Aziz Choudry, Ph.D., Associate Professor, International Education, Department of Integrated Studies in Education, Faculty of Education, McGill University, Montreal (Quebec), Canada
Invited lecture at the University of Gießen (17.12.2018, 18 - 20 Uhr):
"Learning activism?! - Knowledge production, education and action in social movement contexts“
Migrant and immigrant workers and communities worldwide have long organized against exploitation and oppression. I argue that in order to understand the contemporary politics of migration, we should engage with the knowledge produced in activism and organizing in which people come together to try to address the roots of the problems they face, build solidarity, and act collectively to confront injustice. Understanding all knowledge to be political, I argue for politically committed, rigorous research which is in dialogue with, relevant to, and which explicitly serves people’s struggles for immigration justice and against racism and all forms of exploitation.
Aziz Choudry is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Social Movement Learning and Knowledge Production in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University, and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He has been involved in a range of social, political and environmental justice movements and organizations since the 1980s. He serves on the board of the Immigrant Workers Centre (Montreal).
Aziz Choudry's publications include:
- Choudry, A. (Ed.). (2018). Activists and the surveillance state: Learning from repression. London/Toronto: Pluto Press/Between the Lines.
- Choudry, A., and Vally, S. (Eds.). (2018). History's schools: Past struggles and present realities. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press.
- Choudry, A., and Vally, S. (Eds.). (2018). Reflections on Knowledge. Learning and Social Movements: History's Schools. Abingdon, UK and New York: Routledge.
- Choudry, A., and Smith, A.A. (Eds.). (2016). Unfree labour? Struggles of migrant and immigrant workers in Canada. Oakland, CA: PM Press.
- Choudry, A., and Hlatshwayo, M. (Eds.). (2016). Just Work? Migrant workers’ struggles today. 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. London: Zed Books.
- Choudry, A., Hanley, J., and Shragge, E. (Eds.). (2012). Organize! Building from the local for global justice. 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. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
- Choudry, A., Hanley, J., Jordan, S., Shragge, E., and Stiegman, M. (2009). Fight Back: Workplace Justice for Immigrants. Halifax: Fernwood.
About his next book, which will be out in December: https://www.plutobooks.com/9780745337807/activists-and-the-surveillance-state/