The 21st century has seen a resurgence in protest movements and political dissent around the world. Some of these have been multi-national – for example Occupy, Black Lives Matter and #MeToo – whereas others have had more limited or localised scope, focused on issues of political corruption, violence against women, or prison reform. Additionally, the recent success of populist politicians and political movements around the world could be viewed as a form of dissent by those who feel alienated by the status quo.
Protest and dissent are not new: history is full of movements that have brought fundamental change to our societies through protest, as well as those whose dissent was unsuccessful and the issues they challenged still unaddressed. Furthermore, although many popular protest movements have received widespread support, others have been condemned, both by those in power and by societies at large.
This inclusive interdisciplinary project will explore all aspects of protest and dissent, both historical and in the present moment. By bringing together a wide range of scholars, activists, artists, journalists, ngo’s and professionals we hope to consider the myriad of ways protest and dissent can be expressed, why some movements experience widespread popular and support and others do not, the effectiveness of particular tactics in bringing about lasting change, and what in 2018 we can learn from earlier struggles.
Unlike other conferences or gatherings, this event proposes to step outside the traditional conference setting and offer opportunities for independent scholars, academics, activists, writers, artists and political campaigners to engage and intermingle, providing platforms for interdisciplinary interactions that are fruitful and conducive to broadening horizons and sparking future projects, collaborations, and connections.
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