshop on using "access to information" requests for investigative research (Mike Larsen);
2pm: Resisting Surveillance & Anarchist Tech Support (Joe Bowser, Jeff Davis, PJ Lilley),
3pm: Midwives & Alternative Health Practitioners Speak Out (Martha Roberts, Xhopakelxhit)
10am: Anarchist Interventions into Academic Conference Participation (Joanna Adamiak, Sandra Jeppesen, Sharmeen Khan, Holly Nazar)

Like many academic spaces, conferences often perpetuate disembodied, uninviting, tense spaces of performance of the one-sided imparting of knowledge by the 'all knowing' academic. Most often, this way of sharing knowledge mirrors a hierarchical insolence that recreates problematic (colonial, racist, sexist, trans and homophobic, and ableist) social relationships, marginalizing other ways of knowing and being. In this relationship, it is systemically difficult to effectively bridge radical anarchist research with radical movements on the ground. As anarchists who work within the academy, we often find ourselves hovering between the need to be taken seriously as academics because of our political affiliations and the marginalization that this identity brings, and the need to challenge the exclusive and privileged institution we find ourselves in. Often times, the negotiation of these two tendencies results in maintaining and reinforcing power dynamics and conventions of doing, presenting, and thinking about academic research that contradicts anarchist principles of collaboration, affect, mutual aid, liberation, and inclusivity that many of us strive for in other parts of our academic and non-academic lives as activists and community members.

This workshop aims to unpack some of these conference dynamics and to explore anarcha-feminist principles more explicitly in the anarchist academic toolbox. The workshop will engage participants in anarcha-feminist approaches to academic conference presentation. Seeking to engage two sides of the sometimes tenuous relationship between academia and anarchism, we aim to theorize, discuss, and envision a prefigurative anarcha-feminist politic of sharing knowledge and ideas to unsettle and change mainstream behaviours and thinking at conferences (among other academic spaces). We aim to engage participants in a workshop about participating as an anarchist in academic conferences and creating alternative anarchist conference spaces to challenge the norm.

This workshop will not only discuss how anarchists can use academic conferences as sites of resistance and liberation, but also explore how to effectively bridge anarchist research with radical movements outside of the academy. We will explore how dynamics of exploitation are maintained and reinforced, and how radical social movements can benefit from academic research. There remains a systemic barrier between anarchist academic research and community-based organizing where academics often exploit the work of activists for the sake of research; we will explore how to shift this relationship and create one where academia can provide more resources and support for community-based organizing.

This workshop will also problematize the performance of 'expert knowledge,' judgment, defensiveness, and self-censorship. Through a consideration of co-production of knowledge, street theorizing, community-based research, story-telling, alternative forms of knowledge production, embodying research, and inclusive discourse, this workshop will try to create a toolkit for challenging the exclusivity of academic space. It will aim to bridge our work more directly with community-organizing, and to change the performance of conference presentations from an alienating, stifling space into a creative, collaborative, and radical process.

11am: Building Cultures of Resistance (Xhopakelxhit & Gwaiina, Ancestral Pride)

On building a culture of resistance to colonialism, imperialism and capitalism. Come and listen to these front-line, community-based land defenders speak about their vision to protect their lands and water from mining and to defend their ways of life.

Imperial Metals is proposing an open pit copper mine on Catface Mountain (Chitaapi). Open pit mining is horrifically and irreversibly damaging to the environment and ecosystems. Catface is within Clayoquot Sound and is located within Ahousaht First Nation Territory. Chitaapi is Ahousaht’s to protect. If the mine is established on these lands, they will become uninhabitable.

1pm: A Hands-on 'how-to' workshop on using "access to information" requests for investigative research (Mike Larsen, Dept. of Criminology, KPU);

This session will provide a hands-on introduction to Access to Information and Freedom of Information (ATI/FOI) mechanisms, and an overview of ATI/FOI research strategies. The session wll begin with an introductory overview and short talk on the politics of secrecy and the 'right to know' movement. We will then focus on the steps involved in the preparation and filing of ATI/FOI requests and the 'access brokering' process. Participants will be provided with an ATI/FOI workbook. The session will draw on examples of ATI/FOI research on the state surveillance of social movements and national (in)security practices, and explore the benefits and challenges of ATI/FOI research.

2pm: Resisting Surveillance--Anarchist Tech Support for Everyone (Joe Bowser, Jeff Davis, PJ Lilley)

(this will be adapted from a presentation by the Montreal collective 'Anarchistes pour des Technologies Solidaires')
The various technologies that we use every day, such as laptops, mobile phones, e-mail, Google, Facebook, Twitter, and instant messaging are very useful to us, yet also create new ways for states and corporations to do surveillance and attempt to control us. This workshop will include a critical discussion of the role of technology in our society, as well as practical information on how to use technologies of solidarity against capitalist, authoritarian power. If you would like to start using some of these tools, bring your computer. It may be possible to work on some smartphones as well. No prior knowledge of computers is required to participate, everyone is welcome!

3pm: Midwives & Alternative Health Practitioners Speak Out (Martha Roberts, Red Sparks Union, Xhopakelxhit, Ancestral Pride)