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MdM INCUBATOR: “Dynamics of conflict, confluence and ‘commoning’ versus shrinking civic space in Nicaragua” by Elyne Doornbos

Date: 2019-09-03


Title: “Dynamics of conflict, confluence and ‘commoning’ versus shrinking civic space in Nicaragua”. 

Speaker: Elyne Doornbos, ICTA-UAB

Date: Tuesday September 3rd 2019
Time: 12.30h
Venue: Espai Montseny Z/023

On April 18th 2018, students in Nicaragua’s major cities sparked what would become a broad-based national civil uprising. Triggered by both the social security reforms of the Instituto Nicaragüense de Seguridad Social (INSS) and the bushfire in the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve, the revolt evolved from economic and ecological demands into a call for the resignation of the Ortega-Murillo regime, who have turned the country into a police state where the freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly are violently repressed. Against the backdrop of the nationwide uprising, this research explores the dynamics of conflict, confluence, and ‘commoning’ through a comparative analysis of three social movements in Nicaragua – the Movimiento Estudiantil 19 de Abril, the Movimiento Campesino, and the Alianza de los Pueblos Indígenas y Afrodescendientes de Nicaragua (APIAN) – as well as the national umbrella organisation, the Unidad Nacional Azul y Blanco (UNAB). The situatedness of their respective struggles alters convergence patterns of these movements in proactive and defensive ways, i.e. in anticipation of more repression, or in response to it. These convergence politics remain an understudied dimension of social movements. Thenceforth, this research assesses the emancipatory potential of these collective entities and other varieties of grassroots action, including frontline communities, in this context of severely restricted space for civil society actors. In assessing the dynamics of mobilisation and cooperation between them, it aspires to integrate social movement scholarship and commoning theories. As this cooperation may take many forms and may be of a horizontal (between scales) or vertical (across scales) nature, this research takes a particular interest in potentially emergent patterns of hybridisation of civil society actors: the blending of identities, ideologies and organisational cultures, and the fusing of resistance tactics, strategies and discursive framings. With emancipatory politics being concerned with both resistance to an oppressive status quo and an envisioned alternative pathway towards a more just society, this hybridisation places an important focus on forms of commoning, understood as both organising of the commons and organising for the commons, so as to ensure their protection and reproduction. The constitutive, normalising and/or challenging practices embedded in both horizontal and vertical ‘doings in common’ invoke Giddens’ notion of duality of structure, and direct attention to the transformative potential of Nicaragua’s contemporary struggles as a counterforce to shrinking civic space. 

Elyne Doornbos is originally from The Netherlands, where she completed her Research Master in International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam in 2016. She subsequently worked as a junior programme officer for Both ENDS and ActionAid, two Amsterdam-based nongovernmental organisations that focus on issues in the Global South related to land rights and women’s rights. On December 1st, 2018, she started her PhD at the ICTA under the supervision of Dr. Villamayor-Tomás. 


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