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‘Social Movement Learning & Knowledge Production in the Struggle for Peace with Social Justice’
Mar 12, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm UTC+0
Prof. Mario Novelli, Dr. Birgul Kutan & Patrick Kane, University of Sussex
This session will explore initial reflections from a two-year ESRC funded research project that began in January 2018, seeking to understand how social movements, in some of the most complex and conflict affected contexts in the world, build knowledge, develop strategy, and educate in the pursuance of peace with social justice. Four participatory case-studies of four very different types of social movement, in Colombia, Nepal, Turkey and South Africa are being explored through a process of participatory, collaborative research that is carried out in close collaboration with the respective social movements. Each movement, in different ways, advocates with and for marginalized communities seeking to defend and extend their basic rights to education, health, housing, life, dignity and equal treatment before the law. Each movement, to different degrees, has also been victim to state repression, violence against it members and activists, and sustained surveillance and persecution. The session will outline our understanding of social movement learning and knowledge production and focus in on the cases of Turkey and Colombia.