From the popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa in early 2011, via the Spanish indignados, the Occupy movement and the Gezi Park protests, to the Umbrella movement in Hong Kong and the New University/Rethink UvA in Amsterdam, over the past years different parts of the world have seen major forms of popular contestation.
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This conference—organised by the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies—examines this global wave of protest, characterised by the occupation of squares, streets and buildings—a diversity of tactics prominently involving online communication and emerging new political imaginaries. Particularly striking is that these protests have not been initiated or directed by traditional social movement organisations, but appear to be spontaneous political movements ‘from below.' Yet, while these instances of popular contestation have been celebrated for their mobilisations, their creativity and their innovative use of social media, their long-term efficacy has been called into question. So far, this debate has primarily focused on the political and social consequences of the protests. For this conference, we would like to invite scholars from around the globe to expand the debate by critically reflecting on the cultural dimensions of contemporary forms of popular contestation.
We are especially interested in research that examines emerging global cultures of contestation from one of the following perspectives (following the four research programs at the ACGS; see here):
Download the conference programme booklet here.
For any inquiries, please contact Amani Maihoub (E: firstname.lastname@example.org).