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Newsletter #4

In addition to Newsletter #1, Newsletter #2 and Newsletter #3 we herewith publish the final TSC Newsletter #4.

Content:
  • Confirm your participation!
  • Prorgramme
  • Arrival

Confirm your participation!

About 1 week ago we asked all who registered to re-confirm, that they will still participate in the TSC. This is important so that the TSC orga-collective can coordinate accomodation opportunities for all participants.
Many still didn’t respond to that request – 2 days before the TSC begins.
Therefore we assume that from the following regions participants are confirmed: Kathmandu, Kosovo [2], Pretoria, Bucharest, Slovenia [4], Koblenz, Raleigh, Vienna [3], Tulkarem [2], Montréal, Amsterdam [5], Cairo, Beirut, Hamburg.

So, in case you didn’t get back to us to re-confirm your participation, please do so NOW! And also let us know when you will arrive and plan to depart again.
And please also let us know in case you already re-confirmed your participation, but will not be able to make it after all.

Latest TSC Programme

Below you will find the latest version of the TSC schedule:

TSC schedule 25.10.

For details on each programme point go here!

Arrival

The “arrival page” was updated. Please check it out for details.
And in case you need support in getting from Frankfurt/M to Marburg, make sure to send us your arrival details; e.g. what time your train/ flight is scheduled to arrive in Frankfurt/M.

Also make sure to write down the TSC Info-phone numbers, when making your way to Marburg: +49 176 8824 8703 / +49 176 8821 9137
Alternatively make use of the contact form, if you want to reach the TSC orga-collective.

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Latest TSC Programme

Below you will find the latest programme of the Transnational Student Congress (TSC).
It might also be updated just before and during the TSC itself, so better check here for any latest updates just before the actual programme point begins. Click here for the programme in a timetable.

October 28th (Mon) – Day of Arrival

7 – 8pm:

general assembly with all participants |at 00/0070 HG

October 29th (Tue)

10am – noon:

Poverty and Democracies – Why democracies fail to combat poverty? |at 01A12, DH12

Presentation by Josue (student at Tshwane University of Technology, in Pretoria/ South Africa)

The main objective of this presentation is to illustrate potential reasons why democratic governments do not always pursue poverty reduction policies in poor or developing countries. Some of the reasons are clientelism, bad information, ethnic/racial/ caste divisions and other factors.

2 – 4pm:

History of the student struggle in Québec |at 01A03, DH12

Presentation by Carl (CLASSE, Montréal)

An history of the student struggle in Québec, from the sixties to the general strike of 2012.
This presentation is focusing on the movement in Québec and the transformations that took place during those years. İf the students in Québec could have a long and strong movement, it is because they have a long historic struggle and a strong union who do not compromise with the State.

4 – 6pm:

Global Wave of Action for Free Education |at 01A12, DH12

Workshop by Mo (department for international networking of the general student committee, University of Marburg)

For the past few months activists connected through the International Student Movement (ISM) to initiate and coordinate the Global Wave of Action for Free Education together. During the workshop this coordination effort will be introduced and further steps can be discussed.

7 – 8pm:

TSC general assembly |at 00/0070 HG

October 30th (Wed)

10am – 11.30am:

Introduction to the structures of student self- administration at the University of Marburg |at 00A16, DH12

Presentation by Justyna and Matze (student group: DL Marburg (democratic left Marburg))

At the University of Marburg there are different structures which can be used in order to achieve progressive political goals for students. During the workshop we will introduce those and discuss the possibilities of influence and their limits. Furthermore we will present some specific examples of student self government work in Marburg.

11.30am – 1pm:

Challenges of vocational education in Palestine |at 00A16, DH12

Presentation by Murad (Youth Rehabilitation)

[to be announced]

2 – 4pm:

Iskra: A socialist reform of the 50,000-member student orgnisation of the University of Ljubljana |at 00A26, DH12

Presentation by Iskra

In the following contribution we will focus on three main aspects, crucial for understanding the system of student organizing in Slovenia and its anticipated reformation. We will also discuss how the suggested reform of the Student Organization of University of Ljubljana could contribute, in a practical and theoretical way, to building a global student and workers movement.

Firstly, we begin with a short historical and structural introduction to the system of student organizing in Slovenia, leading to the current situation of the student movement. We take a look at the benefits that were gained through successful student struggles in the 60s, 70s and 80s. We then show how the Student Organization of Slovenia has, despite its firm foundations, alienated itself from the student population. It has become a place where groups with personal interests have found a way to drain its resources.

Secondly, we explain how the current situation of student organizing has contributed to the formation of a new progressive organization Iskra. Iskra managed to transform the activist experiences into a highly democratic, yet radical and structured system. Through political and educational campaigns, Iskra addresses problems concerning the student situation and current global events. The underlying idea is a strive towards a greater socio-economic change. In this manner, Iskra has set itself a task to politicize the student population and reform the currently dysfunctional Student Organization of University of Ljubljana. We have just started the reformational process with a public campaign, demanding a student referendum. On this referendum, students will decide whether or not the reform we have suggested will be implemented.

Thirdly, we explain the key points of the reform, the method of implementation and the expected impacts. The main long-term goals of the reform are the following: the implementation of socialist organisation forms and direct democracy practises in the Student Organisation, the representation of student interests and a construction of class consciousness. With regard to the latter, we also address the possible influence of the reform on building a new global student and worker movement.

4 – 5.30pm:

Input on university occupations in Romania/ open space: Eastern Europe |at 01A03, DH12

Informal discussion initiated by Alex (in Bucharest)

Informal discussion focussing on two university occupations in different cities in Romania in 2011 and 2013.
The space might also be used to exchange further experiences in different regions of Eastern Europe, e.g. recent developments in Hungary.
The exchange might help to find a common ground for further interaction in the future.

5.30 – 6.30pm:

The struggle against sexual harassment in Egypt |at 01A03, DH12

[to be announced]

7 – 8pm:

TSC general assembly |at 00/0070 HG

October 31st (Thu)

10am – 11.30am:

Recent developments and struggles within the educational system in Germany |at Milchbar

Presentation by Justyna & Mo (Free Education Movement Marburg)

We will introduce reforms within the education sector in the past few years in Germany and also focus on the protest movements, which evolved as a result.

11.30am – 1pm:

35 years of struggle for free education of Inter-University Students’ Federation (IUSF) in Sri Lanka |at Milchbar

Presentation by com. Gamini (IUSF)

In Sri Lanka our struggle for free education and other social rights has 35 years of history. In 1978, the year when neo-liberal reforms were introduced by the ruling class, the IUSF was initiated by university students of all over the country. The next 35 years were marked by sacrifices for the struggle and we could turn down all attempts of the bourgeois governments trying to convert education into a commodity. Also currently we are on huge struggle related to the same theme. We will share our experience with the global education strike because we think this fight needs a lot of experiences to win our common goal, as a one world!

According to our knowledge most of the organizations that participate in the TSC relate to the slogan ‘FREE EDUCATION’, especially after the world economic crisis of 2008. But here, in Sri Lanka, the conditions for an education strike are different. Here the main education system is mostly free education, which was gained from the ruling class in 1947 after a long term fight by old leftist movements. Since then all university and school education supplies are free to the whole population. In Sri Lanka still any person can get any degree if he or she passes the exams. It is giving according to the merit list. But since 1977 every government tried to privatize education. From that year on the survival of free education has been depending on the students’ struggle. In 1988/1989 a huge repressive offensive was launched by the government. In the end 623 student activists were killed including all the conveners of IUSF. All together more than 5000 school activists were killed since 1978. But still we are fighting as one; not only for free education, but also for a better society.

2 – 3.30pm:

The Subversion of Politics and the Millennial Precariat |at 01C09, WR6C

Discussion initiated by Otter (Students for a Democratic Society, North Carolina)

A reflexive discussion regarding the advancement of tactics and pedagogy in the struggle against academic commercialization. The constant threat of state repression and competing wedge-issue politics makes organizing drastically different across a range of neoliberal territories. The development of a shared sense of crisis and autonomy among the precariat offer radical potential for undermining the legitimacy of those in power.

3.30 – 5pm:

Struggle for free emancipatory education worldwide |at 01C09, WR6C

Workshop by Mo (department for international networking (RiV) of the general student committee (AStA) University of Marburg)

In this workshop a short input will be given introducing the International Student Movement (ISM) platform, and showing videos of global coordinations in the struggle against the increasing commercialisation of education and for free emancipatory education.
The space by everyone to introduce other initiatives attempting to connect students in the struggle for free education around the world and to explore how the already existing infrastructure can be improved.

5 – 6.30pm:

History of student movements in Lebanon | at 01C09, WR6C

Presentation by Rami (Alternative Student Movement, Lebanese American University)

The title says it all. Besides a historic overview of student movements in Libanon, a special focus will be given to the Alternative Student Movement.

November 1st (Fri)

10 – 11.30am:

Poverty and Violence |at Milchbar

Presentation by Joesue (Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria/ South Africa)

This presentation is based on how poverty can influence violence in poor or developing countries. The lecture is based on two competing theories developed on one hand by Collier/Hoefler (pioneered by Gary Becker) and on the other hand by Fearon/Laitin that possibly explain why violence is expected to be higher in poor countries. We discuss some types of violence (crime, riots, and civil wars) as well as some policy recommendations suggested by Miguel and others.

11.30 – 1pm

Global Struggle for Free Education and its essential Alliance with the Revolutionary Movement |at Milchbar

Presentation by com. Nandana (Revolutionary Students’ Union, Sri Lanka)

This is a special time that we can be in one congress with one struggle, free education for everyone in the world. We are socialists who are working for a socialist society, which can fulfill all the needs of every human being and society with best humanity. So we think any organised long term struggle should be combined with truly revolutionary movements all over the world and that this is the only way to win. We will present this through the examples from the struggle for free education in Sri Lanka.

2 – 3pm:

The institute of applied disenchantment of politics – our founding history |at Milchbar

Short presentation by Peter (University Koblenz-Landau)

This short powerpoint presentation shows the developments in the last years in Koblenz, starting with the student protests in 2009 at our campus (Bildungsstreik 2009) and the protests because of budget cuts at our university in the arts and music departments. There were also protest camps on campus and a demonstration from the university to the inner city of Koblenz (around 800 people).
We started a campain for the elections of the student political bodies and opened the topic to the city in form of discussion panels. It is a long way to bring a change and to mobilise people. One world – one struggle!

3.30 – 5pm:

Strike at Misr International University (MIU) in Cairo |at 03D09, WR6D

Presentation via Skype by MIU student movement

Activists involved in the MIU student movement will report about the strike at Misr International University (MIU) in Cairo, which lasted 80 days after beginning in March 2013.

5 – 6.30pm

Grassroots activism and anticapitalist activities during the general strike of 2012 in Québec |at 03D09, WR6D

Workshop by Carl (CLASSE, Montréal)

Grassroot activism within a social movement: demos, mass political actions. The example of the anticapitalist activists during the general strike of 2012 in Québec. This presentation is based on my own experiences outside of the student union. It will focus on how to organize mass political action with a small group of people.

7 – 8pm:

TSC general assembly |at +1/0010 HG

November 2nd (Sat)

11am – 1pm:

Different concepts and different understandings of Democracy |at 00A23, DH12

Discussion initiated by Zuhal (general student committee (AStA) Marburg)

Democracy is a big word and although many of us associate different things when hearing it, it is often used thoughtlessly. During this open round of discussion we will explore different understandings and concepts of democracy together.

2 – 3.30pm:

From Seattle to Rio de Janeiro: the struggle of new social movements |at 00A23, DH12

Presentation by Carl (CLASSE, Montréal)

A presentation focussing on anti-globalization and the struggle of new social movements that evolved in the late 90s, as well as the transition between the opposition to globalizatıon and the austerity policies.
This presentation explains the links and the dıfferences between those struggles. We are especially focussing on the discourses and the political actions that are developed by groups and organizations.

3.30 – 5pm

How to build an effective youth council |at 00A23, DH12

Presentation by Dina [GIZ Egypt]

Most of the world countries especially the Arab ones are witnessing a critical changes in their systems on different levels not even the political. The emerging role of youth is much realized nowadays during the transitional period that countries pass by. However, the question is that role really effective? are youth taking part of the frequent changing governments?
Youth always illuminates the start of any change but soon after their existence fades out. Jason Warren noted a decade ago when he was a member of the New York City Youth Force , “Everyday, in local arenas all the way to the White House, adults sit around and decide what problems youth have and what youth need, without ever consulting us”.
There is an emerging call to reconsider the influence and importance of youth in decision making processes. But the question now is how to create effective youth councils?

5 -6.30pm:

Unstable Politics, Fragile Student Movement and Privatisation in Education (in Nepal): Causes and Consequences |at 00A23, DH12

Presentation by Hansha (Tribhuvan University)

Nepal is passing through a transitional phase of institutional reform after a decade-long internal conflict which lasted from 1996 until 2006. Though it achieved immense political changes, some of the major issues remained unsolved and unsettled due to lack of political leadership and ideological differences. These differences not only remained among major political parties but also transmitted into their student wings and other strata of the society. This lingers behind fragile student movement as a key factor. Despite having track-record of decisive role in political changes, Nepal’s student movement is so far unable to fight against rapidly increasing privatization in education system. Which is ultimately creating two classes among the society and the movement itself remain at the crossroads. Nepal being one of the poorest countries in the world, deprived citizens of this country cannot bear the burden laden by the privatization in education. Thus, there is urgent need of united student movement to fight against it.
The session includes presentations, information dissemination through participatory process. Similarly, it aims to raise some theoretical questions on current status-quo and give some recommendations on how to achieve free and emancipatory education in Nepal and around the world.

7 – 9pm:

TSC general assembly/ Round of reflection |at WR PhilFak Foyer

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Abbreviations:
HG = Hörsaalgebäude [= auditorium building] -> Biegenstraße 14
DH = CNMS -> Deutschhausstraße 12
WR = Social Sciences faculty -> Wilhelm-Röpke-Straße 6
Milchbar = building on the right side of the university canteen (Mensa) -> Erlenring 5

TSC Newsletter #3

In addition to Newsletter #1 and Newsletter #2 we herewith publish Newsletter #3.

Content:
  • update on accomodation opportunities
  • “Dos & Don’ts” at the TSC
  • perspectives after the TSC
  • deadline for registrations
  • letter of support from the university administration

Update on accomodation opportunities

Last week we booked a few rooms at a pension near by the social sciences faculty of the university. Most rooms include 4 beds and in total up to 19 people can be accomodated at the pension.
In addition we published this call going out to student flat-sharing communities in Marburg a few weeks ago. Around 10 of them already got back to us confirming that they are willing to host TSC participants during the week. The new semester will begin next week, so many students are only returning to Marburg now. In the coming days we will keep spreading the call and are confident to get the support of enough flat-sharing communities.

“Dos & Don’ts” at the TSC

The TSC Orga-Collective agreed on the following “Dos & Don’ts” during the Transnational Student Congress:

Do

  • Ask for help and help others.
  • Speak out and express your views.
  • Initiate a workshop or other activities.
  • Behave respectfully towards other participants.
  • Reflect on your own (speaking) behaviour and how it impacts the discussion atmosphere.
  • Make sure to announce your contribution to the program at the info-point as soon as possible.
  • This is also your congress, which also comes with responsibilities. So be an active part and help to shape it.

Don’t

  • Hesitate to ask for translations.
  • Promote fascist or racist views, religious extremism or other forms of discrimination.
  • Get caught doing illegal stuff.

The list is also available online here.

Perspectives after the TSC

With  this text we, the TSC orga-collective, attempt to initiate a discussion and process on what we, as participants, could work towards during the TSC as a broader goal. The purpose of this is to ensure that we also come up with something during the TSC, that we can build on in the future.

Check out the complete text here!

Get involved – shape the TSC!

All participants are invited to give their own input in this regard and share their views and ideas. For this purpose this pad was set up.
Simply open the link and start typing in the window. Any changes are automatically saved. Click here for more details on etherpads.

Deadline for registrations!

We are happy to announce that student activists among others from Pretoria (South Africa), Bucharest (Romania), Raleigh (USA), Kathmandu (Nepal) as well as Gambia already confirmed their participation in the TSC!
Make sure to confirm your participation as soon as possible!

All are asked to register before October 15th!!
This is important, so that we can coordinate accomodation opportunities for all participants.

Letter of Support from the Uni administration

We know that some of you still have appointments at embassies/ consulates to apply for a visa.
To support that process we now finally also have a letter of support from the Marburg university administration in german and english.

In case of any questions or suggestions in connection with the TSC feel free to make use of the contact page.

TSC – and what’s next?

Transnational Student Congress – and what’s next?

With  this text we, the TSC orga-collective, attempt to initiate a discussion and process on what we, as participants, could work towards during the TSC as a broader goal. The purpose of this is to ensure that we also come up with something during the TSC, that we can build on in the future.

As already pointed out in the introduction to the TSC, one of the main aims is to create a common ground for a network of individuals and groups involved in emancipatory struggles in different parts of the world. A common ground that can function as a basis for future coordinations on the transnational level. This could be done through a statement.

To support a flow of information among the various individuals and groups and to facilitate any future coordinations we could try to create some sort of communication infrastructure.

The International Student Movement (ISM) platform is an example of what such an infrastructure can be like. To what extend the ISM itself might even prove to be useful for this purpose and if it might be necessary to make use of new tools like we.riseup.net and Mumble could be explored during workshops at the TSC.

In case you are wondering how a transnational coordination can look like, we suggest that you take a look at past coordination efforts, such as the Global Education Strike in 2012. Similarly the Global Wave of Action for Free Education [Nov.17-23rd 2013] is currently being coordinated.

Last but not least we think the TSC should also be used to explore possibilities of organizing similar congresses in the future at different locations – maybe a TSC 2014?

We suggest that all participants of the TSC consider the above and we invite everyone to get involved in related discussions and workshops during the TSC!

TSC Orga-Collective

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Get involved – shape the TSC!

All participants are invited to give their own input in this regard and share their views and ideas. For this purpose this pad was set up.
Simply open the link and start typing in the window. Any changes are automatically saved. Click here for more details on etherpads.

“Dos & Don’ts” at the TSC

The TSC Orga-Collective agreed on the following “Dos & Don’ts” during the Transnational Student Congress.

Do

  • Ask for help and help others.
  • Speak out and express your views.
  • Initiate a workshop or other activities.
  • Behave respectfully towards other participants.
  • Reflect on your own (speaking) behaviour and how it impacts the discussion atmosphere.
  • Make sure to announce your contribution to the program at the info-point as soon as possible.
  • This is also your congress, which also comes with responsibilities. So be an active part and help to shape it.

Don’t

  • Hesitate to ask for translations.
  • Promote fascist or racist views, religious extremism or other forms of discrimination.
  • Get caught doing illegal stuff.

Overview of Inputs registered (so far)

More than 100 people already registered for the TSC. To give you an impression of what to expect at the TSC, we decided to put together inputs registered so far.

NOTE: How many of them will really be part of the program remains to be seen. At this stage it is unclear how many of the people who registered for the TSC will actually be able to participate. For many their participation depends on financial support to pay for travel expenses as well as on a granted visa.
We will publish an updated version in about a month from now.

In case you want to get in touch with participants from a particular region ahead of the TSC, then drop us a line and we will forward your request to the people you want to contact.

Make sure to register for the TSC as soon as possible and include a short description of your contribution (workshop, presentation, film screening, etc.), in case you want to give one.

For any questions or suggestions contact tsc2013@riseup.net.

Finally, here is the overview:

Overview of TSC inputs [26.08.2013]

Aufruf an WGs / Call-out to flat-sharing communities

scroll down for a translation in English

Aufruf an Wohngemeinschaften in Marburg:

Wir – einige Studierende an der Uni Marburg, gemeinsam mit dem Referat für internationale Vernetzung des AStA und der Studierendenbewegung an der Misr International University in Kairo – sind gerade dabei den Transnational Student Congress (TSC) zu organisieren. Der TSC wird in Marburg vom 28. Oktober bis 03. November 2013 stattfinden.

Wir erwarten Studierende aus verschiedenen Teilen der Erde, die am Kongress teilnehmen. Da die Übernachtung in Hotels und Jugendherbergen in Marburg recht teuer und/oder diese in dem Zeitraum belegt sind, suchen wir WGs, die uns helfen und Teilnehmer_innen während des Kongresses bei sich aufnehmen würden.

Falls ihr ein freies Bett, eine Couch oder Platz für eine Luftmatratze für mind. drei Tage während des TSC habt und zur Verfügung stellen würdet, schreibt uns bitte so bald wie möglich eine E-Mail mit eurer Adresse und der Anzahl der Leute, die ihr aufnehmen könnt: tsc2013@riseup.net

Es wäre eine große Hilfe!

Vielen Dank!
TSC Orga-Kollektiv
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Call-out to flat sharing communities in Marburg:

We – individual students at the University of Marburg, department for international networking of the general students’ committee (AStA) at the University of Marburg and student movement at Misr International University in Cairo – are currently preparing the Transnational Student Congress (TSC) that will take a place in Marburg in between October 28th and November 03rd 2013.

We are expecting students from different parts of the world to participate in the TSC. Since staying in hotels and hostels in Marburg is extremely expensive and inconvenient, we’re trying to find flat-sharing communities who are willing to host participants during the congress.

If you have a free bed, a couch or space for an extra airbed for at least three days during the TSC, then please send us an Email with your address as well as the number of people you can host as soon as possible: tsc2013@riseup.net

It would be a great help.

Thank you very much.
TSC Orga-Collective