Challenging Empires : Open Space and Dissent in Movement

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

Session 1, September 7 : Open space and Dissent : The idea of this course

- Introduction to course and to the idea of open space; critical engagement with the concept. - Introduction to the concept and pedagogy of critical engagement. - First discussion of possible places for publication of material produced in course. - Discussion on policies for the course. - First discussion of possible places for publication of material produced in course. - First suggestions for resource people we could invite in, time allowing - 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

Open Space

Jeff Juris and Rodrigo Nunes, June 2005 – ‘Encounters in / Explorations of Open Space, I and II - A Report and Some Reflections’. Report on EIOS1 and EIOS2, workshops and meetings held at Integría and the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on January 21-24 and January 27-28 2005. Available @ (external link)

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 code=issj&open=2004#C2004 (external link)

Michal Osterweil, December 2004 – ‘A cultural-political approach to reinventing the political’, in International Social Science Journal, Issue no 182, pp 495-406. Available at code=issj&open=2004#C2004 (external link)

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)

Open space and critical engagement

Vanessa Andreotti, nd – ‘Soft versus critical global citizenship education’. 5 pp

Vanessa Andreotti, forthcoming [2006] - ‘Creating Open Spaces’, in Jai Sen, ed (in press) - Imagining Alternatives, Book 3 in the Are Other Worlds Possible ? series. New Delhi

Vanessa Andreotti, nd – ‘ Global Issues : Reading the World – Critical Literacy’. 1 p

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,

Jo Freeman (aka Joreen), nd [May 1970/1971] – ‘The tyranny of structurelessness’. Earliest version of this article as talk at conference called by the Southern Female Rights Union held in Beulah, Mississippi, USA, in May 1970. First official publication in The Second Wave Vol 2, No 1, 1972; authored by ‘Joreen’. Different versions subsequently published in the Berkeley Journal of Sociology, Vol 17, 1972-73, pp 151-165, and Ms magazine, July 1973, pp 76-78, 86-89, authored by ‘Jo Freeman’. This early version undated

Mukul Mangalik and Jai Sen, with Madhuresh Kumar, July 2003 – ‘Are Other Worlds Possible ? Cultures of Politics and the World Social Forum’. A Background Note for the ‘Open Space’ Series Seminar Series at the University of Delhi, August – December 2003; as published in : Jai Sen with Madhuresh Kumar, compilers, August 2003 - Are Other Worlds Possible ?, The Open Space Reader on the World Social Forum and its Engagement with Empire, pp 9-13

Jai Sen, December 2003h – ‘Challenging Empires : Reading the World Social Forum’, Introduction to Sen, Anand, Escobar, and Waterman, eds, 2004 – World Social Forum : Challenging Empires, pp xxi-xxviii. New Delhi : Viveka

Jai Sen, January 2005a – ‘Interrogating the World Social Forum and its Culture of Politics’, Introduction to Jai Sen and Mayuri Saini, eds, 2005 - Are Other Worlds Possible ? Talking New Politics (New Delhi : Zubaan Books), pp 10-20

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)

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