I am actively engaged with audiences and end-users outside academia, and welcome opportunities to work with social movement activists, artists and communities.
I have been invited to be part of an European project titled – The Art of Organising Hope (TAOH) – after the subtitle of my book The politics of Autonomy in Latin America: The art of Organising Hope , where I connect social movements’ activity with the category of hope, and explore the process of resistance and creation of alternative practices and discourses in Latin America. They were inspired by my project and wanted to do the same in Europe. This TAOH project led by the Artists’ Group Victoria Deluxe, a social artistic workplace in Ghent, Belgium, produced an inventory of innovative practices and original initiatives breaking with the capitalistic logic of the market and neoliberalism. In their words: “Under the name The Art of Organising Hope, we want to start up a mobilization project. A project arising from the desire to search Europe for discourses and practices that embody alternatives for the existing world order”
“Europe is bursting with activist and hopeful citizens, but their actions too often remain under the radar. With The Art of Organising Hope we want to connect these islands of hope in Europe, in a way that they can inspire and reinforce each other. This is why, from 8 to 11/11/2018, we’re bringing together eighty European changemakers in Ghent, for an alternative European summit”.
Founded in 1982, CESDER Mexico is a non-governmental organisation operating in the communities of Zautla-Ixtacamaxtitlán in the North of the State of Puebla, Mexico. They promote specialised professional training at graduate and postgraduate levels using alternative pedagogy and methods based on learning from experience and on conversational processes in a learning community. http://compromisoporlaeducacion.mx/promocion-y-desarrollo-social-a-c-cesder/
The masters involved are Pedagogy of the Subject and Educational Practice, Practical Narratives and Community Work, and Agroecology, Territory and Food Sovereignty.
I took part in a round table discussion, and ran several seminars for 70 master’s students, I engaged in conversations with local people and community developers about how to organise hope, namely how to create concrete alternatives towards a better world where people can co-exist in peace and live with dignity. As part of the Summer School, students put forward their own interpretation of TAOH using narratives, prose, poetry, music, puppet show, performance and artwork. I provided feedback and a musical performance to thank them for their work and the experience at CESDER-UCIRED.
“I am delighted to have had Dr Dinerstein with us this summer. It is a dream come true. I feel emotional because her ideas about concrete utopia, hope movements and the art of organising hope are helping us to understand both indigenous and non-indigenous people resistance and struggles for our territory, culture in a context of hardship, here in Mexico. Her work helps us understand how to create alternative 'real' worlds in Latin America." Benjamin Berlanga, Director CESDER.
I run a British Academy-sponsored Writing Workshop titled Writing for An Other World: Building Transnational Relations in Post-Capitalist, Post-Development and Post-Patriarchal Social Research
I run a British Academy-sponsored Writing Workshop titled Writing for An Other World: Building Transnational Relations in Post-Capitalist, Post-Development and Post-Patriarchal Social Research at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico, from 17 to 21 September 2018. It was coordinated by Sarah Amsler (University of Nottingham) and Raquel Gutiérrez (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla).
It brought researchers and activists together with writers and journal editors from the United Kingdom to explore strategies for publishing daring ideas that venture beyond dominant epistemologies and forms of expression. It was designed to support newer researchers using critical, feminist and creative methodologies to understand forms of social reproduction and transformation that challenge capitalist, colonial and patriarchal models of theory and development practice.Participants worked with each other as well as with experienced editors of academic journals and representatives of Latin American Council of Social Sciences (Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales) and the Institute of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (Instituto de Estudios de America Latina y el Caribe).