Opening a crack in history: memory, historical research and activism

Residents of La Barceloneta (Barcelona) integrate historical research in their struggle to reclaim the building of a 100-year-old consumer cooperative back for public use. How can history inspire social transformation? When Aymara people in South-America look ahead they are facing the past. Literally. Researchers who investigated Aymara language and gestures have established that, unlike all … Continue reading Opening a crack in history: memory, historical research and activism

Connecting past and present socio-ecological struggles: The “Barceloneta Cooperative Memory Project”

by Irmak Ertör, Melissa Garcia Lamarca and Santiago Gorostiza Barceloneta is one of the most charismatic neighbourhoods in the city of Barcelona. It has a powerful history of cooperatives run autonomously by their workers and inhabitants. The history of the neighbourhood—its name meaning 'little Barcelona'—dates back to the 18th century. It was previously inhabited by … Continue reading Connecting past and present socio-ecological struggles: The “Barceloneta Cooperative Memory Project”