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ISE 2017 Annual Gathering: August 18-20 – Marshfield, VT

The Institute for Social Ecology cordially invites you to attend our Annual Gathering for a weekend of engaging political discussion, great food, and a chance to socialize with other social ecologists and fellow travelers in the beautiful Vermont countryside. The gathering is a unique opportunity to renew the Social Ecology community in person, renew old friendships and make new ones, connecting with like-minded people from around the world.

As the global political wave of right wing populism has caught up to [...]

Spring Social Ecology online seminar May 8-June 26!

Enrollment is now open for the spring session of the ISE’s online seminar Ecology, Democracy, Utopia, running May 8 to June 26. Combining video lectures, readings, interactive forums, and weekly online discussion sessions with ISE faculty as well as students from around the globe, the course introduces Social Ecology – an interdisciplinary body of ideas that examines social and ecological issues from a transformative and holistic perspective. Participants will learn the foundations of social ecology and apply these insights to a variety of [...]

From Richard Greeman: The Coming Struggle

Richard Greeman is a lifelong Marxist-Humanist-Anarcho-Utopian scholar and activist, best known for his studies and translations of the Franco-Russian novelist and revolutionary Victor Serge. This essay was submitted in late January for the ISE blog and has been lightly edited for timeliness:
The Coming Struggle: Popular Resistance versus the Trump Regime
by Richard Greeman

The massive, spontaneous, popular resistance to Trump that poured into the streets in the giant post-Inauguration Women’s March had been welling up since election night. Trump and his ruthless, racist, [...]

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    Beyond the Limits of Nature: A social-ecological view of growth and degrowth

Beyond the Limits of Nature: A social-ecological view of growth and degrowth

ISE board member Eleanor Finley has a new article titled Beyond the Limits of Nature: A social-ecological view of growth and degrowth. Part of the series Ecology after capitalism, it draws on Bookchin’s work to interrogate the limits of the degrowth perspective and contrasts it with social ecology’s analysis of post-scarcity and ecological development.

A New Municipal Uprising?

Several articles in the past month have chronicled the emergence of an emerging municipal uprising in several U.S. cities, sometimes encouraged by European models.

New dissertation on social ecology and movements

Last Spring, scholar-activist Federico Venturini, a friend and recent student at the ISE, completed his PhD in Human Geography at the University of Leeds in the UK. Federico's dissertation offers an in-depth study of radical urban social movements in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and explores the lessons of these movements through the lens of social ecology.
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2017 Social Ecology Intensive: June 10-15, San Francisco

Theme is "Linking Protest and Social Transformation: Social Ecology and the Future of Our Movements," and sessions will be held at the California Institute for Integral Studies.
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    Accelerationism… and Degrowth? The Left’s Strange Bedfellows

Accelerationism… and Degrowth? The Left’s Strange Bedfellows

ISE affiliate Aaron Vansintjan has written an engaging article that analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of two of the most widely discussed political tendencies on the left today, Accelerationism and Degrowth, exploring their political priorities, vision, and blind spots.

Defend the zad – a call for international solidarity

A call for international solidarity from ISE affiliate and Reclaim the Streets co-founder John Jordan and The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, who are on the front lines of one of the most pressing social-ecological movements in France - the zad, or zone a défendre, the airport occupation that became an autonomous zone and prefigurative community of struggle.
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    “Bookchin and Marx;” Reid Kotlas from the 2016 Annual Gathering

“Bookchin and Marx;” Reid Kotlas from the 2016 Annual Gathering

We are happy to present “Bookchin and Marx,” a paper delivered at this year’s ISE annual gathering by Reid Kotlas, a member of the Platypus Affiliated Society. Platypus is an international project “for the self-criticism, self-education, and, ultimately, the practical reconstitution of a Marxian Left” which hosts reading groups and publishes the journal The Platypus Review.  In recent years Platypus has initiated a critical engagement with the ideas of Social Ecology, and have invited ISE faculty members to participate in their annual gathering on multiple occasions. Kotlas’ [...]