In collaboration with the SFSU Anarchist Student Committee, the Bay Mesopotamia Area Solidarity Committee has launched a class on the Rojava Revolution. The class aims to provide an overview of the Rojava Revolution – it’s history, theory and relevance to the world. This is possible with the Experimental College, a radical pedagogical program that has recently restarted at San Francisco State University for the Spring 2018 semester.
The Rojava class appears in a time when there is high military tension in Rojava, as the Turkish government attempts to invade the Afrin canton. Despite the success of the Rojava Revolution, little is known or mentioned in radical circles, making a need for information, education and solidarity on the issue.
The Experimental College at SFSU was a prefiguration of what would be the formalized Ethnic Studies Department in the 1960s. After being in contention with funding and later co-optation, ExCo disappeared. However, in the face of austerity, ExCo has now re-lauched. The program is self-managed by students, who have the freedom to shape and teach their classes of their own expertise and desire.
In much the same anarchistic spirit, the class attempts to operate in a bottom-up fashion. An (already agreed) collective syllabus characterizes the class. The invitation of speakers in relation to the Kurdish autonomy movement avoids the remaking of a hierarchical class by the facilitator, de-centering the lecturer and prioritizing the needs and questions of the students. The class is also open to the public, without the need for attendees to be registered with the university.
Meeting times of the Rojava class are on every Tuesday at the Humanities Building in room 114, from 5-6pm. The class is in duration for the 2018 Spring Semester. For more information contact the facilitator at: [email protected]