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Ecosocialist School 2014 - 3 weeks course for social movement activists

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This November, activists from all over the world will get together for three weeks to discuss and study global affairs from a Marxist perspective. This course is a unique opportunity to go in depth with developments that challenge social movements. How to understand and respond to the economic crisis? How are social movements affected by climate change? What are the implications of post-colonial struggles and quick political changes? These are some of the key issues raised at the annual Ecosocialist School, hosted by the IIRE in Amterdam. The course is a place for activists from very different backgrounds to meet and learn from each other, and from the scholars who give the lectures.

 

Please see the draft programme below.

The Ecosocialist School is conducted in English, French and Spanish with simultaneous translations. We recommend people take part in the entire school, as all topics are interlinked and we wish to look in depth at the inter-connectedness of current challenges. However, for people who are not able to block three weeks in a row it is also possible to take part in one or two modules.

 

Participants are expected to take active part in the course by attending all lectures, group discussions and read the materials. The course is self-organized, which means that the participants are responsible for daily cooking and cleaning.

 

The participation fee varies for different parts of the world. Please send us an email if you are interested!

 

The draft  programme:

 

Arrivals: Saturday 22 November

Introduction to the school and to the Fourth International, introduction of participants

First module : Analysis of capitalist society and its multiple crisis and oppressions

 

Sunday 23

Introduction to Marxism

 

Monday 24

The working class

 

Tuesday 25

A Marxist-feminist view on gender

 

Wednesday 26

The global economic crisis

 

Thursday 27

Women and the crisis of the capitalist system

 

Friday 28

Free Day

 

Saturday 29

Free Day

 

Sunday 30

 

The role of specific identities

Second module : The ecological crisis and ecosocialism

 

Monday 1 December

Marx and Engels on ecology

 

Tuesday 2

Ecological history of capitalism and ecosocialist alternative

 

Wednesday 3

Climate and food crisis

 

Thursday 4

Socialist democracy

 

Friday 5 Imperialism today

 

Saturday 6 Free Day

 

Third module : Strategic questions and situation in the different world regions

 

Sunday 7

The crisis in Europe and the strategic debates

 

Monday 8

Revolutionary strategy in the 21st century

 

Tuesday 9

Further deepening of the crisis in the Arab region

 

Wednesday 10

The political dynamics in Latin America

 

Thursday 11

Dynamics of the left forces in Asia

 

Friday 12

Colonialism and struggles in Africa, from independence to the current crisis

 

Saturday 13

Internationalism and the Fourth International

 

Sunday 14

Evaluation, cleaning 

From date
22-11-2014
To date
14-12-2014

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