Invitation to Passignano 2014
Constituent Spaces. Europe, Struggles, World
We are happy to invite you to the annual meeting organized by the EuroNomade network, to be held in Passignano sul Trasimeno on September 18-21. EuroNomade is a network of activists, scholars and researchers that has existed since 2013. Many of its members were previously part of the UniNomade network. Coming from the "workerist" and "postworkerist" tradition we aim at fostering political debates within social movements, in a way that works at the boundary between the university and political activism. We are particularly interested in asking questions about the meaning of a European subversive politics. We are therefore connected with comrades and networks in many parts of Europe, but we always try to develop our discussion within a broader framework. In this sense fostering relations outside of Europe (e.g. in Latin America and Asia) is particularly important for us. Indeed our work on Europe is part and parcel of a broader attempt to reinvent the politics of internationalism.
The Passignano meeting will be dedicated this year to two interrelated topics. We will start on Thursday, September 18, with a discussion with David Harvey. His recent work has focused on what we would like to call the "extractive" dimensions of contemporary capitalism. Although we have often critically discussed his work, we are particularly happy that he has accepted our invitation. What we want to discuss with Harvey are the different regimes and forms of what he calls "accumulation by dispossession" as well as the relation between dispossession and exploitation.
We are convinced that the discussion with Harvey, who will participate in the whole seminar, will be an excellent introduction to the topics that we want to address in the two following days (September 19-20). The first is what we tentatively call "social unionism." By this we mean emerging forms of social struggles, which often blur the boundary between the point of production and social reproduction. The second topic is ?Europe and the world,? which will have us discuss the position of Europe within the current world disorder. We are convinced that there is a strong connection between these two topics. In other words, we think that the quality and intensity of social struggles in Europe will strongly influence the position of Europe in the world, while this position will in turn have important consequences for the spaces of struggle as well as for the quality of freedom and equality in Europe. Moreover we think that there is an urgent need to reflect upon the connection between the two proposed topics in order to go beyond the predicament of the movement against the war in Europe, which was apparent in the last months in front of the multiple wars at Europe?s borders (Ukraine, Syria, Palestine...).
We really hope that you will join us in Passignano. We have invited activists and researchers from several European countries (including Germany, Spain, and Greece). There will also be a discussion about the current situation in Brazil, and more generally in Latin America, with the participation of Brazilian comrades. The format of the seminar will be mixed, with roundtables followed by discussions in smaller groups, especially on the 19th, when we expect to have an intense discussion on the perspectives of struggles in Europe next Fall. On the 21st we will close the seminar with an open assembly, where we hope we will be able to lay the basis for an even more intense cooperation for the next future.
For logistical infos, please write to Carlo: email@example.com - +39 328 2627747
Monday, 8 September 2014
Invitation to Passignano 2014
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Thursday, 4 September 2014
Applications for 2014 – 15 have been reopened and will stay open till 21 September (the day before classes start!)
Posted by Laurence at 19:36
Monday, 1 September 2014
We Make Our Own History: Marxism and Social Movements in the Twilight of Neoliberalism.
London: Pluto Press, 20 August 2014
272pp; £17 from Pluto
2: ‘History Does Nothing’: The Primacy of Praxis in Movement Theorising
3: ‘The Authors and the Actors of their Own Drama’: A Marxist Theory of Social Movements
4: ‘The Bourgeoisie, Historically, Has Played a Most Revolutionary Part’: Social Movements from Above and Below in Historical Capitalism
5. ‘The point is to change it’: movements from below against neoliberalism
Posted by Laurence at 07:49
Saturday, 12 July 2014
Statement to the Press and the Public
To underline her case against Irish complicity in war, Ms D’Arcy has also now taken the principled step of abstaining from food in solidarity with prisoners everywhere and all of those who have lost their lives, homes and communities destroyed as a result of US military action, and the actions of their political and military partners, beginning with Israel and its slow genocide of Palestinians. One of the many public services Ms D’Arcy has performed is to protest the Irish government’s many years of complicity in US war crimes and its destruction of Irish neutrality, the precious legacy of our great struggles, where Ireland leads the world. She has been dedicated to highlighting that the most devastating impact of war is on women and our children, both directly from the bombs that rain down on us, and by paying with our poverty and overwork for the horrendous weapons of massive destruction that threaten us all.
Ms D’Arcy is a veteran of Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, which opposed the US military placing cruise missiles on common land in England, and won – the camp is no longer a military base. To dissent from a perspective of permanent war and austerity, and demand the protection of life and the planet, is increasingly labelled subversive and even criminal behaviour. While war criminals are allowed to pass through Irish airports and financial criminals go unpunished, the Irish State in thrall to the US, UK, EU and IMF Masters of War has imprisoned a pensioner who has dedicated herself to highlighting and preventing war crimes.
An attack on courageous and principled Margaretta D’Arcy is an attack on us all.
We demand the immediate release of Margaretta D’Arcy and free Shannon airport from the US military! We want our neutrality back!
Posted by Laurence at 12:49
Friday, 27 June 2014
During its last meeting held in Casablanca in December 2013, the International Council decided to organize the upcoming World Social Forum 2015 once again in Tunisia.
This decision was made based on an evaluation of the proceedings of the WSF 2013, and a common assessment of the situation of struggles marshalled by different social movements in the region, and the world, as well as the new geopolitical context and the evolving nature of the neoliberal crisis.
Indeed, it is now imperative to realize that since 2011, and after Arab revolutions have represented a source of hope to uplift the region from its status-quo, and a source of inspiration for the entire world to change, the Arab region is currently undergoing deeply worrisome dynamics. Governments in power over the past three years have yet to put in place the necessary policies and programs which respond to the claims of young people seeking freedom and employment, women seeking equality, social movements seeking social justice. On the contrary, throughout the region the flows of weapons and violence abound, and religious extremism is deepening its reach, neo-liberal policies dictated by the World Bank and the IMF are presented as the only solution and the social movements and democratic movements are criminalized. External political and military interventions have become the rule, each time instrumentalizing internal instability to facilitate interventions by the United States, Europe, Turkey and the Gulf countries.
Beyond the Maghreb and the Mashreq, the African continent has become the primary source of raw material, present as the “new economic frontier”, it too a frontier ravaged by violent extremism, the plundering of its resources, and the devastating violence inflicted by structural adjustment programs and the militarization of its territories.
Everywhere in the world, including in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and North America, social movements find themselves facing aggravating economic, social and environmental crisis, as well as a systemic attack on their rights. New tensions, directly related to hegemonic practices to appropriate resources and conquer markets, threaten to bring the worst in Europe, Asia and Africa.
The World Social Forum remains, more than ever, a vital space for social movements which struggle to preserve people’s dignity, so that they remain masters of their own destiny, able to fight for and acquire new economic, social, cultural and environmental rights, and able to construct alternatives to the neoliberal world order.
The social movements of Tunis, as well as of the Mashreq and Maghreb invite (24 to 28 March 2015) you to join their efforts in the construction of a more just world, where justice, equality and peace prevail, and where alternatives for the current world order, to which countless populations aspire, are discussed and debated.
Together, we would like to work to put together an open, participatory and democratic mechanism for the organization of the World Economic Forum 2015.
The Organizing Committee of the World Social Forum 2015
International Council of the World Social Form: Ottawa, August 2014
1st international seminary and meeting of the International Council: end of October 2014
2nd international seminary: February 2015
People with disabilities
Posted by Laurence at 09:34
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
There is an excellent call for a public inquiry into the policing of the Shell / Corrib Gas protests in Erris, Co. Mayo, supported by a wide range of local organisations, campaigners, academics, journalists, politicians, artists and others.
The call can be viewed here (AfrI), here (Human Rights.ie) and here (Shell to Sea).
See also this Sociology news item.
Posted by Laurence at 18:00
Monday, 16 June 2014
The MA in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism (CEESA) is now entering its fifth year. To celebrate we are offering a €2,000 scholarship awarded on the basis of practitioner excellence in community education, action for equality and / or social movements. The award is given on the basis of a personal statement of no more than 1,000 words and the names of two referees who may be contacted if needed.
Full details are here and the deadline is July 7th.
Please forward this to anyone you think may be interested.
Posted by Laurence at 18:23
Thursday, 29 May 2014
Deadlines for the taught MA scholarships (€5,000, for NUI graduates) and bursaries (€2,000, for any SUSI recipients) have been extended to June 16th. Full details here.
While the official deadline for CEESA applications is May 30th we are usually happy to accept applications after this date, and certainly up to the 16th.
Posted by Laurence at 11:10