Challenging Empires : Open Space and Dissent in Movement

Course Outline

Part 1 : Open Space, Civility, and Discontent

  • Session 1, September 7 : Open space and Dissent : The idea of this course
  1. Introduction to course and to the idea of open space; critical engagement with the concept and practice.
  2. Introduction to the concept and pedagogy of critical engagement.
  3. First discussion of possible places for publication of material produced in course.
  4. Discussion on policies for the course.
  5. First discussion of possible places for publication of material produced in course.
  6. First suggestions for resource people we could invite in, time allowing.
  7. Planning for mid-term and final review workshops. Possibility of longer sessions; possibility of some invited guest resource people coming in / guest presentation/s. To be finalised through discussion
  • S2, September 14 : Movements and the challenge to Empires
  1. What is a ‘movement’ ?
  2. Possible case studies : The World Social Forum; the international campaigns around the Narmada dams project in India; the MDB (Multilateral Development Banks) Campaign. What is a ‘movement’ ?
  • S3, September 21 : A space for dissent ? The architecture and culture of open space
  1. Explorations in and of open space; a closer look at the WSF.
  • S4, September 28 : The question of civility
  1. Exploration of the dynamics / dialectics of civility and incivility
  3. Planning ahead to Midterm Review Workshop on October 12, including possibility of a longer session
  4. Listing and prioritisation of further topics for research / review / discussion during the course, including offers to lead sessions
  • S5, October 5 : Probable title and focus : Open space in civil organisations, political parties, and networks of resistance
  1. DRAFT REVIEW ESSAYS DUE (all individual)

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