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Decolonising the WSF - Workshop at WSF Tunis 2013

Video recording of the workshop 'Decolonising the WSF: a critical discussion of the production of knowledges within and about the social forum' held at the WSF in Tunis, 28 March 2013.

Speakers: Janet Conway (Brock University, Canada), Rose Brewer (Gender Justice Working Group, USSF, USA), Ashok Chowdhury (National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers & New Trade Union Initiative, India), Roma (National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers & Women’s Forest Rights Action Committee, India), Christian Schröder (University Hildesheim, Germany), Madhuresh Kumar (National Alliance of Peoples' Movements & CACIM, India), Rita Freire (Ciranda, Brazil)

Organisers: Ciranda International of Shared Communication, Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy (Goldsmiths, University of London), CACIM – India Institute for Critical Action: Centre in Movement, Institute of Social and Organizational Pedagogy (University of Hildesheim) and NIGD (Network Institute for Global Democratization)

Who produces knowledge about the WSF? And for whom? This workshop sought to intervene in current debates about the future of the WSF by putting decolonisation on the agenda and by coming up with proposals - and perhaps actions - for shifting the balance of power. While the WSF has enabled an unprecedented diversity of movements to come together and learn from one another, and to a significant extent succeeded in giving voice to marginalised groups, it also suffers from its own hierarchies and exclusions which reflect the colonial, capitalist and patriarchal power relations that structure the world as a whole.

The aim of this workshop was to bring together participants who in various ways are involved in producing and/or disseminating knowledge about the WSF and the world of movement – including researchers, organisers, educators, communicators, publishers, ordinary movement members, and members of official WSF bodies – for a critical discussion of knowledge and power, and to consider how we can construct more sustainable, inclusive, and reflexive processes of knowledge production that can contribute to decolonising the WSF.

Part 1 of 9, featuring an introduction to the workshop by Hilde Stephansen from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Part 2 of 9, featuring Janet Conway from Brock University, Canada.

Part 3 of 9, featuring Rose Brewer from the Gender Justice Working Group of the US Social Forum.


Part 4 of 9, featuring Ashok Chowdhury from the National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers & New Trade Union Initiative, India

Part 5 of 9, featuring Roma from National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers & Women’s Forest Rights Action Committee, India.

Part 6 of 9, featuring Christian Schröder from University of Hildesheim, Germany.

Part 7 of 9: general discussion.

Part 8 of 9: general discussion, including a contribution from Madhuresh Kumar from the National Alliance of Peoples' Movements, India.

Part 9 of 9: general discussion, including a contribution from Rita Freire of Ciranda.

 

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