Locarno II

Locarno II

The second annual Locarno Conference on Politics and Society was held this past May at the Biblioteca Cantonale in Locarno, Switzerland. The conference brings together Dissent editors and writers with our European counterparts—this year with editors of Esprit (Paris) and Reset (Rome) and with other left intellectuals from Poland, Germany, Sweden, Britain, Spain, Switzerland, France, and Italy. The talks and papers dealt with immigration, regionalism, television’s impact on politics, and the moral and political problems of military intervention. Some of the papers will appear as Dissent articles (also in various European magazines) over the next months. (Joel Roman’s “Letter from Paris,” in this issue, is also the fruit of the Locarno meetings.) We welcome the new British journal Soundings, edited by Stuart Hall, Doreen Massey, and Michael Rustin, out this fall. Rustin, who has written often for Dissent, joined the Locarno group this year. “Generating new agendas for the left will be the main political task of Soundings,” its opening statement declared, and that is also the “task” of the conference. Its meetings are made possible by the formidable administrative and fundraising skills of Antonio Spadafora, director of the Biblioteca.

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