Friday, 5th of October
16h History of anarchism in Serbia
History of anarchism in our region is for the most part almost unknown – this creates a false impression that it doesn't exist. On the contrary, in the period from 1904. to 1912. there were a couple active anarchist and syndicalist groups in Serbia. In the 19th century a group of socialists from Serbia was closely connected with Bakunin, and later followers of Johann Most appeared. To this we should also add the influence that Proudhon had on first socialists in Serbia.
In the period from 1904. to 1912. there were a few anarchist and syndicalist groups in Serbia, very active inside the labor movement and connected with anarchists from the region. Besides their activities and character we will also take notice of the relation that these groups had towards the earlier 19th century socialism from the region, as well as towards Marxists who consolidated themselves in the beginning of the 20th century.
We will also discuss differences between these groups and currents, and their relation towards national liberation, capitalism and industrialization, and question why anarchism didn't develop in a more massive movement in this area, and what caused the later prevalence of Marxism.
18h Mujeres Libres – Free Women of Spain
(a discussion with Vanda Perović, historian)
Founded in 1936 during the Spanish civil war by a group of women in Madrid and Barcelona, Mujeres Libres was a 30 000 strong organization dedicated to the liberation of women from their “triple enslavement to ignorance, as women and as producers”. Although the anarcho-syndicalist movement in Spain was dedicated to overcoming all forms of domination (including the domination of men over women), the women who founded the movement argued that women and their specific problems were marginalized in the movement and needed special preparation to overcome their subordination and to take their place in the new society. They organized an independent women’s organization based on anarchist collectivist and communalist principles of self help and solidarity organizing schools, child care, printed newspapers, announcements. They were not supported by the national anarcho-syndicalist organization CNT and FAI.
Saturday, 6th of October
16h Resisting the border system
(EU migration policy in Serbia and the possibilities of resistance)
In the recent years, Serbia has turned from a country of transit for undocumented migrants into a country where migrants are stuck for increasingly longer periods of time. Under the pressure of approaching the EU membership, Serbia has developed its independent asylum system and reinforced border controls and deportation mechanism on the border with Macedonia. It has also obediently cooperated with the EU's efforts to keep migrants out of EU -- it has signed the readmission agreement with the EU and developed the cooperation with Frontex, the EU agency for the management and operational cooperation on the external borders of the EU.
The result of this is the increased repression of migrants in Serbia. Hundreds of undocumented migrants living in make-shift jungles close to the Schengen border with Hungary (especially in Subotica) are daily persecuted by the police and fear violence, arrest, detention and deportation. Since the creation of asylum system in 2008, nobody has gotten the refugee status and in recent times, the asylum seekers open centers often do not have space to house all asylum seekers. What is additionally worrying are the racist protests and mobilizations against the presence of asylum seekers open centers in their locality -- and as of yet a complete lack of migrant solidarity mobilizations, and a relative lack of a discourse, critical of the repressive EU policies and their externalization in Serbia.
In this discussion, we will first flesh out some details of the externalization of the EU migration policy to Serbia and the situation of migrants in Serbia. We will then open up the discussion to reflect together about the possibilities of resistance, by referring to self-organized struggles and migrant solidarity struggles elsewhere. The border is everywhere -- but the resistance is everywhere too.
18h CrimethInc. Presents: Capitalism and Resistance in the 21st Century
(a discussion with people involved in CrimethInc anarchist collective from the US, about their new book Work )
After so much technological progress, why do we have to work more than ever before? Why is the old labor movement powerless to stop the new assault on workers? Can capitalism survive another century of crises? And how do we get out of this mess?
Please join us for a high-energy discussion of these questions and more. We'll focus on the ways capitalism has changed over the past few decades, and scrutinize recent examples of resistance in the around the world to propose anti-capitalist strategies for the 21st century.
20h Alternatives in Eastern Europe
Open discussion about alternative living in Eastern Europe - a chance to share our own end hear other experiences with squatting and everything else that comes with this subject: finding social or economical solutions and sharing personal experiences and struggles. At the end of the discussion a film will be shown: Exploring the Concrete Jungle (2012, Romanian with English subtitles, 20min)