Author: Jai Sen
Editor(s): Jai Sen/Mayuri Saini
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8189013270
In the run-up to the fourth World Social Forum held in Mumbai, India in January 2004, civil activists and students organized a major series of seminars in Delhi University to discuss the forum and its politics. The Open Space seminar series, as it came to be called, picked up on the idea of the Forum as a relatively free space, where all kinds of ideas could meet and be discussed.
Can the world social forum help us to conceptualize and actualize a new politics? Can this new politics be free from violence? Can the experience and knowledge of great movements such as the movement for the environment, and the women’s movement, contribute to the creation of a new politics? How can such a politics be sustained?
The essays in this book, written in an easy and accessible style, are informed by these questions. They offer the reader different and complex ways of understanding the process that have helped to shape the world social forum and the new politics that seems to be emerging, and what all this represents, for life, society, and politics more generally.
Interrogating the Forum, Jai Sen
A Salute, Mukul Mangalik
OPEN SPACE I: ENVISIONING THE WORLD
Redefining the World
OPEN SPACE 2: OLD POLITCS, NEW POLITICS
New Energies, New Imagination
Form and Content
The Politics of Engagement
OPEN SPACE 3: BOUNDARIES OF VIOLENCE
A Hierarchy of Violence
Resistance, Defence or Violence?
A Thousand Voices
Revenge and Collective Guilt
OPEN SPACE 4: RHYTHMS OF OTHER WORLDS
Forum as Raga
The Importance of Small Things
Elements of New Movement
Searching For New Policy
Open Space seminar Series Programme
WSF Charter of Principles