!The EIOS (Explorations in/of Open Space) Collective The EIOS Collective was formed on February 1 2005, immediately after the EIOS encounters held before and during the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre. The meetings grew out of a successful prior initiative led by Chloe Keraghel and Jai Sen in 2003-4 to produce a special issue of the ''International Social Science Journal'' published by UNESCO, which attempted a deep and wide exploration of the World Social Forum and of the culture/s of politics it expresses and manifests. This led to the preparation of a special issue on this theme that came out in December 2004, entitled Explorations in Open Space: The World Social Forum and Cultures of Politics. The EIOS meetings also grew out of the intense interest expressed by many people during earlier editions of the World Social Forum and the European Social Forum to meet and exchange views in greater depth, while working to influence and learn from the World Social Forum as consistent with our self-perception as critical activist-scholars. The Collective is a loose association of activists and scholars located in many different parts of the world who agreed at this meeting to work together on the problematic and potentials of ‘open space’. The goal of the EIOS Collective is to promote and carry out critical collaboration towards building and understanding new cultures of politics and towards developing and practicing new, more inclusive, and culturally sensitive ways of working within movements, parties, institutions, and everyday life. This involves collective engagement, while remaining a loose and open network, with smaller subgroups and individuals working around related activities. It also intends to help in the creation of a network of researchers as well as activists focusing on the World Social Forum and more broadly on cultures of politics, particularly within collective and global social movements fighting neoliberalism and war. Members of the EIOS Collective come from all five continents, eight of the seventeen are women, and the majority of those listed below are ''young'' scholar-activists who plan to continue working in the field. The collective plans to build on this development, and maintain this profile as the collective grows. Among other things, this composition will allow us to build a sustainable project that will continue to have positive specific outcomes over the next five to ten years. ---- !!Profiles __Vanessa Andreotti__, The author is a Brazilian educator presently living in Britain. She coordinated the Other Worlds project at MUNDI, an NGO based in the University of Nottingham, UK, in 2004, and is involved in various international projects in the areas of citizenship education and North-South relations. She is presently the coordinator of the educational and outreach programme of the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice at the University of Nottingham. Her interests include postcolonial theory, transnational, political, and critical literacies, and planetary/cosmopolitan citizenship. E-mail : taxvoa@nottingham.ac.uk, vane_andreotti@yahoo.co.uk Web : www.osdemethodology.org.uk __Isabelle Biagiotti__, who has a PhD in political science from the ''École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales'', Paris, France, has been Editor of ''Courrier de la planète'' since 1995. She publishes regularly on issues of governance, international negotiations and civil society. She put together in 2001 an issue of ''Courrier de la planète'' on the first World Social Forum (''“La société civile mondiale : la montée en puissance”''), published with the support of the UNESCO MOST programme. Isabelle Biagiotti is a member of the European research network on Sustainable Trade (SUSTRA), based in Montpellier (France), and of the Strategy Commission of the International Council of the World Social Forum. E-mail : isabiagiotti@free.fr ...page... __Steffen Böhm__ has a PhD in Philosophy and Organisation Theory from Warwick, UK. He is now a Lecturer in Management in the Management Centre at the University of Essex, UK. He is editor-in-chief of the journal 'ephemera: theory & politics in organization' (www.ephemeraweb.org), and he recently co-edited a special issue of ephemera entitled 'The Organisation and Politics of Social Forums'. He also has two books forthcoming, Repositioning Organization Theory (Palgrave) and Against Automobility (Blackwell). His main research focus is on political philosophies of organisation and social movements. Part of this is his keen interest in the organisation and politics of the social forum movement. He has also been involved with organising a number of research activism events; among them the Radical Theory Forum. Email: sgbohm@essex.ac.uk __Giuseppe Caruso__ is a PhD researcher at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies. His thesis is on “Power Dynamics and Patterns of Domination in the World Social Forum”. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in the last two WSFs in Porto Alegre and in Mumbai, where he worked as a volunteer in the WSF office from October 2003 until January 2004. E-mail : g.caruso@inwind.it __Anila Daulatzai__ has been involved in various political and community actions for over two decades. She has done research on reproductive health among Afghan refugees and internally displaced persons in camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan between 1995-2001. Her research interests include health, economic vulnerability, and social suffering in Afghanistan and among Afghan refugees. She holds Masters degrees in public health and Islamic studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is currently pursuing a PhD in anthropology at the Johns Hopkins University. E-mail : anila@jhu.edu __Marcelle Dawson__ is a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. She is currently reading for a DPhil in Politics at the University of Oxford. Her thesis deals with urban social movements in South Africa and Brazil, focusing specifically on grassroots struggles that are aimed at putting an end to privatisation and at increasing access to and improving the quality of municipal services, such as water, electricity, sanitation and refuse removal. She is a member of the editorial collective of Debate, Voices from the South African Left, and is in the process of co-editing a book on globalisation and new South African identities. E-mail : marcelle.dawson@st-antonys.oxford.ac.uk __Emma Dowling__ is a PhD candidate at the University of London, UK. Her interests are global political economy, ethics and power, and the role of ideas in social change. Her PhD thesis looks at the practices of autonomous social movements within the anitglobalisation movement in relation to global democracy. Emma is also a director of the Research and Education Centre, Artemis, based in London. Her publications include “Strategies for Change: The Tobin Tax” (2003), “Human Rights and the Capability Approach” (2004) and ‘”The Definition of ‘Quality of Life’ in Development” (forthcoming 2005). E-mail : esd@riseup.net __Jeffrey S Juris__ is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Arizona State University, Phoenix. He was earlier a postdoctoral fellow at the USC Annenberg School for Communication in Los Angeles. He received his PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, where his research examined globalization, social movements, and transnational activism. Juris is dedicated to integrating his research and political work by practicing a ‘militant ethnography’. He has thus participated in several grassroots activist networks in San Francisco and Barcelona, where he took part in and explored the cultural practice and politics of transnational networking among anti-corporate globalization movements. Most recently, he has worked with Direct Action to Stop the War in San Francisco. Previously, he worked for many years with grassroots international and community development projects in Latin America and the United States as both an organizer and consultant. He is a member of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC)’s Youth Transnational Activism Program Planning Committee and the Annenberg Research Network on Globalization & Communication. E-mail : jeffjuris@earthlink.net __Chloé Keraghel__ is currently affiliated to the ''École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales'' in Paris, and co-writing a book on the World Social Forum. She earlier managed projects for the UNESCO Education Sector on HIV/AIDS prevention and on the synergies between formal and non-formal education. She previously worked on drugs and globalisation, specialising in the geopolitics of drugs in South Asia. She has attended each of the World Social Forums since 2002. E-mail : ckeraghel@no-log.org __Taran Khan__ is an independent filmmaker and writer currently based in Mumbai (India). She holds degrees in Communication (Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi) and Development Studies (SOAS, London). Her work includes videos on the WSF process at Porto Alegre (2003) and Mumbai (2004). Her areas of interest include issues of gender, identity and the environment. She has researched narratives of women involved with Left-associated social movements in post-Independence Mumbai and is currently writing on communal identity and gender in small town India. E-mail : taranus@rediffmail.com __Madhuresh Kumar__, based in New Delhi, is a Fellow and Programme Coordinator at CACIM (India Institute for Critical Action Centre in Movement) and an Associate of the Calcutta Research Group (CRG), Kolkata. Earlier he worked on issues of ''globalisation, socio-political rights, informal labour in Delhi'', and documentation systems. He is associate editor of the book ===Are Other Worlds Possible ? Talking New Politics=== (Zubaan : Delhi, 2005) and author of ===Globalisation, State Policies, and Sustainability of Rights===, CRG Working Paper Series vol 6. At present, and along with Kishan Kaljayee and Jai Sen, he is involved with the Hindi Heartland Project around the book ===World Social Forum: Challenging Empires===. madhuresh@cacim.net, kmadhuresh@gmail.com ...page... __Michal Osterweil__ is currently a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the United States. She is currently working towards a PhD in the Department of Anthropology on the Italian “New Global” Movement. Her research interests include social movements, globalisation, resistance politics, feminist and post-structural theory, and the relationship between knowledge production and political change. Michal is also an active member of the editorial collective of ===Global Uprisings===, a forthcoming Journal of Ideas + Action. E-mail : osterwei@email.unc.edu __Geoffrey Pleyers__ is a junior researcher of the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research and a doctoral student at the CADIS (''École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales'', Paris, France) and at the Liège Pole for the Study of Developing Urban Societies (University of Liège, Belgium). His thesis deals with the alternative globalisation movement, on which he conducted research at the first four World Social Forums as well as in seven European and Latin American countries. The topics of his publications include alternative globalisation, youth activism and fair trade. E-mail: geoffrey.pleyers@ulg.ac.be __Subramanya Sastry (Subbu)__ is currently a freelancer doing independent software projects that are directly relevant to the needs of NGOs and social justice organizations, as well as participating in and playing supportive roles for organizations and groups involved in social justice issues. He has a PhD in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison (2003), and has spent considerable time in the last 6 years with several organizations in various capacities -- as a volunteer, co-ordinator, webmaster, technical consultant, researcher, writer, photographer. E-mail : sastry@cs.wisc.edu __Jai Sen__, an architect and urban designer by training, is an independent researcher based in New Delhi, India, working on, among other things, the globalisation of movement. He was earlier a civil activist and campaigner on dwelling, labour, and rights-related issues in Calcutta (now Kolkata) and at national and international levels. He has attended the World Social Forums since 2002, and was a member of the WSF India Working Committee and its Coordination Team during 2002-3. He co-edited ''World Social Forum : Challenging Empires'' (2004); co-organised the ‘Open Space Seminar Series’ on the World Social Forum and cultures of politics at the University of Delhi (August-December 2003); acted as Editorial Adviser, with Chloé Keraghel, for ‘Explorations in Open Space : The World Social Forum and Cultures of Politics’, special issue 182 of the ''International Social Science Journal'' (UNESCO and Blackwell’s, December 2004); and co-edited with Mayuri Saini ''Are Other Worlds Possible ? Talking New Politics'' (New Delhi : Zubaan Books, 2005), the first of three books coming out of the Open Space Seminar Series. E-mail : jai.sen@cacim.net


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