The Utopian Democracy of the Alberta Farm Movement, by Steven R.D. Henderson

Passing through the countryside of the Prairie West, it is easy to find oneself awestruck. Rolling fields covered in wheat stretch out as far as the eye can see, while the sky reaches to meet the horizon as great billowing clouds sail upon it. Taken in at once, it brings forth a feeling of enormity—of …

By ISE | October 9th, 2018 | Article Archive, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Online Seminar: Social Transformation Beyond Pragmatism or Utopia

Enroll today for our five-session online seminar Social Transformation Beyond Pragmatism or Utopia. Taught by ISE affiliate Robert Ogman, this five-session seminar will explore the challenges and possibilities of linking visions of emancipation to forms of practical political engagement.

By ISE | September 11th, 2018 | Featured, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

New book on the Kurdish movement

Federico Venturini, an Italian friend of the Institute and recent PhD recipient from the University of Leeds in the UK, has co-edited a new collection, Your Freedom and Mine: Abdullah Öcalan and the Kurdish Question in Erdoğan’s Turkey, now available from Black Rose Books.  The book, co-edited with Thomas Jeffrey Miley, a sociology lecturer at …

Review of Andreas Malm’s The Progress of This Storm

In These Times editor and ISE affiliate Dayton Martindale has written an excellent critical review of eco-Marxist Andreas Malm’s new book on climate change, The Progress of This Storm: Nature and Society in a Warming World.  He argues that by resurrecting a problematic dichotomy between man and nature, Malm’s theoretical and political vision constrains the possibilities of …

By ISE | July 11th, 2018 | Article Archive, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Z.A.D. and the Revenge Against the Commons, by John Jordan

ISE affiliate and longtime activist John Jordan has written an account of the Z.A.D. autonomous territory in Western France that is now under attack by the French state. “As you may well know, Isa and I and our collective the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination moved to the autonomous territory of the zad in western France …

By ISE | May 1st, 2018 | Article Archive, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

New book from Matt Hern

Long-time ISE lecturer Matt Hern has an excellent new book just out, combining an extended travelogue to the center of Canada’s tar sands with an engaging dose of social theory and free-form political commentary.  Here’s what the publisher, MIT Press, says about Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life: A Tar Sands Tale, co-written by …

The ZAD Becomes Compost: LONG LIVE THE ZAD (Zone a Defendre)!

By Beverly Naidus When something you have witnessed, loved and cared for is destroyed and uprooted, whether it is a forest, a species, a community or a culture, it can wreck the spirit. The trauma of these violent actions, informed by greed and ignorance, can ripple out widely, encouraging resistance, but it requires attention. In …

By ISE | April 13th, 2018 | Article Archive, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Ecosocialist Educational Convergence in Germany

Several social ecologists and friends of the ISE are involved with this upcoming program.  We’re sad that the timing overlaps with our own program in Washington State, but this should be an excellent alternative for people in Europe who are not able to make the trip to the U.S.: Ecosocialist Educational Convergence 28 May – …

By ISE | March 19th, 2018 | Events Archive, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

2018 ISE Annual Gathering: Aug. 17-19 Marshfield, VT

The Institute for Social Ecology cordially invites you to our 2018 Annual Gathering for a weekend of engaging political discussion, great food, and socializing in Marshfield, Vermont. The gathering is a unique opportunity to renew the Social Ecology community in person, restore old friendships and make new ones, and connect with like-minded people from around …

By ISE | March 17th, 2018 | Article Archive, Events Archive, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |