Challenging Empires : Open Space and Dissent in Movement

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

S3, September 21 : A space for dissent ? The architecture and culture of open space


Explorations in and of open space; a closer look at the WSF.


Giuseppe Caruso, December 2004 – ‘Conflict management and hegemonic practices in the World Social Forum 2004’, in International Social Science Journal, Issue no 182, pp 577-590. Available at http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/servlet/useragent?func=showIssues&code=issj&open=2004#C2004 (external link)

Janet Conway, February 2005 – ‘The empire, the movement, and the politics of scale : Considering the World Social Forum’. Paper prepared for ‘Towards a Political Economy of Scale : Studies in Political Economy Conference’, York University, Toronto, February 3-5 2005 (jconway@ryerson.ca). Available @ http://www.openspaceforum.net/twiki/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=159 (external link)

Anila Daulatzai, December 2004 – ‘A leap of faith : Thoughts on secularistic practices and progressive politics’, in International Social Science Journal, Issue no 182, pp 565-576. Available at http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/servlet/useragent?func=showIssues&code=issj&open=2004#C2004 (external link)

Barbara Epstein, September 2001 – ‘Anarchism and the Anti-Globalization? Movement’, in Monthly Review Volume 53, Number 4; @ http://www.monthlyreview.org/0901epstein.htm (external link)

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

David Graeber, 2004 - ‘The Twilight of Vanguardism’, in Jai Sen, Anita Anand, Arturo Escobar, and Peter Waterman, eds, 2004 – The World Social Forum : Challenging Empires (New Delhi : Viveka), pp 329-335; also @ http://www.choike.org/documentos/wsf_s503_graeber.pdf. (external link) Edited version of Graeber, June 2003 – ‘The Twilight of Vanguardism’. June 1 2003. San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center; http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2003/06/1615559.php (external link)

Michael Hardt, March 2002 – ‘Today’s Bandung’, in New Left Review, Vol 14, pp 112-118. Circulated in July 2002 as ‘Porto Alegre : Today’s Bandung ?’ From Worker dt July 30 2002 11:23:57 -0400 (EDT). Also in the World Social Forum WSF2002 Assessments, http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/eng/ (external link)

Douglas Kellner, nd – ‘Habermas, the Public Sphere, and Democracy: A Critical Intervention’, @ http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/kellner/kellner.html (external link) and http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/kellner/papers/habermas.htm (external link)

Taran N Khan, December 2004 – ‘Trio’, in International Social Science Journal, Issue no 182, pp 541-550. Available at http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/servlet/useragent?func=showIssues&code=issj&open=2004#C2004 (external link)

Hagen Kopp, 2001 – ‘Fortress Europe … and the struggles against’, Chapter 22 in Kolya Abramsky, compiler, March 2001 – Restructuring and Resistance, Diverse Voices of Struggle in Western Europe (Self-published; available from AK press in the UK, www.akuk.org (external link)), pp 167-173

Tomás Mac Sheoin and Nicola Yeates, 2006 December 2004 – ‘Division and Dissent in the Anti-Globalisation? Movement’, in S Dasgupta and Ray Kiely, eds, 2006 - Globalization and After. New Delhi : Sage

Tom Mertes, 2002 – ‘Grass-Roots Globalism : Reply to Michael Hardt’, in New Left Review Vol 17, September-October? 2002, pp 101-110

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 http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/servlet/useragent?func=showIssues&code=issj&open=2004#C2004 (external link)

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

Jai Sen, 2004b – ‘How Open ? The Forum as Logo, the Forum as Religion - Scepticism of the Intellect, Optimism of the Will’, in Sen, Anand, Escobar, and Waterman, eds, 2004 – World Social Forum : Challenging Empires, pp 210-227. Available at http://www.choike.org/nuevo_eng/informes/1557.html (external link)

Jai Sen, 2004c – ‘The Long March to Another World : Reflections of a member of the WSF India Committee in 2002 on the first year of the World Social Forum process in India’, in Sen, Anand, Escobar, and Waterman, eds, 2004 – World Social Forum : Challenging Empires, pp 293-311. Available at http://www.choike.org/nuevo_eng/informes/1557.html (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 http://www.choike.org/nuevo_eng/informes/1557.html (external link)

Teivo Teivainen, forthcoming 2006 - ‘Whose Civil Society? The Charter of Principles and Boundaries of an Open Space’, Chapter 5 in his Democracy in Movement : The World Social Forum as a Process of Political Learning. Unfinished draft, 18 March 2006, for book to be published in late 2006 by Routledge, London

Teivo Teivainen, forthcoming 2006 – ‘Internal Depoliticization of the World Social Forum: Who Governs?’, Chapter 7 in his Democracy in Movement : The World Social Forum as a Process of Political Learning. Unfinished draft, 18 March 2006, for book to be published in late 2006 by Routledge, London

America Vera-Zavala?, February 2003 – ‘An Extraordinary Coup at the WSF’, Part 1, February 9 2003. ZNet | VisionStrategy?. http://www.zmag.org (external link)

America Vera-Zavala?, November 2003 – ‘An Extraordinary Coup at the WSF’, Part 2, November 11 2003. ZNet | VisionStrategy?. http://www.zmag.org (external link)

Peter Waterman, 2004 - ‘The Secret of Fire’, in Jai Sen, Anita Anand, Arturo Escobar, and Peter Waterman, eds – The World Social Forum : Challenging Empires (New Delhi : Viveka), pp 148-160. Available @ http://www.choike.org/documentos/wsf_s307_waterman.pdf. (external link) Edited version of Peter Waterman, 2003 - ‘Place, Space and the Reinvention of Social Emancipation on a Global Scale : Second Thoughts on the Third World Social Forum’. Working Paper No 378. The Hague: Institute of Social Studies. 25 pp. http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/dinamic.asp?pagina=bal_waterman2_ing (external link)

Lisa Westberg and Erik Kylin, nd - ‘Maturing America – comments on ‘diversity of tactics’ by George Lakey and Starhawk’. 6 pp

Chico Whitaker, 2004 – ‘The WSF as Open Space’, in Jai Sen, Anita Anand, Arturo Escobar, and Peter Waterman, eds, 2004 – World Social Forum : Challenging Empires (New Delhi : Viveka), pp 111-121. Available at http://www.choike.org/nuevo_eng/informes/1557.html. (external link) Edited version of Chico Whitaker, March 2003 – ‘Notes about the World Social Forum’. Revised version, dt March 17 2003. 10 pp. Available from


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