Seminars

With the passage of time, different generations have come through Unitierra and been transformed by it. For this reason we say that Uniterra is like a hammock: It adapts to the body, motivations and objectives of those who participate in it, rather than requiring those who participate to fit themselves into the restricted square frame of the forms and agendas that define the institutional world. The practice that has been maintained during the last 12 years and that could be considered the spinal column of Unitierra is the Seminar “Pathways of Autonomy”, which takes place every Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. This seminar creates a space of reflection for action that is open to all, from which have emerged over the years many different practical proposals.

Since 2003, the seminar has focused on studying the thought of Ivan Illich, whom we consider one of the central thinkers of the 20th century. His work anticipated by decades the evolution of the dominant institutions, the crisis to which they will inevitably lead, and the form in which people will react when these institutions meet their end. His ideas lucidly articulate what can be called “the people’s discourse” in the hour of the crisis. The study of Illich has led us to follow some of the lines of reflection that he left open, such as the role of text in the configuration of the modern mind. Since February of 2008 the seminar has been dedicated to reflecting on the convivial mode of life and the pathways of autonomy, intercalating analysis of context. In addition to the seminar “Pathways of Autonomy”, there have been other seminars and spaces of reflection, such as the “diploma” (without diplomas!) for Barefoot Researchers, the school of Warriors without Weapons, the “diploma” on investigative journalism, the seminar on the thought of Karl Marx and Ivan Illich, the study of unsalaried work and the collapse of the capitalist system, the seminar on critiques of patriarchy, the seminar on alternatives to institutionalized education and health, and the seminar on juridical themes, among others.

Cultural Regeneration