This digital archive includes all events hosted by the Social Movements Lab between Fall 2017 and Spring 2020. During this period, the Lab events were organized according to the following format:
1) Readings: Several readings were circulated related to a particular struggle. Very often, but not always, these texts were written by the same person (activist/scholar) that would participate the following day in the “dialogue session”. You can find these texts in the “materials” column.
2) Mapping Session: Then, those interested in this event in the Triangle region (between Duke and UNC community, but among the local community) would meet to share their thoughts on the readings, map the event’s connection to others, and choose a few questions to ask the day of the event.
3) Dialogue Session: After these two preparatory steps, we would have a conversation with the protagonist of a contemporary social movement. These dialogues were typically virtual. However there were also in-person guest speakers such as Mark Bray, Lindiwe Dhlamini, Lucia Hellín Nistal or Anusha Hariharan. During these conversations, the Lab’s co-directors, Michael Hardt and Sandro Mezzadra would often lead the discussion introducing a few questions chosen together during the “mapping session” to get the conversation started. Other times, Lab affiliates such as Eli Meyerhoff, Elia Romera-Figueroa, Jessica Namakkal or Anna Tybinko, took the lead in organizing the event and its debate. Under the “presenters” column you will find a record of the participants that made the Lab possible.
This archive points to the main axes of each struggle, including but not limited to migration, race and racism, gender and sexism, liberation movements… To read more about these streams, and its intersection go to the “Themes” Section. To know more about the Lab’s organization, see the “About” section.
Event / Movements
- The Strike of Those Who Can’t Stop: An Interview with Verónica Gago and Natalia Fontana
- South Atlantic Quarterly (2018) (2020)
- #WeStrike: Notes toward a Political Theory of the Feminist Strike.
- “The New Feminist Internationale” South Atlantic Quarterly – Forthcoming
- Olga Lafazani
- Mahmood Mamdani’s lecture in August 2017 in response to the student’s call for the decolonisation of the university in South Africa
- Decolonisation and the rejuvenation of the academic project in South Africa
- Concerning the politics and approaches to shutdowns
- South Atlantic Quarterly (2019)
- No More Deaths:Direct Aid in the US-Mexico Border Zone
- Crisis Time, Constant Border: On Direct Aid and the Tactics of the Temporary
- Abolitionist Care in the Militarized Borderlands
- In Defense of Wilderness: Policing Public Borderlands
- Xolani Zekani
- Sive Shosha
- Khanyisile Mbongwa
- Lucy Graham
- Chumani Maxwele ignites the #RhodesMustFall Movement at UCT
- Sethembile Msezane performs at the fall of the Cecil Rhodes statue
- #Fallism as public pedagogy
- In the Fall: Decolonisation and the rejuvenation of the academic project in South Africa
- Shutting Down the Rainbow Nation: #FeesMustFall
- #FeesMustFall: The academics who stand behind the students
- What happened to the ‘Fees Must Fall’ movement leaders?
- Mediterranean Migrant Rescue
- South Atlantic Quarterly (2020)
- Description of the Rescue Ship Project
- Pro-refugee Italian mayor arrested for ‘aiding illegal migration’
- Standoff in Italian port as Salvini refuses to let refugees disembark
- Aquarius refusal was betrayal of European values, says charity boss
- How Matteo Salvini pulled Italy to the far right
- Fleeing a hell the US helped create: why Central Americans journey north
- An Illegitimate, US-Backed Regime is Fueling the Honduran Refugee Crisis
- Central Americans under Trump: Uncertainty on Both Sides of the Border
- Greg Grandin: How U.S. Policies Punished Central Americans, Long Before Jakelin Caal Maquín’s Death
- GRAPHIC: US military interventions in Latin America
- Mario Neumann
- Julia Kubisa
- Katarzyna Rakawska
- Painting with tear gas. The art of Hong Kong’s protest movement
- Dozens of Designers Work in Shifts to Create Hong Kong Protest Art.
- ‘Be water:’ Hong Kong protest mantra influences how art is designed and distributed
- Hong Kong’s Protestors Have Their Own Special Slang. Here’s a Glossary of Some Common Terms
- Do you speak Kongish?
- Insurgent tongues
- The Rioter’s Dictionary: A to E