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September 2019

Polish Women’s Strike

September 2, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Social Movements Lab (Smith Warehouse, Bay 5), 114 S Buchanan Blvd
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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Free

Polish feminist activism in recent years, most notably the protests against the ban on abortion, has employed the strike as a tactic, in line with contemporary feminist struggles elsewhere. Julia Kubisa and Katarzyna Rakawska will join us via video-conference for a dialogue about contemporary feminist movements in Poland. In addition to the specifics of the movements themselves, we will discuss the transversal connections with other movements and the international links with feminist movements in other countries. We will have two…

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Accompanying Migrants and Searching for the Disappeared

September 10, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall (Bay 4), Franklin Humanities Institute 114 S. Buchanan
Durham, NC United States
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*****CONTINUA EN ESPAÑOL***** NOTE: This presentation will be in Spanish. Interpretation to English will be available. Join Migrant Roots Media and Duke's Social Movements Lab for a talk by Rubén Figueroa of the Movimiento Migrante Mesoamericano. For the past 14 years, Rubén Figueroa has dedicated his life to defending the human rights of migrants traveling to the United States through Mexico and Central America. His main role is to accompany migrants, victims of organized crime, and local governments, as well…

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Málaga, Spain: Struggles over urban space

September 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Social Movements Lab (Smith Warehouse, Bay 5), 114 S Buchanan Blvd
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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This dialogue with focus on struggles to recuperate urban space against forces of gentrification and tourism.  Specifically, we will focus on the efforts to prevent the eviction of the Casa Invisible, an occupied social center in Málaga, Spain.  Participants in the dialogue will include Gerald Raunig, Kike España, and Isabell Lorey. We will have two linked events: 1) A ‘mapping’ session on Monday, Sept. 16 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm. 2) A ‘dialogue’ on Wednesday, Sept. 18 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm…

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November 2019

“Be Water”: Protest Movements in Hong Kong and Taiwan

November 6, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Social Movements Lab (Smith Warehouse, Bay 5), 114 S Buchanan Blvd
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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umbrella protest Hong Kong

Join the Social Movements Lab for events on the recent Hong Kong and Taiwan protest movements.   The 2014 Sunflower Movement in Taiwan and Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong were both occupation-style movements that can be understood as part of the global wave of occupation-style movements after the 2011 Occupy Wall Street action. This is, to a large extent, reflected in their artistic production, much of which is centered around the space of the occupation itself. On the other hand,…

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Organizing Platform Workers (Uber, Lyft, food deliverers)

November 13, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Social Movements Lab (Smith Warehouse, Bay 5), 114 S Buchanan Blvd
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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Events in the Social Movements Lab on organizing with platform workers (such as food deliverers and Uber drivers): With Todd Wolfson we will discuss some of the efforts to organize platform workers and the difficulties facing such organizing efforts. Todd will share his experiences working with taxi and Uber drivers in Philadelphia and the plans for future organizing efforts in Philadelphia and elsewhere. We will have two linked events: 1) a preparatory mapping session on Monday, 11/11 (12pm-1pm) 2) a…

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January 2020

Migrant Labor Struggles in Italian Agriculture

January 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Social Movements Lab (Smith Warehouse, Bay 5), 114 S Buchanan Blvd
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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In the last few years, organizing efforts have multiplied around migrant labor in Italian agriculture. Combining militant investigation and participation in struggles and strikes, activist scholars have addressed such crucial questions as the living conditions of migrants in “ghettos” and labour camps, the transnational composition of the labor force, working conditions in the fields, and the intertwining of global commodity and care chains. On January 22, we will talk with Irene Peano, who has long been engaged in these organizing…

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Migrant Labor Struggles in Italian Agriculture

January 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Social Movements Lab (Smith Warehouse, Bay 5), 114 S Buchanan Blvd
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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In the last few years, organizing efforts have multiplied around migrant labor in Italian agriculture. Combining militant investigation and participation in struggles and strikes, activist scholars have addressed such crucial questions as the living conditions of migrants in “ghettos” and labour camps, the transnational composition of the labor force, working conditions in the fields, and the intertwining of global commodity and care chains. On January 22, we will talk with Irene Peano, who has long been engaged in these organizing…

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March 2020

From Yellow Vests to General Strike

March 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Social Movements Lab (Smith Warehouse, Bay 5), 114 S Buchanan Blvd
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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The Yellow Vests movement has continued to descend into the streets of France each Saturday for over a year now.  Recently it has developed forms of convergence with other movements, most notably with the massive strikes over pensions and with the student strikes.  Francesco Brancaccio will join us from Paris to discuss the evolution of the Yellow Vests movement and the potentials for future development. Two events: Mon. 3/16 - 12pm-1pm - Mapping session - discussion of preliminary readings (TBD)…

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April 2020

Indian Politics Today: The Citizenship Act and COVID-19 Lockdown

April 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Zoom
protest against Indian Citizenship (Amendment) Act

The Social Movements Lab will hold two dialogues via Zoom on the current situation in India. Originally, the dialogues were conceived to address the Citizenship (Amendment) Act passed by the Indian government in December 2019, which sparked violent protests throughout the country.  The Act provides a pathway to citizenship for those belonging to many religions but not for Muslims.  In the meantime, India has been locked down to address the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our dialogues will thus treat…

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From Gilets Jaunes to Virus Lockdown

April 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Zoom

For over a year the Yellow Vest movement descended into the streets of France each Saturday.  Earlier this year it developed forms of convergence with other movements, most notably with the massive strikes over pensions and with the student strikes.  But now France is locked down during the virus crisis.  Francesco Brancaccio will join us from Paris to discuss the evolution of the Yellow Vest movement, its relevance with respect to the French government’s handling of the virus crisis, and…

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