NYC
2018
Event Type: 
Panel
Room: 
1.105
Timeslot: 
Session 2: Saturday, June 2nd: 12:00 - 1:50pm
Event Organizer: 
Description: 
Autonomous, horizontal, participatory and self-organized communities, regions and networks are on the rise. From the deepening of the Zapatista experience in Chiapas Mexico, to the Cantons of Rojava, expanding recuperated workplaces in Argentina and the thousands of groupings springing up all around the US, the politics of prefiguration and self-organization continue to develop and expand. At the same time, there is an increasing backlash, from physical and military attacks to ideological challenges from the right and traditional left. This panel will discuss first what is taking place right now, with participants from the movements in Mexico, Kurdistan/Rojava and the US. We will ask, among other things, how we locate these movements practically and theoretically? As well as how theory and practice interact and influence one another. We will conclude with questions to think about together, about how to move forward in this context of deepening polarization, repression and radicalization.

Participants

Marina Sitrin is a participant in, and writes about societies in movement. She is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at SUNY Binghamton. She is the co-author of They Can’t Represent US: Reinventing Democracy from Greece to Occupy (Verso Press, 2014) as well as the author of Horizontalism: Voices... Read more
Marina Sitrin is a participant in, and writes about societies in movement. She is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at SUNY Binghamton. She is the co-author of They Can’t Represent US: Reinventing Democracy from Greece to Occupy (Verso Press, 2014) as well as the author of Horizontalism: Voices... Read more
Emre Şahin is a graduate Sociology student at Binghamton University. He is a participant and researcher of social movements; particularly the Kurdish movement. He has worked in non-governmental organizations promoting women's, youth and Kurdish rights in Turkey. He has also worked as a... Read more
Charlotte Maria Sáenz works towards social change through the ongoing co-creation of more nourishing educational processes, seeking to re-connect collective knowledges and ecologies. This means working across disciplines and divisions of different kinds, including those between arts and sciences,... Read more
Debbie Bookchin is a longtime journalist and author who has won awards for her news, feature and investigative writing. She has reported for a variety of publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, and New Scientist. Bookchin's commentaries have appeared in The... Read more