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Thu, May 18



The Great Transition

Organized by Alternatives and Historical Materialism

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The Great Transition
The Great Transition

Time & Location

May 18, 2023, 7:00 AM EDT – May 21, 2023, 7:00 PM EDT

Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada

About the Event

For more information, read the full call for papers here:

Deadline: October 15, 2022 Submissions: For more information:

Call for papers, actions, and workshops

The Great Transition, 18-21 May 2023 Organized by Alternatives and Historical Materialism

Fighting back in Times of Global Crisis: Repoliticizing, Imagining, Achieving

We live in an era of global crisis - ecological, economic, social, and political - that requires a civilizational shift away from all dimensions of the capitalist system. For example, the resurgence of unabashed white supremacy and right-wing nationalist populism is a global phenomenon disproportionately affecting marginalized groups. The worsening of the ecological crisis, coupled with a climate of war, is also reviving a patriarchal culture emphasizing control over nature and over women’s bodies. This context highlights how racial and gendered subordinations are interlinked under capitalism; it is a racialized, colonial, and gendered system. We must therefore conceptualize ways to move beyond capitalism, namely through intersectional, liberation-oriented, ecological and democratic socialism.

To move from resistance to societal transformation, a social project of transition away from capitalism, based on knowledge from both university and community organizing perspectives, is necessary. Thus, the international event The Great Transition: Fighting Back in Times of Global Crisis invites citizens of various backgrounds (activists, trade unionists, members of political parties, students, or academics) to reflect on these questions along three axes: Repoliticizing, Imagining, and Achieving. This conference aims to reinforce ties between academics and activists, but also between francophone and anglophone communities. It also seeks to promote post-capitalist ideas and introduce them to the lay public.

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