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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

Learning and Struggling in Pandemic times

Learning and Struggling in Pandemic times

Learning and Struggling in Pandemic times May 21st and 22nd 2021 The pandemic, like other unfolding and coming ecological crises, profoundly reshapes the terrain upon which social movements operate and emerge. By bringing researchers, activists, and researcher-activists into dialogue, we discussed different terrains of struggle over housing, reproductive rights, and...
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Gleanings:  The Kaleidoscope of Catastrophe

Gleanings: The Kaleidoscope of Catastrophe

Recently, I announced my intention to write a long essay about Malm to a circle of degrowth communists. One, a researcher and activist of US pipeline struggles, was exasperated at Malm’s apparently contradictory embrace of a strategy of pushing the capitalist state to do the right thing in Corona, Climate and Chronic Emergency (2020) and his stringent support of sabotage in How to Blow up a Pipeline (2021).
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Gleanings: Building Power

Gleanings: Building Power

Syriza took power through elections—not so much on the basis of a movement that could embolden or depose it. Now it is back to fighting power for many Greeks. But beyond the taking and fighting of power, there is the question of building power.
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Gleanings: Harte Prüfung

Gleanings: Harte Prüfung

„So macht Krise Spaß“, brachte ein kritischer Kommentar (Metzger 2020) auf den Punkt, dass die Gewinnsträhne der Wohnungskonzerne auch während der Pandemie anhält. Nicht nur sind die Immobilienpreise und Mieten in Deutschland im Coronajahr weiter gestiegen. Auch eine Beteiligung an den Kosten der Krise scheint den Unternehmen nicht zu drohen.
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