Challenging Empires : Open Space and Dissent in Movement

Suggested readings : Part 1 - Open Space, Civility, and Discontent

As above, given this is a graduate course I suggest we place emphasis on conducting research and exploration of a wide range of material rather looking at readings as ‘set textbooks’. The first rule therefore is : Please use the following bibliography only as an indicative and suggestive range of readings.

At the same time, during the seminars and as part of your presentations and summary notes you should aim to provide a rationale for the selection of texts that you have chosen to look at.

I also invite you, as a part of the exploration and collaboration that this course will be, to come up with additional readings – and also other material, such as films, radio programmes, etc. (Note that this list is made up only of readings; let’s do the rest together.) Doing this is a part of research and of developing research skills.

Throughout the course I welcome you – indeed, I encourage you - to discuss readings, ask for guidance on your work, and review the content and argument of this course.

Notes :

  1. The bib system used here lists entries alphabetically by author’s surname but where the authors’ names are rendered in the manner that they, in their own cultures, do so. So in most cases in this listing, look for the last name listed.*
  2. Most of the items listed are either commercially available (and therefore possibly in the library) or I have copies of them. A few, however, are neither, and we may need to hunt them down.
  3. This list gives readings only for the first five sessions. Readings for the rest of the sessions will get defined after we define the sessions.


Vanessa Andreotti and ors, nd, c.2006 – ‘Critical Literacy & Global Issues’. OSDE (Open Spaces for Dialogue and Enquiry) Methodology, Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice, The University of Nottingham,

Eric J Hobsbawm, 1959 – Primitive Rebels, Studies in Archaic Forms of Social Movement in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Manchester : Manchester University Press

Chloé Keraghel and Jai Sen, Editorial Advisers, December 2004 – ‘Explorations in Open Space : The World Social Forum and Cultures of Politics’, Issue no 182 of the International Social Science Journal. Contents of issue available at (external link)

Jai Sen, Anita Anand, Arturo Escobar, and Peter Waterman, eds, 2004 – World Social Forum : Challenging Empires. New Delhi : Viveka. Slightly reduced version available at (external link) [To be added to]

Some other related readings :

Amartya Sen, 2005 - The Argumentative Indian : Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity. New Delhi : Penguin

Jai Sen, March 2006 – ‘Understanding the World Social Forum : The WSF as an Emergent Learning Process - Notes on the Dynamics of Change’, in Mainstream (New Delhi), March 25 2006, pp 9-24. Available at (external link)

[To be added to]

*The bib system used here is part of a larger, culturally sensitive and user friendly information management system tentatively titled ‘DIMS’ (Data & Information Management System), presently still under development at CACIM. For a discussion, see : Madhuresh Kumar, August 2003 May 2003, with comments from Jai Sen, May/August 2003 – ‘Homogenies and Hegemonies : Struggling with Cultural Hegemonies in Bibliographic Indexing’. A Note on Jai Sen’s System of Bibliographic Presentation.

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