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 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.
Speakers: Haroon Akram-Lodhi, Loka Ashwood, Breno Bringel (tbc), 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 and Rachel Sieder.
Download the provisional programme here.
24.10.2019 - 25.10.2019
Hotel Aquino Tagungszentrum,
Hannoversche Straße 5b,