Opening Space for the Radical Imagination Conference (April 6-8, 2018)

UPDATED:  Anarres Project, along with various labor and social justice groups in Corvallis, Oregon, is proud to host a conference next spring (April 6-8, 2018) on the possibilities for the radical imagination.  We hope you will join us!  Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2018.

Call for Participation

This conference explores formats to address, fabricate and discuss social transformation that challenge the standard model of an academic conference. It invites participants to create a common space for radical imagination and social justice that goes beyond a skill-share for radical organizers. Radical Imagination invites us to engage in a profound critique of what seems obvious (radical = that goes to the roots of something) and to explore alternative ways of living together – producing, loving, shaping spaces and time, inhabiting the land, working, using, struggling. It is an appeal to decolonize social relations and the dominant imaginaries that justify oppression and injustice. Radical Imagination is not just about dreaming alternative futures. It lures us into embodying alternatives in practices, actions, and thinking.

We are a group of professors, students, and community organizers from Oregon State University and the community of Corvallis, OR, who are dedicated to creating, facilitating, and protecting spaces that nurture the power of imagining alternatives. We imagine this conference to be an opportunity for people to begin lasting relationships with one another. To enable this, we will be making food together, dancing, singing, and hosting fun activities throughout the weekend while also holding workshops, presentations, and discussions on using our radical imagination for organizing toward social justice.

Presentation panels, workshops, art interventions, and group discussions may touch on but are not limited to the following topics and actions:

  • Networking techniques

  • Theories, strategies, and ideologies behind social movements

  • Connecting theory and practice

  • Direct Action (thoughts and workshops) (theory and practice?)

  • Practical Skills

  • Anti-Imperialism/Anti-War

  • Autonomous Communities

  • Class

  • Anti-Racism

  • Immigrant Rights

  • Indigenous Rights

  • Globalization and Neoliberalism

  • Gentrification and Housing

  • Labor Movements

  • Art and Visual Culture

  • Radicalism in Academia

  • Religion

  • Radical History

  • The analysis of past movements

  • Use of technology in social movements

  • Anarchist Processes and Models

  • Queer Theory

  • Feminism

  • Wellness and self-care

  • Anti-colonialism/post-colonial theory

  • Radical/social justice education

  • Student and Youth Movements

  • Deep/social ecology

  • Anti-Consumerism/Freeganism

  • Food sovereignty

  • Artivism

  • Poetry

  • Collective living

  • Relational organizing

  • Short Film Walk

  • Alternative transportation

Tabling: During the whole conference, we will have a Mercado of Alternatives. Sign up using the submission form below.

Please submit your proposal for any of the categories by January 31, 2018 using the following form.

For mobile users, please follow this link to the registration form:

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