Occupy Research Collective Convergence (ORCC): Activism & Research Ethics

Occupy Research Collective Convergence (ORCC): Activism & Research Ethics

10:00-17:00 Saturday June 30th – Pearson Building, University College London, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 6BT (enter from Gower Street).
See here for directions.

  • Are you researching Occupy or contemporary social movements?
  • Are you involved in Occupy or other forms of activism?
  • Are you interested in using research to take action towards creating other possible worlds?
  • Are you keen on research which respects activism?

This one day convergence will focus on the ethics of researching within-and-beyond the Occupy movement. We would like this to be the beginning of an ongoing conversation about the ways in which research can complement, inform, challenge and present social movements and radical politics.

This convergence aims to provide an open space in which to share ideas about the ethics of Occupy, activism and research. The agenda is fluid and will be finalised collectively at the start of the day, but themes might include:

  • The ethics of Occupy and the role of critique in activism.
  • Activism & institutional relationships; within and against the neoliberal university.
  • Consensually researching consensus-based movements; research for/research about; approaching (re)presentation.
  • Participatory methodology; research dissemination and freedom of access; radical publishing; militant research; collaboration and mutual aid in research.

This Convergence is being organised by the Occupy Research Collective. We are an open network of activist-researchers working within and around the Occupy movement. We aim to bring together a broad variety of research and researchers, from students and academics, to social and community researchers working outside academia, to unofficial researchers – anyone interested in thinking and doing research for the sake of activism, knowledge or other purposes. We want to experiment with alternative, collective ways of doing, disseminating and collaborating on research and publishing, helping to counter the increasing neoliberalisation of the university and research environment, and finding new ways to support each other as radical researchers.

The convergence, like the collective, is completely open and free with no booking required. We hope to ‘livestream’ video of the event, so please keep an eye out for more details of that.

In the meantime please join the email list (below) to start sharing and discussing readings. If you have any questions, you can contact us:

By email: occupyresearchcollective@fastmail.co.uk
At our website: https://occupyresearchcollective.wordpress.com
And by joining our mailing list, at: http://groups.google.com/group/reading-occupy

Please distribute this call out widely through your friends, colleagues, activist networks, or university (ask your school admin to forward it to all students!).

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3 Responses to Occupy Research Collective Convergence (ORCC): Activism & Research Ethics

  1. Stephen Vilaseca says:

    Reblogged this on urbanculturalstudies and commented:
    For those of you who are in London or who will be there at the end of June, this meeting concerning the intersection of academia and activism might be of interest.

  2. Graham Smith says:

    Apologies that I won’t make it as I’d hoped. Undertaking some interviews this weekend and hoping to meet up again with Diggers2012 http://diggers2012.wordpress.com/. I’d liked to have raised some of the ethical issues emerging amongst oral historians working with, and in, the occupy movements. See http://occupyoralhistory.wordpress.com/ But I guess I’ll need to leave to next time or better still maybe other oral historians will pith up and contribute to the discussion. Anyway have a great convergence.

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