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‘Past struggles, present realities, future victories? Social movement learning and knowledge production’
Mar 5, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm UTC+0
Dr. Aziz Choudry, Associate Professor McGill University
A significant area of social movement knowledge production concerns historical knowledge and how it is used in activist contexts. Activists are engaging with historical materials, debates and ideas from earlier periods of struggle. Some movement activists and educators look at this history with an eye to its relevance and use for contemporary organizing and radical politics. Such knowledge from below often includes contested versions of history that challenge dominant or authoritative accounts, and which is often overlooked by dominant treatments of historical social struggles. Related to this, state surveillance and infiltration that targets and seeks to undermine activists and social movements have long been fundamental to liberal democracies, as elsewhere, and are not merely unfortunate aberrations or exceptions. How can activists learn from each other across generations, communities, struggles and countries about state security practices, about the interests that they protect, and from the resistance of activists and movements being spied upon?