Sharing and Supporting Anarchist Ideas and Experiences

Category: Webinars

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