4. Bochumer Disput

Cross-movement mobilization: a cure to de-solidarisation and rising populism?

Friday, 7th April, 17:30-19:00 Uhr im Haus der Geschichte des Ruhrgebiets

The Bochumer disputes are public and lectures discussing current globalization conflicts among scientists, social movements, trade unions, or politicians. This year's event will be part of an international conference on cross-movement mobilization, taking place at the Ruhr-University and Institute for social Movements April 5th to 7th.

In the face of aggressive global capital, neoliberal hegemony, never ending crisis, and right wing radicalization around the globe, alliances between social movements and trade unions are crucially needed. Economic activities, organized by an international flexible workforce and a powerful financial system, are being increasingly separated from the local institutions and out of the democratic spaces of action. People feel that they cannot govern the economic forces and they cannot pursue their emancipation through  their work.

Social movements and trade unions condemn this situation, demanding real democracy and social justice. We discuss how labour can strengthen their networks to renew their strategies to cope with the power of the global market at one side and the rising of the nationalism on the other. Cross-movement alliances should help to construct and maintain solidarity among societies and across borders.

This panel discusses the following questions:

Cross-movement alliances - are they worth the effort?

What are innovative strategies of such cross-movement networks to cope with global markets and regain democracy?

How do cross-movement networks help resisting multi-facetted repression?



Evening session:
Cross-movement mobilization: a cure to desolidarisation and rising populism?


Shelley Feldman, Cornell University, USA

Daniele Di Nunzio Fondazione Di Vittorio, Italy

Hugo Braun, Attac, Germany

Margit Mayer, FU-Berlin, Germany


Moderator: Sabrina Zajak (Ruhr-University Bochum)



Date and Place

6th - 8th April 2017
Ruhr-University Bochum, Institute for social Movements


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