Earlier today I presented my first actual draft of the first 5 chapters of my thesis on social movements at RMIT. I’m happy to report that I passed without any amendments needed. I received some very helpful feedback from the panel which will help me plan out how to write the remaining 4 chapters left in 2017. The below link is the powerpoint presentation I gave for anyone curious.
The above image is the cover art on a document called the “Charter For Democracy”, a political manifesto by one of the offshoots of the 15M Indignados movement in Spain. It shows the people breaking down the walls of the parliament building, sending the political class scampering away, waving banners that call for the fundamental rights; education, health, housing and so on. I find this image informative to the research because it captures the essence of what I’ve tried to highlight from the social movements I talk about; in that they are attempting to create a radical, participatory democracy out of the hollowed out shell of liberal democracy.