Please Note: this Pre-conference Is Divided into Two Half-day Sessions:


Morning Panels

8:30 am – 12:30 pm Chaired by Shahrzad Mojab & Kiran Mirchandani (University of Toronto) and Bob Hill (University of Georgia)

8:30 am - Welcome and Opening Introduction to the Pre-Conference: Shahrzad Mojab, Kiran Mirchandani, and Bob Hill

9:00 am - 12: 30 pm. Half-Day Panel Sessions on "Theories of Transnationalism"

9:00 am -10:30 am: Transnational theory and praxis (invited speakers from various disciplines to discuss the key ideas and theories). Kiran, Session Chair.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Transnationalism and Adult Education (invited speakers from various disciplines to discuss the key ideas and theories). Shahrzad, Session Chair and introduce session.

12:30 pm - Lunch Break


1:15 pm - 4:20 pm. Half-Day Paper Session on "Radical Activism and Popular Education"

1:15 pm - 1:30 pm: Introduction "Emergence of a 'New' New Social Movement: Radical Activism as Adult Education Practice" – Bob Hill

Three juried papers (30 minutes each with 20 minutes for Q&A, and time to transition to next speaker). For the Call for Paper Proposals, email:

1:30 - 2:30 pm. Paper 1 – To be announced

2:30 - 3:30 pm. Paper 2 “

3:30 - 4:20 pm. Paper 3 “

4:20 pm - 5: 00 pm. Closing Session

Group discussion and summation of both Half-Day sessions. Focus on action agenda.


Radical Activism and Popular Education: The Emergence of A ‘New’ New Social Movement Organizer: Bob Hill, University of Georgia

“One brave deed is worth a thousand books. Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul” Edward Abbey, Beyond the Wall: Essays from the Outside

Social theorists have identified a ‘new’ new social movement, called the ‘convergence movement,’ which is sustained by convergence activism/direct action/civil disobedience. This ‘new’ new social movement is based on multiple-issues of social justice, and has been prompted by such factors as globalization, the shifting boundaries between public and private space, the growing income disparity, a nascent U.S. Empire, the emergence of new identities, resistance to invisibility, and new technologies. It is about dignity and the refusal to accept humiliation, oppression, exploitation, dehumanization.

This movement represents the explosiveness of social tensions building over world capitalism, U.S. Imperialism, and neo-liberal market policies. Sites of convergence have been Geneva (1998) and Seattle (1999), etc., and radical actions are occurring at the local level. It focuses on reconceptualizing 'truth' as local, personal, and community specific while acknowledging that what happens locally can transform global politics, and, what happens globally has local implications. The term 'glocal' is used to describe the new intersection of local and global concerns. Glocalization means that every local action has a global component. Popular and adult education are at the heart of the radical convergence movement.

The organizing theme of the afternoon session is ‘activism as adult education practice and its relationship to popular education.’ This session is an opportunity for activist-scholars and

activist-intellectuals (both inside and outside of academia) doing radical, intersectional, multi-issue justice work to come together to explore the role of popular education/activism in building a more equitable world.

Papers focussed on anti-globalization, environmental justice, Queer activism, the social construction of whiteness, Third Wave feminism, anti-capitalism, animal rights, and Peace—Or that contest Empire building, the ‘war on terrorism,’ militarism including the war in Iraq, racism, sexism, ethnocentrism, xenophobia, bigotry, and discrimination based on age, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation/gender identity, creed, native language, and other forms of oppression are particularly encouraged.


(E.G. FILM, POETRY): • Fifty minutes (50 min.) each, including 20 minutes for Q & A

• For proposals, submit: Name of author(s)/presenter(s);


Mailing address(es); Email address(es); Phone number(s); Title of Presentation; AV requests; and an Abstract (no more than 250 words) • Spacing, margins, font, and other formatting for all written submissions should follow AERC guidelines. for details on formatting

• The deadline for submission of proposals for the Afternoon Session is:

March 1, 2004

• Accepted authors will be notified by: March 31, 2004

• Please send proposals by email, in PC format (MicroSoft WORD preferred), to:

; Bob Hill (University of Georgia) at

• Accepted authors must submit (by email) a 6 page written paper, following AERC guidelines by April 30, 2004


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