Another world is possible: The contemporary relevance of the economic, social, political, and cultural imaginaries of the Non-Aligned Movement

Commissioned by:  Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Southeast Europe 
Project duration: July 31, 2019 – March 2021
Project manager: Paul Stubbs

The objectives of the project:
1. To study the economic, political, social, and cultural imaginaries of the Non-Aligned Movement between 1961 and 1989
2. To explore the nature of the leading role played by socialist Yugoslavia in the context of decolonial movements in the Global South
3. To reflect on the relevance and lessons to be learned for contemporary emancipatory transnational alliances both from above (multilateral international relations) and from below (transnational activist and civil society initiatives)
4. To promote further inter-disciplinary work on the Non-Aligned Movement involving collaborations between scholars and activists from around the world, including from the Global South and, crucially, involving closer relations between scientific work and artistic and cultural production.

The main educational goals:
•    To bring together scholars and activists working on the relevance of the Non-Aligned Movement, and socialist Yugoslavia within it, for contemporary social, economic, political, and cultural rights
•    To enable a dialogue across disciplines, world regions, and between academic researchers, activists, and artists
•    To produce a well-written, useful, and relevant publication, with a reputable publisher to ensure wide distribution and readership.

As a part of the project, a four-day online workshop was held from February 23 to 26, 2021, presenting diverse, contemporary work on the Non-Aligned Movement and its relevance for today.