Chapter 1: Online Programme
Discussion Series

July–September 2020

The first chapter of Struggles for Sovereignty (SFS) was a 9-week online programme, consisting of discussions, sharing sessions, and a reading group. We engaged communities from Indonesia and other parts of the world to address current and persistent social and ecological urgencies (which the Covid-19 pandemic made even more apparent) as a tool to distribute research, start conversations and generate solidarity. 

The online programme spanned a sharing session with collective and community kitchens, developed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic; conversations on eco-feminist practices and futures; a look at initiatives that mobilize rural histories for social justice and land rights; alternative farming and shepherding schools; the use of alternative / DIY technologies in climate resistance and land stewardship; and the connections between ecological justice and decoloniality. All events took place on Zoom and were live streamed via Facebook or YouTube. Please find the recordings of the discussion series below.

Discussion Series

And Their Lands Were Transformed into Zones of Pure Extraction
by Irmgard Emmelheinz, Hendro Sangkoyo and Syafiatudina

A conversation with Hendro Sangkoyo, founder and principal of the School for Democratic Economics (SDE, Jakarta); and writer Irmgard Emmelhainz (Mexico), whose 2016 essay “Decolonisation as the Horizon of Political Action” (2016, ‘Eflux’) provided us with the title for this event. In this...

Chapter 1: Online Programme Discussion Series
Chapter 1: Online Programme Discussion Series

Discussion Series

Alternative Technology and Social-Ecological Justice
by Komunitas Drone DIY and Lifepatch - citizen initiative for art, science and technology

A conversation between Timbil Budiarto, member of Lifepatch - citizen initiative for art, science and technology, a multidisciplinary community that invites its members and anyone interested, to investigate their surroundings through DIY and DIWO (Do It With Others) approaches; and Radjawali...

Chapter 1: Online Programme Discussion Series
Chapter 1: Online Programme Discussion Series

Discussion Series

Seeding the Future Together, Part 2: INLAND
by Struggles for Sovereignty

Friday, 14 August 2020, 16.00-17.30 (+7 GMT) Language: English   For the second discussion in our two part mini-series "Seeding the Future Together", looking at alternative agroecological education and production communities, we were joined by Fernando García-Dory, artist and founder...

Chapter 1: Online Programme Discussion Series
Chapter 1: Online Programme Discussion Series

Discussion Series

Seeding the Future Together: Part 1
by Sekolah Tani Muda and Sekolah Pagesangan

‘Seeding the Future Together: Part 1’ was the first in our two part mini-series looking at alternative education initiatives for farming and rural skills. Speakers were Qomar, activist at Sekolah Tani Muda (SEKTIMUDA, “School for Young Farmers”, Yogyakarta, Indonesia) and Diah Widuretno,...

Chapter 1: Online Programme Discussion Series
Chapter 1: Online Programme Discussion Series

Discussion Series

Ecology, Resistance and Gender
by Marwa Arsanios, Lian Gogali and Brigitta Isabella

An online talk about ecology, environmental struggle, resistance, subsistence and gender, which included a presentation by artist Marwa Arsanios (Beirut, Lebanon) about “Convention of women farmers and ecological feminists” (2019), an assembly she organised in 2019 as part of the Warsaw...

Chapter 1: Online Programme Discussion Series
Chapter 1: Online Programme Discussion Series

Discussion Series

Indigenous and Situated Knowledges
by AMAN (Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara), Kasepuhan Ciptagelar and Lisistrata Lusandiana

This event addressed how local and situated knowledges of Indigenous communities are often dismissed in the face of development and modernity. We invited Gilung Talang Mamak from AMAN Indragiri Hulu (the Indragiri Hulu branch of the “The Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago”,...

Chapter 1: Online Programme Discussion Series
Chapter 1: Online Programme Discussion Series

Discussion Series

Mobilizing Rural Histories: community, land and economies for the commons
by Company Drinks and Badan Kajian Pertanahan

A discussion with artist Kathrin Böhm, co-founder of the community drinks enterprise Company Drinks (London, UK) and the artist duo Badan Kajian Pertanahan (Wates, Jatiwangi, Indonesia). Although coming from very different contexts, both groups mobilize specific rural histories rooted in the land...

Chapter 1: Online Programme Discussion Series
Chapter 1: Online Programme Discussion Series

Discussion Series

Solidarity Initiatives and Food Security Tactics during the Pandemic
by Dapur Umum Kolektif, Masak Untuk Kawan and Panen Apa Hari Ini

The first event in our online programme was a sharing session with individual, collective, community kitchens and alternative distribution platforms connecting farmers directly to consumers in the city, all set up as a form of solidarity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Civil solidarity initiatives...

Chapter 1: Online Programme Discussion Series
Chapter 1: Online Programme Discussion Series