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Jai Sen is an architect and editor of the two volume book set, The Movements of Movements'
He is also the editor of Interrogating Empires
Sen is based in New Delhi, India, and in Ottawa, Canada, on unceded Algonquin territory. He is an architect by training and first practice, then an activist around the rights of the laboring poor based in Kolkata, India, and now a student of the history and dynamics of movement.
I met him at the Peace and Justice Studies annual conference where we were both speakers.
"Movements, even for social justice, are often complex things, and sometimes have deep inversions that on the surface -- and especially in terms of history and of who writes it -- barely show."
Definition of movement: Exercising, interrogating, deconstructing, influencing power
Power over vs Power to.
What is Civil Society: Bulwark of the state. The state is set up by civil society--the Bourgeoisie
What is Bourgeoisie
Incivil Society: Rebellious society made up of philosophers, artists, dancers
Don't use uncivil. It uses language of the people who exploit the word.
Parameters, dimensions of Movements:
-inspiration for movements.
Movements are part of the web of life on mother earth.
I tie that to systems theory. Systems approach to movements
Globalization has inspired a worldwide conservative populist backlash/blowback --Brazil, Phillipines, Trump,
Jai Sen, February 2006 - 'The World Social Forum as an Emergent Learning Process'. Final mss for article published in Futures vol 39 (January 2007), pp 505-522. Original available through subscription @ doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2006.10.006, and as free PDF @ ependent.academia.edu/JaiSen
Jai Sen, 2010 -- 'On open space : Explorations towards a vocabulary of a more open politics',
Possible topics :
- Well, given the overlap that there evidently is between what you are thinking and writing about ('Bottom-up Connection Consciousness' as a fundamental organising principle, and related questions) and what I'm thinking and writing about (movement as being a fundamental organising principle in life, as an integral part of and manifested in almost every field of human activity and thought; movement as an integral part of the web of life on Mother Earth; movement as being organic and biological and not just 'physical' or 'social'), I would think that we should use the opportunity to at least exchange thoughts on these respective approaches
- The World Social Forum as an emergent movement
- The concept and reality of 'open space' as a new concept in movement.
I think that this is about all I should suggest here. And where I think I have to now leave it to you to give the interview more shape. I would appreciate receiving at least a bullet-pointed list of issues / areas you'd like to cover, and at least a few days ahead of the interview so that I can get my mind focused on them.
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