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1. Book Launch: Video, Sunday, 19th May, 2013

2. Book Tour, Tuesday, 8th October – Tuesday, 29th October, 2013

3. Book Review by rosalind hampton, McGill Journal of Education, Vol 49, #1, 2014

  NON-FICTION: Anthropology

- in Czech translation

- in Portuguese translation

- in Hindi translation

On childhood, parenthood and learning:

On literature and culture:

Talks, Interviews, and Academic Presentations:

Appearances in media:

  • In Film:

AnOther Story of Progress - a documentary film on civilisation and resistance.


  • Interviews in Print:

Czech Green Anarchy, November 2013.

1. in English original. A PDF pamphlet version

2. in Czech translation.

3. in Portuguese translation.


  • Interviews on Radio:

In English and French.

  • Interviewed for discussion of my book, Children’s Literature, Domestication, and Social Foundation: Narratives of Civilization and Wilderness (Routledge 2015) on Anarchy Radio, Tuesday 21st April 2015.
  • Civilized Racism Part II – revisiting my discussion of civilised spaces and the “open season” on Black and Brown people. Interviewed by Ron Lester Whyte, Deep Green Philly, 5th September 2014.
  • Gorilla Radio, CFUV (University of Victoria) by Chris Cook. Monday, 7th October 2013.
  • Animal Voices, Vancouver by Alissa. Friday, 11th October 2013.
  •  Doers, Makers, Thinkers, CFUV (University of Victoria) by Julian. Friday, 18th October 2013.
  • Anarchy Radio, University of Oregon, Eugene, KWVA. Tue. 7th February 2012. Wylden Freeborne introduces me on the 20th minute mark.
  • The Failure of Civilized OccupyInterview for Deep Green Philly on 8th December 2011 . Also published on Occupy Philly Media on 10th December 2011.

Guest speaker:

  • “The Revolution Will Not Be Anthropomorphised: Civilised Knowledge and the Sabotage of Resistance” – Anti-civilisation Day, Anarchist Festival in Montreal, at La Déferle, Sunday, 18 May, 2013 from 1:00-3:00 pm.
  • Wild Children – Domesticated Dreams: Civilization and the Birth of Education Book Launch, Video, at La Deferle, Montreal, Sunday, 19th May, 2013.
  • How Ivan the Fool Defeats Civilized Pedagogies“, Brown Bag Lunch Seminar series: Community, solidarity, and popular education: Confronting the national security state. Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University, 12:00pm Wednesday, 8th February, 2012.

Part 1

Part 2

For a review, see issue 4, page 31 of In the Land of the Living by Andy Lewis

  • Open Forum: Layla AbdelRahim and John Zerzan respond (total time: 1hour and 51 minutes). Memphis, TN, 15th August 2009

Part 1

Part 2



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  1. Comment by Patrik Schumann:

    Hola Layla,

    We were happy to get to know you a little in Albuquerque.

    I am particularly interested in the northward movement of growing regions due to climate change. My NY sustainable hardwood forestry/ edible forest project on 120 acres is using climate contingency ecological design approaches to restoration and pre-planting of the forest in preparation for all conceivable rapid change scenarios. I have also been checking out the area around southern Hudson Bay and the shift of hardwood forest types northward. If you happen upon any interesting practical work or publications on that, please let me know.

    We hope to meet up again one day. I do my forest work in NY for two weeks every spring and autumn, although not when the baby arrives this coming autumn. All the best, Patrik

    April 3, 2011 @ 9:08 pm
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    May 6, 2011 @ 12:29 am
  3. Comment by Luke Byrnes:

    Hi Layla,

    I am a big fan of your work and ideas. I am curious about a study you referenced in your Deep Green Philly interview. You mentioned a Finnish economist that looked into the economics of technology etc. It sounded really cool and it is something I’ve thought about looking into myself.

    Could you send me the information for the study?


    Luke Byrnes

    December 29, 2011 @ 5:01 am
  4. Comment by layla:

    Thank you for your comment, Luke.
    The referenced study/life/auto-ethnographer is Lasse Nordlund: http://www.ymparistojakehitys.fi/susopapers/Lasse_Nordlund_Foundations_of_Our_Life.pdf
    If you are interested for an indepth discussion of his work, I contextualise and discuss it at length in my research, entitled: “Order and the Literary Rendering of Chaos: Children’s Literature as Knowledge, Culture, and Social Foundation” available in PDF at the library of the University of Montreal (you can find a link to it here: http://layla.miltsov.org/summary/ ).

    All the best,

    December 30, 2011 @ 7:28 pm
  5. Comment by Luke Byrnes:


    I am listening to an interview of yours on anarchy radio. Thank you for passing that article along to me. It was very helpful, very enlightening. Perhaps you can relate to this, but when I read these kinds of texts, a sort of calm comes over me, and I feel like everything is okay, I guess because it confirms in a simple way everything I feel. But then, I go back, and I have to go to work etc. Anyway, it is hard to transition between these ideas, between the wild and civilized epistemology, and I am not sure what to do.

    I listened to Ron’s most recent interview with you on Deep Green Philly, and I was so moved. I haven’t stopped thinking about that story about the fat man from the west, and the starving African, and the water… You said, “It was so parasitic.” Maybe for the first time, when I heard you say that, I began to face my parasitism, and how ingrained it is in my behavior and the means of my existence.

    I just wanted to write you back and say thank you. You have helped me in the decolonization process. What you are doing is important to me. I hope you keep it up.

    Deep Green Resistance is organizing widespread blockades of civilized infrastructure in the U.S. What do you think of that? Can any of the civilized REALLY prepare to go back? Can we give up our cake? I don’t see it, but what else can we do. We have to try to stop it for the sake of the wild, even if most people’s minds have been domesticated. I am curious as to what you think the transformation/revolution/reformation etc. should begin to look like.


    February 23, 2012 @ 1:03 am
  6. Comment by Edward:

    A Reference:

    Ethnic Literary Traditions in American Children’s Literature by Michelle Pagni Stewart and Yvonne Atkinson (Nov 24, 2009)

    October 19, 2013 @ 6:34 pm
  7. Comment by AnnMarie Modeste:

    Hello Layla,
    It’s Annmarie a long time i haven’t heard from you , how are you and your family doing, i would like to hear from you, remember we did a workshop a few years back, are you still in Montreal. If sowhen you email me i can give you my
    So speak to you soon.

    November 28, 2013 @ 12:42 pm
  8. Comment by Sylvie Lecerf:

    Dear Layla
    Thank you so much for your wonderful
    Work,I just discovered through a t.v.
    I would like to know if you give lecture in Paris.
    Or in Chennai, India where I also live, playing classical Indian music.
    With my kindest regards.
    Many happy returns..

    August 10, 2014 @ 12:58 pm
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