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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

Transfers: Öffentliches Erforschen der Stadt mit den Münchner Kammerspielen

Transfers: Öffentliches Erforschen der Stadt mit den Münchner Kammerspielen

What is the City? Was macht unsere Stadt aus? Wer bestimmt die kommenden Entwicklungen? Welche Handlungsspielräume bleiben uns? Diese Fragen untersuchen die Münchner Kammerspiele gemeinsam mit Künstler*innen und Akteur*innen des kulturellen und gesellschaften Lebens im Rahmen mehrer Forschungsresidenzen. Gisela Mackenroth hat die hieraus entstandene Performance "Mimetic Bodies in Public Space" aus soziologischer Perspektive kommentiert. Mit Bezügen auf philosophische, künstlerische und ethnographische Ausrichtungen der Stadtforschung arbeitet sie heraus, wie die Performance zu konkreten Formen öffentlichen und kollektiven Forschens in der Stadt anregt. Der Text ist hier online verfügbar.
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Video documentation of the discussion: Feminist cross-movement alliances

Video documentation of the discussion: Feminist cross-movement alliances

During the discussion on May 24, 2022 we were gathering different local and translocal experiences with cross-movement alliances driven by queer-feminist initiatives.First, the activists from Bulgaria, Spain, Switzerland and France were bringing in reports on queer-feminist interventions in social struggles within their local contexts. We were talking about queer-feminist protest against neoliberal reforms of social services, as well as queer-feminist initiatives for social housing and opposition against nationalist, right wing politics. Second, we were getting to know the transnational feminist network “Essential Autonomous Struggles Transnational” (EAST). We were learning more about EAST’s queer-feminist approach to connect social struggles of migrants, care workers, women and LGBTQI-communities on a transnational level.
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Episode 9: Ending Europe’s Gas Addiction

Episode 9: Ending Europe’s Gas Addiction

ple of the tension between social and climate issues. While climate scientists point out the use of methane gas must be phased out, millions of people are suffering from rising gas prices. How does Russia’s war on Ukraine and Germany’s suspension of the NordStream 2 pipeline from Russia change this terrain? And is it possible to transition away from gas without an explosion in energy poverty – or a planned decrease in energy use?
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Corporate Landlords – Research and Action

Corporate Landlords – Research and Action

Corporate Landlords – Research and Action. Retrospect on a workshop in Bochum Between the 22nd and 24th of April, 2022, a workshop on Corporate Landlords was organized in Bochum, Germany, by activist-researchers from different countries and activist struggle backgrounds, with the aim of discussing, sharing, and developing knowledge about financial...
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