UDC2015 Circuits of Struggle Day 3: commoning, digital infrastructures and/for social movements, and white men taking up space

Social Reproduction and the Emerging Institutions of the Common opened with Fiona Jeffries' and Pablo Mendez' work on 'Domesticating the struggle! Commoning Care in the Global Encampment'. Jeffries, presenting, framed the encampment protest-form recently (re)popularised by Occupy and other Squares movements as a way of making the domestic visible. The encampment challenges the binaries of … Continue reading UDC2015 Circuits of Struggle Day 3: commoning, digital infrastructures and/for social movements, and white men taking up space

UDC2015 Circuits of Struggle, Day 1: the World Forum of Free Media, community media in Oaxaca, Activating bodies, State violence, and an early night

The first session, with Stéphane Couture, Gretchen King, and Sophie Toupin of McGill University, looked at the World Forum of Free Media (WFFM) and the Charter of Free Media. This discussion touched on some of the issues I've felt myself around the World Social Forum, including its institutionalisation. However, the panellists noted that their experience of … Continue reading UDC2015 Circuits of Struggle, Day 1: the World Forum of Free Media, community media in Oaxaca, Activating bodies, State violence, and an early night

Anarchist and anti-capitalist approaches to feminism

At the first AdaCamp, I noticed that quite a few participants were talking about a politics of openness, drawing on their experiences of 'open stuff' (primarily free and open source software politics), but without necessarily having the background to connect this to other political threads that might be relevant. This is understandable: not only are … Continue reading Anarchist and anti-capitalist approaches to feminism

Report from the Autonomous Infrastructures As Feminist Practices gathering

I won't share extensive notes here about the Femhack gathering on Autonomous Infrastructures as Feminist Practices, because I contributed to the more detailed piratepad notes. You can also read a shorter report on the gathering on the Femhack wiki. It was an interesting event which drew some important connections between feminist hacking practices, anti-capitalism, and … Continue reading Report from the Autonomous Infrastructures As Feminist Practices gathering

On (re)reading bell hooks

I've been trying, lately, to fill the terrible holes in my knowledge that were left by my degree. I studied political science and international relations at a pretty conservative department. This has given me a strong grounding in stuff like, 'classical liberal thinkers who happen to be mostly white men (and Mary Wollestonecraft for 'diversity') … Continue reading On (re)reading bell hooks

Our collaborative feminist organisations should be critical of capitalism or they will probably be bullshit

This is a response, kind of, to Amelia Greenhall's excellent post on Starting your own b(r)and, an incredibly detailed and useful outline of Greenhall's experience working with Model View Culture. This isn't meant to be a critique. Greenhall has been generous in sharing her knowledge, and I mostly just want to expand on the first … Continue reading Our collaborative feminist organisations should be critical of capitalism or they will probably be bullshit