»Introducing Transnationalism and the Translocal« – Movement Learning Catalyst Online Course – Session 1

30 Minutes
Contemporary Struggles, Transnationalist Theories, Intersectional Alliances
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This Weeks Journey

Starting to understand Transnationalism and the Translocal, we have prepared different perspectives and starting points on the topic. In the spirit of pluriversalism and epistemic disobedience, we have prepared different approaches for you to imagine what Transnationalism is. 


1. Imagine 

Masque of Anarchy - Context
The poem was an initial call for non-violent resistance that circulated around the world in the following years. The poem was written by Percy Shelley when he heard about the massacre that had happend in the North of England in 1819. At the time people gathered to listen to a speaker who expressed the importance of everyone having a right to vote in the context of a cost of living crisis. As thousands joined to hear the demands to reform parliamentary representation, the police was called to dissolve the gathering, which led to what is today known as the Peterloo Massacre, in which hundreds were injured and 18 were killed. The poem stands as a call for non-violence and circulated across borders and contexts in the following years. 


Translocalism refers to relationships across locales designed to “create new spaces of agency and overcome the constraints by a nation-state bounded view... [T]hey both transgress and transcend locality and have the ability to change the local spaces from which they emerge.

Bobby Banerjee

Harsha Walia, No One is Illegal Vancouver - Translocal Solidarity in Practise


Transnational activism creates ‘dynamics that cross, alter, transcend or even transform borders and boundaries.’

Sanjeev Khagram and Sarah Alvord 


2. Reflect 

Join us in reflection, and get deeper insights into our understanding of Transnationalism and the translocal here. 

Translocal Activism & The Art of Transnational Organizing: Online Course: Session 1


3. Create 

In the create section, we would like you to get into active reflection of your own transnational trajectories.

We invite you to either share your own transnational organizing experience in a 500 word maximum piece with us or find an item in your space that represents transnationalism or the translocal and share a photo and some thoughts with us. We are looking forward to receiving your thoughts via this email: info@euroalter.com.

We hope to share some insights from the participants of this course anonymously with you in the next newsletter edition! We are excited that you are with us on this journey of exploring transnationalism over the next three weeks. Further resources will be made available on on this resource page.

Stay tuned for the next newsletter on Monday which will discuss what decolonising transnationalism means and how we can build strong translocal networks or solidarity beyond borders.

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Movement Learning Catalyst Team