TRISE Online Conference 30-31 October 2021 | Program


To Διεθνές Συνέδριο του TRISE (Διεθνές Ινστιτούτο Κοινωνικής Οικολογίας) πλησιάζει! Ειδικά για φέτος θα διεξαχθεί διαδικτυακά ενώ οι φετινές ομιλίες και εισηγήσεις θα έχουν ως αφορμή τη συμπλήρωση 100 χρόνων από τη γέννηση του Murray Bookchin και την κληρονομιά της σκέψης του. –30-31 Οκτωβρίου 2021– Το αναλυτικό πρόγραμμα παρακάτω:

2021 marks the 100 years anniversary of the birth of Murray Bookchin (1921 – 2006), founding theorist of social ecology and one of the most profound thinkers of the 20th century. His thought, always political and directed towards radical social change, has influenced both urban and rural social movements around the world, including one of the most significant emancipatory experiences of our time – the social revolution in Rojava.

On this occasion, TRISE organizes an International Online Conference that will include a series of discussions/presentations in commemoration of and in dialogue with Bookchin’s legacy. The aim of this conference is to pay a tribute to the founder of social ecology and to further develop this body of work.


SATURDAY 30th OCTOBER Time zone: CEST / UTC +2

16:00-17:00 Political Practice & Activism Session 1:
Davide Grasso – “The Concept of Authority in Bookchin’s Works and Rojava’s Communalism”
Azize Cay – “Informal hierarchy, organization and activism: insights from the Democratic Autonomy of North East Syria”
Georgios Daremas – “On Bookchin’s Dialectical Naturalism”

17:00-18:00 Political Practice & Activism Session 2:
Heval Tekoşîn – “Exploring Certainty in Revolutionary Politics”
Thomas Murray – “Crack Capitalism or Communalism? Revolutionary strategies after Adorno”
Metin Guven – “Systemic Cycles of Capital Accumulation and Future of Capitalism”

18:00-18:30 Break

18:30-19:30 Libertarian Municipalism Session 1:
Ben Price – “Municipalism‘s Escape from the Colonizing Imperatives of Empire in the U.S.”
Robert Case & Bill Barrett – “Could local environmental activism be a gateway to direct democracy at the municipal level? Reflections from water activism in Wellington County, Ontario”

19:30-20:30 Libertarian Municipalism Session 2:
Yavor Tarinski – “Bookchin‘s political proposals and ideas on direct democracy, popular assemblies and municipalism”
Zaid Nasution – “Recallable: Delegates Accountability in Democratic Confederalism”
Dimitri Roussopoulos –From Theory to Practice: the movement building of radical municipalism”

SUNDAY 31st OCTOBER Time zone: CEST / UTC +2

16:00-17:00 Nature & Ecology Session 1:
Giannis Perperidis – “Murray Bookchin and Andrew Feenberg: Searching for Technological Alternatives for the sake of the Environment”
Jordan Yanowitz – “Los Angeles and the socio-ecological contexts in which it sits: Understanding its continental water system and its colonial origins”
Laura Schleifer –Hierarchy’s Hidden Link: How Domination within Human Society and of Nature Stems from the Human Domination of (Other) Animals, and How Free Nature Requires Freeing Animals”

17:00-18:00 Nature & Ecology Session 2:
Emet Değirmenci – “Misanthropy and Ecofascism: Connection”
Johannes Shephard – “Nature & Ecology: Covid-19 as an instance of a larger phenomenon of disease”
Anita Prakash – “Restoring Ecology in Troubled Times: Searching for the Role of Direct Democracy in the Indian context”

18:00-18:30 Break

18:30-19:30 Future Research
Federico Venturini – “Reflections towards a militant social ecology research approach”
Eve Olney & Krini Kafiris – “Radical Institute: Developing Sustainable Social Ecological Praxis”
Marle Payva – “Rethinking the Notion of Nature in International Law”

19:30-20:30 Book Presentation
Various authors will present the book: Hunt, S. (eds.), 2021, Ecological Solidarity & the Kurdish Freedom Movement, Lexington Books

Various authors will present the book: Wright, D & Hill, S (eds.), 2020, Social Ecology and Education: Transforming Worldviews and Practices. Routledge

The conference will be livestreamed from TRISE’s youtube channel

For further info visit TRISE’s website

Through the 20 books and numerous pamphlets he wrote, Bookchin formulated the thesis that domination of nature is a consequence of the exploitation of humans by humans. He exposed how the destruction of the natural world, far from being a historical necessity, is a byproduct of social modes of organization based on hierarchies and domination within human societies.

Based on such diagnosis, Bookchin developed a revolutionary agenda aiming to provide an alternative to a self-destructive capitalism. He dedicated most of his life promoting a radical transformation of society, towards a “communal society oriented towards human needs, responding to ecological imperatives, and developing a new ethics based on sharing and cooperation”.

In this historic moment, marked by a deepening of the crisis of capitalism and raising hopes and demands for a better future, the ideas of social ecology have much to offer to the citizens looking for an utopian vision and a radical path towards an ecological and democratic society.


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