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Call for Papers! TRISE Conference – October 2019, Athens
Power to destroy, power to create: building a culture of
resistance towards radical social change
Date: Monday, 25 – 27 October 2019
Location: Athens, Greece
Since the collapse the Soviet Union and more recently with the resurgence of populist and fascist
governments, the global Left is in disarray; but regional and local alternatives to capitalist modernity are
The Zapatistas in Oaxaca and the Kurds in Rojava represent nowadays the most admirable examples of
living non-capitalist forms of social organization. Since 1994, the Zapatistas provide an example of
autonomous organization, through their Juntas de Buen Gobierno (Councils of Good Government).
Similarly, the Kurds, since 2011, are putting into practice the principles of communalism and democratic
confederalism in Rojava. Both examples are actualized expressions of decades of grassroots work, putting
into daily practice the principles of horizontality, autonomy and democracy. However, they are specifically
shaped by their historical, cultural and geographical contexts at different distances from the core of
capitalism, with important consequences on their struggles and practices.
At the same time, all around the globe, we are witnessing a renovated interest in municipalist politics and
many different initiatives have sprawled, including throughout Europe. From citizen platforms and
networks to diverse forms of municipal governments, this growing movement builds from the bottom-up
a new political culture adapting to local contexts. They collectively respond to the urgency to transfer and
transform power structures and institutions at the municipal level.
Expanding and spreading these ideas on social change is crucial and necessary in order to adapt these
principles to local scale and local needs. Committed researchers and activists should look at these
emerging examples of social change and determine how to accommodate all the different sensibilities
and contexts of the millions of people that are mobilizing around the world. Moreover, they should
understand the necessity of learning from variegated and differently located experiences and use them
to reflect on and enhance emancipatory praxis, in order to maintain an active thinking and avoiding the
danger of ossified theorization.
To develop a truly democratic and ecologically oriented society, a culture of resistance, an authentic
reconstructive and revolutionary path, is required. This vision should be able to dialogue with local
cultures and needs, towards the achievement of freedom (Bookchin 1982).
Building a culture of resistance is a process that answers the call of Chodorkoff (2011) to “remember and
imagine”. On one hand, we have to remember and analyse the past, what we did, what ‘they’ did, and
whether it worked or not. Building a culture of resistance implies to unite all the different forms of
resistance all around the world. Resistance here refers to Bookchin’s idea (1988) of the ‘power to create’:
not only forms of protest but also all forms of social (re)constructive projects. On the other, we must be
able to use our imagination to explore new and alternative emancipatory praxis, deploying them
differently depending on the time and context. At the same time, an imaginative transformation is needed
to translate and create new forms of resistance that speak the language of specific communities. A culture
of resistance tells the past but also talks to the future. The holistic approach of social ecology has much
to offer for this mission.
Furthermore, a culture of resistance aims to go beyond the divide between activists versus common
people. A culture of resistance is, moreover, not limited to a specific geographical space or to a specific
time, but is an effort to decolonize practices of resistance that resonate all over the world. The culture of
resistance is aimed not only to build bridges between these different geographical, economic and social
contexts, from the core to the periphery, from the Global North to the Global South, but also to help
solving the tension between particular and universal, towards a unity-in-diversity.
It is within this conceptual and practical context that TRISE 2019 conference is welcoming submissions
that specifically respond to the mission to build a culture of resistance on different scales and through
different political agendas. In this vision, we welcome proposals that include and discuss the following
central themes:
1. Learning and sharing from case studies
Which are the innovative aspects and lessons to take from the Kurdish and/or Zapatistas
Which are the innovative aspects and lessons to take from the growing municipalist movement?
How and what can we learn from different experiences to build a culture of resistance?
How can we envision new forms of production and a new economy? How can organic farming and
alternative technologies contribute?
2. Local solutions to the socio-ecological crisis
Which strategies can we envision for dealing with climate change?
How can ecology (and natural sciences) contribute to local autonomy and emancipation?
How can we organize collective restoration of degraded rural & urban landscapes?
3. Municipalism and resistance: contributions from social ecology
How can social ecology contribute to build a culture of resistance?
Which is the role of dual power and how can it be achieved?
How can we create & strengthen ecological and municipal economies?
4. The role of research & education for knowledge production and spreading
How can research and knowledge contribute to build a culture of resistance?
Which is the role of revolutionary education?
What is the role of alternative institutions for liberating access and sharing of knowledge?
How can we build knowledge horizontally both inside and outside of academia?
Please send your abstract (300 words max) and a short bio (100 words max) to info[at]trise.org
Full paper (4000 word max) will be circulated among the presenter prior of the conference.
After the conference papers will be evaluated for publication in an edited book.
Time program
Deadline for abstracts: 31st May 2019
Communication of abstract accepted: 30th June 2019
Submission of full paper: 31st August 2019
Information will come regarding keynote speakers and logistical information.
For any information please info[at]trise.org
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