Aziz Choudry

Title: 
Dr.
Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor

Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Social Movement Learning and Knowledge Production

 

Contact Information
Address: 

Education Room 314
(514) 398-4527 Ext. 00952

Email address: 
aziz.choudry [at] mcgill.ca
Department: 
Department of Integrated Studies in Education
Area of expertise: 
  • Social movement learning; informal education; popular education; critical adult education; community education; labour education;
  • The construction and production of knowledge(s) in social movements and community organizations, NGOs, trade unions and im/migrant workers’ organizations;
  • Research for social change; activist/community research, institutional ethnography/political activist ethnography;
  • Community/activist archives, histories and documentation;
  • Anti-racist education; global education;
  • Anti-colonial, Third World, and Indigenous thought/scholarship; critical race feminism;
  • Globalization and the political economy of international aid, trade and development.
Current research: 

My research focuses on learning in social action and knowledge production in activist/social movement milieus. I am interested in examining issues of power, knowledge and social relations in local and transnational community organizing, NGO, trade union and social movement networks, and histories, knowledge and theory ‘from below’. I explore questions of education, learning, 'development', social justice and resistance through a critical, interdisciplinary, anti-colonial lens which connects theory to practice. I also work on immigrant and migrant labour issues.

Besides currently holding a Canada Research Chair in social movement learning and knowledge production, I was principal investigator on a recently-completed Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) standard research grant, ‘Exploring the role of activist research non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in research and knowledge production for social action’.  I have also recently held a SSHRC Connection Grant, entitled  'Unfree labour? Struggles of migrant and immigrant workers in Canada' (2013-2014), and a Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie (MESRST) Fonds des services aux collectivités grant ‘Histoire et culture de la diaspora caribéenne au Québec: préparation d’outils éducatifs pour les intervenants jeunesses communautaires’, in partnership with le Centre international de documentation et d’information haïtienne, caribéenne et afro-canadienne (CIDIHCA), Montreal (2012-2014). 

I have been involved in a range of social, political and environmental justice movements, activist groups and organizations, as well as independent media for many years. I remain engaged in a variety of popular education, trade union education, and activist research work. Thus my research and teaching commitments are balanced with, and informed by this history and my current community, movement and social justice engagements, which include serving on the boards of the Immigrant Workers Centre (Montreal), and the Global Justice Ecology Project, and helping to run the open-publishing website, bilaterals.org.

I have served as Board Member/North America Regional Representative, Research Committee on Labour Movements (RC44), International Sociological Association since 2010. I currently serve on the editorial boards of several academic journals, namely The journal of labor and societyStudies in Political EconomyEducation as Change, and Socialist Studies

I am a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation (CERT) in the Faculty of Education, at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, and an advisory committee member of the Global Labour Research Centre, York University, Toronto.

During 2017, I finished work on a co-edited collection, entitled Reflections on Knowledge, Learning and Social Movements: History's Schools  (with Salim Vally, Centre for Education Rights and Transformation, Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg), related to my CRC program of research. By exploring how activists actively participate in developing and sharing critical histories, analyses of power and injustice, and alternative visions of social change by political engagement with historical materials, ideas and practices produced in earlier periods of social and political struggles, this international collection aims to advance understandings about relationships between learning, knowledge production, history and social change. Six chapters deal with South Africa’s rich history of social movements, reflecting the breadth and diversity of progressive social movements there, while others explore historical knowledge and learning in struggles in other parts of the world, including Argentina, Iran, Britain, Palestine, and the US. In addition to our book project together, a South African edition of which will be published by UKZN Press in the second half of 2018, Dr Vally and I are co-editing a special themed issue of the journal Education As Change, for mid-2018 publication, entitled "Learning from, in, and with independent community and activist archives: The past in our present and future".

I am currently finishing an edited collection, entitled Activists and the surveillance state: Learning from repression (forthcoming with Pluto Press). This is a multi-country, critical collection on learning and resistance which centres the knowledge produced by activists subject to state (and state-corporate) surveillance, infiltration and repression in 'liberal democracies' and brings it into dialogue with critically engaged scholarship.  The collection includes country-specific chapters by activists and critically-engaged academics on Canada, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Australia, South Africa, the US, and the UK.  As well as extending scholarship on social movement learning, it aims to contribute towards understanding the relationship between these security practices, and the nature and power of states and capital, connecting historical experiences with the present. I am also in the early stages of planning a book on activist research which draws upon my earlier SSHRC-funded project.

I am at the early stages of work on a co-edited book on community education in South Africa (with Ivor Baatjes, Centre for Integrated Post-School Education and Training, Nelson Mandela University). I have also commenced work on a co-authored manuscript (with Radha D’Souza, School of Law, University of Westminster), provisionally entitled "Searching for democracy, resisting imperialism".

 

Research projects (links)

Selected publications: 

 

Books

Choudry, A., and Vally, S. (Eds.). (2018). Reflections on Knowledge. Learning and Social Movements: History's Schools. (15 chapters). Abingdon and New York: Routledge. 

Choudry, A., and Smith, A.A. (Eds.). (2016). Unfree labour? Struggles of migrant and immigrant workers in Canada. (12 chapters). Oakland, CA: PM Press.

Choudry, A., and Hlatshwayo, M. (Eds.). (2016). Just Work? Migrant workers’ struggles today (12 chapters). London:  Pluto Press.

Choudry, A. (2015). Learning Activism: The intellectual life of contemporary social movements. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Choudry, A., and Kapoor, D. (Eds.).  (2013). NGOization: Complicity, Contradictions and Prospects. (10 chapters). London: Zed Books.

Choudry, A., Hanley, J., and Shragge, E. (Eds.). (2012). Organize! Building from the local for global justice. (22 chapters). Oakland.CA/Toronto.: PM Press/Between The Lines.

Choudry, A., and Kapoor, D. (Eds.). (2010). Learning from the ground up: Global Perspectives on social movements and knowledge production. (14 chapters). New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

Choudry, A., Hanley, J., Jordan, S., Shragge, E., and Stiegman, M. (2009). Fight Back: Workplace Justice for Immigrants. Halifax: Fernwood.

                       

 

 

Book chapters

Choudry, A. (in advanced state of preparation). Crisis, continuity and change: Global migration/Global capitalism. In Hanley, J., Larios, L., and Batac, M. (Eds.).  A Question of Caring: Families and Communities on the Front-lines of Contemporary Migration.

Choudry, A. (in advanced state of preparation). Social movement knowledge production. In Trifonas, P. (Ed.). International Handbook of Cultural Studies and Education Reader. Springer. 

Choudry, A. (in advanced state of preparation). Lessons learnt, lessons lost: Pedagogies of repression, thoughtcrime, and the sharp edge of state power. In Choudry, A. (Ed.). Activists and the surveillance state: Learning from repression. London: Pluto Press.

Choudry, A. (submitted/under review). Research from the ground up: Learning from activist research practice. Hussey, I., and Bisaillon, L. (Eds.). Activist Ethnography. (Manuscript submitted to Athabasca University Press).

Rochat, D., Young, K., Villefranche, M., and Choudry, A. (forthcoming). Maison d’Haïti’s collaborative archive project: archiving a community of records. In Bastian, J. A., and Flinn, A. (Eds.).Community Archives, volume two: Sustaining Memory. London: Facet.

Choudry, A., Henaway, M., and Salamanca Cardona, M. (forthcoming, 2019). Organizing migrant and immigrant workers in Quebec. In Fouskas, T. (Ed.). Immigrants and refugees in times of crisis. Athens: European Public Law Organization.

Choudry, A., Henaway, M., and Shragge, E. (forthcoming). Learning and Leadership in organizing temporary agency workers. In Cooper, L. and Hamilton. S. (Eds.). Renewing/Revitalising Workers’ Education. Pretoria: HSRC Press.

Choudry, A., and Rochat. D. (forthcoming). Reading lineages of migration and resistance through Montreal's community archives. In Tormey, J., and Whiteley, G. (Eds.). Arts, politics and the pamphleteer. London: Bloomsbury.

Choudry, A., and Henaway, M. (forthcoming). Back to the future? Continuity and change in migrant worker struggles.  In Kowalchuk, L., and Levine-Rasky, C. (Eds.). We resist: Defending the common good in hostile times. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.

Choudry, A., and Vally. S. (2018). History's schools: Past struggles and present realities. In Choudry, A., and Vally, S. (Eds.). Reflections on knowledge, learning and social movements: History's schools (pp.1-17). Abingdon and New York: Routledge.

Choudry, A., and Smith, A. A. (2016). Introduction: Unfree labour? Struggles of migrant and immigrant workers in Canada. In Choudry, A., and Smith, A. A. (Eds.). Unfree labour? Struggles of migrant and immigrant workers in Canada (pp.1-21). Oakland, CA.: PM Press.

Choudry, A. (2016). Shifting the margins: Learning, knowledge production and social action in migrant and immigrant worker organizing. In Mizzi, R., Rocco, T., and Shore, S. (Eds.). Disrupting Adult and Community Education: Teaching, Learning, and Working in the Periphery (pp. 193-209). New York: SUNY Press.

Choudry, A., and Hlatshwayo, M.  (2016). Just Work? Migrant workers, capitalist globalisation and resistance. In Choudry, A, and Hlatshwayo, M. (Eds.). Just Work? Migrant workers’ struggles today (pp. 1-18). London:  Pluto Press.

Choudry, A., and Henaway, M. (2016). Temporary employment agency workers in Montreal: immigrant and migrant workers’ struggles in Canada. In Choudry, A, and Hlatshwayo, M. (Eds.). Just Work? Migrant workers’ struggles today (pp. 230-249). London:  Pluto Press.

Choudry, A. (2015). Neoliberal immigration and Temporary Foreign Worker Programs in a time of economic crisis: Local/global struggles. In Caouette, D., and Kapoor, D. (Eds.). Challenging Colonization, Development and Globalization: Social Movement & Critical Perspectives (pp. 124-144).  London: Zed Books.

Choudry, A. (2015). NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations). In Ness, I., and Cope, Z. (Eds.). The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism (pp. 1336-45)New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Choudry, A. (2014). Examining the disconnect between mass mobilizations and international trade union/NGO networks in struggles over bilateral free trade and investment agreements. In Bieler, A., Ciccaglione, B., Hilary, J., and Lindberg, I. (Eds.). Free trade and transnational labour (pp. 107-117). New York and London: Routledge.

Choudry, A., and Kapoor, D.  (2013). Introduction: NGOization: Complicity, Contradictions and Prospects. In Choudry, A., and Kapoor, D. (Eds.). NGOization: Complicity, Contradictions and Prospects (pp.1-23). London: Zed Books.

Choudry, A. (2013). Saving biodiversity, for whom and for what? Conservation NGOs, complicity, colonialism and conquest in an era of capitalist globalization. In Choudry, A., and Kapoor, D. (Eds.). NGOization: Complicity, Contradictions and Prospects (pp.24-44). London: Zed Books.

Choudry, A. (2012). Building counter-power from the ground up: Contesting NGOization through social movement learning and knowledge production. In Hall, B.L., Clover, D. E., Crowther, J. and Scandrett, E. (Eds.). Learning and education for a better world: the role of social movements (pp.141-154). Rotterdam: Sense.

Choudry, A., Hanley, J., and Shragge, E. (2012). Introduction: Organize! Looking back, thinking ahead. In Choudry, A., Hanley, J., and Shragge, E. (Eds.)  Organize! Building from the local for global justice (pp.1-22).  Oakland.CA/Toronto.: PM Press/Between The Lines.

Choudry, A., and Kuyek, D. (2012). Activist research: Mapping power relations, informing struggles. In Choudry, A., Hanley, J., and Shragge, E. (Eds.).  Organize! Building from the local for global justice (pp.23-34). Oakland.CA/Toronto.: PM Press/Between The Lines.

Choudry, A. and Shragge, E. (2012). Disciplining dissent: NGOs and community organizations. In Montesinos Coleman, L., and Tucker, K. (Eds.). Situating Global Resistance: Between Discipline and Dissent (pp.109-123). London: Routledge.

Choudry, A., and Thomas, M. (2012). Organizing migrant and immigrant workers in Canada. In Ross, S, and Savage, L. (Eds.). Rethinking the politics of labour in Canada (pp. 171-183). Halifax and Winnipeg: Fernwood.

Choudry, A. (2011). Learning in struggle, sharing knowledge: Building resistance to bilateral FTAs. In Kapoor, D. (Ed.).  Critical Perspectives on Neoliberal Globalization, development and education in Africa and Asia/Pacific (pp.31-48). Rotterdam: Sense.

Choudry, A. (2010). Against the flow:  Maori knowledge and self-determination struggles confront neoliberal globalization in Aotearoa/New Zealand. In Kapoor, D and Shizha, E. (Eds.). Indigenous knowledge and learning in Asia and Africa: Perspectives on development, education and culture (pp.47-62). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Choudry, A., and Kapoor, D. (2010). Learning from the ground up: Global perspectives on social movements and knowledge production. In Choudry, A. and Kapoor, D. (Eds.). Learning from the ground up: Global perspectives on knowledge production in social movements (pp. 1-13)New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Choudry, A. (2010). Global justice? Contesting NGOization: Knowledge politics and containment in anti-globalization networks. In Choudry, A. and Kapoor, D. (Eds.). Learning from the ground up: Global perspectives on knowledge production in social movements, (pp.17-34)New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Choudry, A. (2009). Challenging colonial amnesia in social justice activism. In Kapoor, D. (Ed.). Education, decolonization and development: Perspectives from Asia, Africa and the Americas (pp. 95-110). Rotterdam: Sense.

Choudry, A. (2007). Not under the same sky: Bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs), agriculture and food sovereignty. In Satyanarayana Prasad, P. (Ed.). RTAs and FTAs – Legal Perspectives (pp.199-242). Hyderabad, India: Amicus Books/Icfai University Press.

Journal articles

Choudry, A. and Rochat, D. (2015, Fall). Doctoral Studies: What has radical adult education got to do with it? In Heaney, T. and Ramdeholl, D. (Eds.). Special issue, New Directions in Adult and Continuing Education, 147Reimaging Doctoral Education as a Practice of Adult Education, 35-45.

Choudry, A. (2014). From struggle knowledge and movement learning to the university classroom. Post-Colonial Directions in Education, 3 (2), 252-291.

Choudry, A. (2014). Activist research for education and social movement mobilization. Post-Colonial Directions in Education, 3 (1)88-121.

Choudry, A. (2014). (Almost) everything you always wanted to know about activist research but were afraid to ask: What activist researchers say about theory and methodologyContention: The multidisciplinary journal of social protest, 1 (2), 75-88.

Choudry, A., and Henaway, M. (2014). Temporary agency worker organizing in an era of contingent employment.  Global Labour Journal, 5 (1). 1-22.

Choudry, A. (2014). Examining the disconnect between mass mobilizations and international trade union/NGO networks in struggles over bilateral free trade and investment agreementsGlobalizations, 11 (1), 107-117.

Choudry, A. (2014). Activist research and organising: Blurring the boundaries, challenging the binariesInternational Journal of Lifelong Education. 33:4, 472-489.

Choudry, A. (2013). Activist Research Practice:  Exploring research and knowledge production for social actionSocialist Studies, 9 (1), 128-151.

Choudry, A., and Thomas, M. (2013). Labour struggles for workplace justice: Migrant and immigrant worker organizing in CanadaJournal of Industrial Relations, 55 (2), 212-226.

Choudry, A. (2013). Struggles against bilateral FTAs: Challenges for transnational global justice activismStudies in Social Justice, 6 (II)157-175.

Choudry, A., and Henaway, M. (2012). Agents of misfortune: Contextualizing migrant and immigrant workers' struggles against temporary labour recruitment agencies. Labour, Capital and Society, 45 (1), 36-64.

Choudry, A. (2011). On knowledge production, learning and research in struggle. Alternate Routes, 23, 175-194.

Choudry, A. and Shragge, E. (2011). Disciplining dissent: NGOs and community organizationsGlobalizations, 8:4, 503-517.

Choudry, A. (2010). What’s left? Canada’s ‘global justice’ movement and colonial amnesia. Race and Class, 52:1, 97-102.

Choudry, A. (2010). Fighting FTAs, Educating for action:  The challenges of building resistance to bilateral free trade agreements. Journal for Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences, 2: 1, 281-308.

Choudry, A. (2010). Troubling the proletarianization of Mexican immigrant students in an era of neoliberal immigration. Cultural Studies of Science Education 5, 2, 423-434.

Choudry, A. (2010). A Not-So-Flat World? Dominant and alternative accounts of globalization. Journal of Business and Technical Communication 24:3, 382-397.

Choudry, A., Hanley, J., Jordan, S., Shragge, E., and Stiegman, M. (2009). Respect et résistance. Revue du CREMIS, 2 (4), 7-14.

Baltodano, C., Choudry, A., Hanley, J., Jordan, S., Shragge, E., and Stiegman, M. (2007). Becoming an immigrant worker: Learning in everyday lifeCanadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education 20 (2), 99-113.

Choudry, A. (2007). Transnational coalition politics and the de/colonization of pedagogies of mobilization: Learning from Indigenous movement articulations against neo-liberalismInternational Education, 37, (1), 97-112.

Other publications

Choudry, A. (2017, 19 October). Toplumsal hareketlerin entelektüel emeği. Sendika.org. (Translated by Banu Servetoğlu)

Choudry, A. (2017, July). Montreal's Immigrant Workers Centre, In Critical Solidarity, American Sociological Association (ASA) Labor and Labor Movement newsletter, 15:2, 3-5.

Choudry, A (2017, February-March). Knowledge is power, Red Pepper Magazine No.212,13-15.

Choudry, A. (2017, 23 January). Migrant workers: Unfree labour in the 21st Century. Guest article, In the Diaspora column, Stabroek News (Guyana).

Choudry, A.  (2016, November). Migrant workers and global capitalism. Muslim Matters (South Africa), 4.

Choudry, A. (September/October 2016). The intellectual labour of social movements. Briarpatch Magazine, 16-20.

Choudry, A.  (2016, Summer). Taking Struggle Knowledge Seriously: Critical Adult Education, Social Movement Learning and the Intellectual Work of Activism. In Explorations in Adult Higher Education: An Occasional paper series: Learning in and out of the University (Number 4, pp-47-61New York: SUNY Empire State College.

Choudry, A. (2015, 12 October). Learning from the ground up: Education for change. Guest article, In the Diaspora column, Stabroek News (Guyana). 

Choudry, A. (2015, July). Learning against the grain: Activist knowledge, education and research. Post-School Education Review, 2 (1), 2-3. (Education Policy Consortium, South Africa).

Choudry, A. (2014, December). The role of students and academics in community strugglesPost-School Education Review, 1 (2), 34. (Education Policy Consortium, South Africa).

Choudry, A., and Bleakney, D. (2013). Education and knowledge production in workers’ struggles at a time of “austerity”. Forum. McGill Journal of Education, 48 (3), 569-586.

Austin, D., Choudry, A., D’Souza, R., and Thobani, S. (2013, May). Reflections on Fanon’s legacyInterface, 5.1, 128 - 150.

Choudry, A., and Shragge, E. (2013, Spring). The 2012 student strike: Many lessons were learned and taught. Social Policy, 43 (1). 11-14.

Choudry, A. (2012, June). Avec nous, dans la rue: Pedagogy of mobilization, university of the streetsWi: Journal of Mobile Media, 6 (2).

Choudry, A. (2010). Resisting bilateral free trade and investment agreements, Labour Movements Research Committee (RC 44), (International Sociological Association) newsletter, 4: 3, 4-6.

Choudry, A., Mahrouse, G., and Shragge, E. (2008, May/June). Neither reasonable nor accommodating. Canadian Dimension, 42: 3, 16-18.

Choudry, A. (2008). Migration and Free Trade Agreements: “Free trade”, neoliberal immigration and the globalization of guestworker programs. International Migrants Alliance 2008 Founding Assembly Documents (pp. 21-30). Hong Kong: International Migrants Alliance.

Edited Journals

Education as Change, 22 (2). (forthcoming, 2018). (co-edited with Salim Vally, Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg). Special issue: Learning from, in, and with independent community and activist archives: The past in our present and future.

McGill Journal of Education, 48 (3). (2013) (co-edited with David Bleakney, National representative, Education, Canadian Union of Postal Workers). Special Issue: Worker education, labour learning: Tensions and lessons.

Interface, 5 (1). (May 2013). (co-edited with Lesley Wood, Department of Sociology, York University, and Mandisi Majavu, Department of Political Studies, University of Auckland).Struggles, strategies and analysis of anticolonial and postcolonial social movements.

Labour, Capital and Society, 45 (1). (2012). (co-edited with Thomas Collombat, Département des sciences sociales, Université du Québec en Outaouais). Special Issue: New voices on labour precarity and resistance

McGill Journal of Education, 44 (1), Winter 2009. Guest editor. Special Issue: Learning in social action: Knowledge production in social movements.

Book reviews 

Choudry, A. (forthcoming). Natalie Fenton. Digital, Political, Radical. Cambridge: Polity Press. Socialist Studies.

Choudry, A. (2018). Irene Watson (Ed.). Indigenous Peoples as subjects of International Law. Abingdon and New York: Routledge. Alternate Routes.

Choudry, A. (2016). Suvendrini Perera and Sherene Razack (Eds.). At the limits of justice: Women of color theorize terror. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Socialist Studies, 11 (1), 263-265.

Choudry, A. (Fall 2013). Akira Suzuki (Ed.). Cross-National Comparisons of Social Movement Unionism: Diversities of Labour Movement Revitalization in Japan, Korea and the United States. Bern: Peter Lang 2012. Labour/Le Travail, 73, 406-408.

Choudry, A. (2012). Paul Bowles and John Harriss (Eds.). Globalization and Labour in China and India: Impacts and Responses. Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010. Labour, Capital and Society, 44 (2), 189-193.

Choudry, A. (2012). Shinichi Shigetomi and Kumiko Makino. (Eds.), Protest and social movements in the developing world. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. Labour, Capital and Society, 44 (1), 204-207.

Choudry, A. (2012). Himani Bannerji. Demography and Democracy: Essays on Nationalism, Gender and Ideology. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press. Socialist Studies (Winter 2012), 314-316.

Choudry, A. (2011). Hamid Dabashi. Brown Skin, White Masks. London: Pluto. Cultural and Pedagogical Inquiry, 3 (1), 40-42.

Choudry, A. (2011). Robyn Rodriguez. Migrants for Export: How the Philippine State Brokers Labor to the World: University of Minnesota Press. Labour/Le Travail, 68, 234-236.

Choudry, A. (2011). Malek Abisaab. Militant Women of a Fragile Nation. Syracuse, NY.: Syracuse University Press. Labour/Le Travail, 67, 277-280.

Choudry, A. (2010). Parin Dossa. Racialized Bodies, Disabling Worlds: Storied Lives of Immigrant Muslim Women. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Cultural and Pedagogical Inquiry 2 (1), 71-74.

Choudry, A. (2010). Dip Kapoor and Steven Jordan (Eds.). Education, Participatory Action Research, and Social Change: International Perspectives. International Education, 39 (2), 72-75.

Conferences: 

Selected conference presentations

Choudry, A., and Vally, S. (2018, March). History’s schools: Past struggles and present realities. 62nd Comparative and International Education Society conference. Mexico City, Mexico.

Bleakney, D., and Choudry, A. (2017, October). International solidarity / Migrant worker organizing: Building connections, pollinating struggles. Confronting global capital: Strengthening labour internationalism and transnationalism in Canada today. McMaster University, Hamilton.

Choudry, A., and Younes, M. (2017, March). Learning from migrant/immigrant workers’ centres as alternative sites for organizing. Beirut Historical Materialism conference. American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Choudry, A., Henaway, M., and Salamanca Cardona, M. (2016, July). A permanent state of crisis? Lessons from organizing migrant and immigrant workers in Quebec. Third International Sociological Association Forum of Sociology (Research Committee 44 – Labour Movements), University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.

Choudry, A. (2016, March). “No dark sarcasm in the classroom”: Lessons from social movement learning and ‘struggle knowledge’. 60th annual conference, Comparative and International Education Society, Vancouver.

Choudry, A. (2014, March). Activist research for education and social movement mobilization. 58th annual conference, Comparative and International Education Society, Toronto.

Choudry, A. (2013, June). Activist knowledge production, research and learning. World Congress of Comparative Education Societies, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Choudry, A. (2013, June). Activist research, knowledge production and education for/in social action, Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education Conference 2013, Congress of the Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Victoria, Victoria.

Choudry, A. (2013, June). Saving biodiversity, for whom and for what? Conservation NGOs, complicity, colonialism and conquest in an era of capitalist globalization. Canadian Association for the Study of International Development Conference 2013, Congress of the Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Victoria, Victoria.

Choudry, A., and Bleakney, D. (2013, April). Learning to resist, learning from resistance: Education and knowledge production in workers’ struggles at a time of “austerity”. United Association for Labor Education Conference, Toronto.

Choudry, A., and Henaway, M. (2013, April). Struggling for justice: Temporary agency worker organizing in an era of contingent employment.  United Association for Labor Education Conference, Toronto.

Choudry, A. (2012, November). Social movements, activist research and organizing for resistance.  9th Historical Materialism Conference, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK.

Choudry. A. (2012, October). Research, Action, Change: Activist Research Practice and Social Movements. Theory, Action and Impact of Social Protest: An Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.

Choudry, A., and Henaway, M.  (2012, August). The workers vs. temporary labour agencies.  Contextualizing im/migrant workers’ struggles against temp agencies in Canada. Second International Sociological Association Forum of Sociology, (Research Committee 44 – Labour Movements), University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Choudry, A. (2012, May). Research for Resistance: Learning from activist research practice, Historical Materialism 2012. York University, Toronto.

Choudry, A. (2012, April). Building counter-power from the ground up: Contesting NGOization through social movement learning and knowledge production. American Educational Research Association 2012 Conference, Vancouver.

Choudry, A. and Henaway, M. (2012, March). Agents of Misfortune: Contextualizing im/migrant workers' struggles against temporary labour recruitment agencies. New Voices in Labour Studies conference, UQAM, Montreal.

Choudry, A. (2011, May). Knowledge, power and containment in global justice networks. 55th Annual conference, Comparative and International Education Society, Montreal.

Choudry, A. (2011, March). Building counter-power from the ground up, contesting NGOization: 52nd Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, Montreal.

Choudry, A. (2011, January). Activist research: Mapping the practices of knowledge production for social action. North American Anarchist Studies Network conference, Toronto.

Choudry, A. (2010, July). Globalizing guestworker programs in an era of neoliberal immigration. International Sociological Association, XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology (Research Committee 44 – Labour Movements). Goteborg, Sweden.

Choudry, A, and Kapoor, D. (2010, May). Learning from the ground up: Global perspectives on knowledge production and social movements. Canadian Association for the Study of International Development Conference 2010, Congress of the Humanities & Social Sciences, Concordia University, Montreal.

Choudry, A. (2010, June). Mapping the resistance to bilateral free trade and investment agreements. Canadian Association for the Study of International Development Conference 2010, Congress of the Humanities & Social Sciences, Concordia University, Montreal.

Jordan, S., Choudry, A., Shragge, E., Stiegman, M., & Hanley, J. (2009, June). Immigrant workers and learning in troubled times. Canadian Council on Learning, Montreal.

Choudry, A. (2009, June). Another NGO is possible!: Compartmentalization, complicity and conquest. 9th Annual Critical Race and Anticolonial Studies Conference of Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equality, Concordia and McGill Universities.

Choudry, A. (2009, May). Globalizing Guest worker programs in an era of neoliberal immigration. Joint Session of the Canadian Sociology & Anthropology Association/Society for Socialist Studies, Congress of the Humanities & Social Sciences, Carleton University, Ottawa.

Choudry, A. (2009, May). Knowledge, Power, and Struggle in anti-APEC NGO/activist networks. Canadian Association for the Study of International Development Conference 2009, Congress of the Humanities & Social Sciences, Carleton University, Ottawa.

Choudry, A. and Shragge, E. (2008, December). Struggles over knowledge and power in NGOs and community organisations: The Disciplining of Dissent. British International Studies Association Annual Conference 2008, University of Exeter, UK.

Choudry, A., Hanley, J., Jordan, S., Shragge, E., and Stiegman, M. (2008, December). Adaptation and Resistance: Immigrant Workers and Learning (session 83: Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism stream).  Australian Sociological Association annual conference: Re-imagining Sociology. University of Melbourne, Australia, 2-5 December 2008.

Choudry, A. (2008, November). Liberation or (re)colonization?: Troubling NGO/activist “alternatives to globalization” positions in Canada and Aotearoa/New Zealand. 8th Annual Critical Race and Anticolonial Studies Conference of Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equality, Ryerson University, Toronto.

Selected talks and presentations: 

Invited keynotes, talks and presentations (selected)

Choudry, A. (2018, June). From research to activism: producing knowledge within social movements. Invited keynote lecture. GLOBED (Education Policies for Global Development) Erasmus Summer School III - Problematising research in/for the global south: The power/knowledge nexus. Manresa House, Gozo, Malta.

Choudry, A. (March 2018). Activist learning and knowledge production.  Invited conference paper, Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaft (German Educational Research Association) 2018, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany.

Choudry, A. (2018, March). The politics of learning, knowledge and action in struggles for social change. (Invited presentation), “Leadership encounter” with 2017-2019 Jeanne Sauvé Fellows,  Jeanne Sauvé Foundation, Maison Sauvé, Montreal.

Choudry, A. (2018, January). History's schools/Today's Struggles: Why Activist Learning and Struggle Knowledge Matters. Invited seminar presentation. Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research, Faculty of Education, University of Malta, Malta.

Choudry, A. (2017, November). History’s schools/Today’s Struggles: Why Activist learning and struggle knowledge matters. Invited seminar presentation. Centre for Culture, Identity and Education (co-sponsored with Department of Language and Literacy Education and the Department of Educational Studies), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.

Choudry, A. (2017, November). Learning from the ground up: Past struggles and present realities. Invited seminar, Faculty of Education and Social Work, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, B.C.

Choudry, A. (2017, November). Building a politics of resistance, learning from movements, and organizing for change: Radical roots/radical routes? Invited conference keynote address, 14th annual Concordia-Siena Conference on Globalization, Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability, Concordia University, Montreal.

Choudry, A. (2017, June). Reflections on academia, activism and the politics of knowledge and learning. Invited opening panel presentation, Human Rights Researchers Network Annual Conference, Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study, University of London, London, England.

Choudry, A. (2017, June). Thinking about precariousness.  Invited roundtable presentation.  Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference, Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences 2017, Ryerson University, Toronto.

Choudry, A. (2016, December), From Aotearoa to Austurvöllur: Activist learning, research for resistance.Invited public lecture, Reykjavik Academy, National Museum of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Choudry, A. (2016, October). Informal and non-formal education and learning in an immigrant workers centre.  Invited seminar presentation, ESW open research seminar series, Centre for International Education, University of Sussex, Brighton, England. 

Choudry, A. (2016, October). Learning through solidarity: Connecting struggles in an age of globalization. Invited panel presentation, public seminar on Learning in Social Movements and the Struggle for Social Justice: Global Insights. Centre for International Education- University of Sussex/Institute of Education, UCL/War on Want/Red Pepper/
Transnational Institute (TNI), University of Sussex, Brighton, England.

Choudry, A. (2016, October). Resistance is Fertile!: Learning in Struggles for Change. Invited Keynote, public seminar on Learning in Social Movements and the Struggle for Social Justice: Global Insights. Centre for International Education- University of Sussex/Institute of Education, UCL/War on Want/Red Pepper/
Transnational Institute (TNI), University of Sussex, Brighton, England.

Choudry, A. (2016, October). Bordering on Injustice: International Perspectives on Migrant & Immigrant Worker Organizing. Invited seminar presentation, The OB/HRM Group (Business School)/The Centre for Global & Social Justice (Politics)/The Identity, Citizenship, Equality & Migration Centre (Sociology and Social Policy), University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England.

Choudry, A. (2016, August). Learning and knowledge production in social movements/activist contexts, invited seminar, Centre for International Teacher Education, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa.

Choudry, A. (2016, August). Neoliberalism and its influence on higher education, invited panel presentation, 2016 NMMU Family Week Colloquium: Commodification and Commercialisation of Higher Education: Is Neoliberalism Influencing Collaboration? Office for International Education, Nelson Mandela International University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Choudry, A. (2016, August) Global perspectives on migrant workers’ organizing. Invited seminar, University of the Free State Philosophy seminar series, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Choudry, A. (2016, July). Alternative forms of organizing migrant workers. Invited workshop presentation, Class and Nationalism in Central Europe and Beyond, Multicultural Centre, TranzitDisplay, Prague, Czech Republic.

Choudry, A. (2016, May). Just Work? Migrant Workers’ Struggles Today. Invited talk, Anti-Racism Movement in collaboration with the Institute of Migrant Studies, Lebanese American University, Zico House, Beirut, Lebanon.

Choudry, A. (2016, March). Looking back/Moving forward: Learning and knowledge production in struggles for change. Invited seminar, Borders, Boundaries and Intersections speaker series, Transnational Law and Justice Network, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, Canada.

Choudry, A. (2016, February). Digging in: Social movement learning, activist archives and knowledge production.  Invited seminar, Department of Historical Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.

Choudry, A. (2016, February). Pedagogies of Resistance: Learning and knowledge production in social movements. Invited seminar, Faculty of Education, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Choudry, A. (2016, February).  Knowledge production, learning and education in social movement activism. Invited public lecture, Department of Journalism, Media and Philosophy, School of Language, Media and Culture, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Choudry, A. (2016, February). Knowledge production, learning and education in social movement activism. Invited public dialogue, Centre for Integrated Post-School Education and Training, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Choudry, A. (2016, February). Activism, social movements, learning and knowledge production. Invited seminar, Centre for Learning, Social Economy and Work, Adult Education and Community Development Program, University of Toronto/Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto. 

Choudry, A. (2016, January). Social movement learning, struggle knowledge and activist research. Invited seminar, Brown Bag Series, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa, Ottawa.

Choudry, A. (2015, December). Social movement learning and the intellectual work of activism. Invited Lecture. Department of Social Sciences//Department of Humanities/Institute of Migration Studies, Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon.

Choudry, A. (2015, October). Taking Struggle Knowledge Seriously: Critical Adult Education, Social Movement Learning and the Intellectual Work of Activism. Invited webinar, Revisioning Higher Adult Education webinar series. SUNY Empire State College, New York.

Choudry, A. (2015, August). Resistance to imperialism: History, movement knowledge and learning. Invited plenary panel presentation, Ideas Left Outside, Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre, Ontario.

Choudry, A. (2015, July)."When they kick at your front door, how you gonna come?" : Struggle knowledge, activist learning and infrastructures of dissent. Invited colloquium keynote, Improvisation, Collective Action, and the Arts of Activism. International Institute in Critical Studies in Improvisation, McGill University.

Choudry. A. (2015, March). The Forest and the Trees: Looking Back, Moving forward. Invited keynote. State of Extraction: Corporate Imperatives, Public Knowledge and Global Struggles for Alternatives conference. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.

Choudry, A. (2015, March). Investigación para la Resistencia. Invited seminar. Centro de Investigaciones Jurídicas y Sociales/Red de Sociología Jurídica en América Latina y el Caribe. Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina.

Choudry, A. (2015, February). Rethinking research for social change: What can we learn from activist research practice Invited public lecture. Society, Culture and Environment Social Justice Forum, Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford Campus. Brantford.

Choudry, A. (2014, December). Research for resistance. Invited seminar. Centre for Education Rights and Transformation, Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Choudry, A. (2014, November). Learning and research in social movements.  Invited seminar. Centre for Civil Society, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.

Choudry, A. (2014, November). NGOization, 'civil society' and social change: Complicity, contradictions and prospects. Invited seminar. Centre for Civil Society, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.

Choudry, A. (2014, November). Social movements and activism as sites of knowledge production.  Invited seminar. School of Education, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.

Choudry, A. (2014, October). Unfree labour in an era of neoliberal immigration: Migrant and immigrant worker organizing in Canada. Invited seminar, Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University (UHURU), Faculty of Humanities, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.

Choudry, A. (2014, October). NGOization, civil society and social change. Invited seminar, Centre for Integrated Post-School Education and Training, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Choudry, A. (2014, October). Learning from the ground up: Learning and research in social movements. Invited seminar, Centre for Integrated Post-School Education and Training, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Choudry, A. (2014, October). NGOization and social change: Complicity, contradictions and prospects. Invited seminar, Paulo Freire Project of the Centre for Adult Education, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

Choudry, A., and Henaway, M. (2014, March). Building migrant and immigrant worker resistance against temporary agency exploitation in Montreal. Invited presentation, panel on Labour Migration, 'Unfree Labour', and Resistance, Global Labour Research Centre, York University, Toronto.

Choudry, A. (2014, February). (Invited lecture). Research for resistance/Researching resistance. Faculty in Residences Series, Royal Victoria College, McGill University.

Choudry, A. (2013, March). (Invited lecture). A Great Game or Global Match-fixing? Questioning the Millennium Development Goals. Department of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Law, University of Westminster, London, UK.

Choudry, A. (2013, January). (Invited lecture). Social Movement Learning, Knowledge Production and Research. Faculty in Residences Series, Gardner Hall, McGill University.

Choudry, A (2012, December). (Invited presentation). Social movement learning, knowledge production and activist research. Centre for Education Rights and Transformation, Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Choudry, A. (2012, November). (Invited presentation). Learning from the Ground Up: The Production of Historical Knowledge in Social Movements.  The Centre for Peace History, University of Sheffield, UK.

Choudry, A. (2011, December). (Invited paper presentation). Mapping the resistance against bilateral free trade and investment agreements. Workshop: Trade unions, free trade and the problem of transnational solidarity. Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice, School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham, UK.

Choudry, A. (2011, May). Learning from the ground up: On education and informal learning in social movements and community organizations. Invited keynote at Cultivating Community conference. Concordia University, Montreal.

Choudry, A. (2011, March). (invited paper presentation). Theorize This! On knowledge production, learning and/in struggle. Varieties of Socialism, Varieties of Approaches conference. Critical Social Research Collaborative, Carleton University, Ottawa.

Choudry, A. (2011, January). Learning from the ground up: Knowledge production and social movements. IDS visiting speakers series, International Development Studies, St Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada.

Choudry, A. (2010, October). Cities in struggle: Learning, knowledge production, research and resistance from the ground up: Invited keynote at N-AERUS (Network-Association of European Researchers on Urbanization in the South) XI Conference, L'École de la CambreBrussels, Belgium.

Choudry, A. (2010, July). Sites of resistance, learning and theorizing: Knowledge production in local/global social activism. Invited presentation, Development Planning Unit, University College London, London, England.

Choudry, A. (2010, May). Learning from the struggle: Challenging NGOization and the professionalization of social change. Invited presentation, Local and Global Social Justice Movements panel, Equity Issues @ Congress 2010 Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Congress of the Humanities & Social Sciences, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Choudry, A. (2010, May). Global crisis, working class households and migrant labour. Not the G-20 – Recovery and New beginnings. Struggles for immigration and labour justice. Invited opening plenary presentation, Historical Materialism 2010 Conference, York University, Toronto, Canada.

 

Selected presentations (community)

Choudry, A. (2018, June). Reflections on knowledge, learning and social movements. (Invited presentation). Ella Baker School of Transformative Organizing, London, UK.

Choudry, A. (2018, May). Social movements, activist histories and organizing for change. Invited presentation to Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) National Human Rights Committee Meeting, Gatineau-Ottawa.

Choudry, A. (2017, November). Learning, knowledge and research in struggles for change. The Smorgasbord Deli, Kamloops, B.C.

Choudry, A. (2017, August). Social Change – a public conversation. Invited and organized by Digby Area Health Coalition. Sissiboo Coffee, Bear River, Nova Scotia.

Choudry, A. (2017, March). Walter Rodney, pedagogy and popular education. Remembering Walter Rodney: On Education and Emancipation event. Immigrant Workers Centre, Montreal.

Choudry, A. (2016, August). Struggles of migrant workers. Invited presentation. Discussion forum, Claremont Main Road Mosque, Cape Town, South Africa.

Choudry, A. (2016, August). Sharing lessons and perspectives on movement building. Invited presentation.  Khanyisa, Makukhanye and Farm Workers Forum Review workshop, Khanyisa Educational and Development Trust, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Choudry, A. (2016, June). Informal learning, struggle knowledge and organizing for change. Invited presentation (by Skype). Education workshop, Canadian Labour Congress.

Choudry, A. (2016, February). Building a movement. Invited dialogue with #Fees Must Fall NMMU, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Choudry, A. (2016, January). Learning activism: The intellectual life of contemporary social movements. Invited community lecture.  Free City Radio community lecture series, Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore, Montreal.

Choudry, A. (2015, March). Research for resistance: local and global perspectives on activist research. Panel presentation, Immigrant Workers Centre, Montreal.

Choudry, A. (2014, November). Social Justice: Looking back to move forward. Invited pre-khutbah lecture, Claremont Main Road Mosque, Cape Town, South Africa.

Choudry, A. (2014, November). Fighting back: Migrant and immigrant worker struggles in Canada. Invited speaker, ILRIG Public Forum. International Labour Research and Information Group, Cape Town, South Africa.

Choudry, A. (2014, October). Activist research. Church Land Programme, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

Choudry, A. (2012, December). Social movement learning, knowledge production and research. Church Land Programme, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

Choudry, A. (2012, December). Invited guest seminar on social movement learning, knowledge production and research. Foundation for Human Rights, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Choudry, A. (2012, December). Presentation on im/migrant workers and Canada. Dialogue on immigration rights between government and civil society organizations, Foundation for Human Rights, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Choudry, A. (2011, January). Global perspectives in social movements and knowledge production. Oakdene Centre, Bear River, Nova Scotia.

Choudry, A. (2008, July). Fighting FTAs: Impact of bilateral free trade and investment agreements on agriculture and resistance. La Via Campesina working committee on food sovereignty and trade. Arucas, Gran Canaria, Spain.

Choudry, A. (2008, July). Current state of play of WTO negotiations and implications for Via Campesina strategy. La Via Campesina working committee on food sovereignty and trade. Arucas, Gran Canaria, Spain.

Choudry, A. (2008, June). Making a Killing: Military-Industrial Complex and Impacts on the Third World. Asia-Pacific Research Network workshop on women and war. Hong Kong.