From... to...

volume 3, number 2
May, 2003
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It has become clear that many of the traditional places of politics have become ineffective and sometimes simply corrupt. Today the political is on the move again: from Seattle to Prague, from Genoa to Evian, from Porto Allegre to Florence, as well as from and to many other places. We live in potentially exciting times. In many places difference seems to be possible again. But this movement does not simply move, because everything is moving and becoming. There are questions of organisation and strategy that need to be asked. Not all movements go into the ‘right’ direction; not all movements are effective in their resistance against domination. So, there is a question of ‘from…to…’ precisely because not all movements are the same. Where do we come from and where are we heading to? Why are we moving at all? How can we conceptualise spaces of resistance? How can something move from margin to centre? What are movements of speed and slowness? What is a postmodern movement? How can movements be organised? These, then, are some of the themes, the moves, in this issue of ephemera.