Insurgent Solidarities: Spring Conference w/ Presenters Announcement

The Center for Place, Culture and Politics
Spring 2018 Conference

Insurgent Solidarities
histories, formations, futures

Conference Poster

CPCP Conference Poster

Given the political challenges of the present, the necessity for radical solidarity appears more pressing than ever. Yet while an understanding of solidarity has been pivotal to social change since at least the Haitian Revolution, how it is articulated has never been less than problematic. Is it a process of political change? Is it its goal? How does solidarity define what it is against without excluding forms of political difference that might enhance it? What can be learned from solidarity in the past, especially when contingent solidarity in the present regards such a history with justifiable incredulity? There can be no doubt that notions of solidarity continue to impact creatively how one understands political opposition and change, as well as how one interrogates constituency and allies, goals and timelines. The differences of solidarity and a respect for the specificity of particular struggles clearly invigorates how solidarity is now engaged, but solidarity can also be more than negotiated coalitions and fragmented alliances. This conference brings together activists, scholars, activist scholars, and radical thinkers all to consider the meanings of solidarity for political work. What makes solidarity insurgent? Is it its composition or the kind of change it struggles to affect? What are its scales and modes and what are their significance today?

The spring 2018 Center for Place, Culture and Politics conference features presentations on crucial aspects of solidarity that include examples of its historical prescience, current formations, and ideas for its future elaboration. Individual political movements continue to provide a powerful inspiration for other activists, and perhaps by discussing them a further solidarity may be implied, but in general the conference wants to encourage creative dialogue over gestural affiliations. The conference will be composed both of panels that introduce positions on these questions, and breakout sessions that will permit all attendees to more actively engage in their articulation. The goal is not to codify what might constitute insurgent solidarities, but is to actively encourage their possibility.

Friday April 13th (12pm–9pm)
Elebash Recital Hall
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 35th Street)
New York, NY 10016

Saturday April 14th (11am–4pm)
Room 6112
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 35th Street)
New York, NY 10016

Nick Estes (The Red Nation)
Mark Winston Griffith (The Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City & Brooklyn Movement Center)
Saygun Gokariksel (Bogazici University/Solidarity Academy Istanbul, Turkey)
Jasmina Husanovic (University of Tuzla, Bosnia)
Yasmin Lopez (la Via Campesina, Honduras)
Francia Marquez (Proceso de Comunidades Negras, Colombia)
Giovanni Roberto (Comedores Sociales de Puerto Rico)
Alexania Rosata (People Affected By Dams In Brazil-MAB)
William Sacher (Minka Urbana/ Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar, Ecuador)
Robyn Spencer (Lehman College, CUNY)
TBA, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Corsino Tolentino (African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde, PAIGC)

More information coming soon.

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