Activisms, from the community to institutions

The political action taking place outside institutions went through a particularly busy period almost ten years ago, with examples including the Arab Spring and the 15M and Occupy movements, as well as the mobilising capacity of projects such as Procés.

Citizen activism is by no means a new phenomenon, but this is probably a good time to assess its currency, evaluate what the political establishment has learned from it and analyse the areas in which it is now operating, as well as the new forms it takes as a result of the collective challenges now facing us, which are different from those of a decade ago.

Organising Eco-Social Transitions will be held in Sant Andreu on the afternoon of 15th October. This event provides an overview of activism as it is here and now, a self-examination of the practical experiences being carried out from a variety of community action settings. The following day, Are We the 99%? From Social Mobilisation to Institutional Policy will review the social movements mentioned in the first paragraph in search of their legacy in current political systems.

These ways of doing politics and the fuel that nourishes them, the fight against inequalities, have also become literary fodder, and not always in a romanticised way, such as in Cristina Morales’ work. This will be part of City, Conflict and Emancipation, a roundtable to be held on Saturday evening at the Barcelona Centre for Contemporary Culture that will also feature names such as Marta Sanz or Brigitte Vasallo, among others.