New review of “Ecology or Catastrophe”

Published in Anarchist Studies 25:1, pp.103-105. By Eleanor Finley, University of Massachusetts Amherst, PhD student & ISE Board member, and Dr. Federico Venturini, Independent Researcher and Activist, Transnational Institute for Social Ecology A review of Janet Biehl, Ecology or Catastrophe: The Life of Murray Bookchin, Oxford University Press, 2015 In recent years, there has been …

By Eleanor Finley | November 19th, 2017 | Article Archive, Eleanor Finley, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Kurds and supporters gather in Hamburg

Internationalizing Democratic Modernity : A report from Challenging Capitalist Modernity III by Eleanor Finley From April 15 – 17, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany the Kurdish freedom movement held its third instantiation of Challenging Capitalist Modernity, the biennial conference dedicated to ‘democratic modernity’ and the ideas developed by imprisoned Kurdish political leader Abdullah Ocalan. On the …

By Eleanor Finley | April 24th, 2017 | Article Archive, Author, Eleanor Finley, Social Ecology Blog | 1 Comments |

Reason, creativity and freedom: The communalist model

On the unique relevance of communalism in this historical moment. By Eleanor Finley, originally published by ROAR Magazine.

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.

By ISE | February 9th, 2017 | Article Archive, Author, Eleanor Finley, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Sur: A neighbourhood of history, hope, and resistance: An interview with former mayor Abdullah Demirbas

From 2004 until 2012, Abdullah Demirbas served as mayor of Diyarbakir (or Amed), Kurdistan’s central Sur District, which has been largely destroyed in recent months by Turkish military assault.

By Eleanor Finley | July 21st, 2016 | Anthropology, Current Movements, Eleanor Finley, Featured, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Epistemologies of Freedom: Interview with a young Kurdish revolutionary

Interview with a young revolutionary from Kobane, also a careful student of Ocalan’s thinking. He offers a brief account of his experiences as well as reflections on the Rojava Revolution, social ecology, and Turkey’s recent betrayal of the Kurdish Movement: “Unless the Middle East overcomes the nation-state, it can never be a peaceful region.”

By Eleanor Finley | August 27th, 2015 | Article Archive, Eleanor Finley, Featured, Social Ecology Blog | 6 Comments |

On Europe’s anti-fracking movements

From an article posted to ROAR Magazine by ISE board member Eleanor Finley and UK climate activist Claire Fauset: … The threat of fracking and its nakedly undemocratic geopolitical context lays bare the bankruptcy of capitalism and the state as its attaché. For this reason, we are beginning to see that the global anti-fracking movement …

By Eleanor Finley | July 14th, 2015 | Article Archive, Author, Eleanor Finley, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Social Ecology, Kurdistan, & the Origins of Freedom

Reflections on a recent visit to Turkey and North Kurdistan. Many Kurdish revolutionaries describe their struggle as one of organic society against authoritarian society and have forged a unique role in the continuing evolution of human freedom.

Hamburg conference features scholars & Kurdish activists

Reflections on Challenging Captialist Modernity, Hamburg, Germany Report by Eleanor Finley In Kurdish, “roj” means sun. Rojava is the land to the west, where the setting sun of freedom and possibility lays to rest and renew itself. Last week, I spent three days at Hamburg University as part of Challenging Capitalist Modernity, a conference hosted …

By Eleanor Finley | April 12th, 2015 | Author, Current Movements, Eleanor Finley, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Social ecologists in Colombia

El Collectivo Ambiente de Tabanoy (CAT): Social Ecologists in Columbia link indigenous medicine, permaculture, and the call for communal politics.   The Collectivo Ambiente de Tabanoy is a popular education project dedicated to sharing social ecological principles in Cristobol, Columbia. Cristobol is a suburb of the capital city of Bogota with many indigenous, peasant and …

By Eleanor Finley | April 9th, 2015 | Eleanor Finley, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |