For last year's AGG meetings, a group of us were looking for a way to work on a project together. We came up with a mini-conference around the theme 'living beyond the warfare-welfare complex', a phrase that encompassed all of our individual projects and spoke to some of our political commitments and desires. The mini-conference format that we chose for the project's first phase was great for providing us a way to meet with each other and collaborate at the conference, generating a good deal of excitement and energy.
After this first phase of the experiment, we would like to make the project less centralized and more democratic. For the next year's AAG, we envision a more diffuse community-in-formation using the AGG as a soundboard. The AGG is a project, not a membership organization, and is independent from the AAG. AGG is a working group that collaborates our independent works, illuminating the life and death connections between militarism, racism, sexism, capitalism, the state, and politics. We aim to create activist research that honors struggles for survival and dignity and helps create a better world. We invite anyone who shares the overarching political goals and desire to experiment with forms of knowledge creation and representation to join the AGG listserve and propose projects that you would like to work on or are already planning during the time of the AAG meetings in Chicago.
These can range from the formal AAG sessions (which bring us together in Chicago after all), to events or (de)tours, or confabs, etc., or anything else you're up to.
Activist Geographers Grouping would like to invite you to join in phase two of the AGG project. Please also forward this invitation on to anyone else whom you think would like to be involved in this project. You may join the sounding board at: http://groups.yahoo....istgeographers/.
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Posted 26 September 2005 - 01:18 AM
This has been posted here and there, I got this from the Geowanking mailing list...
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