Monday, 3 December 2012

Four activist / social movement events this week

Feast or famine, feast or famine...

MONDAY, Maynooth, 6 - 9 pm: activist self-care workshop with Joshua Stephens.

TUESDAY, Maynooth, 2 - 3: pro-choice organising

In his address on November 27th, Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Alan Shatter (FG) opened the debate regarding legislation for abortion access in Ireland. As the Pro-Choice Movement prepares to launch a national campaign on Dec 8th, we invite you to participate in an activist knowledge-sharing session at 2-3pm Tuesday 4th December in Room 2, Rowan House, NUI Maynooth on the following themes; 

1. Alliance-Building
2. Campaign Strategising
3. Civic Engagement

As time is short, the conversation will be facilitated in a World Cafe Format with participants taking 15 minutes to discuss each topic in small groups.  The event will be preceded by an introduction and concluded with feedback from each group.

This exchange is coordinated by MA CEESA student Siobhán Clancy as Participatory Action Research event for the dual purposes of resourcing academic and activist knowledge for inclusion in an MA dissertation and to share with the Pro-Choice Movement (to which she has been making contributions since July 2012) in preparation for the the National Open Pro-Choice Public 12-3pm on Saturday 8th Dec 2012 at the Gresham Hotel, O'Connell St, Dublin. 

Members of this group who cannot attend, are invited to submit ideas/proposals/experiential insights to

WEDNESDAY, TCD, 11 - 12: seminar on solidarity with David Landy

David Landy, Dept of Sociology, TCD
‘Beyond Altruism: How do we understand solidarity?’
Wednesday 5 December. 11 am.  Conference Room, 6th Floor, 3 College Green, Trinity College Dublin.

IS it possible to speak of international solidarity with others and if so, how important is such solidarity in contemporary society? Drawing on personal experiences of international solidarity as well as on the literature surrounding social movements and theories of the gift, this talk discusses the moral economy and exchange relationships that help explain the practice of solidarity.

WEDNESDAY (again), Maynooth, 2.30 - 5: seminar "The hunt for Dhammaloka: uncovering early Irish-Buddhist links"