Sharing and Supporting Anarchist Ideas and Experiences

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Kropotkin and the Radical Educators – A Global Historical Perspective

Online event, Thursday, April 22, 2021, 6-7 PM UCT (check local times below)

UPDATE: A video recording of this discussion is available on the APN YouTube channel.

During the early 20th century, radical educators from different parts of the world engaged with Peter Kropotkin’s anarchist theory when devising and implementing educational experiments in diverse socio-political contexts. While Kropotkin was not known as an educational figure like Dewey or Montessori, his anarchist theories, and his support of educators, made him an important figure for many intellectuals and educators. In this webinar, Yotam Ronen will present Kropotkin’s influence over radical educators in different sites of learning throughout the first half of the 20th century, and investigate the diversity in which educators have engaged with his work and applied it to their educational practice.

Here’s the zoom link/invitation for the webinar: zoom.us/j/94658774270?pwd=RSt0OWx5aXNvY… Passcode: 504058

This event will also be live streamed on APN’s YouTube channel.

Love and solidarity,
APN

Time zones: 6-7 PM UCT, 8-9 PM CEST, 4-5 PM EDT, 11 AM PDT, 7-8 PM WEST, 9-10 PM EEST

If your time zone isn’t covered here, or you’re unsure which time zone applies to you, consult the Facebook event page, which should show your local time for the event.


A principios del siglo XX, educadores radicales de diferentes partes del mundo se comprometieron con la teoría anarquista de Peter Kropotkin al diseñar e implementar experimentos educativos en diversos contextos sociopolíticos. Si bien Kropotkin no era conocido como una figura educativa como Dewey o Montessori, sus teorías anarquistas y su apoyo a los educadores lo convirtieron en una figura importante para muchos intelectuales y educadores. En este webinario, Yotam Ronen presentará la influencia de Kropotkin sobre los educadores radicales en diferentes lugares de aprendizaje durante la primera mitad del siglo XX e investigará la diversidad en la que los educadores se han involucrado con su trabajo y lo han aplicado a su práctica educativa.

Aquí está el enlace para el webinario: zoom.us/j/94658774270?pwd=RSt0OWx5aXNvY… Passcode: 504058

El evento será mostrado en vivo desde el canal de YouTube de RPA en inglés. Una versión grabada con subtítulos en español se colgará en YouTube unos días después del evento. Les esperamos!!

Salud y anarquía, APN

Statement from the APN, February 9, 2021

Recently, the Anarchist Pedagogies Network called off one of its webinars after it was made aware of a speaker’s support of groups that lobby for legislation that could potentially harm the rights of transgender people. This may seem like a controversial decision for some, but we feel it was the only correct decision, as it was the one most in line with an anarchist ethic.

In 1871, in his article “Man, Society, and Freedom”, Michael Bakunin stated: “I am not myself free or human until or unless I recognize the freedom and humanity of all my fellowmen.” The anarchist position on freedom has always been conditional; we cannot be free without safeguarding the true freedom of those around us. For us, as anarchists involved in education, this commitment is deep and powerful. It stems from a profound conviction of the humanity of those around us, and a stern belief in community as a force for social change.

This principle crumbles if it stops at transgender people. Just like our commitment to solidarity with people of color, indigenous people, poor folks, and people with disabilities, our stand must be firm with the LGBTQ+ community, and especially with transgender people. This means that we must turn to transgender people for guidance, include transgender people in all of our activities, and it also means that we must stand with them when they need us. Our struggle is a shared struggle. Our freedom is a shared freedom.

Meaningful education from an anarchist perspective requires the assurance that learners can freely investigate, debate, and suggest ideas in a safe, inclusive space. It also requires coherence between principles and everyday actions. As members of the APN, we realize that anarchism is a hard standard to follow, but require of ourselves and our speakers a commitment to this coherence. The only way to practice what we preach is by making our network a safe and inclusive space, one in which any person can come, ask questions, argue, and stay curious. To do so, we must also demand that the rights of marginalized communities are upheld, and their struggles recognized. As anarchist educators, we are committed to this high ethical standard, and will continue to follow it when planning our future events and initiatives.

With love and solidarity,
APN

CANCELLED – APN Webinar on Anarchism and Education with Judith Suissa

CANCELLED. PRELIMINARY STATEMENT FROM ANARCHIST PEDAGOGIES NETWORK:

Today’s APN webinar will not go ahead as planned. Information came to light yesterday that the event coordinating group was not previously aware of and that does not correspond with APN’s values and position. We appreciate everybody who has contacted us.

We aim to build a strong and inclusive educational community based on freedom, solidarity and mutual aid. On Monday, we’ll announce a special event, commemorating 100 years since Kropotkin’s passing. We hope that this event will be a great opportunity to come together and discuss some of our mutual interest.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us, and we’ll keep you informed as soon as we can. Thank you very much for your patience, interest, and support for the network.

Love and solidarity, APN

El webinario de la RPA de hoy no se desarrollará según lo planeado. Ayer salió a la luz información que el grupo coordinador del evento no conocía previamente y que no se corresponde con los valores y posición de la RPA. Agradecemos a todos los que nos han contactado desde ayer.

Nuestro objetivo es construir una comunidad educativa fuerte e inclusiva basada en la libertad, la solidaridad y la ayuda mútua. El lunes anunciaremos un evento especial que tendremos para conmemorar los 100 años del fallecimiento de Kropotkin. Esperamos que este evento sea una gran oportunidad para reunirnos y discutir algunos de nuestros intereses mútuos.

No duden en comunicarse con nosotres y les mantendremos informados lo antes posible. Muchas gracias por su paciencia, interés y apoyo a la red.

Salud y anarquía, RPA

Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 7 PM (UTC+01) – 8 PM (UTC+01)

This APN webinar will be a conversation with Judith Suissa, discussing her book Anarchism and Education: A Philosophical Perspective. We’ll talk about anarchist principles in education, anarchist schools, and the challenges of being an anarchist educator in liberal education systems and informal/nonformal learning situations. 

The webinar is free and open to all.

Join us at https://zoom.us/j/97760656105…
Passcode: 056486

The webinar will also be live-streamed via APN’s YouTube and Facebook accounts.

If you have questions you’d like us to ask Judith, send us an email (anarchapednet@riseup.net). There’ll also be the opportunity to ask questions during the webinar.

With love and solidarity!

En español:
Nuestro primer webinario de la RPA será una conversación con Judith Suissa, discutiendo su libro “Anarchism and Education”. En esta conversación hablaremos de los principios anarquistas en educación y cuáles son las principales caracteríasticas de ésta, antes de mirar hacia escuelas anarquistas y los desafíos de ser unx educadorx en los sistemas educativos liberales.

El webinar es gratuito y abierto para todes.

Únanse a https://zoom.us/j/97760656105…
Passcode: 056486

El webinario también será mostrado en directo por el canal de YouTube de la RPA y la cuenta de Facebook.

Si tienen preguntas para Judith, pueden mandarnos un correo electrónico a (anarchapednet@riseup.net). También habrá opción de hacer preguntas durante el webinario.

Con cariño y solidaridad!

Judith Suissa’s book, Anarchism and Education: A Philosophical Perspective, is available from PM Press: https://www.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=220 or https://pmpress.org.uk/product/anarchism-and-education-a-philosophical-perspective/

As preparation for the webinar, here’s a concise reading on the main ideas and complexities that make anarchist education. Everyone is welcome to read this article before the webinar, although everyone is welcome to join the webinar, whether you’ve read it or not!

Welcome to the Anarchist Pedagogies Network!

As teachers, educators, facilitators, and learners, we want to create educational environments that are inclusive and directly democratic. We want to promote ideas such as freedom, self-organisation, and mutual aid. We want to help individuals and communities learn and through direct action develop together to create better, more sustainable, and more caring societies for everyone, now and in the future.

We believe, as Lucy Parsons said, that “Anarchists know that a long period of education must precede any great fundamental change in society”. With the Anarchist Pedagogies Network, we want to create a space to learn about educational anarchist ideas and practices, to share experiences and knowledge, and to support local struggles to implement and develop these ideas and practices.

Some of us are involved in formal education; others are involved in informal or nonformal education. We work within and across different knowledge systems or traditions, and across different age groups and abilities. The challenges we face in these learning spaces may differ, but we think it’s important to learn from and support each other. We need to create community beyond borders and liberate ourselves through revolutionary lifelong learning.

The aims and principles of the network are as follows.

  • The Anarchist Pedagogies Network (APN) promotes anarchist pedagogical practices based on the principles of freedom, collective self-organization, and mutual aid.
  • APN provides a digital meeting place for exchanging experiences and ideas, sharing articles, books, videos, and other material, and promoting local and online events associated with anarchist pedagogical practices across borders and languages.
  • APN encourages participants to practise local collective self-organization and individual self-learning through direct and mediated exchanges of experience.
  • APN is an organized alternative to globalized neoliberalism and free-market capitalism within education systems and informal learning spaces.

If you’d like to join the APN, please write to anarchapednet@riseup.net. You can also follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube).

With love and solidarity,

APN