[NetBehaviour] The Invisibility of the Commons.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Fri Nov 7 11:40:50 CET 2008

Sent to Netbehaviour by Matt Fuller.

The Invisibility of the Commons

A talk by Peter Linebaugh

Organised by the Xenos Research Group, Department of Sociology, and the
Department of Anthropology

5.00pm - 7.00pm, Tuesday, 11 November 2008
Lecture Theatre, Ben Pimlott Building
Goldsmiths, University of London,
Lewisham Way, London SE14 6NW

If you wish to attend please contact Alberto Toscano: xenos at gold.ac.uk

Peter Linebaugh is Professor of History at the University of Toledo. He is
the author of The London Hanged: Crime and Civil Society in the Eighteenth
Century and coauthor (with Marcus Rediker) of Many-Headed Hydra: The Hidden
History of the Revolutionary Atlantic.

>From reviews of The Magna Carta Manifesto (2008):

"This is an original, powerful and ground breaking book. It is utterly
fascinating and charts a path that gives me, and will give others, hope for
a better future. Linebaugh sends an important message to a world that
increasingly believes that private ownership of our resources can make us
more prosperous. As we struggle to regain lost liberty The Magna Carta
Manifesto makes us understand that freedom is about guaranteeing the
economic and social rights that allow all of us to partake of political
freedom."--Michael Ratner, President of the Center for Constitutional Rights

"Ideas can be beautiful too, and the ideas Peter Linebaugh provokes and
maps in this history of liberty are dazzling, reminders of what we have
been and who we could be. In this remarkable small book, he traces one path
of liberty back to the forests and the economic independence they
represented for medieval Britons, another path to recent revolutionaries,
another to the Bush Administration's assaults on habeas corpus, the
Constitution, and liberty and he links the human rights charter that Magna
Carta represented to the less-known Forest Charter, drawing a missing link
between ecological and social well-being."--Rebecca Solnit, author of
Storming the Gates of Paradise

"There is not a more important historian living today. Period."--Robin D.G.
Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

"Ranging across the centuries, and from England to Asia, Africa and the
Americas, Peter Linebaugh shows us the contested history of Magna
Carta--how the liberties it invoked were secured and (as today) violated,
and how generations of ordinary men and women tried to revive the idea of
the commons in the hope of building a better world."--Eric Foner, author of
The Story of American Freedom

Alberto Toscano
Department of Sociology
University of London
New Cross
SE14 6NW
United Kingdom

Dr. Matthew Fuller
David Gee Reader in Digital Media

Centre for Cultural Studies
Goldsmiths College
University of London
New Cross
London SE14 6NW

e: m.fuller at gold.ac.uk
t: +44 (0)20 7919 7206
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