Taking place on 24 - 25 October 2019 in Berlin, the international workshop aims at examining changes of social structures that shape rural life and livelihoods and the subjectivities of rural people. The workshop will be organized in for thematic panels: political economy of rural change; rural politics in times of crisis; rural policies and structural transformation; and movements, subjects and strategies.
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Speakers: Cristóbal Kay, Loka Ashwood, Ray Bush, Rita Calvario, Beatriz Cid Aguayo, Gordon Crawford, Kristina Dietz, Bettina Engels, Harriet Friedmann, Elisa Greco, Cristiano Lanzano, Jens Lerche, Facundo Martín, Giuliano Martiniello, Grasian Mkodzongi, Karine Peschard and Nicholas Copeland.
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The workshop aims at examining changes of social structures that shape rural life and livelihoods and the subjectivities of rural people. By social structures, we mean those structuring principles of society which are, in general, difficult to transform, in the short term, by individual and collective action. In capitalist societies, these are primarily social relations of capital and labour, i.e. class relations manifested in differentiated positions in the production process and differentiated access to and ownership of resources, e.g. land, technology, seeds, and labour. Class relations, as a matter of course, intersect with manifold other social relations, such as gender, generation, race, ethnicity, etc.
The workshop will discuss the following questions:
How are dominant social structures in the rural world shaped?
How have they emerged over time?
How are they perceived and felt by rural people?
How are they politically enforced?
How can they be transformed, and by whom? What are entry points for emancipatory political strategies?
These questions will be discussed in view of the crisis of social and ecological reproduction in the countryside created by a capitalist political economy that ignores the reproduction needs of both humans and nature. Beyond that, structural transformations in the countryside will be discussed amidst the global conjuncture of rising authoritarianism and right-wing populism both supported and defeated by rural people.The workshop will be organized in four thematic panels:
Panel 1: Political economy of rural change
The aim of this panel is to discuss how social relations of production and reproduction are shaped by political-economic forces that penetrate the countryside. Various sectors will be taken into account, such as global food production and agriculture, resource extraction, and energy production.
In particular, we want to address the following questions:
Panel 2: Rural politics in times of crisis
This panel will focus on rural politics in times of multiple crises: The crisis of subsistence in many parts of the global countryside; the financial and economic crisis of global capitalism that has pushed on commodification and enclosure of resources; and the rise of right wing populism and authoritarian rule both supported and defeated by rural people.
Main questions will be:
Panel 3: Rural policies and structural transformation
Structural transformations in the countryside are not a self-reinforcing or path-dependent process triggered by economic forces. Economic needs require political enforcement. Therefore rural policies and institutions are crucial.
The panel will address the following questions:
Panel 4: Movements, subjects and strategies
Rural structural transformation might be directed towards different visions of the society and political economy. This panel deals with those actors and their strategies striving for more democratic and egalitarian social relations in the countryside.
These are the questions we wish to discuss:
24.10.2019 - 25.10.2019
Hotel Aquino Tagungszentrum,
Hannoversche Straße 5b,