A post I just finished for PopDev on the International Seminar in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.
By Martha Pskowski
This writing was partially funded by the Sander Thoenes Grant at Hampshire College.
The third annual International Seminar for Reflection and Analysis took place in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico over the New Year. Hosted at Cideci-Unitierra, a free university for the indigenous people of Chiapas, presenters and participants came together from all over Latin America and the world to learn about movements against neoliberalism and for self determination and human dignity. The reference point of the Seminar was the Zapatista movement, which emerged from the rainforest of Chiapas on January 1st 1994 to challenge the neoliberal development model of the Mexican state, and to this day maintains autonomous communities in the rainforest of Chiapas. Like the Zapatistas, Seminar presenters professed to work from “de abajo y de izquierda”- from below and to the left.
Several presenters represented U.S. social movements…
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