Social Movements Research Workshop and Another Politics Public Lecture with Chris Dixon

Join author, activist and researcher Chris Dixon for a series of public events about the upsurge of radical movements across the U.S. and Canada, based on his new book Another Politics.

Public Lecture:

Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements

Thursday, January 29, 5:30-7:30pm

Senate Chamber (room 3-26), Old Arts Building, University of Alberta

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/598486430294809

Recent decades have seen the exciting convergence of anti-authoritarian radicalism and broader-based movements in the U.S. and Canada. From this convergence, a growing set of activists – from anti-poverty organizers in Toronto to prison abolitionists in Oakland, from occupy activists in New York to migrant justice organizers in Vancouver – are developing shared politics and practices. They are building “another politics,” to use a Zapatista expression. These efforts combine anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist, anti-oppression politics with grassroots organizing among ordinary, non-activist people. Drawing on interviews with organizers across North America, this presentation will explore another politics and distill lessons for building effective, visionary movements.

A vegan reception in Old Arts 3-20 will follow this public lecture.

Workshop:

Relevant, Responsible, and Radical: Conducting Social Movement Research

Friday, January 30, 2-5pm

Central Academic Building 373, University of Alberta

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/643723269086439

How can we conduct relevant and responsible research with social movements we care about? This workshop will create a collective space to explore practical answers to this question. Drawing on experiences with activist research involving in-depth interviews and long-term participation, this workshop will dig into real-world dilemmas around accountability and academic expectations. It will also offer take-away tools for crafting research questions and practices, maintaining humility and humor, setting goals beyond credentialing requirements, and making research processes useful for activists.

Book Launch:

Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements

Friday, January 30, at 7pm

Audreys Books, 10702 Jasper Avenue

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/765841513503135

Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements engages the anti-authoritarian current, a political tendency including abolitionists, anarchists, anti-racist feminists, autonomists, and many other radicals. Cutting across a wide range of left social movements in North America, this current is distinguished by its commitment to directly democratic structures, anti-oppression politics, explicit organization-building, prefigurative political practices, working for reforms while also pursuing revolution, and grassroots organizing.

Another Politics draws on dozens of interviews with experienced organizers across the U.S. and Canada. It traces the strands of movement and struggle that have led into the anti-authoritarian current, explores the defining principles and practices of another politics, and examines the visionary political approaches and questions that are emerging from the activities of this current. Building on collective reflections, this book also distills hard-earned lessons concerning anti-oppression politics, prefigurative praxis, strategy, organizing, leadership, and organization.

These events are sponsored by the Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies Imre Szeman, the Faculty of Native Studies, APIRG, the Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Gender and Sexuality Cressida Heyes, the Canada Research Chair in Political Economy and Social Governance Janine Brody, the Rosenberg Sociology in Process Series, the Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies, English and Film Studies, Sociology, Philosophy, Art and Design, the Parkland Institute, and Audrey’s Books.

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