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Annexure 1

CACIM in and on Open Space

A selection of activities by CACIM and/or its associates in relation to the issue of open space :

Forthcoming / April 2007 : CACIM’s third Colloquium, on the theme ‘Critical Refractions : Movement / Criticality / Open Space’; in New Delhi, India

January 2007 : Organisation of two major Workshops at the World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, ‘Revisiting the Bamako Appeal : Issues of Democracy and Substance in world movement’ and ‘In Defence of Open Space’. Publication together with Centre for Civil Society, Durban, South Africa, of Reader titled ‘A Political Programme for the World Social Forum ? Democracy, Substance and Debate in the Bamako Appeal and the Global Justice Movements : A Reader’ (available at (external link))

November 2006 : Explorations in/of Open Spaces @ India Social Forum, New Delhi with Alexis Bhagat, (Art, tradition and limits : forms without tradition, and the ‘open’ spaces OUTSIDE of tradition (?)), Kolya Abramsky (Open Space, Closed Histories? - Rereading the histories of the Communist International - a Western European perspective’) and Blank Noise Project (a campaign against eve teasing in public spaces).

September-December? 2006 : CACIM member Jai Sen authoring and conducting a course at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, during the fall semester 2006, on the issue of ‘Open Space and Dissent in Movement’ (see (external link)) March 2006 : Co-organisation by CACIM together with Sarai, Delhi, of seminar on ‘Internet and a Culture of Openness’

January 2005 : Publication and launch at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, of Talking New Politics, book one coming out of the Open Space Seminar Series in 2003-4

January 2005 : Launching of WSFDiscuss, an open and unmoderated forum for the exchange of information and views on the experience, practise, and theory of the World Social Forum at any level (local, national, regional, and global) and on related social and political movements and issues

January 2005 : Mounting of the OpenSpaceForum? webspace ( on behalf of the EIOS (Explorations in/of Open Space) Collective formed at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre in January 2005

January 2005 : Organisation of the ‘Explorations of Open Space’ Workshops 1 and 2, before and during the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre in January 2005; CACIM member Jai Sen together with Chloé Keraghel, France

January 2005 : Finalisation of her film by filmmaker Taran Khan for CACIM, Opening Spaces, based on the Open Space Seminar Series in 2003-4

December 2004 : Preparation and publication in of ‘Explorations in Open Space : The World Social Forum and Cultures of Politics’, a special issue of the International Social Science Journal published by UNESCO (available at; (external link) launched by UNESCO at World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in January 2005; CACIM member Jai Sen acting as Co-Editorial? Adviser along with Chloé Keraghel, France

March-July? 2004 : Participation by CACIM members Madhuresh Kumar and Jai Sen in the Steering Committee of the Other Worlds Educational Project, coordinated by Vanessa Andreotti at the University of Nottingham, UK; an experimental, reflexive, web-based educational programme to tackle development education and uncritical discourses of global citizenship in the UK. Current information on follow-up project available @ (external link)

January 2004 : Publication of World Social Forum : Challenging Empires (CACIM member Jai Sen as co-editor, along with Peter Waterman, Arturo Escobar, and Anita Anand)

August 2003 : Publication of the ‘Open Space Reader’, compiled by Jai Sen and Madhuresh Kumar

August 2003 – February 2004 : The Open Space Seminar Series, organised at the University of Delhi by CACIM members Jai Sen and Madhuresh Kumar together with Mukul Mangalik, Lecturer in History, Ramjas College

May 2002 : ‘Meeting of Minds’ meeting in Bangalore, India (co-organised by Jai Sen, now of CACIM; Leo Saldanha of ESG, Bangalore, and CACIM associate; Siddhartha of Fireflies, Bangalore; and Sundar Chaterji, Chennai, CACIM associate)

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