EVENTS


Why Social Movements Matter (Belfast again)
Mar
27
1:00 PM13:00

Why Social Movements Matter (Belfast again)

Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics

Social movements and popular struggle are a central part of today’s world, but often neglected or misunderstood by media commentary, as well as by experts in other fields. In an age when struggles over climate change, women’s rights, racism, austerity politics, warfare and surveillance are central to the future of our societies, we urgently need to understand them better.

In many ways social movements are part of our everyday lives, though often not recognised as such. They have shaped and reshaped the social world dramatically over the past quarter-millennium, with a long and complex relationship between social movements, political parties and the left. Movements have their own processes of learning and theorising which represent a very different way of thinking; partly because of this, they have made major contributions to intellectual life.

Laurence Cox, one of Europe’s leading social movement researchers, will give a short talk around these themes, drawing his new book Why Social Movements Matter. The talk will be followed by discussion.

Copies of the book are available in No Alibis Bookstore (83 Botanic Avenue).

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We make our own history: social movements and social change in Ireland (Belfast)
Mar
13
7:30 PM19:30

We make our own history: social movements and social change in Ireland (Belfast)

Féile an Earraigh / West Belfast Spring Festival

Beidh caint agus ceardlann againn leis an ghníomhaí agus údár iomráiteach Laurence Cox ag amharc ar mhodhanna agus straitéisí le haghaigh gluaiseachtaí agus athruithe sóisialta anseo in Éirinn. Is taighdeoir gluaiseachtaí sóisialta díograiseach é Laurence Cox a bhfuil suim ar leith aige i “ngluaiseacht na ngluaiseachtaí” domhanda agus streachailtí frith-dhéine, eagrú lucht oibre in Éirinn, milieux ghulaiseacht shóisialta agus frithchultúir, Búdaithe luath Iatharacha san Áis, taighde teoirice agus páirtíochta an ghníomhaí.

Laurence Cox is an engaged social movements researcher interested in the global “movement of movements” and anti-austerity struggles, working-class community organising in Ireland, social movement milieux and counter-cultures, early western Buddhists in Asia, activist theorising and participatory research.

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