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.
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.
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.
We are thus welcoming any intervention that aims at addressing one of the following themes and categories:
Accepted speakers will be invited to produce a full paper (4000 word max) that will be circulated among the other presenters prior of the conference. Only presenters with a submitted paper will be allowed to present during the conference.
After the conference, the papers presented will be evaluated towards the publication of an edited volume.
Deadline for abstracts: 8th August 2021
Communication of abstract accepted: 15th August 2021
Submission of full paper: 24th October 2021
TRISE Conference: 30th and 31th October 2021
Let’s make this year an opportunity to spread even further Bookchin’s ideas and social ecology in our local communities worldwide!
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