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Network for an Alternative Quest

3-5 April 2015, Hamburg


Draft program


3 April 2015 – Friday

12:00-13:00 Welcoming Speeches and Messages

Welcoming Speech | Prof. Norman Paech
Introduction | Prof. Elmar Altvater
Opening Speech | Reimar Heider
Messages of Greeting | Prof. Silvia Federici, Abdullah Öcalan and others

13:00-15:00 Session 1

Dissecting Capitalist Modernity

Moderation: N. N.

  1. Scientism—Re-colonization of the Mind | Dr. Muriel Gonzales Athenas

  2. Capitalism—Accumulation of Value or Power? | Kenan Ayaz

  3. Nation State—God on Earth? | Prof. David Harvey

  4. Industrialism—Law, Science and Imperialism | Dr. Radha D'Souza

  5. Religionism and Secularism—Religion and the State | N. N.

  6. Cultural Hegemony—Gramsci and Öcalan | Call for Papers*

15:00-16:30 Discussion

16:30-18:00 Dinner Break

18:00-20:00 Session 2 Democratic Modernity

Moderation: Eirik Eiglad

  1. New Concepts—Democratic Confederalism & Democratic Autonomy | Havin Guneser

  2. Liberating Life: Political and Moral Society | Emine Ayna

  3. Democratic Nation—A Cure for Nationalism | Asya Abdullah

  4. Power and Truth—Foucault and Öcalan | Call for Papers*

  5. Democratic Confederalism—The Practice of Social Ecology? | Call for Papers*

20:00-21:30 Discussion

*) Speaker will be selected from the authors of the papers sent in response to the “Call for Papers”


4 April 2015 – Saturday

10:00-12:00 Session 3

Ecological Industry and Communal Economy

Moderation: Thomas Konicz

  1. Communal Economy: The Case for the Commons | Silke Helfrich

  2. Cooperatives in Catalonia and the Basque Country | N. N.

  3. Human Economies | Prof. David Graeber

  4. Braudel, Wallerstein and Öcalan on Economy and Capitalism | Call for Papers*

12:00-13:30 Discussion

13:30-15:00 Lunch Break

15:00-16:30 Session 4

Overcoming the Stumbling Blocks of Revolutionary Theory

Moderation: N. N.

  1. Reproducing Capitalism: Consumption and Habits | Ahmet Pelda

  2. New Concepts of Self-defense | Fidan Yıldırım

  3. The Centrality of Women’s Freedom | Sara Aktaş

  4. Aesthetics, Culture, Arts and Beauty | N. N.

  5. Power Relations: State and Family | Dr. Nazan Üstündağ

  6. Feminism and the Kurds | Call for Papers*


16:30-18:00 Discussion 

18:00-19:00 Evening Break


19:00-21:00 Concert
Rotînda, Zelal Gökçe, Meral Tekçi, Mehmet Akbas

5 April 2015, Sunday

10:00-12:30 Session 5a

Lessons to be Learned from Alternative Practices

Moderation: Anja Flach

  1. Internationalism—an Evolving Concept | N. N. (YXK)

  2. Montreal: Assemblies and the State | Dimitrios Roussopoulos

  3. South Africa: Progressive Politics in a Capitalist Country? | Alex Mohubetswane Mashilo

  4. Brazil: The Landless Workers’ Movement | N. N.

    Democratic Confederalism in Kurdistan—Work in Progress

  5. Rojava: The Cantons—Resistance and Construction | Dr. Ahmad Yousef

  6. Başûr: Stuck between Freedom and the State | Şîlan Şakir


12:30-14:00 Discussion



14:00-15:00 Lunch Break

15:00-17:00 Session 5b

Lessons to be Learned from Alternative Practices (continued)

Moderation: Prof. Sabine Rollberg

  1. Rojhilat: The KODAR Model | Shirzad Kamangar

  2. Bakur: From State to Democracy | Selma Irmak

  3. The Fourth World War and How to Win it—A Tribute to Kurds and Zapatistas | Prof. John Holloway

  4. Bolivia: The Plurinational State | Marcelo Elío Chávez

  5. New England & Rojava: Assembly Democracies | Janet Biehl

  6. Philippines: Building NGOs and Involving Communities | N. N.

17:00-18:00 Discussion

18:00-18:25 Closing speech

New Horizons: Reconstructing Liberation | Gönül Kaya 

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