Thursday, May 27, 2021
With financial support from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ Aid for Interdisciplinary Sessions Fund.
This session is inspired by the recent publication of Workers’ Self- Management in Argentina: Contesting Neo-liberalism by Occupying Companies, Creating Cooperatives, and Recuperating Autogestión (Brill / Haymarket 2020, https://www.vieta.ca/workers-selfmanagement-argentina). The book hones in on the emergence of Argentina’s worker-recuperated enterprises, a workers’ occupy and self-management movement that surged at the turn of the millennium in the thick of the country’s neo-liberal crisis. To date, over 16,000 workers in Argentina have converted more than 400 firms across its urban economy to worker cooperatives. Engaging in a collective transnational dialogue, the session considers the lessons of the Argentine case as documented in Marcelo Vieta’s research for the struggle for socio-economic justice in Black and marginalized communities, for transcending the socio-economic ills wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, for saving and reinventing jobs in light of the cyclical crises of neo-liberal capitalism, and for expanding the social and solidarity economy via conversions of workplaces and other community spaces to cooperatives in the global North.
- Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development, and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies at City University of New York (CUNY)
- Ana Inés Heras, Associate Professor in the School of Humanities, National University of San Martin (UNSAM) and Research Associate in the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina
- Marcelo Vieta, Associate Professor in Adult Education and Community Development at the University of Toronto