Review: Event May 2021

Review: Learning and Struggling in Pandemic times

May 21st and May 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 ecology. Our aim was to facilitate an exchange of concepts, analyses, and tactics, and to build new connections that may encourage solidarity and transversal organizing in the future.

Stay at Home? Current Social Struggles During the Pandemic – Online Panel Discussion, May 21st

Below we are presenting the talks by Bernd Belina, Jennifer Ramme and Tomislav Medak as well as the discussion with the audience in which the different talks were linked together.

Introduction by Tilman Reitz and Gisela Mackenroth

Bernd Belina: Housing Crisis and Global Capitalism – under Corona

Bernd Belina (University of Frankfurt/Main) showed to what extent long-standing processes of privatisation and financialisation of the housing market affect affordable housing conditions as well as structures of property during the pandemic. Ongoing struggles for a right to housing are turning into struggles against social inequality on a new scale.

Jennifer Ramme – the feminist movement in Poland

Jennifer Ramme (University of Frankfurt/Oder) reported on the current feminist protests in Poland against the regressive, authoritarian gender and family policies there, which condense in restrictive abortion law and the current considerations to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention.

Tomislav Medak – municipal strategies in the multiple crises of social and ecological reproduction

Tomislav Medak reported about the Pirate Care network and the recent municipal work of the platform “Možemo!” (“we can!”) in Zagreb. Pirate Care is working on new care infrastructures. Highlighting questions of social and ecological reproduction as fundamental for a social democracy the network is contesting policies of surveillance, exclusion and criminalization.

Discussion of the talks

To get an impression of the links between the talks please listen to the discussion:

Retrospective Essays on the Event

During the upcoming weeks we will publish two essays reflecting the workshop “Building Power in Times of Pandemic” (Saturday, May 22nd) on our homepage.