Organizing the Production of Alternative Visions to Support Social and Eco-Justice

Friday, July 18, 2014: 3:30 PM-5:20 PM
Room: 301
RC02 Economy and Society (host committee)
RC44 Labor Movements

Language: English

Since the mid-1970s, but particularly since the 1990s, alternative think tanks, policy groups, popular institutes and other sites of counter-hegemonic knowledge production and mobilization have generated important ideas, both visionary and strategic, for a ‘globalization from below’ in which transnational social movements have often been leading protagonists. Groups such as the Transnational Institute (Amsterdam), Instituto Paulo Freire and Escola Nacional Florestan Fernandes (Sao Paulo), Focus on the Global South (Bangkok), Centre for Civil Society (Durban) and Asia Monitor Resource Centre (Hong Kong) have served as ‘collective intellectuals’, critiquing corporate agendas and promoting democratic alternatives to neoliberal globalization in contestations that often transect national borders. This panel session welcomes papers and presentations that explore the challenges and possibilities in organizing the production of alternative visions, strategies, critiques and modes of analysis to support social and eco-justice. How is counter-hegemonic knowledge produced, mobilized and articulated with on-the ground activism? What alternative projects and methodologies are emerging for strengthening anti-systemic forces? How does counter-hegemonic knowledge production contribute to a new left anti-capitalist politics and to the formation of new subjectivities from below? Papers that take up issues relating to labour movements and/or economy and society are particularly welcome, as are presentations from activist intellectuals directly engaged in the production of alternative visions and strategies.
Session Organizers:
William K. CARROLL, University of Victoria, Canada and Peter B. EVANS, University of California-Berkeley, USA
Alternative Visions Of Work In a Neoliberal World: An Impossible Dream Or a Project Under Construction? (Oral Presentation)
Peter B. EVANS, University of California-Berkeley, USA

Modes of Cognitive Praxis in Transnational Alternative Policy Groups (Oral Presentation)
William K. CARROLL, University of Victoria, Canada

From the Global South to the Globe: Pathways to Participatory Budgeting (Oral Presentation)
Madeleine PAPE, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Initiatives Collectives De Création D'activités, Circuits Courts De Production Et Citoyenneté Au Travail Au Brésil (Oral Presentation)
Carole YEROCHEWSKI, Université de Montréal, CRIMT, GIREPS, Canada

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