Rethinking Democracy and Representation: Occupy and Beyond
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A Conversation with Marina Sitrin, Dario Azzelini, Michael Hardt and Liz Mason Deese
The Occupy movement throughout the US, Spain and Greece, all began with same two features. First, the use of direct democracy to create horizontal relationships ? meaning social relationships based in non-hierarchy and the acceptance of the other. This democratic space is the foundation for people hearing one another, sometimes for the first time, as well as is an ever-changing space where new ways of being together emerges. The second aspect, and linked to the first, is the creation of new territories, using geographic space, in which to create these new relationships. It is from this horizontal base that actions, activities and alternative structures are planned; from the occupations of homes to prevent evictions in the US; the occupation of cashiers in hospitals in Greece so people do not have to pay for health care; and the disruption and prevention of evictions in Spain. At the same time these movements create structures so as to support people in the process of organizing, from food, medical legal and education groups, to alternative adjudication processes and elaborate barter networks and alternative currencies.
This talk will first address what has been taking place in the US, Greece and Spain since 2011? including the status of the movements today. It will then contextualize these new movements in Latin America, post 1989, beginning with the Caracazo in Venezuela followed by the Zapatistas in Mexico, the Landless Movement in Brazil, the water wars and Regantes in Bolivia and the autonomous movements in Argentina.
Co-sponsored by: UNC-CH Curriculum in Global Studies, Institute for the Study of the Americas, Carolina Seminars (Politics of Relationality Working Group), UNControllables, Marxism and Society (Duke University)
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Eingeladener Vortrag an Universität
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Fedex Global Education Center, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC