Women’s Struggles – Saturday 24th November

Main reading for this seminar is:

Alldridge (2015) Defense of Commons as Feminist Struggle, Why women will save the planet, Zed books, March 2018

We would also like to suggest that people look at one of the following articles, and especially the concepts of ‘politics in feminine’ and ‘the among women’:

Liz Mason-Deese (2018) ‘From #MeToo to #WeStrike: a politics in feminine’, Viewpoint Magazine, 7 March, https://www.viewpointmag.com/2018/03/07/metoo-westrike-politics-feminine/.

Raquel Gutierrez (2018) ‘Because we want ourselves alive, together we are disrupting everything: Notes for thinking about the paths of social transformation today’, Viewpoint Magazine, 7 March, https://www.viewpointmag.com/2018/03/07/want-alive-together-disrupting-everything-notes-thinking-paths-social-transformation-today/.

For those who are interested in widening the perspective, I would recommend:

Alex Knight’s (2009) ‘Who were the witches? Patriarchal terror and the creation of capitalism’, about Silvia Federici’s 2004 book Caliban and the Witchhttps://endofcapitalism.com/2009/11/05/who-were-the-witches-patriarchal-terror-and-the-creation-of-capitalism/.

Vandana Shiva‘s (2015) ‘Hand in hand: women’s empowerment and sustainabilty’, PDF coming in further email.

Crystal Valentine (2015) #Feminism, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FCkoyTUmeQ#action=share.

The Women’s Budget Group (2018) ‘The impact of austerity on women in the UK’, https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Development/IEDebt/WomenAusterity/WBG.pdf OR Runnymeade Trust, ‘Impact of austerity on Black and Minority Ethnic women in the UK’, https://www.runnymedetrust.org/uploads/PressReleases/1%20bme_executive_summary-A3-01.pdf.

Autonomous pedagogical experiments by social movements in Brazil and the UK

From 13–17 October, two researchers will be in Lincoln to talk about new educational experiments in England and Brazil. They have invited members of the Social Science Centre to collaborate on a project in which we can share our experiences, knowledges and questions about this movement, which is becoming important for many social movements and educators across the world. They are interested in issues of self-organization, self-management, the creation of informal education projects, and the development of self-determined knowledges and pedagogies (ways of organising learning). This is also a rare opportunity to learn first-hand about the work of a school run by the Movement of Rural Landless Workers in Brazil, the Escola Nacional Florestan Fernandez, and to explore possibilities for future collaborations. The title of the project is ‘Autonomous pedagogical experiments by social movements in Brazil and the UK’.
  • October 14th, 6-9pm, Croft Street Community Centre: Join Ana Dinerstein and Paolo Vittoria for a conversation to share experiences and ideas (SSC members only)
  • October 15th, 1:30-4pm, University of Lincoln, Joseph Banks Laboratories, 2C04: Public lecture by Paolo Vittoria on ‘Social movements, popular education and universities: a proposal for an international network’ (public seminar open to all)

Reciprocity saving pools: An alternative to debt-based money

Savings pools
Building community resilience and helping us move away from debt-based money, Reciprocity Savings Pools offer a way for people to keep money local and enable each other to take out loans at zero interest, based on the Swedish JAK bank, but at a much smaller scale.
Renew Involvement Centre
Mint Lane, Lincoln. LN1 1UD.
Thursday 1st October, 7pm
The Social Science Centre – Lincoln’s centre for free, cooperative higher education – is hosting this seminar by New Zealanders Bryan & Joanne Innes from Living Economies.  I went to their seminar at the International Permaculture Convergence, and they have kindly agreed to share it with us in Lincoln.  It’s brilliant – come!

Slides: Hacks and spooks: Close encounters of a strange kind

Below are the slides from last night’s talk ‘Hacks and spooks: Close encounters of a strange kind‘ by SSC scholar, Prof. Richard Lance Keeble. The talk was well attended with some insightful and constructive discussion about the nature of ‘the state’ and its ‘secrets’. It was also a great opportunity to introduce the work of the SSC to a number of people new to the SSC.

Click on the image of Whistleblower Edward Snowden to download the slides.

Whistleblower, Edward Snowden

Whistleblower, Edward Snowden

Recording of ‘Copyright, Piracy and Cultural Imperialism’ talk


Here’s a recording of last night’s talk by Dr. Alan Story on Copyright, Piracy and Cultural Imperialism. The recording is 1 hour 40 mins. Alan spoke for about 45 mins and the remainder is discussion. Alan was a clear and animated speaker and the recording came out very well. Many thanks to Alan for travelling to Lincoln to talk with us.

You can also download the MP3 to listen offline.

Alan provided handouts during the talk which can be found on the CopySouth website.

‘Intellectual property law starts from the premise that ideas are free as the air ‑ a common resource for all to use as they can and wish. It then proceeds systematically to undermine that principle.’ Professor David Vaver

Using a series of contemporary conflicts over copyright across the global South (Asia, Africa and Latin America), this talk will examine whether the global copyright system operates in the interests of the peoples who live here and who make up 3/4 of the world’s population. Among the questions it will address: is the trade in copyrighted products free and fair trade? Why all the fuss about so-called copyright ‘piracy’? Is copyright essential for creativity?,
and is copyright linked to cultural imperialism?