[knowledgelab] Learning from each other's struggles: an invite to present

Laurence Cox Laurence.Cox at nuim.ie
Wed Apr 21 15:18:13 UTC 2010

- apologies for crossposting -

Social movement, activist & militant research 
workshop: producing knowledge for change

Dublin and Maynooth, June 18th, 19th & 20th

Social movements like community development, 
anti-capitalism, the women's movement, union 
organising, majority world solidarity, GLBT 
activism, anarchism and socialism, community 
education and community arts, migrant rights and 
anti-racism all produce knowledge for change.

Sometimes this knowledge is a radical 
understanding of how the status quo works and how 
it can be changed; sometimes it is expert 
knowledge of a particular issue that can be used 
in media and legal battles; sometimes it is 
research on movements themselves that can be used 
to get better at what we do; sometimes it is 
popular education work and radical teaching.

This weekend workshop is for people researching 
social movements, activist/militant researchers, 
adult and community educators and movement 
organisers thinking about the next step in a 
period of crisis. It is not a place for 
delivering conventional academic papers, but 
rather a workshop space for sharing skills, 
learning from each other's struggles and 
developing our practice. We are looking for 15-20 
minute presentations that can be combined into 
joint workshops around particular problems in this area.

If you are interested in presenting, please email 
<<mailto:hilary.darcy at gmail.com>hilary.darcy at gmail.com> 
by Monday, May 24th with a short summary of what 
you would like to do (and any particular 
equipment that you need and can't bring 
yourself!) Suggested kinds of presentation could 
include but would not necessarily be limited to the following:

- History or genealogy of activist/militant research
- Presentation of a case where activist/militant 
research was conducted in order to develop social movement practices
- Workshop which shares the skills or one or more research method
- Theoretical presentation (e.g. Who are the 
agents of social transformation; the usefulness 
(or not) of social movement theory; etc.)
- How do we identify weaknesses in power structures?
- Social movement praxis
- Particular approaches to radical / popular / community education
- How does research become movement-relevant?

An initiative of:

· Participatory action research programme in social movement practice
(NUI Maynooth Sociology)

· Political Ethnography group, Centre for the 
Study of Social and Global Justice (University of Nottingham)

Updates online at http://actionresearchireland.blogspot.com

Please forward this to anyone you think may be interested.

Department of Sociology
National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Co. Kildare
Republic of Ireland

Tel. (+353-1) 708 3985
email: laurence.cox at nuim.ie 
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