Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Global Justice Movement, the World Social Forum, and Alternatives to Corporate-Driven Globalization

TWSC 30th Anniversary Lecture Series on Social Movements in the South

University of the Philippines-Diliman

20 February 2007, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Third World Studies Center

This presentation will touch on the nature and goals of the global justice movement; examine the diverse movements that make it up, including the Zapatistas, Via Campesina, and the Venezuelan Revolution; run through the high points of the movement from Asian Financial Crisis to the Hong Kong WTO Ministerial; discuss the significance of the World Social Forum, and end with an exposition of alternatives to corporate-driven globalization.


The Third World Studies Center Lecture Series on Social Movements in the South interrogates the relations of contention and collective action to democracy in contemporary history. It focuses especially on movements in the South, using a variety of cases of recent national and cross-border mobilization and protest. The series will address the following questions:Are social movements in the South agents of democratization? How do social movements contribute to (or hinder) the democratization process in various spheres (local, regional, and transnational)? How do deepening interstate relations affect social movement politics? What role do Southern social movements play in the wider global political arena? Are social movements in the South always engaged in contentious politics? How do they interact within the boundaries of institutional politics? Given the present historical conjuncture, what lies ahead for social movements in the South?

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