Conference “Migration. Self-determined Development. Ecological Crises”

6.-8. October 2017  Leipzig  

|  A conference with up to 300 people coming from different activist contexts – freedom of movement, anti-racisms, agriculture, degrowth, climate justice

|  With talks, workshops, theatre, concerts, networking possibilities and several formats for exchange


What’s it all about

The conference will treat the relations between refuge and migration, self-determined development and ecological crises from a practical, political perspective.

– What causes flight and migration? Keyword: “We are here because have destroy our countries!” Which elements should be highlighted in a critical / decolonial discourse on flight?

– What do we mean (no matter of the perspective we take), when demanding the right for self-determined development? Is it all about meeting basic needs or do we have far-reaching concepts in mind how to change entire societies? Is it reasonable to talk about “Development” or should we rather use different terms?

– Which alternative concepts or strategies to the dominant western development model do exist already? What can we learn from concepts such as “food sovereignty”, “Buen Vivir”, “Climate Justice”, “Degrowth” or “Post-Development”?

– In which sphere on global, national and local level is change mandatory, so that self-determined development is possible at all?

– How can migrants and refugees in Europe – or in Diaspora communities in general – politically, financially, or socially support development tracks from below in their countries of origin? And how may non-migrant activists contribute?

– To what extent does the isolation policy of the EU imply that the diaspora’s support is prevented – especially that there is no freedom of movement and hence circular mobility?

– In which direction do rich industrial- and emerging countries (including the transnational consumer classes in North and South) have to develop if the ecological (climate-)collapse is to be prevented? More concrete: to what extent do rich economies have to shrink or be replaced by alternative economic practices, so that people in the (over centuries impoverished) countries of the Global South eventually have space to for self-determined development?



Language: There will be simultaneous translation in English, French and we’ll equally try to organize – depending on the needs – further translations.

Participate:Whoever wants to get involved in the organization process is very much welcomed! Please contact: The next preparatory meeting will be on the 1.-2. July 2017.


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