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Engaged research and citizenship at the nexus of the local and the global, of practice and theory.

Public Engagements : COVID-19

Announcing the creation of Covida Collective
University of Victoria

CTI fellows Keith Cherry and Pablo Ouziel are working with a group of undergraduate students of the COVIDA collective to create fresh research on contemporary and emerging issues facing the planet to shape a better world after the COVID-19 pandemic.

How Democracy Doesn’t End
Anthony Simon Laden,
University of Illinois at Chicago

At the Cedar Trees Institute, we have been assembling a series of short pieces that help disclose the logos of what’s going on in response to the COVID 19 pandemic, and that do so in a distinctly democratic key. We are interested in highlighting the ways in which people are creatively self-organising and acting together at a social distance in all areas of society, locally and globally. The engaged civic citizens we see aren’t necessarily making big plans and predictions, but simply working out democratic responses to particular crises in exemplary ways.


We believe that exploring such responses and putting them into conversation can help us to clarify the opportunities for action in our own spaces, showing the integrity and interconnectedness of our actions and exposing a multiplicity of democratic responses to the current pandemic.

This first piece, by political philosopher Anthony Simon Laden, University of Illinois Chicago, capture this spirit well. The paper offers a picture of democracy as rooted in daily practices. We hope that meditating on this theme might help us to see the spirit and integrity of the work being done and so to carry on in forging more democratic futures.

This article is part of CTI’s Democracies and Their Futures Project.

Change in the Aftermath of the Pandemic
Virtual Townhall
Monday, April 20, 2020
1 - 3pm
Cedar Trees Institute has partnered with grassroots leaders from Common Vision, Common Action to host a virtual Townhall for the Victoria region. Join academics and activists from across Greater Victoria to develop a Regional Vision for how we, as a community committed to ecological and social justice, should change in the aftermath of this pandemic.
On The Island with Gregor Craigie: Speaking with CTI fellow Dr. Pablo Ouziel
Aired April 10, 2020

A view from the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in Europe - Gregor Craigie speaks to Cedar Trees Institute fellow Dr. Pablo Ouziel who is studying Spain's response to the Covid-19 crisis and taking care of his family.

Upcoming Events:
Phenomenologies of
Direct Action
June 10-17, 2020
Can Poeti, Les Planes d'Hostoles, Girona, CATALUNYA, SPAIN
Climate change has produced catastrophic visions of a global crisis unfolding before our eyes whose consequences will be as unforgivable as they will be irreversible. As the waters rise, the far right has seized upon this moment to move to the center of the global political stage. Such a moment calls for addressing the convergent political aspirations of those seeking to resist and subvert efforts to dismantle democratic institutions from within, locally as well as globally. Coming from diverse intellectual and personal backgrounds our working group shares a commitment to comparative analysis as a means toward illuminating the specificities of local conditions as well as historical conjunctures on scales that approach the global.

Cedar Tress Institute (CTI) is a home to pioneering engaged research and citizenship at the nexus of the local and the global, of practice and theory. The Institute is rooted in a nonviolent integral ethics that guides all aspects of research, education and public engagement.


Cedar Trees Institute (CTI)

c/o Centre for Global Studies

University of Victoria,

Victoria, B.C., CANADA

Cedar Trees Institute (CTI)

c/o Can Poeti

Les Planes d'Hostoles,



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