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University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
246 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1V4
Opirg Toronto in conjunction with Arbeiter Ring Publishing and Another Story Bookshop presents Unsettling the Commons
As part 2 of the book tour for the release of Unsettling the Commons OPIRG Toronto will be hosting a panel on the subject of «struggling for the commons» with the authour, Craig Fortier, and guests. We will be presenting the new release to UofT students and engaging in an in depth discussion of the book and the theory and practice of decolonizing activist spaces.
Panelists along with Craig, the authour, will include; Sharrae Lyon (one of those interviewed in the book), Karl Gardner (from No One Is Illegal | Personne n'est illégal | Nadie es ilegal), Sharrae Lyon (original interviewee), Sigrid Kneve (OCAP Toronto and Ground Zero INAC Toronto), Ellie Ade Kur (Silence is Violence — University of Toronto)
Book Tour Schedule;
January 17th Another Story and OPIRG Toronto present
Craig Fortier Toronto book launch «Unsettling the Commons»
Location: Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave
January 24th OPIRG Toronto, Another Story and ARP present
Unsettling the Commons — UofT Book Tour w/OPIRG
Location: 246 Bloor St W — Social Work (Factor Iwentash) Building UofT, in room 548
Drawing on interviews with 51 anti-authoritarian organizers to investigate what it means to struggle for “the commons” within a settler colonial context. Unsettling the Commons interrogates a very important debate that took place within Occupy camps and is taking place in a multitude of movements in North America around what it means to claim “the commons” on stolen land. Travelling back in history to show the ways in which radical left movements have often either erased or come into clear conflict with Indigenous practices of sovereignty and self-determination; all in the name of the “struggle for the commons”. The book argues that there are multiple commons or conceptualizations of how land, relationships, and resources are shared, produced, consumed, and distributed in any given society. As opposed to the liberal politics of recognition, a political practice of unsettling and a recognition of the incommensurability of political goals that claim access to space/territory on stolen land is proposed as a more desirable way forward.
Craig Fortier is an Assistant Professor in Social Development Studies at Renison University College, an affiliated college of the University of Waterloo. He holds a PhD in Sociology from York University. Craig has participated in migrant justice and anti-capitalist movements and in support of Indigenous sovereignty for over a decade in Toronto (Three Fires Confederacy, Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and Wendat territories). Craig plays centre field for the Humber River Hustle in the Field of Dreamers Cooperative Softball Association and is the author of the cat blog Diaries of a Cat Named Virtute.
Tokens and light refreshment provided. For access needs please reach out to our Volunteer and Programming Coordinator Rachele at opirg.toronto(at)gmail.com