Next ACDC meeting, Karen Verduyn and Nicolina Montesano Montessori on ‘New new’ social movements in the Netherlands, 17 December 2013, 10A08, 13:00-14:30

Dear ACDC fellows,

For the December meeting of the Amsterdam Critical Discourse Community we welcome Karen Verduyn and Nicolina Montesano Montessori (VU University Amsterdam). They will present on-going work on social movements, in preparation of a paper for the Latin-American and European Meeting on Organisation Studies (LAEMOS) to be held in Cuba in April next year. It will be partly a hands-on online session, so please bring your laptop to the meeting.

DATE: Tuesday, 17 December
TIME: 13:00-14:30
PLACE: VU Main Building 10A08
Please reply to if you intend to participate!

‘New, new’ social movements in The Netherlands: A spatial framework for social change

We would like to discuss three case studies based on interviews with leaders of three social movements in the Netherlands: Master Peace, Giving is All we Have and the Dutch chapter of Zeitgeist. We consider these movements as ‘new new’ movements. All three movements recognize that the world as we know it hinges on outdated structures or paradigms that form an obstacle to social change. We consider and analyze the endeavors of these movements in a theoretical framework of space, based on Harvey (1996), a social geographer who discusses perspectives in which space is considered an open dimension for voicing social change and allowing social change to happen. Harvey states that the social takes place through a dialectical dynamics between moments that are situated within a specific temporal-spatial framework that retains the possibilities for change. Salient results point at the ways in which these movements rethink issues of power and leadership, emphasize the need for a global paradigm shift and create global networks to engage into global change towards a sustainable society. The paper contributes to a knowledge base concerning entrepreneuring as world-making. The session has the character of a data session. The purpose is to analyse websites concerning particular features which we will present from the multiple perspectives of those who attend the session and to compare the various insights. PLEASE BRING YOUR LAPTOPS OR NOTEBOOKS.

A full description of the meeting can be found on

Reference: Harvey, David. 1996. Justice, Nature and the Geography of Difference: An introduction and reader. Wiley.

We look forward to seeing you on the 17th.

The following meeting will be held on 8th January (4 pm) when Andreas Musolff will present on ‘metaphorical parasites’.

Warm regards,
The ACDC conveners
Bertie Kaal, Alan Cienki, Joyce Lamerichs, Steve Oswald, Ida Sabelis, Karen Verduyn and Nicolina Montesano Montessori

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