Occupy, a moment of global awareness
The ‘Occupy Movement’ has had significant global impact, mobilizing thousands of people across the world. The movement is also a moment of global awareness, a point I clarify by applying my research on the Occupy Wall Street movement in March-April 2012 to the drones deployed up to then in faraway wars waged by the USA. I show how the drone breaks down the distinctions between war and peace, interconnecting through violence the different spaces of capital, from production to resistance. Throughout the presentation, I raise questions of methodological approaches to social movements, especially in the articulation of local and global processes and questions of reflexivity.
Barbara Karatsioli is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen's University, Belfast. In her current project, the "Right to the City, Right to the State", Barbara explores the relation between social movements and peace/war. More particularly, she focuses on the relation between accumulation and conflict transformation in unsettled states such as Cyprus, Northern Ireland and Israel/Palestine as social movements - environmental, Occupy... - claim the resources of the city and of the state. She proposes to understand local processes of conflict transformation in relation to broader global processes.
ACE2, ground floor, Rowan House, north campus, NUI Maynooth
Mon 24 March, 2 - 3.30 pm. All welcome