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The Democratic Modernity Academy’s three-day conference, The Art of Freedom: Organising and Collective Resistance Strategies, commenced in Basel, Switzerland on Friday. The event, held at the Basel Democratic Kurdish Community Centre, welcomes numerous organisations from Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia.
The conference aims to address the escalating crisis of capitalist modernity, explore exit strategies and discuss solutions. It intends to bridge gaps between social movements across different continents, broaden common perspectives and weave strategic lines of resistance together.
The question, “What forms of organisation and theory should democratic modernity forces adopt to build a more peaceful, secure, ecological and just world?” is central to the conference discussions. The paradigm of Democratic Confederalism, as proposed by Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan, will be a key focus.
The first day features two panels, focusing on self-determination and autonomy in the 21st century, and the struggle for liberation.
The conference’s second and third days include:
Saturday will include workshops covering the hidden history of democratic modernity, women’s liberation and democratic socialism from the perspective of Jineolojî, transnational class struggles in the 21st century, democratic youth confederalism and local democracy and ecology.
A panel on building democratic autonomy in North Kurdistan will also take place.
Sunday will include panels discussing a renewal of socialism with a focus on the era of women’s revolution.
Sessions will take place on bottom-up organisation and internationalism, including experiences in alternative weaving, building people’s power in Colombia, revolutionary organisation perspectives in the Philippines, and insights from the Kurdistan Liberation Movement.
The event will conclude with a cultural evening, underlining the conference’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive dialogue on global challenges and solutions.