Friday, March 12, 2021 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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Presenters: Heather Hax (York) & Dr. Abdallah Hendawy (Mason)
Join us as we hear about and discuss research carried out by advanced PhD students, faculty, postdocs, and movement based activist scholars. This workshop is a new collaborative exchange between academic institutions with specialties in disciplined social movement research.
Heather Hax is a PhD candidate in Sociology at York University in Toronto whose work focuses on worker cooperatives and anti-capitalist social transformation. Currently residing in Baltimore, Heather teaches Sociology at Towson University, is a member of the zero-waste team with the South Baltimore Community Land Trust and is an elder ally with Sunrise Movement Baltimore.
This talk will focus on the resource considerations and constraints of individual worker cooperatives, as well as the worker cooperative movement writ large. Like other social movements, worker cooperatives and the cooperative movement have treated resource constraints as collective action problem – and as a result has developed a series of institutional formations and strategies to address them. These constraints and corresponding strategies will be outlined and evaluated. Central to my question is their potential to prefigure non-extractive, post/anti-capitalist lending structures.
Abdallah Hendawy, Ph.D., specializes in the study of mass mobilization and social movements with a particular focus on radicalization and violent insurgency in the Middle East. He has been actively engaged in several grassroots organizations, managed transnational action movements, and continues to provide analyses of regional developments for several think tanks, international organizations, and other global platforms.
Within the last ten years, Egypt has seen the rise and demise of a revolution, a brief era of democratic reform, and the reinstatement of a military dictatorship. Intertwined with these changes in state governance are the stories of thousands of activists, many of whom have lost their lives or lost their freedom and others who have abandoned an earlier commitment to nonviolence in favor of violent insurgency as a means to continue their protest. The focus of my discussion is on the last group (those who have transformed from nonviolent activist to violent insurgent) and my goal is to illustrate the human aspect of radicalization, focusing on the discreet, human, emotional experiences that prompt the change from non-violence to violence. It is within this context that I explore how rage and revenge played a central role in the radicalization of activists in post-revolutionary Egypt.