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Movements of Europe. Transnational social movements and fault lines of solidarity

The project ‘Movements of Europe’ (MovE) researches translocal social movement building. We analyse tensions and synergies across local, regional, and transnational scales, as well as micro- and macropolitical dimensions. Building on this, we look for new potentials of solidarity and democracy in Europe (and beyond). Our focal points are feminism, climate activism, agroecology and climate justice, and right to the city movements.

This website gives an overview of the project and announces our current workshops . Moreover, it gives an insight into our collaborative research process: In the reflections section we regularly publish our results and local reflections on them to open them up for discussions by a wider translocal audience. In doing so, we aim to establish a continual dialogue between our research, movement practices, and networks of translocal solidarity. Our aim is to study and contribute to the analytical, tactical, and strategic conversation within emerging networks of translocal solidarity. Our calendar is part of this by offering a platform to share local or translocal events of social movements.

Photographs: Gisela Mackenroth

Current Reflections

Earthcare Fieldcast: Episode 1

Earthcare Fieldcast: Episode 1

In this first episode, we present the twin concepts of earthcare and fieldcasting in two short conversations with environmental justice scholar Stefania Barca and cooperative farmworker Tobias at Ochsenherz, Austria. We speak with Stefania Barca about the concept of “earthcare labour” which she explores in her recent book and we discuss definitions and avenues for thinking about social reproduction and environmental struggles. What is earthcare labour? Who are its subjects and workers? And what perspectives for organizing and alliances does it open — both transversally and translocally?
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Documentation: Imaginaries of Transformation

Documentation: Imaginaries of Transformation

This time-travel session takes us from desirable futures back to our complicated past, asking: How do we imagine transformation? Centering on a performative interview with Amaranta Herrero and Dimitris Papadopoulos, set in 2050, this session engages the playful and transdisciplinary method of the Future Archive project. Animating and complicating questions of what is desirable, this session encourages to go beyond strictly utopian and dystopian visions of the future, based on their own implicatedness in worlds and struggles.
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Documentation: Learning and Struggling in Pandemic times

Documentation: Learning and Struggling in Pandemic times

The pandemic, like other unfolding and coming ecological crises, profoundly reshapes the terrain upon which social movements operate and emerge. We held a workshop in order to discuss different terrains of struggle over housing, reproductive rights, and ecology. Here we are allocating recordings of the talks and of the discussion on May 21st as well as further reflections on the workshop on May 22nd.
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Workshops and movement learning spaces in Pandemic Times

Workshops and movement learning spaces in Pandemic Times

Commentary on the workshop "Learning and Struggling in Pandemic Times". Time and space seemed to have become somewhat warped since the beginning of the pandemic. Personally, I often get struck by a feeling of paralysis when I think about our collective struggles and organizing efforts during the pandemic, almost like being frozen in time and waiting for things to change from the outside. This newly learned and shared pandemic vulnerability meant for most of us to reduce our real life encounters and therefore find new ways to connect, meet and organize...
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