Learning and Struggling in Pandemic Times: Online Workshop “Building Power in Times of Pandemic”

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Date(s) - May 22, 2021
10:30 am - 12:45 pm


Saturday, May 22nd, 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (cet)

Workshop: Building Power in Times of Pandemic

In this online workshop, based in activist mapping methods, we will share ways of grappling with the pandemic within the social movements that we participate in. Facilitated by Bue Rübner Hansen and Manuela Zechner, this proposal stems from the conceptual diagram and analytical framework for ‘building power in a crisis of social reproduction’, published in 2015 and developed since. We will be looking at different spheres of relation and organisation – informal, networked, inhabiting and space-based, organised, formal, representational and mediatic – to map out how (our) different initiatives are doing during the pandemic.

How have we engaged the shift from space-based into digital spheres? How do we engage new people? What channels does mutual aid and solidarity work take right now? How are we able to address loneliness, isolation, fear – and are we possibly finding new possibilities of reaching out, speaking and facilitating? What common translocal perspectives and organizing strategies have emerged? What new alliances and lessons have come up?

This pandemic mapping session will let us take a broad look at our strategies for social reproduction and organizing in the current crisis: housing, healthcare, social rights, environmental justice, agriculture, migrations, labour… All welcome! Please email us to register.



To register in advance please mail to: gisela-wiebke.mackenroth@uni-jena.de

We will send you the zoom-link and further technical information.

The event will be held in English, if you need translation let us know.

For any further question please E-Mail to: gisela-wiebke.mackenroth@uni-jena.de

Learning and Struggeling in Pandemic Times – Online Discussion and Workshop May 21st and May 22nd

The Workshop is part of the online event “Learning and Struggeling in Pandemic Times”: The pandemic, like other unfolding and coming ecological crises, profoundly reshapes the terrain upon which social movements operate and emerge. The aim of this gathering is dual: To provide the tools to better understand how the pandemic is shifting the terrain, and to provide the tools with which such transformations can be mapped in the future. By bringing researchers, activists, and researcher-activists into dialogue, we will discuss different terrains of struggle over housing, reproductive rights, and ecology. Our aim is to facilitate an exchange of concepts, analyses, and tactics, and to build new connections that may encourage solidarity and transversal organizing in the future. This will be our opening event for the “Movements of Europe – Transnational Social Movements and Fault Lines of Solidarity” research project: all welcome!

On  Friday (5 to 7 p.m., CET) we start our discussion with the Panel “Stay at home? Current social struggles during the pandemic”