Eighth South South Forum on Sustainability

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The Politics of Hope: People’s resilience and resistance in catastrophic times

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Into the 21st year of the 21st century, we have witnessed how the world is mired deeper and deeper into massive crises of the ecological conditions that sustain lives on earth, of the economic breakdown, and of the outbreak of lasting pandemics, affecting all, particularly those made vulnerable by inequalities and injustice dominating how things should be run and how lives should be lived. The urgency of the matter calls for activists/thinkers (especially those from the global south) to think though the problems and ponder upon strategies to revert the situation. In the face of the massive nature of our plights, reality will be interrogated and critically evaluated philosophically, historically and culturally, so as to shed light on financial exploitations, armed conflicts, the pandemic, and energy issues which blackmail us to turn to nuclear power so as to maintain high energy consumption and ways of life while our addiction to fossil fuels is increasingly unsustainable. In this connection, modern sciences and the practices of traditional medicines will also be reflected upon. As the problems that are thrust on us cannot be meaningfully dealt with without the efforts and struggles of people self-organizing on the ground, legacies of people’s resistance and resilience will constitute our central concern, hoping to learn from their wisdoms for new ways of relating to one another and to the earth, and new experience for the organization of ways of living collectively and democratically for a better self and a better world.


Centre for Cultural Research and Development, Cultures of Sustainability 嶺南大學文化研究及發展中心 生態文化部
Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University 嶺南大學文化研究系
Global University for Sustainability 全球大學

Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives 亞洲學者交流中心
Lingnan Gardeners 嶺南彩園
PeaceWomen Across the Globe 全球和平婦女
Earth University, Mexico 墨西哥地球大學
Centre for Film Studies and Cultural Studies, Peking University 北京大學電影與文化研究中心
Tsinghua Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities and Social Sciences 清華大學人文與社會科學高等研究所
Institute of Rural Reconstruction of China, Southwest University 西南大學中國鄉村建設學院
Institute of Rural Reconstruction of the Straits, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University 福建農林大學海峽鄉村建設學院
Green Ground Eco-Tech Centre (Beijing) 國仁城鄉 (北京) 科技發展中心

15  June – 18 July, 2021 (Tue-Fri)

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Simultaneous interpretation in English, Spanish and Putonghua